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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bike posers defined -- finally!


The good folks at Bike Commuters.com are wondering if it's okay to drive a car to ride your bike... in other words, are you a poser and a sap for depending on an automobile to get you where you want to ride your bike for recreational purposes. I'll leave that discussion up to them, and up to you. (My short and sweet answer: Drive as little as you can, ride as much as you are able; consider turning that 20-minute drive into an epic one-hour approach and return, and log some big mileage.)

But the roundtable never really addresses the real question: Are all cyclists other than commuters a bunch of posers? I say yes. I know a few commuters who log way more mileage than your typical Cat 1 roadie or even your philthiest bike messenger, and that makes those guys with their silly little uniforms and secret handshakes huge wussies and posers.

And there is absolutely nothing more punk rock than riding a three-speed in a tweed suit with wingtips.

14 comments:

davison said...

For once, I completely agree with Pinch Flat.

bother yam said...

Are you trying to start a fight? This should be fun to watch...

P.S. I'm with Pinchie

Anonymous said...

Wingtips punk rock???WTF!?

Sid Vicious never wore lame shoes like that Pinchness.

fast freddy

Lunatic Biker said...

Commuters are the gods of the cycling world.

andrew said...

spoken like a commuter lunatic or is that loon-state-a-tic. careful how you call me a poser

Brendan Leonard said...

It all depends on your reasons for riding, but I'll say that bike commuters are badasses.

Anonymous said...

While I applaud commuters who log huge miles, they aren't by nature any more hard core than anyone else. Like Brendan said, it all depends on your reasons for riding. A cat 1 rodie would only be a poser if he/she went on training rides dressed in Eddue Bauer chinos pretending to be riding to work. In which case they would be posing as a commuter, apparently the most bad-ass of all sub cultures within cycling.

andrew said...

bad ass is for all time right, once a bad ass always a bad ass, or do i need to renew my license to be a bad ass...

Lunatic Biker said...

I don't feel so bad ass when I get to work in the winter and my foot is numb.

Lunatic Biker said...

I don't feel so bad ass when I get to work in the winter and my foot is numb.

randonneur said...

have a back injury once... i need the numbness in my left foot to match the permanent nerve damage in my right foot. that could be badass... maybe

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