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Cyclist vs. biker

cyclist (or bicyclist) is someone who rides a bicycle. A biker is someone who rides a motorcycle. These terms are an ongoing subject of controversy, especially in cyclist circles. But it’s best to refer to groups of people as they refer to themselves. Cyclists generally call themselves cyclists, and bikers call themselves bikers. This is the case in the U.S., at least.

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Devoted cyclists like to brag that they will bike anywhere in San Francisco, regardless of daunting hills and traffic. [New York Times]

A group of leather-clad, ministering bikers spent part of their weekend visiting inmates in Ocala. [AP]

Iggi, an avid cyclist, is used to riding his bike year-round and braving temperatures as low as minus-16 degrees Fahrenheit. [Chicago Tribune]

A biker who clocked up 112mph in a 50mph zone travelling to work has been banned from the roads after being caught by the design of his helmet. [BBC News]

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  1. Tony Black says:

    cyclists form pelotons. bikers form gangs.

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