- Y. O.
I really don't see it as us and them... and for sure there's bad in all groups. But this particular group has built a bad reputation and I don't believe it to be totally unjust. There's just too many instances to be taken as some random bad behavior of uncategorized cyclist.One of the most dangerous things about human nature — and the one most likely to do us in — is our bad us-them habit. And here we are doing it with fellow fans of the greatest joy machine ever invented.
Are there ill-behaved road bikers? Sure. Are there ill-behaved ebikers? You bet — even on this forum. Are there ill-behaved mountain bikers? Plenty. Do some of these people think that only they know what to do with a bike? See above.
Nobody holds the high ground here.
What does all this generalization-from-anecdote, us-them crap buy us? Nothing good.
That said I still show roadies and all others on the path respect when I ride. As a matter of fact I try to stay out of there way as I know they're taking things a bit more seriously than me and my leisurely ride.
But if your going to shove your bad behavior in my (and everyone else's) face... You might just get some push back from me.
And as far as the ridicule here.... well that's just funny