The Cycling Lifestyle  | SubCultures

-I will admit that
I am a fair-weather cyclist, and I was way more
into building my bike and making it look cool
than I was actually riding it. But for many people, especially those
in our episode today, cycling is so much more
than a hobby. It’s a way of life. Come here. I want you to say
that last part. -I’m Erin Cantelo,
and this is “SubCultures.” -Can you do it, like,
more smiley? -[ Grumbles ] -[ Laughs ] [email protected][email protected]! -If I was gonna define myself
in one word, I guess, yeah,
I would use a “cyclist.” Just general lover of bicycles. Babe, I love you.
I love you, baby. I own five bikes, and they all have their own
personalities and names. This is Garfield.
‘Murica. The Universe. I’m in a serious relationship
with this bike. I’m never gonna be, like,
the same. I do this because it’s fun,
because it makes me feel alive. I got into bikes via my dad,
actually. You know, as a kid, you’re kind of influenced
through your parents. You grow up
in a certain neighborhood, and being able to, like —
In, like, 15 minutes, be in
a completely different place, that really introduced me
to L.A., you know, in a different way
than I’d seen before. I felt really limited,
and now I could, you know, venture off
and do my own kind of thing. I work at Orange 20 Bicycles. I get to talk bike all day. Those are, like —
They go on the top two. Yeah, so, it would, like,
lay like that. -Oh, okay.
-Yeah. I feel what, like,
really kept me around was more the culture behind it. That kind of really drives me
to stay because I found people
who are on the same kind of wavelength as me,
you know? [ Telephone ringing ] Orange 20. -What I like about riding is
that you get to go anywhere — anywhere you want, you know? You don’t have any limits. Go as far as you want.
You can go as long as you want. All in a day’s work.
[ Chuckles ] -What got me into riding
is my friend. He actually brought
a fixed-gear to my house. And within six months of riding, got started learning a lot
and just kept progressing. -Fixed-gears are, I feel like,
the gateway drug to cycling. So simple.
Definitely easy to get into. I mean, I started off
on a fixed-gear myself. -Fixed-geared bikes is
pretty much a direct gear. There’s no coasting,
which makes it really hard to time your tricks right. So that’s what kind of gives it
the challenge. People who are introduced
newly to the sport — What they find cool about it is
that we can actually, like, ride backwards. You know,
it’s a freestyle sport, so you kind of get to do
your own thing. You know, there’s no direct way
that you have to do it. So it’s kind of freeing in a way to be able to express yourself
on a bike, I guess. -I knew that if you were fast
and you rode in L.A., you were interested
in Wolfpack Hustle. They’re pretty much the top dog. If you really want to prove
yourself as far as, like, fast cyclists,
that’s where you would go. It’s basically a ride ranging
from 30 to 70 miles a night. L.A.’s a car city.
It really is. At night, we kind of, like,
take it over for our own. It’s pretty amazing. It doesn’t really matter who
you are or where you come from. If you can ride
and you can ride well, that’s all that really matters. My first Wolfpack Hustle ride
did not go as good as I planned. I definitely — I got dropped,
and I got dropped hard. You know,
you’re going your hardest. You’re going your max. And no matter what you do, you’re slowly
just drifting back, and you’re getting dropped
from the main group. You know,
there’s not much you can do, you know,
other than come back next week with a little bit stronger legs. -I feel like I belong
in the fixed-gear family. All our riders from the shop,
you know, we get together and we ride and we’re always
pushing each other to go further,
jumping on another stair set that’s a little bit bigger,
a little bit bigger or try something, you know,
a little bit higher. We’re always pushing each other, feeding off our tricks
and stuff like that. -It gets crazy where — Before, I didn’t know
how to do anything, and now I have, like,
a full bag of tricks. It’s just awesome to see
what I could do now, compared to before. -There’s people who are always
gonna be faster than you, no matter what you do. It’s also — It’s tough. You have to put the time in
and it takes a lot of effort. And there’s points where
you’re really just down about, like, riding all week. You definitely have to be
a little bit different to be a bike rider in L.A. There’s a lot
of aggressive people out there. I was clipped pretty hard. I was ahead of him, and then he,
like, turned into me and, like, basically
ran my bike over, and I, like, went over the hood,
into the sidewalk. Yeah, I cracked my helmet, and I just had road rash
on my face and my arms. And my bike was totaled. He just drove off, too,
which was the worst part. To push yourself and then see
the progress that you’ve made, I feel like for me,
it’s truly fulfilling. If you just, like,
spend the time, you put the work in,
you can see your progress when you’re excelling
past people who’ve been in the game
maybe even longer than you. If it was just me on my own, I probably wouldn’t enjoy it
as much. it changed me, who I am,
and how I act. It shaped me
into a better person. I want cycling
to be part of my life forever.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. no its not its a good starting point but you have to grow up sometime. not saying that fixed gear is childish i think it takes skill to ride it but eventually you will need more gears.

  2. Does this "subculture" include anyone who isn't a twentysomething guy? With a super-clean bike and spandex shorts? (The woman at the beginning who admitted to wanting to "look good" on a bike more than actually riding doesn't count – she was more like the giggling talking Barbie of a decade ago who would gush that "Math is Hard!")

    I do get annoyed by this stuff. I don't own a car, bike 10-20 miles a day, and still get treated like an airhead moron if I go into the wrong bike shop.

  3. Been there, done it and it NEVER gave me peace.
    Only TRUE peace can be found at the ''foot of the cross of Jesus Christ''.
    That is T R U E peace – not as the world gives, Does Jesus Christ give me peace.

  4. That is subjective. I have a friend who finds peace in yoga and in an isolation tank. You find yours in religion. It varies person to person.

    Besides, a lot of things like this are less about peace, and more about doing what you love, and pushing the boundaries of what you can do, physically and mentally. It's a lot like your religion, actually. In both you're surrounded by people who (usually) push you to be better and help you when you're in the gutter.
    I'm not sure how much sense that made

  5. I pay taxes to maintain infastructure as much as any vehicle owner. When I'm cycling 32 mph in a 25 zone, keep your car away from me. Why are you trying to pass me?

  6. I cant' argue with what you said. Davis has more extreme bike fanatics per square foot than any city I know, and has a number of bicycle-related claims to fame. There ARE also a few bicycle/pedestrian over-passes over the highways which abut Davis, which constitute its only elevation changes. Help me convince the City of Davis to lobby for legislative changes to allow a bike/ped bridge from Davis Commons to East Olive Drive. It could solve the access problem and transform downtown Davis.

  7. Haha … "subculture" … please come to Amsterdam or Münster, Westfalen. Only in the US is bicycling a subculture 😉

  8. Hey soulpancake, maybe consider doing one of these subculteres vids on rowing (or crew for you guys in America :p)

  9. I have a mountain bike. I have changed the tires so its easier to ride it on the road. I cycle 7.5km everyday to work and again to go home. I LOVE IT!

  10. It stops being a sub culture when every other cyclist starts to look alike
    The best way to stay underground is to do JUST THAT…

  11. I like the comment about riding with a group and slowly but surely you drop off the wheel (or something like that).The only thing you can do about it is turn up next time with stronger legs.Yes ,I am working on that!!

  12. I wish there was a racing cycling team in or at least "near" manatee county, FL. The only teams here are clubs with people over 50 🙁

  13. I agree, fixies are a gateway drug… I started out with a track bike. It didn't take me long to move onto something with gears, but man…. That bike was pure, unadulterated fun.

  14. i have two bikes. One road bike. and one normal bike. for through the city. I live in the Netherlands so it's a way of travel. And it's also the sport I play. I love cycling

  15. I am enjoying the fact I ride my bike to and from work, Any where else I need to go, its amazing and I love it! forever!

  16. Honestly? Bicycle has MORE SENSE because it was the very first vehicle ever invented and partly what started the industrial revolution. There were bicycles FIRST way before the car was even invented. Bicycles has more sense due to the fact that it has a very little to NO environmental impact unlike cars and other forms of vehicles powered by a combustible engine. There is no such things as getting a parking ticket parking your bicycle and if you live within 10 miles of where you're going? It's perfectly doable on a bicycle. I have 2 bicycles: 1 a 1 speed and the other a cyclocross bicycle + I also have a motorcycle if I'm going 15 miles and up on distances.

  17. has soulpancake ever done a bike commuters subculture? do they even do sub-subculture? I haven't got any numbers on hand, but it feels like we're coming up.

    Also, joel750, read some bike history. Not the first vehicle ever invented, but still the most efficient mass produced land vehicle on the planet even though it's been around for nearly two centuries.

  18. This was dope! I remember several years ago doing a Wolfpack Hustle Sprint race. Those dudes are a family for sure. Coming out from NY they showed a lot of love and met a lot of cool dudes from LA.

  19. Commuting to work is a different mindset than riding for speed or for tricks. I commute to work on a bicycle and I love it. It doesn't save that much compared to a bus, but why would I pay someone to make myself lazier and less fit? No matter how cheap they make the bus, it still takes longer and costs more and is less healthy. Now maybe in a few areas of the country the bus would save you time, but not where I live…takes forever for the bus to show up, you never know if it'll be 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 45 minutes late. And even when it shows up on time, it takes forever. It would take me 1 hr 30 minutes to get to work by bus on a good day – ridiculous! No way, forget it. Never. Car would sometimes be faster….if the roads were clear the car would be super fast, but half the time during rush hour it isn't much faster, and one wreck – and the car commute is slower too. Not to mention it costs a lot, and makes you fat. No, cycling may be a rare choice for commuting (depending upon your country), but it's definitely addictive…

  20. Fabian speaks out what I feel about cycling. It was my first love (started in age of 3) and it will be my last. When I die, I wish to die as an old grandfather and with tan lines on my legs and arms and a weather-beaten face. 🙂

  21. Good effort, but there's so much more to the cycling subculture than a couple of kids on bikes. This has barely grazed the surface.

  22. "Can you do it more smiley?" HAHA!!! that guy's great…i feel the same and also am a los angeles commuter! (though not at all a Cat 3 level racer!)

  23. I just ride to get from a to b, I'll never understand dressing up to ride the bicycle, usually people dress up for the event they're going to.:P

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  25. Would love, and the bicycling community nation wide needs, to be more exposed to not the small tight knit subcultures at first,but how about large generic groups like Detroit's SLOW ROLL.It gets around 3000 riders every Monday for a slow 8-10 mile ride.It has riders of every age and description,hook up groups like this then you will branch off other groups interested in the same kind of biking.This way more and more people will get exposed to bicycling for the first time and those that fell away from it through the years will come back to it.It also increases bicycle awareness in the minds of drivers, and the people who are in these groups always end up bringing friends to these rides.It has HUGE potential for changing the entire countries outlook on bicycles from just an occasional recreational toy to a viable mode of transportation for everyone,and along with this mind-set change comes protected bike lanes,large well designed green ways and healthier people and less pollution.It's a win win win win situation.Peace out from a sixty one year old who puts in around twenty miles a week on his big box comfort bikes(2).

  26. I've had a bike now off and on about 52 years now, I'm 58. I ride to work if the weather's not too bad that's 20 mile a day, i like to bike-camping which means taking a separate bike with trailer to places like woods and camp there, maybe follow a trail for a bit, maybe just kick back. When I used to live in cities i'd ride my bike everywhere. Some people like a minimalist approach to Bike packing or bike camping, I want a few comforts in my old age. I don't intend to quit anytime soon.

  27. This lifestyle is for people who either can’t afford a car don’t know how to drive a car or are so stupid they risk their lives trying to take over the road with bike competing with a 4 thousand pound vehicle goodluck

  28. You forgot the anti-social rider. I love cycling and I do 300 to 400 km per week but I never liked riding with anyone,not even close friends.

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