If you like to ride a roadie in Lycra on the weekends but also use your bike for transport -- or perhaps you are just a transport cyclist and admire 'weekend warriors' -- read this nice piece from 'Lovely Bicycle' blog.
I cannot take seriously the idea that to take part in paceline rides is to "betray" transportation cycling. I see the two as completely independent activities that can be pursued in parallel. Am I being unrealistic? Today I am cycling for transport while daydreaming of sport, and it seems completely natural.
Read the full post on Lovely Bicycle.
I'm reasonably new to cycling, like some others, having ridden a bicycle in my younger years but then let the habit slip and rediscovered cycling again in my later adult years (mid 50's in my case).
From the observations of a newbie, there does seem to be two basic groups (with various sub categories and overlaps between all), the commuter or transport cyclist group and the road bike lycra clad set. I don't mean to judge or allocate any greater glory or moral standing to either group. I think cycling is great whatever form it takes.
I'm in the recreational commuter subset of the transport cyclist group, owning a mountain bike, a hybrid and a flat bar road bike so I can choose my mode of transport depending on my mood and the purpose of the trip.
I do find myself looking with envy at both road bike users for the power and endurance of some riders and the funky older style utility bikes that seem to be increasing in number and that seem to scream, ever so quietly "relaxed cruising".
Is this perception of two'ish distinctive cycling groups just me?