Jackie Green had a special customer a few Saturdays back. Mayor Greg Fischer walked in the Market Street Bike Couriers shop to size up options for his new ride. After testing a handful of new bikes, Fischer decided on a Jamis Aurora, touted as the perfect bike for “smart urban speedsters” that retails for $1,100.
Fischer, who’s presumably preparing for his Hike, Bike and Paddle on Memorial Day, needed to get a ride for Bike to Work Day on Friday, when he’s leading a group starting at Seneca Park and heading downtown to City Hall.
Green said Fischer asked for a bike that wasn’t snooty, but wasn’t cheap, either. And while Green could have used the opportunity to bring up his activist agenda on transportation, he says the hour the two former political rivals spent together was all about the bike. No politics were discussed, Green said.
“I saw him at a business meeting, and he told me he needed my help,” said Green, who dropped out of the Mayor’s race against Fischer just before last fall’s election. “I said I’d be glad to help, not knowing what it was he wanted to talk about.”
Green said Fischer told him this: “I need to get another bike.”
Fischer picked the Jamis, but Green wouldn’t tell me how much he paid for it, just that the Mayor’s new 27-speed is a nice bike, and that he’s heard Fischer has been seen out riding in public.
“Everybody who comes in here got a deal, and I cut him no slack. He got the same deal everybody gets,” Green said. “I want to find the right bike for everyone and I want them to love the bike.”