Ok... they're not really confused, but they think I'm a bit off!
Went in today, and was waiting to talk to someone... Two employees are talking to one customer, and they bring up mileage... the customer mentions that he put 300 some miles on his bike in June, both employees make a comment about not being able to spend that much time on their bikes. One says she got 112 miles, the guy says he got about 150.
So... anyway... I went in to get a shorter stem... the reach is too long for me. The guy helps me look around, but ... it's an old threaded headset... the only threaded stem is for a mountain bike but .. they have an adapter for a threadless stem... so then we start looking around at the stems, and can't find any short enough. So... I'm looking at the mountain bike stem again... it looks to be about the size I want. He says "But... that'll look funny on a road bike" ...
Heh... I just look over at my Raleigh, with the folded up grocery panniers, rack, peanut butter jar full of tools in the second water bottle cage.... So... this stem will make my bike look wierd? *laughs*
So.. then I'm paying for it, and some new bar tape, and the lady looks over at my bike, asks me if it's mine. Yup. "It's WAY too big for you... you can't ride that."
I tell her I put 649 miles on it in the last month... she gives me a funny look, and says "I guess it's all what you're used to... I couldn't even get ON that."
Here's to more miles in the month of July, on my too big for me funny looking bike with the mountain bike stem and panniers and all!
Oh... got the new stem put on, bars taped (doesn't look bad, considering it's the first time I ever taped bars) and tried it out... Seems much better to me... We'll see how it works next ride. (probably tomorrow)