There are plenty of styles of riding a bicycle. That is one of the millions of reasons I love bikes. However, the funny thing is, all too often it seems that riders don’t, won’t or can’t cross the line from one style to another.
A person who purchases a nice dutch style commuter bike, featuring fenders, internal hub, and chain guard can’t easily transition to cyclocross without the purchase of an additional bicycle and other equipment.
Even if it isn’t lack of resources, it seems that often one style of rider is all too ready to look down upon another style of rider. The decked-out commuters make fun of the fixie riders. The fixie riders look down upon the spandex-clad road riders. The stylish commuters look down upon those in the bike lane using their old bike from highschool just trying to get from point A to point B on their bike. It’s an inbred circle of resentment that I’ve never truly understood.
And then there is my personal experience: Take a boy who grew up on bmx and dirt riding, and put him on a road bike and he’s still going to ride it like he’s out on a trail (even if the biggest jump around is the sidewalk curb).
All of this is what made me smile at watching this recent video of trial rider Ryan Leech discuss why he uses a bike to take care of his errands.