December 28, 2011

What Kind of Cyclist Are You?

When people find out that I am a keen cyclist the first question that is always asked is "what kind of cyclist are you?".  Although this may seem to be a perfectly straight forward question, it's one that I struggle to answer in any coherent way.  It reminds me of being back in the seventies when people would ask you what sort of music you liked and you knew that depending on the answer you gave that you would immediately be judged, pigeon holed or worse, depending on the inquisitors own personal preference and tribal instincts.  Strangely that while musical prejudice has all but disappeared over the subsequent decades, snobbery and tribalism amongst cyclists has risen to being from nowhere.  Cyclists  have developed their own style and even fashion according to their chosen discipline, be it the mud splattered victim that is the MTB trials rider or the chic messenger bag toting fixed gear town rider.  Blogger "BikeSnobNYC" in his excellent book "Bike Snob" hilariously caricatures no less than ten  cycling stereotypes, explaining why other cyclists don't like them and also their compatibility with other cyclists.  According to Bike Snob it appears that I am a "Lone Wolf"... but what about you?

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