Different people have different reasons for bicycling. Some people ride exclusively on paved roads, while others put their bikes on a car-rack and drive their bikes to an off-road park. Some people ride to save money, while others ride because they can’t afford alternatives. Some people ride competitively, while others ride for transportation. Some people ride to maintain peak health, while others ride to improve poor health. Some people ride because it’s “green”, while others ride because it’s fun. All of these reasons, and more reasons than I can think of by myself, motivate people in New Zealand, and all around the world, to ride bicycles; And all of these people call themselves bicyclists.
There are just as many different types of bicycles as there are reasons for riding them: bikes with fat tires and bikes with skinny tires; bikes with no suspension and bikes with full suspension; bikes with clip-in pedals and bikes with panniers bags; bikes that were found in a skip and bikes that cost more than cars; bikes that are wind-tunnel-tested and bikes with streamers on the handlebars.
What I want to know, is: Why do you ride? What kind of bike (or bikes) do you ride?
It’s only fair that I go first: I mostly ride a hybrid commuter bike primarily for transportation, and also because it’s good exercise and great fun. Riding saves money, saves times, saves natural resources, keeps me in reasonably good physical health and keeps me feeling good. This bike has panniers that regularly hold everything from groceries to a yoga mat. My last two cars were station wagons, and I think of this as my two-wheeled station wagon. I’ve also got a TT/tri bike (weighing in at about 9.5kg with carbon-fiber front-fork, Adamo saddle and Zero pedals) but my triathlon plans are on hold until I can sort out some problems with running.