10 bicycling myths debunked
Photo: Donna RutherfordHere at Grist, we are all about accuracy. So when it comes to bicycling, the pastime that can solve all of America’s most pressing problems (well, most of them — see, accuracy!), we’re like heat-seeking missiles in search of myths and misinformation. Our goal is simple: to get you to trade in your four-wheeled gas guzzler for a lean, clean, calorie-burning machine. Here are the top 10 myths that we debunked this year, all linked up and annotated for your enjoyment. Read on, ride on — and for god sake, put some clothes on!
1. Biking is for elitists.
Yeah, tell that to the good people of Detroit.
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2. Bikes are just for young people.
Meet Lucette Gilbert, a New York bike commuter who admits to being in her “high 70s.”
3. It’s a hipster thing.
Hipster? What’s a hipster?
4. I’d have to wear Spandex.
Eat your heart out, hipsters.
5. Bikes are for terrorists!
6. Biking is bad for the economy.
Oh man. I can’t believe you’d even suggest that. If you’re not careful, Elly Blue is going to open a can of Bikenomics on your ass.
7. It’s all a Democratic plot.
8. It’s just for the fellas.
9. It’ll make me unattractive to the ladies.
10. I just can’t …
Oh yes you can. Come on, try it. Trust us. You’ll feel happy of yourself.
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