If you've ever spoken with an old school'er, likely one of the first questions they asked you is "what bike do you have ?"
In TAS, there obsessed with people's bikes. They want to know all about it. They insist that you tell them what "bikes" you have – old school, med school or new high-techy school. What's your exact title? How do you spend your day? Are you someone that speaks the language of old school, mongoose, powder puff, Phil Liggett, snap, the blue oyster bar, BMXA, proactive, vet pro, etc? Basically, They would like everyone to walk around with their old school bike attached to their forehead, but since that's a bit over-the-top, old school'rs try to glean the same information by asking questions – often lots of them – about your bike's.
Most of them mean well when they ask these questions. They are trying to get to know you, and in old school, your bike is a major part of who you are. Until it isn't. How do you define yourself when you don't have a bike – or, at least, you don't have the 1979 mongoose you want ?