Are we a happy family?
I just wanna say: If you ride a bicycle, you’re A-OK in my book. I don’t care what you ride, why you ride, where you ride, and what you wear while riding — it’s all good.
Prompted by Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney @ Bike Commuters, who wonders, “Can’t We All Just Get Along?“
Why, then, is there so much friction within the world of cycling? In my 30+ years, I’ve witnessed the “us vs. them” mentality more times than I care to remember. Just off the top of my head, I’ve seen: BMXers vs. fixed-gear freestylers; Roadies vs. mountain bikers; Bike geeks vs. “fashionistas”; Gearies vs. fixies; Commuters vs. racers; Vehicular cyclists vs. fans of road infrastructure.
I sometimes poke some fun at any and all of the above groups, and I hope it’s taken in the good humored spirit that it’s given.
Except for recumbents, of course. They’re clearly the spawn of the devil.
Just kidding! I love the bent riders as well.