Okay, let me start off by saying that I apologize, but I need to vent about something that happened tonight when I was at Performance Bicycle. I am NOT in anyway bashing them, as my local PB has been very helpful (sans the exception of one person), however, I am little irked at them at the moment. I went with my Dad (I needed to use my parent's truck, as I do not yet have a bicycle rack for my Ford 500) to PB for them to put the rack on Lola (for those of you unfamiliar with her, she is a 2012 Schwinn Voyageur 7 - my first bicycle since I was a child & my first commuter). Anyway, long story short, they ended up semi-sorta showing my Dad, and I how to put it on and we are going to work on it in a few days. My worry is that the rack itself (a Transit TS-1 Rear Rack) does not look as though it will fit on Lola. I am also worried, because I want to put fenders on in the near future, and it looks like it might be a tight squeeze back there, and the rack states it can hold up to 40 lbs, but I am very unsure of this.
Anyway, I am venting, because when I purchased Lola (well, she was a b-day gift) last March/April, I was told from PB that she would make a good commuter, and a rack with panniers, lights, fenders, and a handbar bag (which are the only add-ons I want/need for her - as of right now I have the rack (ugh, what a mess) and the panniers/handlebar bag) would be nice additions and no problem for her to handle. Well, as much as I love Lola, and I do, she is lightweight, comfy, and aesthetically-pleasing, I am afraid I have been screwed. I bought her, because I fell in love with her vintage/modern feel, but also because she was a good price and I was/am on a tight budget, especially since this is all new to me. I truly do not want to have to exhange her, but I am afraid it may come down to that.
On another note, sorry I am rambling, I went into PB, and asked to talk to the guy about fenders. Well, he took me over and we were chatting about Planet Bike's SKS Plastic Fenders when I asked how fenders in general handle roadspray, are they truly necessary for commuting etc. He just kind of looked at me, as though I was from another planet, and asked what roadspray was. Now, I understand that I am a newbie to the whole world of bicycles, but I try to do my homework, pay attention, learn etc. Now, wouldn't you think that if you worked in a bicycle shop that you would at least know the basis of what you are talking about?
On another note, PB is great with returns/exhanges. Last week, I took my Nutcase helmet in Hula Lounge in there to see if they woudl exchange it, because for some reason the helmet felt as thought it had shifted and did not feel right on me anymore, and true to their word they did! I know own the Nutcase helmet in Moonbeam. My dream helmet is a Yakkay, but that will have to wait a little while.
Oh, on a side note, even with my panniers, and handlebar bag (mainly, because I am not sure if they work yet due to the fact that I can't get the damn rack on and have not yet placed the handlebar mount on Lola to try the bag) does anyone have any thoughts on the Koki TukTuk? I was thinking a small one for under my seat with stuff for fixing a flat etc.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Any advice?
Thanks for "listening"!