You know you’re a bike snob when you’re on Copenhagen Cycle Chic and are thinking to yourself,
“How the hell can you focus on her clothes when her bike is absolutely horrid?”
Is a retro grouch Raleigh (mixte) with drops too much to ask for? Probably.
What can I say, I like my bikes classy as fuck.
hah are you referencing my bike?? not a “grouch”!!! those are like old mtb converted to road bikes that lone wolves ride! (ref. the bikesnobnyc book). also yes, way too much to ask for. it’s a mixte, after all! they only produced a bunch of those during a short mixte-love boom.
and they don’t ride bikes with drop bars in europe (exception: sport cyclists)! it’s all about sitting upright and proper! not leaning down all aero going to the supermarket.
Well, what you’re seeing here in Copenhagen is not bicycle culture, it’s vacuum cleaner culture. Everybody has a vacuum, everybody uses it. We don’t give them names. We don’t wear vacuum cleaning clothes. We can’t repair our own vacuum cleaners. If you want the mainstream to ride like they did from 1885 until the 1950s, in cities around the world, a little subcultural group doing the talking is not going to get us there. It’s all about selling cycling like we sell every other product on the planet.
thanks for the follow, though! and happy new year! <3