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Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:25 pm
by Baldy
human909 wrote:
RonK wrote:Then there are those who never ride further than the corner shop, and only because walking there is just too much effort - you often see them with a helmet hanging on the bars instead of on their head. These are just people riding a bike.


:evil: :evil: I guess I'm just riding a bike then... :roll:


Why are you upset about that? What exactly is wrong with using a bike like that? Its about choice right...

This is easy.

Fiona

There are cycling enthusiasts and there are cyclists. Just like motoring enthusiasts and motorists.

It is perfectly fine to be one or the other....or both.

And you are right its fun to talk about because bikes/vehicles are so versatile. It takes all kinds :wink:

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:38 pm
by JustJames
Some days I'm a cyclist.

Some days I'm just a guy riding a bike.

But whichever it is, I really love bikes. I love riding them, fixing them, reading about them, talking about them, planning them, cleaning them, writing about them, learning about them, buying stuff for them, seeing other people ride them, pondering them, maintaining them and just being around them.

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:14 pm
by LM324
A cyclist is a cyclist
A bike rider is a bike rider
and most of the time a bike rider is a cyclist and a cyclist is a bike rider
You are who you want to be :)

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:53 pm
by Tornado
I like the term Cyclist. Not sure why. Just sits well with me. Maybe as it separates me from motorcyclists even though I am one of those too. Identity crisis?

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:21 pm
by Comedian
In Australia I feel that the term "cyclist" has the connotation that you are a lycra warrior.

Personally I think bike riding is better than that so I'm a little uncomfortable with cyclist. I prefer rider I think

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:56 am
by ColinOldnCranky
RonK wrote:Well - I think there are some distinctions. There are those people who embrace cycling as their sport, or recreation, or preferred mode of transport, and who integrate cycling into their lifestyle to some degree. These people I think of as cyclists.

Then there are those who never ride further than the corner shop, and only because walking there is just too much effort - you often see them with a helmet hanging on the bars instead of on their head. These are just people riding a bike.

Can you read what you have said Ron. It reads like an elitist POV, in that if the latter are not as worthy as some wannabe pseudo tour cyclist, Many would find the latter class as worthy but without pretensions.

(Apologies to many in the terms I use - cliches and terms that may be used by many of those that Ron seems to disdain and not necessarily fair to a other riders. Simplified to get a point across, not to indicate my own preferences. I think they all belong. And if I do not admire and respect the latter than that says a lot about me, not about them.)

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:58 am
by ColinOldnCranky
Cyclist or rider ?

In my case I think that the answer is clear. :mrgreen:

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:52 am
by Rhubarb
ColinOldnCranky wrote:Cyclist or rider ?

In my case I think that the answer is clear. :mrgreen:


but maybe not so clear when you're out riding your cycle ....

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:03 am
by RonK
ColinOldnCranky wrote:Cyclist or rider ?

In my case I think that the answer is clear. :mrgreen:

Yes - you must surely be an un-cyclist. :)

Re: cyclist or bike rider

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:28 am
by ColinOldnCranky
RonK wrote:
ColinOldnCranky wrote:Cyclist or rider ?

In my case I think that the answer is clear. :mrgreen:

Yes - you must surely be an un-cyclist. :)

Hmmm - I don't like the sound of that. It makes me think of the Norwegian Blue and the whole "non-parrot" thingy. :?