All I keep hearing from the street cycling bunch is how wonderfully people cycle in Amsterdam and the rest of Europe. Yet I don’t think that people in the US that point at them know what is going on.
People in the US like to go fast. If they aren’t doing 20 mph, then they are not happy.
As Mighk can attest, I ride slowly. I like to ride that way and it was my observation that people in Europe ride that way, too. There is no concern about speed, no pace to keep up, no worry that my RPM isn’t right and no damn computer. Carbon Fiber, aluminum, weight isn’t an issue.
In fact, when I was a teenager, I read about the famous Century Ride. If you don’t know what that is, it is 100 miles in 8 hours. So one day I decided to try it. Gosh, it was way too easy. I had time to stop and eat lunch and then take a nap under a tree and still had time left over. Run the math and the Century Ride requires a whole 4.8 mph average.
People in Europe generally cycle less than two miles. So what if it takes them 20 minutes to go that 2 miles? They don’t care because that isn’t the point. The point is to enjoy themselves.
So try it. Slow down, take it easy, no rush and enjoy yourself. It’s a whole ‘nother way to do things.