the bike camp guys can get a little cranky, it is part of their shtick, But it is also that they are overworked, don't take it tooo personaly but, DO NOT GO IN IF THEY ARE CLOSED! That is how they warn people that they are cranky and need some "alone time" I have heard firsthand they have a lot of trouble with theft and vandalisim (particularly towards the end of the week) and that is another reason why they are so defensive. If you are really in a pinch and can't find another bike repair camp, (you did the right thing finding the other one) look for someone with a camelback, a decent bike and a friendly smile (like me), veteran cyclists usualy carry at least a few basic tools on them at all times, I felt like a nitwit because I had no tire levers ( ride a racing bike to commute with in the "real world" so I dont need em) , so I went to bike camp waving my double barreled pump and carring my tube and wheel so they knew I was not an idiot who was going to waste their time, and they were very nice to me. Good gifts to show you how much you love them is a good tactic too, I made a friend for life when I offered an overworked recycle camp (the two are together) guy a backrub on saturday, I am not kidding, we have gone riding every week since we got back.
Part of it is the bicycle culture thing, I am generaly a pretty nice person, But I ride a bike in real life and years of "get off the road bitch" "retard"( because of my helmet ) getting run off the road, getting Ice and hot coffee thrown on me, parts stolen off my bike, people who think it is funny to open car doors in front of you, yell at you, crap like that (and it happens almost every time I ride)
even though I am following all the rules of the road, has made me pretty bitter, and don't even ask me why I don't "just drive a car." It is a moral thing with me ( and a lot of other cyclists ) besides liking the freedom and economy of using a bicycle instead of a car. Anyway, part of SOME (not all by any means, and there are a lot of different factions that feel differently) hard core Bicycle culture is the agressive, defensive "rudeness" you experienced, and it is part performance art, PARTICULARLY WITH THE BICYCLE CAMP AT CENTER CAMP. I wouldn't take it personally. It wasn't directed at you, ( although I'm sure it was extremely disconcerting and seemed like it was directed at you ) It is part of the experience, and a lot of it is an act to keep away "tourists". My advice would be next time, play along and/or bring some really good gift to catch them off guard and show your sincerity, it will be a lot more fun, and you might make some new friends.
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on Wed Oct 08, 2003 2:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I took the road less traveled, and now I would like to go back and find the paved one.