Has anybody used the coop in Brooklyn? As a 55 year old would I be totally out of place there? I'm building wheels and would prefer to use a stand and a dishing tool, and even better a tensionometer during the build, but I could also do without. Is the Brooklyn coop even stocked, or is the one in Manhattan a better choice? Or am I dreaming and I'll be lucky to even find a decent tool there?
When I lived in Seattle I belonged to the Wright Bros. coop in Fremont for a while, and I actually still have the custom built bike I bought through them in 1981. I'd always supported my local coops, although I won't step foot into the Park Slope food nazi coop. (I actually stopped going into coops altogether after my one and only encounter there. There was a funny article in the NY Times about them not that long ago and it wasn't very flattering.)
I don't generally feel out of place as an older cyclist, and prefer riding with a younger crowd, but it is different when not on the bike. Somehow talking about being out all night, drinking until you can't stand up anymore just doesn't appeal to me. It sounds too much like what I did when I was young.