Evidently there's been a big kerfuffle in the cyloblogosphere after the WSJ article I posted about last week.
I've kind of been too busy decontaminating my basement to pay attention, but when I unexpectedly had an evening free (don't ask), I noticed that quite a few pixels have been spilled discussing the concept of cycle chic.
I don't read the Copenhagen Cycle Chic blog very often anymore- there's more interesting (to me) stuff closer to home, although I continue to admire his ability to capture such wonderful street shots- especially as I try to capture more of them myself, and find it emotionally and technically challenging.
I did dip into it recently though, and a phrase leapt out at me- "citizen cyclist" I don't know if Mikael Colville-Andersen is consciously looking for an alternative to the Chic thing, or if it was just what I happened to read, but it really struck me as appropriate.
Despite the title of this blog, and some of the posts, I hope that it is obvious that I am not exactly a glamazon. Yes, I sometimes pay to get my toenails painted, and I have a weakness for shoes, but I don't wear makeup except under duress, don't dress in designer clothes (unless you consider H&M a designer) and am not the kind of woman who shrinks from a job that requires power tools and safety glasses. More importantly I don't really see any conflict between pedicures and power tool (as long as you wear appropriate footwear when operating power tools). Feminist? Post-Feminist? I'll let more academic heads than mine debate it.
Although I've posted about my own outfits, I've intended it to show that anyone can ride in anything, not that I'm particularly attractive or stylish. I'm pushing 40, and I could stand to get a haircut and lose a few pounds before I start making the rounds of modeling agencies. And although I reserve the right to mock (or try to re-educate) people who don spandex to ride 3 miles on the bike path, I "get" bike specific clothing. I used to date a racer, and I used to be a roadie myself, back when I lived 10 miles from town in a very hilly area. I've ridden a century and to the top of Millcreek canyon (supposedly one of David Zabriskie's training rides) I own bike shorts and even clipless pedals and I know how to use them, I just don't see the need most days.
So I'm going to try to stop talking about cycle chic- too much noise- too many distractions and connotations and misunderstandings.
But I'm a citizen, just like anyone else. Same small "d" democratic rights to the road my taxes help fund. And if I can ride a bike, any other citizen of this fair land can ride.
Citizen cyclists- mount up and ride wherever you happen to be going!