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Old 06-05-12, 04:21 PM   #1
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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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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.
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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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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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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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...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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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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... unlike countries where its been normal, for 100 years?
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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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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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could be his pants are to tight
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could be his pants are to tight
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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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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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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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