Comment 73055

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted January 15, 2012 at 20:43:10

First off, we have an obesity pandemic underway. We have created a sedentary society rife with Type 2 Diabetes, arthritis, etc. The notion of walking to the store is anathema to them. So the leap to 'winter cycling' when 'good-weather cycling' isn't going to happen is- Well, a bit much.

I maintain that if we were still riding 1970's style upright three-speeds cycling would be far less of a big deal: my mother biked to the store rain or shine in the 1970s and '80s, and she was (sorry, Mum) fat. It was only 2km, and it was easier the walking and we didn't have a second car. She could bike with in her normal clothes, without special equipment, without hunching over handlebars and with my baby sister in the child seat.

In the 1980s and 1990s, cycling became a sport instead of an activity or mode of transit. We can go back, and one of the first things we have to do is jettison the ideal of the sport bike: they are awkward, inconvenient and demand too many concessions of the fit and of the unfit.

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