Do you dress or choose gear in order to give an impression? What impression? Do you think of it that way?
A lady just posted on my local Facebook community forum:
She goes on to describe the typical iniquities and indignities we often talk about here (insults, thrown garbage, and specifically today, loose dogs).I don't have a car, so I walk to and from work thoroughly bundled up against the cold. The reaction I get from my town, just because I can't afford everything everyone else can, is one of hostility and disgust...
It's quite regular in BF Commuting for us to tell people they need to get out there on a 25yo mountain bike, with a backpack. I see these people. At first glance they look poor, like they're on the bike because they must be. There's another type out there that I think of as the Serious Commuter who have a touring bike, bright LED lights, day-glo windbreaker, panniers. They look wealthy, like they're on the bike because they want to be.