12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

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Sometimes it’s all too easy to snark on our fellow cyclists. You’ve probably seen several variations of the BikeSnob site or this none-too-subtle video or even had a good laugh over bike fashion disasters like these. (Hopefully, you’re not wearing them yourself!)

But in truth, most of the cyclists we ride with are really wonderful people—and in the spirit of showing our appreciation, we’d like to acknowledge a few of our favorite bike personalities here. Recognize yourself or someone you know—or even one of our Bicycle Adventures guides? Let us know in the comments!

 

Mr. Fixer

This is the guy you never knew you needed—until he shows up, that is. Struggling with a flat? Slipped your chain? He’s right there fixing it up “because I can do it faster and get you back on the road sooner.” If you’ve ever ridden with Mr. Fixer, you know how indispensable he can be.

 

The Happy Host (or Hostess)

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

We’ve all ridden with this person before—the one who always has a friendly welcome greeting for everyone in the group. This person just radiates positivity with cheery salutations like “Beautiful day for a ride!” or “Isn’t this the most glorious sunshine you’ve ever seen?” And if your energy is flagging, you really appreciate the encouraging “You’re doing great!” the Happy Host tosses your way.

 

The Non-Sneaker

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

No one likes to be surprised by a rider approaching from behind. The Non-Sneaker takes care to always alert you he’s there with a few chimes of his bell, a considerate cough, or even a happy “Hey-o! On your left!” After a few rides with a sneaker or two, you’ll appreciate the Non-Sneaker even more.

 

The Fender Friend

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

On a wet or rainy day, have you ever ridden with someone who doesn’t have a bike with fenders? Then you know why we appreciate our Fender Friends so much—no one likes to be sprayed with brown street gunk! And bonus points for our Fender Friend: No unsightly brown “racing stripes” up the back of his bike shorts (ick!).

 

The Cheery-O

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

Don’t you hate that awkward moment when you encounter another rider going the opposite direction and it’s like you’re invisible? The Cheery-O always acknowledges you with a friendly wave or a nod in your direction.

Just a little gesture to let you know he appreciates the kinship of the bike. You’ve both made a choice to be outside, facing the elements (not overtaking cyclists like you in a car) and just a quick nod and a smile enhances that feeling of community. It kind of makes your day, doesn’t it?

 

The Light Show

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

There’s something reassuring about riding with the Light Show—visibility is always a good thing! Plus, it actually makes everyone more safe. And we salute our riders who use a tail light all the time, even during the day. Kudos to them! We’re all about safety on our rides.

 

The Snappy Dresser

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

Everyone likes to ride with the Snappy Dresser. He’s got a great kit and all the best accoutrements—a little bit of eye candy for the ride. Best of all, though, he’s got rock-solid bike shorts (because this is one place we really don’t need great visibility, if you know what we mean).

 

The Domestique

Even if you’re not on a racing team, you’ll love riding with the Domestique. Struggling a bit? She’ll let you tag onto her back wheel to help you catch your breath. She’ll even share a snack when you need a boost. Every group appreciates the Domestique—she’s got everyone’s best interests at heart.

 

The Fabulous Foodie

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

This rider is one of our favorites—because we’re all big fans of great food. The Fabulous Foodie has a knack for knowing where to find the perfect snack, whether it’s a freshly baked oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookie or an ice-cold craft beer from a local brewery. And if you’re going to stop for a meal? You’ll definitely want the Fabulous Foodie’s recommendations for where to find the best burger you’ll ever have. (Trust us, he never disappoints.)

 

The Regional Expert

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

This is the rider who knows your route like the back of his or her hand—how to avoid a killer climb and where to find the five-mile add-on loop with a refreshing dip in the lake along the way. Riding to a new favorite destination? Try to include the Regional Expert in your group—you’ll be glad you did.

 

The Consistent Companion

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

This rider never lets you down—she’s as reliable as the sunrise. You know she’ll never fail to show up (ready and on time) for your weekly ride, rain or shine. And she’ll ride at your pace with you because that’s what the best cycling companions do. Need a little boost preparing for your bicycle tour? She’ll help you with that, too.

 

The Face Saver

12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

OK, we’re all grateful for the Face Saver in our group. He or she’s the rider who kindly alerts you to the dirt mustache you’re sporting (you know, the one you got riding behind the guy with no fenders!) before you saunter into the brewpub after your ride.

 

Ready to Go?

Thinking about your next bicycle adventure? I bet you’ll find more than a few of these cycling personalities on your ride. Why not sign up to our email course – How to Plan Your Perfect Bicycle Adventure – it’s a totally free 6-part series that will get you thinking about all aspects of your next vacation.

And if you’re ready to speak to us about your next cycling vacation, get in touch. We’d love to help you find the tour of your dreams.

Most of the cyclists we ride with are wonderful people—and in the spirit of showing our appreciation, here are a few of our favorite bike personalities.

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5 Responses to 12 Cyclists You’d Love to Ride With

  1. Mike McLeish says:

    haha, so many of these guys are people that I love to ride with. My favourite is the “cheery-O”. There’s nothing better than a friendly hello from the person going the other way.

    We’ve all had the awkward moment when a “hello” is ignored by the other cyclist. Leaving you to feel like you’ve just gone for a high-five and been left hanging.

  2. Kawser Ahmed says:

    I will choose the Mr. Fixer and the Happy Hosts as my companions :) They are so beautiful :)

  3. Mike Jones says:

    Hi Julie,
    I read this post twice and still couldn’t see anyone who reminded me of myself! Saw many who could be confused with Suzanne however or occasionally Todd or Brad.
    Mike

  4. Philippa Dawson says:

    Hi Julie

    Still chuckling about this article – absolutely made my morning thank you :)

    Pip

  5. Jean Taylor says:

    Mr. Fixer and the Non-Sneaker.

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