As we have been venturing further South, the numbers of punctures have drastically increased due to a rather nasty roadside plant creating spiky burrs that end up in all the wrong places and are sharp enough to do serious harm to a worn out tire. Our journey led us to Orange Beach, Alabama when we were on our last 5 pack of Park Tool Super Patches (must have). We estimate to have burned through about 40 super patches thus far, that means a lot of saved tubes!
We arrived outside of Infinity Cycles, a bike shop in Orange Beach around 9am. Unfortunately the shop wasn't "Open" until 10am. Luckily we possessed panniers fulled with dumpster yogurt and sweet tea from a Florida WinDixie, enough to preoccupy us for a while. The shop owner and employees arrived in their SUV's around 10:15 and told us we would have to wait outside until they opened up "just after 10". Instead of helping their paying customers, the shop keepers proceeded to set their 40+ rental bikes outside, rather then waste time, We started to help. After 15 minutes of unpaid labour we thought we were going to get a good deal on two 10 speed chains and friendly service. We thought wrong. To start off he asked $15 more for a 10-speed chain than any other place we had come across. After telling him that we found the price rather steep he replied to us with an irritated voice "Yeah, you're in a resort town here." So we tried it differently, could we perhaps get a discount for buying two chains, with the total bill coming to $115 we figured something could be done. No was the answer and if we wanted him to mount the chains it would be another $10 per bike. We kindly declined his offer and explained to him that we are too cheap for his shop after wich he continued by openly badmouthing us to his co-worker saying that we "should go to Wal-Mart if we wanted a cheap deal.
Later that day after a 10 mile detour we got to another bike shop wich helped us out in every way and did give us a little discount. Their name will be posted here later. We made the decision afterwards to always ask ourselves this question before we spend money in a bike shop: "Is he friendly?"