Next time someone suggests a new couch, you can probably guess what James Durand will say. Photo submitted

SPIN MY RIDE: Bike shopping beats couch shopping, says Swicked Cycles owner

‘If we don’t buy a couch, we can both get bikes,’ says Campbell River couple

By James Durand

I have had some nasty battles over furniture shopping in my day.

As a couple, it’s tough to find a couch and agree on every little aspect. Shape, colour, fluffy cushions or firm, does it need extra pillows, or is it a sofa bed? Too many options in my mind, and when you throw in the need for two opinions for a final decision, it’s an impossible task.

I guess it’s part of life, but I would rather avoid it if possible.

Earlier this week I had a couple in browsing around Swicked. They had moved to town recently and I overheard them talking about furniture shopping. It seemed they were taking a little break to just hang out in the bike shop.

As they were browsing, we were chatting about riding, and before I knew it they were test riding bikes and trying on helmets. Within 30 minutes I heard a comment that resonated with me so clearly that I was surprised I have never thought of it myself.

“If we don’t buy a couch, we can both get bikes.”

It was brilliant, and they actually followed through on it. We set them up with a couple of sweet Norco bikes and off they went to enjoy some riding… as opposed to couch surfing.

Currently, I don’t need any furniture, but I can’t wait until the next time someone in my house suggests a new couch. You can probably guess what my response will be.

I’m James Durand and I’m Goin’ Ridin’ …

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Campbell River RCMP outline their approach to mental health calls

Recent events have spurred discussion of police interactions with people suffering from mental health concerns

Campbell River celebrates Canada Day virtually

Three-hour online video of community contributions available at noon Canada Day

Strathcona Regional District community broadband plans are a roadmap for connectivity

Seven communities within SRD are part of Connected Coast program

Canada Day barn fire keeps three Island crews busy

Oyster River, Campbell River and Courtenay fire departments all respond to incident

Crowdfunding campaign to repair vandalized driftwood sculpture smashes goal in hours

Sarah the Raptor was found vandalized at its Willow Point perch on June 28

UPDATE: Military reservist facing 22 charges after allegedly ramming gates at Rideau Hall

The man, who police have not yet officially identified, will be charged with multiple offences

B.C.’s major rivers surge, sparking flood warnings

A persistent low pressure system over Alberta has led to several days of heavy rain

Mirror business directory and map

If you’d like to be added to the list, shoot us an email

B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline

Pipeline projects carry on as B.C. works on UN goals

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

White-throated sparrows have changed their tune, B.C. study unveils

Study marks an unprecedented development scientists say has caused them to sit up and take note

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Lower Mainland teacher facing child pornography charges

Elazar Reshef, 52, has worked in the Delta School District

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

Most Read