Attending the recent inaugural Africa Cycle Fair was surreal to say the least. It was not so much the passionate (read: obsessive) subculture I had stumbled upon, but rather the display of the most well-formed – and hairless – calves that had gathered. (I am, of course, referring to the men.) When New York launched its bike-sharing system this year – the Citi Bike – it serviced an impressive 100 000 citizens in the first 10 days. If you visit cities such as Paris or London, the cycling trend is so pervasive that it has seeped into popular culture.