i hear where your coming from.
as a kid i worked in a bike shop, i started by sweeping up and making brews.
The other kids thought it was so cool i had my own job and my own bikes!
The place was.... self sufficient. it had been open since the 60s, and was basically a delapadated terraced house which had metamorphosized into a bike shop
full of crap really, but the smell of the place... the expertise of the guys working there...
i can always tell a bike garage over a car place as soon as i get a whiff!
its a much sweeter smell.
i worked there on saturdays for years....such a great shop.
gone now RIP Regents!
and carpet?? No carpet there, just 6 inch thick oil and dirt!!
The upstairs bathroom had used tyres in the bath, and the toilet was always blocked
its a tattoo shop now, and has been gutted and renovated