The other day, someone asked me, “So, it looks like your site is mostly about “comfort bikes”, right?” I was caught a little off guard, and after stuttering and stammering a bit, I mumbled something to the effect of, “Well, um yeah, I suppose so.” I was surprised because I would never describe EcoVelo as a site that’s “mostly about comfort bikes”, though many of the bikes we ride and write about are certainly “comfortable”.
After being confronted with the question I realized I don’t like the “comfort bike” moniker. What does it mean anyway? Is the implication that every other type of bike is a “discomfort bike”? Racing bikes are for racing, commuter bikes are for commuting, cargo bikes are for hauling cargo; any or all of these can be made comfortable if set-up properly, so should they all fall under the “comfort bike” classification too? And what about those most comfortable of bicycles, recumbents?
So, if we’re not “about comfort bikes”, what are we about?
At EcoVelo, we’re interested in any bike that serves a practical purpose. We like comfortable bicycles because they encourage people to ride more and stay out of their cars. We like bikes that get you where you want to go efficiently and with as little hassle and forethought as possible. We like bikes that can carry your things and light your way. We very much like the idea of bicycles for transportation.
So, the next time I’m confronted with the comfort bike question I’ll be ready, and instead of fumbling around and mincing words I’ll say, “EcoVelo is not about any particular type of bike. Nope. What we are about is using bicycles for transportation.”