Man Walks Into a Bicycle Shop
May 9, 2010
Total mileage: 505
Man walks into a bicycle shop and tells the owner he’s looking for a good road bike. He likes the new models but doesn’t want to spend that much money. The shop owner says, “Have I got a deal for you!” and pulls down a used Felt Z65 from an overhead hanger. It’s a shiny red model, only two years old, and priced right. The man is interested, very interested, and the shop owner begins to close the sale. Then, the customer notices the words “Fit Woman” on the stem and loses his temper. He snarls that the shop owner is trying to sell him a woman’s bike, and stomps angrily out the door.
True story. The used bike is mine, the place is Jerry’s Bike Shop in Topeka, and this happened just last week. Jerry and I could only shake our heads at the attitude displayed by the big, burly guy who passed up my old Felt. It is not a bike made for a woman, but a bike that was altered so a woman could ride it. Jerry still had the original handlebars and stem, and would have offered to replace them if only the customer had stuck around.
But it wouldn’t have mattered to a man who couldn’t stand the thought of riding a woman’s bike, or a bike once ridden by a woman. And the woman who rode it very possibly could have dusted him on that bike. So my old bike still hangs from the ceiling of Jerry’s Bike Shop in Topeka. It’s a good deal. Really. Even if a girl used to ride it.
Mileage update: I’ve stepped up my commuting to work, averaging two to three times a week. Mr. Spoked and I went for a 30-mile ride on Sunday, cold and windy, but a good hilly route.
Entry filed under: Bicycling.