The bike snob's guide to cycling tribes [Guardian]

Bearded messengers, fixed-gear freestylers, laid-back contraption captains … Eben Weiss, the razor-sharp blogger behind Bike Snob NYC, offers a merciless velo-taxonomy of two-wheeled clans

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Eben Weiss, aka Bike Snob NYC, photographed for the Observer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photograph: Neil Wilder for the Observer
The world of cycling is like a big bowl of Lucky Charms cereal – it's full of goofy-looking figures in different colours and shapes, but they all come together to be delicious. Furthermore, different people partake in the world of cycling in different ways. Some like to pick out the marshmallows one at a time, others like the crunchy stuff and still others like to let the bowl sit there for an hour so they can eat the whole thing in one soggy mass. If you're new to cycling, you might find this bewildering array of people confusing and intimidating, and as such you might be reluctant to dig in. However, while any unfamiliar group of people seems aloof and inscrutable at first, you can rest assured that they're actually pretty easy to figure out. Here are some of the more recognisable characters you'll find floating in the milk of cycling: