Defining Cyclism

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Tin Pot, 12 Jul 2018.

  1. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    So many people think that riding a bike means more than wanting to go somewhere on a bike.

    They usually have some notion of what cycling means in some broader socio-political sense, so this is our chance to define Cyclism, and the adherents known as Cyclists.

    Tin Pot’s Tenets of Cyclism:

    1. Spurn all other forms of locomotion where feasible, in favour of The Bike

    2. Nod, smile, wave or greet all other Cyclists unless they are wearing Team Kit.

    3. Cyclists in Team Kit must not express any emotion or acknowledge the existence of any other living being (even when talking to them) unless being awarded a trophy or medal

    4. Select a School of Thought on shared paths, segregated lanes, pavement use etc and Never Agree with a Cyclist of a different School

    5. Believe with all your heart that it is always The Driver who is at fault

    So what is Cyclism for you?
     
  2. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Every ride should finish in a pub.:cheers:
     
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  3. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Why've you limited it to just bicycle use?

    There's some of use three of four wheeled cycles.
     
  4. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Ah but they ain't proper bikes.:laugh::laugh:
     
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  5. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Not even bikes, tricycles & quadricycles/quadracycles.

    Still a cyclist though.
     
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  6. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Location:
    Manchester
  7. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    Ride the bike/trike in all weathers, just dress appropriately :angel:
     
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  8. I think you've got it pretty much sorted there. Possibly I'd add:

    (if you don't wear a helmet)
    Criticise everyone wearing a helmet for being thoughtless sheep who give the impression cycling is more dangerous than it really is.

    (if you do wear a helmet)
    Criticise everyone not wearing a helmet for being arrogant idiots who don't take proper responsibility for their own safety.

    And for me personally:

    The unshakeable belief that regardless of what I eat it will be fine because "I'm commuting on a bike so I'll burn it off" no matter what evidence exists to the contrary.
     
    Last edited: 12 Jul 2018
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  9. rugby bloke

    rugby bloke Über Member

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    If you enjoy Sportives - they are an enjoyable way to ride in an organised event on marked routes.
    If you don't enjoy Sportives - Why would you pay to ride on the open road with a load of racing wannabes and have to wear a helmet ?
     
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  10. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    Splitter!
     
  11. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    Don't knock trikes til you've scared the crap out of yourself tried one. :cycle:
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    They’re all bikes to me. Unless they have a motor, it’s a bike.

    ...:ohmy:
     
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  13. OP
    OP
    Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Why do hate diabetics?!

    :P
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Come on, someone must believe true Cyclism is being eco friendly and so forth?
     
  15. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Or quad!
     
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