But, still very very surprised that if you walk into most bike shops, two almost discete barely noticeable rubber hoops, will set you back some like £60! OK bike shops have expenses like business mortgages, lots of sales staff, lots of mechanics, etc, but you'd think some of your no-nonsence, just some really decent bikes and kit 'BIKE SHOPS' would stock some of the lower RRP QUALITY tyres, BUT NO!
Maybe it's just the shop(s) you've visited, but I seem to be able to find a good range in the shops near me.
The prices haven't changed to my mind - I specced a set of top of the line WTB's to a bike in '97 that had an RRP of £47.95. I didn't pay that, but that was 14 years ago - so add inflation to that price. £30 doesn't seem like a lot to me for a tyre.
So ordering an ODD shaped product like tyres over the internet, INCLUDING DELIVERY, equals cheaper then the shops! CRAZY!
Nope, just the internet business based world we consumers live in nowadays. Mail order was cheaper before that. Overheads and stock control are massive issues for an average bike shop - as with most sales based business. Been in an independent record shop lately?