Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This Just In: Apoca-Watch Update


(London calling.)

This very morning, not even an hour ago, I spotted a Specialized London city edition Langster in front of the Apple store in SoHo.

I'm not sure what to make of this confluence of contemporary trends. Seeing a city edition Langster in front of the Apple store is almost like seeing Kenny Rogers eating in a Kenny Rogers Roasters. Does this mean that all is right with the world and the Apocalypse is too busy bar spinning on high to worry about us, or could this be the steed of one of the snug-trousered horsemen who's just stepped inside to purchase an iPhone with which to summon his Apocalyptic riding buddies?

Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure: the rider is confident enough not to have secured either one of his wheels from theft, and the fact that they're still there implies some sort of divine intervention.

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

I never thought I would do this, but FIRST!!!

Anonymous said...

Not one, but TWO brakes?

Commiecanuk said...

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


sooo close....

Anonymous said...

Of course he is riding phils on velocitys.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, would-be wheel thieves were confused by the lack of quick-release skewers.

Anonymous said...

Booyah

Chris Mayhew said...

Dunno, BS. People are going to start planting brakeless tall bikes with Deep Vs outside the Apple store and then snare you with a rim tied to brake cables.

Commiecanuk said...

Actually, I'm more interested in the design process thinking of the 'ladies' bike next to it. This absent top tube is supposed to allow proper women to ride with their shirts and corsets. But they then allow said skirt to now enter the chain drive. One can only conclude these frames were designed by misogynists, or scots.

I'm still reeling over my podium finish...and all I had was four beers and two shots of Jack Daniels.

Anonymous said...

Chris -

With that sort of ingenuity they could be working IN the apple store.

Prolly said...

uhhhh Bike Snob. I was just at the Apple store and I saw someone take a picture of that Specialized.

HAHAHHAHHAHAHA I KNOW WHO BIKE SNOB ISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

clayton said...

belligerent persistence might be a more marketable skill for apple store employment.

i'm starting to see a lot of these city langsters. i thought they'd bomb. they're all so cliched out, too.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Prolly,

Could he be a guy on a bike with a camera?

I hope you walked to the Apple store, because if you own any one of those three bikes that's too much for me to contemplate.

--BSNYC

pirate said...

pirate

Guile said...

Sonic Boom!

Anonymous said...

Prolly said...

uhhhh Bike Snob. I was just at the Apple store and I saw someone take a picture of that Specialized.

HAHAHHAHHAHAHA I KNOW WHO BIKE SNOB ISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS


Prolly, you're tire has a slow leak.

Bluenoser said...

Hold'em snob he's buffing.

speaking of Kenny Rogers

-B

amphalon said...

I have to say that the Langster London edition is the ugliest bike I have ever seen. Everything about it is so crappy, the decals the stupid red hubs . . . etc etc.

Nick said...

Why do all of these pseudo messenger fixed gears have loose chains?

I'm not judgin', I'm just sayin'. Well yeah, I am judgin'.

Nick

Bluenoser said...

get that song out of your heads now suckers.

The Crase Family said...

That's Steve's bike.
He's testing the new prototyped iGayBikeTracker.
As far as Kenny:
http://www.menwholooklikekennyrogers.com
is an admirable site.
Not nearly as cool as Bike Snob NYC, but humorous nonetheless.

~Lee

Anonymous said...

Another old ten speed outside the Apple store... I'm telling you start collecting those bikes now before the price goes up. People will start decorating them and posting them on the website, www.oldtenspeedgallery.com.

Cameron said...

anon 11:29

Thanks for the idea.

I'm now the proud owner of www.oldtenspeedgallery.com

bookmark it now and beat the rush!:)

Polygraf said...

The langster london is not nearly as tacky as the yellow taxicab langster.

BSNY you seem to mention that mac soho store often, people are going to start camping out there looking for you, you must be working around there or keeping a mistress in an under furnished loft , hit the 14th street store its roomier.

John of Patmos said...

Regarding the Langster in front of iStore being a possible sign of the Apocalypse:

I'm sure you noticed that the bike *IS* white (i.e. Rev 6:2 And behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow)... of course, in biblical times I wouldn't recognize a heavy guage steel chain used to secure a bicycle but it sure is wrapped up neat as a bow.

I think BSNYC is onto something here. Let me know if you see a red one chained up there tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

My question is this: if you are going to have two brakes (which is good), why not have normal brake levers and put them on the drops where they belong?

Anonymous said...

Awww, you stole my website idea Cameron. We at www.oldtenspeedgallery.org would like to purchase it from you. Look out for the latest of our websites, www.fixedgeargallery.monkeyass to pass the time until people want to show off the ten speeds they had as kids that they searched the world for and paid $1500 to get their memory back.

Oh, and watch out BSNYC, I think Polygraf is a stalker...

clayton said...

anon 11:55: because they simply don't and won't use the drops. it's the same reason you see people all the time with only the top of the bar taped.

clayton said...

anon 11:55: because they simply don't and won't use the drops. it's the same reason you see people all the time with only the top of the bar taped.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy that Apple is not outside of your range of carnage.

gttim said...

Using normal brake levers on track style handlebars ruins the lovely curving lines! Utility or safety are minor issues! The "look" reins supreme!

Answer this question: Why lock the bike on the side of the metal post that exposes it to being hit by a car? I have noticed many people do that. I would try and work it to lock it on the other side. Make the driver work to damage your bike!

andwags said...

I am no longer anonymous... woohoo

Cameron said...

anon 11:59

I'm not sure I'm interested in selling:) perhaps this can be a cooperative effort:)

c

jeremy said...

Pip pip. I figured the London Langster would have the drivetrain on the other side of the bike.

Jim said...

Sure, you can assume that the bike is being piloted by a smarmy, Apple-products consuming hipster. But until I see the black turtleneck-ed fiend-in-human-form taunting us that the Langster is superior because 'shifting gears isn't user friendly' like most Apple fanatics do with their computers, I won't believe that fixies have made the leap to mainstream 'hip' status.

Mainstream 'hip,' of course, is whatever 30% of overmoneyed, 30-something white guys in black turtlenecks think is really cool. First it was Mac laptops. Then I-Pods. Now I-Phones and fixies. Within three years: prostate exams and Poly-Dent. Yep, you can fight the man, but it's better to be him if you have the choice. 'Cept for the prostate exams.

Ps. Is anything more annoying than the Apple ads with the emo guy?

Anonymous said...

no!!! john prolly wins again!! new york city burns with fury!

Bryan said...

Has the 'Merican Langster-Gangster Association (ALGA) approved this foreign city bike on home soil? For the love of Pete - It's New York - ride the New York Model... So here is the tally for me; morning ruined:1 morning not ruined:0

Marrock said...

I'm still waiting for the Post-Katrina New Orleans Langster.

bikesgonewild said...

...late ruling by the judges...commiecanuck wins !!!...

...no identifiers on first two anon posters...disqualified from prizelist...

...no appeals...

Commiecanuk said...

oh, well..I have so many to thank...Dr.Ferrari for the EPO, Jimbo behind the pharmacy alley for the HGH, progesterone, testosterone, Flintsones chewables. I can honestly say, I would never be here without my Elite bottle cage.

Soon after the new ruling, I got a job offer from Mike Ball. $600K a year. I'm going to spend it on cocaine and ho's.
Xtreme to the max and so forth.

bikesgonewild said...

...take the offer, you've got the makings of a pro...

...cipo mostly washed up but can still provide good lead outs...

...ball mostly hot air but has bucks & sleazy bitches who put out...

...lemme know if you need a washed up, cigar smokin', whiskey swillin' ex-pat canuck from TO, manager...i'd be more than willing to take a large portion of that 600k salary to say stuff like "boonen ain't got shit on my rider" & "my man woulda made the break but he was testin' out our new occ wheels, so he hadda stay back w/ the team escalade"...

...pro is, as pro does, baby !...or some such shit...

Commiecanuk said...

Mike will only allow one token Canuk. He doesn't want the team to be known as team of "those people".
I'm getting my kit made in lycra from the same guy who does Don Cherry's jackets, that shit'll make yer eyes bleed.

bikesgonewild said...

...oh well, back to pimpin' chicks if i can't pimp roadies...

...cherry would be a good bike race color commenter..."what's with all those nancy boy euros, riding amongst these good north american kids & why the ball-hugger shorts anyway--man up, you clowns"...

mr.complaint said...

gttim: There's a real bicycle lane next to that Aryan Langster.

And you how soft we are....

Buster the Chain said...

Prolly

Come to this event.

http://tinyurl.com/25m8fv

AnnaZed said...

mr.complaint said... “And you how soft we are....”

huh?

KP said...

Applocalypse Now?

mr.complaint said...

AnnaZed

I"know" I could use a copy editor. It's not one of my strong points.

AnnaZed said...

Sorry mr.complaint, I should have figured that out on my own ... jeez.

I'm a tad dyslexic. For example, I always read your name as mr compliant, har!

Anna said...

I think people are going to start setting traps for you, placing ecessively hip bikes in excessively hip places. It doesn't really matter that they don't lock their wheels properly, they're only 20 feet away, waiting to sanp a picture of your disgusted expression with thier Holga.

Anonymous said...

Re: the world-wide pistadex, http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/549000591.html

not surprising in this town where--no kidding--mom's deliver their kids to elementry school with their fixed gear freestyler's strapped to the back of those golf carts for rich people (ubiquitous in OC). i have no idea why they don't just ride their FGFs to school.

Philip Williamson said...

Dammit, Cameron, finish installing the 'submit an Old Ten Speed' form!

Cameron said...

I've got my
Submit An Old Ten Speed form up and running. Sorry for all the nonsense Philiip.

oldtenspeedgallery.com/contact.php

Anonymous said...

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http://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/526580776.html

Bike and Hoopty have become one:

...though it has been in rap videos...

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