I love you, You love me

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?

Colorado Ice Biker

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.

18 Comments

  • Duncan Watson
    December 17, 2009 - 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Ha, Thanks man. Sincerely,Recumbent Commuter who likes to race at HPV events and sometimes does Brevets

  • Duncan Watson
    December 17, 2009 - 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Ha, Thanks man.
    Sincerely,
    Recumbent Commuter who likes to race at HPV events and sometimes does Brevets

  • Ron
    December 17, 2009 - 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Howdy–To the rest of the world, we're all Fred.Happy Trails,Ron Georg

  • Ron
    December 17, 2009 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Howdy–

    To the rest of the world, we're all Fred.

    Happy Trails,
    Ron Georg

  • Ross
    December 18, 2009 - 12:37 am | Permalink

    Indeed. I usually go out of my way to.wave or nod to any cyclist I pass – even the inferior ones!

  • Ross
    December 17, 2009 - 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Indeed. I usually go out of my way to.wave or nod to any cyclist I pass – even the inferior ones!

  • Denny Yunk
    December 18, 2009 - 1:12 am | Permalink

    Amen, brothers.

  • Denny Yunk
    December 17, 2009 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Amen, brothers.

  • John Romeo Alpha
    December 18, 2009 - 1:53 am | Permalink

    I wasn't even aware of the divide between infrastructure and vehicular cyclists. Now I have a better idea why the people riding on the road in traffic right next to the empty bike path glare at me. Peace to all.

  • John Romeo Alpha
    December 17, 2009 - 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I wasn't even aware of the divide between infrastructure and vehicular cyclists. Now I have a better idea why the people riding on the road in traffic right next to the empty bike path glare at me. Peace to all.

  • GhostRider
    December 18, 2009 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    Upon reflection and after reading the numerous comments our article generated, I've concluded that most of the "us vs. them" friction IS meant to be good-natured — in the way that good friends will poke fun at each other.Not sure about the VCers vs. infrastructurists, though — that can be a fairly vicious battle in my experience!Thanks for the link love, Fritz…but check the spelling of my last name.

  • GhostRider
    December 18, 2009 - 3:18 am | Permalink

    Upon reflection and after reading the numerous comments our article generated, I've concluded that most of the "us vs. them" friction IS meant to be good-natured — in the way that good friends will poke fun at each other.

    Not sure about the VCers vs. infrastructurists, though — that can be a fairly vicious battle in my experience!

    Thanks for the link love, Fritz…but check the spelling of my last name.

  • The Tenth Letter Of The Alphab
    December 18, 2009 - 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the nod. Hopefully the non-waving-or-nodding brethren catch on.

  • The Tenth Letter Of The Alphabet
    December 18, 2009 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the nod. Hopefully the non-waving-or-nodding brethren catch on.

  • Yokota Fritz
    December 18, 2009 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

    So sorry Jack — fixed now!Happy to be Fred….

  • Yokota Fritz
    December 18, 2009 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    So sorry Jack — fixed now!

    Happy to be Fred….

  • bikesgonewild
    December 18, 2009 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    …you guys should have a gathering of the tribes……for musical entertainment, you could invite: …the grateful fred……fred e mercury……the fred kennedys……fred zeppelin……& u2……why u2 ???…well, 'cuz bono wants to bring EVERYONE together !!!……just sayin'…

  • bikesgonewild
    December 18, 2009 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    …you guys should have a gathering of the tribes…

    …for musical entertainment, you could invite:
    …the grateful fred…
    …fred e mercury…
    …the fred kennedys…
    …fred zeppelin…
    …& u2…
    …why u2 ???…well, 'cuz bono wants to bring EVERYONE together !!!…

    …just sayin'…

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