I'd like to add a few things..
Winter cycling (or even bike commuting at all) isn't something one has to dive in right away. You can start riding on nice days and slowly as your skills, interests, and accumulation of gear builds then you might find yourself riding on worse and worse weather days.
You don't have to be a complete bike nerd to ride a bike. though you might become one.
Not represented in this article (but who exist) are female cyclists, cyclists who commute to blue collar or white collar jobs, cyclists who don't spend over a grand on their bikes, and people who bike because that's all they can afford and public transportation is just not cutting it.
For new cyclists out there... the aesthetics of your bike are far less important than getting out on the road (or trail). If you ride a Huffy but you ride that's what counts. Don't be shy or embarrassed to go into a bike store for help.
I was wrong in my use of the word "strident." Those bicyclists aren't harsh and grating, as the definition shows. They're frank and open, and passionate. :)
Love this article. I'm an avid motorcyclist (it is the main part of my identity as a human being), and am also a bicyclist - whenever I can't ride my motorcycle, I take my bicycle - and this is a fascinating look into a few strident bicyclists' lives. Very similar to a look into the lives of lifestyle-motorcyclists.
I'd have to say that Rochester's bicyclists, pedestrians, *and* motorcyclists are indeed treated as second-class citizens here. We need more accommodations and respect toward those 3 classes of commuters/people.
gt: We actually use New York Time style as the basis for our own house style, and it uses the apostrophe for dates.
This music video was filmed there: http://youtu.be/Xkn0pnbWpF0
Dates aren't possessive. 1850s is correct, 1850's is not.
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