Oh! You are a cyclist
Now that’s one thing many including myself would have rarely heard from others.
In India, many consider cycling not a sport but as a transport medium for the poor. If you have a cycle; considerably local cycles then people term you as poor. Certainly I don’t mind them calling me poor or rich or whatever, I only ask them to re-consider their views on a cyclist or cycling.
But that’s not what this is about.
As a cyclist myself, I have faced many questions from my friends, family and colleagues; not about the sport but the need of the sport. On the lighter side of frustration of answering these inane questions, it is time for everyone to have an agenda of queries or questions that should never be asked to a cyclist. Here are some,
[Fill your family or friends name here], I bought a bike.
That’s great. (On seeing the bike) That’s a cycle. Where is your bike?
Me: That’s the bike.
Them: Oh! You bought a cycle. Why are you calling it a bike? Okay how much?
Me (Smiling): [Fill any amount]
Them: Why! Why did you buy a cycle this expensive? You could have bought a real bike. Are you mad?
Me: It’s nothing. I’m interested in cycling, so……. Never mind.
Me (In my mind): See, the thing is that this is a Mountain bike and you don’t know anything about it.
Are you a racer?
Me: [Hesitating for a sec] No
Are you racing?
Why do you think of me racing when I put on my helmet and start pedaling? Have I asked you the same when you start your motorbike? I’m a cyclist and I’m not an alien. I do bike commute to work or ride for leisure, do some biking for endurance and why not, some racing as well. But all you ask is am I a racer or am I racing. Grow up fellas.
Are you rich?
This is blasphemy. I love cycling and I bought a cycle. I don’t have a motorbike or a car but I have a bike. How can you term me as rich or poor?
Why do cycle to work where you could come by [any motorized transport]?
For this one, I could give you a hell lot of answers which you would have heard many times. But I do have a question: What is your problem with that?
[When they see me somewhere else] Don’t you tell me that you came here by cycle?
Mate, cycling is not a compulsion. It’s my cycle and I could ride it anywhere I like. Don’t you use your facility like that?
It’s too hot outside. Don’t ride.
Sorry, I didn’t hear you. Bye.
It’s raining, don’t ride now.
Why not? Obviously I will.
Okay, take an umbrella.
Are you kidding? I couldn’t say more.
I have a mountain bike and my mom told me this: Dear, buy some groceries while coming back.
Mom! How could you?
I’m sure you would be have faced some funny questions, What response do you get when you tell them you are a cyclist?
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