I like the bike shop and the owner is a nice guy ( names withheld ) but...when I asked if he carried any recumbent accessories he told me, " we no longer carry recumbents because of the 'urban environment' we are in. Bents are great for the trails and country roads but not for the 'urban environment'." Those are very nearly his exact words.
I would understand if he said, "that is not our market." I would understand if he said, "we cater to the messengers." As unlikely as it might sound, I would have understood if he said, "I was seriously dissed by a bent rider and no longer want them in my store." This just seems like such a stupid answer.
It is my understanding that there are a few bent riders in urban environments.
Could it be that I really am the only one riding a bent in a big city?
tom o. in Chicago.
PS. I did not take offense but I now know not to bother returning to the shop for my bent needs.