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There are good deals on bike tires!?

Wait until May and you can get a buy one, get one 1/2 off of Specialized tires.

I purchased a plus sized tire at the shop couple days ago. Could have saved about $15 online. Is $15 a deal? Apples to apples as it was the same tire.

Otherwise, shop around online until you find the satisfactory price you are after.


Definitely expensive....yuck.
 

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Online... usually Amazon.

I'd love to by from an LBS, but they just don't carry good selections. Seems more and more that LBS's are carrying less brand options for everything. :( That's the primary reason I've moved more from LBS buying to direct/online.
 

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Your LBS will happily order them for you. My LBS charges upfront, but will refund it at any time up until you leave with the item. Heck, they'll usually give a refund if the the customer is genuinely unhappy with a product after they've used it. So, there is that option if you want to support your LBS.

I agree that ordering on line is quicker and easier...and usually cheaper.
 

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on-line...always. As with everything, it helps to begin looking before you need it so you can pounce on deals when they come up vs hoping to find a deal instantly.

I recently got 2 Maxxis DHF Exo tires (27.5 X 2.5) for <$120 shipped to my door. Quick look today and many on-line vendors are getting about $70/each. No shops around me sell for less than $80/each and they may need to order them.
 

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Your LBS will happily order them for you. My LBS charges upfront, but will refund it at any time up until you leave with the item. Heck, they'll usually give a refund if the the customer is genuinely unhappy with a product after they've used it. So, there is that option if you want to support your LBS.

I agree that ordering on line is quicker and easier...and usually cheaper.
I used to order from LBS's. The issue was always, I need (admittedly want) it now. Especially tires when in a pinch. With the likes of Amazon, I can actually get a lot of things same day where we are, or next day for just about everything else. The last time I ordered tires from an LBS that they didn't stock, it took over a week. They have to work within their distribution channels. I get that. I really want to support LBS's more, but their competition is winning.
 
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