Reactions to our bike commuting can come in two extremes. Some act like we are superwomen or daredevils for riding everywhere, even in winter. Others act like we are frivolous and silly for riding in skirts with Dutch bikes. Neither of these extremes are accurate.
My gut reactions to these two viewpoints vary just as wildly. I want to assure the “superwoman” group that riding a bike is a simple and fun act that requires little more than sitting and pedaling, while I want to curtly inform the “silly” group that we are out there riding every day in any weather, while they are curled up on the couch reading back issues of Bicycling Magazine.
So I must ask myself, which reaction is more accurate? Is cycling a simple act that anyone can perform or a determined act of sheer will? Can we reconcile the two? (I was looking to capture a little of both in the photos.)