So about a week ago when unlocking my bike right after walking out of a local Trader Joes in the middle of Boston's Boylston St. I am greeted by this youngish (20-30) year old.
Now ive got my Redline Conquest Pro out today for the fine weather and all of a sudden I am asked by a youngish (20-30) steel lover: "Is that steel!?".
Me: "No it's aluminum"
Steel lover: "Why anre't you riding a steel bike!?"
Me: "Because I like the way my aluminum rides"
Steel lover: "But man that bike could just shatter underneath you"
Me: "I have ridden alot of aluminum bikes and none of them have ever shattered underneath me, I like the way aluminum rides"
Steel lover: "Well alright man, but ride safe, ride safe..."
A few other non-insulting back and forth occured in-between these highlights and I rode off.
Was this guy trolling me? Or do some people really feel like aluminum frames will magically shatter beneath others and they just need to expound upon why it is a bad idea for them to ride aluminum frames or in this guys case what seemed like non-steel frames? I will admit I have a certain love for this one bike and I felt like he had just called my child ugly so I might have taken his comments a little too close to the heart.
Has anyone else had this sort of thing happen to them before though?