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Texas Cyclesports -- thanks but no thanks.(19 posts)

Texas Cyclesports -- thanks but no thanks.bill
Dec 11, 2003 1:56 PM
Maybe I'm just an ungrateful wretch. I ordered a whole bunch of Chorus stuff from Texas Cyclesports -- they were good to deal with, stuff that I ordered came when promised, prices were reasonable -- no complaints there. All good. They are running a holiday special, and if you order enough bike bling you get free tires. Their choice. Whatever.
So, in the package are these two tires that are the thickness and consistency of car tires. And, like, why? Maybe these are decent commuter tires, but, you know, my view is that, just as with wine, life is too short for tires that crappy. I guess they can be trainer tires or whatever, but, if you are going to run a promotion, make it something that I'd like to have.
re: Texas Cyclesports -- thanks but no thanks.treebound
Dec 11, 2003 2:07 PM
Send them back, postage due, and ask for store credit, otherwise they have no idea that their "freebie" is junk to you. They should at least make the freebie equal in choice to the components you buy.
I feel your paingtscottie
Dec 11, 2003 2:13 PM
But it is a typical promo ploy. They offer a free bee and you get tires. They get rid of surplus without populating the garbage bin and maybe they pick up a little extra business for a time.

I doubt that you are not surprised that you didn't get a premium set of tires for free.
well, it's more that I would have preferred nothing at all thanbill
Dec 11, 2003 2:21 PM
to have these cheesy tires that I'll feel guilty about throwing out because of the fossil fuels that went into making them. I quote Ted Danson, who, when given a shirt by Larry David that had a hole in it, said, "You didn't give me a gift, you gave me a problem."
well, it's more that I would have preferred nothing at all thangtscottie
Dec 11, 2003 2:30 PM
I know what you are saying man. Maybe you can give them to someone with an old clunker that doesn't care what tires he has.
I've gotta admit, I'm missing something...Dave Hickey
Dec 11, 2003 2:32 PM
You get a good price on a Chorus Group and they do everything they promise but you're unhappy because they threw in a free set of tires? Now, if your decision was based on getting the free tires, why didn't you ask what kind they were?

Here's a suggestion, find a "Bikes for Kids" group and donate them.
Many groups build bikes for kids for the holidays.

Sorry for the rant, but this makes no sense to me.
that's a good idea, actually -- my club actually donates stuffbill
Dec 11, 2003 2:57 PM
to Cuban kids through ... through somebody somehow. That didn't occur to me.
BTW, I did not make any choices based on the freebie. I was curious about what would come, but that's about it. I posted this by way of suggesting that not every promotional come on works as intended.
oh, really?Alexx
Dec 11, 2003 3:19 PM
I can just imagine a couple of Cuban kids trying to fit a Kenda 700x23 tire to the wheels of some 25 year-old Russian made cruiser bike..........
Dec 11, 2003 3:14 PM
:) No I agree. They shoulda givin you at least halfway decent training tires or something but D. Hickey has a point.

BTW I think their 04 Record group w/Carbon crank and 04 Ksyrium SL wheelset combo price is great. Too bad they don't have the deal with Bora.
that's what i was going to say....gregario
Dec 11, 2003 5:57 PM
donate them to someone or an organization that would appreciate them.
Disagree with Mr. Hickeycrankset
Dec 11, 2003 7:40 PM
They know that you are expecting a decent set of tires. They know what they are doing. It's a bait. And I understand the frustration this can cause. If they are not going to do things right better not to do them at all. bill would have been happy with his deal without the tires. But since they offer free tires to boot, it's even sweeter. But then you find the tires are useless. And it leaves you feeling cheated. Like I said, if they can't give away something useful, better not to offer anything at all. That way you get your deal and walk away happy. They are not the only ones. But other mail order companies actually let you choose what kind of tires you want or at least tell you what they are in advance.

If you bought a car and they offered a free radio with it and after you make the deal they hand you an AM radio with an 8 track, would you feel cheated or would you feel they treated you right?
1st priciple of econ: "There is no such thing as a free lunch"nmjaybird
Dec 12, 2003 4:39 AM
Who says commuter tires are useless?Dave Hickey
Dec 12, 2003 4:48 AM
I disagree that they know you're expecting a decent pair of tires. If I was Texas Cyclesport, I'd mention it in big bold letters if I was giving away Open Pros or Conti 3000's. They didn't mention the type or brand of tire. Unless they mention what type of tire, it shouldn't surprise anyone that they sent "cheap" tires.

It's winter and more people are spinning indoors or riding commuter/fixie bikes. I watched a guy shread his high dollar tire at my spin class Wed night. I'll bet he would have liked a pair of free tires from Texas Cyclesport.

I'm not defending Texas Cyclesport, Since I live in Texas, sales tax makes them not a competitive as Excel or others.
Do tell...Andy M-S
Dec 11, 2003 2:41 PM
What kind of tires are they? One man's trash is another's treasure, so if you post the details, maybe someone here will get in touch with you.

They sure SOUND like good commuter tires...
mmm, axial pro race something or other?bill
Dec 11, 2003 3:00 PM
just kidding.
They have some unpronounceable Asian name. This may be the self-same company that makes our favorite brands, but, trust me, these are not at the top of their line.
re: Texas Cyclesports -- thanks but no thanks.rdbike
Dec 11, 2003 2:41 PM
Donate them to your local spinning class (nm)
Best price???lyleseven
Dec 11, 2003 3:52 PM
I am surprised to hear you got a good deal on the Chorus parts from this outfit. I checked their campy prices last month and they were considerably higher than CritUSA and Total for the tires, maybe you can use them on the car....just kidding, or if you have a trainer.
2003 Chorus stuff is now kind of hard to get. Maybe not betterbill
Dec 12, 2003 3:12 PM
on the 2004, but good on the 2003, because they had it.
Gee, I dunno Bill, why not just give them to somedjg
Dec 12, 2003 8:06 AM
teenager on your team as a free pair of training tires. Nice for the kid. No cost to you.

I agree that I'd rather have one good tube than two really nasty tires, but if this is the worst thing you have to complain about this week then ...