Maybe you toyed with bikes now and then before you were bitten by the bug? Were you unsure if you were good enough, experienced enough, or fast enough to call yourself a cyclist? Or did you live in denial, hoping nobody you knew would spot you wearing lycra?
Complete the sentence, in all seriousness or with humour, as you wish.
Please, no extra commentary or thread highjacks- just start with '..when'
Finally, I knew I was a REAL cyclist when...
My reply is not as amusing and I arrived at the realisation slowly.
. . . all my clothes are designed for wearing on the bike.
Women will know what I mean. After years of wearing flat shoes, I can no longer walk in high heels.
when I going up Nortin Summit getting the nod from the "Real Cyclists" on roadies coz I was riding my hybrid.:-)
..I rode up Norton Summit without stopping.
and also when I spent more money on bike clothes than "real" clothes