I took a mental health day off today to go ride my mountain bike for the first time in months, but had to finish up a few things on my rig that didn’t get finished last night, so I went into the shop early this morning after grabbing my truck from the dealership. 1/?
As I was working on my bike near the front window, around 9:30a, a few people came by. One man in particular, who knocked on the window and wanted to come in, was particularly peeved when I shook my head and pointed to our TWO signs that say we open at 11a, every day.
He shouted “fuck you, bitch!” and then rode away. One of our other wrenches was in the shop and we just laughed about it, whatever.

Until, after 11, that same guy returned. And Mark was there. He’d been told the story, so he went outside when the motherfucker showed up.
Mark asked “did you call her a bitch?” right out of the gate...

And that asshole had the audacity to lie to Mark, telling Mark he’d called me a ‘witch’ and claiming that he doesn’t use ‘the b-word’.

So I went out.
And I waited until they were done talking about what that guy’s bike needed and smooth as shit, as I stood there cleaning a different customer’s bottom bracket, I told him to get it done elsewhere.

“All of it?!” that fuck asks.

“All of it”, I said. “And anything else, too.”
“You don’t get to call me a bitch, then have the fucking audacity to show up here and lie about it. ‘Bitch’ looks a fuckload different than ‘witch’, and you’re a goddamn liar, and we all know it. So get gone — kick rocks, get fucked.”

He told me I couldn’t talk to him like that.
Well, up until that point, I’d been calm; deadly calm.

And then I shouted, right in his face, “I’ll talk to you however I damn well please, because disrespectful, lying-ass motherfuckers don’t get respect”... among other things.

And he was just the first today.
I’m not even on.
And the new policy I have is that there is a 100%, zero-tolerance, abso-fucking-lutely get bent, no asshole policy.

Instead of avoiding conflict with ‘potential customers’ (who never buy shit-all) and creating conflict within myself, I’m confronting them.

Fuck ‘em.
I don’t want that kind of audience in my shop, I won’t tolerate that sort of abuse and disrespect, and I won’t create a place where employees are grumpy because we can’t tell assholes to get fucked.

There are plenty of shops on this planet.

There are too few who raise hell.
And then, in the most wonderful turn of events after informing every wrench and employee of the new policy, on my way home, I drove past a group of four pre-teen girls on bikes, hanging out on the sidewalk by my house...

And with my truck loaded with bikes, I slowed, & stopped.
And I rolled down my window. And with a big grin, I said “hey — I like y’all’s bikes! Those are sweet. I hang out over at @bikecoopNM; if you ever need anything, come on by the shop and ask for Amanda and I’ll get you taken care of.”

I’ll never forget how stoked they were.
That sign, that single event at the end of a week filled with entitled-ass horseshit from jerks who don’t deserve a LOOK, was everything — those girls are the future of bike shops.

And our no-asshole policy along with our confrontational, aggressive enforcement of it, is why.
Not just for me or other adult women fed up with the constant feed of gaslighting, microaggressions and subtle abuse along with the overtly sexist shit, but also for the new generations — for those four girls, I will make my shop the most aggressively-inclusive space to exist.
Their excitement when I was pumped on their rides and said “you’ve got a friend down there” was the coolest thing I’ve done all week.

To see another female-presenting person, with a couple of badass bikes on the back, no man in tow... That would’ve been the world to me as a kid.
And maybe they’re not surprised by it. But their grins and waves and pointing as I drove away was EVERYTHING I needed this morning.

I’m still in this world for a reason.

And maybe, just maybe, this is exactly fucking why.

Gonna go ride my bike and cry now. ❤️

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You wanna know the real reason women are so cunty, so often? Because we spend the large majority of our days babysitting utter fucking morons while those same inept dumbasses pretend they have the right to interrupt us, talk down to us, and treat us as though we’re inferior.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
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Man, what a day.

My new #SPARKLEFUCKER frame arrived this morning, right before all fucking hell broke loose — oh, and New Mexico had 544 new COVID cases yesterday, while dumbasses are still throwing tantrums about wearing masks in the shop.
I’m still battling with shitty dude track mechanics to actually listen to me when I say that the fuel pump in the Battmobile is going, and those dumb ass motherfuckers tried charging me $189 to put fuel injector cleaner in today.

That bullshit didn’t last long.
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