Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bite Your Tongue: Roadie Rage, and How to Avoid It

Other cyclists can be annoying. Take the cyclist I shared the bridge to Manhattan with this morning. As I ascended, I was overtaken by a rider on a color-coordinated track bike which was as free from dirt as it was from brakes. He passed me handily and I thought nothing of it, thinking that was the last I'd see of him.

But then came the descent, and the drawbridge-being-raised sound of reverse torque on a fixed-gear drivetrain. There's a sharp right hand turn at the bottom of the bridge on the Manhattan side. If you've got brakes it's no big deal and you don't even have to think about slowing until you're right on top of it, but if you're brakeless you have to begin the process of slowing as soon as you begin your descent lest you come into it too hot and wind up splattered on the side of a Fung Wah bus. Needless to say, I soon found myself stuck behind this guy. And if you commute in New York City or any place brakelessness is rampant, you know what came next: the skip-stops. Pedalpedalpedal, skidskidskid. Pedalpedalpedal, skidskidskid. As he gingerly picked his way down like a mule descending a rocky trail, I passed the minutes by feathering my brakes and marveling over their efficacy; first the front, then the rear, then both together. Then I used my levers to tap out "You're an idiot" in Morse code, but I don't think he noticed.

The reason I was so upset is that New York City's pretty flat, and when it comes to commuting I'm pretty lazy. The bridge descent is one of the few places where I can actually go fast without exerting myself. To be robbed of that opportunity because of someone's fashion choice is extremely irritating--it's like paying to go see a movie and then sitting behind someone who insists on wearing a giant tri-cornered hat. (I always take mine off unless I'm sitting in the very last row.)

But while I may have been upset, I didn't go so far as to actually say something to him. First of all, the hairy-chested gigolo that is annoyance swings both ways, and I very well may have been just as annoying to him. As he passed me on the ascent, I'm sure he was disgusted by my lazy pace, and my non-messenger bag, and my superfluous brakes, and my ostentatious taped bars with their giant levers and multiple bends. "How many hand positions does this idiot need?", he probably asked himself. "He's got more places to put his mitts than a serial groper on a Tokyo subway." And on the way down, he probably cursed us crazy braked riders and our reckless high-speed descents.

The second reason I didn't say anything was that it might have been dangerous. Yesterday a number of people emailed me the following horrific article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:



[excerpt]

The man told police he was riding on South Shore Drive when he heard someone from behind tell him that he would be passing on the left. He moved over and a man and a woman rode past.

As they did, however, he said, "Get a light." The other man turned and asked what he said.

The victim repeated, "Get a light."

The couple yelled loudly at the man, telling him to mind his own business, according to police. The victim said the other man attempted to run him off the road before the couple followed him to his home driveway.

That's where a conversation about lights continued and the woman told the victim that he seemed to have plenty of lights and asked for one. He gave her a light and told police he did not feel threatened.

The other man, however, appeared to still be upset about the original comment and allegedly clamped his hands around the victim's head. The other man then twisted the victim to the ground and kneed him in the ribs.

...

The first suspect was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark-colored jacket and riding a Trek time trial bike .

The second suspect was a white female, about 5-feet-4-inches who rode an Orbea road bike with orange on the front.


This report of unwarranted violence shook me to my core, and I can only hope these rampaging roadies are brought to justice. I must say though that I can't imagine a dorkier pair of assailants--even in Wisconsin. To be attacked by some Fred on a Trek TT bike while his Orbea-straddling Wilma looks on is an indignity nobody should ever have to experience. I wish the article gave more of a description, because I'd very much like to know what they were wearing. Given the savage nature of the attack and the goofy bikes I'm pretty sure Primal Wear was involved. The man was probably sporting this inexcusably hideous Metallica "...And Justice For All" jersey (you don't "rock" or "run" Primal Wear; you "sport" it, like Dockers or Rockports):

While his lady partner, who's clearly in denial over the disaster her life has become, had most likely attired herself in the Queen of DeNile chemise:I'd also be willing to bet good money (and by "good money" I mean Euros) that at least one of them was wearing one of those inexcusable roadie babuskas:

The roadie babuska is the cycling equivalent of sporting a Members Only jacket with no shirt underneath, and you should never, ever wear one, no matter how much pate-wicking you may think you need. Then again, you also probably shouldn't tell people you don't know to "get a light," or to "wear a helmet," or to "get a brake." While all of these things are good advice, and while it's perfectly fine to endorse them, it's almost always best to refrain from doing so directly to other riders in situ. This is not to excuse Fred and Wilma's wanton behavior by any means, but it is really annoying. Even though I believe with every molecule in my body that you should never wear a roadie babushka, I wouldn't approach a stranger and tell him he should take that sweaty disgusting dishrag off his head. And even though I wanted to tell the guy on the bridge to "get a brake," I knew it would have been foolish to do so. Being annoyed by brakeless riders is curmudgeonly; telling off brakeless riders on the street is just pain douchey.

Speaking of roadies and douches, I noticed during my recess that Franck Vandenbroucke is on yet another team:


Franck Vandenbroucke is the Mavic Ksyrium freehub of professional cyclists in that both are constantly squealing and failing, yet people continue to invest money in them for some reason. You'd think after the famous "those drugs were for my dog" incident (which was, admittedly, sublime in its absurdity) cycling would have closed the door on Vandenbroucke once and for all, and that people would realize by now that he's long gone from enfant terrible to plain infant. But you'd be wrong. You'd also think people would have realized he looks uncannily like Ruprecht from "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," but to my knowledge this has yet to be acknowledged by the cycling press:

Indeed, failed promise is addicting. Despite being a failure whose Wikipedia page reads like the treatment for a John C. Reilly movie, cycling fans wax nostalgic about the fact he won Leige-Bastogne-Leige like ten years ago or something, and that he cocked his handlebars at a jaunty angle. Why? Because he's a "natural talent." ( "Everybody did it, and so did I," he said about doping. "It is the truth and it does not diminish the value of my victories.") I suppose this makes sense though. We all know the real villains in professional road cycling are the ones with the audacity to to win a bunch of races, stay out of trouble, and be successful. And that's not what bike racing is about.

Then again, I suppose there's nothing wrong with recycling. The professional road racing world is still trying to recycle Vandenbroucke, and the fixed-gear world is still trying to recycle front wheels. We've already seen them breathe new life into the Spinergy Rev-X and the Aerospoke, and now they're moving on to the wheelchair wheel:

If you're a competitive wheelchair athlete who's upgraded to a Zipp or something, you'll be happy to know there's a burgeoning market for your old take-offs.

115 comments:

ice cube said...

yeah yeah

streepo said...

Prize Twat!!

ant1 said...

ant1st!

WheelDancer said...

But what do I do with the bloody tongue?

Anonymous said...

woohoo
masshole smb

Slappy said...

Break yo self!

Anonymous said...

top ten - and I even read it.

Bill said...

top ten (ish)...meh

Jelliot said...

Bien!

nick said...

The article was in a Milwaukee paper, but the incident took place in Madison.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Nick,

Oops--thanks.

--BSNYC

Self-appointed expert on the subject said...

"Then I used my levers to tap out "You're an idiot" in Morse code, but I don't think he noticed."

That's some funny shit...

Anonymous said...

Woot! Whoa!

Anonymous said...

I have to think that most NYC natives (Bklyn especially)would be alert enough to know that when someone follows you to your home afte yelling at you it's probably not going to end well. I'm going to guess the guy was attacked was a bit of a Fred himself and probably looked PeeWee Herman on a bike.
I try not to mouth off to other riders unless I am prepared to back it up physically which is why I only yell at small children and little old ladies.

Anonymous said...

Inaccuracies are bad, Snob. The assault occurred in MADISON, the report was from the MILWAUKEE newspaper. To clarify, Madison is about an hour dead nuts west of Milwaukee, sitauted between some lesser lakes, full of college kids that still (in this day & age!) somehow think patchouli and sandalwood make up for bad hygiene, is the epicenter of Wisco liberalism (nothing wrong with that, just the kids that preach it), and state government. Milwaukee is a haggard and dying (think 60 year old hooker with a smoking and drinkling problem that has diabetes)manufacturing blue collar town that accounts for the bulk of state reveneues and happens to be one of the most segregated cities in the US o' A. In that light, some dip TT rider and his infested harlot attacking an older cat could only really occur in Madison, as anyone who goes ultra political is far too full of smug to let a reasonable an inoffensive comment such as, "Get a light" go without some sort of response. He only attacked the cat because he had NO rational response to the comment and thereby broke down to his Cro magnon core self and depended upon violence to make his point 'heard'. Don't believe me? How rational can you be if you ride a TT bike, in Wisco, in winter? How rational can you be if you ride a TT period?

Bill said...

In August 2006, he was caught in an Italian amateur race with a license made out to "Francesco del Ponte" (a badly Italianized version of his name, "del Pantalone" being correct) and bearing a photo of the world champion, Tom Boonen.

can we PLEASE have a reilly movie come out of this!!??

Bill said...

"VDB is a very common nickname in Flanders."

huh, who knew?

Anonymous said...

I think I would rather be beat up by somebody on a recumbent than by a tri-geek. Fuckin eh, how do go out in public after something like that?

wishiwasmerckx said...

Anon 1:30, that is exactly why, when I am intent on physically assaulting another cyclist, I always make sure that I am riding my Scott time trial bike. That way, when I ride my Trek time trial bike, nobody suspects that its the same guy.

Tex said...

Skidding is for children.

Russ said...

At least they didn't beat him WITH the time trial bike?

As for that wheelchair front wheel, just...wow.

Anonymous said...

i skipped to the comment part in an attempt to podium and ended up spoiling the article for myself. :(

NILOC

Anonymous said...

Never mind the wheelchair front wheel, is that a tulip shaped pie plate on the rear?

jza said...

The design similarities between that wheelchair wheel and a Mavic Ksyrium are stunning.

The humble visionary who designed that wheelchair wheel obviously has a very bright future.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Snob, is the babuskas available with any options? Can you get it with a fan belt to convert it to a kiffiyeh or a chin strap to convert it into a balaclava? Cold weather is upon us, and the fashion-minded among us have noted your disapproval and are desperately searching for alternatives.

Mark said...

Avoid Roadie Rage - Ride a Mountain bike!

Anonymous said...

Re: the Roadie Babushka...

How else is a bald roadie supposed to keep the sweat out of his eyes and off his glasses?

They also offer a high SPF value, which is important to us baldies.

Yes, they're dorky, but adding a helmet greatly attenuates the dork factor. Sans helmet, a cycling cap is the way to go.

Anonymous said...

orbea and ttt's are nice things and there is nothing wrong with that -- john prolly

Chunk said...

Nice use of the word efficacy. Have you been taking classes at the Learning Annex?

John said...

so is it 'babuska' or 'babushka', or is one of them the Americanized spelling? Inquiring minds, you know.

I wonder if there's more to the story, like maybe it went, "Hey, get a light, fuckstick!".

Maybe doubtful, as he's 51? How about it, all you oldies out there? Is 51 as old as it sounds, or is it the new 36?

Me I save my harsh comments for cagers mostly.

JIM N said...

There is a misshapen pie plate on that bike with the wheelchair wheel.

OC's Invisible Friend said...

Anon 1:34, your comments are good and all, but they would be more interesting if they went like this:

Hey Bikesnob. Inaccuracies are bad, Snob. The assault occurred in MADISON, Bikesnob, the report was from the MILWAUKEE newspaper. To clarify, Bikesnob, Madison is about an hour dead nuts west of Milwaukee, sitauted between some lesser lakes, full of college kids that still, believe it or not Bikesnob (in this day & age!) somehow think patchouli and sandalwood make up for bad hygiene, are you listening Biksnob, is the epicenter of Wisco liberalism (nothing wrong with that Bikesnob, just the kids that preach it), and state government.

...and so on. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

hell yes!! brakes kick friggen ass!!!!! I love brakes so friggen much I can't give enough platitude for brakes...they are just that awesome. This is why I think anyone riding a bike without brakes outside a velodrome is the epitome of imbecile.

Anonymous said...

Wow! A shitty, heavy, and probably not straight wheelchair wheel on a DACCORDI CRONO PISTA $1,899.99 frame? Moron comes to mind. Actually anyone buying a DACCORDI CRONO PISTA frame is already a moron! :)

Krautstache said...

You think your life sucks? Try riding in a hilly city with rampant brakelessness. You get caught behind these guys on descents every day.

streepo said...

As an oldie myself, I believe that 51 is not the new 36. 51 is so old you fart dust.

Anon 1:34 said...

To OC's Invisible Friend,
Ouch! I do believe you just likened me to OC! Wow, that smarts! And I don't even garden.....

Anonymous said...

Somewhere there is a sad little wheelchair missing a wheel.

GETA LIFE

leroy said...

BSNYC -- I think you may have inadvertently solved the mystery as to why the fence on the Manhattan end of the Manhattan Bridge bike path looks like a vegan T. Rex used it to grate a giant block of cheddar.

I don't know if it's easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, but I think we can all agree that a fixed gear rider attempting to pass through chain link is, by definition, a dicey proposition.

But not all dorky behavior is intentional.

Last night, I rode home via Second Avenue and Chrystie Street, passing a few folks who felt the need to pass me so I could pass them again.

After a mile or two, I was alongside one rider who asked me to take the bike lane if I wanted it. He then he ran a light to get a jump going up the Bridge.

It wasn't until then that I realized he thought I was racing.

Yeesh, I'm not that dorky (I hope).

The truth was, I was late for a parent-teacher conference.

Good thing I didn't ask him about the sunglasses he was wearing at night.

Invisible Friend said...

No offense meant there, 1:34. I liked your comment. Anyway, nobody is like OC. That uniqueness is what makes him interesting. That and his scientific research.

Wade said...

BSNYC, I wonder what you think of handlebar-mounted bells and ringing them as an expression of vexation. After traveling to Portland, OR this past summer and learning that there are manifold passive agressive ways of expressing rage in the most artificially friendly manner possible, I have realized that ringing the bell on my bike is the perfect passive agressive way to express annoyance as well as let people know I'm nearing. I just got one in November and although I was skeptical about its potential efficacy and the general aesthetics of such a bell, I've found that it really works well without completely pissing people off. And I believe it is quite handsome. Perhaps there are some cyclists and pedestrians plotting to follow me home and beat me senseless, but at present people haven't seemed overly angered due to my reserved ringing.

kale said...

Even better than the curlicue side of the Manhattan is the bumpy side of the Williamsburg. I can't wait for an OSO bike to make it's maiden voyage and show us all how efficient coaster brakes are.

I'll bet the NYPD starts dumping wet leaves at that spot now. It's in line with their recent "public safety" bicycle accident management campaign. That reminds me... GET A LIGHT!!!

Eeberleeber said...

BSNYC/RTMS--

Speaking of activities on your recess, no post about the Wolfe's Pond Park Cross race?? wee waaa...

spiff1 said...

I don't know Morse code, please tell us the sequence to "you're an idiot".

Anon 1:34 said...

Phew! That's a relief. Thought I was going to have to seek some urgent medical care and/or counselling. Or meet you at the basketball court after school. Either way I was going to have to meet some pain as I grew up in Milwaukee and am an atrocious fighter.

Wade, remarkably, bells work. More remarkably, most folks kinda smile when you use them. Granted, not as anger relieving as an f bomb. To use a bell as a fella is to be very comfortable in your masculinity, as they all sound rather timid. Maybe they can make a 650b gong that you can hit with a hammer as you rock your freestyle fixie to the next sesh to boost the manliness of the simple bell.

Samuel Morse said...

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KanyonKris said...

Wheelchair wheel - Bwahahaha!

I hope you folks in the big cities practice safe cycling. It's obvious there is an epidemic of Dork Bike disease. It's contagious and transmitted by contact so don't ever ride a strange bike (saddle contact is the most common vector, followed by handlebars). If you must, use gloves and a saddle condom.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Leroy, how did the conference turn out? Were your parents pissed at you?

wishiwasmerckx said...

I'm only 50. Next year, I'll get back to you on the whole 51/36 conundrum.

Commiecanuk said...

Wow...I thought the whole point of getting to 51 alive was so that you had the right to write angry letters to local shopping newspapers and correct the entire world on the right way to do things, as well as pressure the masses to direct the majority of their tax dollars towards slightly smoother roads and better trash pickups.

I've been practicing my old guy lines for when I ride:

"11 SPEEDS ARE FOR WEAK LOSERS"

"Bah, CRABON FIBER IS FOR PUNKS"

GET OFF MY LAWN..damned kids.

Whoda thunk that being a dick would lead to violence?, I have to rethink my future on the bike.

Critical Ass said...

What could be more humiliating than getting your ass kicked in your own driveway?

Getting your ass kicked in your own driveway by someone in SPANDEX CLOWN DRAG.

Anonymous said...

Using a bell works. What does not work is when some asshole stealthily materializes beside you on the road. I always think what would happen if I had to hook around a road obstacle- I do know if I was brought down Casper would undergo repeated overhead lessons.

Madame Torelli said...

Ooh, I can't wait to see the names of that pathetic Wisconsin couple published. You may think there is no such thing as a curse, Mr. Snob, but you are wrong. Once I get their names and addresses, they will never be able to keep a headset adjusted for the rest of their pitiful existences. If I am completely successful (stay off the hard stuff during the process, and so on), they will also need to replace their Lycra frequently due to incontinence. Either way, the headset curse will be enough for the female to quit cycling altogether, as soon as she ditches her asshole partner. Or maybe she kills him, I'm not sure because my crystal ball downloaded an "upgrade" to Vista without even asking, and now it works about like an Alivio derailleur hooked to a Red shifter by way of hemp twine, but anyway, I will enjoy this pro bono assignment a great deal.

Bill said...

signed up for team fatty ride in philly, wasn't there someone on here last week asking if anyone else was doing it?

I'm 51 said...

Anon 1:34, how about a foghorn? Man, that would be so cool.

Russell said...

BSNYC - I little research would enable you to find out that at this time of year in Wisconsin we only wear our BLAZE ORANGE babushkas. The camo ones are folded up and stored away when the deer hunting season goes from bow to gun as the weapon.

Daddo said...

"How else is a bald roadie supposed to keep the sweat out of his eyes and off his glasses?"

uh...a proper Walz cycling cap?

thats what this baldy does.

bikesgonewild said...

...it must be this obama, "spirit of co-operation" thingy, mr "i've gone soft on fix gear hipsters"...by biting yer tongue, figuratively of course, while crossing one bridge, you were creating a bridge of understanding & acceptance w/ a brakeless, fixed gear hipster...
...& where would that bridge of platitudes ever lead ???...
...you should have followed him on the descent muttering "fucking lame...ride it, bitch or get out a' the way...some of us have jobs we'ed like to fucking get to"...
...w/out shamed, they'll never understand the annoyance they precipitate...

Anonymous said...

If someone told me I had needed a light I might kick their ass too, what is wrong with that?

bikesgonewild said...

...anon 3:36pm...

...even if you had an unlite blunt in yer hand ???...


just askin'...

Anon 1:34 said...

I'm 51, I fail to see how an animated rooster from Bugs Bunny cartoons will alert people to your impending arrival/their impending doom, especially since he wasn't the brightest of characters if I remember right. Ok, now I'm just being dumb. Back to work!

bikesgonewild said...

...speaking of bridges (& roadies & douches)...in 2006, belgian cycling's "l'enfant terrible", the lovely frankie vdb, man of great potential & many chances, was caught in an amateur italian race bearing a license w/ a foto of tommy boonen & the name "francesco del ponte" or literally "frank of the bridge"...

...nice touch, frankie & doubly appropriate...using boonen's foto was good considering yer own (now ex-) wife called you out for cocaine use, so you do share that w/ 'fast tom'...

...& the name 'francesco del ponte', being used by a man who's burned more fucking bridges behind him than anyone w/ real potential in the history of the pro peleton would be uproariously funny if it wasn't so fucking sad...

...but then, that's pro cycling...look at our pal pantani...

Concerned Citizen said...

The first suspect was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark-colored jacket...

I sure hope they get that guy. Should be a cinch with the provided description.

dmitri fofonov said...

My babushka is never to be wearing a babushka. She is saying that Flemish are weird. My experience being that she is correct. To argue, even dogs are being benefit by dietary supplements. But no dog I know benefits from vodka, a primaly human experience.

Anonymous said...

64 comments? Really?

Not sure if someone mentioned this before, who cares not me, but it's obvious the Madison attacker was A.... TRIATHLETE!!! Disgusting, I know...

Kind regards,

Uncle Paulo

Anonymous said...

Regarding wheelchair bike; I think the "pie plate" is actually a chunk of upholstery foam or similar material wrapped around the hub between the flanges. That's sightly weirder than the vestigial fender which probably won't even keep the back of the legs dry.

The real mind blower to me is that it looks like he has a smaller chainring mounted to the pedal side of the crank. Huh?!!

frilly said...

Bill, that was me!

It'll be my first century--I'm so excited! Well, okay, that is if I don't fall off my bike or faint in a puddle of my own vomit or--oh fuck, what have I done? How firm do ya think those mileage commitments are anyway?

I'm 51 said...

Anon 4:28

I dunno, Man. Sure wish I could still see that good.

I'm 51 said...

Er, well, maybe not!

Anon 4:28 said...

I ain't no whippersnapper neither; getting mighty close to 50. I was just looking at a bigger picture.

Bill said...

excellent, see you there! got a place to stay in bklyn if you need one.

frilly said...

Thank you. I'll keep that in mind.

madbadleroybrown said...

isn't the trek factory in Wisconsin?

maybe it was contador and his missus?

George H. said...

You should refer to the full story, from the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, here, that notes the person attacked is a well-known custom bike builder:
http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/top/316889

Anonymous said...

Speaking of wheelchairs... we invited some of them down to our last allycat. One of them won the trackstand event, but the footdown comp took forever!

Anonymous said...

The victim is an excellent TT rider and probably could have dropped his assailant faster than a slippery water bottle.

Andy Pandy said...

Frills, be sure to grease your chain as you would not want a squeaky one for 100 big ones. Good luck and if you hit the wall just siddle over to the sidewalk and slink home on public transport

red neckerson said...

there all commonists in madison when they get arrested they ship them to siberia or maybe minnesota its pretty much the same thing except there aint no al franken in siberia so its prolly a better place to get sent to thats what im saying

got me a 12 pointer and shot the mom to just for grins

Yer Double Half-Cousin said...

Golldangit Red, I wish't all trolls was as funny as you.

leroy said...

wishiwasmerckx --

Why yes, my parents are usually pissed at me.

But they express it by insisting they don't want to be a bother, it's okay to ignore them, they'll just waste away -- not that I would notice, and my behavior seems odd considering all the sacrifices they've made for me.

But I've figured out how to deal with it.

On Mother's Day and Father's Day, I send them a picture of me looking really haggard.

Bambi said...

Thanks Harry.

http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/top/316889

And Cronometro is a high-end shop, probably that dude was stalked.

And promoting sales of lighting was just enough to put the per over the edge.

Not all commonists in Madison, there's a fair amount (maybe a dozen? seems fair) of neo-Nazis too. They like the apartment building (on Johnson street?) with swastikas in the tile pattern of the lobby floor for some reason.

12-pointer?
Like... is that a fish with 12 points on the dorsal fin?

Mommy killer.

Kelly said...

Hey thanks, I really appreciate being compared to as a Flintstone. We're not all living in the dark ages in the midwest.

A Wisco Girl

Commiecanuk said...

Trek TT bike?

it was Lance and Mary Kate!

Thrifty McDealmeister said...

I'm keeping a look out for cheap Orbeae and Trek TTs on Wisconsin craigslists. Should be a great deal coming up soon...

Erik said...

Justice is deranged fred making bsnyc. Go Colin!

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Rantwick said...

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Gee Thanks said...

Eewwwwwwww! That will no doubt trickle down to some ugly ass wheels and a stupid seat post on some overpriced commuter in a year or two.

Courtney said...

Watch out for BFG...
Even if your not riding a brakeless fixed gear you could still be killed by one....

AMRcyclist said...

"streepo said...
As an oldie myself, I believe that 51 is not the new 36. 51 is so old you fart dust.
December 3, 2008 2:08 PM"

The comments on this page are as good as the post itself.

Except for the podium seekers...

Disgusted in San Francisco said...

the wheelchair wheel bike belongs to a tweeker kid here in San Francisco. leave it to the city that brought you MASH...

Anonymous said...

Sad to admit I've squawked "get a light" -- was after a near-collision with someone I only detected as our handlebars whooshed past each other on an unlit bike path. My own light has the candle power to announce my presence to the world; can't shed light on the idiots who choose invisibility. Unfortunately a bigger light would turn me into a retina destroying menace. In any case, after hearing that story, I will make sure to stick with my usual hostile sotto voce mutterings.

genersal lsmenedd said...

wisco

Ronsonic said...

We can only assume that triathlism was involved in the evil the befell in Madison.

A guy on a TT bike with upper body strength could only have that one explanation.

I'm sure plenty of bike geeks in Madison recognize the description of that couple from the bikes. Wonder how this will play out.

Philip Williamson said...

Don't tell people to get lights or helmets.
I don't tell people to ride on the right side of the road, or to start believing in dinosaurs and stop trying to convert queers to the "straight and narrow."
The BEST you will get is a stony silence.
Better to let them die than become a self-righteous dickhole.

theBeatnik said...

I'll lay off the roadie verbal harassment, but just so long as I can still shout obscenities at pedestrians.

Anonymous said...

why not just pass fixie guy through the turn instead of being a pussy and blogging about it? I pass people on my brakeless orbea through that exact turn all the time without the aforementioned fung wah splatter.

Anonymous said...

Because that would be rude. Duh.

Critical Ass said...

2006: colored Deep V
2007: Aerospoke
2008: HED 3
2009: TIMMY!

Mauricio Babilonia said...

As soon as Fred and Wilma's real identities are known, they should be heartlessly and permanently shunned by bike geeks everywhere. See if they get invited on any club rides! Why, I never. Harrumph.

Kelly, I doubt BSNYC was referring to 'Sconny Girls in general, just the skanky ones on Orbeas who hang out with the type of guy that would rough up another cyclist.

Bambi, the swastika tiles are on North Hamilton. The 300 block, IIRC.

lutefisk said...

101 is like podium

Admiral Crunch said...

Lanterne rouge!

Anonymous said...

My guess is that the tweaker kid in SF rocks that bike, because it hardly looks like it would run.

SFTW EAKR

bikesgonewild said...

...the trouble w/ the great "unlighted" is that they tend to ride as if they are visible rather than riding defensively...

...it's a selfish fucking practice because if they do accidentally get hit by a vehicle, the driver not only has to live w/ it for the rest of their lives but there will also probably be a bunch of self righteous cyclists who'll raise a stink in the name of the stupid selfish unlite rider...

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Oh, and Madison police have arrested the Lightless Raging Fred.

Anonymous said...

The douche bags name is Dustin Dunlavy, of Fitchburg WI.
From JSONLINE.COM
Dustin Dunlavy, 28, Madison, allegedly grabbed Colin O'Brien, 51, around the head in the confrontation on South Shore Drive the night of Nov. 26.
O'Brien is the owner of Cronometro, a Williamson Street shop making custom bicycles.
Feel free to look him up online and let him know what a douche he is.

Anonymous said...

I know the guy with the wheelchair wheel bike. he's a crackhead (for real) in SF.

Anonymous said...

Lights are different from brakes, weird hats, etc. If I can't see someone, I might hit them... or a car might hit them, or a car might have to swerve at the last second to avoid them and wreck. Many places, like Wisconsin id wager, are not wall-to-wall lighting at night. Bicyclers in these places are basically invisible.

In other words, not having a light crosses the line between 'dangerous to yourself' and makes you 'a danger to others'. I do not feel 'douchy' at all for all the times I have told people, after they almost smash into me, to 'get a light'.

What I feel douchy about is all the years I rode without a light. And for thinking BSNYC is infallible.

kimchisquat said...

ignorance of douche baggery is no defense! screaming your opinion at total strangers definatly crosses the line of douchery.

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Hjulcompaniet said...

that last pic looked like an ITERA wheel at first, they can't be all used up already, surely..

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