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Day Six: Waiting on a tire in Cincinnati


By Carmen Gentile | Photographs by Justin Merriman for American Reportage

CINCINNATI, Ohio — We’re waiting on a tire for my bike — turns out we couldn’t find a replacement anywhere in the greater Cincinnati area and even in neighboring Kentucky. 

But our new friend Sassy introduced us to her fellow rider and bike shop owner Wilson “Brooklyn” Silvestry, who originally hails from his namesake borough. 

She had my bike sent to his shop, Precision Motorworks, so he can replace the tire, once we find one, that is. 

I reached out to Royal Enfield, who graciously loaned us the bikes for our journey, to see what they can do to help locate a tire for me. 

After a few calls and some deep digging on their end, the folks at Royal Enfield, Brett Sexton and Breeann Poland, locate the correct tire and tell me they’re overnighting it to Brooklyn’s shop. 

With a plan in motion, we thank the folks at Royal Enfield for their hustle and decide to spend the rest of our day exploring the city. 

From Brookyln’s shop, we head to Findlay Market, a collection of bakeries, butchers, eateries and small stores that’s just one of the many attractions that make this a town worth revisiting, a plan we formulate over shrimp tacos and other delicious eats enjoyed on a warm, sunny, spring day in the Queen City. 

Though we’re excited to get back on the road and head for Kentucky, we’re sorry to leave behind all the new friends we’ve made in Cincinnati. 

Check out a couple more pictures from our revelry the other night with the Cartel MC to see why. 

Carmen Gentile is founder and editor-at-large of Postindustrial. He has worked for some of the world’s leading publications and news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CBS News and others. His book, “Blindsided by the Taliban,” documents his life as a war reporter and the aftermath of his brush with death after being shot with a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan.

Justin Merriman is a freelance photojournalist who has traveled the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters, civil unrest as well as covering assignment throughout the United States. His work has appeared in leading national publications and he has received multiple top journalism awards. Justin is a founding member of American Reportage.

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