Skip to comments.Why Does Cycling Attract So Many Snobs?
Posted on 06/30/2014 8:38:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A new breed of cyclist is infecting our roads and destroying the inclusive nature of bike riding. Jamie Fewery introduces 'sportive snobbery'
It was inevitable that with the rapid growth in cycling, factions would emerge. Sub groups of cyclists who define themselves by how seriously they take the sport, their kit, their observance of cyclings heritage; gangs and coteries who jostle to adopt the lifestyle to a greatest degree. Reach a critical mass of humans who enjoy a shared interest and lines will inevitably be drawn. The peloton rarely sticks together.
For the most part, this is fine. As with any pastime there will be those who are content with occasional participation and those who immediately look to emulate the pros. But theres a downside as well: snobbery. The idea that some are not only better than others, but that those at the lower end of the commitment and ability scale shouldnt really be there at all.
Ive noticed it a few times in discussions about the professional side of cycling, where commentators have a disdain for the popularisation of their sport since Bradley Wiggins won the Tour in 2012. It's as they hold Wiggins personally accountable for allowing the great unwashed in on the secret. Or in forums and articles, where self-defined guardians of recreational cycling denigrate those who have the gall to wear a yellow jersey, as if doing so aligns the amateur with Eddy Merckx. And then there's the articles about whether people should or shouldn't wear Lycra (I do, in case youre wondering).
But cycling snobbery at its worst is on the road.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
It’s the fact that those tiny little seats really crush your b@llz that attracts them.
Cuz they think they’re better - “see, I’m saving the environment and you - you are destroying it with your car” swish ....
Silly peon. They are better than the dirty lowers and probably shop at w(hole) foods.
It took them this long to notice? Cycle-snobbery has been an issue here since the 1970s. And I say that as someone who used to cycle 30km a day for my commute.
LOL! Can’t forget those goofy looking teardrop helmets and those nifty “Live Strong” rubber wrist bands.
Shaving their legs in the name of aerodynamics ... sheesh
I generally suspect a significant percentage of the guys dressing up in plum snuggling spandex and venturing forth on the highways do so to attract other guys.
You should see ‘em jump when you pass them on a Harley with straight pipes and crack the throttle.
/screw you, global warming
Think I’ll buy me a neon fuschia Spandex outfit to wear on the Harley.
[less wind resistance = greater acceleration]
You are just, well, awesome.
I’ve always wondered that.
I used to love riding my bike when I was a kid. But when I got my driver’s license, I never felt much need to do it again. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.
If they’re not doing at least 60mph, they need to stay the hell out of my way.
Maryland has started putting up those “Share the road” signs everywhere here in the hills.
Apparently, they make really great targets.
Every pastime has some jerks in it.
It’s what humans do best.
Or not, lol.
That is just awesome.
I wanted hubby to rig my pipes to shoot flame but dang it, he won’t do it.
[but I could adjust my fuel mixture a bit richer to get a similar effect]
Yep, same here.
Jumping homemade ramps is fun.
Burning rubber is funner.
Wonder if they make them in black with chrome spikes and studs?
solar cells on the helmet to power colored LED’s on your elbow and knee pads!
You find snobs in also every sector of life.Bowling snobs were the first I noted. Ignoring those who used a ball from the racks and judging how shiney the balls were of those who had their own. I am sure their are homeless bum snobs. Thinking about the other bums. Look at those idiots, I have never peed on my self.
My bike is already infested with LED ground effect lights so that *might* be something I could do.
I think a certain amount of the snobbery comes to bear because it really is friggin hard to do what the really good cyclists do, especially on the tough hills, the long rides, and the crashes. And I’m not talking about the pro-quality guys—they’re just freaks of nature. I’m just talking about the tough, everyday riders you see around town and in the hills (like in the Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu... tough rides!) Some of these people are amazing.
It takes some guts. As the completely disgraced Lance Armstrong nevertheless truthfully once said (paraphrased): “If you want to know what it feels like to crash on a bicycle when you’re racing, just take off everything but your skivvies, climb into the back of a car going 35 miles an hour, bind your ankles together so you can’t move them, and then jump out.”
Though I’m not a great rider, I do enjoy testing myself on very hard rides, and until I started this kind of cycling, I really didn’t realize how much it takes to get up the long, hard hills, and to stay in that saddle for a few hours at a time. But I’m a lone wolf, I don’t travel in packs... maybe cuz I don’t really care much for the snobbery part!
So yeah, I agree that there are many snobby cyclist types, and I don’t like them much, but every affinity group (cyclists, hunters, equestrians, sailors, tennis players, motorcyclists, etc) has their own special snobbery built into their endeavor.
Just my opinion... I’d say don’t be so hard on ‘em.
If you are a snob or not, the aftermath of road rash with hairy legs can be awful.
Whether it be bicycle or motorcycle, do NOT challenge automobiles to a duel.
You will not win.
Unless you are Chuck Norris.
Acceleration and Harley are oxymorons.
I think the real issue, something that sociologists, or scientists should look into, is why cycling is the only hobby, or sport that actually has snobs. (sarc) This is ridiculous. Any interest, sport or hobby has people that go over the top. Read any firearms forum, where people get slammed for only spending a thousand dollars on a pistol. Go to any automotive forum where people with cars in factory condition are ridiculed. Heck, look at how many posts here at Free-Republic get slammed for grammar. Personally, I chuckle at guys in their 60’s riding bicycles that cost somewhere in the $6,000 - $8,000 range. They are probably too old to take advantage of the performance the bike is capable of, but if they have the money to spend, good for them.
Yeah, well, that’s a given.
And as to people like you, @sshole: Wow I’m sure that revving your Big Harley at a bicyclist and causing him to crash (or nearly crash) makes you feel as though your stuff is alot larger than it really is.
You just don’t have the right heads and cams.
Some times I just want to ride the old 86’ Sportster, 4 speed, chain drive nakid. Don’t need spikes or studs for that, hehe.
Did you get up on the wrong side of your floral duvet, this morning?
A] I’m not a guy so my “stuff size” is irrelevant.
B] The liberal puke cyclists in my area *cause* crashes because they insist upon riding either in the middle of the road or two feet left of the white line.
On our blind curves and hills, *other* will people run off the road trying to avoid killing them.
And it *is* a Big Harley, thank you very much.
That’s why I love really HOT days.
You've got it backwards. With them, the hierarchy is inverted, as in: "Look at those idiots! Probably never even peed on themselves!"
Cyclists, by my own observations, are a pain in the butt. A considerable fortune in public funding has been spent to make bike lanes on some of our roads, and the cyclists still tend to fudge into car space, as if they somehow have priority.
I thought of myself as an avid outdoorsman, then went into our new REI store. Outdoor store, right?
No! Just stuff for the people who like to run, or bike, or hike or climb cliffs for the sake of running, biking, hiking and climbing cliffs. Not for doing outdoor stuff once they get where they’re going.
No fishing gear, no hunting equipment, no knives, bows and arrows, or guns and tackle.
Just stuff for people who like to exercise outdoors.
I don’t get it. No fun for them, just exercise. It’s like jazz music, pretending there’s something there to enjoy while we the unwashed scratch our heads.
This thread has taken a peeculiar turn.
OK, then just don’t use your substitute manhood trying to scare bicyclists off their bikes; it’s just extremely childish and dangerous, I don’t give a f*ckin floral duvet whether you’re a man or a woman!
Doing what you bragged about is almost a criminal intent, masked as a funny little prank. Yes, it works. Do you feel better now?
Don’t do it. Maybe try getting some actual exercise so you won’t have to feel the need to overcompensate on your Big Harley (as a man or a woman or whatever) for not being able to do what those cyclists can do.
I never heard her say that. Letting anyone know you’re nearby exhibits safety first. Making idiots aware of you is a main priority if you ride.
Ignore him. He’s one of the lesser evil proponents demanding an ever leftward GOP. See his post history for details. So his anti biker bias fits.
Not the sharpest tool in the shed.
I find it hilarious that a Harley rider is making fun of snobs. I ride a Triumph, and have encountered a lot of friendly riders, but it is my experience Harley riders will never acknowledge anyone unless they are also riding a Harley.
It is indeed a most wonderful sight to see these preciously self-righteous storm troopers of terminal specialness advance boldly in the cultural vanguard of vast hordes of self-absorbed gluten-free gender-unique embodiments of incarnate narcissism. The rest of us peons can only hope to look on in wonder, thankful to have caught even a glimpse of these most divine radiances.
“You should see em jump when you pass them on a Harley with straight pipes and crack the throttle.”
Thank you. You have just helped me immensely with my decision on after-market exhaust for my ‘09 Road Glide.
Our local area is infested with group cyclists on the weekends, who insist on making some sort of inane political statement by not sharing the road with cars, riding slowly side by side, en masse. What makes this particularly infuriating is that they also have bike lanes on BOTH sides of the road, AND and a dedicated cycle path!
Thumbtacks. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
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