I'm tremendously embarrassed by having made this mistake, since it's common knowledge that the Discman is the audio player of choice for the "lone wolf" cyclist. However, in my defense, I was thrown by the white headphones, as well as by the fact that the player wasn't in the traditional "lone wolf" location--that being secured to the bicep area with Velcro. Incidentally, a number of readers expressed curiosity regarding the setup of the Lotus. According to still another reader (!) who managed to get close to the man and his machine, he is in fact running/rocking/rubbing/rolling/slaying a freewheel, and the brakes are actuated by twisting the attachments at the ends of the aero extensions (sensuously, one would assume).
Secondly, in Wednesday's post, I mistakenly identified one of the celebrity participants in the World Naked Bike Ride:
A higher-resolution shot sent to me by "bkjimmy" reveals that the rider in the propeller beanie is in fact a certain professional golfer and not David Alan Grier:
Now, I'm not a golf fan, but I'm guessing it's either Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. Also, you can see Joachim Phoenix in much greater detail--right down to the ersatz knuckle tattoos.
Moving on, it's now time for a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right, you'll know. If you're wrong--and I almost hesitate to do this, because it's so awful--you'll see "The Triathlon Song."
Thanks for reading, and ride safe--unless you're doing Monster Track, of course, in which case "Nobr Akes!"
1) Which phrase is not a part of the sales pitch for this Toons custom?
--"The pure freshness!"
--"...she will shread the street or track."
--"Hand-painted MKS Sylvans with hemp double straps not included."
--"For those who have the heart to stand alone."
2) Where was this baby spotted?
--The Tour of California, Solvang
--The Macaframa premiere in Sacramento, CA
--Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
--A free fixed-gear conversion clinic in downtown Los Angeles
3) What is this gnome doing?
--Singing a song about the joys of cycling
--Making fixed-gear cogs
--Sabotaging somebody's bicycle
--Balancing a Fixedgeargallery submission on his head
4) This bike, for sale on the Austin, TX Craigslist, once belonged to:
5) I recently spotted a Spalding road bike. According to the Fixedgeargallery, what famous punk frontman once owned a Spalding?
6) What's the most reasonable explanation for the seat angle on this Trek?
--It's a hill-climbing bike and the saddle is actually level on extreme grades
--The rider follows the old bike-fit rule of thumb which states that an imaginary line drawn from the nose of your saddle should intersect with the front strap of your frame bag
--It's hanging its saddle in shame over those Spinergys
--There is no reasonable explanation for the seat angle on this Trek
7) Who said the following?
"Dont get me wrong, I Love Cycling, and have been one myself since my brother got me my Bianchi Spelissimo back in 1989. Greg LeMond is one of my heros…although, Miguel Indurain was quite a great cyclist when they were battling. I just want to see Lance come clean and retire already. There are many cyclists these days that I would like to see succeed, and he has done his time, and done well. Let some new blood come up."
--The "Yellow Devil"
8) Which is not a quote from a recent "Men's Fitness" article about fixed-gear bikes?
--"it's like a mobile spinning class"
--"you mustn't stop pedaling"
--"you feel more like a part of the bike"
--"brakes are for 'woosies'"
***Special retro-collabo bonus question***
These "shoes" were a collaboration between component maker Race Face and which footwear company?
--Spear's Specialty Shoe Company--Custom Made Clown and Theater Footwear Since 1983