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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Living in Chapala, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Stationary bicycle

Our stationary bicycle

Every day life in Chapala, Mexico

We have an old exercise bike.

It's the kind that has a wheel pressuring the front-and-only-tire to create resistance.

We bought this a few years ago from a hotel where I found it sitting in a courtyard being trashed by the weather. It was a mess but it still functioned.

I paid 500 Pesos - around 25 Dollars - to the owner and brought it home.

I then cleaned it up, oiled it and painted this baby in Mexican colors. Akaisha and I use the bike 4-5 times per week for exercise when we are in town. Getting older, we like to stay mobile.

Feeling some slippage

A week ago, we started noticing a slippage in the left peddle assembly. I would tighten it, but after a few rides it was loose again. I tightened it more with the same results until one day it stripped the threads.  

Game over.

the worn out, chewed up bicycle part

Worn out, chewed up part

I took the peddle assembly off to the nearest bike shop but they didn’t have the part I needed. The newer bikes all seem to have a sprocket type of connection to the main shaft.

A few years ago, I needed a special threaded part for our gas grill so I found a local machine shop to help me. For this bicycle problem, I decided to try him again.

About a 15-minute walk from our place, I strolled in with the bike part I needed and discussed how it worked with the man there. He told me to return at 5:00pm and the new part would be ready.

Almost there

I did go back, paid Manuel 200 Pesos - about $10 Dollars - and returned home only to find the part was close to being perfect but not quite there.

The next day I hired a taxi for 50 Pesos - about $2.50US - and brought the entire bike to the shop so that he could better see what was needed. This was 9 in the morning and he told me to return at 11:00.

Later that morning I hired another taxi, went back to the shop asked the driver to wait for me. Sure enough it was ready.

I tested his work and Manuel assured me that it was fine. When I asked him what I owed for this 2nd visit he told me “no charge, next time.”

We loaded the bike into the trunk of the taxi and drove home. I paid this taxi 70 Pesos which meant the entire repair was 320 Pesos or about $16 Dollars and the bike works great.

This is yet another example of what we call "Easy Livin' " here in Chapala.


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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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