Cycling is becoming the thing to do as soon as you have spare time. Some people have changed their lifestyle in order to be greener. The car is staying parked during evenings and weekends. Going from A to B on a bicycle is definitely mixing leisure with pleasure to reach a specific destination without carbon emission and protecting our planet at the same time.
Of course, there are different types of cycles and riders too - it is all a bit similar to fashion with several styles.
Accessories are something to think of when buying your bike.
Safety first with a solid helmet, high visibility jacket and front/back lights for late night rides.
Then when/if you have spare cash you can look around to give finishing touches to your look with for instance iL Soigneur musettes or Camelbak hydration pack - mainly if you are going for long distance cycling routes.
People want to be fashionable even when riding their 2 wheelers.
Many years ago, individuals didn't really care if the "vélo" was nice looking or not. It was just a means of transport. But, it has become so cool to ride that even suited and booted people are jumping on the saddle to commute to their offices.
In parallel, there are the passionate cyclists who are trying to go from one point to the other as fast as possible and there are recording location, speed, cadence, mileage and other parameters by using an App called Strava. Some are saying that it is more an ego trip than anything else.
Usually, when there is a ride...there is a coffee shop break to rest, relax, talk and get some extra strength with a little espresso (other beverages are available too). Even bicycle and cycling apparel manufacturers have started to have their own little shops where beans are roasted just for them - something exclusive is always welcome.
City bike couriers are bringing the arenaline to something very simple. Fixed gear bicycles are just the most mechanically simple objects you can get: no gears and generally no brakes because the back wheel is directly linked to the rider's feet... the way to control the "machine" is very tight.
There are more and more fixies and single speed bicycles on our roads, despite of the number of hills in the United Kingdom, but this is what brings a change in your lifestyle especially if you owned a road bike with 10, 14 or 27 gears.
Fixed gear cycles always impress but it is so lighter (no derailleur or other heavy parts) that going uphill can be easier and more fun. However, going downhill can be a mission for your legs... there is always something to talk about after a day out on the bike - whatever the type of bicycle, there are stories opening numerous options to discover new hidden places only accessible on two wheels or by foot.