Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The BSNYC Agoraphobe Film Fest
Every so often I'll get someting like the above (from Carlo in Italy) that makes me want to travel to someplace I've never been, ride with people I've never met, and experience cycling in a way I never have before.
More often, though, when wanderlust bites I'll watch videos on YouTube and see things that make me want to stay right where I am until this whole thing blows over. Here are a few such videos:
Riders push their bikes and themselves to the limit by riding them slowly and occasionally skidding while being videotaped from a car.
Riders push their bikes and themselves to the limit by not riding them at all.
Riders push our attention spans to the limit by riding slowly on grass.
Riders push social protest to the limit and "stick" it to the man so radically that Huey P. Newton seems like Huey Lewis in comparison.
Over seven minutes of the fixed-gear trend jumping the shark over and over and over again. I recommend watching the very end, though, if you can stand it. Pardon the spoiler, but it involves a neon green cycling cap, a knife, and a threat to brake cables. It will chill you to the bone.
The straight chainline shot has become the beaver shot of bike porn. Here it is in actual motion. As I type this, it has been viewed over 7,000 times. I hear it's finally going to get a theatrical release--in an interrogation room at Guantanamo.