Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ever Upward: The Importance of Being "Epic"

Last week or month or year or whenever it was, I got in big, big trouble with the Canadians because I joked that Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hegemony was from the United States.  Obviously I wasn't too worried about incurring bodily harm because Canadians are gentle and passive people who are coddled by their progressive society and their free health care, but it still took me by surprise.  (By the way, if you're Canadian, I should explain that a "surprise" is when something unexpected happens, since I understand nothing unexpected ever happens in Canada.)  Anyway, I was still feeling bad about the whole thing--that is, until Starbucks Ireland outdid me by Tweeting about how Ireland is British:

I'm going to have to go ahead and assume that this Tweet came from Starbucks corporate headquarters in Seattle, because a Venti-sized mistake like this feels uniquely American.  I mean, anybody who's seen "Braveheart" knows that Ireland has been independent since Daniel Day-Lewis led Irish forces to victory at the Battle of Stonehenge during the War of 1812.  At least that's the way I learned it in social studies class, although at my school our textbooks and learning materials were all provided to us by the General Mills food company:


(Excerpt from the chapter in "The World According to General Mills" that covers the Great Famine.)

See, in America, tax breaks for giant corporations really do encourage philanthropy and benefit everybody in the long run.  Also, nothing helps kids learn how to identify a country on a map better than invading that country, which is why we do it so often.  Incidentally, did you know that there's such a thing as Canadian Lucky Charms?

The difference between this and what we get in the United States is that the Canadian version contains 75% less controversy.

Speaking of government and Twitter, that putz who wants to force us all wear helmets continues to exist--and to Tweet, for as Randy Descartes once said, "I Tweet, therefore I am (a putz)."  Here's one of his recent missives:


I was glad to see that the driver hit him without apologizing, because now he knows how it feels to be a New York City cyclist.  Fortunately, Greenfield was unharmed in the incident, because of course he was wearing his city-mandated driving helmet.  Anyway, between that and the friend who can eat a pie himself, David G. Greenfield's world is nothing short of meshuggeneh, and he really should quit politics and head out to LA where he can pitch a sitcom based on his life.  He's sure to become the next Jerry Seinfeld.

By the way, in case you were wondering where cyclists rank in New York City, we come in just under debris, according to this caption which was just forwarded to me by a reader:

Wolfe's Pond Beach on Staten Island. The lowest rated New York City beach for the third report in a row is seen here, littered with debris and cyclists. Flickr/emilydickinsonridesabmx

The photo above was taken during SICX, and while cyclocross may be taking the rest of the country by storm, in New York it's just more crap that washes up on the beach along with driftwood, styrofoam cups, and ancient tampon applicators.  (Also, just to underscore the point, the above is from the website of the local PBS station, so even the smuggies hate us.)

This could be why so many New York City cyclists attempt to escape, and another reader has forwarded me this article about some guy from New York who tried to ride his singlespeed up Mt. Everest:



Apparently, this is the sort of moronic project you undertake after you've already done the whole "artisanally homeless" thing:

According to Irmak, his homelessness was by choice—"a four-month street retreat"—during which period he slept in a large cardboard box under the Queensborough Bridge and in Long Island City. Sometime in 2009, he started fixing discarded bikes he found around the city and selling them on Craigslist.

Now, I'm no outdoorsman, but I'm pretty sure you should work your way up to something like climbing Mt. Everest.  I'm also pretty sure you're not ready to be climbing Mt. Everest if you can't even remember your jacket:

Before coming here, Irmak had never worn crampons. During his first acclimatizing rotation up to Camp I, he forgot his jacket and had to return to Base Camp. 

Also, as I understand it, crampons are the hiking equivalent of clipless pedals.

Anyway, unsurprisingly the local authorities told him that he couldn't make his stupid climb, which led him to believe he was the victim of a fraud:

Irmak is convinced he's the target of government fraud. I told him it seemed more like garden variety incompetence. 

I really, really hope that when the writer says "garden variety incompetence" that he's referring to Irmak.

Anyway, you may think you've "portaged" a bicycle, but this guy is officially the Sir Edmund Hillary of "epic" nonplussed bike portaging:


Aydin Irmak carried his bicycle all the way to Base Camp, and meant to carry it all the way to the summit. But bicycling is illegal on Everest.

Still, I'm not impressed, as I'm no stranger to being trapped in the wild with my bicycle.  This one time, I got on a peak Long Island Railroad train in Southampton with my bike and they kicked me off at Hampton Bays.  And that's the uncool Hamptons, a forbidding landscape without an acceptable brunch spot for miles.  I had to take the Jitney all the way back to the city!

In any case, after all that mishigas, the expedition resulted in medals and accolades--not for Aydin Irmak, but for the guy who had to rescue him, since Irmak ultimately had to be schlepped off of Everest by an Israeli:

No word about the status of the singlespeed, so I'm going to assume that Irmak was forced to eat it to stay alive.

Lastly, in the more mundane world of bicycle retail, a Twitterer alerted me to a savage screed about the state of the industry, written by a "consultant" who knows the secret of turning the cycling industry from a six billion dollar a year concern into like a bazillion dollar a year concern:


But she's not going to tell you unless you pay her:


There are so many untapped markets out there for the bike industry. I’m not going to list them because, frankly, as a consultant that’s what I get paid to do. If you’re interested in hearing my strategies, hire me to create one for you. It’s so frustrating, though, because when I point out a lucrative market for cycling companies that NO ONE is marketing to, it’s a golden opportunity: fresh meat, free money, no competition – but the bike industry says “no, no, that might set us APART!” And the LAST thing anyone in the bike industry wants to do is to set oneself apart from the norm. Sigh. Backwards.

She's like the Don Draper of bicycle retail, and I only hope her big idea isn't "more belt drives."  I was also surprised that it took dozens of comments before a reader finally blamed the sorry state of the cycling industry on an anti-recumbent conspiracy:

I have now been the proud owner of a recumbent for the last year. Not that a recumbent is a panacea - they have their own challenges. No, the question is, why do so few people even evaluate recumbents as solutions to the pain of the diamond frame configuration? (We call them "wedgies" for obvious reasons.)



The answer to that and many other of the questions above is the poisonous influence of bicycle racing. Over a hundred years ago, racing banned recumbents and since no one ever saw their "heroes" riding recumbents, those people who did were considered outré.


I continue to experience this poisonous influence, because whenever I get advice from a racer, it turns out to be wrong for real, useful, everyday bicycling. Roadies are the worst - mountain bikers are more in touch with the real world and much less arrogant.


I just completed my first Metric Century on my Bacchetta Giro 20. I still had to solve seat problems, even on the recumbent, because Bacchetta suffers from the same racing poison as most other bicycle companies.


This will not be solved until the bicycle racer wimps get over their fear of other configurations. Yes, those p*ssies are afraid of us. Get over it and the industry may be able to grow. Stay stuck in the hundred-year rut and you will stay stuck fighting for the same size pie every year.

Right.  Come back to us when you schlep one up Everest.


143 comments:

Anonymous said...

MEH!!!!

dcdouglas said...

podium?

Justin said...

Top 3?

Anonymous said...

Tuff wheel 2 podiumszzz

Kenny Banya said...

top ten Kenny

Anonymous said...

yes, well

Serial Retrogrouch said...

alto diez

Anonymous said...

woo hoo speed.

leogodoy said...

I think it is time we revoke Mr. Greenfield's twittering right.

rural 14 said...

ant 2nd! Finally.
Everest?
Too crowded.
Try k2.

theEel said...

weed. meh.

Kenny said...

AND THAT'S HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW!

Kenny Banya said...

I've always had a "live and let live" policy with recumbents, maybe I need to reconsider.

Marcel Da Chump said...

Tough Turk.

Giant Pussy said...

Recumbites sure are dicks

Anonymous said...

Top Venti

Anonymous said...

Funny. Debris and Cyclists.

Silly. Hungarian NYer on Everest.

There's no there there unless you're rescued.

Outside Magazine still sucks balls, massively.

g-roc said...
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McFly said...

Recumbents but no babe, WTF is up with that?

Aydin Irmak said...

"I am fighting for a smaller pantie-shaped slice of pie, now just leave me here to die already"

g-roc said...
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Mr Irmak said...

single speeds are magically delicious! But a belt drive would have had more fiber.

Unknown said...

At least Irmak's being near death was apparently-like his homelessness- by choice.
I wonder if he slept in a cardboard box at base camp?

Anonymous said...

Concern troll bicycling biz consultant can just suck my balls.

Wait, I think that's what the bike industry said too.

The Dope Man said...

Hedgedog tested positive for Moosehead Lager and back bacon and has been stripped of glory.

g-roc said...

Wow, a Recumbent Conspiracy Theorist? Those people exist?

grog said...

Yes, multiple Recumbabe.
I've never had to eat my bike to survive. More bacon please.

Anonymous said...

Recumbent Riders could organized their own races, get sponsors, TV deals etc. #Occupy Recumbent! How bout the RRAAM. recumbent race across america.

singlespeedwaster said...

Pants obligatory, down here in the peloton. Feck!

Anonymous said...

Recumbent riders are angry.

If their bikes were more affordable people'd ride them.

Anonymous said...

PEAK BIKE

the highway to Everest is littered with a litany of literary litterers who ride litters and blog from basecamp.

wishiwasmerckx said...

At my lake, we have to contend with ancient crampon applicators which wash up on the shore.

Gross...

Anonymous said...

While we're at it. There is another cycling group long maligned, oft ignored.

I'm talking about pedicabs.

Does not their brows sweat from labor.
they cycle for work, earning pennies

They are an institution elsewhere
In India pedicabs are common

Yet, no cool, alt status like the messenger
Nor are they gaining the attention of the sturdy cargo bike or bakefiet.

wishiwasmerckx said...

True story:

Yesterday, I had fast food for lunch. I told the pencil-necked teenager who served me my curly fries that he bore an uncanny resemblance to David Byrne. I asked him if anyone ever said that to him before. He looked at me like I was from another planet, and said "Who's David Byrne?" I said "You know, the Talking Heads?" He said "Who are the Talking Heads?"

Jeeze, the kids these days...

Tom Tom Club said...

Jitney driver to Bamboo town...

The King of Park Slope said...

What kind of rent are we talking for a large cardboard box under the Queensborough Bridge?

Anonymous said...

Panties!

McFly said...

BSNYC,
I do not know if you are aware but basically most all Canadians own guns which is why cooler heads must prevail and also why they leave their doors unlocked because they would not mind using them.

Miss Panties said...

Epic panties!

Maynewoods said...

Aydin Irmak single speed bike has a rear derailer. What other facts did outside get wrong?

Dave said...

wishiwasmerckx - Did the kid own a car?

mr. wookie said...

basecamp frozen pants yabbies

g-roc said...

Anon 12:43, considering some RAAM riders have to duct tape their heads up when their neck muscles give out after days of racing a RRAAM sounds way too logical to ever happen before the singularity. Wait, I have to put on my tinfoil hat before I post this ... Okay, ready.

Anonymous said...

To paraphrase the mobster in the Godfather - Keep the debris, discard the cyclists.

cycle

McFly said...

But bicycling is illegal on Everest.


That's like saying bobsleding is illegal in the Sahara.

Recumbabble said...

Make mine a low-fat panacea, venti, sprinkled with lucky charms.

Anonymous said...

1) Ha, "Randy Descartes."

2) Go easy on America's tuque. I wouldn't want to be identified with us either. AND I'M AMERICAN. (But not a real, AMERICAN American, you know like Sarah Palin defines it.)

2a) But yeah, at least you're not in danger of stirring up "the Troubles."

3) Hmm, the story starts with "forgot his jacket" and ends with "had to be rescued off the mountain." Talk about a surprise plot twist! That story has more twists and turns than a Madonna's husband movie!

luv,
Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Mishugenuh?? Or however the hell U spl it. What, Larry David’s consulting on this blog now?
These pretzels are making me thirsty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Liz Hatch said...

Smugness alert!: 8.8 miles this morning. Road all to myself. Met three cars and a farm tractor.

The thing the recumbent conspiracists forget is that early racing also banned the use of gears-–until their virtue was proven undeniably. Early TDFers actually pushed their bikes up hills or switched to lower-geared single speeds for the Tourmalet. So if ‘bents were really so superior (and even slightly less awkward-looking), somebody would bribe the UCI to make everybody ride ‘em.

Anonymous said...

@Maynewoods
He has a derailleur, but he probably left the shifters in his jacket, the jacket he forgot.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Does anyone else sometimes feel a little randy after studying Cartesian Dualism?

Blog Drafter said...

Recumbabe's nipple (finally exposed).

Nipple Podium.

Penn State Coaching Staff said...

Little Randy? Sure, I'll feel a little Randy.

Jerry Sandusky said...

Get recumbent, Randy.

Little Randy said...

Head Tube?

John Krakauer said...

Ride Your Bike Into Thin Air. Gimme some money and screw what that Russian climber guy said.

Anonymous said...

The bike was placed ON HOUSE ARREST:
"...Irmak said he must remain in Nepal until he can get his bicycle out of house arrest. After biking for two years around the world through 19 countries, beginning in Amsterdam, Irmak had a desire to literally “take this bicycle from New York City to the top of the world.” From Kathmandu to base camp, he carried the bicycle “Sherpa style on [his] head.”

While the authorities initially granted him a permit to take the bike up to 7,900 m., once he arrived at base camp they changed their minds and “arrested” his bike. This was around the time he met Ben- Yehuda, who was the first person to arrive at the base camp after the Turkish cyclist."

http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=271063

George Mallory said...

Avoid shortcuts down on the bike.

Recumbabe said...

I forgot my coat too, so lighten up.

All The Black People In Portland Say said...

Cat 1 Smugness: I'm going to start a BICYCLE POWERED bicycle manufacturer...

Fuck "fair trade" and "carbon credits" which are bullshit anyway, fuck wind, solar, nuclear etc...

I'm going to draw, cut and weld steel with PEDAL POWER, lay up crabon with PEDAL POWER, weld fat aluminum with PEDAL POWER.

Did you know every mile of bike riding saves the economy EIGHT JILLION DOLLARS compared to the costs of a mile of car travel?

IT'S TRUE!

Anonymous said...

I hope that that recumbent conspiracy guy doesn't kill and mutilate his boyfriends bike only to mail parts to UCI officials later.

Just saying...

BIG D said...

I scrotilate therefore I scranus

D. said...

WAIT!

I scranus therefore I scrotilate

Inspector Douche' RCMP said...

serial back bacon pantie abuse leads directly to Swine Erysipelas

you have been warned!

Anonymous said...

I see NSFW nipples. NICE!

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Oh that old can of worms again.

Chriam said...

PEZ outlaw?! The Canadian Lucky Charms guy is selling the rights. Weird.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pez-Outlaw-Diary-The-Pez-Monkey-Traveling-Circus-TV-Rights-Offer-/270930240218?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f14b362da

J. Dahner II said...

Tibetan Portage facilitators are really tough and stringy and as a rule posses a strong yak cheese flavoured after taste. Exotic but in a parochial regionalized sense of the word.

Dead Donna Summer said...

On the radio...

crosspalms said...

Starbucks India and Original 13 Colonies Starbucks are closely watching that Irish experiment to see whether they should copy it.

Eric "The Chamferererer" Murray said...

Dear Liz Hatch,
I just want you to know I would slice up your chamois after a 100 mile training ride and digest it coated with a fine red wine vinegrette if it meant I got to taste your delicious (the one with 100 miles on it) taint if only for a minute.

Anonymous said...

What, no mention of Aydin's exquisite cockpit.

mikeweb said...

WCRM,

A question: I agree that David Greenfield is a putz, but doesn't he almost qualify as a schmuck? As a nonmember of the tribe, I'm not that knowledgable about proper usage of these terms.

BTW, when I was a kid growing up in Connecticut (a.k.a. New York City's comb over), our mailman's nickname was Schmuck, or sometimes affectionately, 'Schmuckie'. True story.

Esteemed Commenter DaddoOne said...

why do so few people even evaluate recumbents as solutions to the pain of the diamond frame configuration?

Because they look really really stupid.

JB said...

There is no water polo games allowed on Everest. True story.

Anonymous said...

"I just completed my first Metric Century on my Bacchetta Giro 20. I still had to solve seat problems, even on the recumbent, because Bacchetta suffers from the same racing poison as most other bicycle companies."

Maybe when recumbant drivers realise completing a 66 mile ride isn't all that impressive they'll gain more respect from snobby roadies.

Anonymous said...

"I just completed my first Metric Century on my Bacchetta Giro 20. I still had to solve seat problems, even on the recumbent, because Bacchetta suffers from the same racing poison as most other bicycle companies."

Maybe when recumbant drivers realise completing a 66 mile ride isn't all that impressive they'll gain more respect from snobby roadies.

Anonymous said...

I laughed so hard at the "debris/cyclist caption that my IPA slipped from my grasp and impacted the screen of my IPad.
We're both shattered AND I dropped my beer!

So to whom do I send the $700 bill for my new IPad, WCRM or the other guys?

bikesgonewild said...

...well, i must say...'our' recumbent conspiracy theorist is certainly much nicer & better mannered than 'their' recumbent conspiracy theorist...

mikeweb said...

I agree with anon 3:51 (and 3:53).

I've completed a couple of 'metric double centuries', and I'm not even that impressed with myself. Though I just refer to them as '130-ish mile rides'. I do wonder what they call a metric century in nations that use the metric system? An imperial two thirds century?

Anyway, I plan to do my next 'metric double' on one of these. I'm not yet sure how many liters will be involved.

bikesgonewild said...

...quick !!!...who else is from connecticut & becoming famous ???...

bikesgonewild said...

...i'd sign up to ride shotgun on your beer wagon for your next 'metric double', mikeweb but beer during the day just makes me sleepy...

Dooth said...

It's incumbent

upon the recumbent

to be redundant

Anonymous said...

Apparently the Northern Irish aren't as protective of and uptight about their British ties as Canadians are of Ryder. Or, more likely, they can't be bothered to read this blog.

McFly said...
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McFly said...

MikeWeb,
When you say "nations that use the metric system" you mean every single nation on the face of the earth except us and Liberia, right?

Some drunk mick said...

Fooken A we can't be bothered to read this blog.

The SI Police (a division of Interpol) said...

100 km = 62.1ish miles
200 km = 124.2ish miles

Personally, I'm looking for a unit system that will make a 62 km ride sound impressive.

JB said...

I did a 5-year-old's century on Saturday.

"like 100 miles!" = 5.6 miles

crosspalms said...

Mikeweb,
I did a double metric century a couple of years ago. I'd signed up for a century that started 18 miles from my house, and instead of taking the train to it (which I'd done once before), I thought "why not just ride there?" So I did, and rode back, and I could barely walk up the steps when I got home. I think I'll call it a double metric fool's errand.

mikeweb said...

crosspalms,

Pretty much the story of my 'doubles' too, though the second one was a lot less painful. Both during and after.

bgw,

I wish a certain 'nutmeg stater' wasn't gaining renoun quite so quickly...

McFly,

Amurka does have thing going for it. Three words: deep. fried. turducken. I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

His Everest bike had gears! Can't tell the difference between 1 gear and multiple with a derailleur?

2wheeler said...

I'm pretty certain that anyone that wears cammo pants isn't qualified to climb Everest.

bikesgonewild said...

...mikeweb...sometimes one has to bow to the inevitable, it seems & this is looking like one of those times...

...late last night, with a certain amount of deliberation, i turned a corner & just decided i was witness to a phenomena & to role with it but then again, i don't have a vested interest in this situation...

...i only hope the ramifications ultimately have a positive effect in my neck of the woods...

William Volk said...

Goran Kropp rode his bike TO Everest from Sweden to, then climbed the mountain (no oxygen tanks) and rode home again.

Recumbents are nice but pricy. That has more to do with the market than anything else.

Dr. Douche' PHD said...

Personally, I'm looking for a unit system that will make a 62 km ride sound impressive.

June 5, 2012 5:14 PM




1 Kilometer = 1,000,000,000 Micrometers

Etherhuffer said...

So, if Canada is indeed metric, how come the dollar is "par" with the Loonie, Canada's wetter dollar? Shouldn't we get 1 Yankee buck for 62 Canuck pennies?

Just knowing those hosers are a mere fraction of a metric parsec away is really scary.

ken e. said...

not as scary as (most) american beer...

ken e. said...

oh look!

ken e. said...

boom! my very own century.

Vegas said...

Everest bum has a cassette and derailleur but no shifters, hence ss. Not a fixie, though, so def lowers his street cred.

The title is "Riding Everest" but is he ever seen, or even able to, RIDE at all? He is described (and pictured) as "carrying it." I'm all about a good hike-a-bike, but that's so I can to get to or piece together some sweet singletrack, not just carry an odd-shaped weight up the hill. Maybe he could hop up it trials style like Hans Rey, and an official can count his dabs (separate numbers for uphill and downhill?).

Or maybe he should look into a loophole, the rule probably says nothing about taking a unicycle to the peak. Easier to portage, and then a great one-handed rodeo-style descent.

McFly said...

MORE AIR BAG HEALMENT PORN ORIMAFUCKINKILLAYA....I am patiently awaiting the "CAR BACK RADIO EDIT REMIX."

Anonymous said...

lol! new york cowards don't seem to be able to admit to making mistakes.

McFly said...

One of my FB "friends" posts:


David and I went up Mnt Le Conte today but had to go back to base camp 1 after we realized we left our food and water there.


True Story.

g-roc said...

Vegas said... a cassette and derailleur but no shifters, hence ss.

A little self restraint would make any bike ss.

JB said...

Elephant Trunk Skidding Down K2 coming soon to Vimeo.

Anonymous said...

Bike racing in itself doesn't set a poor example for all cyclists; it is the insistance on the US bike industry to set racing as the standard for bicycling. Joe Couch potato watches five minutes of the Tour de France, gets inspired, buys "Bicycling Magazine;" reads all those ads and articles for the perfect bike, purchases a racing bike with full kit, rides once, feels the pain, hangs the bike in the garage, and returns to the couch. That's the dumb one. The smarter one says "f*#k it I don't want to do that" and just stays on the couch. The smartest one buys a comfort bike and begins by riding a few miles a few times a week with his family and or friends and it grows on him. Bike racing has no baby steps; Lance was born wearing spandex.

JB said...

The smartest one buys Couch Potato #1's year-old, unused race bike on craigslist for 50%.

Anonymous said...

I totally did that. Got an 09 crabon Synapse for 900 in '11.

Douche' Simon & FarOutFarFarkle said...

Where have you gone Re-cem-babe ...

Our Douche' cult turns it's horny thoughts to you ...

Woo-Woo-Woo

Anonymous said...

Like a Bridge over skanky water

Simondouche' & GarFUNKdouche' said...

Hello recumbabe, my old friend
I've come to finger-bang with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my scranus
Still remains
Within the sound of douche' bagging ...

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:20 AM(?) - you are so right. Since I gave up my Fred-ness and started riding an old raleigh, I started to ENJOY cycling. I don't have to go fast. My times doesn't have to be better than the time before. The Mags teach us to be good little consumers and buy the most expensive bikes, shoes, clothes, helmets, accessories. Screw em - tkae your son or daughter out for a bike ride in the park. Do it again. Find a few nice safe trails. Repeat. Enjoy.

cycle

Anonymous said...

My grammers doesn't have to be better than grammers before....

3rd Son from the Stoned said...

so, ya gotta tell me ...

is it 4:20 yet?

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I sense a kindred spirit. The guy you see with the pro, say football jersey, with the name of his favorite player on it doesn' believe for one second that he will be playing in the NFL the next season. He sits on the couch, tosses the football around with his kid, and maybe gets the guys together for a touch football game. The "Fred" who buys the crabon bike with all the fashion accessories actually believes he be a star. he abandons and alienates his family and friends, rides to the point of pain and injury, all for that "personal best." But as Bike Snob says, he is only deluding himself; he simply sucks.

Anonymous said...

What is the deal with the breast in the Dockers ad?

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Robert said...

I laughed at "mandatory driving helmet"

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