I seemed to have digressed somewhat. Anyway, the guy taking Floria from me accepted my request without a fuss. Indeed, he seemed quite happy to do it. I like to think I am a slightly exotic and therefore interesting customer at the shop. My take on the place is the bulk of their customers fall into the categories of MAMILs (a.k.a. Middle Aged Men In Lycra or Spandex bikers), Westmount kids, riders of comfort bikes and some wannabe mountain bikers. While I could be accused of belonging to the first category (I am a middle aged man who has been known to wear Lycra), I defend my "honour" by pointing out that my tires are far too wide and my bikes too heavy and practical for me to be a true MAMIL. The fact that Floria has a milk crate attached on the back means I would have a hard time being truly accepted by the MAMIL community. ;-) (Incidentally, I noticed a "factory" version of milk crate bike basket on sale at the Shop!) All this to say, that I am an outlier among their customers as they don't get all that many hard core cycle commuters or bike tourers. Hence, I like to think that I am memorable.
|The "Thumb bell" installed|
|The other side for comparison|