Mia Birk is speaking at the Science Museum in Richmond next week. The topic: Is Richmond the Next Portland. I’m looking forward to it. Though I have a lot of months still scheduled on the road, touring, this year, I want to get involved with bicycling advocacy when I return. That means getting more involved every day, even now. Well, I got so excited about the lecture, that I muddled the dates in my mind, and went to the Science Museum a week early. This left me with a couple of hours that I wasn’t booked with “busy-ness”, so I stopped by Performance bikes to look into a seat post for my touring bike. In chatting with Gwen, the operations manager of my local Performance Bikes, I discovered that Performance engages in “price matching”. Wow! I’ve been waiting patiently for the Continental Gatorskins to go on sale and was running out of patience. I had a pair in my shopping cart over at Tree Fort Bikes, in Michigan, but don’t know anything about that shop and was hesitant to buy online from a company I’m so unfamiliar with.
I got the seat post, and a pair of “skins” for just over $100, rather than the $135. that it would have cost without the pricematch. REI and Performance are generally the 2 bike stores I shop, though AGEES is a close 3rd for me. It’s important to support local merchants, but if you’re a touring cyclist, being able to return your defective equipment, or to buy accessories to your existing equipment anywhere in the US, is a big bonus!
It’s helpful to know that a business price matches. In this day and age of instant access to information with handheld devices, it’s easier to find those great prices also. Let me mention, though that the “matching” policy only holds true for companies in the US.
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.