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Old 09-04-10, 07:59 AM   #1
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what is the deal with yellow jersey bikes

Do they really sell Panasonics and stuff? The site is kind of confusing

what kinds do they sell? i cant really tell...
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Old 09-04-10, 08:26 AM   #2
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Call them or email Andrew Muzi there.

Yes, the site is rather "eclectic" to say the least.

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Yellow Jersey really does sell the stuff you see. Or, on some stuff, they sold it. Often it is kinda hard to tell.

I agree their website is very confusing and can be quite hard to navigate. We have discussed YJ on here numerous times. I believe short of driving there, your best bet is to call them.
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IN person the store is eclectic and confusing too.
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Money notwithstanding, eclectic and buying a Panasonic should be well worth a road trip to Madison someday!

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I'm in Madison right now, visiting my mother; going to be heading down to State Street later today and of course I'm going to be popping into the store; is there anything I can look for for ya?
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Hey Cap,
See what is the latest on 28" rims for tourist bikes like the DL-1.
Do they have a line on some of the Euro market alloy rims?
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Someone found new, 36h aluminum Westrick rims available in one of the previous DL-1 threads not too many days ago. Chances are, if you can find a shop willing to order them, you'll spend half of what YJ would charge you for an el-cheapo, steel, Chinese job.

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They definitely have Panasonics sitting right in the window. Around Madison, they apparently have the reputation as being snobbish towards new riders, but that's probably not an issue for you if you spend time talking about bikes on the internet.
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Do they really sell Panasonics and stuff? The site is kind of confusing

what kinds do they sell? i cant really tell...
Yes, they do sell Panasonic, which is a major NJS bike maker. YJ is one of the premier bike shops in North America; if you don't see what you want,chances are they can get it for you.
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Hey Cap,
See what is the latest on 28" rims for tourist bikes like the DL-1.
Do they have a line on some of the Euro market alloy rims?
The latest is, they are out there as NOSsteel; but "gold is where you find it." alloy 28s are essentially unavailable in NA-- maybe a few in Canada?-- and when they are available, they are hideously expensive. Mind you, I didn't talk to Mr Muzi but the shop guy I talked to seemed pretty confident. Sorry.
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I'm in Madison. YJ seemed very(since the term has been used and fits) snobbish. I've gone there three times. The first two were both pretty bad experiences, they tried to sell me all sorts of crap for high prices. I'd mention looking for some ergo bars and the guy was running over to the wall, grabbing the set he decided I would go for, and started writing up a ticket for them. It was like that the whole time I was there. He didn't seem particularly like he was listening to what I was looking for. It seemed like a mix of trying to sell stuff and... almost arrogance that I didn't know enough for him to bother listening to me. It was kinda ridiculous, and I decided I'd never bother going to them again even though they seemed to be more into vintage parts than other shops around. The last time I went in, my tire blew out (literally, just Loud pop and the sidewall was gone. Crazy.) I was ~2 blocks away from YJ, no other shops nearby, and was kind of dreading what YJ would charge me for a tire and tube. I was shocked when they put on a new standard 10spd Kenda and tube, mounted in ~10min for, like, $22 out the door. And they were even somewhat friendly. I was confused. It still wasn't enough to cancel out the used car salesmen treatment I got the other times, though.

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Old 09-04-10, 11:35 PM   #13
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Yeah, I agree on the snobbery. I think part of it's the location, right on State and all; I bet they get a lot of really ignorant college students who mistake "vintage" for cheap and come in looking for a $100 beater, or waste their time trying to have them turn a Magna into a Basso. I got my questions answered a LOT more precisely when I made it clear I worked as a bike mechanic in Minneapolis Maybe you should lie and tell them you do, too.

Prices are actually pretty reasonable for some things (but $299.00 for a NOS Simplex SLJ? COME ON!!): $20 for a set of 4 Kool-stop pads for MAFAC comps, and $3.50 for a SunTour Winner Freewheel Tech Bulletin.

I notice the used market is a heck of a lot more expensive in Madison than it is in Minneapolis. Like, double the prices. I stopped in to BBC's used store and was appalled to see how much they were charging for some pretty ratty bikes.
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I emailed them about ording a Panasonic Team frame (like the one Eddy Planckaert won '90 Paris-Roubaix on) and they said they could get it.
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