In my youth, I spent time living in a ghetto prior to marrying into poverty and being lifted out of my situation. Therefore, I can move easily into and out of the two camps. Canal and New Albany. I like and respect both sides but thought for newcomers like Benton, who is making his first foray south, I should provide fair warning. It can be a culture shock. I have asked that the parking lot be a weapons free zone for this one ride and trust Ric Noland to enforce the rule so.....
...familiar gadgets like the above will not be on display or possibly in use. However, all Canal cyclists carry those long, nasty looking frame pumps that in a pinch, can do real damage. Now, on to some other head's ups....
.....I've always found it curious that hardly any of the New Albany cyclists work so they have lots of time to ride. I guess it is family fortunes passed down from generation to generation. Canal is similar in that few of them work but it is because they can't find a job, at least not a legal one. So, never ask where one of them works. You don't want to know about meth labs.
The Canal men are real men and the Canal women are real men too. It must be a tribal thing but Canal women pride themselves on length of arm pit hair so try not to stare.
Obviously there are cultural difference. New Albanyers enjoy fine arts, fine dining, fine times while Canalers brag about their international interests in cuisine, Scottish places mostly that most of us otherwise know as "Mcdonalds".
Mainly, just show up, be quiet, avoid eye contact and upon your return to the parking lot, be thankful if all you have lost are the.....