Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I figured instead of ordering more Avenir tubes and getting frequent flats, I'd head on down to The Path bike shop to support my local business. Unfortunately for me, I walked into The Path during what is apparently 'Bong 30' or something like that because there were at least eight people working and all of them appeared to be completely baked out of their minds. I took one look around, realized this wasn't the typical weekend crew of hardened bike folks so I decided to try and help myself. Here's what I found when I got to the shelf where they keep their tubes:
Yes, a complete unholy mess of shit, none of which matched the size tube I had. Anywho, I got some guy to help me out. The guy who works at the shop told me they didn't have my size and gave me another one and said (say this like Spicoli in your mind) "Deed, tubes totally stretch mahhn. You'll be fine with this one brah." and then he just stared literally through my skull. I think I maxed out his limited brain power at the time. Anyway, normally I'd just bail on a place but I love the Path and figured it was 2:00pm on a Monday so maybe they didn't have their A players working. I paid six bucks for my tube and got outta there.
Once I got home, I decided to do some research and discovered that the issue is more likely my tires than my tubes. I read a couple of folks recommending these things called 'Continental Gatorskins' but I have no idea whether or not they'll work on my bike because It's damn near impossible to figure any of this shit out.
Why the hell cant' they make tires like shoes or something where you just say a size fucking 10 and everyone knows what you're taking about.