More than Riding

As you get familiar with the bike community you will find quickly that one thing cyclists like more than cycling, is talking about all their gear, gadgets, and technical specs of their bikes and gear. If you were to ask a crowd of cyclists to tell you about their favorite or most essential bike items you would get a lot of eager responses…

More than Riding...

However, after spending even more time in the bike community, you will find that what cyclists like more than cycling or talking about their gear, is giving advice about your gear.

And that’s where I get into trouble. Because I am not interested in gadgets or memorizing technical specs.

More than Riding...

Mostly I just bike to work. But so far I haven’t lost my balance because of my lack of knowledge. I do just fine.

 

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44 Responses to “More than Riding”

  • So. Totally. With. You. I just want to ride a bike that works that’s not too obscenely heavy. I leave all the geekery to my partner, Benjamin, who works at a bike shop, and I think he more than compensates for my utter utilitarianism.

  • I love it. I was telling a biker friend the other day that I was finally joining the club and getting my first bike since I was a kid and starting the gather the info and look into things.

    Then her eyes began to glow and she said “I can tell you all about gear.” Scarey! ;-)

  • Ha! This one was worth waiting for. Love the new site btw!!!

  • Marge Evans

    thanks so much for this. it is so true!

  • I love this!
    I was recently introduced to this blog by some online friends. As a professional illustrator I really appreciate and admire your artwork.
    Wanna hear about my helmet camera? Nevermind ;-)
    Tailwinds!

  • This is true and funny.
    The technical element of cycling can be nice, as if you could buy a pair of Usain Bolt legs, but riding a bike is not a consumerist activity.

  • I laughed so hard @ the 2nd cartoon, I had tears in my eyes. Just found it, but luv your site.

  • punkrockbeth

    Say, nice Rollins reference. . .

  • Sadly, this is the difference between ‘cyclists’ and ‘people’ (including those such as me, you and your readers who get around on a bike). ‘Cyclists’ like this do so much damage to the image of all people on bikes in the eyes of the public (f*ing cyclists!) and politicians/planners who provide infrastructure for ‘cyclists’.

    What kind of bike do I ride? A comfortable one.
    What kind of gear do I own? Clothes.

  • jeff

    You asked on twitter “What is the only thing cyclists like more than riding?” Well, my first thought was drinking beer — not that i’m a big beer drinker myself but the general impression i get online is that casual cyclists drink a lot of beer, especially micro-brew beer.

  • LOVE IT. Emulating the Lana Del Rey song – I just ride:

    I hear the birds on the summer breeze, I drive fast
    I am alone in the night
    Been tryin’ hard not to get in trouble, but I
    I’ve got a war in my mind
    I just ride
    Just ride, I just ride, I just ride

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