Here’s a hot take from across the pond thanks to columnist Zoe Williams of The Guardian. It seems boasting about your fitness puts you in great danger of becoming a right-winger. “I’m not sure what exercise does for your body,” she writes, “but I do know what it does to your personality. And it’s not pretty.”

It seems that Williams considers self-sufficiency to be a characteristic of the right-wing. Funny … we keep being told we’re supposed to give up our cars to save the environment, but there’s a dark side to cycling:

Do too much, and the self-love develops a carapace of self-sufficiency. This is especially a problem for cyclists, who come to think of themselves as an off-grid warrior class, having performed their commute drawing on no more resources than their own glutes, and maybe a sports drink. Unavoidably, over time, this makes you more rightwing, as you descend into an aerobics-powered moral universe where only the weak need each other, and all the strong need is a waterpouch in their backpack that pipes straight into their mouths.

Despite the clickbait headline, that’s the only mention of becoming a right-winger in the piece. So beware, liberal cyclists … exercise will change you.


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