Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Salem, MA
Bikes: Land Shark, Level Professional, Tsunami singlespeed, Giant Reign 1
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pleasant bike shop surprise
I busted a spoke in my front wheel last week. I intended to get it fixed over the weekend at my fixie friendly LBS, but I ended up going home to visit my folks instead. Having already ridden it for the better part of a week, I decided to check out my options for getting it fixed during the week after work. A quick search showed that the closest bike shop to my work was the Newton location for International Bicycle - a high end roadie heaven.
I initially expected that getting my spoke fixed there would be a hassle and sort of expensive. Couldn't have been farther from the truth. They replaced the spoke and trued the wheel for the grand sum of $12 and threw in a set of free bar plugs. The guy at the counter was really pleasant while he helped me find the odds and ends that I decided to pick up. After the mechanic was finished, he came out and we talked about my iro - he was sort of fascinated with it.
In the end, I got my wheel fixed for a fair price, I didn't get pressured into anything, and I got to ogle some incredible bikes - cervelo, colnago, pegoretti...the list goes on.