Thursday, February 26, 2009

Inspiring Rides: True Greatness Knows No Discipline

Obviously, cycling is fraught with fashion-based politics. A "violation" as minor as a misaligned tire label or a backwards front skewer is enough to have you banished from some circles. This is to say nothing of the contempt the various cycling sects have for each-other. The roadie hates the mountain biker; the mountain biker hates the fixter; the fixter hates the triathlete; the cyclo-tourer hates the triathlete; the recumbent rider hates the triathlete; and so forth. Indeed, the tool that can break this chain of hate has yet to be invented, and as much as I long for a day when we can all live in harmony and mutual respect I fear that day lies far in the future.

Still, I maintain that we can learn a lot from the "lone wolves" of cycling. These are the riders who follow no rules but their own, and their independence should serve as a source of inspiration. If we sectarians can't respect each-other, then we can at least join together in our mutual respect for them. You may be disinclined to wave to the roadie with the spotless white booties and matching shoe covers, or to the fixter with the expensive jeans and the handmade man-purse, but you can certainly find it in yourself to doff your helmet or cycling cap or flat-brim to a fellow like this:



We met this rider on Monday, but another reader has sent me this photo of him actually in motion, and I'm sure you'll agree that the sight of him in flight is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Notice how he uses the forearm pads to achieve a more upright position. Notice also the golden fleece, which matches his tires, as well as the radiant white sneakers, unfettered and unmarred by toe clips. He's also staying hydrated, thanks to the handlebar-mounted cupholder. It's difficult to ascertain how fast he's going; while the hair would indicate speeds in excess of 30mph, the bundle of paper flyers he's got resting on the aero extensions isn't aflutter. Speaking of unflappable, his facial expression belies a state of inner strength and confidence that few of us will attain in his lifetime--aided, no doubt, by the motivational audio he's listening to on his iPod.

Of course, he can afford to be confident. He knows that his arch-nemesis, Bart Kaufman, is miles away, locking up the World's Greatest Madone as he gets ready to either buy a suitcase, or visit the chiropractor, or pick up some sushi, or take a Bikram yoga class, or cut up the rug at Dance Connection:


These two riders have four things in common: impeccable taste in bicycles; a bitter rivalry; a penchant for white sneakers; and a love of motivational audio. As you can see, Bart's also listening to an iPod, though he's more into money-making than ass-kicking. I literally get chills when I imagine what it would be like to see these two riders in head-to-head competition. It would be more powerful than a hundred Alpe d'Huez Tour de France finishes multiplied by a thousand Tours of Flanders, yet still somehow reminiscent of the movie "The Bucket List." Cycling really needs a Don King who can set this up.

Speaking of inspirational rides, check out this one on The Great Trek Bicycle Making Company's Levi Leipheimer TOC micro-site:



Unfortunately, I think Trek really missed the mark here. Firstly, where's the rack?!? Secondly, as far as I'm concerned, there is only one bear-themed bike, and all others are just cheap imitations:


"There are no cables because the brake is in the pedals." It doesn't get much more aero than that. You'd think that after all that wind tunnel time Trek would have figured it out by now.

By the way, I'm pleased to announce that, in addition to having discovered the World's Greatest Madone, I've also discovered the World's Smallest Seven. Actually, it's less of a Seven than it is a Six-and-a-Half:




37cm Seven Cycles Aerios Titanium Road Bike W/Full Dura Ace - $1100 (Brooklyn)
Reply to: [deleted]
Date: 2009-02-24, 11:47PM EST


37cm Seven Cycles Aerios Titanium Road Bike W/Full Dura Ace

Here is your chance to own your dream bike for less than purchasing just the frame and fork new. This bike is in excellent condition. Full Dura Ace 10 Spd Group The Aerios is Seven's most popular frame in the extensive lineup because it is both light weight and responsive making it great for club riding, group rides, centuries, and everything in between. The Aerios Double butted Ti tubing featuring the top quality, U.S.-sourced seamless 3-2.5 titanium and proprietary butting technology.

Frame size 37cm c.c

Top tube length- 46 cm

Frame-Seven Aerios 3-2.5 Titanium

Fork-Seven Reynolds Ouzo pro

Shifters-Ultegra

Derailurs- Dura Ace

Stem-Ritchey Pro

Handlebars-ITM Millenium

Wheel- AmericanClassic Sprint 350 650

Cassette- Dura Ace
Brakes-Dura Ace

Seat- Vitesse Fizzik

Seatpost-Thomson Maserpiece




Actually, $1,100 seems like a pretty low price for a Seven--even a really small one--and it's possible that this is a scam. Either that, or the bike was stolen from Dave Zabriskie's house. (It's too small for him, but it might have belonged to one of his Marvel Sideshow statues.) However, if it's legit, I think the owner of the Seven with the giant head tube should purchase it as a companion piece:


Then he can take a picture of it with his cat using the litter box in the background.

Incidentally, the ad specifies "full Dura Ace," though the bike has Ultegra shifters and a non-series compact crank. Maybe this is the new Dura Ace 7900, which I understand Shimano actually specs with Ultegra shifters now due to the current state of the economy. Also, the bike has a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost. Many people don't realize that unlike the Thomson Elite post, the Masterpiece requires a proprietary grease:



This will not only keep the post from seizing in the frame, but will also make it delicious. They even make a special compound specifically for crabon frames:



It's also guaranteed to liven up your next "Peleton" sandwich from Boneshakers.

154 comments:

wishiwasmerckx said...

Can it be?

Anonymous said...

Top 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nose bleed.

sprider said...

Top 10!

BadBeard said...

booger

Anonymous said...

Top Tenticle

Anonymous said...

top tenski!

Pack Phil said...

We need a ruling--is that technically a mullet?

Anonymous said...

brake the chain!

Anonymous said...

"brake the chain?"

the illusion is gone.

Surly Bastard said...

Top ten? No ...

Anonymous said...

Wrecked again...

...jeez!

RM said...

nice mullet.

RM

Strayhorn said...

I finished the first paragraph singing "and everybody hates the Jews!"

anon 2:11 said...

Yes, BS wants us to all get along. And he is going to show his dedication to the cause by backing further and further away from his mockery of the fixed gear scene and focussing more on links to softcore porn.

Thank you, and don't be afraid to let me know how I can do my part. Rest assured I rushed home to look at the naked picture I could not view from work despite the fact that I had already read the days blog. Artificially creating traffic to a site that spreads the message of love is not only honorable, it's necessary in this bland world of cynicism.

You humble servant,

Me.

Anonymous said...

Woot! Woot!

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 12:41pm,

Aaaah! I have read "brake" written as "break" so many times I can no longer distinguish between the two!

--BSNYC

Anonymous said...

je suis dix-huit

sendmeasnuggie said...

i don't see earbuds in the one dude's photo...not that it matters, but, are my eyes going? i am getting older, it's true. perhaps i should turn on this booklight...

strayhorn - what is that from? it's on the tip of my tongue...

Scott said...

Is that a cat or a dog? I'd think the cat would be taking the wizz on top of the bike?

sendme... said...

weimeranner

anon 2:11 said...

Sure, blame teh internets.

ant1 said...

ant1st!

Gaye Hypsters on Fixies aka Critical Ass said...

According to the Craigslist bicycle sizing guide, the Seven must have been custom Built for Matt Roloff.

cp said...

The CL ad for the small Seven looks somewhat recycled. Look at any of the "SGV" ads on LA's bikes for sale:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/bik/1051474072.html

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/bik/1051469327.html

etc.

Same siding, paving stones and plant. Amusing.

Udder said...

The USA TT rider is a fraud. Based on his mullet, he's clearly a Canadian and should be riding a mapleleaf-adorned bike.

Wind tunnel tip: He could gain valuable seconds distributing flyers by using gel to mold his hair into a teardrop aero helmet shape.

Luck E. said...

KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Sauces are rich and thick, adding smoky and sweet flavor to every bite. They're great for broiling, baking and grilling, and as a cycling component lubricant.


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Shane said...

Bikesnob:
Thank you for mentioning the mighty OSOBIKE. There is an auction going on at Ebay if anybody is interested.
Shane

CommieCanuck said...

If it's all business from the front, all party from the back, ...it's a mullet. Even our dogs have mullets up here.

It keeps the neck warm.

The aero advantage using sculpting gel has been so done.

Anonymous said...

but who do triathletes hate? Oh. Themselves.

ken e. said...

great post! i would like to defend canada, multiple riding disciplines, and mullets, but don't have enough hair, aerodynamic crabon stuff, or bikes that actually work. damn.

smartypants said...

@anon 1:38:

But we hide it with out type-A personalities!

Nick said...

Who do the BMX guys hate?


MTbers and fixters for doing mediocre BMX tricks on the wrong bikes and calling themselves extreme.

Cookie said...

thats Maserpiece,
not Masterpiece if you please.

Jim said...

Sendmeasnuggie - I think that's from Tom Lehrer's "National Brotherhood Week."

frilly said...

anon 1:38, au contraire, mon amie. No self hate here.

And where exactly are you in the cycling spectrum?

tominator said...

Yup:

ARTIST: Tom Lehrer
TITLE: National Brotherhood Week
Lyrics and Chords


[ Abdim7 = xx0101 ]

Oh, the white folks hate the black folks
And the black folks hate the white folks
To hate all but the right folks
Is an old established rule

/ E B7 / - E / E7 A / B7 EE7 /

But during National Brotherhood Week
National Brotherhood Week
Lena Horne and Sheriff Clark
Are dancing cheek to cheek
It's fun to eulogize
The people you despise
As long as you don't let 'em in your school

/ A - / E - / B7 - / E E7 / A - / E - / B7 - EA EB7 EA EB7 /

Oh, the poor folks hate the rich folks
And the rich folks hate the poor folks
All of my folks hate all of your folks
It's American as apple pie

But during National Brotherhood Week
National Brotherhood Week
New Yorkers love the Puerto Ricans
'Cause it's very chic
Step up and shake the hand
Of someone you can't stand
You can tolerate him if you try

Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants
And the Hindus hate the Moslems
And everybody hates the Jews

But during National Brotherhood Week
National Brotherhood Week
It's National Everyone-Smile-At-
One-Another-hood Week
Be nice to people who
Are inferior to you
It's only for a week, so have no fear
Be grateful that it doesn't last all year!

/ A - / E - / B7 - / E E7 / A - / E - / B7 - E Abdim7 /
/ F#7 B7 E - /

Isolation Helmet said...

Bikesnob-

As a cyclist that rides a road bike a touring bike a mountain bike and a fixed gear bike (with front and rear brake) I hate myself soooo much. Thanks for enlightening me and giving me someone to admire.

Scott Pendleton said...

I saw the Lotus guy at the AToC, but I didn't realize the World's Greatest Madone was also in LA! Both of them, living in the same city? Frightening!

GenghisKhan said...

Cat?! That ain't no cat--that's some sort of helper monkey relieving him/herself!

db said...

The more I think about this post, the more I think my head will explode.

1. The Lotus rider photo is my new desktop photo. Even though I don't have 10% of the bike knowledge that Snob has, I know that this is way, way wrong.

2. One guy rides a Lotus, and his arch-nemisis hangs out at a yoga studio. That can't be a coincidence.

3. RE: motivational audio. When did Marti DeBergi become a Shaolin master?

4. The Mini Seven: My money says it is being let go by a veteran chimp racer. I'd ask why the rack isn't included.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Genghis,

I know it's a dog--I'm just saying he should also buy the mini-Seven and take a picture of it with his cat. (Or at least a tiny dog.)

--RTMS

Test Tickle said...

I love a man in white. Especially one who wears Reeboks. Reminds me of them good ol' days of listening to Hellhammer's "The Reaper," which we used to change the lyrics to "The Reebok," while we admired our tight tucked in jeans into our new 'boks. Ah, nostalgia....

sendme... said...

jim and tominator, thanks! i played a whole show of lehrer stuff, how can i forget? funny.

streepo said...

Isolation Helmet..

I too ride several types of bikes and thus hate myself. But I noticed you didn't list a tri-bike. I don't ride one either so we can hate the triathletes more than ourselves.

Anonymous said...

why tri when you can succeed?

Kelvin Mulcky said...

Anyone know what those nipple-like bar end cover are for on Lotus Guy's whip? There is cable running out of them. Are they erotic brake levers? do you twist or pinch to actuate?

Surly Bastard said...

I don't think Triathletes hate. Being incapable of shame (arm-warmers with sleeveless midriff jerseys) what makes you think they have any emotions at all?

From watching videos of them collapsing and dying like lemmings on finishing-line beaches it's obvious that they don't even possess the instinct of common, everyday self-preservation. So the idea that they can't hate seems to follow.

Now me, I'm not a triathlete. I'm a highly evolved individual. I hate just about everybody.

MINGUStheMECHANIC said...

Snob,
Shane is gonna kick your ass , eventually sue you or convince to buy one of those things.

I only hate short roadies.

This weekend i will ride my full suspension to monstertrack, I'd like to race but they won't let me, hell didn't they learn what its like to be excluded at the TOC.

GenghisKhan said...

BSNYC-Yeah, I hear ya, but I'm tellin' ya, making it out to be a helper monkey has so much mor comedic potential--roll with it, just roll with it! ;o)

Anonymous said...

Is it Dick Dale? If so, shouldn't that bike be painted gold metalflake?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Genghis,

Excellent point. Actually, I think you get a free helper monkey with a Seven--if you drop your chain on a group ride your helper monkey can put it back on for you so you don't get dropped from the group ride. They'll also fetch Clif bars from your jersey pockets.

--RTMS

GenghisKhan said...

I soooooooo want a helper monkey; he could respond to these blogs and I could do some actual work--no, wait, the other way around!

bikesgonewild said...

...just when i start to open the door a little...
...just when i think it's ok to accept & be accepted...
...just when i think "here's someone who gets it...here's someone sharing a vision wherein we as cyclist's can "all" live in harmony & mutual respect"...

...but nooo !!!...just like "that" (the sound of snapping fingers) my hopes are again ripped asunder, blindly dashed on the cold, hard ground of reality & despair...

...cyclocross riders, even as an oft maligned 'group', have always been the "lone wolves" of cycling & once again, without a mention today in this august journal, well i guess it just ain't gonna change...

...bitter ???...resentful ???...nah, not at all...we've been outsiders too long for that...
...but abjectly disappointed ???...you betcha, mister...no doubt about that...

Matt! said...

A banging week, Snob. And Southern CA has really shown itself as ripe for make funnery.
But most of us probably already knew this.

worm irks said...

That's no bike for a chimp. Look at the length of those cranks. Chimps have short legs.

Some other primate (that doesn't pedal around corners) perhaps?

libertyonbikes! said...

NICK - bmx kids hate everyone, even their best friends (when they're next to them).they just laugh at the fixed gear, until
they hit the mid 20's and need to date.

tri's?
I guess I don't even care to understand, so I heckle.
There's more to riding than going REALLY fast on a flat straightaway.
and no one wants to see me in a speedo. And generally most tend to be way to neurotic to enjoy being around.

And until I'm SO old or haggard that my back is fused together: I won't even try to understand recumbents.

Cyclocross? what's not to like about abuse, cold, mud, beers...?
It's what you get if you gave a mountain biker a road bike for christmas.

Roadies? well, alot lean way to close to the triathlete state of mind. Junk miles? what are those?
It's hard to relate, because I'm not uptight enough, too young, or in the wrong income bracket.

and fixed gear? if you're still on a fixed in a couple years - good for you, but most likely I'll see you in a Mini Cooper as soon as your income bracket changes.

GenghisKhan said...

BGW--I thought you were gonna say you were a recumbent rider... That'd a group of lone wolves (Can you have a "group" of "lone" anything? Hmmm...)

Anonymous said...

Lance appears to be adjusting his riding position off the bike.

That or he's gettin some special training

GenghisKhan said...

LOB-Fixies-Income Brackets-Mini- Coopers--too, TOO funny! Thanks and Thanx!

333 said...

funny... that baby seven is going for $3700 in los angeles. screaming deal.

Shram said...

Shane:
There is an auction going on at Ebay? That's different.

anon2:29:
that was sweet. Best under-10 word post ever.

bikesgonewild said...

...yahoo news headline:- "• Scientists find 1.5 million-year-old footprints in men's size 9"...

...yep...& it's obvious they were wearing sidis at the time...that'd be about a euro size 43...

Sprocketboy said...
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Carissa said...

Bear-themed or did you mean bare-themed?

I was secretly hoping for something with teeth and fur.

It's coming I'm sure. I'll wait. Probably more of a fall fashion item. (I just got so excited I spilled coffee on my keyboard.)

Anonymous said...

I think thats the Dude on that Lotus.

Sprocketboy said...

GenghisKhan: of course you can have a group of lone wolves. Wasn't there are a recent election somewhere that featured a "team of mavericks?"

Surly Bastard said...

BGW:

As to the cyclocross dismissal, I noticed that too. As part of the 'cross culture,' I thought why, why Lord are we always the forgotten ones? Why no mention by snobby today? Why are we the last ones to have one or two cross bikes reviewed on the last page of Bicycling Magazine's Buyer's Guide, right after the kid's plastic Big Wheels? Why does Levi get headline coverage in Velonews for the sunglasses he's wearing when Katie Compton get practically no mention for winning a World Cup race?

A guess it's because we just keep our heads down and keep our mouths shut ... and hope nobody noticed how bad we fucked up the grass in the city park.

GenghisKhan said...

SprocketBoy--looks like you got edited, but I saw the post--team of mavericks-more too funny stuff!

Surly Bastard--you guys ride on public owned parks grass that my taxes pay for? WTF?! I always thought it was deer herds visting their old haunts--guided by helper monkeys, of course (Which, BTW, ride goats in order to keep up!).

grog said...

Snobby,
"Hate" is such a strong word; you can do better than that.

I literally get chills when I imagine what it would be like to see these two riders in head-to-head COLLISION.

We mountainbikers consider all the Freds out there to be our helper-monkeys.

You're welcome.

innerlighter said...

I think the flyers strapped to the Lotus's aero bars are the tckets he is using to raffle off his dignity.

Also I'm betting Bart Kaufman is listening to this

meh.

mulleteer said...

"Indeed, the tool that can break this chain of hate has yet to be invented, and as much as I long for a day when we can all live in harmony and mutual respect I fear that day lies far in the future."

Indeed, I would like to have read this in its original form, for shouldn't we all endeavour to brake the chains of hate, rather than mashing them with our big gears?

But then we become the tool, and as Confucius said (in some translations), "A proper man is not a tool" (variant translations have it as "dish"), and of course we should aim to be proper men. This leaves us the conundrum that we must continue to hate, if we read literally and think too much about these things.

Break is nice too. If such a ChainOfHateBreaker hasn't been invented, at least it can be photoshopped.

GenghisKhan said...

I'm pretty certain we are all tools...

bikesgonewild said...

...surly bastard...yep, it's all so true...i read yer post w/ such anguish & concern...& wasn't it pink floyd (no, not 'that' floyd) who sang "got to keep the loonies off the grass"...

...& genghiskhan...re:- recumbent riders...
...good lord, man...it may not always (or ever) be obvious but i do retain a modicum of decency, a shred of self respect...

...just sayin'...

sendmeasnuggie said...

thanks for noticing shram, that was my bon mot, just was too lazy to type in a name....i do like it though, i see t shirts

Anonymous said...

Ironically those pamphlets you deride are about a future in which we all love and respect one another.

Anonymous said...

if you don't tri you'll never fail

Jim said...

>>>what makes you think they have any emotions at all?

Well, Triathletes do piss all over their bikes, which is a pretty hateful thing to do.

----------

Anon 2:52 - if Dick Dale was riding that bike, he'd make it look cool. Quite possibly, it would be the coolest looking thing you ever saw. Based on that photo, it does not look cool at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. Ergo, the man on the bike cannot be Dick Dale.

Anonymous said...

good post! you know where this came from.

gnarlygnu said...

great post! check out the sketchy parody Lance tweets at http://lancestweets.wetpaint.com/
feel free to add your own

innerlighter said...

if at first you don't succeed, tri, tri again.



great googly moogly.

ant1 said...

do or do not, there is no tri.

innerlighter said...

nice one ant1.

but Frilly might say,

"don't knock it till you've tri-ed it"

gnarlygnu said...

http://lancestweets.wetpaint.com/

red neckerson said...

the bicyclerers i respects the most are them mezkins they ride rite up to the walmart and hop off there full suspension huffys and lean them up aginst the bushes knowing that no body aint gonna take them and they ride in weather that us ordinary folk dont go in like when its sleeting out and damm if they never get hurt i never seen nothing like it and they dont know how they does it

jolene my ankule aint yor fault after all i done seen the doctor and he says it was ether 'the drip got to yor foot' i dont know what the hell hes talking about or he says its something called saturns gout something about drinking moonshine and shit like that

Anonymous said...

TOP 90!!!

ant1 said...

Innerlighter - I've never knocked Frilly.

Frilly - sorry for making a bad joke somewhat at your expense.

bikesgonewild said...

...fucking twitter...

...all the availability of 'stalking' w/out the wasted travel time & obviousness of hanging around like a douche...

ant1 said...

bgw - it's almost like the police have gotten too good at keeping stalkers at bay, so now the celebrities have to get their "everything I do is interesting to people" fix some other way.

bikesgonewild said...

...now that, ant1 is something we can agree on...

Anonymous said...

As a 'bent rider, I was under the impression that every other cyclist hates us, while we pity every other cyclist for riding those ass hatchets.

innerlighter said...

ant1 and BGW

I agree too.

Maybe the owner of the tall Seven, and Lance can do a collabo photo of the Seven/Lance taking a crap on the grass at a Letle Viride show.

They can post it to Fixamatosis,

or whatever it's called.

GenghisKhan said...

Anyone else find it odd that the "'bent" rider at 4:44PM commented as "Anonymous"? I'm just sayin'... ;o)

GenghisKhan said...

Anyone else find it odd that the "'bent" rider at 4:44PM commented as "Anonymous"? I'm just sayin'... ;o)

Anonymous said...

Snob, thanks for pointing out the new crabon fiber frame material awhile back. Now everytime I skim through a bike magazine and see carbon I swear it reads crabon, and have to re-read the word. See!? Even when I re-read this comment I could have sworn I read crabon!

wishiwasmerckx said...

Helper monkey for the bike? Just a natural evolution form the car industry. Google "trunk monkey."

innerlighter said...

Frilly,

No offense meant by me either,

maybe we're all just tri-curious?

sendme.... said...

i want to ride my tri-cycle

send... said...

tri me

24klbs/ft said...

I know lotusmullet man. He's a solid dude

kale said...

The oversized bottom bracket...isn't the only thing beefy on the Lotus.

If it's ok, I'm still going to keep my disdain for bikers that wear their helmet waaay back. I can't bury that deep enough.

kale said...

I can't believe I couldn't crack 100... I guess I worked or something...

sendme... said...

it's ok kale....tri harder next time

wishiwasmerckx said...

That Lotus is a score, and it upsets us all that the owner obviously doesn't deserve a ride like that, the same way you sometimes see an ordinary shmo with an absolute babe on his arm, and go WTF is SHE doing with HIM?

Surly Bastard said...

GengisKhan

Thanks to your IngeniousKhan thinking we are going to wear deer costumes next cross season so we can ride on your public park grass without being hassled by "the man". It's okay for deer, weather, and Blue Grass Festivals to fuck up the park grass, but not bicycles. It's the law you know.

Note that short guys and gals riding cross bikes the size of that little Seven will be dressed as sheep. So use caution if you try shear, harvest, or sexually molest any sheep you see jumping over 40cm tall barriers in your local park.

kale said...

wiwm-

hotchickswithdouchebags.com

and it's sister site:

hotwhipswithdouchebags.com

Retodd said...

This post confirms what I always suspected: Hybrid riders hate themselves.

Anonymous said...

Here in Tucson we've got our own lone wolf, none other than the Grey Wolf:

http://www.missingsaddle.com/2006/04/04/rider-profile-grey-wolf/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaeeMh7qFhY

Anonymous said...

Plugging KC Masterpiece, huh? hehe. Oh, Snob..

Jason said...

Why is err'body always hatin' on triathletes?

I'm a triathlete.

broomie said...

They hate me in Spin class, too.

Jason said...

I took my fixie to my last Spin class.

jolene said...

i don told you wash that leghand or you get the gimp walk red but you dont lissen now do you

so i gots to go pick me up some scrath its and my roadmaster aint gonna peddle iself

Simon N said...

Personally, I line my valves up to the PSI min/max. Makes more sense to me.

Then again, not shaving your legs makes more sense to me too...

Anonymous said...

Broomie, that's because you insist on wearing your lycra mankini in spin class.

Anonymous 7:30 said...

What ever happened to just riding a bike and enjoying it? And why are there so many tattooed losers? Why can't I just line my valve stems up with the hole in the rim where it was drilled instead of the label on the tire?

asdfghjkl said...

Snob, how dare you. Dog the bounty Hunter has been through enough recently without you subtly mocking his quest for Olympic gold in 2012. You should be ashamed sir.

asdfghjkl said...

Anonymous 7:30, are apathy and generalizations going to make you enjoy riding your bike more? You line your tires up how ever you want. That'll show em.

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows that anyone who is tri-curious is really just gay.

GenghisKhan said...

SB--good to see you gettin' on board, though if you're all dressed up, folks'll just think it's the Single Speed World Cup gone even more horribly perverse than normal...

Eric Randall said...

ROFL OSOBike.
Did you guys listen to the tutorial for assembling the bike?

d. fofonov said...

Bikes Snobs na zimlie nyet.

MJ Klein said...

i ride a recumbent trike and hate no one.

Andy Pandy said...

Frillstrong, sorry for the slow reply as I have been piecing myself back together after being doored. My fav pooch is the German Short haired pointer... just perfect for going shooting and huntin bunny

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the malicious crabon typo and yet somehow I accept the alternate spelling. I've been brainwashed by the steel industry!

Andy Pandy said...

These guys are just taking pamphlet delivery to a new level. Let's face it with a mullet that looks like it could double as a persian rug and a jacket that would illuminate a bat cave up, could you honestly expect these guys to hold down "normal "jobs

Anonymous said...

Lotus guy was just riding is slow circles in the empty parking lot near the exhibition tents watching everyone with furtive, desperate eyes that said "LOVE ME!!! LOVE ME!!" I veered as far as possible from orbits.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, commie canuck for that linke to the domain of horrorphile.

Anonymous said...

Andy Pandy, the German Shorthair is the first cousin to the Weimarainer. Can you post a picture of your bike with your German Shorthair taking a juicy s**t in the background?

Andy Pandy said...

Would love to, but my bike's manufacturers user guide strictly prohibits any animal/ beast to be within a 5m radius of said bike,unless there is an Orthodox Coptic monk there to purify with holy water and hours of prayer to ensure no dark spectres lay foul upon the earth

Anonymous said...

Dont want to make a fuss but I'm sure those are not Ultegra shifters on the gnome seven. Earth shattering as that is..........

Anonymous said...

anyone on 2 wheels should be a tri hater

Anonymous said...

Seven Cycles sucks. Their bikes are a sham, a vast void of quality. They build expensive crap, every bike looks horrible. Trek, please buy Seven so they can fall in line behind Litespeed as more lame ti crap!

ant1 said...

Anon 7:30 - "Why can't I just line my valve stems up with the hole in the rim where it was drilled instead of the label on the tire?"

genius!

Helper Monkey said...

All You Chain of Hate Breakers Suck My Balls Deep

matt said...

a tour at least..

cheers,
http://trek-bicycle-store.blogspot.com

CommieCanuck said...

This just in....:

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, while deputies watched Zabriskie's car parked in a driveway, they watched a man, later identified as 30-year-old Arthur Roll, come in and out of the residence several times to get in the car, Snyder said.

Roll then rode a bicycle – not one owned by Zabriskie – to a nearby convenience store, where he was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle.


OOOooooo...almost perfect if they had caught him buying a Malt liquor on a TT bike and trying to pay for it with a "Wolverine" statue.

I knew it, ...a crazed lone burglarizer.

Arthur Roll.

bikesgonewild said...

...commiecanuk...

...bob's father ???...

CommieCanuck said...

bob's son

Anonymous said...

I don't have time to read all of these comments to see if I'm repeating something already said, but I'm pretty sure I used to see this guy at the San Diego Velodrome back in the early 2000's. One memorable time he rode this very bike in perhaps the longest 4K pursuit I've ever witnessed--it was something like 6:30, which is under 23mph average. Extra tidbit, IIRC he's from a former Eastern Bloc country.

Finally, BS, look up "belie" in the dictionary.

christopher lee said...

http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/bik/1053591832.html

here's another seven with extra tall steertube.

Anonymous said...

Hang on. There is something weird about that picture of the Mini 7. That photo comes from this Craigslist spammer who runs dozens of the same ads every day in the LA Craigslist. He goes by the name "SGV" for San Gabriel Valley. All his photos are taken in the same spot with the same background. Here's an example:
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/bik/1053473104.html

Simon said...

That tiny Seven (the exact same one, same picture and everything) is on sale here in LA for $3500.

Simon said...

I should read comments before posting them....

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ZaskarLE said...

Most annoying cube-like webpage ever powered by SRAM. I just want to shake my computer like one of those magic eight balls and ask it a question....

http://www.fixedandfreegear.com/singlespeed_e.html

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jay said...

is this SGVbicycles.com legit? i want a fixie bike and considering to purchase one.

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