During lunch I braved the summer temperatures, the constructions, and the grumpy people at Yonge and Eglinton to visit a local bike shop. Normally, I like to save these things for after work, and I like to go to the bike shops in my somewhat smaller town–supporting the local economy and all that. Unfortunately, that was made impossible because I am doing an emergency substitution for one of my coworkers.
Readers to this blog will know that I am searching for new tires for my bike. I have been fortunate enough to have received some good advice about bike tires (keep it coming). I have narrowed down my choices, now it is about availability and the all too often debate about whether it is better to support the local bike shop, or shop online and get a better price.
What I wanted today was a couple of spare bike tubes. I popped the last one I had on my Sunday ride and don’t think it is prudent to travel without a spare. I am looking forward to going out for a ride this Saturday and while I am sure someone else will bring a spare tube, I do not want to be a burden.
I had checked this store’s website before leaving my work. They had tubes listed starting at 10 or 11 dollars. This seemed rather high to me, but I had left it too late for online sales (I am not an Amazon Prime Member) and I already explained that going to my regular shop just wasn’t possible this week.
When I got to the shop I quickly got what I wanted and was happily surprised that the tubes were much cheaper than advertised on the website. I was going to say something, but that didn’t seem like a good conversation starter. Instead we talked about tires and some of my options. Information is a precious commodity and I want as much of it as I can get.
I also spent a few minutes looking around the shop. There’s no end to the wants of a cyclist. There’s always something lighter or faster or newer or shinier. What a great way to spend the non-food consumption portion of my lunch break. Obviously, it is Today’s Perfect Moment. Fortunately, I resisted temptation and left with my tubes and new recommendations and tire prices.