A guy named Alvin Lee, who seems to be from Singapore, sends little notes about his rides and his club to the Bike Friday web site. I enjoy reading Alvin's stories and looking at the accompanying photos.
In various photos, in which Alvin appears to be having a super time, you see him with his Bike Friday tikit folding bike, with his (40-strong) folding bike club based in Singapore - and with an elephant.
In none of the photos do you see a car or a parking lot. Look for photos of US rides without cars in the shots. There are always cars in the photos. We don't like to get far from our cars.
Virtually all US club rides start in parking lots; that's where the riders park and unload their bikes. They ride a loop from their car and back to it.
In this country, SUVs make cycling and suburban life possible. Check it out: virtually all cyclists and suburbanites have at least one.
Bikes accumulate far more miles in or on cars than they do on their own wheels. Four dollars plus per gallon to freight one's 18lb bike to a club ride four miles plus from home. Sure you can afford to do it, Mr or Ms Lawncare, but does that make it any less obscene?
We drive to every ride. Were it not for the automobile, there'd be no bike clubs, no club rides, no more than three bike shops per major city, no Trek, no Specialized, no Pearl Izumi, certainly no Cervelo or Colnago and nearly no cycling in this great land.
The same die-hard commuters and no-goddamn-car-no-matter-what cyclists would be riding. I lift my coffee cup in salute: You guys rule. No goddamn car no matter what.