13 October 2009

Tired

You should be able to walk into a bike shop, give them money, and walk out with the part you need.

YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PLACE AN ONLINE CATALOG ORDER, WAIT TWO FRAKING WEEKS, AND THEN SCHLEP A DOZEN MILES UP TO THEIR NEAREST RETAIL OUTLET LOCATION IN LINCOLN FRAKING PARK TO BUY A FRAKING BICYCLE TIRE.

10 Comments:

At 13 October, 2009 17:41, Blogger Axel said...

Just curious: what tire did you buy?

 
At 13 October, 2009 19:52, Blogger jared said...

were you looking for something special or just a standard tire? I left my local bike shop today empty handed too. I needed a wrench to get my back tire off and wanted to get a rack but alas they had neither. Of course I shouldn't complain a few weeks ago there wasn't even a bike store in Lincoln Square.

 
At 14 October, 2009 08:41, Blogger Jennifer said...

Vittoria Randonneur Cross, 700x35c. I know it's not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill, non-flat-resistant skinny road tire, but I've seen Randonneurs on bikes all over the place, and the fact that REI previously had them in stock in my size (when I bought only one because I thought I was being clever), as well as the fact that I got the pair I'm now replacing at some hole-in-the-wall shop on the north side years ago before the whole Hip Urban Cycling trend really took off, led me to believe that I'd be able to get another one at another store without having to place a special order.

 
At 14 October, 2009 12:36, Blogger J/tati said...

It's easier to find 32c and 35c Schwalbe Marathons. Lots of shops in Chicago stock them. Randonneur Cross tires are generally only stocked in 28c and 32c FYI.

 
At 14 October, 2009 14:47, Blogger Jennifer said...

I have not seen Marathons anywhere except in 26" x whatever. OK, Rapid Transit had Marathon Plus in 700 x everything, but I didn't know whether one of those (with that visibly huge puncture-resistant layer) would be able to clear the bolt for the rear fender.

Does anyone else have the problem? With the fender bolt, I mean. It's probably my silly tire preference, but dang it, I don't want to develop gravelphobia...

 
At 14 October, 2009 14:52, Blogger Jennifer said...

I mean, ow! It's true! I took the Surly to Midewin, and the extra 15 psi or so made all the difference in the world!

 
At 14 October, 2009 15:01, Blogger J/tati said...

Last year I stocked Marathons in 28, 32, and 35c. This year, only 28c because I prefer the Rivendell Jack Brown in 33.3c which has more air volume than many tires labeled 35c. It's a better tire in almost every way.

The only 35c I stock is the Marathon Winter studded.

But I think Boulevard and Rapid Transit do a lot of Marathons. But I guess I wouldn't be surprised if even they trimmed inventory as most folks buy high end tires online. It's really hard to sell them in a shop because the margins are so low.

 
At 14 October, 2009 15:32, Blogger Jennifer said...

But you're closed...

 
At 16 October, 2009 12:14, Blogger J/tati said...

Oh, what I meant was that lots of other cool shops stock this stuff. And the sad truth is, even though I'm closed, folks still insist on coming here every day to buy things... but in any cae, the 35c Vittoria isn't something I carry.

I know this might sound dumb, but in the future, Blackstone can handle special orders, and last time I checked they were on an order-by-Wednesday, delivered-by-Friday schedule from QBP.

 
At 16 October, 2009 12:48, Blogger Jennifer said...

Blackstone was also closed when I went over there, for some mysterious reason. So I gave up and ordered one from REI, and the whole thing just seemed ridiculous. You can't go to one store and get one tire, and then go to another store and get the same tire, because everybody stocks different brands and sizes. Or they do, but they're closed when you need one. Meanwhile, most car owners can drive to any parts/repair shop at almost any time, get exactly what they need, and then drive home, even though it's orders of magnitude more expensive.

 

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