There’s a point in time in just about every cyclist’s life where they know that a certain threshold has been passed. Transcending from bicycle rider to (WV) cyclist is an elaborate process of maturation, but here are a few examples:
1.) You have come to accept that every ride is going to have at least one punishing climb before the ride is over.
2.) Choices of what stores to stop at are not made by price of the items per se, but whether or not they have a safe place to lock up or stash your bike.
3.) Taking a wrong turn and ending up on a gravel road is just an opportunity to show off your Roubaix-esque skills.
4.) You take pride in not having to drive to your favorite MTB trails.
5.) Going down Main Street fully clad in your spaceman outfit is not embarrassing, but a source of pride and identity.
6.) You know at least three different ways back to your house from any place in a 20-mile radius; including which farm roads your road bike can handle or not.
7.) Seeing another cyclist on the road is such a rare event, that you actually put effort into saying ‘Hi’ to them.
8.) Even if you are a road cyclist, you have a mountain bike for cross training; It’s futile to avoid it.
9.) You know every bike shop in the tri-county area, and what brands they carry.
10.) Entering any public place, you wonder how people can let their self become so fat, all while dreaming what would happen if gas went to $10/gal.
11.) You know exactly when Hunting Season begins and ends.
12.) Have dreamed about flat, scenic roads that go on for miles.
13.) Tend to see more cows/livestock than cars while out on a ride.
14.) Have been tempted to stop at a creek/river and jump in or refill your water bottles on a hot summer ride.
15.) Encountered near-death experiences with deer jumping in front of you while on a ride.
16.) You know what properties with NO TRESSPASSING signs are still fine to ride on.
17.) Have traveled through at least seven Townships on a single ride before.
18.) Become curious in how to reach radio/cell-phone towers you see via Jeep Trails while driving somewhere.
19.) You believe you can predict how a driver will react to you being on the road, depending on vehicle type. Ex: SUV/Lifted Truck/Volvo/Beater/Etc…
20.) If lost, you know how to twang it up with the locals in order to get directions home.
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What else? Any other tell-tale signs of a WVcyclist?