The bicycle ranks right up there with the automobile, the
sneaker, and the guitar as a ubiquitous cultural symbol. It's one
of things that's part of all our lives at one time or another.
Who doesn't remember their first ride without training wheels?
Your bicycle is the first vehicle you operate completely on your
own, and it occasions the first time in your life you lay out your
own route and choose your own destination. There's hardly
anybody who hasn't owned or at least ridden a bicycle at some
point in his or her life. I mean, sure, you do come across people
occasionally who never learned how to ride a bike, but it's rare and
a little unsettling. It's like meeting someone who can't operate
a washing machine, or a thrity-two-year-old guy who never
learned how to pee standing up. You smile politely, you pity them
silently, and then you move on down to the end of the bar.
Cyclist (noun) - One who rides a bicycle, even when he or she doesn't have to do so