On a lot of cycle forums roadies get a bad rep.
They're unfriendly, they're snobs, they never say hello etc etc.
I got chatting to a nice guy on the Uxbridge Road the other night when it was incredibly windy. Wind is a great leveller and Reg's speedy road frame was being blown around while this guy's MTB was too heavy to build speed. So we ended up chatting for a while as we bobbed along home.
After he turned off home with a cheery wave it suddenly struck me that I was the opposite of the stereotype. I may be a roadie but I'm often the person who strikes up a conversation, I offer to stop and help various people with flats and mechanicals and I often smile and wave at small children who shout 'Bicycle!' as I pass.
I'm a one-woman PR exercise, pushing for the remarketing of roadies as nice people.
Thin tyres, big heart.