Buy a new bike wheel or a new bike?
May 22, 2009 11:30 AM Subscribe
Yet another sad bike story in Chicago. Can you help me find a new wheel or a new bike?
posted by smeater44 to sports, hobbies, & recreation (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Awesomeness today as I left my apartment. I stepped outside to find my bike's front wheel missing. Stolen is a better word. I have since been scouring the internet for a replacement to no avail. I called Village Cycle, where I bought the bike. They can replace it for $100 and some change. That just sounds ridiculous to me. The bike only cost $300. It's a silly Trek 820 mountain bike, 26" wheels. So, my question is this: Do you know a place in Chicago that might have a front wheel (used is a-ok with me) for more like $50-$60? And if not, I've sort of been wanting to trade this bike out for a hybrid anyway, this is just a little sooner than I'd wanted...thanks wheel thief. Any recommendations on a place that sells quality, cheap hybrids? As I enjoy using my bike as my primary mode of transportation, I need to do this ASAP. And if it matters, I am a girl. Tend to type like a dude, so, for the record.
BONUS QUESTION: Can anyone explain to me the bike black market in Chicago???? What is going to happen to my front wheel that makes stealing it worth it? Every biker I know in this city has had some piece, if not their entire bike stolen. I've had a bike stolen before, hence I don't buy expensive bikes. I'm just glad this time they only got a wheel. How sad is that?