Cycling is one of those phenomenons that has the ability to take over every part of your being. For some, it's so much more than a way to stay fit or to get from A to B. It's a complete lifestyle.
If you're one of these people, it's won't be unusual to you to consider your bike whilst making major life decisions. Your bike may even have a name and a personality, and that's OK!
Obviously we all have one-track bike minds at TWC and here are a few traits of ours that you might recognise! Whatever you, don't fight it your one-track bike mind, let your cycling-filled brain rule supreme and join the party!
Your wardrobe is compromised
Your fashion choices will be restricted to whether you can ride in the clothing or not. If an outfit is going to limit your movement on the bike, you won't be buying it.
Salaries will be spent not on the latest handbag but on new lycra, waterproof jackets, merino base layers and that gilet you've been eyeing up for ages. It's likely that you own more jerseys than normal tops.
Google Maps is your app of choice
Because you rely on your own sense of direction to get from A to B, you will spend hours looking up routes on Google Maps.
Depending on your mood, you'll either investigate the quickest way, the shortest way, the way with the most coffee stops, the most scenic way or just the way that looks less likely to get you lost.
You're always searching for a good parking spot
Arriving at a new place, your brain will instinctively size up lamp posts, railings, bike racks and the like for suitable parking locations. Even on the occasion you aren't on your bike you will still hunt out parking options and try and spot free spaces on bike racks. It's an automatic reaction.
You worry about your bike's welfare constantly
If you've popped into a the cinema or a meeting or a full day at the office, your mind will constantly be wondering if your bike's OK where you locked it up. Scenarios about it getting stolen or someone accidentally locking their bike against yours will race through your head all day.
You will most likely seize all opportunities to go and check on it at any moment you can. Taking it abroad in a bike box or leaving it in the bike carriage on the train will make for an anxiety-ridden journey. You won't rest until you know it's safe.
Career choices will be affected
When going for a new job, aside from salary packages and remits, a company's position on cycling might be a deal breaker. Organisations that offer showers and underground bike racks will be high contenders and those with a one-track bike mind will probably ask if these benefits are offered in the first round of interviews.
You treat your bike like a human
On absolutely no condition would you lock your bike up outside when you have a perfectly good living room to keep it in. Dirty bikes that have had a muddy ride will be first in line for the shower. They've had a tough day too you know.
You'll talk to anyone about their bikes
Bikes are such a great talking point and if there's one that catches your eye, you'll make a direct beeline to it without even thinking. Questions to the lucky owner about where they got their wheels, frame, cages, and how it runs will fly out of your mouth without even thinking. Cyclists are a friendly bunch and get very excited when they see a cool bit of kit!
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