The Good Life: Obsession: Basic Bikes

If your only recent contact with a bicycle has been trying not to get run over by Philly’s speedy couriers, you may not be able to justify dropping a couple grand on a lightweight, Lance-worthy two-wheeler. But you don’t have to settle for a rusty Schwinn, either. Instead, take in the start of spring this month atop Bianchi’s “Boardwalk” bike. With medium-width tires, a lightweight aluminum frame and 24 speeds, it’ll smoothly and safely take you through the Wissahickon’s windy paths, or along Wayne’s wide sidewalks ($500 at Bicycle Therapy, 2211 South Street, 215-735-7849;

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