Originally Posted by Oysterville
I direct you to the first line in my original post.
I've talked to a lot of store owners. They just don't want to be associated with what they consider a pending disaster. It's easier for them to act as though they don't want your business than to explain why.
We have an even split here as far as bicycle shops go. The local BMX superstore guys are totally accepting of the idea of motorized bikes. They have been very helpful, especially with wheels.
At the local "house of Spandex", the staff will ignore you unless you can recite the life story of the top ten finishers of the most recent tour de france. At these stores I just get what I need and keep the application to myself. At some stores the parts counter guy will not give you what you want until he hears your story. I usually just tell them that I'm working on an unrelated project and need a few bicycle parts to make it work.