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Smugness

Don’t be like these guys:

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A common refrain of motorists drunk on Haterade is that cyclists are sooo smug!  If you’re like me, you often wonder what they’re talking about.  I mean, all I do is save the planet!

It can be difficult to avoid the subconscious feeling that you’re doing everybody a great big favor by being on your bike.  It’s even harder to avoid a wee bit of disdain for the pudgy drones trapped in their steel coffins.  But eventually we as a community are going to have to get over it.

In my humble opinion, if we’re going to convert the masses then we’ve got to change the reasons we’re giving about why we ride.  Repeat after me: “I ride because it saves time and money, it gets me outside, it allows me to eat like a hog, and it’s fun as well!”

Or, try this: “Riding a bike to work may not make sense for everyone, but it works for me and I’m glad I gave it a shot!”

Nobody asked us for any favors, so if we’re maybe riding because we expect the world to respect our martyrdom, let’s at least try to keep that to ourselves.

By | 2008-08-27T05:19:16+00:00 August 27th, 2008|Categories: Commentary|3 Comments