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Old 07-15-08, 08:09 AM   #1
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You are what you ride - a taxonomy of city bicyclists, from the Boston Globe 7-13-08

This amusing article appeared in the Sunday City Weekly section of the Boston Globe:

Despite Boston's dismal biking reputation, Sheldon Brown notwithstanding, I think it is one of the best places to ride.
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Old 07-15-08, 09:15 AM   #2
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Maybe it’s just a Bostonian thing, but I couldn’t find my description in that article at all. I guess I’ll just stick to being a Utility Bike/Clydesdale/Classic & Vintage/Dork type “Fred”… It's worked for me all this time, why change...
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Old 07-15-08, 11:41 AM   #3
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I'm not there either.

Ride: One of two butted steel ubercommuters truly defined by their purpose: just tough enough, with just enough gears, and both hitting that ideal point on the price-performance curve.

Clothing: Casual but with an ideal selection of base layers.

Helmet: Usually, but dictated by traffic, road conditions, and company.

Average Speed: 16 mph with a rack and panniers.

Primary Habitat: All over town except for lumber yards and furniture stores (too much to carry).

Identification Tip: What looks like street shoes with recessed cleats.

Implied Statement: I'm not about to spend any more money on oil and gas and electricity than I really feel I need to.

I ride 3 days per week. I drive 3 days per week. That's when I need more than two bags of groceries, when there's a load of green waste to be dropped off at the compost yard, when there's more than two inches of snow on the ground, and when I don't want to pick up my date all hot and sweaty.
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Old 07-15-08, 11:53 AM   #4
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I'm not there, either.
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
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Old 07-15-08, 12:33 PM   #5
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I'm not there either

Ride: Orbea road bike, with campy
Clothing:Bike shorts, t shirts
Helmet:Basic $25 model
Average speed:15mph, all I do is shuttle around between big hills before making my assault on the hill.
Habitat:Either found on the big hills, or going between them
Indentification tip: High cadence, steady even climbing
Implied statement: Loves hill climbing, willing to buy good equipment, not not willing to spend on un-needed fashion.
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Old 07-15-08, 01:47 PM   #6
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I think I'm there, but under several different headings..........
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Old 07-15-08, 02:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for your replies to this article. I couldn’t exactly place my self in any of the given species, and I E-mailed the writer: “I think I am in a sense a ‘living fossil’ on the phylogenetic tree of cycling and I would consider myself the “missing link,” as it were, between Armstrong delusionis and Crisis midlifus.”:

My ride: Bridgestone RB-1, steel frame, probably double-butted.
My clothes: Spandex shots and T-shirt, or plain wicking long-sleeved shirt (summer); variably layered, to almost immobility in the winter
Helmet? : Yes, and a rearview eyeglass mirror
Average speed: about 13.5 mph overall, including hills, traffic, etc.
Primary habitat: Urban and suburban roads, usually early in AM
Identification tip: Walkman or Satellite radio (usually talk shows)
Implied statement: I am a Road Warrior
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Old 07-17-08, 11:46 PM   #8
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I'm somewhere between the Commuter Dad, Wonderwoman, and Mr Hardcore, I guess... Vintage steel frame bike, first because that's what I could afford and then I realized how well it fit and how much fun it is to tinker. Blinkies all over the place, and a weird assortment of bike specific and other clothing, whatever is suited to the weather (and is clean).

Identification tip: really bizarre tan lines. (Spray sunscreen and stray breezes don't mix...)
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I'm partially in that list ...

-- commuter
-- car free
-- slow poke, I've slowed down a bit (problem with high blood pressure), around 9mph (some days I'll speed up a bit, and average maybe 10-12mph)
-- casual shorts (even in the cold weather)
-- t-shirt, with casual shirt (and sweater for colder days, which I usually remove after riding for about 5-10 minutes)
-- sandles (except when raining, will wear tennis shoes, then change to sandles when I get to work). My feet swell really bad, so I need to wear sandles
-- heavy bike, Surly Long Haul Trucker, with Surly Nice racks front and rear, four Ortlieb panniers, large Arkel handlebar bag (on second stem), lots of stuff: lights, air zound, tools, pump, lots of food (hypoglycemia), three water bottle cages
-- helmet (always!)
-- heavy New York Kryptonite chain lock, 6' long Kryptonite cable, with heavy lock, cable and locks for all four panniers and handlebar bag
-- Swalbe Marathons front and rear with heavy-duty innertubes, and liners

Now all I need is a heavy-duty trailer for hauling lots of really heavy stuff ... !!!
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Old 11-16-09, 11:13 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by vja4Him View Post
I'm partially in that list ...
Hi vja4Him,

How did you ever come upon this zombie post? The preceding entry was 7-18-08.

Nonetheless, thanks for the reply.
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Old 11-19-09, 04:05 PM   #11
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Old 11-19-09, 05:52 PM   #12
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I don't label other riders. because I don't like it when someone labels me based on what I ride. My newest bike is my winter ride (Cannondale) and it's 8 years old. My main rides (3 Zipp 2001's) are all 16 years old, with some upgraded components and wheels over the years. I do wear a helmet and spandex and think its great seeing other peoples bikes. We all ride for different reasons and dress whatever way makes us comfortable. I just think its great seeing others out riding no matter what there on, or wearing.
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Old 11-22-09, 09:27 AM   #13
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Old 11-22-09, 09:54 AM   #14
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The closest I get to any of these descriptions is Commuter Dad: tricked out hybrid, saving gas, and (currently for the winter evening commutes) more blinkies than the Citgo sign.
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I defy classification.
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