So a few months back we visited and came to know a brand new bike shop in the Twin Cities, Green Tire Bike Shop. At the time the shop was run by one guy, who seemed nice enough, and wanted to get a neighborhood bike shop up and running in Saint Paul. He also said that he was going to supplement his shop with online sales at pretty much rock bottom prices.
Before too long we started to see Green Tire pop up as an option online when we searched for just about anything bike related, and surprisingly they were usually the cheapest option as well. Now it looks like the old adage “if it looks to good to be true, it probably is” is applicable.
About a month ago is when we first noticed some increased traffic to our post about Green Tire Bike Shop, with some surprising comments about customers getting ripped off. Essentially, you pay for a product and never receive it. You can read more reviews on the Google page (currently 1.5 stars), and MTBR forums, pretty much seems to be the same story from everyone. Their Twitter feed has gone silent, and the website hasn’t been updated in a while so we decided to pop over to the shop to see if they are still have a physical location and the answer is yes.
We were there on a Sunday, and they were closed, along with being closed on Friday, Saturday and Monday. The stack of newspapers at the front door wasn’t an encouraging sign that they are still around, but peeking in the windows it looks like they still have an inventory.
Does anyone in Saint Paul know what’s going on with Green Tire? They are giving our city a bad name!