I ride a roadie, both commute (casual wear) and rides (call me MAMIL). I ride a MtBike which normally sees me in casual wear, once again both commute and rides. Personally I wouldn't call cycling a way of life (I'm not that fanatical) but I would certainly call it a part of life. A part that keeps me fit and trim and looking younger than my actual years - to the point that my work colleagues have noticed and are either taking up cycling or seriously considering it - luv that!!
I usually wear the lycra, weekends and commuting, but find the run to the shops for milk etc doesn't really require it, so casuals it is.
In my mind, the more people that are out there, the more happy people are around. Do you ever see a grumpy cyclist?? (except maybe shattering their new carbon roadie etc). I like seeing the families out on their bikes, it instils in the young that cycling is fun, and shows that the parents spend time with their children, and not use the 'electronic babysitter'.
As I mentioned in the etiquette discussion, I ride both flat bar and road. My flat bar has SPD pedals, and I tend to commute in Lycra. I need to get changed at the other end anyway.
I ride to uni on a fixie, at which point I love racing and overtaking lycra-clad warriors, but then I also go for longer rides in lycra, and hope like hell no kid in casuals would have a chance of over-taking me!
When I see a fixie, it's cat 6 all the way regardless of whether I'm on my roadie or MTB ;)
Yep, it's like riding with one gear and no freewheel is something that can be challenged at any time - you're doing something a little bit silly, so prove you can do it quickly!
It's been six months of commuting and I've still not had one lycra warrior pass me and stay ahead, except for the norton summit rides.
I ride either a roadie, mtb, chopper, cruiser or fixed, and will dress differently for each bike I ride, or the type of ride we are doing. I think I have only ever worn lycra on the fixie once, that was when I was using it for the Sportif, but I still wore sandshoes. There is even class distinction in the lycra louts too tho, and this can be based on the type of roadie you ride, or even more significantly, the kit, or more specifically, the jersey you wear!!
Yep, and ain't it silly, really.
More skirts and heels please.
you first ;)
I have seen AC member Sophia MacRae cycle in a dressy frock and high heels. When she called into an AC drinks at The Wheatsheaf before onto a xmas event elsewhere. Cannot say what her usual cycling attire is, but then Sophia does not own a car so her cycling clothes could vary with her destination.
Me? As my transport mode changed to 99% bicycle, my clothing changed to casual. Now all my clothes are suitable for cycling in: baggy shorts, divided skirts, T-shirts, blouses, tracksuits, cross-trainers and cycling shoes.