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Now *there's* an annoyance I can transfer easily from driver to cyclist - cellphone use in traffic.

I suspect that the cellphone is deliberate provocation on the part of Mikael. He would probably argue that it heralds the bicycle's integration into "everyday life"—like the absence of a helmet, and the fact that the bike is a "practical" (yet possibly quite expensive) Dutch/Danish-style bike.

Responding to guez, it is a sad fact that inexpensive practical bikes are few and far between in the US. The only one I really (sort of) like is the Breezer Uptown 8. Everything else either lacks a full chain guard, suffers from that flat-footed Electra design, or costs a bundle of $$$ that I don't want to spend on a so-called practical bike.

hopefully we can get over the male dominated racer/athletic bike mania that is current in the USA today and start to make cycling safer for the broad demographic- maybe this guy is the real future- no special costume, no clunky bike shoes, no stupid looking dinosaurish bike helmet- just ordinary clothes like they wear on bikes in Holland, Germany, China, Denmark.


Why do you--and Copenhagenize--care so much about people who wear helmets and ride road bikes? Why does safer, everyday cycling for a broader demographic require that we "get over" athletic cycling? Why do roadies have to be ridiculed for wearing lycra? Why are the two alternatives a) "athletic" cycling and b) talking on the phone in the middle of a traffic circle? (If the guy in the picture is the future, jackasses will inherit the earth.) For that matter, what's wrong with riding a bike for exercise or as a sport?

In sum: Why try to deepen the cultural divide in the cycling world (roadies vs. fixie types vs. everyday commuters) rather than focus on what we all share?

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