I’m a Point A to Point B kind of guy.
I have never been impressed by what people drive, but I have to admit that I was prejudiced against Kia and Hyundai cars, not because I didn’t like their looks, but for several years they broke down a lot. Not reliable. But now Consumer’s Reports says they are reliable, so I will look again.
I have a pickup truck (two actually — one has a cap) so I can get a load of stinky mushroom compost in Zellwood if I want to, or a yard of mulch for cheap. I can pick up a new oven and skip the delivery fee. I can do lots of things that people with SUV’s can’t do. Most SUV’s can’t handle sheets of plywood without ripping the upholstery. Does it handle like a sedan? But so what if it doesn’t?
I will drive what ever vehicle I need to drive to get done what I need to get done. When I go to the grocery store, the dry cleaners or the bank, the same cars waiting in the Drive-Thru, are still waiting when I come out and pedal away.
And then, sometimes, I can drive instead of riding my bike if I get lazy, or when I have to go to Brevard County to work, I don’t have to think twice about it. Life is good.
But I keep seeing cyclists who worry about 6 oz of added weight and I keep seeing Cadillac Escalades (8 MPG) and I realize we are at polar opposites of the spectrum. They are worried about image.
My neighbor bought an expensive aluminum bike. It is very nice, I know this because he let me ride it once. I think he bought it because he saw me riding all the time. How many times do you think he has ridden it in the last year?
People don’t, and I don’t think they ever will, understand why I think the way I do about cycling. It’s not about speed. It’s not about style. It’s all about lifestyle.
When I can get from Point “A” to Point “B”, find a bicycle rack, walk in the door and then walk out again while a driver is still cruising for a parking space, who wins that race?