16 Struggles Only A Commuter Cyclist Will Understand

As though cycling to work everyday isn’t difficult enough…

Cyclists share equal rights on the road, yet we’re constantly exposed, pushed around, cut off and misunderstood.

Cities are catching on to this whole bicycle trend. Bike lanes are appearing, and drivers are starting to learn to look for us.

We’ve still got a long way to go, but plenty of people are cycling to work every day. In the meantime, all you can really do is ride defensively and have a laugh where you can.

Here are a few things that bicycle commuters might relate to. I hope it makes you chuckle!

Photo credit: Richard Masoner.

1) Trying to pass that person who weaves all over the road.

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They dodge, they weave, and they have an almost supernatural ability to drift into your path as you try to pass them.

Come on! Can’t you hear my bell?

2) Dogs man… dogs

Photo Credit: Josh Lowensohn

To you, your bicycle is your vehicle and means of transportation. To Fido, it’s a gazelle that must be caught.

Sure they’re cute, but not when they’re biting at my shins. The little ones are just annoying, but the big guys are downright scary!

It’s gaining on me! Omygodomygodomygod!

3) You’re wearing a heavy jacket… and then the sun comes out

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The forecast called for rain, so you bundled up in your most waterproof gear.

But the weather person lied! It’s so hot! I’d feel a lot better without this heavy coat on.

Maybe if I just… dammit.

4) Arriving at work oh so very sweaty

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Antiperspirant: check. Change of clothes: check.

If you’re not thinking ahead, you’re not thinking. Especially if you’re expected to wear office attire!

5) Road rage drivers being all road ragey

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Hey pal, it’s not our fault that you hate your commute. Please don’t take it out on us squishy cyclists.

Maybe you need an outlet for all that frustration. Have you tried cycling?

Will Henry

Will Henry

Having built and repaired bikes for the last 4 years — in both a professional and a hobby capacity — Will is enthusiastic about cycling in all its forms, but particularly fixies and urban bikes. Living in beautiful Vancouver BC, Will gets out and cycles whenever he can. Current ride: a Norco XFR. You can check out Will Henry's Google+ profile here.

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