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    Senior Member Jim from Boston's Avatar
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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:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/art...kesart/?page=1

    Despite Boston's dismal biking reputation, Sheldon Brown notwithstanding, I think it is one of the best places to ride.

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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...
    A bird can roost but on one branch, a mouse can drink not more than its fill from a river.

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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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    I'm not there, either.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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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.
    Not too much to say here

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    I think I'm there, but under several different headings..........

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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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    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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    Senior Member Jim from Boston's Avatar
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    Quote 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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    stupid labels
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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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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    Freds on Xtracycles

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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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