Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The two wheeler hierarchy

When I started riding a scooter 11 years ago I looked at a few scooter forums to see what people were talking about. Some of the people there looked down on those with "plastics" as they called the modern scooters that have become so popular. Then a bit later I got a motorbike and hung around on the Usenet group uk.rec.motorcycles. There everyone looks down on scooters, but the proper bikers look down on "power rangers" as they call those who wear one piece coloured suits and ride when the weather is nice. So we've got a hierarchy growing here.

Anyone with a motor powering their two wheels looks down on those who have unpowered two wheels. So I wonder what hierarchies there are amongst cyclists. I don't know but I imagine people with fixies look down on other cyclists as theirs is a purer form of cycling. Maybe the shiny road cyclists look down on the muddy mountain bikers. Or maybe the world of cyclists is tribe-free. Maybe not.

Who's at the bottom of the heap? Kids with stabilisers I should imagine...

Update: Here's the word from my brother on cyclists:
mountain bikers take the mick out of lycra-clad roadies but secretly admire their stamina and fitness (the pros that is)

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