Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Taking a Stand: Cycling and Politics

Recently I received an email inviting me to join a group called “Bike4Barack.” Now, while I appreciate the invitation, I’m afraid in this case they’re sniffing the wrong crotch. Inviting me to join a political group of any kind is like asking Paris Hilton to join a book club. I readily admit that I have no interest in politics, mainly because I’m extremely selfish and only care about things that affect me immediately and directly. The fluids of political change take way too long to trickle down and start dripping on my head for me to concern myself with them.

Moreover, as a group cyclists are extremely self-righteous, and generally speaking we have a tendency to think that our views are the correct ones. However, if you know your history, this is not always the case. For example, in the late 19th century a group called Pennyfarthings4Hayes was instrumental in engineering the “Compromise of 1877” that put Rutherford B. Hayes into office, despite the fact that his rival Samuel Tilden actually won the popular vote. As a result of this compromise, Reconstruction ended in the South, Jim Crow laws were established, and the seeds of segregation were sown.



The point is, cyclists can and do make mistakes. Furthermore, I think it is far more important that we address the many problems in our own cycling community before we start trying to effect changes in the outside world. Cyclists, we need to get our house in order! Here are just three of the many problems that are currently killing cycling and tearing us apart:

Amateur Meteorology

Despite weather balloons, satellites, and whatever else they’re using, weather forecasting hasn’t come very far. At the same time, though, thanks to the internet there is more information available to us than ever before. This has led to a dangerous development: the riding buddy who thinks he can predict the weather. Every group of riders has that one person who thinks he or she can look at the radar, interpret the data, and do better than the professionals. Sadly, this is not the case. Like the person who misdiagnoses himself on the internet only to die from a malady that could have been easily cured by a doctor, amateur meteorologists have grossly miscalculated routes and roll-out times and led many a ride to a tragic, wet, and cold demise.

Training With Power

In case you didn’t know, training with power is all the rage. In fact, Joe Friel likens getting a power meter to a person with weak eyesight donning his first pair of glasses. Of course, the reality is that riding with a power meter is more like having sex with an electrocardiogram, in that it takes the fun out of the whole enterprise and buffets you with data you don’t really need. Physical sensation will guide you through your ride the same way it guides you through sex, and if you can’t do either without electronics it’s possible you have a problem that technology by itself may be insufficient to address.

Rampant Anti-Semitism

Ah, yes, I sense a lot of readers shifting awkwardly in their chairs right now. Sure, nobody wants to talk about it, but the fact is that we all know anti-Semitism is deeply and tragically ingrained in the cycling culture. And until we talk freely about it, it’s simply not going to change.

Why are those safety tabs on fork dropouts still called “Jewish Mothers?” Why is skipping the ride on Saturday in order to rest and rip your friends’ legs off on Sunday still called “Kosher Sandbagging?” Why is pouring the contents of your water bottle over your head on a hot day still called a “Belgian Yarmulke?”

One word (or is it two?): anti-Semitism.

I will no longer be a part of this conspiracy of silence!

So, my fellow cyclists, before we band together to elect a Presidential candidate, let us first unite and better ourselves.

135 comments:

misssamala said...

holy crap, am i #1?!?!?

mander said...

yep

Anonymous said...

weeee comment!

Anonymous said...

Yes

AH said...

Oy vey!

matt said...

Maybe Jewish Mothers will be the solution to the nudnik Jersey politicians + their quick-release woes.

Oi…

otis said...

Snob is back. Nice one! I thought I was the only one who had to ride with "dopler radar guy". And even though I can pass for Italian and know how to turn a wrench I will no longer endure the taunts of the anti-semites in silence.

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POWPOWmeter said...

The power meter section was the best! I love how closely they monitor their "data" while getting dropped. Seems to really help out

Anonymous said...

Is it "having sex with an electrocardiogram" or "having sex while being monitored by an electrocardiogram"? I enjoy the thought of both. Is there an equivalent watts per kilo calculation I can do in either situation?

Anonymous said...

Coming soon to your inbox, spamvertising for the gps enabled sexual power meter.

Anonymous said...

this live feed thing is Bullshit! I wanna win goddamnit!

wishiwasmerckx said...

I told you guys that the snob was a "MOT" (member of our tribe). Shalom, my brother.

Anonymous said...

OOOGA BOOOGaA!

Anonymous said...

how dumb is this: I went to the wikipedia article and for a minute was actually confused that I couldn't find any mention of pennyfarthings.

Anonymous said...

Jewish mothers made me choke on my toast I laughed so hard.

Anonymous said...

I knew Snob was a fellow Yid.

BikeSnobNYC said...

wishiwasmerckx and Anonymous 12:17pm,

Must I be Jewish to stand up for the Jews?

--BSNYC

Anonymous said...

Can't you let us be blissful in our jewish ignorance.

Scott said...

When I was riding in Los Alamos we had actual atmospheric scientists riding with us who were interpreting the NWS satellite data. And no, their predictions weren't correct either.

But who lets a little bit of rain stop them anyway?

Anonymous said...

No one called Ordinary bicycles penny-farthings until the 1920s when they were already obsolete.

Gaahl of Gorgoroth said...

Now this, and the Bergman mention in a recent post can only mean one thing: Snob is Woody Allen.

Scott said...

Oh, and Levi supposedly lives by his power meter. That's why he's such a boring rider to watch. Give me a completely hopped up Ulrich or Vino any day. They don't win in the end, but they're so much more entertaining to watch.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, maybe that explains why my new Power Meter says "Arbeit macht frei" on the box.

Anonymous said...

you know... i've never heard of any of those anti-semitic phrases uttered around here in New England... we call them "Laywer Tabs", "Jack-assery", and "Pouring water over your head because it's hot out"

broomie said...

No wonder everyone got uncomfortable when I pulled a knish out of my jersey.

Bastards.

oktokrewl said...

Ive never heard the term Jewish Mothers.. Ive always heard them called Lawyer Lips.. either way they are both pretty funny hehe..

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:29: Clever reference, wondered who was going to be first with that.

Commiecanuk said...

Racism in cycling was more rampant in the past than now..now it's all PC as hell, no more "english" and "italian" bottom brackets, they are BB30s, a term stolen from Craigslist ads for big, blonde 30 year-olds.

Ask some kid today to hand you a Polish wrench, or a pair of Dutch pliers, and they just stare at you dumbfounded. I'm still proud to carry my Turkish pump and spread Swedish ass creme on my French Maxipad (oh, sorry, "chamois").

Thank god getting your penis caught in the chainring is still known as an Italian Bris.

JackH said...

So is EPO "Chicken Soup for the Prole?"

OpenYourEyes said...

My beloved, the reason why Cyclist's For Change will never work is because when we want to get behind a cause it generally has to look something like this, and we look like the fellow posing with the ladies, shooting our credibility to hell...

Anonymous said...

Snob,

The fact that you are in NYC means there is a 60-70% chance of you being at least half Jewish. Add that to the fact that you are actually funny and it confirms it for me.

/Why can't the Germans tell a joke?
//Because they killed off all the funny people

ufniahs said...

"So, my fellow cyclists, before we band together to elect a Presidential candidate, let us first unite and better ourselves."


The same could be said for the rest of 'merica

bikesgonewild said...

...personally, i've never been anti-semantic at any time in my life...

mtic said...

Amateur meteorologists are usually well intentioned, but simply lack the tools to make locally specific forecasts. The Clear Sky Clock (www.cleardarksky.com), much loved by astronomers, is very useful as a riding tool. To get the maximum benefit, you really need to integrate the forecast products with a GPS and output from your power meter. Anything else leaves you vulnerable to a belgian yarmulke from heaven.

One other thing... what's with the jews owning all the velodromes?

grammar nazi said...

affect change

idiotic said...

THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS!! FOR HILLARY!!!

Second City said...

/Why can't the Germans tell a joke?
//Because they killed off all the funny people

who? the Canadians?

Fritz said...

Anon12:27, next you'll inform us that BSNYC's historical reporting is inaccurate. Sacrilege!

"Jewish Mothers" oh boy...

Daniel! said...

The fact that you are in NYC means there is a 60-70% chance of you being at least half Jewish. Add that to the fact that you are actually funny and it confirms it for me.

That's definitely true, because in 2002 about 12% of New Yorkers identified as Jewish or of Jewish descent (according to the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York) so I'd agree that the odds are about 70% that BSNYC, or any other New Yorker chosen at random, is Jewish.

upperclass said...

'I readily admit that I have no interest in politics, mainly because I’m extremely selfish and only care about things that affect me immediately and directly'

Hear you loud and clear, Bike Snob NYC

Anonymous said...

We don't have that issue in wet WA. I love making randomed hebrew comments, because noone has any idea what I'm talking about.

Hasidim but I can't believe 'em!

Such a deal for you at twice the price, my friend.

Jon Stewart said...

I once asked my Rabbi why there are no Jewish TDF winners, he wisely spoke, "vy schlep up the mountain on a bicycle ven you have a perfectly good Buick?"

He was a wise man.

Polygraf said...

The magic of Obama is that his base is the titanium clad roadies AND independently funded fixed hipsters at once,uniting these opposing camps- we can't let that happen. if he gets elected the dex will go berserk, Hasidic women on fixies and homies riding recumbents thats just a taste of the Obama future.

bikesgonewild said...

..."you don't need a weatherman - to know which way the wind blows"...that was written by that nice mrs zimmerman's son robert, who was raised in the hebrew faith...

james said...

i asked my father what prejudice meant. he inquired why i asked. i told him jimmy called me prejudice. "who is jimmy?" he asked me. i told him, "jimmy's my jewish friend."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpwamoXgb3U

Anonymous said...

How about race day selection for XC MTB races: Christian versus Jewish series promoters?

Here in NJ, it seems that the Mid-Atlantic Super-Series welcomes all comers, but the Hudson2Highlands series have Jewish mothers made of flesh, not aluminum.

I don't know if all cyclists are anti-semitists.

jeremy said...

Is the term "schlep" frequently tossed around in NYC by messengers?

Commiecanuk said...

Daniel! said...That's definitely true, because in 2002 about 12% of New Yorkers identified as Jewish or of Jewish descent (according to the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York) so I'd agree that the odds are about 70% that BSNYC, or any other New Yorker chosen at random, is Jewish.

You're (your?) confusing Jews with Jew-ish. 12% of NY may be Jews, but some of us just like the food, extra holidays and jokes, and hence, are Jew-ish.

Mickey Cohen was an OG.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding roast of the sacred cow of race relations... or is it the golden calf of power taps?

yonk said...

Politics, racism, and anti-Semitism, oh my.

Uh, oh...I do fear that the comments today will be filled with poor attempts at political and racial humor (& maybe satire) that just don't quite work.

Dear commenters, you would do well to take heed from the Snob’s post: It was political, intelligent, and witty. Good luck.

I'm out.

Anonymous said...

NAH yO!

grammar nazi nazi said...

no, dude, effect change, as in bring about, not alter. Affecting change is like, if it ain't free, unfixit.

Anonymous said...

Commiecanuk @ 12:43 PM

That's gold, Jerry!

Anonymous said...

Radar: Seattle's convergence zone & prevailing wind direction....ride to the north or to the south? It works.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't we be using Watts/(kg-gravity)? The units work into speed. Then we could correct for power lost to gaining elevation, for a corrected power output and equivalent speed.

Anonymous said...

Commiecanuk @ 2:08 PM

Jew-ish. That's gold, Jerry!

nolucker said...

You people! The Snob is definitely a Shaygetz. I'm sure he's not Shomerf....ingShabbos.

SeattleM&M said...

Knew about my Jewish grandfather. Didn't know I had a Jewish Mother, let alone several! Thanks!

SeattleM&M said...

The saddest story ever on craigslist is here...

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/596055832.html

Basel Fawlty said...

"Oh, you're German! I thought there was something wrong with you!"

Anonymous said...

Gaahl of Gorgoroth
You made me laugh.

Anon 12:29 PM,
You made me afraid to laugh.

not on your life said...

Who the hell "trains" anyway? and for what? Who the hell ever said every time you get on a bike you got to flog it all over the place while working yourself into a lather? And who gives a shit how much power they're making?
You want to win a bike race with your buddies? Forget pasta the night before...eat beans, then get in front and start letting them rip..those bastards will back off in a hurry, you bet.
Bike riding is for the birds, anyway...all your doing is wearing out your legs just to give your ass a ride.
Get a Cadillac...that's the way to go..Dad had one. We called it the, you guessed it, the Daddy-lac. What? You think I was gonna make an ethnic slur, or something?

Anonymous said...

Is a Fixie without brakes an Israeli Bulldozer, because they can't stop if somebody stands in their way?

Anonymous said...

ok but now you have to do one for the Afro-Americans, the Serbians, and the Mexicans.

wishiwasmerckx said...

O.K., Mr. Snob. For months, I have pored over each blog entry, scanning for the scant clues as to your carefully-guarded true identity. Today's post sealed it for me. Like an overeager contestant on Wheel of Fortune, I am ready to solve the puzzle despite the substantial gaps remaining.
Is your real name Matisyahu?

FunkyLaneO said...

"Must I be Jewish to stand up for the Jews?

--BSNYC"

No, but I have listened to your interviews and you were definitely raised by a Jewish mother (or grandmother)it comes through in your voice.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Wishiwasmerckx,

G-d no! Matisyahu was once a Phish fan, apparently.

Funkylaneo,

Thank God I was finally able to successfully hide my Southern accent by adopting the speech patterns of an elderly Jewish woman.

--BSNYC

pinchfinger said...

Hey Snob,
How about we (you) develop a concept along the lines of that old Goodson-Todman show, "To Tell the Truth", wherein each Friday a Bud Collyer anime lobs questions at three random cyclists shown straddling their bikes, but with their heads down and faces obscured. Based on the obviously fake answers, we, your devoted readers, can have hours of fun figuring out who the real Bikesnob is.
Bud can yell, "Will the real Bikesnob please stand up!", at the end of the day, and of course, you won't.
It would keep the intrigue intact, and it might be fun for awhile.

FBC Spokane said...

It must be a NY thing. I've never heard them called any of those things.

Anonymous said...

snob how come you talk so much shit about training/power meters then claim you always get dropped in races?!

Pat Sajak said...

wishiwasmerckx said...

Like an overeager contestant on Wheel of Fortune, I am ready to solve the puzzle despite the substantial gaps remaining.
Is your real name Matisyahu?


Only one letter left, hint, people who bother you..puzzle says:
"N*GGERS"

bzzztt...oooo..sorry, the answer is "naggers".

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 5:00pm,

I don't need a power meter to tell me I suck.

--BSNYC

Anonymous said...

ha--well said.

mr.complaint said...

CRAP Snob, YES, we know you are Jewish. Look how easily offended you are by endearing nicknames.

BTW - All weather is cycling weather.

Commiecanuk: A: You're. B: If it's an Italian Bris, that Jewish too. The Roman Circumcision on the other hand, is carried out during adolescence.

O'Bama said...

anyone here from Ohio ?

Marrock said...

Screw them all, I'm placing a write-in vote for the Snob on November 5th.

Anonymous said...

Shit, I thought Bris Milah played lead guitar in that Swedish band, Skit Ocksa.

Wentworth said...

What you said about politics may sound clever in a blog post, but doesn't make much

"I readily admit that I have no interest in politics, mainly because I’m extremely selfish and only care about things that affect me immediately and directly."

Politics are about who has power to make decisions about the future direction of countries, states and neighborhoods, so then by definition they affect you most immediately and directly. Politics affect whether you will be able to eat tomorrow, or even whether or not you can have a blog. And what could be more immediate to you than that ;)

"The fluids of political change take way too long to trickle down and start dripping on my head for me to concern myself with them."

Political change is happening all around you, whether you know it or not or whether you care. Sure, who gets elected president may not affect you dramatically but politicians and the enforcement of legislation (cops) are all around us. It's also important to mention that we're engaged in a war right now where our soldier's actions change the political situation of another country day by day. Maybe I'm being a bit serious, but I read your blog everyday and I just couldn't let that one slip.

Wentworth said...

wups, I meant to add "sense" after "much" in the first sentence

BikeSnobNYC said...

Wentworth,

Thanks for your comment. I was waiting for someone to take me to task. Just know that I wasn't trying to be clever, I was only trying to underscore the extreme non-seriousness of this blog. I like to think that nobody should have to grapple with any weighty issues during their visit here.

--BSNYC

Pierre said...

In UK bike shops, those fork lugs to stop the wheel falling out when the QR is loose are called "lawyers lips"...

: P

Anonymous said...

Forget politics, this craiglister must be stopped!
"FS FT 2003 Pinarello Galileo fixie with Campagnolo & Mavic - $1600 (Upper West Side)"
The end is near.

broomie said...

Wentworth,

[sarcastic font] ohhh, thanks for the civics lesson! Wow, really? Politics has to do with government stuff? You must be a real hoot at parties...politcal parties that is![sarcastic font]

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 6:51pm,

Yes, I saw that. Under 10 pounds?!? Rrright!

--BSNYC

Matthew said...

[/sarcastic font]

Anonymous said...

Is this off subject?

Why is it usually the stupid people who are the first to try to correct others' grammar?

Oh yeah--that's the sort of thing that makes them stupid. Silly me.

Thanks all.

Frederick said...

Gotta say you missed me with the anti-semite bit. Here in the Midwest we call 'em "lawsuit protectors" and don't really have a name for the other stuff. Must be an NYC thing.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Anon 5:55:
You are confused. He played with Letle Viride, not Skit Ocksa.

Andy Pandy said...

I aint going to get out in the elements and get my Sidi’s all wet, long live the weather radar. Just asking tho, Upperclass do you have a pair of special edition Prada’s for bike shoes or do you actually pedal? Perhaps a rickshaw like attachment to the Seven, powered by a less fortunate creating employment.

And most definitely you do not need a power meter to confirm that you are being dropped. A simple distance evaluation will suffice

Anonymous said...

America, it's just like that fruitcake batter that you stir and stir but it never seems to blend together.

-theothercanuck-

Anonymous said...

bsnyc,
I liked the post. You put words together good.

Anonymous said...

wentworth,

"it's my money and i want it now!"

Judi said...

Hey BSNY, it's cool, I am jewish too. Good post!!

Anonymous said...

Nothing else has worked so far,

So I'll wish upon a star,

Wondrous dancing speck of light,

I need a Jew...


Wife makes me take the rap,

Cause our checkbook looks like crap,

Since I can't give her a slap,

I need a Jew...


Where to find

A Baum or Stien or Stein

To teach me how to whine

And do my taxes...


Though by many they're abhorred,

Hebrew people I've adored,

Even though they killed my lord,*

I need a Jew!

Joel said...

Damn.

A Jewish bike riding chick with at least enough nerd in her that she blogs.

I may be in love.

Danimal said...

Judi did you suffer from a head injury at some point? If so, I'm already sorry I asked. Curiosity kills though.

rambn said...

Bravo, sir, on your self-assessment. Selfishness is the same reason I don't have kids. that and good luck ;)

Also, thank you for bringing antisemitism. People don't have the balls to do that usually. bravo.

Anonymous said...

It's MMMYYYYYY money and I want it NOW!

leroy said...

Whew, sorry I'm late.

My electrocardiogram shorted out when the missus ran the CD player with the Barry White Greatest Hits album on the same line.

All I remember was "You're the first, the last, My Everything" and then I saw a flash and smelled something burning.

When I came to, I looked like that Marty Feldman picture Mr. db uses with his posts.

But I was strangely calm and relaxed.

So nu, did I miss anything?

100th post?

Anonymous said...

Joel,
Judi is ALL yours - have fun!

Anonymous said...

Leaving anti-semitism for a moment to turn to power training, ironically, the same day as this post, I stumbled across the 2008 Zipp Sub-9 Lenticular Power Tap 2.4 disc wheel. For a mere $3,500, you get a Powertap wireless power meter integrated directly into the hub. Apparently, however, having it powdercoated in lime green costs extra.

TylerW said...

best post ever.
in the whole world.
thanks.

Anonymous said...

I find it somehow very fitting that the people who aren't from the northeast keep claiming that Snob's humorous names "must be a New York" thing... Yeah, in a way -- in that they contain *humor*. Taking everything at face value and a little too seriously -- definitely a heartland trait.

Gaahl of Gorgoroth said...

Fred at 7:13, surely you meant "jewsuit protectors"?

Gaahl of Gorgoroth said...

Fred at 7:13, surely you meant "jewsuit protectors"?

Rowbear said...

Funny that you throw in the compromise of 1877. If you would have mentioned the wormley house agreement your essay could have gotten full credit for the history 574 (the new south) exam I took on tuesday.

p.s. your blog is well written. You should be making money off this shit.

ka_jun said...

Oh, snap. Talking about cyclists and politics. Prepare yourselves for the mass extraordinary renditions of cyclists to Gitmo.

Anonymous said...

BSNYC: I've contacted authorities to check if you made it to work on time today. Your rants lately have been getting more and more vicious and I fear you may have crossed over to cycle-terrorism.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/06/times.square/index.html

Commiecanuk said...

this just in on the times Square bomb:

FBI spokesman Jim Margolin told CNN that authorities have a description of a possible suspect: a man wearing a hooded garment who was riding a bicycle near the recruiting station.

A man wearing a hoodie on a bike, this can only mean one thing, someone took BSNYC's political action post way too seriously. Where's Daniel! when you need him??

ka_jun said...

"a man wearing a hooded garment who was riding a bicycle near the recruiting station"

Hmmmm...perhaps a Huey Lewis and the News inspired hoodie or a Wolfpack Hustle?

Nah, definitely the Outlaw hoodie.

Commiecanuk said...

Homeland security is looking for BSNYC, they released < a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9e/Unabomber-sketch.png/200px-Unabomber-sketch.png" this photo /a>

Commiecanuk said...

Whoops

this photo

Frederick said...

Great Scott! BSNYC is Paris Hilton's _real father!

Holy Hefty Hammer! Could it be that Paris Hilton's father was John Holmes ? (which would explain a lot, frankly)

But... that would mean...
BSNYC is actually the ghost of John Holmes!
(and I didn't even know he was jewish)

Frederick said...

@Anonymous 7:10.

Yeah its tough. That vast expanse of uncharted nothingness between Flatbush and Los Angeles is chock full of us humorless hoi polloi.

Never mind that the bagels next door are made fresh. We only have those because a caravan of New Yorkers got lost and were marooned here in the Midwest and decided to make the best of a bad situation.

Strange folk they be too, what with all this "humor" stuff they keep trying to spread. I suspect we'll have to consult the village elders and decide whether they should be burned as heretics or simply shunned.

Anonymous said...

"FBI spokesman Jim Margolin told CNN that authorities have a description of a possible suspect: a man wearing a hooded garment who was riding a bicycle near the recruiting station."

All FGF'ers are wearing polo shirts and dockers today!!!!

wishiwasmerckx said...

Ghost of John Holmes? More like ghost of Rebbe Menachem Schneerson, of blessed memory.

They caught the Times Square cyclist! said...

Check it!

Alpacanonymous said...

Speaking of cycling and politics, police are looking for a bicyclist that was acting suspiciously prior to this morning's homemade bombing of the recruitment center in Times Square. His description: he wore a backpack and a hooded sweatshirt. That narrows it down.

Not to condone or condemn the act, but that recruitment center sure is ugly, and that says a lot given its location.

Alpacanonymous said...

Uh... Sorry about my latent commentary.

leroy said...

Dear Mr. Gaahl of Gorgoroth --

You're not fooling anybody.

You are obviously a Member of the Tribe.

The name's a dead give away.

I wish I had a nickel for every emigre named Gorgoroth whom the Ellis Island authorities shortened to "Roth."

Just one question, are you the Gaahl of Gorgoroth of the Boca Raton Gorgoroths?

Anonymous said...

Dear "They caught the times square cyclist!":
With the internet, I never really know if I am being spoofed. The story seemed credible, but, as a matter of policy, I try not to get my news from sources with a byline of "Dood."

Judi said...

Joel - thanks but I have a b/f.

Danimal - please tell me what you mean, spit it out.

Anon 12:46am - I really don't have any comeback for you except that I think you are probably just a bitch with no life.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7.10:
I'm from the "heartland" (god I hate that word; it's the Great Plains), but now I live in the Northeast. Definitely people take themselves more seriously here than on the Plains. People in the midwest aren't so much into posing as the folks I meet around here, so yeah, I guess they do like to take things at face value.

Anonymous said...

So last year my Jewish girlfriend and I are taking a short little camping/bike touring trip. We are riding up that hot new north south workout club called 9w when we stop at the Runcible in Nyack for a snack. Some other cyclist there sees our loaded touring bikes and asks us if we were training for something. I think it was upperclass. Pretty funny--such a 9w gymrat that he couldn't think of any other purpose for cycling than "training".

AMRcyclist said...

Ok, back to "Taking a Stand..."

Training With Power"
-It all depends on what you are trying to achieve. If training with one is going to make you race faster, why not?

"sex with an electrocardiogram (machine)"
If it turns you and your partner on, leading to good (better)sex, why not?

Justin said...

Dennis Kucinich rides a bike.

Bikeshow said...

www.ann-arbor-bicycleshow.com if you like Classic Bikes

emkrem said...

Hi, I just stumbled across this post and was wondering if you had any more information about those slang terms you mentioned. I tried googling a bit, but wasn't able to find any other sources. Are these terms very common? Do you know anything about their origins or where I could find more information? Thank you!

Anonymous said...

great article. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did you guys learn that some chinese hacker had busted twitter yesterday again.

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