Endo Rockstar wrote:I'm riding from 2 miles west of Hilldale. When I leave in the morning I usually pass a few of the spandex monsters with something to prove coming from middleton. its the same story as you make the brief pass through shorewood to the hospital. Once I hit the lakeshore path coming downtown things normal out a bit and you see people with bikes that don't look like nascars.
To be fair I'm not much of biker, I don't get the culture, the dress, the fascination with Styrofoam helmets, or the padded butt-shorts (I figure "fuck you" i had to suffer a sore ass for the first week when I started riding--they should too!) ....so think of my impressions as that of a n00b
You probably ride past my house. I watch those bikes going by in the morning while I drink my yuppie coffee.
I think you're being hypersensitive. The vast majority of bikes on the west side commute seem to range from normal to crappy. Most of them look like "campus bikes," i.e., dressed down and encrusted to discourage theft. There's the occasional peloton of Spandex, which I always assumed were on the way home from their morning ride.
Sometimes a bike is just a bike. Not everything you see outdoors is intended as a message. I suspect that most folks are ignorant of bike "culture" and are just trying to get from A to B in one piece. If they have anything fancy, it's because they felt like splurging at the Trek store.
People in Madison are very resourceful in combining new and old parts into some very commuter-friendly, solid, and fast rides.