I swear to god, I am almost ready to drill a non drilled carbon fork, for a brake for a non-machined rim, just so it will make my bike look more road-like.
I am moving back to nyc after a 6 year hiatus and if I ride my track bike on the street I am going to feel like a total square.
I will wear a helmet, never wear my lock around my waist, wear a climbing back pack, i don't wear jeans, i won't ever wear sunglasses, etc etc. The only thing I can think of to avoid being stereotyped would be to put the following letters on each spoke on my front wheel: J E S U S. Five letters for five spokes. It works out perfectly.
I swear to god (mind you, i don't believe in organized religion) the only way to not be stereotyped as some herb from the midwest that moved to brooklyn and bought a complete fixed bike, and still ride a track bike on the street, is to just constantly profess your love for JESUS, wear apparel that says "JESUS" and/or "JESUS LOVES YOU" etc etc.
The prospect of riding a road bike disgusts me. I road a road bike in nyc for a season and it was really horrible. Crunching and chain dropping left and right. Not to mention making a repair was always a nuisance.
For all the old schoolers in any of the boroughs... For all the people that were doing it before and will be doing it after the fad... What are you doing to cope?
Your help would be greatly appreciated. And if you can't help, I'll find out for myself soon enough. I move back August 1st.