Saturday, August 21, 2004

 

Alternative Bike Culture

There is a whole 'nother bike culture out there, besides the weekend warriors in Spandex and the racers and exercise cyclists. Groups like Bikes Not Bombs and my more local Neighborhood Bike Works rehab old bikes, give them to kids, run programs in how to fix bikes and promote cycling as alternative transportation.

Then there is the whole bike messenger subculture.

There are advocay groups like Bikes Belong and the venerable LAB who used to be the League of American Wheelmen. 'Wheelmen' was replaced by bicyclists in a fit of political correctness and beacuse it was sort of an obsolete term. Grant Petersen of Rivendell fame likes the term 'cycler.'

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