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    Is it a bad thing when commuting is hip?



    Is it a bad thing when commuting is hip?
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    its only a bad thing when said commuter is a guy wearing girl's jeans, a "vintage" shirt, and riding a god awful rattle canned multi colored ss/fg while puffing a parly.

    ....otherwise known as hipsters.....AKA "i am not a hipster, even though i dress and act like one, but by renouncing hipsterdom I am therefore special and unique, and too hip and cool to be categorized".......
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianstew View Post
    its only a bad thing when said commuter is a guy wearing girl's jeans, a "vintage" shirt, and riding a god awful rattle canned multi colored ss/fg while puffing a parly.
    lol
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    Pretty girl says "I ride my bike to get where I need to go. And I enjoy the ride. So..."

    She's much hipper than I am, but that's exactly the same reason I ride my bike to work. I love it.
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    Wow..that was like really Groovy, man....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianstew View Post
    its only a bad thing when said commuter is a guy wearing girl's jeans, a "vintage" shirt, and riding a god awful rattle canned multi colored ss/fg while puffing a parly.

    ....otherwise known as hipsters.....AKA "i am not a hipster, even though i dress and act like one, but by renouncing hipsterdom I am therefore special and unique, and too hip and cool to be categorized".......
    LOL, so true. I really think a lot of people I see daily ride because it's hip. They only ride on nice days too so they can show off their tattoos (and their skinny a**cracks) and be cool. On rainy/cold days I see very few cyclists during my commute, including a few regulars. On a nice day the above types are all over the place.

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    Yes it is a good thing, because, finally, it's hip to be square.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ianstew View Post
    its only a bad thing when said commuter is a guy wearing girl's jeans, a "vintage" shirt, and riding a god awful rattle canned multi colored ss/fg while puffing a parly.

    ....otherwise known as hipsters.....AKA "i am not a hipster, even though i dress and act like one, but by renouncing hipsterdom I am therefore special and unique, and too hip and cool to be categorized".......
    Whats with the hostility? Does it really matter what jeans someone is wearing? They are on a bike. The more people on bikes and out of cars is a great thing. If someone does it because they think its hip, whatever, it got them in the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weshigh View Post
    ...Does it really matter what jeans someone is wearing? They are on a bike. The more people on bikes and out of cars is a great thing. If someone does it because they think its hip, whatever, it got them in the saddle.
    That's what I was thinking, also.

    I'm not hip, just ask my twenty-something kids. But I smile anytime I see someone using a bike on a regular basis.
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    you damn hippies need to get a car.

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    It might be hip when attractive young 20-somethings commute. But it's not hip the way I do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by weshigh View Post
    The more people on bikes and out of cars is a great thing. If someone does it because they think its hip, whatever, it got them in the saddle.
    +1

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    ... unlike countries where its been normal, for 100 years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weshigh View Post
    Whats with the hostility? Does it really matter what jeans someone is wearing? They are on a bike. The more people on bikes and out of cars is a great thing. If someone does it because they think its hip, whatever, it got them in the saddle.
    I see humor is not the name of your game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alhedges View Post
    It might be hip when attractive young 20-somethings commute. But it's not hip the way I do it!
    Yea, your telling me! I have been single for most of the 10 or more years I have been car free! Not so cool to cycle in this city I gather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianstew View Post
    I see humor is not the name of your game.
    could be his pants are to tight
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanicalron View Post
    could be his pants are to tight
    well played LOL
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    I think it's going to be a long while before bike commuting is hip in my area.

    As to what people wear when commuting, it doesn't matter to me.

    Some people may think i look like a mushroom-headed tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanicalron View Post
    could be his pants are to tight
    Haha, see that was funny.

    ianstew: it was more that it was the first comment and there are a lot of people who get really bent out of shape about "hipsters" and a lot of the anger is about prescribed motives with little truth to the people they are actually describing. I'll give you credit for setting up mechanicalron for the assist though.

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    What??? PEOPLE BIKING DIFFERENTLY THAN ME? How dare they enjoy MY hobby!

    Seriously, the level of elitism in this entire forum is starting to really grate on me...

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    Yep, I think it would be a good thing if our city had hipsters, between myself and another woman cyclist, we seem to be the only commuting cyclists (that I've viewed) trying to set a fashion statement, then the BMX'er crowd tries to set the tone for the rest of the city.

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    The only issue i have with said neon rattle can ss/fx hipsters is that they run red lights, ride on the wrong side, dont have breaks, dont use lights at night thats not to say all ss/fx riders but if you live in LA and maybe other places you would know the type but i wear skinny jeans and a vintage T and dress well and have my bike looking..... cool but i have the vintage cool although i could use a good powder coating just to have a fresh paint job but the paint would cost more than my bike :/.

    However i feel it is the healthiest trend in a long time more excersise for young people whats bad about that

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    by the way i ride in the rain and all days in between

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    Bicycle commuting is cool in some places now, but certainly not everywhere. It takes a lot more character to be a commuter in southern cities like Houston or Atlanta than it does to cycle in Portland or Seattle or Chicago. If you're a commuter in Seattle, you're almost so normal you're boring; even the mayor rides to work sometimes. If you live in Houston and you're seen riding a bike at 7:00 AM on a Monday, you're risking social censure; people will assume you're destitute or a DUI. Decent people don't ride bikes for utilitarian purposes in Baptist regions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianstew View Post
    its only a bad thing when said commuter is a guy wearing girl's jeans
    I find this quite funny, if you mean tighter/slim/skinny jeans.

    Everywhere else I've been in the world, refers to looser jeans as "American" jeans, however, you guys refer to slim jeans as "girls jeans." I think you've seen too many Miller Lite commercials or can't fit in slim-cut jeans?
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