Dear Roadie Snob,
I too, am a cyclist. I’m a mountain biker (along with being President of the local SORBA chapter) and a commuter and sometimes will do shorter road rides on my mid 80s Nishiki. Around town I wear my regular everyday clothes, my bike is old, I ride slow. Still, I am a cyclist. I too love bikes. I do wish I could afford your road bike. I spent my money instead on my mountain bike. I do love my Nishiki, he gets me where I need to go and has his own style. So why do you glare at me when you ride past my slow fat ass? I’m on a bike, I’m happy and smiling. Shouldn’t you be smiling too? It seems like you are missing the whole point of riding a bike. Riding a bike should be fun. Sure, there are times you might be racing and more serious, but when riding down Riverside Drive on your $5,000 bike in your matching spandex outfit give me a smile, show your love and appreciation for other cyclists. We all have something in common and it exists on two wheels. We all love the bicycle so why can’t we all love the cyclists? Geez.
(By the way, this does not go for all roadies, many of you do smile and acknowledge the love of the bicycle with other people. It just seems that there is this elitist group that thinks they are better than everyone else. I just don’t get it.)
Oh, one more thing roadie snob, you have spent a lot of money and time on that bike but what about your time to help create bike lanes and a more bike friendly community? Your matching spandex outfit is less important that giving back to the cyclist community. So relax, enjoy your ride and smile and when you have time or that money you have saved for a lighter helmet, give to a worthwhile organization.
Thanks and yours truly,