Budnitz Bicycles Nostalgia is Death
I’ve said it a lot myself — none of us invented the bicycle, and it’s backwards to discourage new people from enjoying cycling through some sort of elitism about how it used to be. Everyone turns on to bikes at different times, and now just happens to be a boom. Paul Budnitz has a blog post up about his feelings on the sometimes established cyclist backlash that is worth the read.
One of the other things I’ve noticed is that some of the original cyclists, the same pioneers who were riding single speeds to punk shows long before Manhattan had its first bike path, have begun to feel angry and left out. Instead of welcoming the new masses on bikes, these old timers look wistfully to the good ol’ days when bicycling was dangerous, exclusive, and when you couldn’t lock a bike on the street for more than 20 minutes without someone trying to take it.
Unfortunately, when something alternative becomes popular, innovators who are unable to muster the energy to move on instead hold on to the past, and do everything they can to attack those who they perceive are involved in the new wave. This always strikes me as sad and ironic, and a little pathetic.
Rebels become conservatives. Open minds close.
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