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news poll results - What you like most... everything, Lycra included

Small yet worrying minority put the clingy material above all other considerations, however

After our previous poll asked what it is that irritates readers most about your fellow cyclists, provoking a lot of debate about red light jumpers, fixie riders (expert and otherwise) going brakeless and people cycling without lights or on the pavement, it seems that you are easier to please when it comes to what you like most about cycling.

In our latest poll, which garnered nearly 250 votes, only 4% outed themselves as out-and-out Lycra fetishists, while by far the most popular response, getting almost half the votes, was “All of the above… especially the Lycra,” although that did give rise to some discussion about alternatives to the skin-hugging, man-made fabric.

Within that catch-all option were two choices, “stops me blowing up like a barrage balloon” – we know you read, Herr Ulrich – and “cheaper than driving, cheaper than the bus, cheaper than the gym,” each of which gained the thumbs up from fewer than one in ten.

The most popular specific response, however, was “the sense of freedom,” voted for by one in three readers, and here’s to spring coming soon so we can enjoy the breeze in our hair and the open road along with a little bit of good weather, too. It’s about time.

Our new poll asks you what you consider to be the biggest danger on Britain’s roads, and we’ll be interested to see how your responses compare to those regularly flagged up in cycling and mainstream media.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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