These gents are putting the lie to myth No. 4 in a big way.Photo: Donna RutherfordHere at Grist, we are all about
accuracy. So when it comes to bicycling, the pastime that
can solve all of America's most pressing problems (well, most
of them -- see, accuracy!), we're like heat-seeking missiles in search of myths and misinformation. Our goal is simple: to get you to trade in your four-wheeled
gas guzzler for a lean, clean, calorie-burning machine. Here are the
top 10 myths that we debunked this year, all linked up and annotated
for your enjoyment. Read on, ride on -- and for god sake, put some clothes on!
1. Biking is for elitists.
Yeah, tell that to the good
people of Detroit.
2. Bikes are just for young people.
Gilbert, a New York bike commuter who admits to being in her
3. It's a hipster thing.
4. I'd have to wear Spandex.
Eat your heart out, hipsters.
5. Bikes are for terrorists!
6. Biking is bad for the economy.
Oh man. I can't believe you'd even
suggest that. If you're not careful, Elly Blue is gong to open a
can of Bikenomics on your ass.
7. It's all a Democratic plot.
says the Governator -- and it's not just the GOP's left-coast
fringe. Check out Ron Paul and his love-me-some-bike talk.
8. It's just for the fellas.
9. It'll make me unattractive to
GM would like you to
think so. Apparently no one told the good people at the nation's
largest carmaker that bikes are only, like, the hottest accessory right now.
10. I just can't ...
Oh yes you can. Come on, try it. Trust
us. You'll feel happy
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