Smudge, like this.
Before Adelaide Cyclists I rode alone
Every time you buy something for your bike you promise yourself/partner it is the last thing you need for your bike!
After just buying a new bike, you are thinking about a better bike to buy
The only thing you try to talk about to your friends, is cycling!
you wash your bike more often then your car
you choose to get up early on a Sunday morning just 'cos you feel like a ride.
Your wife shows concern when you're driving and craning your neck when a cyclist comes from the opposite direction. Why are you doing that? ... I'm just seeing what brand of bike they're riding.
When you don't know what your cycling friends actually look like in when not wearing cycling clothing.
When you have no problem spending $2K on the right bike. Non-cyclists think spending $2K+ on a bike is insane. Of course those same people may go out and spend 20 times that on a car and think that's totally normal...
when you have more lycra in the wardrobe than the good loving wife.
You have multiple sets of bicycle specific clothing laid out for the rides scheduled for the next few days.
when you jump on the net to buy needless accessories or gear, and you can't actually think of anything that you justifiably need..
when you can buy online and do not even get the credit card out as you know all the details right down the the security code on the back.
when you check the weather forecast to see which bike to ride..
When your wife wont come into the bike store with you cause she knows you'll spend all day in there, but most importantly takes your credit card out of your wallet prior to you going in...
When walking seems unnatural and awkward
When you see glass on the road while out driving/walking and make a mental note to be careful around/avoid that section of road. Also thinking that the person who smashed the bottle is an anti cyclist who did it on purpose, they must have, surely!
When you're driving over a freeway overpass and tell your wife "this grade's about 3 percent"
You know your a cyclist when you fall off your bike and your first thought is "Is my bike scratched?"
You buy some spandex and foam from Assos for $160 and think you got a bargain.......
When you clean your bike at least twice a week, and your car has a once a year day.
You have a 10 shade tan difference on your legs from your bike shorts
When you walk past a bike store and press your nose against the glass to see what kind of bikes they have
If your friends are getting something from the shops and you know there is a bike store near by you ask to go with them
Your constantly looking at bike reviews, bike clothes, accessories, and components on the internet
Your account with [insert favorite cycling web site] has a wishlist bigger than you can afford.
You rubber neck every cyclist and their bikes while in your car and wish you could be on your bike
You criticize any cyclist that isn't obeying the road rules. (riding on footpath, no helmet/lights etc)
Your bike takes prime position in your lounge room than your coffee table
Your organizing rides with your friends for the coming weekends only to get annoyed when they can't make it.
Shave Bird, love it.
You know you are an (Adelaide) cyclist when . . .
-- You are too involved with cycling to have friends who do not cycle.
-- You do not recognise people minus helmet or lycra.
-- Your entertainment is limited to cycling, drinking coffee with cyclists, posting on AC, and watching cycling on SBS.
(For me) have cyclists say, "You must be / are Heather."
-- Jim at the official opening of the Mike Turture Bikeway, followed by, "Where do I sign the petition?"
-- Joe, when I introduced myself to a cyclist at a road safety forum. We had previously exchanged emails.
-- Andrew, when I wanted to try his Yuba bike at cargo bike event. We are AC 'friends'.
haha, good ones Heather. I forgot about the 'Your entertainment is limited to cycling, drinking coffee with cyclists, posting on AC, and watching cycling on SBS.'
Its like the only thing I watch or am looking forward to now. I never ever used to be into watching cycling. Never understood it or was interested a few years ago. Ever since getting into riding, I am checking the guides, looking at online schedules and making sure Im not out when a cycling event comes on SBS or Eurosport. My wife thinks Im stupid. haha
When you can plan a route from Aldinga to Gawler and not go on a main road
Rob, some authorities refer to the Adelaide squares as large roundabouts that are one way.
I rode in Adelaide 1969-1970 - - 5 speed was very big deal. ( Terry in Tasmania )