How Do You Define a Cyclist?


There are those of us who ride bikes, those who race, and those that commute by bicycle or use it for countless other reasons.  Some are on road bikes, some on BMX, fixie, mountain, urban, tandem, or one of the many other varieties.  However you slice it up, however you ride….you’re a cyclist, Right?

Maybe, but how do you really define a cyclist?

Of course the easy answer is, “someone who rides a bike”.  But I don’t feel it’s as simple as that. Why, you may ask?  Well consider the guy on his bike who’s out on the street, not wearing a road bike helmet, weaving in and out of traffic with total disregard for pedestrians and vehicles in his way.  He’s on a bike, but would we want to label him a cyclist and group ourselves with him?

How about the person who rides their bike because they have no other options for a means to get around. I once asked this of a man who lives on the streets of Austin.  He has a bike and is often seen around downtown on it, but he doesn’t consider himself a cyclist.  “I ride this bike so I can get where I need to go”, is what he told me.  He didn’t say it, but I could tell he wasn’t fond of the “cyclist” label.

I was going to take a stab at coming up with a definition, but then backed out at the last minute.  I honestly don’t think there is one definition that can sum up all the greatness that comes from being a cyclist.

Below are a couple more definitions from some of our online friends who responded to this question on Twitter.  But now it’s your turn….are you willing to take a stab at defining a cyclist?  Maybe it doesn’t need to be defined.  We ride bikes….maybe that’s all that matters.


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3 Responses to “ How Do You Define a Cyclist? ”

  1. raymond on August 26, 2015 at 1:57 am

    It is impossible for me to define a cyclist as a whole because everyone rides for his-her own reason; some loving it, some hating it and others just see cycling as a way to get from A to B. Myself, I’m all three of my definitions.

  2. Paul Kirby on August 25, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    You might be a cyclist if…you refer to yourself as one.

  3. Collin on August 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

    One who enjoys time on a bicycle.


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