Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Bikes: Surly LHT, Cannondale Caffeine F3
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Many of the smaller places here don't have racks out front, and I've always just taken my bike in and either put it in a rack (if there's one available) or leaned it against the wall. I guess it just felt strange at Performance - it's a rather large store but there's little wall space (it's mostly taken up with shelves and displays), so it just felt strange to take the bike in. It's also a big enough store that it was hard to keep an eye on it, so I was nervous about it wandering off unexpectedly (especially Friday afternoon with my panniers on it).
Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed by the Performance store. I looked at their new bikes, and didn't find one that screamed, "Buy me!" That's unusual for me - normally every time I set foot in a bike shop I have to temper the desire to make a major impulse buy with the knowledge that the mortgage company really wouldn't care how cool the new bike was, they'd still want their money.