Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fixed-Gear Theme Vacations: Getting There is Half the Fun, Filming It is the Other Half

Yesterday morning, I rode my bicycle to downtown Manhattan. It was a wet day, though I nonetheless was able to savor the dryness of the seat of my pants afforded me by my full front and rear fenders. (Yes, it turns out you can spend $30 on fenders instead of $180 on pants and still remain dry.) Locking my bicycle in front of a food vending cart (I hoped that, should someone attempt to steal my cockpit again, the vendor might be inclined to stab the thief with a shish-kabob skewer) I then boarded a so-called PATH train and forded the mighty Hudson River to Jersey City, where I appeared on the radio station WFMU. If you'd like to hear the interview, it is here, in between bursts of ambient noise:








I should warn you, though, that the "Twitteroni" have already deemed me smug, "adenoidal," and irritating:

I had to plug the word "adenoidal" into a popular search engine (I thought it was Hebrew for "Lord") and it turns out it means "nasal"--which, given the 140-character Twitter limit, would have been a better word, since it would have left him with a few spare letters with which to call me a "douche." I'm not concerned though, since I fully embrace the fact that I am smug, nasal, and irritating, and if anything it's a miracle I'm not even more so, since the predominant manner of speech in the place I spent my formative years is so utterly nasal, braying, and irritating that it would have a non-New Yorker bleeding from the ears and mainlining Sudafed within seconds. (I attribute the fact that my irritating nasality is somewhat tempered to the fact that I went to summer camp at a young age, which is where I heard the letter "R" pronounced for the first time.)

Anyway, if you too find my speech irritating, you can always pick up the May issue of "Outside" magazine:

(Bear Grylls has not heard of a loofah.)

In it, there is a story I wrote about my trip to Portland (that's a city in Oregon where they like bikes), as well as something about "Rapha's natty, convertible wool blazer," which I did not write and have not seen yet but which also promises to be entertaining in the way that only cycling-themed blazers can be:

As the summary indicates, I did indeed go to Portland "undercover," flushing my sinuses with a Neti Pot on an hourly basis in order to disguise my telltale adenoidal whine, and I even tried the game known as "bike polo," after which I scoured myself for three hours with Simple green and a Pedro's Pro Brush Kit. Incidentally, if there's any actual information contained in the article, you can thank crack researcher (that's "crack" as in "ace," not "crack" as in "New Jack City") Jennifer Schwartz of "Outside," who provided me with the facts and background I was too lazy and incompetent to find for myself. (I was too busy in Portland riding my bike and urinating frequently due to the fact that the coffee was much stronger than what I am used to.)

Moving on, in cycling in particular and popular culture in general, there are some things that are "cool," and other things that are "uncool." It can be difficult to quantify coolness and uncoolnes, (both of them having to do with timing, serendipity, and context as much as anything else), but like pornography and vomit you just know it when you see it. In the world of bikes, for example, fixed-gears and "vintage" road bikes are "cool," while recumbents and flat-bar road bikes are "uncool." And beyond bikes, there are even some ethnic groups that are "cool" and "uncool" among the "hipsterati." For example, Jews are totally uncool:

Whereas Arabs are cool:

This is because Hasidic Jews (with their minivans and children and lame outfits) remind "hipsters" of their parents who keep threatening to stop helping them with their rent, whereas Arabs evoke insurrection and resisting America and other things that make their parents uncomfortable. This is why "hipsters" still wear "keffiyeh" scarves:

(In the "hipster" universe "Getting Fucked Up" and "Tonguing Each-Other" are Pillars of Islam.)

While the tallis has yet to (and will almost certainly never) catch on:

("I can't believe my father is making me do this. I am so going to start wearing a keffiyeh when I move to Williamsburg.")

It would stand to reason, then, that one day the Arab world would come to serve as a backdrop to what promises to be the most "epic" fixed-gear video the "bike culture" has ever seen:



The above is a short description of an upcoming film called "Where are the Pyramids?," which I saw mentioned on "Bike Blog NYC" (which is "curated" by that guy who famously fell for the classic "Let me see your bike real quick" flim-flam awhile back). Where are the pyramids indeed? Well, it took me about four seconds to find out, thanks to the potent combination of a popular search engine and a popular user-edited online encyclopedia:

However, sometimes it's not enough to simply read about something online. Sometimes you've got to find out for yourself. Furthermore, in the "hipster" universe, you've also got to find out for yourself in a totally impractical way that allows you to showcase yourself and your lifestyle on camera. We've seen this before. For example, in "London To Paris," some "hipsters" ride their track bikes from London to Paris:



The mustache, incidentally, is the "hipster" equivalent of a power meter, and as you can see the fact that his is nearly horizontal indicates that he is moving at quite a clip.:

There was also that movie called "Junkun," in which some "hipsters" ride their track bikes from Tokyo to Osaka while wearing crooked helmets and kitchy souvenirs they pick up along the way:

In "Where are the Pyramids?," however, the stars are doing their predecessors one better by going to Egypt. Furthermore, each rider has a formidable résumé:

The inclusion of the "incumbent fixed gear sprint European Champion" alone would make this a not-to-be-missed cinematic event, but when you throw in the "winner of the 1st dispo alleycat in Vienna" and noted "fixed gear freak" Herr Karl you've got the fixed-gear equivalent of "Ocean's 11" meets "Lawrence of Arabia." By the way, I don't know who's who, but I'm guessing this one is "Sailor:"

I don't know who this is either, but the fact that he rides with both a floor pump and what appears to be a riot helmet means he is not the sort to leave things to chance:


Also, I don't want to spoil anything, but the "Five Fearless Fixed-Gear Pilots" pick up a time-traveling American Civil War soldier along the way:


They even tempt the ire of serial retrogrouch and uber-curmudgeon Jobst Brandt by flipping their bicycles upside down in order to work on them:

Flipping your bike upside-down in order to work on it is like unrolling a condom before putting it on.

Oh, Egypt, I suspect you are ill-prepared for the strike force of "cool" that is the Five Fearless Fixed-Gear Pilots:



The Five Fearless Fixed-Gear Pilots, however, are more than ready for you:



Don't worry, though, the FFFGPs are not culturally insensitive; they at least have the good sense to trackstand in the middle of the street for awhile so that the locals have time to get used to them:

But there is a tense moment when one of the "pilots" dodges a truck and almost takes out a woman in a burka:


Still, there is no greater rush than knowing that you are the only fixed-gear riders in a city of millions of people, making you the most "street credulous" riders in it by default:


It's also vital to keep telling yourself this in order to sustain your morale, since the fact that you need a $200 bag and a $2,000 bicycle to deliver envelopes is in stark contrast to the fact that a typical cyclist in Cairo can easily carry an 80lb basketful of bread on his head without any special equipment:

I guess in one sense, "cool" is the art of making something that is easy and cheap look hard and expensive. I guess this is also why Egyptians don't feel compelled visit places like New York, London, and Vienna in order to make videos of themselves carrying bread.

Anyway, I haven't seen the whole film, but I'm imagining the final scene in which the FFFGPs crest a desert hill with their laughably impractical bicycles and catch their first glimpse of the pyramids is an inspiring one:

Just as the Pharaos build the pyramids so that they might live forever, the FFFGPs have created an enduring monument to their own self-indulgent lifestyle and edgy fashion sense. The "vacation as art" may indeed be greatest intellectual contribution of the so-called "bike culture."

136 comments:

Anonymous said...

BANG

Anonymous said...

podeeum

SD friend said...

when i first started reading this blog and reading the first comments i thought all the "first" and "podium" and "top ten" comments referred to the post being one of the best ones ever written. and it seemed like each post was good enough to be considered one of the best. it didnt occur to me that people would comment before reading the post.
then i started looking at the times the first comments were written and realized there was no way someone could read that fast.

ringcycles said...

Podium!

Anonymous said...

So close...

Anonymous said...

win!

Nogocyclist said...

Top 20

Bad Lawyer said...

top ten?

Hans said...

top ten?

Anonymous said...

Adenoid!

thegock said...

in the pack...

Bad Lawyer said...

SDfriend--

At my drycleaners, there's a seeing eye that triggers a buzzer. It's arranged so that the thrid person in line sets off the buzzer. I was standing second in line one day when someone cluelessly stood while the buzzer, buzzed away, he said "what's that?" Another customer said, "an IQ test." I still laugh at that . . .

ringcycles said...

Oh so close. Just wait until hipster touring neophytes discover Rivendell. Grant won't know what hit him or how to get rid of it.

Jefe said...

top 20.

Astroluc said...

(not)FRST PLCE

ant1 said...

ant1st!

Adrian said...

i flipped my BadBoy upside down just yesterday to "curate' a new tire onto the rear rim. What would this old tosser have said about changing a front tire on a Lefty without even removing the wheel..heresy.

hillbilly said...

hear any good duck jokes lately, anyone?

but weren't the front of your pants still totally soaked, warranting a change of pants?

OBA said...

AP on the BSNYC!

Bad Lawyer said...

phylacteries look a lot like those bike lites you can get from the Nashbar catalog.

Speaking of weird style diktats, I can officially declare the Tweed-douche look, over, since it has made it to Cleveland and if anything apart from an NBA championship makes it to Cleveland, it's by definition not cool anymore.

Todd said...

If it helps your esteem any, I thought Terry Gross was a dude for a very longtime.

Will Handsfield said...

Cat Upgrade!

Anonymous said...

In a perfect world you would speak with John K's (where did I put my weed? Aw fuck, just go get me some more) voice. But the world's not perfect. You're cool enough for government work.

rezado said...

hi-rez

rezado said...

Did the "sailor" have a keffiyeh wraped around his headtube?

ringcycles said...

BSNYC: worry not, David Sedaris has made being nasal and irritating/irritated into high art, and quite a career for himself. You could do worse.

rural 14 said...

ant 2nd!
top 23rd

LoRoK said...

Picked up a time traveling civil war soldier…wow that had me spewing my coffee! Too funny today, Snob! Thanks.

Jefe said...

Screw "feedmeshow Adam." He's both wrong about you and Terry Gross. I thought the interview was great. However, Bob did not seem to pick up on your disdain for David Byrne's autobiography of "bicycle culture."

g-roc said...

Ooh, the ironic insult. Adenoidal. I feel smug just typing that word. Adenoidal. Adenoidal. Adenoidal. Verbal foffage. I'm sleepy now.

The man in the yellow hat said...

No matter how I try, the condoms wont stay on my nose.

Neil said...

I guess someone told this crew about their basic human rights.
http://tiny.cc/c4cbh
Thank God they made a movie about it - we're all better for it.

Adam / @feedmeshow said...

@Jefe: Have you ever seen Terry Gross? Peerless interviewer. Face made for radio.

As for adenoidal and smug, having been unfortunate enough to hear the nasal whine of my own recorded voice, all I can say is that it takes one to know one.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that the guy that smashes the pizzas?

Anonymous said...

BSNYC, when does the interview start. I'm not listening to 3 hours of nonsense....

IBS said...

I like the cut of his jib

db said...

Jeezus, it's easier to find Giza than the interview in the middle of the WFMU drone-cast.

EPIC SCAN

Glad Bob can lock his bike now. That's a real milestone.

Daddo said...

forward one section at a time until you get to "your DJ speaks at around 1:10.

db said...

@anon 1:23: 50 min. mark

Anonymous said...

previously,the only cyclists to identify themselves as "pilots" were recumbent affectionados.

g said...

I am not sure if I would want my public or private nickname to be
"Mike Sailor Seemann". Makes me think of Andrew Dice Clay and asking: "Is that your name or what you do? Ooohhhh!"

And, the hat doesn't help.

Frank Eeckman said...

Truman Capote?

ronnie raygun said...
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VoiceSnob said...

Your voice isn't as good as John K, but it is equal to John G, and way better than Terry Gross.

ronnie raygun said...

Oh please let the new level of street cred be based on how many loaves you can carry in your head basket while track standing! Finger(-bangs) crossed.

B. O'Reilly said...

I don't care much for Terry Gross.

grog said...

PEER AMID

tedgrant said...

the thing about the london to paris trip, other than apparently idiot fixed riders outside america dont need helmets because they "dont have time to crash, dont have time to be scared" is that

THERE IS A 12 MILE WIDE BODY OF WATER IN BETWEEN THE TWO CITIES!

apparently Jesus has returned and brought a fixed gear with him to ride on water

Anonymous said...

"Christina "Flow" Hauser, incumbent fixed-gear sprint European Champion"? Has anyone told Lyubov Shulika and Rebecca James?

Pontius Pilate said...

HAIL CSZR

-P.P.

Georg v.u.z. Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein said...

A.E.I.O.U.:

Austria Est Imperare Orbi Universo

ant1 said...

tedgrant - if you're zen enough, water is no obstacle.

Karl Friedrich said...

We are the coolest cats ja! We did not come to your country to enslave you like our forebearers. Nein! We are brand new! We came to party and to show you our cultural wealth. Next we go to the Gaza Strip!

Jefe said...

I apologize for being attracted to Terry Gross. I'm sure most of the commenters are devestatingly handsome Cat. 1/pro riders, who settle for nothing less than podium girls. Shouldn't you people be training instead of posting gratuitous insults? Adam? Bill O?

Matt said...

Tedgrant, it's a 22 mile wide body of water at it's narrowest point and low tide. Nice ferry ride, though.

What Would Jesus Ride?

Concerned 2.0 said...

Great post today Snob! Better then yesterday which left me nonplussed. How can it surprise people that you have a nasally NYC accent when your name is BSNYC??? wtf!
Hey didnt nogocyclist give you the code for properly imbedding youtube videos? You should at least try getting your interim to figure it out.

Anonymous said...

Linz - now there's a happening bike messenger town.

Dr. Feel Good said...

I suspect the Paris to London fixsters reached the shores of the English Channel and transformed their bikes into those pontoon-style pedal crafts so that they could be smug about "cycling" the whole way. That or they rode on the Chunnel Train while riding on a trainer.

Anonymous said...

these freak'n faggot homosexual wannabee pole slider hipsters never disappoint! What the hell have these recent disciples of fixed gear bikes been doint with their lives? Don't they realize they are reinforcing the worldwide understanding that hipsters are fucking retarded. Imagine running into some stranger who feels the need to urgently tell you how great it feels being able to fly anywhere instead of walking or driving...now that we have airplanes!!!! fuck all hipsters! they suck buzzard balls because they prefer sucking buzzard balls

Anonymous said...

Fxie in Gaza! That would be great LOL

B. O'Reilly said...

@ Jefe -

I don't ride bikes. I don't train. I don't even like bikes. And I don't like you.

Anonymous said...

I can't stop staring at the bread head man.
That is seriously impressive.

Anonymous said...

Shirtless on a hybrid? Oh my...

Adam / @feedmeshow said...

@Jefe: Hey, man. Each to his own. I'd just rather listen to her articles. Besides, regarding training, I am to a Cat. 1 as Sarah Palin is to Ms. Gross. What's your excuse?

g said...

BRED HEAD
PYRA MIDS
BIKE GIZA

Jefe said...

Bill O, fair enough. Adam, I think you are also Bill O, so you get a pass too. I'll be back on the bike in an hour.

yogisurf said...

Great post Snobby. Choked on my carrots. Great the way you extract every sliver of irony out of these wacky fixie travel movies. I'm waiting for the 'Fixies to Everest' movie...

Isolation Helmet said...

Thanks for posting your interview from WFMU. I made it through the first 8 minutes of the show before I realized you posted the entire show not just your interview.

Being a loyal FMU supporter of many years I look forward to listening to the entire show at some time so that I can actually here the interview but cannot now since my lunch hour does not last three hours.

3G said...

RGHT 2LFT
HAVA NGLA
HAMO TZIE

Great post!

Salty Seattle said...

db-

Thank you for researching the timepoint! Those of us who on the west coast, who are always-- slackerishly--three hours behind you, appreciate our east coast brethren for the work you do for us.

By turns, our efforts are always so 'yesterday' by the time you guys see 'em.

Thanks!

BL-

You bring class to the sass. Thanks!

Salty Seattle said...

Oh! Ooops..


and Will-

Congrats.

Anonymous said...

It's not really a very long bike ride to the pyramids, depending on where you happen to be in Cairo. I wish those jokers had been bitten by dogs. That would make for a good film.

sufferist said...

Great post mr. Snob...thoroughly enjoyed it....

Salty Seattle said...

Okay, I confess..

There's something about boys, bikes and dirt, that has a certain appeal.

I guess that's the equivalent of the 'bad boy' for a road cyclist.

Oh, nevermind. That's downhillers. I hear they have good 'travel' too.

nochain said...

you don't unroll condoms before wearing? well I never

Bad Lawyer said...

I love Terry Gross, 'can't wait for Snob's book tour interview with her. No one will ever top Gene Simmon's classic c'mon with her--and, very ethnic as I recall.

BL

Sigurd said...

Right on, "g". The Dice Man is the best at what he does, and would have reduced those wayward hipsters to quivering heaps of insecurity about two inches tall. I would PAY to watch that.

NOSE
NOIS

luciferyellow said...

I bet the guy with the bread basket even uses brakes. What a poser!

Udder said...

A really unusual and unique bike movie idea would be to film fixed gear riders on a track.

Udder said...

Todd wrote: "If it helps your esteem any, I thought Terry Gross was a dude for a very longtime."

He is. See:http://www.whyy.org/about/pressroom/images/terry_book.jpg

Udder said...

Terry Gross is a dude. Do an image search on Google.

Udder said...

Sorry for the multiple posts...

Oesterreicherin said...

We are sharing because we are caring!

I am the engine said...

So much to observe.

"Adam feed me show" is a douche bag, he is unaware why those who blog are not usually television or radio material. We read you for your smugness, not your nasal voice. What's it to him what your nasal issues are. And I will put a fattwa (sorry can not find the spelling for that one) out on him for saying bad things about Terry Gross, she is what makes NPR the best.

"uber blogger, black op mission, progressive cornucopia"

Wow, can't imagine why Outside magazine circulation numbers are down, and print media is dead. Even you, snob, could not make me pick up that rag.

As a hater, I find this difficult to write. "The pyramids was actually some what entertaining." Would not want to do it, but please do not even compare it to the Junkin film abortion. Those hipster should be neutered.

Nike always made bad promo films, this is no different, and a tad pretentious even for them.

Bad lawyer, I snorted my afternoon red bull after reading the IQ test.
It burns, it burns so bad.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2:20.

Punctuation is not an optional exercise, you douche bag.

Your writing sucks, and your ideas are plebeian.

luciferyellow said...

If all I cared about in my news is whether the anchor is good looking, I'd watch FoxNews, too.

Grumpy said...

I skimmed the radio show (because life is too short) and declare Snob's voice akin to Magnum PI.

Massive Epicosity said...

I'm still waiting for a (pron) film where "Ocean's 69" meets "Lawrence of Alabia."

GOOD PRON

Keith said...

Dammit Snob, you leave 3 hours of audio for us to sift through to listen to your shitty, nasal, whiny interview? WTF!?

I did sift through and listen and now I leave this feedback for you:

I love the "uh-huh" that you uttered into your water cup around 1 hour and 11 minutes. It was reminiscent of an old Outkast Aquemini outtake track. Keep up the good work.

le correcteur said...

Baruch ata adenoidal eloheinu melekh ha olam

Adenoidal means lord-like, not lord!

BSNYC, I laughed at that one; and at the Bar Mitzvah picture combined with your caption.

Anonymous said...

This post is the best in months -and that's saying a lot- with the cultural(?) references and even a Jobst Brandt mention thrown in for good measure. A veritable "tour de force" or maybe even a "tour de farce".

Fixed gear riders riding through Egypt's sands of time, oh my!...
Big bang baby, it's a crash-crash-crash.

Thanks Snob, for this post. Lob bless.

Huggie said...

Someone would have to WANT to critique your voice after hearing that show. Too many people drinking haterade these days I guess...

SanFranNan said...

I'm way smarter than Sarah Palin, and as cute as any Fox news babe.

Pince-nez said...

Baruch atah adenoid...

Anonymous said...

Your voiceway is adorable.

Anonymous said...

Bikesnob sounds a bit like Willie Tanner of Alf fame.

Salty Seattle said...

Man, Snobbie!

Last time you were on the air, at least they compared you to Prince.

Has so much time past that we've forgotten our precious forebears?

Anon 4:54-

I thought Anon 2:20 was soliciting for some hipster-good-lovin' in a language I don't understand.

Oh well. I hope he finds all the effing and ball-sucking he seems to desire.

Flat Bar Fred said...

chuh! my flat bars are comfortable and functional.

flat is where it's at:

Flat is Where it's At said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuNCMYKViN4

Anonymous said...

Making Zionism punk again! This post made me as happy as the Heeb issue with the DRI symbol with a Star of David head. Thanks!

ringcycles said...

Watching the trailer again, all I can think of is a very bad cover of a "vintage" Clash song. "degenerate the faithful, with that crazy casbah sound...."

Anonymous said...

Wow, you couldn't make this shit up

Anonymous said...

"street credulous" or "steet dickulous"

cliff clavin said...

little known fact. ancient egyptians created the fixie. their unique triangular wheel design gave them a distinct advantage over the mesapatamians antiguated round wheel design.

Anonymous said...

If you have the need to cleanse the dust from you palate after witnessing the ridiculosity of touring with track bikes -- behold, many very practical touring bikes:

http://www.pbase.com/canyonlands/fullyloaded

Should I be in church said...

Down graded from Cat 5!

Billy Reid said...

default cred is what i dream for

cyclotourist said...

Here I am, reading late in the evening after all the good posts are already made. Apparently I'm the only one that remembers the prior RTMS/NPR collabo.

sarliaee said...

You've definitely been blessed with an adenoidal voice, a rarity in this day and age. And whilst you weren't irritating you were most definitely smug, but isn't that just living up to your name?

Newman said...

ha ha Costanza:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/27/jason-alexander-seinfeld-_n_554209.html

PCLA said...

thanks anon 11:14, I now have saggy bag envy. nice pics though!

Dan Carpenter said...

It takes an hour or two to cycle from the Cairo museum to the pyramids.

Egyptians don't cycle much except for those bread guys in Cairo. It's too hot.

Egyptians have the saddest bicycles I have ever seen. Plus it's so sandy that they look a million years old all the time.

The bread guys do have special foot pedal breaks on their bikes. It may be that they could catch on in the US. Everyone hates breaks on the handle bars for obvious reasons.

7sp said...

My mental voiceover when reading your blog was always by Stephin Merritt, for some reason.

GOD said...

If Jobst Brandt tells you not to flip your bike for repairs, then DON'T DO IT you little idiots!

agent detroit said...

bad lawyer = bad punctuation

@ringcycles i'm in that video. it was 1982, austin, texas...

DIRT BAG!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon 11:14, thanks for nothing. At your prompting I couldn't resist going to The Fully Loaded Touring Bicycle gallery once again, just one of the many sources of gratuitous bicycle imagery clogging the internet of which I have been trying with great difficulty to ween myself off as of late.
"Is there anything really wrong with looking at some pictures of these exotic beauties with their nice plump European panniers?" you may ask. Well I can tell you, this relatively innocent viewing reopened the synapse gateways that led me back to the more hardcore sites, such as www.cargobikegallery.com, of which I was particularly fond.

The imagery on these types of sites varies and people's perceptions of what is acceptable varies, but generally ease of access and indiscriminate promotion are leading to an addiction epidemic. Group rides in kinky outfits with other consenting adults might be considered acceptable at a remote overnight event, but to be doing this sort of thing in public in broad daylight is wrong. Similarly, it is wrong if you were to post a link to pictures of such activity on a public forum like this.

As for the Cargo bike genre, the bikes in these images are depicted doing anything (and I mean anything). You would be forgiven for thinking that the whole aim of cycling was to see how much your bike can fit. The front, the rear, two or more people on the one bike, cargo everywhere. They don't even seem to care if they lose their load all over the place. Promoting the idea of bicycles doing anything their rider asks of them is irresponsible and corrupts the minds of impressionable cyclists with expectations that may be unrealistic for their bicycle.

To point out the depths of depravity to which this online world can sink it has to be said that there is even a despised subculture of cargo cyclists who involve children.

Another problem is that excessive exposure to images of bicycles with particular uncommon and extreme dimensions may promote unrealistic expectations of bicycle appearance. This dismorphic state of mind can lead to bicycles being subjected to procedures aimed at enhancing certain traits, such as the addition of an Xtracycle kit or even backyard welding jobs. There can be complications with these modifications and in the case of the later the modifications can be irreversible.

For those who would like to conduct further academic research into the nature of the imagery at the centre of this terrible addiction I have included an address at which a cargo bike with five Japanese slow-drippers can be found. It may also be useful before a race, whatever.

http://www.copenhagenize.com/2008/08/espressomanden-ole.html

BIKE PORN

ce

linda said...

USD 0.99 can't buy much but it certainly can help me

Find me 70,000 people worldwide willing to buy virtual lemonade advertisement plot to fund for college

Pixels for Lemonade

ringcycles said...

CE: so one day you are just casually interested in a weekend away and you look for some over-sized panniers. Next thing you know you are meeting a guy with facial tattoos in a back alley shop about welding up a tall bike. I see your point. Such a slippery slope

Blaiser said...

So... I think I actually used the Hipster montage shot on my blog before you, Ace.... but I'm Le Lanterne Rouge when it comes to comments.

Do those two things cancel each other out in terms of my overall "epic" quotient?

James said...

The one dude should have rode his fixed gear recumbent. That would have truly been epic.

ithcy said...

For a minute I was wondering if "incumbent fixed gear sprint" was some kind of inverted-recumbent race and tried to picture a fixed-gear recumbent and how one would ride it while lying face-down. Then I remembered what "incumbent" meant and now I am wondering if she will continue to hold that title until the next fixed gear sprint champion is voted in.

the pyramids.... said...

the pyramids is on my dollah bill!

David said...

Excellent post! Flat bar road bikes are too cool! Is there a permanent link to the adenoidal interview?

Joe said...

Btw, the only way you can crest a sand dune to get to the Pyramids is by going out of Cairo into the desert, then come BACK toward the city. So they would actually have to get off their bikes, walk them past the Pyramids out into the desert, then walk back. Getting to the Pyramids from the city just involves taking the street, since Pyramids Road dead-ends into, uh, the Pyramids.

Ellie said...

Was that a !Three Amigos! reference I heard?

DoNotReact said...

Dear Bike Snob,

Your blog is beset by some really annoying Motorola pop-up window that covers your text, talks annoyingly about some stupid phone, and can't be closed.

Agh!

Wilson

Anonymous said...

you are a true poet delicately turning a phrase to enchant the masses on ny. we are lucky to have you but moving to copenhagen seems like bike heaven here on earth .

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