I live in a town where the stereotypical urban biker is the norm. No license-no job-living at the Rescue Mission/Red Cross shelter. Or the are the cans/rag pickers. They are the real cyclists who ride year round-even in the Northern Illinois winters.
The bikes they ride are vintage Salvation Army/thrift store things. The working class people in this " Olde" part of town don't ride bikes as that would stigmatize them as being one of the "losers". The rare exceptions are viewed as eccentric at best. Joe or Josephine six-pack also can't relate to the Yuppie cyclists with their spandex and shiny new bikes that cost more than their jalopies do.
In the " Good side of Towne" the stereotypical yuppie suburban biker is the norm. A bike rack hangs on the back of the big SUV which takes them to their destination where they can unload the bike and ride on a country road far away from the suburban sprawl. Which is getting to be a longer drive all the time.
And never the twain shall meet.
It is discouraging in a way to see the two groups being so far apart because both groups are avid cyclists. Yes it's true that the poor and dispossessed ride bicycles for recreation as well as transportation and it being a means of their livelihood. I just wish the more well off cyclists could see this.