We asked you to nominate the things that you thought only another cyclist would truly understand, and here's what you said...

Cycling is much more than a sport or a past-time, it is a society, a club… a band of like-minded souls.

Because of this association with each other that we share through our love of two-wheeled pedalling, there are often problems and experiences that only a fellow bike rider can empathise with. Things that may remain a mystery to the ‘outside’ world.

We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers what they thought were the things that only other cyclists would understand. Here are a selection of answers, brought to you in association with Decathlon.

What’s the one thing that you think that only another cyclist would understand? Let us know in the comment section below

Why the bike is more expensive than the car. The logic of it is simply incomprehensible to other humans. It’s like teaching a muffin algebra.
Chris Buckley

Riding up and down your street after a ride until the Garmin rounds off to the nearest km, no way are you getting off at 99.8 km.
Irene Sheppard

That a full shelf in the kitchen cupboard is full of water bottles.
Phil Rush

To be proud of cycling tan lines. Especially glove tan lines. Non cyclists think you look like a fool, cyclists see them as a badge of honour for putting the hours in.
Vincent Gould

By the pool

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The best sound ever is the group starting out and having dozens of cleats click into the pedals.
Braden Atkins

Panicking like mad when the traffic has come to a stop and you can’t unclip your foot out your pedals.
Spencer Scott

Waking up in the middle of the street after being hit by a car and wondering if/when I’ll be able to get back on the bike again. “Oh and speaking of that, how IS the bike?”
Jess Bee

That lovely achy feeling in your legs the morning after a hard ride.
Geoff Wills

The only thing only cyclists understand is why cyclists hate cycle paths.
Thomas Willingham

>>> The most irritating things about cycling in winter…

Chamois cream.
Jeff Ashton

The sense of disappointment and guilt by association as you sit at a red light as another cyclist sails past you through the light.
Ben Osbourne

Your head, and even your whole ride, can fall apart because of that annoying little squeak.
Geth Shooter

Being in a foul mood the rest of the day if you don’t get to go out on the Sunday club run.
Wilma Phillips


It’s okay to go commando.
Joanne Evans

Scheduling your work and personal life around the ride. Dreading a party on a Saturday night because it might ruin my legs for Sunday. And forget about afternoon meetings.
Michael Smith

Why the tyre logo MUST be centrally placed in line with the inner tube valve!
Claud Newry

Hill repeats…. Why you have to go up the same hill more than once.
John Terrel

How it feels when a car passes within six inches of you.
Tom Clarke

The taste of flies.
Tom Phillipson

There’s no measurement fine enough in physics to quantify the difference in the tightness of cycling shoes between ‘too tight’ and ‘not tight enough’.
Clive Davies

Headwinds, no matter which direction you go.
Karl Hand