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You can be as many types of bikers as you want. Personally, I've got my '85 schwinn, a trek marlin 29er, a tall bike, and a fixie (minus the American Apparel) and I love them all. I love the roadie for races and commuting. When at races, i usually have the oldest heaviest bike there, but I figure that if I can keep up with the carbon croud on a heavier bike, i've won. The fixie, I love for training. it really wears your legs out never coasting, and it was fun to build on the cheap, and it's fun to ride. The marlin is just fun all aroud on the trails. The tall bike...it's fun, but it's so fun. I love them all.

Leo Horishny

Some good points and if you compare them to questions that were also asked when bicycling first appeared on the scene a century ago, sadly, not much has changed. :-\

I have access to used bicycle clothing and I appreciate having the lycra apparel at thrift store prices. I have ridden with my street clothes (home made knickers), but they're best suited for short rides in cooler temps. When it's hot out, having technical, synthetic clothing does keep the sweats off the body.

I have another set of questions for you:
What do you do when an out of the ordinary bike is too comfortable and suits your riding needs? A majority of recumbent riders have to make peace with that decision.
Also, for the 4 years I've been commuting, I find myself a third wheel in that I don't go for 50 plus mile recreational rides or races every weekend. Nor do I go bombing down rocky scree on a freeride bike.
Mountain bikes or high end road cycles are the 2 groups in my area, commuters and cargo bikes are purple cow concepts where I live, even among (especially among?) the committed cyclists in my community. I easily put on 20 - 30 miles a day running errands and shopping by bike, but I find transport/utility cycling a satisfying goal in and of itself.

Perhaps these decisions and questions answer why it is that cyclists tend to be independent, loosely congregating sorts? In my area, at least, people tend to not be open to new bicycle concepts other than the ones they know or participate in.

In my opinion, it tends to be so, worse than the H/D, BMW, Rice burner facets of motorcycling.


It's actually funny watching the......real bikers in their full kits and carbon frame bikes on organized rides. I show up in a t-shirt and road bike shorts on a Long Haul Trucker. I ride a lot of charity rides, that seems to be the only thing going on in Tennessee. They all race for the end of the ride, I kick back and enjoy the birds, foxes, deer, and dogs. Life is great at the back of the pack and a lot of laughs at the snobs that don't have time to smile and wave. Life is better going slow and comfy!

Maple Leaf

You may be wondering what "type" of biker you are, but those two stories tell me that you are, indeed, a "biker" and that's what counts!

Welcome to the cult!


you want to be a cream-filled pastry, but, the universe is telling you that you're an ice cream cone. the cream-filled pastries don't really care that you're an ice cream cone. they're just happy to see another dessert. and ice cream cones are great! just ride it!


Thanks for chiming in, everyone. Getting into biking is really interesting. There's learning about the mechanics of the bikes and how to make modifications, but also the psychological/cultural stuff. And although I joke around a bit in my posts, I am totally inclusive and love anyone who rides a bike. Although people who ride in New York City are cooler and tougher. ;)

Slim fatboy

You are a true American hero. Get some cleats and a couple of jerseys and shorts and you'll be an American legend.




Yeah, it sounds like he got brakes, bars, tape and shifters for 250, which isn't a awful deal.

As far as "types of biker" Just ride and stop caring. I ride road bikes (rarely anymore), mountain bike (geared or ss), commute (fixie with racks and panniers) and cargo with a trailer. And I have never felt like a tool cause I wasn't on the wrong kind of bike.
You will find your place and from the sounds of it you will enjoy the crap out of it. Keep the excitement around as long as possible.


Oh and add a harley sportster that is all tracker/cafe style and a sport bike stance. Tell me where that fits with the jap rocket/cruiser/beemer/harley crowds?

Leo Horishny

>>Oh and add a harley sportster that is all >>tracker/cafe style and a sport bike stance. Tell me >>where that fits with the jap rocket/cruiser/beemer>>/harley crowds?

>>Posted by: TDK | 06/22/2011 at 12:28 AM

Interesting. It wasn't a slam, though you took it that way. You may be the exception, but you don't notice how the Harley riders don't wave to the 'Wing or the Beemer riders on the road? I wave to all brands, but rarely receive return hands anymore.

Bicyclists seem to be worse on the road acknowledging the passing of others....


Getting my first non department-store bike in the late 1980s, when mountain bike racing got to be mainstream; I never developed the "real bikes have drop bars" idea.
To this day, I still prefer flat bars when commuting as they make it easier to make eye contact with motorists, but I'm happy to see anyone riding safely on any kind of bike.

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