Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ax(e) Me No Questions and I'll Tell You No Lies: Earnest Goes to Camp

(Ernest was a personality who went to various places in the 1980s.)

Like a reveler who, after a night of drinking, longs for nothing more than healthy food and wholesome company, I occasionally find myself craving earnestness. Whether it's the latest mainstream media attack on cycling, the cloying smugness of the "advocacy" set, the masturbatory self-admiration of "urban cyclists" and the "cycle chic," or just another useless product "drop," it can sometimes seem as though nobody is simply riding a bike without some sort of secondary agenda. It was this craving that compelled me to watch the following video from Streetfilms:

Women In Motion: New Lady Riders Reflect on NYC Cycling from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Of course I realize that, if you're hoping to avoid smugness, watching Streetfilms is about as wise as visiting a porno site if you're hoping to avoid genitals. However, this particular video was refreshingly guileless, and it was a relief to get to the finish of a cycling-themed video without being subject to some "epic" narrative about the transcendence of riding track bicycles from Manitoba to Tierra del Fuego with nothing but some sleeve tattoos and your parents' credit card, or black-and-white images of expensively-clothed riders on handmade road bikes suffering sensually, exquisitely, and self-indulgently, or some people riding around the city on rusty three-speeds while dressed as seahorses to protest the non-closure of their community garden, reclaimed urban sheep farm, or artisanal cheese-making cooperative. No, this video was simply about the fact that more women are riding bikes now. It was about as controversial, titillating, and pretentious as something during which you'd fall asleep in middle school, and I was thankful for it.

However, it's worth noting that, even in a benign video like this, New York City inadvertently displays its exuberant boneheadedness. For example, in roughly two seconds of incidental protected bike lane footage you'll note that almost the entire width of the protected bike lane is taken up by a couple pushing a stroller:

I'm not sure why they're in the bike lane instead of on the sidewalk where Junior is less likely to get coldcocked by an NPR donor on the way home from the food co-op with a basketful of overpriced vegetables, but I'm guessing it's because, like many people, they are under the mistaken impression that the bike lane is a safe haven for all operators of contraptions with wheels, be they skateboarders, Rollerbladers, stroller-pushers, two-legged dachshunds in doggie wheelchairs, or trained parrots driving remote control dune buggies. Or, I suppose she might be using one of those Taga rideable strollers I mentioned yesterday, which is the child-portaging equivalent of a riding lawnmower and, in the politics of bike lane ethics, admittedly a gray area.

Also not especially boneheaded but still noteworthy in the context of my mention of "preening bag whores" yesterday was this rider who appeared a second later:

Even though he seems to be wearing some sort of messenger bag already he's also carrying a giant colorful shopping bag, and I can only assume he's returning from a spree at that new Chrome store in SoHo and that the bag is full of yet more bags.

Anyway, after that things settled down for a bit--that is until the next bit of incidental protected bike lane footage, in which a rider in the red jersey of the Vuelta a España race leader came tearing into the shot, almost taking out a pedestrian:

I knew I'd seen something similar in a different Streetsfilm, and I began to contemplate the possibility that the "Red Flash" was some sort of serial smug movie "photobomber." So I rummaged around in my archives (which sounds a bit like a euphemism for playing "pocket pool," which is itself a euphemism) and found that Streetsfilm. It turns out that not only is it the same rider, but it's also the exact same bike lane footage:


This impressed me, for Streetfilms is so ecologically-minded that they even recycle their digital footage.

In any case, clearly New York is becoming a gentler city, and we've both sacrificed and gained in the process. Sure, trading CBGBs for a John Varvatos store was a loss, but a city in which a someone feels comfortable enough to start riding a bike is arguably a benefit. Plus, there are plenty of other rough neighborhoods left in which to open new scummy clubs that will eventually destroy those neighborhoods through gentrification, and so the cycle of urban life continues. No doubt one day the pigeons of New York City will alight and defecate on a statue of David Byrne, gentrification's patron saint--unless things are so sanitary by then that event the pigeons are gone.

Speaking of sanitizing things that were once utilitarian and gritty, you may remember the Best Made Company, whose founder, Peter Buchanan-Smith, paints the handles of $50 Snow & Nealley Hudson Bay Camping Axes and then sells them to complete idiots for $200 (not including the "axe sling," which costs these idiots an additional $195). Well, if you've got a cord of firewood in your Williamsburg condo that is badly in need of splitting (or, more likely, a cord of decorative wood that would look even better with a decorative ax(e) next to it) and have been debating whether or not to buy one of these bedazzled axes, perhaps this video will help you make up your mind:

CHOP (preview) from Peter Buchanan-Smith on Vimeo.

This is a preview for "CHOP: a series of short films celebrating the collision between a Best Made axe and wood," which will "drop" this fall--presumably right in time for fireplace and flannel season. Even though I haven't seen the actual series, this preview is nevertheless more than enough to convince me of two things: 1) A $50 axe can indeed chop wood; and 2) Buying a Best Made ax(e) is the grown-up equivalent of playing with Matchbox cars and making "vroom-vroom" noises. In fact, being enchanted and mystified by the completely ordinary is the hallmark of the Best Made Company "customer" (or, more accurately, "mark"). Consider this excerpt from an interview with a presumably satisfied ax(e) owner:

(It's like "The Shining," only he's pretentious instead of psychotic.)

- what skill, trade, craft, or hobby would you like to learn most and why?

I keep trying to think of something better than a pitmaster, but I can’t. As I’ve gotten older, cooking’s become more important to me, but my kitchen instincts, while competent, are hardly anything to write home about. Mastering a craft like BBQ would satisfy my desire to get wise in at least one dedicated area of culinary prep and execution. Moreover, in order to do it properly, time and concentration are required and I’m interested in having at least one task throughout my month which requires focus on a singular project over an extended block of time. Not only that, but BBQ has the power to bring friends and family together so it has the added draw of pooling good company. Lastly, (and I can’t imagine I’m telling anyone the news here), but BBQ is absolutely delicious, so there’s that also. Dear Lord, please make me a BBQ pitmaster.


What the hell is it with these people and their inability to barbecue? How is inviting some people over for hamburgers a daunting and formidable task which "requires focus...over an extended block of time"? Consider also Buchanan-Smith's own "axe epiphany:"

Then came the ax epiphany. When Graeme Cameron, a Canadian environmental entrepreneur and Mr. Buchanan-Smith’s best friend from summer camp, came to visit that January, the two embarked on a gastronomic adventure to prepare Mr. Cameron’s birthday dinner — a whole day spent gathering ingredients in Manhattan, like $200 worth of wagyu. But when they realized they wanted to cook that pricey steak on an open grill, they were stymied.

I find it simultaneously comical and horrifying that Best Made Company bedazzled ax(e) owner Matt Dorfman of Brooklyn, NY, "environmental entrepreneur" Graeme Cameron of Canada, and glorified fingerpainter Mr. Buchanan-Smith cannot among them muster the wherewithal to simply ignite some charcoal and cook some meat on top of it. It must be incredibly crippling to be "stymied" by your own pretense to this extent, and hopefully liberal arts institutions like Sara Lawrence and Oberlin address the problem by offering degrees in Modern Grilling. In the meantime, hopefully Dorman, Cameron, and Buchanan-Smith never find themselves getting shipwrecked, for I'm sure they'd die of starvation while they argued over the best way to prepare the last of the canned rations.

Of course, as cyclists we can all gloat, since no cyclist would ever overpay for something cheap just because of its "colorway:"



Actually, it looks kind of like a Best Made ax(e):

It's a short ride from minimalist to insidious.

You can, however, still get lost along the way and wind up in the Land of Absurdity. Consider this "electric fixie" which was forwarded to me by a reader:
If Electric Fixie were a band instead of an actual bicycle, I could certainly see them performing at Dorfman, Cameron, and Buchanan-Smith's pretentious barbecue.

114 comments:

samh said...

Podium girls are beautiful and talented young women who work under trying and stressful conditions. They adhere to a strict code of conduct and are supervised closely. They are well rehearsed, gracious, and poised under very difficult circumstances.

Anonymous said...

first?
JN

Anonymous said...

http://www.evbogue.com/

Anonymous said...

third?
JN

Anonymous said...

He's a handsome sum-bitch

Paul Bowen said...

Podi...d'oh!

mander said...

Top Ten!!

Anonymous said...

JN -- YOU SUCK!

ringcycles said...

McNuggets!

Tap said...

hey BSNYC....call the Crap Curation via bicycle what it truly is....Festoonery

Ed said...

almost

Anonymous said...

Big time

JN

Astroluc said...

woah... slow... just finished reading yesterdays post. I'm minimalist with my time.

Koba said...

AXE DCHE

ant1 said...

ant1st!

Anonymous said...

I prefer a maul over an axe for wood splitting anyway.

Avoids all the pretension.

yofilly said...

epiphany.gastronomic.wagyu.stymied. I'm cramping up.

hillbilly said...

I think that most things probably stymie that trio of brainiacs.

streepo said...

I would guess those three are lucky they don't have to think to breathe.

Impressionable Doofus said...

Only about $400 to be able to prance around like a moron with an ax(e) strapped to my back? Shoot, I can't even get the cassette on my Serotta replaced for that.

streepo said...

Speaking of Serottas, I saw two Mehi Vicis in the wild Saturday. Thinking I was talking to dentists I asked the gentleman to have a look at my sore tooth. Turns out they were Serotta employees. Crap.

Paul Bowen said...

Did the people at Rivendell think an actual link would be "too twitchy"?

Isolation Helmet said...

Those axes remind me of the repainted Surly Cross Check I saw on Bikerumor.com yesterday

http://www.bikerumor.com/2010/09/13/twinsix-x-handsome-cycles-speedy-devil-frameset/

ant1 said...

damn samh. nice work on the double.

ringcycles said...

A little known in the Northeast, but important fact; Grilling ain't bar-b-que. Bar-b-que is slowing cooking of large slabs of meat over smoke (typically for 4-12 hours) So it does take some patience and attention to make proper bar-b-que. You can no more bar-b-que a hamburger than you can split a full cord of wood inside a studio apartment.

Then again anyone who confesses to have "limited kitchen instincts", but wants to be a pitmaster, is like the tone deaf guy with slow reflexes who wants to be a guitar virtuoso. Keep dreaming.

alxndr said...

Actually yeah, you could major in Modern Grilling at Oberlin...

Umlud said...

It's kinda funny that the film about how there are an increasing number of female riders on the streets of NYC is using archive footage that happens to have female riders in-frame. Couldn't they just have gone out and filmed ... female riders on the streets of NYC?

Anonymous said...

Modern grilling courses are taught on the fraternity quads of college campuses everywhere. I doubt these guys ever went near a frat house (although I don't blame them for that).

Cognorant said...

Axes!!! Harrumph! Axes are slow and messy and waaaaay too much work. I prefer one of these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33v_ia5Gzl8&feature=related

It's cleaner & faster and when you're done it's a lot easier to stack and takes up less space!!

Think of the festooning possibilities.

streepo said...

College senior Benjamin Whatley, in his first semester at Kosher co-op, noted that the nearby workmen had been very impressed with all their grilling, wondering how long it would last into the winter. “We are the true ballers on campus,” he said.

For the rest of the Oberlin grilling story:
http://tinyurl.com/27y6ncb

Anonymous said...

dorfman is such a dorky cliché

OBA said...

Wow...a RivBike ad on your site that even co-opted the term "palp" re: running fat tires. Consider yourself the recipient of the full Grant!

OBA said...

oh yeah, and...

AXES PORN

Nogocyclist said...

Cognorant,

You put up the wrong YouTube. You should have up up this one. The Real Man's Wood Splitter.

Kingfisher said...

Bike Snob,

These so called "douches" should be celebrated, not condemned. They are afterall a true indication of this country's abundant wealth and propseperity. Every country, every city should be so lucky to be able to afford such unless tools like these. And the world loves us for this!

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PawnShop said...

ringcycles,
Good call on the grilling-bbq distinction. 'Limited kitchen instinct' isn't necessarily a barrier to being a pitmaster. I've known a couple of the latter - both famous names in bbq in their respective regions. One was a gourmet & a food scientist; the other was all Pop Tarts & microwave popcorn in the kitchen. 'Supreme Douchiness' would, however, seem to be an insurmountable obstacle that the ax-man faces.
MEAT SUIT

g said...

congrats samh. love the quotes.

ringcycles, beat me to it. must be a southern thing.

Anonymous said...

Re: Riv Linkway. You make fun of them enough that they now sponsor you. Nice. Start picking on Pinarello, that'd be a sweet demo bike.

physics & co. said...

but snobby, why would a liberal arts college ever grant a degree in any field of study which could be in any way construed as being useful? i'm so dedicated to this line of reasoning that when a math professor tried to explain to me the most topologically secure way to tie my shoelaces, i said, "stop right there, you're offending my sensibilities as a student of the liberal arts."

wishiwasmerckx said...

Hate to call you out on typos, but "...by then that event the pidgeons..." s/b "...by then that even the pidgeons..."

Rex H said...

As pretentious as the aspiring pit master hopes to be, I believe he is talking about BBQing, which involves a pig and a whole day of preparation and cooking. This is somewhat of an art form/skill but should not to be confused with throwing meat on the grill which should be called grilling or a cook-out.

Anonymous said...

Surly Cross-Check, Handsome Devil, Sonoma double-cross... Is there any difference?

I'm a cheap bastard: Who knows the secret handshake to just buy the frames from Taiwan before the stickers get installed?

I know a few people who bought very cheap un-branded (DBR) ti road frames that have been terrific bikes.

Anonymous said...

famous names in bbq

Huh?

Pontius Pilate said...

HAIL CSZR

-P.P.

Anonymous said...

"food co-op with a basketful of overpriced vegetables"

Dude, give those farmers a break. They too deserve to make decent incomes.

PawnShop said...

[Podium girls] are well rehearsed, gracious, and poised under very difficult circumstances ... including being kissed and groped by sweaty, depilated men wearing barely enough to cover their testosterone patches. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

ringcycles said...

Rex H, yes, though it can also be done with beef or lamb.

g, and a mid-western thing. You can take the boy out of Kansas, but you can't take the spare ribs or brisket out of his palate.

Anonymous said...

Is douche-baggery the Normal 2.0 now? With all the latest BSNYC accounts, it sure seems so. Last night the missus was watching "Cupcake Wars" [Cupcake wars?! Aren't cupcakes about the opposite?] and tyhe two carpenters were both dressed in flannel and sported beards- Mountain Man Hipsters/Clones.

I don't know if I should laugh or scream uncontrollably...

Anonymous said...

Is douche-baggery the Normal 2.0 now? With all the latest BSNYC accounts, it sure seems so. Last night the missus was watching "Cupcake Wars" [Cupcake wars?! Aren't cupcakes about the opposite?] and tyhe two carpenters were both dressed in flannel and sported beards- Mountain Man Hipsters/Clones.

I don't know if I should laugh or scream uncontrollably...

Jefe said...

Ringcycles, do not try to explain the difference between grilling and Barbeque to Yankees. It's like teaching a pig to sing. It won't work and it just annoys the pig.

Anonymous said...

"they are under the mistaken impression that the bike lane is a safe haven for all operators of contraptions with wheels, be they skateboarders, Rollerbladers.."

Under New York law, both of these other vehicles (strollers excepted) you reference are treated the same as bicycles, like it or not. Their operators are required to follow the same traffic laws as bikes and cars. That includes fair use of bike lanes. Sorry, my skates and I will be passing you on the hipster silk road very soon.

Anonymous said...

LOL, I always do my best BBQing drunk

Tea Bagger said...

West Coast First!
(time difference)

VR8M VR8M

CommieCanuck said...

I love pit BBQ shows on TV, sponsored by Lipitor. Bunch of fatasses who pick some disgusting animal part, rub it with spice and vinegar, throw it on a grill, then swagger about like they discovered atomic energy.

(_8(|) said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..............

Barbecue!

I am the ax in hand engine said...

"Turns out they were Serotta employees. "

I snorted my early afternoon red bull.
I think most Serotta employees are ex-dentists. They just seem to act like dentists who have hit the nitrous a little too often.

Snob, you again have found the abyss that is between style and substance.

There is no (very little)intelligent life on the internet (except for yourself).

Anonymous said...

Why does the average douche think a full time "pit master" is a glamorous job?

Anonymous said...

My name's Pit and you ain't talkin' your way out of this... You, Flock Of Seagulls- where the shit at?!

Jefe said...

Snob, Sarah Lawrence College calls itself a distinctive coeducational institution. However, a degree from "Sara Lawrence" is not worth so much.

Hey, you guys! Lay off Serrotta employees. They are average working stiffs. But, you can pick on Ben Serrotta anytime you want. He is rich.

Chris said...

Sorry, but that female bikers video is just embarrassing. I reckon 90% of them will stop cycling by October. I just found the whole thing totally pretentious and dumb.

Nor'easter said...

Ah, Jefe...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtA-FpTZOQw

Though somehow I suspect the kids at the Obie Kosher House are not in a big rush to toss a pig on the grill. Just a hunch.

Anonymous said...

Nothing says intelligent like splitting wood with an axe, rather than a maul.

bikesgonewild said...

..."It's like "The Shining," only he's pretentious instead of psychotic."...awesome...

...the axe he wielded didn't scare me despite being sharper than his forced dull wit, yet that fake preppy 'ivy league' accent threatened my very soul as he parroted "best made"'s company line...

grog said...

"It doesn't smell the same", she said [about the space formerly known as CBGB].

Numero said...

BBQ's different than just grilling chicken or a burger. Proper BBQ means pork (usually ribs) slow cooked and smoked for hours at a low temp so that the meat is juicy and falls right off the bone.

I'm in Seattle, and having this skill has made me as dangerous an outsider as being hetero and complaining about high taxes.

bikesgonewild said...

...anon 2:28pm...

..."famous names in bbq...Huh?"...

...joan of arc ???...

Anonymous said...

Sarah Lawrence? I prefer Sara Lee.

bikesgonewild said...

...streepo...

..."I would guess those three are lucky they don't have to think to breathe."...

...that obvious truth was only slightly hidden by their misty veil of pretension...

Jefe said...

Nor'easter and Numero, while I now live in Barbeque wasteland, I came here from Texas, where the "other white meat" is not the choice for smoked entrees. It is brisket, so Babe is safe.

ant1 said...

bgw 3:59 - burn!

NorCal said...

Bike Snob-
I need your great wisdom on how to deal with idiots who think bikes don't count for nuthin' and proceed to run/walk/talk on cell phone, all while in a bike lane. Then they look at you coming and don't react. I'm supposed to move? No way! Please address this in a future column.

Wilson said...

a gastro adventure = shopping trip. Not quite as fun when it read like this.

the two embarked on shopping trip ... (wasting) a whole day (they could have done things other than buy food), like $200 worth of wagyu.

bikesgonewild said...

...ant1...

...well, she WAS one hot french chick, wasn't she ???...

ant1 said...

bgw - too hot for her own good.

Salty and Sore said...

Damn, Samh! Them's some big pants you be wearing these days. Congrats on your podium domination!

In other news...

For the record, I'm a girl on a bike. I'm only a Lady Rider, when I'm drinking Colt45. Or if I ever turn gay, but that's less likely.

Oh, and to clarify. Jared Leto--The Actor--is a total hottie worthy of Mickey Mouse Club-like shenanigans. Jared Leto--The Lead Singer of 30 Seconds to Mars--is a total dbag for which the King and Queen of his face are my fists.

Carry on.

bikesgonewild said...

...with those visions, she had a lot at stake...

Isolation Helmet said...

The fixie with the motor is stupid but could have been much stupider without brakes.

bikesgonewild said...

...salty n' sore...

...i'm kinda laid up right now so i've got the time to try n/ sort this out, so please, what are the ground rules on this stuff...

...girl, chick, lady, woman, beatch (sp ???)...

...not that i live by "the rules" but as you've prob'ly perceived, i try n' be polite...

frilly said...

Please, anything but chick. Reminds me of that silly jersey they sell at REI--Biker Chick-- w/a picture of a little yellow chick. Patronizing doesn't even begin to cover it.

Like Salty, I prefer girl on a bike. Although one of the guys from our group refers to us as the ladies of the bunch. Has a certain charm to it.

Lady rider=gay=comical!

SmugSeattle said...

Pretentious consumerism, whether it's in the form of minimalism or bedazzled ax(e)s, deserves to be skewered.

Just because it's righteous crap doesn't mean you're not defining yourself in what you own. It's no better than suburban materialists defining their self worth, importance, and identity through the size of their McMansion, SUV, and designer handbag.

Keep at it, BSNYC! I'm off to curate some crap in my basement.

ant1 said...

lady writer = good song

Anonymous said...

You want a famous name in BBQ? No better place to start than Memphis' Mr. J.C. Hardaway, star of the book "Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country". Not only were his sandwiches incredible, but he was a true gentleman.

http://www.southernfoodways.com/hall_of_fame/keeper/KOF_Hardaway.html

Anonymous said...

Try this:
http://www.southernfoodways.com/
hall_of_fame/keeper/
KOF_Hardaway.html

Joaquim Rodriquez said...

Wait, was I going backwards today or did it just feel like it?

Cognorant said...

Nogocyclist--

That ones pretty awesome but it's still just a glorified log splitter.

Little more than a power axe.

bikesgonewild said...

...to all you "girls on a bike"...

...i once worked for a reasonably well known 'travel' accessories company...

...while i was the lowest form of lackey, i had the opportunity to relate to some "top floor" people wherein the company's 'chief financial officer' advised me in social conversation, which happened on numerous occasions, that she & several other women in her department were very comfortable being called "chicks" outside of the office setting, of course...

...in fact, it was their preferred 'term of endearment' amongst themselves...

...i've never thought twice about it since, especially in light of the fact that i use it as no form of degradation whatsoever...

...so, 'term of endearment' it is...

...can you chicks dig it ???...

Anonymous said...

glorified log splitter.

bikesgonewild said...

...cognorant & nogocyclist...

...sheesh, guys...you install either of those in your apartment, the gang comes over for a final drink after last call, you start bragging & fire up one of those to impress everybody & next thing you know, the building manager is all over your ass...

...stick w/ the pretentiously overpriced "axe in a box" n' save yourself some worry...

...just sayin'...

wishiwasmerckx said...

BGW, only groovy chicks dig it, and I fear that "chick" went out of favor at the same time as "groovy" and "dig it."

I am told that the ladies now prefer that us fellows refer to them as "vaginas." Could you do me a little favor? Try this out for a couple of days, then report back to us on what you find.

kazheel said...

For the record, the guy with the shopping bag is probably a messenger. I'm a messenger and about 4 or 5 times a day I have to cart gift bags like that around. It's a pain in the ass and they don't always fit in the bag neatly so sometimes you have to swallow your pride and carry it under your arm, although I'm not sure I would be carrying it like he does. Maybe his other arm got tired.

Just sayin'.

Nogocyclist said...

Bikesgonewild, when I was younger, I did use a chainsaw, axe, maul, sledgehammer and a wedge or two on occasion. When I first saw the video of that thing, all I could think about was how nice it would have been to have had one back in the day....

I don't plan to use one now until someone curates one that will mount on a bike and is powered by sustainable energy.

With such a device, I would rule the World of the Smug!

Cognorant said...

BGW-

Are you kidding? The building manager...or anyone else for that matter is going to be the first one to want to operate it!!...and there's no blood alcohol limit to drive one those babies.

I really can't imagine a downside (-:

jimmynuetron said...

I no longer care about the people Bike Snob makes fun of. Maybe I never did. I care about real New Yorkers and their true stories, like what you see on on Fox 5. Minimalist, axe makers, hipster doucherati they aren't featured in "The Post". I've transcended it all made a 10,00 dollar donation to the Tea Party and moved to Staten Island.

Daniel said...

Oh where is the report on little Tommy Voeckler's great triumph in Quebec?! C'mon, you've gotta celebrate when he opens his shopping bag of aggression!

cwg said...

an electric fixie is a great idea! It regenerates power when you 'brake' the rear and you can use that power to get yourself uphill on that 48x16.

bikesgonewild said...

...jimmyneutron...quick, send me all your bikes...they're bad for your new image...


...i'd like to help...

bikesgonewild said...

...wishiwasmerckx...

...must be the part a' town i live in but i tried your suggest, right ???...

...this groovy chick said "honey, $40 bucks & i'll make your dreams come true"...

...so i've got this babe over here in boots & a thong, cleaning my bike, topless...

...nice, thanks...

bikesgonewild said...

...nogocyclist...
...yep, me too...used all that stuff plenty a times throughout the years...also used a single splitter pneumatic but 'that featured machine had some seriously sweet action...

...cognorant...
..."uh, no mame, i haven't seen your husband in several hours...he came up, had a beer, collected the rent & ummm, he left...oh that ???...just my garbage disposal...

cyclotourist said...

Too bad Rivendell doesn't sell their Scandanavian made axe any more. That would have been the perfect ad!

the_boy_who_loves_pasta said...

Who needs a giant paper bag, get a "Fully Wicked Sick Fixie Messenger Bag". As used in exciting cities such as "London, Sydney, San-Fran and Adelaide".

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260664866684

Nogocyclist said...

Living in one of these would truly make you a real minimalist.

BISOUBISOU said...

Wake up peoples! Snow & Nealley is owned by Peter Buchanan-Smith's twin-half-stepsister Penelope Smith-Buchanan. She's the wearer of the red jersey in the Street Films clip.

Renan Peneluppi said...

sooooo...yeahhhh.. I just bought that Felt..... What the hell I finally can Afford a Hipister bike, carbon fork and nice painting, not riding my 1970's convertion that had to be in maintanence every two weeks...The hell with minimalism, I like My felt...

zbsports said...

I was so entertained by the post, I enjoy reading it and also I enjoy reading the captions on the pictures.

Jonah Gibson said...

This is like full circle for me. My first encounter (40 years ago) with someone who felt compelled to instruct me in the philosophical nuances of a mundane activity was a guy riding a ridiculously expensive bike in a crowded park. While a $200 axe will indeed split logs, someone who splits logs regularly will use an $18 maul and a wedge so he can get back inside and watch TV.

I Deraille said...

I recently purchased a hickory handled ball pean hammer to pound my Brooks into submission.

graciela. said...

I liked that women on bikes video. I didn't see any pretension about it. Not even a single case of bullhorns.

Sure, maybe some of them will give up cycling but some may adopt it fully. Just like some men stick with it and others don't.

Cary said...

New York Stoller couple are almost as stupid as the students at UBC who insist on walking along the road with cyclists shooting past them even thought the sidewalk is a mere few metres away.

13guitars said...

As @ringcycles said: "Grillin' ain't BBQ". South of the Mason Dixon BBQ nears religion with disputes about sauce and cuts of meat likely to be more insulting than comments about one's lineage or church attendance. Of all the world class food I have had in NYC, I have yet to have been served good Texas Style BBQ there. (Or anywhere north of the 30th parallel...for that matter.)

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I wonder if people from the ghetto other than NYC say axe instead of ask.

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