I grew up in southern Alberta.Ranch country in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.Some ranchs in the 1000s of acres up to 100000 acres.Any farming is just for winter feed for horses and livestock.Calgary (home of the famous Calgary Stampede) is closest city.I always wore western garb,Wranglers, boots yes the buckle and ball cap or cowboy hat.Not unusual to see that in Calgary as well,but i now live in Northern Alberta. In Edmonton, western garb is far less common.Started riding again in my 40s.Wandered into lbs stores and was mostly ignored(strange looks)Or got wrong advise thinking i didnt know anything.Ended up in a specialty store,which now sell bikes like Brompton folders ,Pashleys,Surly etc(Talking of bringing in Moultons)Owner of store introduced himself and we hit it off,good advice and took the time.Ive laid a lot of cash down there over the years as my whims changed.Asked him once why he didnt just pass me up dressing as i do.He said he never judges book by the cover.Very smart man.No i dont wear boots when riding.Lol.Except horses
Just a side note,im alone now and have met ladies riding,if i think they may be interested i always mention how i dress when not riding(mention my old pickup truck which is comfy like a old boot)and that generally changes that situation rather rapidly.Actually funny i think.
What am i saying? Find a shop that respects you know matter what you may appear to be or what you look like.I dont deal with snobs.
So whats your story on how to find a shop????