I'm inclined to ponder the more general question: "are people who cycle abnormal?"
- or more specifically, "are people who cycle perceived as 'abnormal'?"
(presumably by those who don't cycle).
Once a week I do a 10-mile-each-way trip to play bridge. I must confess that, along with the shopping and other occasional short journeys, this is as much cycling as I do nowadays
. But every time I arrive at bridge, I can guarantee that at least one other player is going to ask me "how was the cycling today Peter?"
or "do you find the traffic scary Peter?"
or "how long does it take you Peter?"
Of course I know they mean well, so I answer politely (usually). I feel rather inclined to retort "how was the driving today?"
or "did you have trouble parking?"
or some-such. But I try not to ask 'loaded' questions! Anyway, not all my fellow-players drive to the venue. I have great admiration for one of my regular partners, a guy well into his 80s, who walks right across from the other side of town (and Lewes is very hilly!). Perhaps if he lived a little further off he might even think of taking up cycling - or E-biking or triking - and join the 'abnormal' set!
Did I say "usually"? We all have our weaknesses at times. A couple of weeks ago, when you will remember the temperature was high in the 30s, I didn't cycle, nor did I risk the train: I drove. On that occasion, when about the sixth person asked me "did you cycle today Peter?"
- I snapped
I'm only human!
Of course I haven't really answered the question, "is cycling abnormal?"
. Just anecdotal stuff...