11 Things All Cyclists Can Definitely Relate To
As any cyclist will be able to attest to, there are some pearls of wisdom you only discover when you’ve been cycling to work for a while. Both an enhanced understanding of the world beyond the car, not to mention an increased appetite, are typical things a new cyclist will experience.
However, there’s so much more to come. Read on for 11 things all cyclists can relate to.
Checking the weather forecast repeatedly throughout the day.
You check it in the morning so you know how to dress for your commute. You’ll check it at lunch, sometime mid-afternoon and then probably before you set off for your ride home. Later that evening, you’ll check it once more to see what the weather will be like in the morning.
A little preparation never hurt anybody!
Not really knowing whether you’re doing pedestrian crossings ‘right’.
This is a common confusion among cyclists and cycling veterans are bound to give conflicting advice. You can find a pretty straightforward explanation over on gov.uk – the key is not to overthink it!
Putting all your clothes in the wash after one-wear.
You weren’t always a one-wear kind of person, at least not with certain types of clothing. But now you’re flying through your basics and wonder how you’ve run out of t-shirts by the end of the week.
Justifying having two breakfasts.
One to fuel up in the morning and one to recover afterwards, right? You’re also not impartial to that extra chocolate biscuit in the afternoon. You’ll need it for the ride home, after all.
You start to ask the question, “Can I cycle in this?” when shopping for new clothes.
Because let’s face it, practicality is key. And if you can’t wear it whilst riding your bike, what’s the point?
You start to have more water bottles than cups in the kitchen.
‘Why does one need so many water bottles?’ others might ask. But only a true cyclist would know that having different bottles with different capacities and various caps based on the distance and destination of your ride is a perfectly logical plan. Right?
You smile smugly to yourself when hearing other colleagues talk about gym memberships, torturous fitness classes and having no time to work out.
Because you’ve got all that covered. How simple their lives would be if they only followed in your footsteps.
You start to nod to other cyclists when you’re driving your car.
You understand them more than they know.
You lust after other bikes despite having one that works perfectly.
Is this bike-owning thing an addiction? Why do bike shops suddenly seem so appealing?
Because there’s only one thing better than owning a bike…and that’s owning lots of bikes.
You didn’t know your office even had a shower facility until you became part of the Secret Cycling Club.
At one point the thought of showering in work would have sort of grossed you out. But now it’s a highlight of your morning.
You bike does more miles than your car.
Maybe you should sell it to get another bike…?