Our environmental friends at the Sierra Club have assembled an online quiz about the ‘greenness’ of people’s cycling habits.
The quiz pretty clearly favors those who are using cycling as transportation, versus recreational cyclists and certain types of cyclotourists. For instance, they love the bamboo bicycle. They aren’t keen on unnatural fibers (spandex, wicking polyesters), claiming them to be more about fashion than function. I’d challenge that on a hot day in the Minnesota sun, yes indeedy, beyond the fact that some of the tight, bright cyclist clothing is also about safety (doesn’t get caught in moving parts) and visibility (they don’t make truly neon hemp clothes). The LAB also points out that in the cold, cotton will hold damp and sweat to your skin… brr!
They also don’t like space program bicycle materials. I suspect the bike I am presently building makes them cry.