The Crowsnest Pass might not have (OK, definitely does not have) the stores and services available in the city, however, one thing the Pass does have over Calgary and Lethbridge is a superior bike shop....The Tuck Shop.
Gord Tuck operates his shop *tucked* (yes I am so punny) out of the way in Coleman. Don't go looking for a place to buy gels, energy bars, clothing, etc. He does stock helmets, tubes, tires --- the necessities, and will order in a bike if you want. His specialty is bike maintenance, repair, and tuning.
This man is a miracle worker with all things mechanical. And doesn't overcharge for shitty work like you can get stuck with in the city....I'm not saying that all city bike shops take advantage of women and cyclists in general, but I've been visiting with Gord when someone from Calgary or Lethbridge comes in with a mechanical problem that the dudes in the city never fixed and still charged an arm and a leg for....
Last year, I met a guy from Lethbridge who was told by a bike shop that there was no way (impossible was the word they used) they could true his Zipp wheels. He had heard about Gord through a friend of a friend and made the trip to the Pass just to see him. Gord took one look at the wheels, and said, "Of course I can true them." AND HE DID IT RIGHT THEN AND THERE.
No appointments, no waiting list, no big frigging bill either.
I've been soooooo lucky over the years to have Gord as my personal bike guru. He coached me on how to change a flat tire -- I sat with him in his shop and went over and over how to do it. He never made me feel like an idiot either. :)
When I first started triathlon, he patiently talked me through bike care and maintenance over and over again. Because, me, being mechanically-challenged, nothing sticks -- it goes in one ear and out the other. Hahahahah!!
The first time I changed a flat tire, I messed up and got a pinch flat right away. I was near Bellevue, so I hoofed it to a gas station and called Gord. He came to the rescue. (Mike was away at work.) Now THAT is a bike guy to have on your side eh? :) :) :)
I often take for granted just how lucky I am to have the Tuck Shop in Coleman. Any time something goes on my bike -- I call Gord and I'm in the next day or the same day. I've been so pampered over the years that if I leave the shop after a bike tuning, and the gearing doesn't shift as perfectly as I know it can, I bring it back again and he works his magic gratis. Hey -- it's his own fault, I KNOW how awesome it feels to shift like buttah baby.
Today I spent the afternoon at Gord's while he trued my new race wheels and put a brand spanking new cog set on them....My new race wheels with new race tires!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!! OMG, they look so sexy I was squirming around with excitement. Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
My new derailleur and chain...Yes, I am freaking excited about this!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!
This is the best part....
I asked Gord if there was anything he could do about my hands going numb/hurting on the handlebars. I'm in aero most of the time, but when I'm not, CRAP my hands would hurt. See the custom handlebar taping job he did for me? WHEEEEE!! All the way down the bars!!! It feels like a cushion, I can't wait to try it out tomorrow!! :) :) :)
So, there you have it -- the Crowsnest Pass can be known for two things: The wind and The Tuck Shop. If you ever want your bike tuned PROPERLY and for far less than in the city....and you want to come see the Pass, give Gord a call: 403-563-3111. It'll be the best decision you ever made for your bike. :) :) :)