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David Fiedler

You Know You're a Cyclist When . . .

By February 10, 2009

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  • There is nothing odd about having bikes in your living room

  • You know every shortcut and every back road within 50 miles of your house
  • You have tanned patches on the backs of your hand
  • You use your helmet as a styling device
  • You stare at other cyclists . . . to check out their ride
  • Going to work with grease stains on your hands is a source of pride
  • You know the difference between a Presta and a Schrader valve

    Got another one? Add it by commenting below.

  • Comments

    February 10, 2009 at 7:50 am
    (1) Scott says:

    Your right shoe lace is shorter than your left one.

    February 10, 2009 at 8:57 am
    (2) jack hudson says:

    when you know the differance between a clincer and a lacer

    February 10, 2009 at 10:55 am
    (3) Chris P says:

    You have ever had a flat and not called a cab.

    February 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm
    (4) Tom B. Vinson says:

    You tell a family of 5 in a crowded mall to “hold their line.”

    February 11, 2009 at 1:28 am
    (5) Dennis says:

    Everyone thinks you are nuts, because you ride your bike to work in the even in the winter.

    February 11, 2009 at 9:02 am
    (6) Bob says:

    You have shared a hotel room with your bike

    February 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm
    (7) Copywrites says:

    When asked by a friend about joining a ride, you imediately ask “Which bike are you riding?”.

    February 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    (8) Rick says:

    You wear clothes on your bike that you would never be caught dead in anywhere else, and don’t care what it looks like…

    February 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    (9) Dee says:

    Your feet are as white as your butt.

    February 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm
    (10) Bob says:

    You have more invested in your bikes that your car

    February 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    (11) Ronnie says:

    You park your car outside and use your garage for your bikes.

    February 12, 2009 at 11:45 am
    (12) ra says:

    You take a short easy ride and come home 5 hours later suffering from hypothermia.

    February 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm
    (13) Lisa says:

    You when your leg is in cast and you still ride.

    February 14, 2009 at 9:48 am
    (14) buggz54 says:

    you consider a 25 mph head wind ‘good conditioning’

    February 14, 2009 at 11:22 am
    (15) FireyPheonix says:

    You pass cars on a steep downhill because you can get into a nice tuck for aerodynamics.

    February 15, 2009 at 6:02 am
    (16) Richard says:

    When you name your bike as if it is your child (and with its name painted some where on it.).

    February 19, 2009 at 11:10 am
    (17) Ann says:

    You get a haircut that works with your helmet

    February 19, 2009 at 11:21 am
    (18) Chris says:

    You accidentally try to twist your foot to “unclip” from the gas pedal before getting out of your car.

    February 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm
    (19) Stephen says:

    You’re an expert in where to stop to get the traffic light to turn green.

    February 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm
    (20) Jimmi says:

    You will ride to a destination and back that seems way to far to drive to!

    February 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    (21) John says:

    …you apologize to your bike when you hit a pot hole.

    February 19, 2009 at 10:30 pm
    (22) Marco says:

    You log more miles on your bike than miles on your car.

    February 19, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    (23) Ken says:

    Everytime you have an argument with your wife, she brings up how much time you spend with your bike.

    February 20, 2009 at 12:50 am
    (24) Biker.Scott says:

    When you check your PO Box and it contains a cycling magazine, a flyer for a bike ride, a cycling gear catalog, a confirmation letter from another ride, an offer to subscribe to another cycling magazine, and one other envelope. You aren’t sure what the other envelope was about, since you tossed it into the nearest trash can since it did not appear to be related to riding.

    February 20, 2009 at 11:30 am
    (25) Julian says:

    When your arm has two colors because your jerseys only cover the mid of your arm from the sun.

    February 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    (26) Jimmi says:

    The highlight of your week is always your Century Sunday.

    February 20, 2009 at 11:31 pm
    (27) leftonred says:

    you elevate your bed so you can put 5 bikes under it.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:39 am
    (28) PedalinPaul says:

    When you test drive you new vehicle back to the house so you can see if it fits under the bikes hanging in your garage.

    February 25, 2009 at 4:59 am
    (29) Kiril, The Cycling Dude says:

    1. When you take your bike in for its annual phys, um, I mean tune-up, the first thing you say when the Doc, um, I mean, Mechanic comes to tell you the news is…Level with, man, don’t hold back, I can take it. Will He/She live?

    2. If you have the talent for it, and even if you don’t, you write poems to your bicycle, or at least ABOUT bicycling, and read them to your silent, & uncritical, Trusty Steed.

    3. You have been going to the same Bike Shop for so long that the owner, or at least 1 employee, can share war stories about changing your diapers, and feeding you, when your Father worked there during his, and your Mothers, college years. (This one can be scary to contemplate if your shop is one of the ones on my list of Elder Statesmen of the Industry, in my sidebar, all 67 to 116 years old, and you are at least 67 yourself!)

    February 25, 2009 at 7:35 am
    (30) jerry says:

    you discuss penile numbness with complete strangers while waiting for the light to change.

    March 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    (31) Julian says:

    You actually have clipless and you had “kissed” the floor while you were learning to use them…

    March 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm
    (32) Dart says:

    You think 9 dollars for a movie ticket is outrageous but 5 grand for a new bike seems reasonable.

    March 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    (33) Chadd Hunter says:

    When your driving in your car and you swerve around every pothole

    February 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    (34) Tim says:

    When you crash, and immediately ask if your bike is ok.

    November 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm
    (35) Rob says:

    When your legs have less hair than your wife/girlfriends…

    January 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    (36) Michael says:

    You roll up your right pant leg even when you’re not riding.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:48 am
    (37) Charlie-Walnut Creek says:

    When you finish a complete rebuild of a bike and your wife just says to take your lights, knowing the first ride will be several hours…

    February 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    (38) Mack says:

    You slightly turn your head and cut your eyes to the left to see who is behind you while walking down the hall at work.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:42 am
    (39) Mike says:

    You compare chainring tattoos while waiting for the light to change.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm
    (40) Jonathan says:

    you think nothing of buying used parts for your car so you can get those brand spankin’ new Dura-Ace or SRAM Red components.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    (41) Tana says:

    You think there is nothing strange about storing a bike or two in your bedroom.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm
    (42) robert says:

    When you wear your cycling shorts all day.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:00 am
    (43) Sarah says:

    You scope out riding routes while searching for a house to buy and buy the house based on whether the ingress/egress to the neighborhood is suitable for the warm up and cool down of your rides.

    August 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm
    (44) Erik says:

    Driving on the road seems more dangerous than riding your bike.

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