Bike-Cultural Diversity

Cyclists of all sorts have many things in common: we all get along under our own power; we all brave the elements and careless car drivers; we’re all doing our small part to better the planet (whether or not we consciously set out to); and we all love bikes and bike riding. The important thing isn’t what type of bike we ride, but that we have a bike that sufficiently meets our needs and keeps us out of our cars.

I’m excited about how the EcoVelo Gallery is shaping up. Thanks to you, it looks to be populated with an eclectic mix of practically every type of bike imaginable, all brought together by the fact that they’re being used for transportation. The only thing we’re missing is a unicycle (how about it Andy-1-Wheeler?), and maybe a high wheeler. Where else on the web can you find a blog that is so bike-culturally diverse?

As an aside, I’d like to say “thanks” to the recumbent riders who stuck with me through the transition to this new format. Having recumbents seamlessly intermixed with the other bikes here is fantastic. I believe it sends a message that recumbents are just “regular bikes” (which they truly are). Hopefully this contributes a little to debunking the common misconception that recumbents are difficult, “nerdy“, and only for the infirm.

6 Responses to “Bike-Cultural Diversity”

  • Croupier says:

    It’s the best, ain’t it? It’s how I know that I’m in the right place.

  • Michael says:

    Weren’t you just saying that there weren’t any good practical bikes being made? Looks like there’s quite a variety to me!

  • Alan says:

    @Michael

    I don’t recall saying they weren’t being made, only that they are a disproportionately low percentage of the bikes you’ll find in most shops (around these parts anyway). Unfortunately that still holds true, even with the recent explosion of interest in bike commuting. I suspect the selection is far better in Portland than here in Cowtown. Now if we can get Clever Cycles to open a satellite store here I’ll quit my gripin’… ;-)

    Regards,
    Alan

  • randy schlitter says:

    Parts is parts, a bike is a bike? I hope so, in way we are all in the mix, anyone willing to ride anything for any reason has my respect. The more we see cyclying the more it becomes a common part of our culture, bravo for the many and still yet the few.

  • andy parmentier says:

    unicycle-a skill i thought i’d never have. i had given up recumbents, but started riding my mountain bike no-hands-i think it must have reminded me of the upright recumbent riding position. well, that turned out to be the “training wheels” i needed. after that, i could ride a uni
    a 100 feet after only several hours. but it’s been a long learning curve. then, the only thing left was to start riding a recumbent no hands and the first time i tried it did nerve damage. but no it is a complete breeze even in the wind. i would like to post pictures for y’all.

  • andy souped up says:

    ..of 1-wheeling that is. i also “walk the wheel” my unicycle and i take turns being the vehicle. symbiosis-combustion

 
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