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Monday, February 26, 2007
By Yokota Fritz

Phil says it's worth saying at least once a month, so I'll say it now: "Roadies aren’t the only “real” cyclists."

I'm kind of a roadie in that most of my bikes have been road bikes. I really enjoy my hours long weekend rides through the countryside on my 30-speed carbon fiber bike, and I'll bike the occasional Century and charity ride.

But I also have my older beater bikes with racks and fenders, and I totally respect the guys and gals who get around on old clunkers. As far as I'm concerned, it's all good, and all of you are real cyclists. Even the folks gettting around on third-hand retail store bikes going the wrong way with plastic bags hanging from the handlebars are real cyclists, as far as I'm concerned.

In fact, these cyclists on $10 garage-sale bikes don't read the bike magazines or blogs or marketing literature and possibly don't speak English, but they very likely outnumber the "real" cyclists who are out there. Respect them, be kind to them, and remember them during Bike To Work Day and other cycling promotion events.

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And, if you ever see some FAT guy in red, rolling by on a Huffy, while playing the guitar, pull over, STOP, and call a cab, IMMEDIATELY.

You are way too SLOSHED to be driving, and the Santa Task Force is not too far behind. If you get caught and refuse the breathlyzer, you might as well kiss your driver's license ADIOS.
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