There’s a dichotomy between people who bike and cyclists. A person who bikes uses a bike to get from place to place. Maybe you live close to your work, or school, or gym, but it’s enough that it’s worth biking rather than walking or driving. Their bikes might be alright, but they’re not trying to optimize their performance or experience in any way. They’ll have backpacks and sweatshirts, and the helmet is a maybe.
Cyclists are those who bike for the sake of it. They have nice bikes, helmets, spandex, water bottles, sunglasses. They are streamlined, with good form and determination.
I am not a cyclist. I ride my bike to classes, to the gym, to my girlfriend’s and to my friends’ houses. I don’t often wear a helmet because I don’t want to look stupid, even though it’s safer. It barely even messes up my hair.
My bike sucks ass. My chain will come off often; I’ve gotten good at fixing it on the fly, or else I’ll have grease on my hands. My bike doesn’t coast super well.
I wore a helmet last night. I offhandedly remarked to my girlfriend that “it makes me a target.” Minutes later, three guys were leaving a bar, and they all yelled “Oh shit!” making fun as I biked towards them, and one yelled “Clothesline!” and slammed his arm across my chest as I biked past him.
What a dick.
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- killfatme said: I used to avoid wearing a helmet during snowboarding too. Then I took a bad fall once and hit my head so hard that I almost blacked out and had a headache for a week. Now I wear a helmet. Brain damage is worse than the worry of looking silly.
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