Hello RIDErs from places far and near, it’s THE RIDE here! In today’s blog you’ll learn about the many different types of bicycle riders here in the city. You might think, a bike is just a bike, you pedal it and it moves forward. While this is correct and traveling via a state of the art tour bus is much more luxurious, the bicycle crowd in New York City is very diverse.
Here in the city people ride their bike for many different reasons. Many people don’t own a car and find that the easiest way to get to work is by bicycle. These are called commuters. In order to identify a commuter, you have to take a look at his or her RIDE. A commuter will probably have narrow tires and abiding by the traffic laws. You’ll see commuters staying in the bike lane, stopping at red lights, and possibly sipping a Starbucks they keep in a cup holder mounted to their handlebars. They might even smile at you if you’re lucky.
The next type of rider you can spot in the city is the racer. You’ll find these cyclists hanging around Central Park doing lap after lap and talking about their VO2 max. They will be wearing spandex gear and possibly have shaved legs. Be careful when walking in Central Park around these folks, there have been quite a few instances of pedestrian-cyclist collisions. Believe me, they go pretty fast, even though their bikes are lightweight carbon fiber, it will still hurt a lot if that hits you at 30 mph.
The other most common type of rider you’ll see is the fixed gear rider. These riders come from a variety of backgrounds and call their bikes, “fixies.” When walking, driving, or just standing around, keep a look out. These bikes are very difficult to ride because the rider can never stop pedaling. Often, the fixed gear rider will not have any brakes attached to the bike. Some of these “fixie” riders are very skilled, but many people ride these bikes just because they look cool. Keep your head on a swivel and you should be okay. See how many different types of cyclists you can spot from my windows on your next RIDE!