Every time I'm out riding, I see all kinds of people. Kids riding their bikes. Adults without helmets. There's always those über-cyclists (of which I'll admit I'm not one) with the tricked out gear doing 35mph without breaking a sweat and those posers with the tricked out gear who need to learn how to ride.
Then, there's folks like me. People who have some of the gear and can ride fairly well... I guess.
I was out this morning on the SART when I got my first rear-wheel flat. With the kind of help of someone riding by who showed me how to get my wheel off (and a great big, thank you goes out to that kind soul), I was able to repair my flat and keep going. And that got me thinking. Is this what makes me officially a "cyclist"?
I've ridden tons of metrics and around a dozen centuries. I've adjusted my brakes and chain. I've crashed. But that rear-wheel change is something I've been dreading for a while. Now that I know I can do that, I am feeling pretty unstopable.
So, I throw the question out to you good people. What hurdle must one overcome to be considered a real "cyclist"? Not a pro. Not a contender for the Tour. But real enough.
What do you say?