Thanks for the invite to check out this blog. I’m a big fan of forums like this where people can talk about their interests and invite others to do the same.
Before today, I considered myself a casual observer of commuters with no particular allegiance to either cyclists or motorists, as I typically walk to work (I’m not a champion of the environment – it only takes me 5 minutes). However, I realize now that I fall squarely in the category of “a muggle“, as I am indeed ignorant of the ins and outs of cycling in Waterloo.
As I contemplated this, I came to the realization that there must be a world of cyling terminology foreign to muggles like me. But rather than simply accept the fact that I am a cycling outsider (or perhaps more accurately, a “pre-cylist”), I decided a better course of action would be to redefine the terminology used in the cycling world based on actual observations in my short, but eventful commute to and from work each day. In doing so, my goal is to gain acceptance in the two-wheeled world on some level, even if I can’t give you the technical specifications that make a Fuji Roubaix a better choice than a Bianchi Brava.
“cyclish” – this is someone who looks like a cyclist and talks like a cyclist, but then cuts across three lanes of traffic to make a right turn without any signals, in hopes that their top speed in 2nd gear will beat the BMW waiting to turn right on a green light.
“motor-mouth” – this is the annoying driver who would rather curse at cyclists with his/her window rolled up, as they are afraid to confront someone who actually cares about their physical condition.
I may post more from actual observations as the opportunity arises. Keep up the good work on the blog.