- Published: Friday, 25 July 2014 07:24
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Let's Play a Game
Let’s try to look at the type of bikes they have and make a guessing game out of it. We may fall into the error of stereotyping but let’s just say were having fun. A new shiny bike? We will have to see the brand, year model, accessories - ah yes, just like a car - to make our final judgment. Make way for those who have Cannondales, Treks, and Giants for these are the most well-known brands. But there are others equally famous abroad but not necessarily here such as Cervelo, Haro, Schwinn, Diamondback and Jamis. These brands carry both mountain bikes and roadies so there you have another way to classify our riders. Mountain bikes and road bikes are a world apart although they may share some distant bike DNAs. Genuine Shimano top of the line parts or generic ones that will last a lifetime only if you don’t use them? You can tell if the biker has money to spare or can just barely spend for a part that will work on his bike for at least six months by the group set he has installed. How about those pre-loved Japanese bikes that are slowly becoming popular among the masses? Ask around for those who have their newly bought folding bikes (Brompton comes to mind and it's a really expensive one), BMX bikes, cruiser, comfort city bikes, hybrids, easy-rider (a throwback to the 80's.) You should try to ride a tandem bike alone and then later see if you can handle fixed gears or single speeds. Kenda or Leo tires? This is like comparing Frito Lay with Clover Chips. If you have money to spend on a carbon fiber frame then certainly you can afford a Cateye cyclocomputer and the best model of hydraulic disc brakes.
You have to look into the bike’s setup to determine whether the owner is full of testosterone or estrogen. But it’s really hard to tell especially if the bike is built for speed. For some, speed means more testosterone, which makes it a man’s bike. But we know of many female competitive cyclists so it’s not an exclusive male dominated area anymore. A bike fully equipped with top brand accessories will never be a chick-magnet, unlike a similarly bedecked car which will surely attract more females than rotting meat attracts files. But among bikers, it will certainly be a crowd-drawer
Those who bike to work would have bikes that have more function than form. They will tend to have bikes that reflect their income brackets – this is hard to accept but it’s true. You can see them bunched together at intersections, patiently waiting for the light to turn green or some who would have gone ahead even if the light is still red. It would not be unusual for them to have a saw, a crow bar or a piece of wood tied to their top tube. Some of their bikes will have a basket in front or a rack at the rear. The luckier ones would have working front and/or rear brakes, front and/or rear derailleur, oiled chains, decent generic saddle, no lights, worn out pedals, and rusted frame whose paint can barely be discerned because of the grime and dirt that have accumulated on the surface for a long time. None of them will have original bike frames mentioned above but certainly many of them will have bikes carrying fake logos of those well known brands. Of course, you won't see hydraulic disc brakes nor a cyclocomputer in their bikes.
In the end, we have not made any conclusions at all. But still, what does your bike really says about you? At the end of the day, whatever it says doesn’t matter although all our collective voice will, if we can somehow influence our lawmakers to pay attention to what we ask of them to make our roads safer for bikers.
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