The Hopeful Pro: Identified by a team-replica cyclingcap and bulging calves, this aspir- ing racer looks for any advantage to cheat the wind, defy gravity, and eke out one more watt. Best Quality Will gladly inform you why your bike, riding position, and donut consumption are holding you back, then suggest (often with- out solicitation) ways to fix it.
The Retrogrouch: These crusty shop hands lust after blue-anodized cranks, tubular tires, and 8-speed Campy cassettes. From behind a thick beard and tattered apron, they will wax poetic about the days before Di2. Best Qual- ity The only person in town will- ing to help you find parts for your 1980s Japanese steel samurai sword of a bike.
And on the opposite page they featured Maglia Rosa, the bike shop a few doors down from me in Brooklyn.