I hear a lot of people say that Boston is tough to bike in, due to the snow, old streets, crazy drivers, and so on, so it’s nice to read that at least Bike N’ Walk likes us. Although, a city can have a healthy and growing cycling community and still have its share of freewheels, right?
I’ve done my reading and research, and have considered converting my bike to a fixed gear, but does having 10 speeds make me a lesser cyclist. I expect that once my bike begins to deteriorate, I’ll replace it with a new geared bike and convert the one I have now into a fixed or flip-flop, but what’s the hurry? Granted, most of my ride is urban and I only ever use one or two gears, but still I don’t think it’s practical for me to be unable to coast. There are too many times that I am squeezing between cars and curbs that I would scrape my foot if I kept pedaling. Is this a cop out? When I read Bike Noob’s post last week, I didn’t even consider it, but for some reason it’s got my juices flowing now, and I feel a bit defensive for riding with gears. Is this insecurity all in my head, or is everyone else clipping in and laughing at me?