Re: Are MBs the Beverly Hillbillies of bicycledom?
My first two MB's were built when I lived in Seattle and I definately got a little of the "look down on you" frowns from the spandex crowd. This was a little disconcerting since I own a pair of spandex pants myself...there in a box somewhere I think. Those spandex pants aren't just for looks, btw, they help with circulation in the legs and a significant portion of your padding is in the crotch area of those pants because it certainly isn't on the bicycle seat. I was never trim enough for them anyway and tended to wear shorts over mine because...well let's be honest, they look silly as it is and even sillier on a chunky guy.
Now I live in a small town and get generally favorable reviews from everyone. The tourist seem to really like them and always ask where I got them from, how much they cost and the always required "I bet they do good on gas!" The local "authorities" just smile and nod or wave. I get the impression that as long as I don't cause problems with them, they'll just leave me alone.
Am I Hillbilly? Probably, but I wouldn't have it any other way.