GOOD: Competitive Commuting Turns Bike Rides into Races Nov 12, 2010

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I love how my friends make it into articles like this:

“Every day in New York City, young cyclists—fueled by gender battles, competitiveness, and good old-fashioned fun—race each other to work. Welcome to the world of cat-6 racing.”

Everything they say is true but when there’s 3″ of ice on the bridge in a month, no one will be on it but the die-hard commuters: the ice bridge riders. If you don’t ride year-round, you already lost the race.

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  • http://billionsburg.com Luke

    IT’S ABOUT RACING

  • http://trackosaurusrex.com kyle

    GOOD read…Cat 6 is the only way to commute!

  • http://theradavist.com prolly

    @Luke

    I was gonna relate it to the conversation we had last night but decided I’d leave it up to you and Hater69 to comment…

    ha

  • Jannemaan

    New York or Aarhus/Denmark – we are all the same ;o)

  • http://Http://Cyclezine.net Puck

    My homie Johnny Teipei killing it with the basket bike… Nice…

  • http://acitycycled.tumblr.com A City Cycled

    Yes this happens, and I’m a person who likes to not be passed by other commuters, but the article makes it all sound so stupid. It’s really not that big of a deal. I swear I will never understand why cyclists take themselves so seriously. It’s a fucking bike.

  • chris b.

    I have mixed feelings about this shit. There are times when I see ‘Cat 6′ racing that really infuriates me. When I’m running late for work I frequently see this girl (http://theradavist.com/old/2010/11/cycle_angelo_bike_check_212_-.php). I’ve seen some assholes nearly knock her off of her bike trying to race her (I’ve also seen dudes trying to pick her up). As for myself I will make no claims to being the fastest rider on the street, but I know that my pace on my daily commute and/or fun ride is faster than many other people. I’m really not racing anyone, but I have douche bags constantly trying to prove something to me or themselves when I’m just minding my own business trying to get home at a reasonable time, not be late for work, or just enjoy my crappy bike. There have been times when I’ve nearly brawled because these incompetent assholes cut me off and have nearly taken me down. Too often than not these wannabes pass at the dumbest fucking times because they’re too solipsistic and wrapped up in their own awesome mediocrity that they don’t realize they might be endangering another person with their sweet cycling skillz. The thing that pisses me off to no end in both of the aforementioned circumstances is my response is to shame the motherfuckers and drop them or get all Theo Bos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JMY68cS9gw) on them, which is giving these douche mongers what they ultimately wanted – it makes me disappointed in myself. It’s a vicious downward spiral.

    On the other hand, sometimes I’ll encounter a decent rider who is actually fun to ride behind or ahead of. Someone who rides predictably and intelligently. These are the times when I just want to stop and give the other person a high five, a hug, and a thank you for making a long commute that has become mundane enjoyable again.

    Ultimately, the moral of my ramblings is racing on your commute is cool, but have some fucking common sense.

  • d.patrick1a

    I like how the first guy looks like he is riding in socks.

  • dan

    makes me think of cat 6 racing squad
    http://c6rs.com/

  • dbm

    iit’s nice to see people in NYC getting into the ‘bike culture’ but this has been going on for decades. i guess you ‘bloggers’ need something to write about… i’m coming home after a few years traveling and my friend sent me this story to try and show me how ‘gay’ ‘the bike scene’ is now in NYC. i’m guessing all of you guys are not NYC natives and you’ve all just rediscovered biking. that’s great, the more riders the better. so, keep on ‘gaying’ it up. it will give me the incentive to leave again. thanks!

  • http://theradavist.com prolly

    Cool story bro