6 types of commuter cyclist

6 types of commuter cyclist

Cycling to work = good, and there are definitely certain types we see on our road.

So look out for them on your way to work. 

What type of commuter are you?

Tell us here

Here to be seen

Everyone's seen these commuters. Spending half their monthly salary on protective clothing, hi visibility apparel and state of the art cameras, these guys have thought it through when it comes to accident claims (Fair play). Think you can get away with misbehaving on the roads? Think again. These guys won't only give you a telling off, they'll also upload the entire thing to YouTube.

Last minute commuter

Their two wheeled mode of transport is always based on a spur of a moment decision thanks to a tube strike or bad traffic, these guys are not seasoned cyclists. Warning: do not get in their way! They'll do everything and anything to convince themselves that finally getting on their bike was the best decision of the year...even if this means hitting the pavement. P.S. The mountain bike covered in dust will give it away.

The Foldies

For some reason, despite owning a bike, these guys still haul the thing on to a crowded train with them day after day. The use of more than one gear is just no needed, so their legs go round so fast there's always a slight concern the pedals could fly off. And let's get one thing straight:  these guys don't slouch, posture is key so they pedal upright with pride.

The mid-life crisis 

We all know these guys, and the reason for that: they want to be known. Getting up in the morning as if they're doing their usual 100 mile Sunday ride, keen is an understatement. Sponsored jerseys, carbon bike and from time to time even bringing out the aero helmet, they don't mess about. Let's just sit and wait for a funny cleat fail.

The Urban cyclist

Most often seen heading somewhere towards east London via the artisan coffee shop on their fixie bike, these guys don't commute on their bike for convenience, no, its purely a statement. And it is annoying as hell! Don't even get us started on the trousers tucking into socks and the vintage racing cap. 

The pay to pedal

These guys would rather fork out a yearly subscription than buy their own bike. They'll always be wearing a suit, the back seam straining against their body as they lead forward trying to pedal the heavy monsters as fast as possible through the capital at the busiest time of day.  

What type of commuter are you? Tell us here

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Could this be the worst cycling article ever written?

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I'm a cross between the midlife crisis and a opposite last minute i say that as I often get up get ready miss read the time or realise the alarm was set for to late  and realise I won t have the required time to make it to work and shower before I start so jump on the tube

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Some people just need to lighten up, I like to read and laugh at this type of article and can see the humour in what others may or may not think of me. If we can't laugh at ourself then who can we laugh at.

Incidentally I am definitely a Mid Life crisis cyclist, just can't afford the top gear. ;-)

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This article would be funny if it were not so daft. To stereotype people based on what they ride is plain stupid. I am in my early 50s, have a mountain bike, a flat bar aluminium road bike, carbon racer bike and a 6 speed Brompton all of which I have used for commuting at various points in time. What type of a commuter does that make me?

Its not what you ride or wear but how you ride that defines the type of cyclist you are. Respect the highway code, be polite and considerate, enjoy every ride and most importantly remember you are vulnerable, so be seen.  

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I'm a foldie - only because it's the only way to get too and from work!!!!  I have more than one gear - six in fact and my legs font go round at the speed of light. I don't sit up and beg either!

As mentioned before - this article is insulting!  - Sorry but that's the way I feel.

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@haighhala  If the article had been hammering people who run red lights, ride on and off pavements without regard to other people and other dangerous activities, I'd agree with you. That's not really what it was about.  The approach was to judge people first by what they wear and what they ride, and then having decided who was "out", to accuse them all of riding badly.  Surely you can see that some people on Boris bikes, or people with their trousers tucked into their socks, will wait at red lights?

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For those of you who are bent out of shape by this article - for heaven's sake get over yourselves. This is humour; siege mentality; gallows style. No more, no less.

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Margaux Vincendet-Designori's photo.

Margaux Vincendet-Designori

This horrible cyclist ran over my friend's dog yesterday in Regents Park. He cycled away and left him for dead after this picture was taken and he saw the dog was severely injured and coughing up blood. Please share and help to identify him.

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Isn't it just typical of a growing majority of cyclists, sadly to say, that get on their soapboxes and rant against anyone who doesn't see it their way. I've always cycled in my leisure time including events such as the London to Brighton etc. I was brought up in the era when we were taught to respect the law of the road and highway code plus the cycling proficiency test. Yet as someone who has also been an HGV driver for years it is so common nowadays for cyclists to see themselves as above the rules of the road. As others have said its very, very common to see them go through red lights etc when vehicles obey the rules and wait for a green light. At pedestrian crossings when the traffic is stopped, up they come and go through between pedestrians. Sorry but the MAJORITY of city and town cyclists now are ignorant, dangerous idiots. Some of you then rant on about a dedicated cyclist group like this telling the truth about you. Hang your heads in shame for thinking you are kings of the road and everyone else must give you absolute freedom on the road.

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Oops Ed, bit of an own goal here ! Surely anyone commuting by pedalling anything is a good thing as long as they are safe.I'm early 50s, have a carbon bike , a recentish MTB and a retro MTB all of which I use to commute occasionally often wearing hi-vis or bright gear to hopefully avoid be knocked off by inattentive drivers. I'm building my miles up on Sundays, and I go on trials etc other days so maybe I fill many of the "despicable" profiles? Also Slightly ironic that on the banner there's a  link to an article " 7 ways to look cool and stand on your commute".  We,ve also shared our embarrassing "cleat moments" in a thread. Think this article should be removed.

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