Day after riding in my first Critical Mass, I'm anxious and excited to finish converting my girlfriend's 12-speed Zebra over to a ss, esp. now that I finally have the freewheel off. I managed to score a few rear axle spacers at bikeworks yesterday, after picking up my Raleigh conversion (had to get new cranks), but they didn't have a full variety. I woke up this morning and began measuring the chainline lengths, and managed to get the driveside spacing and thus the chainline right, but then I ran out of spacers.
I had to go see a friend's band play at the East River Park, so afterwards, I decided to head over to Trackstar. Went in with my girlfriend and asked the guy for spacers. First he looks at me like 'what the hell are you talking about,' and says basically the same thing, "explain more." So I do, and then he looks at me, kind of shakes his head and says, "well, we have spacers, but you need to bring in the hub and wheel." Which meant he didn't know what I was talking about, because if he did, he'd realize that I need to put the spacers to get the axle nuts to the dropouts, which I had explained. In other words, I'd have to bring in the disassembled bike, which I'm not about to do, just to get the right damn spacers. Anyway, after this, he just kind of shrugged and walked away, while the little Japanese woman behind the counter just stared at me like I was an idiot. My girlfriend and I walked out, and cognizant of my previous post about 'baditude in NYC bike shops,' she says to me, "wow, the bike shops here really do have a lot of attitude." Then she says, "why was he so mean?" "Don't know," I replied. A few more steps down the sidewalk and I turned around, decided to go in and give it another try. Went in, waited for dude to finish with his other customer, then when the guy left, I said, "I guess I didn't explain very well, but I just need some spacers--" "Yeah, um, you just need to bring the wheel in." "So you won't just sell me some spacers?" "No."
WTF?!Before anyone out there starts going on about me wanting free advice or taking away any business from these dudes, be clear on this: I just wanted to buy some damn axle spacers. Dude told me they had them, but he wouldn't sell them to me. That's it.
I walked out totally bewildered. Went over to Bicycle Habitat, and the guy there explained to me that I probably wouldn't be able to find smaller spacers in the city because no one keeps track of them. He referred me to Harris Cyclery or Nashbar. I purchased a roll of rim tape and gave the dollar change to the guy just for not copping attitude.
Meantime, I've come up with one explanation for dude-at-trackstar's behavior--he didn't feel like going and scrounging around for some spacers. If that was it, fine, all he has to say is, "I don't feel like going and scrounging around for some. There's no way I'm going to find them."
Meantime, Bikeworks seems okay for this week.
Anyone here work in a NYC bike shop, I have one thing to say: "SCREW YOU."
Oh, and before anyone wants to tell me to take my business elsewhere, thanks, I plan to, and when I find the a$$hole in that shop, I'll move on again.