Thursday, June 23, 2011

Image Problem: Appealing for Appeal

Further to yesterday's post, one commenter had the following to say:

Anonymous said...

You say "hipster" way too much, get over it for fucks sake.

June 23, 2011 6:01 AM


You know, it's just this sort of attitude that has given hipsters the image problems from which they're now suffering. If instead of denying their own hipsterdom and telling people to leave them alone like surly teenagers "foffing off" in their bedrooms, hipsters were to unite and work to overcome the public's perception of them, I daresay they might become respected and valued members of society. I'd recommend they start with a massive PR campaign aimed at the working class, and it could go something like this:


As for the campaign's slogan, I'm thinking something simple and catchy along the lines of "Hipsters: Like Real People, Only More Expensive."

Granted, the guy in the second picture is less of a hipster than he is just a generic Best Made Co. douche, but this is just a hasty mock-up, and I'm confident that the hipster community can harness its considerable graphic design skills to really nail it.

The truth is there's no use denying hipsters exist, and there's also no use denying that they make people angry. Frankly, I wouldn't be worried about it at all if it didn't have a direct effect on cycling--but it does, for here in New York City, anti-cycling forces have exploited people's hatred of hipsters by portraying all cyclists as nothing more than crazed brakeless fixie-riding scofflaw transplants. So for this reason alone I'd like to see them subvert this by working to gain people's goodwill.

In fact, the problem has gotten so bad that the Forces of Smugness have had to work overtime to dispel the myth that all cyclists in New York City are heedless hipsters. To this end, Streetfilms (a smugness subsidiary of Streetsblog) has been "dropping" a series of "edits" featuring complete and utter anti-hipsters. Sure, this may be a bit like dropping a bunch of golf balls on the BP oil spill given the sheer volume of moronic alleycat and hillbombing "edits" out there, but I suppose it's a start, and the impressive cast of anti-hipsters they've assembled so far includes a fashion-neutral dad:



Though even Streetfilms can't whitewash the reality of hipster cycling, for at 1:14 our hero is the victim of a violent Cat 6 attack:

Then there's the older woman undaunted by age or maniac drivers:



"We didn't have phones when I was very young, and my friends didn't have a phone," explains Lucette Gilbert, "so if you wanted to speak to your friend, you had to bike over to their house."

See, now people talk on their phones while riding, but back then people had to ride their bikes in order to talk at all. Plus, while the young and entitled complain about cars parking in bike lanes and pick fights with the cops, Ms. Gilbert just rides around them:

Clearly the "bike culture" could do with a little less smugness and a little more good old-fashioned "You know, when I was your age..." senior shaming.

Not only that, but Streetfilms also turns the high-pressure hose on the bike-haters by featuring a firefighter:



Firefighters are the polar opposite of hipsters in that they are as universally revered and respected in New York City as the hipster is reviled. Therefore, using a firefighter in a pro-cycling video is like using a child as a human shield in a gunfight. By the way, I couldn't help but notice this guy:

Streetfilms clearly have the most profoundly smug "B-roll" archive of any film production entity in the world. "Hey, I'm editing the firefighter video. Do we have a shot of a guy in a safety vest carrying his compost and his children in the same container?" Of course they do.

Speaking of Streetsblog, while reading it I learned about the following article, which aims to explain the "gender gap" in cycling:


In it, the writer asserts that a big part of the reason women don't ride for transportation as much as men is that they can't afford to:

Bicycling is, in much of the car-centric U.S., either a privilege or a punishment. That's why more women aren't bicycling. It isn't because we're fearful and vain; it's because we're busy and broke and our transportation system isn't set up for us to do anything but drive.

You may or may not agree, but either way you've got to admit that only a man could possibly order a ridiculous "commuter bike" like this:

I don't know how much that thing cost, but I'm sure it's enough to make most people say, "Fuck it, I'm buying a minivan."

I'd also be tempted to say that perhaps the phallic nature of bicycle marketing is something of a turn-off for women, but clearly Specialized don't feel that way. In fact, their new women's road bike has what may be the most phallic top tube ever designed:


Most noticeable is a new flared top tube, dubbed the "Cobra", which ends in a bulbous tapered head tube...

Wow. And don't be afraid to push on it, ladies, it won't break:

"The head tube looks cool, but it does serve a purpose by preventing local deflection," said Specialized engineer Kyle Chubbuck. "When you push on the top of an eggshell you can't break it, and that's what's going on with the dome head tube."

So to recap: This bike has a top tube called the "Cobra" with a bulbous head and designed by a man named Chubbuck. Available now at your "LBS:"

Or shipped discreetly to your door in plain packaging.

Speaking of brown paper bags, the photo below was forwarded to me by a reader, and I might wear a brown paper bag over my head if this bike belonged to me:

Evidently exotic flat-bar road bikes are the new trend in commuting.

129 comments:

Kenny Banya said...

kenny!

Anonymous said...

more girls on bikes, damn it !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

where the hell is everyone? is this a mega echappée?

Anonymous said...

Que Pasa?

ringcycles said...

Top 10!

Nogocyclist said...

Top ten

crosspalms said...

Not much room for fenders on that Ridley, but at least it's got a bell.

OBA said...

Hipster, hipster, hipster!

Anonymous said...

"Specialized launched a new and improved S-Works Amira road bike in the mountainous northern region surrounding the city of Bilbao, Spain. The high-performance, women's-specific machine features two key improvements: increased stiffness and decreased weight."

Are new bicycles EVER touted as having improvements in any other area?!

Anonymous said...

top 10

Easton Heights Blogger said...

early today hot tamale

dovestrobe said...

If only everyone got rid of their phones, we'd do more biking.
The answer: no more phones, more hipsters!

Anonymous said...

my god, that ridley may be the worst ever (stem and bear claws eclipse the "world's greatest madone"). contest?

Anonymous said...

The exotic bike on the photo is Ridley "Dean" time trial bicycle. Frame cost = $3k. Chained to a garbage bin(?!) with cheap chain and brass lock...

Anonymous said...

Countess Mara

ringcycles said...

The ridley must make one a superb cat 6 racer.

Anonymous said...

wow, best ranking ever. getting close!

Nogocyclist said...

BSNYC, you do realize when you talk too much about hipsters (2010 version of those young whippersnappers), you have officially became an Old Fogie?

I didn't want to inform you of this, but I must. I don't want to be the only one!

I am a pissed off engine said...

"Bicycling is, in much of the car-centric U.S., either a privilege or a punishment."

Why does America hate cyclists?

Who gives a flying fuck, what crap analysis some pseudo-journalist can come up with. Lets oversimplify everything, because you know there is only one answer.

grog said...

Senator Snob,
You know, when I was your age, nobody was blogging bicycles, nobody was blogging. There were no blogs.
We rode our bicycles instead.
BTW, very hip blog today.

RECM BABE

Anonymous said...

That Ridley frameset is like $4000. Ah well, who am I to talk? I just converted a Rolls Royce to an el Camino body style.

hillbilly said...

gold, Jerry!

Martin Erzinger said...

"Women are an "indicator species" for cycling,"

"Barriers to bicycling include the cost of bicycle purchase when all one's transportation dollars are tied up in a car"

http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-06-20-bicyclings-gender-gap-its-the-economy-stupid

Everybody should read this article and take away her bicycle and shun her.

I plan on running her over, and I usually only run over well rich educated men.

g-roc said...

...Do we have a shot of a guy in a safety vest carrying his compost and his children in the same container?" Of course they do.

In honour of Kenny's stage win, Gold, Snobby, gold!

Marcel Da Chump said...

I miss the fun, innocent times
of pre-hipster NewYork.

WOOF?

Dan in ATX said...

oh, for fuck's sake!

Anonymous said...

Judging by the chain line it's single speed/fixed or hopefully has a nice Sturmey Archer hub.

Anonymous said...

I have to wonder if the target demographic for the ax holster set is really the fixie/tattoo set. I agree with the opening quote, I'm sure there's a lot of stupid consumerism in New York that's not hipster related. you DO use the word too much.

People that buy super fancy race bikes for a lot of money and then make the shop retro-fit the thing into a commuter are a bigger negative on the industry. The industry sees money signs and cater to them.

Anonymous said...

I have to wonder if the target demographic for the ax holster set is really the fixie/tattoo set. I agree with the opening quote, I'm sure there's a lot of stupid consumerism in New York that's not hipster related. you DO use the word too much.

People that buy super fancy race bikes for a lot of money and then make the shop retro-fit the thing into a commuter are a bigger negative on the industry. The industry sees money signs and cater to them.

Chazu said...

Your literary and anthropological acuity are first-rate.

In other words:

"Gold, Snobby. GOLD"

Congrats Kenny. Now pee in a cup...

Anonymous said...

Love it! Bike culture is crazy and they can charge whatever they want. Hipsters are people too, but more expensive is the same as: "Its a cycling tan, not a farmer's tan. more expensive". You should see all of the exotic carbon TT bikes that are turned into fixies here in San Diego. Keep it up! Love the read.

Jet

ant1 said...

ant1st!

Fashion Neutral Cat Dad said...

Please do not stop giving it to the hipsters! Probe the chumps right in the Assos!

Anonymous said...

Hey snob, maybe the owner of that Dean is still saving up for the handlebars!

ce said...

I'm thinking that the Generic Best Made Co. Douche in the red shirt is somehow equivalent to the expendable red shirt wearing crew members in Star Trek. Except they had lasers and all he's got is a pretty axe. He doesn't stand a chance.

Kenny's pee is gold. He might be a bit dehydrated.

ant1 said...

snobby - you say "cyclist" way too much, get over it for fucks (sic) sake.

Patrick said...

What the Worlds Greatest Madone lacks in bell and saddle bag is easily made up for by its rack and mirrors. Madone forever.

ce said...

Lyrics of Queen's "Bicycle Race" played backwards: "Hail TTTWRFFTPT Evil Doppelganger, Cat666"

Anonymous said...

Specialized Almirah. Ladies love those.

Anonymous said...

That full out carbon race bike with the riser stem/bars and $2 petals is quite possibly the most snobish thing I've ever seen. And for Christ's sake, couldn't they have dropped more than $4 on the lock for that $6000 bike?

Anonymous said...

Count Rostov

Anonymous said...

'You say "hipster" way too OFTEN, for fuck sake.'

One can never get too MUCH of BSNYC's hammering of hideous hipsters; one is pleased that he comes up with nasty things to say about them so OFTEN.

Just sayin'.

dpatrick1a said...

That party store is over on 6th ave, no?

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:36 ...

Is a "$2 petal" a new floral appliqué for use on bicycles?

Anonymous said...

The disembodied legs in the Ridley picture once belonged to a whole person but the sight of the bike literally blew off the top half of his body.

Drop a bunch of pictures of the bike over Afghanistan, we'll be out of there in a day.

AYHSMB said...

All You Hipsters Suck My Balls

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm ...

On second thought, perhaps "petal" is a transliteration of a new, and previously unobserved, tendency to de-voice an intervocalic /d/ to /t/??

Typically, in most varieties of NA English the opposite is true: most speakers, at least sporadically, voice an intervocalic /t/ to /d/, e.g. 'Most hipsters are wankers and bed wedders.'

ce said...

Anon 1:50, "Hmmmm" should be spelt: "Hmmm". Unless you are stupid and think too long.

I Go Around and Around said...

The reason why women and the bicycle industry are at odds can be best summed up in these two statements, courtesy of my wife:

"Why did you buy another ______? Don't you already have a ______?"

However, after a lot of schooling and some pressure applied to certain regions of her body, she now has two bicycles. What's more, the second one was purchased at her request! A pure act of her own personal desire and not mine or mine for her!

So there is hope. We just need more storage space to put it in.

Anonymous said...

$2 petals and no breaks on a crabon framé?

balls

Anonymous said...

That was me who left the 'hipster' comment, quoted at the start of today's blog. I like this blog but your tendency to harp on and on about these people is grating. Granted (mercifully) I dont live in America so I dont see them, or particularly understand why you're so obsessed by them, however its like a skipping record sometimes. But at least you are not talking much about minimalism recently. I nearly de-RSS'd you after that.

J Scott. A woman non rider. said...

KENNY! We've got your test results.....see you after the tour.

Anonymous said...

If you're easily offended by having the ridiculousness apparent in various generalized groups of cyclists pointed out with a biting wit... this is not the blog for you.

However, if you have a good sense of humor and enjoy well-written satire/sarcasm... read this blog daily.

Note the tag at the top of the page: SYSTEMATICALLY AND MERCILESSLY DISASSEMBLING, FLUSHING, GREASING, AND RE-PACKING THE CYCLING CULTURE.

AYHSMB!

Anonymous said...

Actually, "$2 petal" is a reference to the birth of the hybricarbon movement that has sprung forth in sociopolitical circles of the English major. eg, "The petals opened to reveal the hybricarbon commuter bike in all its glory. But alas, the English major had forgotten his copy of Pavlov's Dog and had to return to his hole, relinquishing the hybricarbon forever."

Anonymous said...

@ ce2:01,

Actually, there's no agreed spelling standard or convention when it comes to the graphic representation of 'mmm's and 'hmm's and similar expressions.
The OED suggests that a minimum of two [m]s conforms to graphemic expectations for most speakers, and that more than four would be somewhat unusual.
Consequently, I would assert that my 'hmmmm' is well within the boundaries of current practice.

Long enough and stupid enough for ya?

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking the first person to sell "axe slings for your fixie" on Etsy is going to make a bundle.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:18 ... thank you; that explains it.

le Correcteur said...

Love the pro hipster ads, Snob; Very funny. And I can't hear enough about them; I'm a volunteer in a bike co-op, and see lots of them. There I can't say rude things; but you just say them for me instead.

Jym said...

=v= Dude, it used to be that there were fixies and there were hipsters, and any overlap was rightly viewed as coincidence. Seems to me that this blog is the main cultural force that welded the two of them together in the public mind. Step up and take some responsibilty (along with whatever kudos) for it.

The "smug" stuff is also getting old (South Park did it 5 years ago, after all), but I admit I still guffaw over the fakerjack stuff. Ain't none of us perfect.

Anonymous said...

i like the cat666 idea.
godzillas? june-training freds? hipsters? "i use my bike twice a year and one occasion has to be at 18.00, in town center, in summer" riders?

ce said...

Anon 2:22, stupid like a fox

wishiwasmerckx said...

Anon 2:09, I am amazed by your hubris in suggesting that the proprietor of this fine blog must adjust the content thereof to better suit your personal tastes and foibles.

If it bothers you so, JUST STOP READING!!

As I said the other day to Anon 1:47, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:22, is that the New Revised Standard Version of the Oxford English Dictionary?

crosspalms said...

Speaking of graphemic expectorations, the Specialized S-AllMoolah 2011 lists for $8100, so odds are the 2012 with massive throbbing Cobra is close to 9 grand. Ow.

Marcel Da Chump said...

Billy's Stopless Topless was located about nine blocks from that adult store you posted...lived with a dancer and dated another (did not meet 'em there), back in pre-hipster NewYork.

Salty and Sore said...

"it's because we're busy and broke and our transportation system isn't set up for us to do anything but drive."

....Duh! Us-girls don't ride* bikes that much cuz we suck at math. Everyone knows that.

All You Haters Suck My Petals.

Meanwhile, I'll be waiting for that throbbing beast of an S-Works to hit Craigslist Missed Connections...I'm sure the math will work out then.















*jk

Anonymous said...

After recommending bicycling to a woman acquaintance, I was told "If I'm going to pedal my ass around town, I want more for it than blisters".

Anonymous said...

Jym. Love the name.....

Syncereli,
Byll Synyor, Vyctorya and Bylly Junyor.

Marcel Da Chump said...

333 6th ave...hmm(mm)...more like sixteen blocks.

streepo said...

I'm not quite sure but today's blogtacular was about hipsters, correct? And did you people know that David Byrne doesn't have a car?

bikesgonewild said...

...i thought '$2 petal' was a generic term for cheap douche spray, just like '2 buck chuck' is a generic term for cheap ass wine...

...lord knows this site can use a good $2 douche spray...

ce said...

S&S, that "throbbing beast" will need batteries, for the Di2 shifters.

studioe said...

Wow. And don't be afraid to push on it, ladies, it won't brake....er break.

Doug said...

Does anybody else think the Ridley "owner" stole it, and that's why he locked it to chicken wire with a $2 lock. Easy come, easy go!

ce said...

Oops, wasn't counting on a smut convergence with BGW. Combined smut levels getting a bit high there.

Anonymous said...

I need advice.
We live in Durango Colorado and our son will be attending Bard as a freshman in August.
As Durango is often voted the worst dressed town in the US, can you tell me what he should wear in Annandale?
If that does not take too much of your time, will he be allowed to bring my old Trek 970, complete with 9 speeds, on campus?

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

@ bgw

"...lord knows this site can use a good $2 douche spray..."

Nice!

RMC said...

anon 2:09 btw I can't see comments in my RSS reader, how can I fix that?

I'm serious.

Anonymous said...

By ceasing to make fun of hipsters we would be giving them credibility.

Bike Snob – the hipster's very own Simon Wiesenthal !

Anonymous said...

The first step to curing the problem is admitting there is a problem. If you can not say the word hipster in describing yourself, you will never be cured........

... said...

"Hey, I'm editing the firefighter video. Do we have a shot of a guy in a safety vest carrying his compost and his children in the same container?" Of course they do.


LOL

Anonymous said...

Do you get any extra points from plowing into a hipster that runs a red light on their bike with your car? Please, please, please........

Anonymous said...

"Get over it for fucks sake."

I think Snobby will get over "hipster" as soon as certain people stop trying to speak for all of cycling on all cycling issues. Pardon me, but when an easily classified group of people start opening their mouth on an issue that greatly concerns me, start fucking up the message, and make me look like an ass, I'm going to ride them like a beater mountain bike while in a bad mood. David Byrne goes squarely into the same pile of people. No one calls him a hipster, and no one is lamenting "Get over David Byrne for fucks sake!" Parody and ridicule are heaped on you when you claim to represent me, and you don't.

Alt.Trans.Bikes said...

Chubbuck Rock Machine says it all!

Anonymous said...

Too bad the name "Chubbulge" didn't stick.

cwg said...

are you really locking that ridley frameset and corima wheels (it's not a bike, only a bunch of shit that keeps the wheels and frame from falling on the ground) with a chain and a dudley lock?

4Fuxake said...

I think all of the hipsterish hipster hijinks in hipsterdom are hysterical. Don't let up Snob.

Anonymous douchebags.

Anonymous said...

Man snob, I hope you fuck over the Un-American Anonymous by checking in with the hipster L Ron Hubbard, Douche Bogue or whatever his name is. How can we let someone from Luxembourg or what have you threatening to de rss the snob?

The hipster has been poisonous to cycling in 3 distinct and crucial ways:

1) Spreading misinformation - no one acts with more confidence in being misinformed than a hipster. If I have to hear one more time about the advantages of bars chopped to hand width or how aerospokes are the lightest wheels on the market...

2) Shifting the marketing focus and public perception of cycling toward a high end fashion event where the silliness of regular cycling marketing is pushed to absurd lengths with limited edition fanny packs designed by some street artist or whatever bullshit.

3) Riding like fucking idiots all over our cities through delusional belief that by going to and from their graphic design job they are actually a bike messenger, thereby leading to anti cycling backlash.

bonus item

4) Wearing cycling caps while being baristas, bartenders, graphic designers, etc. Anything except for actually cycling.

Bobby said...

What? Give the hipster a break? No way, call 'em as you see 'em, Sir Snob. Kick 'em in the artisinal pants yabbies. Why? They need a dose of common sense, from the "minimalist" who claims to own nothing while living in a gloriously overpriced flat, and paying the data fees on all those electronic accoutrements, and coffee at $6 a cup. Douches.

Anonymous said...

Bitches can't ha-andle the streets

Anonymous said...

You say "fred" way too much, get over it for hipsters sake.

bikesgonewild said...

...hipster appeal = appropriately appalling...

Katy said...

Riding my bike to work in Edinburgh, Scotland, I have little idea of hipsters. But, I do get very annoyed at the type of young man who pops up onto the pavement (sidewalk) at every opportunity, to avoid "traffic lights' and 'queues"). So much so that tonight I accidentally cycled 2 miles past my house to continue check up (some people might have called it chasing or stalking, but not me) on the behaviour of a young man I remonstrated with ("hey mate, please don't ride on the pavement - you're making it much harder for all of us" - after his grunt, my chase concluded with "you're an adult, ride on the road"). Anyway I (5'3", 30-something woman) enjoyed catching him up to making him ride a little bit too fast but finally legally, as he tried desperately to lose me, looking over his shoulder ever 100m with a slightly panicked stare (checking if the crazy lady had gone yet...)

g-roc said...

You can talk petals all day but Do Not Put Anything In My Flower Box.

JDH said...

Hmmmmmmmm. All you hipster suck my throbbing bulbous headtube! Sorry, could not resist.

JDH said...

"Hipsters"

Rupert Murdoch said...

I like to pound hipster chicks in their beefy little bottom brackets. And,they love my big thick bank account. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

bikesgonewild: "two buck chuck" is not a generic term. specifically, it's the charles shaw schwill sold at trader joes.

Anonymous said...

I'ma get the bitch an artisanal axe.

Bitches LOVE artisanal axes.

Anonymous said...

" Are new bicycles EVER touted as having improvements in any other area?! "

Yes, they are; insert the words laterally and torsionally if you want to appear to have some engineering knowledge....

hey nonny mouse

Anonymous said...

@Anon 2:48,

Nah; my standard reference is the King James Version. I thought of consulting the Coverdale, but ... oh, wait ... that's bibles ... Oh God ... my brain hurts.

Sincerely,
Anon 2:22

Stranded said...

Dear Snob,
Please don't stop saying hipster! I live to see you say hipster. Hipster on! Or anti-hipster on. Whatever the hell you're doing, keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Please don't forget the greatest trek madone in the world. the very finest example of high end commuting.

PDXK.TV said...

but Huey Lewis says it's hip to be square.

Anonymous said...

From Brooklyn Heights to the PPW bike lane in 10 minutes? Frumpy dad makes some serious time. I'm guessing if we saw another minute of that video we would see an equally viscious hybrid counter.

hipster go home said...

Yeah women are so broke being more employed than men. How they hell are they supposed to afford 20 dollar garage sale mountain bikes? Bums ride bikes BECAUSE THEY'RE POOR.

Feminism is dead.

Soon she will have to rely on her hipster gender-way to claim discriminated group affiliation.

Rural 14 said...

Ant 2nd!

Hipsters are funny! Was back in my native heath, Brooklyn NY this past week; the neighborhoods wherein I learned to sprint because otherwise Ida been kilt as a teenager on a bike, are now clogged with artisinsal latte shops...delightful, but annoying too. I have no torch for the bad old days of the 70s, but yes, it is a bit peculiar, this fetishization of bikes (different than my fetishization of course), and everything else that used to be nerdy now beyond cool (chicken raising anyone?).

So Mr Snob, your cultural analysis is welcome and hilarious. Also...all of us in rural 14 land know how to use an axe.

Stuart said...

Was anyone else bothered by the statistical mumbo-jumbo in that Gender Gap article? How can almost all of the new bicyclists over the last twenty years be men, but women still do consistently the same percentage of all bicycle road trips? That must mean all those "new" male bicyclists must be very few in number or they barely ever do a road-trip or the dwindling percentage of women bicyclists must be furiously increasing their number of road trips in order to keep up their percentage of total road trips. Something doesn't sound right there.

Bill Smith said...

Word score: hipsters: 9,
bike: 8, cycling: 5, smugness: 3.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:10 are axes the new "Smilies"?

Petite Commuter said...

Bike Snob, I think I passed you today on the Williamsburg Bridge--or at least I hope it was you, because if it wasn't, I sure gave some guy on a Surly Big Dummy a funny look as I was carefully going down the bridge behind a wobbly Beautiful Godzilla.

As for Anonymous saying "more girls on bikes," I heartily agree as I am one of the few who actually commute--through the winter--and don't just use my bike to go two blocks and buy a baguette with my lapdog.

leroy said...

I've been using the letter "c" way too often.

I really should get over it for fuks sake.

The problem is I can't stop humming that song from Sesame Street.

"C is for cookie, that's good enough for me.

C is for cookie, that's good enough for me.

Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C."

(Sigh)

They just don't write 'em like they used to.

Domain name registration said...

I love cycling.. Nice topic.

Anonymous said...

hipster x 15 = suck it dicks

Nate said...

Just to let you know, even here in Madrid, Spain, hipsters are taking over a good part of the cycling scene and posting inane (yeah, not insane, inane) videos that can be found on the emc2011.com/wordpress website.

There's an upcoming European Cycle Messengers Championship that will be here in Madrid where I live. If one of them so much as grazes me on the street--like an over-priced cow on fields of grass--he/she/it will be supplied a punch to the schnozz.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:09, just must be living on the South pole.
Otherwise if you still don’t see the Hipsters, just
take another look in that mirror of yours.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:40 PM said...

"One can never get too MUCH of BSNYC's hammering of hideous hipsters; one is pleased that he comes up with nasty things to say about them so OFTEN."

I second this. If you live in NYC, they are just like he describes: contrived, generic, overpriced, fashion rats with no function.

Anonymous said...

Yes, what's wonderful is how we (amerikkuh) have exported some of the greatest technologies and culture along with all the awful crap. You see kids everywhere from Japan to Italy imitating the trendy Brooklyn hipster fixie look. It's dumb here (I live in williamsburg!) and it's even more stoopider elsewhere. Please, world, be more discerning when digesting our refuse.

Anonymous said...

CHBY TUBE
CAT6 RACR
HPST SUCK

Jon Burton said...

Hipster-bashing was funny for a minute, about a decade ago, but now it's just an outlet for out of touch Generation Xers to vent their frustrations at young people for being able to eat, drink, wear, and screw things that the Gen-Xers no longer can.

As a member of Gen-Y (the "Hipster Generation") I grew up looking up to Gen-Xers as cool older cousins. Now you all just seem like grumpy old men; get over it! Young, frivolous people are nothing new. For a reference point, think about the hypocrisy of Baby-Boomers calling you the slacker generation.

Leave the kids alone, and stick to writing what you know about.

Salty and Sore said...

@hgh 9:10-

Yes. More employed at 40% off Discounted Rates! Get 'em while they're hot..


...suck it.

@ce-
I know. Heartbeat or batteries.. whatever you're into. : )

And well-played, Katy!

Jym said...

@Jon Burton - Seriously? You bought that neocon version of "Generation X" that was constantly being attacked by the horrible, horrible Boomers?

cramitsucko said...

Hipster

Will said...

If I could define 'hipster' or 'stupid consumerism' - I bet I could show that they're related and that at least one is a cause or effect of the other and probably vice versa and again.

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Fixie Bikes said...

Firefighters are the polar opposite of hipsters in that they are as universally revered and respected in New York City as the hipster is reviled. Therefore, using a firefighter in a pro-cycling video is like using a child as a human shield in a gunfight

Spot on, so true. This was probably my favorite post by you thus far.