Sunday, March 25, 2012

I want to be an individual. Just like the others...

Fashion, tribalism, conformity, and anti-conformity.  Even the most derided communities have their tribes and their fashions.  Yes, i'm talking about cycling again.  This is pretty old now but there's still relevance if you ride a bike where anyone else does, and especially if you've been near any kind of bike forum.  There are any number of 'rules' that it's a major faux-pas to disobey, especially for roadies (in this case, people who ride what used to be known as 'racers' and are now 'road bikes' - as opposed to mountain bikes, you see - rather than people who carry the amps for motorhead), who 'other tribes' can occasionally consider a bunch of over-macho po-faced gits yelling 'THE PAAAAAIIIINNN!!!' like Kyle MacClachlan in Dune...

Even the tribes split into tribes.  The downhill full suspension mob sneer about the cross country lot, and the enduro lot are just mad, but then so would you be after 24hours sat in a saddle..! ' Urban cyclists' are 'officially' currently trendy, which means the media hates them.  Then there's the BMX kids (some of whom are in their 40s) and the 'street trials' posse (does finger shakey thing) who despite thinking they're Danny MacCaskill, actually seem to spend most of their time doing teeny tiny bunny hops off kerbs, or trying to ride along walls and then falling off.

We don't talk about people who ride Bromptons.

"So, ok, which are you?" i hear you cry, oh non-existent reader person!  Well, obviously i'm a utility urban mountain biker, who occasionally rides enduros (ok, i did one once, in a team, and have mostly not stopped going on about it yet).

Told you i was an individual...

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