Wednesday, January 5, 2011

(Un)Hinged: Knowing When to Fold 'Em

They say "Idle hands are the Devil's workshop," and yesterday afternoon I found this saying to be all too true. Earlier in the day, I had been engaging in my favorite hobby, the noble and wholesome pursuit of food styling, but once I finished putting a decorative kilt on what was undoubtedly the finest haggis I've ever styled I found myself with nothing to do. So I turned to the Internet and started looking at bikes, and it wasn't long before things started to get ugly.

Actually, they didn't get ugly so much as they got dorky, for I found myself wallowing haggis-deep in the weird, hinged, and pliable world of folding bicycles. While I'm not actually in the market for a folding bicycle at this very moment, I am very close to "pulling the trigger" on a luxury yacht, so I figure it might be nice to keep 15 or 20 folders aboard so that my guests and I can take in the sights of Antibes or St. Barts or wherever my helper monkey, sea captain, and business manager Vito takes us. (Vito wears a lot of hats, though they're all fezzes.)

I must say that I enjoyed my foray into the folding world, mostly because of the Dahon website. At first I was bewildered by their many offerings, but I soon noticed that they very helpfully explained how to use each bicycle. For example, the "Mu P8" should be used for "Stashing behind your seat on the subway," "Beating traffic over the Brooklyn Bridge," and "Vineyard hopping in Napa"--all of which constitutes a very full day, even if you do own a luxury yacht:

It did not, however, explain the meaning or pronunciation of "Mu P8," though I'll just assume it's pronounced "MOOpate" and refers to the act of bovine masturbation.


Anyway, as a soon-to-be luxury yacht owner, there's no way I'd ever be caught dead on the subway, so next I checked out the equally versatile "Speed P8," (or "SPEEDpate"):
That one's for "Fast cruising to that class across campus," "Bar hopping (eco style) on Friday nights," and "Exploring in Costa Rica:"

It's perfect for that insufferably smug college student who goes on environmentally friendly benders (I assume this means drinking out of homemade bamboo cups), blacks out, and wakes up in the middle of a Costa Rican jungle.

But for sheer "urban assault" hijinx and general "Cat 6" racer douchery, you've got to go with the "Mu XL Sport," which is pronounced "MYOOKcil" and is named after a popular expectorant:
The idea that somewhere there lives a ninja-like commuter racer who carries a folder and is ready to unfurl it and engage in "epic" battles with other commuters at a moment's notice is simultaneously horrifying and awe-inspiring.

Even more awe-inspiring is this video of a man demonstrating how to fold a Brompton, to which I was alerted by a fellow member of the "Twitteroni:"



I'm assuming he turned the light on so he'd be able to find it later.

In any case, I really like the idea of bicycle company websites telling you exactly how to use each one of their products, and I think all of them should do it. For example, you may be wondering what this misshapen hunk of crabon is, and what you're supposed to do with it:



Obviously, as a semi-professional bike blogger I know exactly what it's for, but how are you supposed to know unless the "Big S" tells you? They really need to update their website to include the following information:

Perfect For:

--Dominating your local charity ride.

--Customizing with an adjustable stem and bento box and riding on the bike path in sweatpants.

--Heroic Fred-tastic exploits and other feats of bike-dorkitude.

Or how about this complicated boingy thing?

How do I know if I need all that suspension, or if this will suit my riding style, unless it says something like this?

Perfect for:

--Hanging on the trunk rack of your Nissan Armada.

--Riding over the same small log over and over again while wearing full body armor and no helmet as your friend films you with a Flip camera.

--Posting on Pinkbike.

And what is this thing for?

Perfect for:

--Weighing almost three-quarters of a hundred pounds and carrying payloads as large as a baguette and a small dog.

--Humiliating your family by participating in your local tweed ride.

--Feeling superior to people with expensive road bikes because, while your bike is just as expensive, it's also vastly slower and more unwieldy.

Of course, some bikes need no explanation:

Perfect for:

--Being a total hipster.

Speaking of hipsters, while important cycling blogs of record such as All Hail The Black Market have declared the "h word" dead (that's "hipster" and not "hephaestian"), I maintain that it is very much alive, for the simple and undeniable reason that, here in Brooklyn anyway, hipsters are still all around us in ever-increasing numbers. In fact, as of now they're a more powerful force here than ever before, since they'll all returning from their parents' houses where they spent the holidays, flush with cash and armed with renewed out-of-state driver's licenses and ironic bric-a-brac from their old bedrooms.

For this reason, simply retiring the word "hipster" is not going to change anything. I can declare the word "pigeon" dead too, but that's not going to stop them from defecating on my head. After all, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," and a hipster by any other name would still be a fashion victim with a cloying sense of entitlement. Plus, you still can't point a camera anywhere near a bike without inadvertently capturing a hipster like a tuna fisherman snaring a dolphin. Consider this photograph from a recent BikePortland post:


Notice how the smoking hipster just kind of worked his way in there, silently mocking the whole thing:

In fact, hipsterism is so pervasive in cycling that it's even resulted in a discipline as rule-bound as any other. Consider this video I saw recently on Trackasaurusrex, which embodies it perfectly:

Long Beach Cruisin. from The Fly on Vimeo.

First, as we all know by now, if you're going to cover your bars at all you should be sure to cover only the portion of the bar upon which you never, ever place your hands:

It's like walking around barefoot with your socks on your hands.

This goes hand-in-sock with another rule of hipster cycling, which is to never, ever place your hands in the drops--even if you're (ahem) "sprinting:"


Speaking of sprinting, it's always fun to watch an under-muscled rider do the "overgeared hipster hula-hoop wiggle:"

Of course, once this awkwardly writhing union of bicycle and outfit do finally get up to speed, it can't really stop because it doesn't have a brake. So, as soon as things start getting hairy they take to the sidewalk like a weak swimmer dominating the kiddie pool:

I rue the day when these kinds of hats infested cycling, and they should stay inside customized Honda Civics and in front of video game consoles where they belong:


Next, it's only a matter of time in any fixed-gear video before they start making with the idiot skids:


After which comes the inevitable "money shot" in the form of a rear blowout:


Undone by his own idiocy, he's now forced to walk home, and when he reaches his building he of course does the "Rockette Dismount:"

(Germophobic hipster rings buzzer with foot.)

So help me Lob I saw someone dismount this way before a run-up at a cyclocross race this season, so if hipsterism is dead then I'll eat a pair of Rivendell Splats.

By the way, always dress to match your lobby:

Then, after your ride-ending flat tire, be sure to head right for your Apple editing suite and make an "edit:"

In the "h-word" world, if it's not on video, it didn't happen.

128 comments:

wishiwasmerckx said...

First?

wishiwasmerckx said...

First?

wishiwasmerckx said...

Third?

wishiwasmerckx said...

Sweep? Ha, bitches.

Nogocyclist said...

I sure hope I am not last today.

Cav Not said...

Breaking the sweep

bicnic said...

You steal all our joy.

Doug said...

Shoot the clen didn't get me the podium...next year I'm under glass, no plasticisers no mo.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Since all of you are napping, maybe I should just go ahead and fill out the entire top ten.

Cav Not said...

Or not...

Kenny Banya said...

MOOO PATE

Anonymous said...

How or where do you stash your bike behind your seat on the subway?

Nogocyclist said...

Wishiwasmerckx keep on posting. I just dropped in and saw the podium race had just started so I commented before reading the post.

I am not participating in the race, I was just on the tour after and came in real early, so keep up the hard racing. I think I will stop and have a coffee and a snack and watch all the other contenders as they come in.

samh said...

So, Snob, did you make a video of this post? No? Well, then it didn't happen.

hillbilly said...

way to be WIWM!!!!!!

innerlighter said...

Damn. Caught out watching bad parodies.

Anonymous said...

Within loogie distance of the podium.

john said...

I think a lot of "h-words" are ex-skateboarders, so the need to film everything is already there. I used to skate, but don't feel the need to film any of my boring rides on my geared bikes with fully wrapped bars. I still feel the need to drink though.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Nogocyclist, your comment about just stopping by and happening upon the podium race reminds me of the story of my first ever road race in 1984.

I was so far off the back of the cat 4's that I actually was getting caught by the cat 1/2/pro field in the finish chute. The crowd and announcers were going wild, wrongly assuming that I had broken away from that group and was holding them off for the win.

Only when I got close enough to the finish podium that they could see my race number did they realize their mistake.

And so started an entirely undistinguished racing career.

Ah, good times...

Lez Bianczik said...

That's the first I've seen a Rockette Dismount. That soooo proves how anti-everything he really is

Nogocyclist said...

Is this what podium races look like in what used to be the "Wild Wild West?"

If nothing else, I have to say, I love the photo!

S.K. said...

Hipters='Marshmallows'. Soft and white.

Anonymous said...

I had a folding Velosolex for a while. Extremely silly and very French....

hey nonny mouse

Anthony Ryan said...

You cannot bring a bike across the bay on Bay Area Rapid Transit during commute hour unless it folds. It is not rare for Cal Train (southern SF Bay Area transit) to fill up with bikes and leave you on the platform, unless you have a folding bike.
Also: I'm thinking the Brompton video was done in the interest of humor no?

CK said...

ALL you HATERS SUCK MY FOLDER!!!!

Nogocyclist said...

Snob, I believe you used the wrong video to show that the hipsterism is not dead. If you watch this video again, you will notice that the pseudohipster in the video actually rode through more than one intersection while the light was green.

No, this is evidence of the Pseudohipster. No real hipster would be caught dead going though an intersection legally.

RANTWICK said...

I wasn't barefoot, but I can tell you that my hand-in-sock moment was quite a while ago and wasn't hip or ster. I'm just just I didn't use a "Hot Karl" related sock.

Anonymous said...

didn't realize k-fed was a fixie rider/graphic artist.

Doug said...

Folding Velosolex- hell! I had a folding Deux Chevaux.

Comment deleted said...

I have been know to use the "Rockette dismount" (how else do you get off a Rockette?) More to the point, it seems to me that the only alternative is the figure skater dismount.

Anonymous said...

mashoogana make with the skidding already!

Anonymous said...

Proud owner of a 1970 raleigh twenty folding bike! Rebuilt it with parts from a 2009 trek 220. 5speed with a shimano 105 rear derailleur. Bike rocks. I have no use for it. Still rocks.

cycle

Dave said...

Snobbie did the folding bike store discuss whether any of their offerings were laterally stiff (except at the hinge)yet vertically cimpliant?

ervgopwr said...

wishiwasmerckx do you type your name each time?

it does seem to have a certain flow in the keys that would facilitate your podium sweep

about the post, hipsters as a word is not dead, just the actors should be.

Anonymous said...

Ha! The guy in the video tucks the top of his ears into his cap.

Anonymous said...

Dear Snob,
there is already some official racing going on on Bromptons. An official British Cycling Race. They call it the Brompton World Championship and it takes place once a year (the last 3 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England). Go find it at www.brompton.co.uk/bwc/2010 . The fold by the way is the best of all folders...
And I do not work for Brompton or am in any way affiliated. Just raced on it a couple of times in England.

Anonymous said...

I used to be a poser

crosspalms said...

I've seen people do the Rockette Dismount, but didn't know what to call it. Thanks.
And I hope the Brompton guy takes his folder to a triathlon. Video of him putting it back together and then mounting would be, oh, instructive.

xyxax said...

In the Cat 6 velodrome of NYC streets, one is not left behind "in the dust" but rather "in a spray of urine snow-melt".

That said, it must be the aero grips that allow a 26 lb. bike with 16-inch wheels and cables like silly string to dominate so.

PS RTMS, what's the fore-aft adjustability on your yacht?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that I am up early so that I can fact check for you Snob. Moopate is what it is called when cow larvae enter their cocoons and undergo metamorphosis, before emerging as the spectacularly colourful adult cow (this psychedelic pattern is unfortunately outside of the spectrum of light visible to the human eye). I am sure that Dahon's marketing people (the same people responsible for the Perform Pain Relief campaign) intended to convey in the name "Mu P8" the bicycle's cow-like ability to unfurl from a tiny space to become a stampeding ultraviolet psychedelic beast. ce

Test Tickle said...

ROCK ETTE

DISM OUNT

AWES OME!

BIKE SNOB

the ears tucked in the hat reminds me of performing the fruit basket...

TARD EARS

balls.

David Henderson said...

Shame on you for publicly posting a picture of the "Big S". That's pure bike porn.

Anonymous said...

i kept waiting for the brompton psuedomstrator to start kicking the contraption at the end. alas, all i got was an epileptic seizure.

Anonymous said...

You know, I'm a very peaceful and easy going guy, but I would absolutely love to beat the crap out of anyone involved with that Long Beach Cruisin video. In one short video it showed exactly how lame and pretentious the whole hipster/fixie phenomenon is. Gross.

mikeweb said...

All I have to say is that if that guy has sex the same way he "folds his Brompton", I'd hate to be his wife and/or domestic partner.

Anonymous said...

FLATT HATS

cyclotourist said...

BROM PLUV

EATS PLAT

mikeweb said...

So that Cruisin' video:

Ears tucked into 5 sizes too large ball cap? check.

3 of the exact same shoes in different colors? check.

"Blasting" it up onto the sidewalk? check.

Madd skidzz? check.

Plenty of shots riding in the wrong direction and blowing through stops signs? NO?!?!

What gives???

Fail.

cyclotourist said...

The Brompy instructional video was wonderful. Bless the British for their humor (humour?).

mikeweb said...

BTW, I "folded my Brompton" recently. What a mess.

Pontius Pilate said...

HAIL CSZR

-P.P.

mikeweb said...

Congrats WIWM! A well deserved- wait, what?? Podium painting? Really now...

Anonymous said...

love how AHTBM "logoway" has fully embodied the "hipster grip"

Anonymous said...

I need some of those splats. I hate it when the rain/mud gets inside my SPD sandals on my smug daily commute.

Anonymous said...

Ears tucked into hat. The hipster equivalent of roadie leg shaving. Kinda for aerodynamics, kinda to keep them cleaner, but mostly for tradition.

Anonymous said...

Anybody else read the end of Monday's post as:

"Laterally stiff, vertically whatever"?

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

I use the "Rockette Dismount" when exiting the pilot seat of my bent. Gotta clear that front chainring.

THE aMAIZEing HOT KARL said...

In honor of Iowa, the number one corn producing state in the United States of America, producing 1,700,000,000 bushels, I am infroducing the aMAIZEing* Hot Karl.


*you must eat three cobs or cups of corn prior to fueling your tube sock.

Esteemed Commenter DaddoOne said...

I was in England (America's once stuck, but now Heimlich-Expelled Cheese Sandwich) - London to be exact - and went into a bike shop to schmooze around. I was approached by a mechanic who said "You're the gent with the Brompton?" in one of those accents English people in the movies speak in. I laughed and and laughed and didn't say anything and laughed some more and then left.

Americans are such assholes.

Pete Mitchell said...

If the cool guy with the flannel and ball cap can afford the apartment and the computer stuff, why can't he afford brakes? Or more accurately, why can't his parents afford brakes?

Anonymous said...

"Vineyard hopping in Napa"

sir, these vines, even when trimmed in winter, stand between 7-10 babies high. I have seen double and even triple barriers get hopped, but this is too much, especially when encumbered by a fine bottle of red.

Marcel Da Chump said...

Thanks a lot. Now i'm looking for a folding Peugeot (to
compliment my mint condition 1972 PX 10), so I can ride
home after drinking absinthe all night.

CommieCanuck said...

Hey, hey..HEY...

I rock a Dahon Jack to work. It's amazingly more practical than my $5000 BMC, AND it gives me license to post YouTube videos of me folding the bike. I currently have 58 videos. 6 naked.

It's like a recumbent, without the need to grow a beard, wear sandals and abstain from sex.

The Top-o-the-line foldy is the Dahon Speed Pro TT. This is the douchebag's folding bike. As seen here, he not only flys with it, but he takes it out on a date and has sex with it (ok, they cut out the sex scene, but you know anything with a hinge has to be super hot XXX).

AYHSMFH

All You Haters Suck My Frame Hinge

old hipster said...

The problem with the h-word is it's the same joke over and over again.

Bent Not Folded said...

That Brompton video made me blow coffee out through various orifices in my head, not limited to my nose.

Anonymous @ 1:05 - The Raleigh Twenty is the Kaypro portable computer of the folding bike world. In theory it is portable when folded, but you can't lift it folded or un-, so what's the point?

Heavier still is the old Peugeot folder. Sacre bleu!

Stephen Taylor, Endurance Coaching Fitness, Training said...

Bike Snob you get funnier and funnier all the time. Thank you for keeping it real.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Hey Commie,
I think that abstinence thing applies only to old fat guys. Since I've gone bent I've had better sex and more often than when I rode strickly upright. Something about blood flow or lackthereof.

Anonymous said...

Love the post. More destruction of the Smug!

Concerned 2.0 said...

classic post

PawnShop said...

wiwm said: I was so far off the back of the cat 4's that I actually was getting caught by the cat 1/2/pro field...

And THAT is precisely how I found myself briefly fending off Fat Greg ( who was neither fat, nor a TDF winner at the time ) on a short climb - back when I had legs & lungs, and gave half a damn. Suitably lapped, I used it as a signal to commence with the smoking & drinking that day.

Good times indeed.

Anonymous said...

I thought Moo Pate was Danny's distant (or not) country bumpkin relation.

Anonymous said...

Funniest post of the year!

I am a smart casual dressed engine said...

Don't play with your (or especially your families) food.
You are not a professional.

I had to look up what a blazer was, and sure enough it is not "a type of jacket, worn as smart casual dress"

Next time please explain that there are other sports than only bike racing in Portland.

That is one of the lamest names for a sport team. Has the Sartorialist started naming sports teams?

Anonymous said...

Bent - you take off the steel parts like the 400 pound wheels and replace with semi-good alloy parts. It is almost lift-able.

cycle

the darn thing still makes a fine boat anchor.

Anonymous said...

Coastiedouche here.I saw the hipster fixiedouche video.What was the point of that?I live in Long Beach,the mecca of fixiedouche posers.The video was shot downtown and looks like they shot it around five in the morning to make the streets look empty and asthetically pleasing.It looks like he lives in a minimalist lifestyle except for three pairs of the same shoes.And he does nothing except come home and surf the web.Come to think of it maybe he is a real hipster.

Anonymous said...

"Laterally stiff, vertically Meh"

Anonymous said...

Hey Snobbie,
Just think how smug you could be hauling your Dahon folder fixie (very easy to convert...Mixiepate?) around on your Big Dummy? All caught on video of course.....

Bob G
GB, CA

CommieCanuck said...

Since I've gone bent I've had better sex and more often than when I rode strickly upright.

They have awesome blue pills that will make you ride strictly upright.

I'm sure the bent sex is great, but the feel of hairy legs and the scent of patchouli will always drive me away back to my foldy.

acquiesce808 said...

i saw a thing that Andrey Amador got rolled in costa rica and the thugs took his pinarello with e-campy group. just thought that ironic. too bad he wasn't training on a folding bike. (sorry if someone already pointed that out.)

crosspalms said...

I've never mounted a Rockette, but the very idea is interfering with my work load.

crosspalms said...

cc,
are those the blue pills that make you vertically stiff and laterally compliant?

Anonymous said...

All you haters suck my splats.

bikesgonewild said...

...now, what's everybody talkin' about ???...

...i'm still groovin' on 'green onions' by booker t & the mg's...

Anonymous said...

Is a Brompton in the Philippines a Manila folder?

Anonymous said...

A Brompton in the Philippines is a "ninakaw bisikleta."

Anonymous said...

Hey! Somebody stole my bisikleta!

Colin Barnes said...

I'm the person who made the Brompton instruction video which I had hoped would be more favourably received as an attempt to enthuse the public to take to two wheels

Mikeweb, for your information that is exactly how I have sex with my partner and it has resulted in experiences you could not even begin to imagine.

Bent not Folded, Please accept my sincerest apologies for the erupting coffee experience you had whilst watching the video. That was never my intention.

I have since devised a technique to enable the Brompton to 'fold itself'. Unfortunately the injuries I've sustained whilst trying to video this have prevented me from posting to date, however the plaster cast should be off in a few weeks, so keep looking in.

austinscottbrooks said...

Damn snob, You bit my Lobby-match style...
Parquet up top...and in the back..
You got me snuffed on ear-tuck tho.

Anonymous said...

I am enthused to take to two wheels.
I am not enthused to take to a brompton.

Meh.

hoot79er said...

Anna, the Alien Invader Lizard Queen, would not be caught dead on a Brompton.
If you tried to sell her one she'd like, totally eff you up with her pointy tail.

Thomas Aquinas said...

Hipsterism will never die as it will go on in perpetual irony. Folding bikes WILL BE the ironic next big thing! Until the coming of the Lob which will take the non - ironic elect to paradise, while the rest go into a big boiling pot!

Anonymous said...

Also important to let everyone know how you and your wife rode your matching Tikit folding bikes to get Thai food thus thwarting the bike thieves lurking outside (http://thelazyrando.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/first-friday-of-2011/).

Umm, or you could just do what I do - ride your crappy looking yet perfectly serviceable 25-year-old mountain bike and lock it up with a u-lock and cable. But then, who'd want to read about that?

Anonymous said...

I have a very nice full crabon fibre bike. My back is stiff so I put an adjustable stem riser on it. I need lots of Advil on my rides so I have a bento box on the top tube.

Fuck you asshole.

bikesgonewild said...

...i'm feelin' rasty & i wanna 'do' anna, the alien invader lizard queen...

...show me some a' that prehensile tail, baby...

...just sayin'...

Ur right, no1 cares about U said...

anon@9:38-

From what I've read of Vik's blog and his various posts on BikeForums and MTBR, he doesn't own any crappy looking bikes; rather, he has a stable of very nice, well maintained rides that he takes interesting places.

Also, judging by his posts on the aforementioned forums, he's a friendly, helpful fellow. Not the kind to, say, anonymously mock someone on the internet.

leroy said...

96

leroy said...

97

leroy said...

98

leroy said...

I'm my own Mark Renshaw. One little head butt and ...

Anonymous said...

Cth

Anonymous said...

The AMAZING folding recumbent!

When fully folded it appears to be an extra large douche' bag.

Bobby said...

Would we call the fixie blowout poofadouchery? Seriously, he'll have to load the fixie on the 750iL and then park somewhere inconspicuous, all the better to roll up at the "no brakes" shop for a tire repair.

With a little luck, maybe we'll have another crash into the display case?

Anonymous said...

that hipster's bike is too small for him, that's why he can't reach the drops, he'd be falling down headways.

Anonymous said...

that hipster's bike is too small for him, that's why he can't reach the drops, he'd be falling down headways.

Anonymous said...

ha! A month ago I was tempted to part with some of my hard earned cash to get a pair of splats before I remembered: "oh wait, before I had hard earned cash I just used plastic bags."

I'm not sure if the plastic bags were made in the usa or not but they also covered the bottom of my shoe, which is a tradeoff I guess I'm willing to make.

Anonymous said...

I ride with my detachable penis.

bikesgonewild said...

...'...splat !!!'...the noise made by hipsters hitting cars on the occasion of the rear tire flatting well before that needed stop is achieved...

...generally combined with '...bang' + 'crunch !!!' & "shit, fuck !!!"...

Anonymous said...

"All I have to say is that if that guy has sex the same way he folds his Brompton, I'd hate to be his wife and/or domestic partner."

Mikeweb, are you trying to say that you would be interested in being that special person in Colin's life if he can improve his performance in the vertically stiff and laterally folding department? ce

Anonymous said...

You forgot the ultra-minimalst empty loft-like appartment from the video. (Which of course isn't a loft, since it ain't NYC. Poor hipster. At least he still has his three identical pairs of shoes...)

leroy said...

100. Yes! Century Podium!

Haven't felt this dominating since my carbon Big S bike totally blew the doors off of a celebrity blogger's cargo bike while scaling the epic above category climb that starts behind the Prospect Park zoo.

leroy said...

Oh dear. Must have started my lead out too early.

Boy is my face red.

Christopher said...

One of the best posts in a long time Snob! Most definitely the best one this year!

Anonymous said...

...Manilla folder....

splendid!

Regarding the folding 2CV, they do that - the chassis rusts behind the front axle mount.

hey nonny mouse

zenbicyclist said...

Mu P8… Mu is Chinese for "nothingness". OK, I get having China make it but if you are going to contract with a Chinese marketing firm too, make sure they're not just being sarcastic. I mean, that’s just how I see it, not that anyone pays attention to the 114th comment on a blog.

fixedgear75 said...

what

Lez Bianczik said...

zenbicyclist, I'm paying attention. You make a good point

Anonymous said...

people still comment on here? i'm sorry.

Anonymous said...

RTMS,

If you're really looking for a travel bike- check out Bike Friday. I own one and have used a few others and they're well-designed. Vertically and laterally compliant, too.

Ryan said...

I'd say the most laterally stiff and vertically compliant of all folders are Montagues. You pretty much get a REAL full size bike but you can still fold it in half and take it just about anywhere. Take a look at www.montaguebikes.com

Bobby said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

@Bike Snob RE my comment about Lazy R's recent tikit thai restaurant post. Sorry - New to your blog, which I is well done and generally pretty amusing. And I have read Lazy R's blog on a occasion and found some very useful information. I guess I posted what I thought was a quite topical link in the same spirit as your own blog - "No offense meant to the critiqued". Perhaps there's an unwritten code as to who or what can be mocked and what can't. How do we determine when it's ok to make fun of a video of a folding bike, or bike promo material describing how you can tuck it behind your subway seat, or taking pictures of your folded bikes in a Thai restaurant. And I'm not sure how an "anonymous mock" is any different than what you do every day.

Just curious. No offense intended. I appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog.

Nick said...

What's with tucking ears under ball caps?!

Nick said...

What's with tucking ears under ball caps?!

Anonymous said...

say it to my face(book), haters!

facebook.com/SKV11000

Anonymous said...

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WORLD

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HIP

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Fixie Bikes said...

Quite alot of bike porn in this post.