I am a freelance writer hoping to do a story on the confluence of bike culture with segments of the conservative/GOP population, if such an overlap exists--I'm convinced there must be at least a little. After all, our 43rd president is an avid biker.
I've had this idea ever since I started reading bike-culture magazines like Momentum. It's almost a foregone conclusion that cyclists are going to be left-leaning: they cluster in liberal cities like Portland, Minneapolis, San Francisco, etc. and tend to support environmental efforts and green living, government subsidies for better transportation infrastructure, community cooperatives, and other progressive causes.
But what about the ones who don't, the ones who love to ride but aren't comfortably ensconced in the overlap of lefties and cyclists? I don't want to write a derisive or condescending piece--I'm genuinely curious what it's like to be politically conservative but also part of a subculture that skews left. In a larger sense, what's it like to agree with a group whose core principles you embrace, but whose secondary or auxiliary causes you have trouble with?
My question to you are: 1) Do you fit this description? and or 2) do you know any websites or groups devoted to conservatives who ride?
As this post suggests, I'm still in the early research stage, so even the slightest lead would be much appreciated. Thanks!