Mike Sales wrote:and the sort of rider who waves.
How would you define the sort of rider? by his clothing at that time? By the superficial appearance of the machine?
There seems to me that there is a disproportionate opprobrium against so called "roadies". How does one define a "roadie"? Perhaps that rider in full team kit is riding a £200 "road bike" from a mail order company. Does that qualify? Or maybe the rider in baggy shorts is riding a £3k Colnago. This whole "roadie" thing is new and partly created by marketeers who sell any bike with drops and without mudguards as a "road bike". In my youth a road bike was what you used for riding road races or time trials, nothing else - certainly not as a commuter. Is that abhorred "roadie" also a track rider, a cycle tourist, a commuter i.e an all round cyclist? Does MickF become a "roadie" in the summer when he takes his mudguards off his Mercian?
As for this being a characteristic of new generation riders - in all aspects of cycling we have a couple of generations of people who have only got their information from the internet instead of riding with real people. We had the same to a lesser extent in the 70s/80s when people read books instead of riding with clubs.