This morning I brought my Breezer into the LBS for a tune-up (or, as I like to think of it, a full seaweed wrap, facial and botox treatment.) The mechanic wrote up my order, then she helped me ascertain if the saddle was indeed the correct height for me. (We determined that the stem needed to be raised a tiny bit.) Walking back home, I thought about the changes in the bike world in the past 10 or so years. During this visit:
* a woman mechanic dealt with me (at last! What's taken so long?)
* another mechanic poked his head out of the backroom when he heard the word "Breezer" and complimented my (3-speed!) bike. That never would have happened back in the old days.
* And get this....as I was wheeling it in, nobody snorted "jesus, how much does that thing weigh!"
Yup, attitudes are changing for the better. Hell, even my LBS is carrying utillity/commuting style bikes. There are still plenty of people there with the racing mentality but, I think they figured out that regular people ride bikes too; and there are a lot more of us than the racing types.
Heh! Yes, as the economy got tighter and tighter, I saw attitudes change. Now they're afraid of chasing any customer away. When I roll in one of my recumbents, all of the shop people come out to see what I have this time. Anybody who rides recumbents knows how truly strange THAT is.
When I had my LBS order my new Trek beach cruiser they bent over backward to make sure I was happy. Now, this should be the case whether I was buying a high end bike or a lowly cruiser but just a few years ago this was not the case as when I bought my first cruiser. Ah, some good will come out of this bad economy yet.
Heh, at one bike shop I visit, one of the 3 mechanics is a girl, ( cute too ) She seems to be the best one there, though that is a bit harder to judge. We have just had a store open catering specifically for commute/cargo /round town bikes. About half the stuff they sell is "breezer" type. All the other stores have at least a few, of that type, up to half their stock.
The bad news, is that the box stores are now selling BSOs. ( Breezer Shaped Objects! )