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Do you bike for exercise? To earn street cred? Or just to get around? As our options for cycling expand, so have our reasons for doing it. Here are eight types of bikers you may recognize from the neighborhood.
Mantra: “It’s not exercise, it’s how I get to work.”
Ride: garden-variety road bike
Uniform: poncho, rolled-up khakis
Habitat: flat locales; small cities with bad public transportation
Mantra: “It’s not how I get to work, it is my work.”
Uniform: messenger bag, manpris
Habitat: any bustling city, any season, any weather
Mantra: “It’s not work, it’s play.”
Uniform: raw denim, beard
Habitat: the Mission, Bushwick
The Performance Artist
Mantra: “It’s not my bike, it’s my art.”
Ride: tall bike with avant-garde handlebars, unicycle
Uniform: white dreads, denim vest, manpris
Habitat: Burning Man, Critical Mass
The Street Kid
Mantra: “My bike isn’t art—but the tricks are.”
Ride: BMX, fixie with candy-colored rims
Uniform: skater shoes, T-shirt
Habitat: skate parks, parking lots, schoolyards
Mantra: “It’s not a ride, it’s a sport.”
Ride: racing bike
Uniform: Lycra. Obviously.
Habitat: parks, tracks, bike paths
Mantra: “It’s not a sport, it’s an adventure.”
Ride: mountain bike
Uniform: all Patagonia everything, sunglasses with headband
Habitat: the wild
Mantra: “It’s not an adventure, it’s Saturday morning.”
Ride: beach cruiser with a basket full of flowers
Uniform: flip flops, flowing skirt
As seen in: beach towns, cotton commercials, Copenhagen