For many days, the whole RideNa team was completely fixated on one topic of debate: How is biking different from cycling, and what’s the difference between bikers and cyclists?
RideNa being a community for ALL bike—of any kind, for whatever use—enthusiasts and athletes, we don’t wish to alienate anybody. So what do you do when you can’t decide among yourselves? You defer to members of the biking—er…. cycling—community.
Here are their thoughts:
“For me, a cyclist is into serious cycling competitions while a biker is into casual or leisure riding.” - Donjie Pascual Dormitorio, cycling coach
“Generally I'd lean more toward roadies being called cyclists and mountain bike riders being bikers. The use of bikers really varies per country. Europe and the US lean much more toward cycling and cyclists. I noticed even in the Philippines, the media is calling Ronda Pilipinas a bikathon. To me, ‘bikathon’ sounds more like some kind of casual charity fun ride with the masses. We would prefer it to be called a stage race with pro cyclists.” - Chris Allison, Philippine National cycling team coach
“Cyclist and biker are the same. Cyclist is what Americans call people who use bikes. Biker is like a ‘slang’ term. Pinoys commonly use biker instead of cyclist.” - Charlie Chua, owner, Betok Bicycle
“For me cyclist is specific to bicycle, usually road. Biker is more general, because it can be used for MTB and motorcycles.” - Jed Santos, bike enthusiast
“Technically, bikers can be used for motorbikes, cyclist for bicycle. For me cyclist sounds more roadie. Biker is also more general or has a broad coverage. It depends on how the term is used, too; mountain biker sounds better than mountain cyclist. Olympic cyclist sounds better than Olympic biker.” - Alfonso del Rosario, Bike Enthusiast
Obviously, the topic is still open to debate. For our purposes here on RideNa, we’re using the term used by the general public to refer to someone who rides, competes, and commutes using a bicycle—a biker—for most of the content. But the terms “cycling” and “cyclists” are still used wherever applicable. But the bottom line? Bikers, cyclists, roadies… you are all welcome here!