I went up to the Vetter challenge in 2014, and my brother went with me to take the opportunity to ride around on our old stomping grounds, the Santa Cruz mountains. Almost literally every single time we stopped somewhere, someone asked about my bike and I got to tell the story about this wonderful Santa Cruz-based company. In the three years that I've been riding in San Diego, however, I've literally had ONE person spontaneously ask me about it, and that was a bicyclist who was just behind me as we waited for a light to turn green. I've gone to EV events, I've gone to bike night at the El Cajon "hot summer nights" car show, and the bike gets very little interest of any kind even in a vehicle-focused environment. Oh, I take it back....the guy at my local 7-11 asked me how I liked my new 250 the first time I pulled in on it.
I'm a little embarrassed how poorly my hometown represents.