The more the merrier I say. I don't care if they wear lycra and ride a Wilier, or wear torn jeans on a rusty fixie.
I do the lycra thing on weekends (MAMIL). I commute in lycra too - only because its enough distance to work up a sweat. And I have an old steel single speed for shop runs - in whatever I happen to be wearing (PJs excepted).
I ride either one of my fixies or one of my ten speeds for the morning commute in steel caps, shorts and hi-vis (only beacuse it's mandatory at work). If I'm covering more than 50k's I'll throw on some bike shorts and every now and then I'll don the jersey but keep the Vans. Down to the shops on my bmx in whatever's attached to me.
No one at work has taken up cycling but a few of my brothers come for weekend rides.
Ive made cycling a part of life for me. I havent had the guts to sell my car and commute only to work by bike yet, but it has crossed my mind. At the moment I ride mainly to be a stress reliever and I thoroughly enjoy it more than anything else I have tried as an extracurricular activity. So I make it a goal to get out and enjoy. Now more so than ever I am getting more serious about my riding. Getting proper gear, and looking more serious about it, lycra and all. My friends have teased me about it and still do but to a lesser extent now, but they are so used to seeing me go out for a ride all dressed up that its considered 'what I do' and not some kind of fad i will get tired with.
I havent actually stepped out on my flat bar since getting my road bike and that is due to want to still get used to the gear the road bike has and learning of whats best for what climb/sprint etc. But the flat bar is there for friends if they choose to come with me on a lazy spin. But generally speaking when I ride, I ride for an enjoyable ride for fun and fitness and nothing else.
Shave Bird, when I increased my cycling and decreased my driving, could insure my car for low km per year. Save on petrol, maintenance and insurance, plus greenhouse emissions. Even more reasons to cycle instead.
FYI Heather, the name is Shav, not shave :-)
Don't sweat it Heather. I get that all the time. :-)
Hi Katie. Totally agree that we all cycle. Why should the type of hardware make any difference.
A few weeks ago I was in lycra on my roadie on the Torrens Linear Trail and stopped to watch the BMX guys at the skate park near the interchange. Struck up a conversation and had a great discussion and a few laughs dispite a 40 year age difference, my lycra contrasting their loose denim and my carbon rodie towering over their squat BMX machines.
There are snobs in the world.
It seems likely that some of them ride bikes.