Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Popularity Contests: It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know

The world is full of injustice and misfortune.  Natural disasters decimate cities.  Corrupt totalitarian governments oppress their citizens.  Millions of people are still in thrall simply because of their gender or ethnicity.  For example, did you know that in parts of Canada it's still illegal for people of Scandinavian descent to vote or own property?  Well, it's true, just listen to this recent piece on NPR.

On the other hand, here's something that doesn't even register on the injustice scale: When a bike gets stolen.  However, you wouldn't know this by the way people carry on publicly when it happens to them.  I realize it's politically incorrect in the cycling world to suggest that stealing a bike isn't actually tantamount to abducting a child.  I also know it's frowned upon to be completely unmoved when someone absconds with someone else's special two-wheeled snowflake.  Nevertheless, this is how I usually feel.  

Sure, you can call it schadenfreude, but that's not what this is.  According to the dictionary, schnadenfreude is "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others," and I don't enjoy it when someone's bike gets stolen, I just don't give a shit.  Actually, even that's not true.  Sometimes I do actually give a shit.  Here are the circumstances under which I am emotionally moved by a bike theft:

--The bike belonged to me
--The bike belonged to someone close to me
--The bike belonged to a stranger but was taken from them violently
--The bike belonged to someone who was so dependent on it that without it he or she is going to starve

Other than that, when I hear about someone's bike getting stolen, a shrug of the shoulders and a quick "Huh, that sucks" is pretty much all I need to shake off the story and get back to enjoying my Froot Loops.  It's not that I lack compassion for my fellow cyclists.  Every time I read another story about a rider getting injured or killed I am gutted.  But when I hear yet another tale of woe about someone's fixie getting nabbed from in front of the bar I'm indifferent.  That's just the way I'm calibrated.  That's also why I didn't find this story even remotely inspiring:


It also didn't help that a key player in the bike's recovery was Sasha Frere-Jones, whose writing embodies pretty much all that I find loathsome:

In fact, it was a team effort. I was helped by several dozen strangers; by Slate's political blogger Dave Weigel and film critic Dana Stevens; by New Yorker music critics Sasha Frere-Jones and Alex Ross; by singer-songwriter Neko Case; by three plainclothes New York City policemen; and especially by writer and musician Nick Sylvester. All those people—and Twitter—found my bicycle.

Nor that the owner didn't even lock up the bike in the first place before adjourning to a coffee house where he proceeded to basically just dick around:

Except that I hadn’t locked the bike. Maybe I was delirious from the heat, or maybe I was just careless. I’d leaned the bike against the parking meter but neglected to chain it. I bought an iced coffee and settled down to work. I remember glancing up a few times and seeing my bike sitting there. I wrote a sentence or two. I surfed the Internet a bit; I typed a tweet. The clock ticked. Somewhere, an angel wept. And just after 2:20, I looked up. The bike had vanished. 

Which is not surprising, since bike theft is a "national epidemic:"

Of course it had. Bicycle theft is a national epidemic. Each year, more than 1 million bikes are stolen in the United States. In 2010, the most recent year for which the FBI has figures, stolen bikes accounted for 3.3 percent of U.S. larceny-theft cases. Those numbers only begin to tell the story, as most bike thefts go unreported. New York is widely regarded as the nation’s bicycle-theft capital—Kryptonite’s signature bike lock is called the “New York Lock”—and in New York, as elsewhere, bike stealing spikes during times of economic distress.  

Is it fair to count yourself as a victim of a national epidemic when you didn't even lock your bike in the first place?  Sure, technically it was stolen.  And sure, regardless of whether the bike was locked or not a crime is still a crime and the criminal deserves to be punished.  Nevertheless, the fact that it was a bike is more or less incidental, since if you leave anything even remotely portable on the sidewalk in New York City someone is going to make off with it eventually.  Sure, it had two wheels and a chain drive, but practically speaking there was no difference between it and an old discarded computer monitor.

Anyway, if you're old enough, you may recall the ironic expression "Alert the media!"  Well, thanks to social networking, now you actually can alert the media, and that's exactly what this person did:

Neither Book Court nor Brian Lehrer (nor Jay-Z, nor Mayor Bloomberg) answered the call. But the news was getting around, thanks to friends and colleagues, some of them with large Twitter followings. Slate’s Dana Stevens (9,600 followers) and Dave Weigel (64,000) retweeted it. So did Slate, the mother ship (370,000-plus). The New Yorker music brain trust, Sasha Frere-Jones and Alex Ross, spread the word to their combined 46,000 followers. One of the subscribers to Frere-Jones’s Twitter feed is the indie rock star Neko Case, who retweeted my plea to her 59,000 followers.

And guess who ended up saving the day:

The pivotal player turned out to be Frere-Jones.

Thanks to the fact that he has friends with ample leisure time.

His retweet made its way to Nick Sylvester, a journalist, musician, and co-founder of the record label and production company, God Mode. (Thus his Twitter handle, @GODMODEINTERNET.) Sylvester was working at his office, just east of Union Square in Manhattan. He sent me an email describing his afternoon:

I was dead set on exercising but didn't have any clean gym shorts. This was around 4pm...[I] walked over to Paragon Sports on Broadway to pick up something basic. On the way I passed a bike with enormous white wheels. It was an absurd looking bicycle. I don't ride bikes, but I remember liking that the wheels had the words “Thick Brick” on them. I picked up shorts and went to the gym and did my whole routine and so on. Around 5:30 I got back to my computer. (I don't keep Twitter on my phone anymore, it makes me too anxious.) That's when I saw Sasha's retweet about your bike being stolen. Something about you tweeting "only 1 bike like mine in Brooklyn" made me click the link to the photo. There were those wheels again, the Thick Bricks.

It was at this point that I paused to reevaluate my life--not because I was humbled by how helpful these people were, but rather because I was stunned that they actually had so much time to be helpful.  I'm a semi-professional bike blogger, and you'd be hard-pressed to dream up an easier "job" than the one I have.  So why is it that, despite having the world's least demanding and most fatuous vocation, I still never find myself sitting around at 4pm on a weekday thinking, "Huh, I'd sure like to work out today, I think I'll meander on over to Paragon and go shorts shopping because I have a fuckton of time on my hands."?  I mean, you have to have serious amounts of leisure time to wander around the city helping to solve mysteries.  Frankly, I don't see how it's possible without being a member of the British aristocracy.  Clearly I'm doing something very, very wrong.  Actually, every person in this story seems to have a stupendous amount of free time, from the victim on down.

Anyway, ultimately it's clear to me that you can get your stolen bike back in New York City, provided you follow these three (3) simple steps:

1) Be popular
2) Be annoying
3) Have an absurd amount of leisure time

The rest of us, unfortunately, are fucked.

(And yes, when my bike gets stolen and I send out the inevitable "Help me" Tweet, please feel free to mock me.)

Of course, while it's pretty easy to steal a bike in New York, politicians seem intent on making actual voluntary bike share as difficult as possible, and now we have another official saying that everybody should have to wear helments:


Here's why:

Liu called for making helmets mandatory for bike share users, citing DOT statistics that in 97 percent of fatal accidents, the rider was not wearing a helmet. 

To which Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives has the logical reply:

A plan that forces New Yorkers to wear helmets won't prevent the crashes that put them at risk in the first place," she said. "To protect people from gun violence, we don't force them to wear bulletproof vests -- we correctly focus on stopping gun violence in the first place. "

Having already affronted the "bike culture" by revealing that I don't give a crap about bike theft, I'll also go ahead and add that I also don't give a crap about helments--especially when we're talking about bike share, since riding bike for ten blocks at 8mph without some foam on your head is just not that big a deal.  If the city's worried about lawsuits, maybe they should take a look at the police department, which seems to draw plenty of them--though they'll probably just force us to wear helmets all the time instead so nobody gets injured during all those stop-and-frisks.  Then, before you know it, we'll all be wearing these (forwarded by a reader):


Evidently, the idea is that the lights will remind motorists that you're special:

Furthermore, LumaHelm can also visualize heart rate to make other (road) users aware that the helmet wearer is a fragile human being and makes visible  to others that the wearer invests physical effort. Increased physical effort can lead to decreased attention, hence the LumaHelm makes visible that cyclists might not be in the same bodily state as their fellow road users such as car drivers, hopefully contributing to a better understanding of each other’s different needs, furthering the appreciation of each other.

I agree it's important to remind other road users of your different needs, though generally speaking I find a middle finger is sufficient.

Lastly, in more news that's perhaps only of interest to New Yorkers, another reader has forwarded me this article, which reveals that Robert Moses actually liked bikes:



Consider this:

Such as bike paths. Few people think of Moses as a cycling advocate, what with his infamous—and unpardonable—refusal to include bike lanes on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (ostensibly for fear of suicides). But earlier in his career, Moses was a keen advocate of bicycling and built New York City's first true bicycle infrastructure. The Depression had set off a bicycle sales boom in the city, as people could no longer afford cars. In 1938, to accommodate all the new bicyclists, Moses announced a vast system of bike paths—"fifty miles of paved parkland roads exclusively for bicycle riders," gushed the New York Times, that would enable bike enthusiasts to "pedal from one end of the city to the other."

If you've ever visited New York and taken a taxicab from the airport, you've probably traveled along Robert Moses's handiwork in the form of the parkways.  Actually, if you took a cab you probably also traveled in a bike lane at some point too, since cabbies love to drive in bike lanes--though heavy-footed cabbies plying the bike lanes really isn't a big deal, just as long as all the cyclists are wearing helments.

115 comments:

wishiwasmerckx said...

fIRST

wishiwasmerckx said...

Second?

wishiwasmerckx said...

Sweep?

EsTeemed Commenter DaddoOnet said...

turd?

Anonymous said...

Podi.

KEEP IT PUNK

wishiwasmerckx said...

Where is everybody?

Kenny Banya said...

top ten

w said...

I've gotten so fat that I finished first and third...

theEel said...

WEED!

Chip O'Leany said...

Eating pussy.

Anonymous said...

I fucking love you.

Also, Sasha-Frere Jones once was gonna sell me some music gear on Craigslist and pulled out as I was on my way over when someone offered him more. His writing is bad enough, and then THAT? The injustice!

Anonymous said...

11 teenth. This is mcflys brother. hey bro my wife wrecked your bike yesterday

mikeweb said...

Uh, oh. A 'Just Kidding' photo day. McFly will be delayed for a while once he sets eyes on the 'first mate'.

Captain Hardbread said...

thick Brick

singlespeedwaster said...

Hey, I was liking that neighbourhood, and thought Martin Amis would have made good company

grog said...

Nice work, wishi.
We been sleepeen.
Do you smell bacon?

Anonymous said...

And the day before

Bill Smith said...

In case any of you read books, Robert Caro's biography of Robert Moses is a great read.

Anonymous said...

My bike was stolen off a second floor patio last month. was angry for two days, realized it was a bicycle and moved on. in those two days instead of harassing twitter or facebook i drove around with a large knife looking for it. than i grew up... just think, someone could have died because i don't have twitter.

Anonymous said...

I have twitter but both of my followers live out of state. They're no help at all.

Anonymous said...

WOW New York is a city where I want to go to ride a bike. Motorists deliberately run over cyclists (and pedestrians) and it is the stolen bike capital of the U.S. Sounds like fun to me!

ringcycles said...

Is Sasha Frere-Jones actually a person? He seems so much more like one of Sasha Baron Cohen's characters. I mean, has anyone ever seen them at the same time in the same place?

mikeweb said...

+1 to that Bill Smith.

I saw the 'Fire Chief' parked on Court st. just the other day, about a block from Marty Amis' house. Must've been right after she got it back.

So, most of the people in that neighborhood below the age of 40 seem to be either lawyers, writers, or people who work in 'media'.

I may have to move back to the waterfront or Red Hook. What?! Oh shit, not there too...

Ln Wf said...

Mrtn Anus - u can sk my imbc pntamter

Dave said...

I've had 5 or 6 bikes stolen over the decades. The first one hurt, but after that I almost liked it, since I could go right to the yard sales and get a better one the following weekend.

Still, I'd like to sentence bike thieves to a month of removing abandoned junker bikes from the streets (with no profit to them, of course).

mikeweb said...

Oops, according to Slate, Jody is a him, not a her. Sorry Jody.

JB said...

No clean gym shorts, so he ventured out to buy a pair? How about pulling some out of the dirty clothes? A clean pair would be stinky in 15 minutes. Must be a 1%er.

babble on said...

Surely you meant to say: heavy-footed cabbies plying the bike lanes really aren't a big deal, just as long as all the cyclists are wearing helmets and safety shoes...?
spokenscene.blogspot.ca

Fred Nifacent said...

I wish I had time to play scooby doo...I could run around the city on my over priced italian steel and crabon bike saving the fine residents of NYC from bike stealing zombies. The bandits would cry "If it wasnt for that meddling kid I would have gotten away with it".

le Correcteur said...

A great sentence, WRM/Snob:


"I agree it's important to remind other road users of your different needs, though generally speaking I find a middle finger is sufficient."

Poppadaddio said...
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Poppadaddio said...

Whoever stole that stupid bike from Sasha Frere-Jones did her a favor.

Anonymous said...

This proves once again that NYC is the most inbred city in the world.

Also, I thought thrall was some sort of seafood dish. Thanks for actually using it in a sentence for me.

Anonymous said...

BGW wakeup It is almost noon in Calif.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused - helmets, good or bad?

cycle

Anonymous said...

The middle finger is my biking mudra.

Take a bow WCRM. Gold.

Doug said...

My "thank you to fuck you" ratio has gotten to the point I hardly need my middle finger anymore...at least for riding. I guess I'm getting old. Except for taxicabs of course. They help me remember how to cuss like a sailor. P.S. You nailed it again today, WRM.

Marcel Da Chump said...

Sasha "Fuckton of Free Time" Jones.

Sasha's mom said...

Poppadadio, her? Sasha is a male. An annoying male and a piss-poor writer to boot, but a male nonetheless

Anonymous said...

that dumbass has his helment on backwards

Buffalo Bill said...

But, does Martin Amis own a car?

Anonymous said...

Curious, I just read a few pieces by SFJ. I figured being disliked by Snobby gives him serious street cred. He gets paid for writing that drivel? Shit. I guess if Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Meyer can make money any simian can.

cycle

Anonymous said...

where do I find time to read this stupid blog?

JB said...

Stealing bikes is bad. LOOK AT ALL OF THE SEMI-FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME!!

Anonymous said...

Subrosa ad for Twitter with accompanying ridiculous amount of cooltard name dropping makes this Anonymous commenter very tired - Martin Amis level tired and that, my readers, is avant fatigue avec une peu de rebattu. C'est compris?

And by the way, I take strong offense to your characterization of people with ample free time as somehow less serious than the "working". It is quite hard work "working" at being libre, libre, libre!

Anonymous said...

Look it's not an ad for Twitter...

(I don't keep Twitter on my phone anymore, it makes me too anxious.)

Oh, Ok. Concern Troll sentiment noted.

Quick,Robin! To the Face Book!

Anonymous said...

Jody Rosen forgot to thank the whole cast of Glee who was wandering around singing a Queen cover and looking for his lost ride!

mikeweb said...

A hundred years ago the headline would've read:

Murrayhill-745!
How the telephone found my filched P-far

Amazing how people who owe their livelihoods to the Internet stand in awe at its power.

That, and this guy was pretty lucky. Good thing his bike is so 'unique looking'. Like Uncle Fester unique.

crosspalms said...

Can Sasha, Brother of Jones, help me get my Lamborghini back? I had left it idling by the curb with the door open while I popped into a cafe for a double soy latte and a chat with the barista. Lo, when I emerged from the cafe my ride was gone! It would be enough to make me lose faith in my fellow man if I didn't know my other fellow men were also idling and just a tweet away.

Billy said...

cycle-Anonymous @ 2:02 PM:

"I'm confused - helmets, good or bad?"

You must be new here. The answer is always meh.

Dooth said...

Now why did they have to drag the amazing Neko Case into this solipsistic Twitter tale? I love her music-- solo and with the New Pornographers.

Anonymous said...

No use getting all riled up over a whiter shade of trash.

bikesgonewild said...

...yet another esoteric & distinctly brooklynesian post...

...the power of being a twit is revealed & all is well on the streets of nyc...

...hell, i'm going back to sleep...

crosspalms said...

So would Crowdsource Rescue be a better band name or song name?

bikesgonewild said...

...& a shout-out to wishiwasmerckx for dominating the podium on the second day of 'the tour of brooklyn'...

...careful, wiwm...this years 'podium girls' are trannies in an 'everybody is equal' program...(not that there is anything wrong with that - but i'm just sayin')...

P. Bateman said...

i get thick bricks all too easily. sometimes even from just reading BSNYC. they don't call it a Re-Cum-Bent for nothing.

Anonymous said...

Steve Tilford would never say " (I don't keep Twitter on my phone anymore, it makes me too anxious.) "

Anonymous said...

Dooth,

Poor Neko, here's the real tragedy. She helps SFJ; her status as my preferred celebrity crush just dropped.

Life is cruel, man.

What is the story with the NYC politicians and this bike share program? It is like a biggest tool contest.

That girl from trans.alts did a nice job of quashing the helment quaf.

Robert Moses said...

Those who can, build. Those who cannot, take hikes on bicycles.

CommieCanuck said...

That "right" label is actually printed on the left side of the helment.

meh.

CommieCanuck said...

"I'm confused - helmets, good or bad?"

Helmets are good, people are bad.

CommieCanuck said...

"The first one hurt, but after that I almost liked it.."

We are talking about bikes here, right?

CommieCanuck said...

Personally, I only use Twitter for careful descriptions of my bowel movements.
I call it my Shitter Feed, or making a Sheet.

Scat fetish German said...

Vee like der sheets.

bikesgonewild said...

...i'm finding "...my bike was stolen..." to be awfully strong terminology for a city about to implement a 'bike share program'...

...i see the owner as having '...shared...' their bike with someone who simply assumed the program was already underway so they rode to manhattan where they left the bike, unharmed for the next user/sharer...

...the lack of a lock might leave one to extrapolate that "...this indeed is a bicycle to be ridden to another location where i shall leave it for the next person in need of pedal powered transportation..."...

...logical really...& whilst the 'known twits' were kind enough to be concerned, they acted as no more than a gps locator system...

...every bike in the system must needs be kept track of at the end of the day...

...so, i suggest it's a case of "...much ado about nothing..." in nyc...

Jimboner said...

I agree it's important to remind Sasha-Fred-Jones of your different needs, though generally speaking I find a middle finger is sufficient.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

canuk, you ever have thick bricks on your shitter feed?

Anonymous said...

Panties!

Anonymous said...

It's not what you know, it's whose panties you can see!

Pee La Poop said...

Commie's scatological jokes really stink (in a good way).

Anonymous said...

I actually feel for someon who has had their bike, or any other hard earned property, stolen. I wish I could be as cavalier as you wild cat but then again I don't own a stable of expensive artisinal bikes for every occassion. It don't think it's comparable to a serious crime but it still sucks hard.

Anonymous said...

I was dead set on going for a ride, but my bike's tires had no air in them. This was around 4pm. So I walked over to Paragon to buy a new bike, and passed by these shorts with an enormous white person in them. These were absurd looking shorts. I don't wear pants myself, but I remember liking that it looked like someone had laid a thick brick in them. Around 5:30 I got back to my computer …  

Anonymous said...

have had a few bikes stolen over the years each time I wished a painful death to the thief. Time has not lessened this death wish. that's why i take perverse pleasure in frequently rewatching this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfTicjVG_ZU

the message is simple, don't steal bikes bro.

Christian said...

Here in Sweden insurance company Folksam today expanded on their previous "Wear a helmet"-policy and suggested on national TV all commuting cyclists should wear protective padded gear:

http://t.co/JngaXsf2

I did a bit of googling and found it to be this "Action Shirt":

http://www.forcefieldbodyarmour.com/product/action-shirt/2353

Here is the piece, however in Swedish:

http://www.svt.se/nyhetsklipp/nyheter/article155087.svt

Christian said...

Here in Sweden insurance company Folksam today expanded on their previous "Wear a helmet"-policy and suggested on national TV all commuting cyclists should wear protective padded gear:

http://t.co/JngaXsf2

I did a bit of googling and found it to be this "Action Shirt":

http://www.forcefieldbodyarmour.com/product/action-shirt/2353

Here is the piece, however in Swedish:

http://www.svt.se/nyhetsklipp/nyheter/article155087.svt

Charlie said...

The biggest reason that encouraged me to buy a folding bike was the fear of being stolen while I'm not around. At least with the folding
bike I can carry it with me without the risk of unpleasant surprises on the way back home.

Anonymous said...

Has wearing a helmet, ever gotten any one hurt?

crosspalms said...

I wouldn't wear one to an anti-helmet rally

Anonymous said...

If the powers that be made bike helmets mandatory, I wouldn't ride. That would show them! Just kidding, I would wear a helmet and ride. Why? Because I enjoy riding my bike and my hair would be all messed like Ryan Seacrest's but without the goo.

Drink said...

THCK BRCK

Drink said...

HELL MENT

Drink said...

TWTR RATI

Sir Palpbert of Douche'henge said...

I hear through my lob grapevine connections that Bike Snob NYC is about to be knighted. 'The Royal Order of the Recumbent Recumbabe Palp' none the less. The highest order of them all. Snob will be able to breed outside of his species. Sir Snob?

McFly said...

I googled "Givers of Shit" and got 2,096,376 results in .067 seconds. BSNYC was not on that list.

Anonymous said...

Stop Googling the BSNYC. It just makes you look silly and the BSNYC enjoys it.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know where John Lui gets his stats. Probably cooked up like his campaign finance records..

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

LUMA HELM

Tull said...

Thick as a Brick,

JDH said...

anon 5;23-only when you hit an obstacle,and the helment flops over your eyes, and you fall and hit the back of your head.

Gearald Bostock said...

The Society For Literary Advancement And Gestation disqualified my epic poem.

Wankers.

Anonymous said...

JDH-A proper fitting helmet won't do that. NIce try.

Unknown said...
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steve parkes said...

Sounds like somebody woke up on the wrong side of the blogosphere this morning.

Anonymous said...

In this hard-hitting expose (I've never seen a soft-hitting expose, by the way), The Onion confirms what faithful Wildcat Rock Machine readers had already surmised:

http://www.theonion.com/video/internet-scam-alert-most-kickstarter-projects-just,28655/

Anonymous said...

JSK only rides a bike for photo ops.

The rest of the time, she's chauffered around in a big black SUV.

Anonymous said...

Dead last, finally.

Anonymous said...

You know what you would love then? Ladri di Biciclette ("The Bicycle Thief"). Film geeks always tout it. Meets criterion #4 I believe ("The bike belonged to someone who was so dependent on it that without it he or she is going to starve.")

Anonymous Coward said...

@Anonymous 8:41,

Sorry pipped at the line. You jumped too soon.

McFly said...

Brother?!? I need to talk to my mom.

Anonymous said...

Big C

McFly said...

Hey Bro if she trashed the Raleigh on her own accord then I hope she is OK. If she crashed it because you grabbed her handlebar to "help her along".....again....then that is NOT ok.

WPVelo said...

anonymous coward-it takes endurance to finish this sucker.

fin

That was great! said...

I don't have time to read the whole page, but Poppadaddio at 1:51 surely must be wearing the purple jersey right now.

Unknown said...

From the stolen bike link comments:
"So this is really a story about having connected friends. Great for the rest of us."

Exactly what I was thinking. Glad he recovered the bicycle though, good read.

CommieCanuck said...

I googled "Givers of Shit" and got 2,096,376 results in .067 seconds. BSNYC was not on that list.

Was I?

CommieCanuck said...

The biggest reason that encouraged me to buy a folding bike was the fear of being stolen while I'm not around.

I had three bikes stolen in 4 years on the university campus. I finally got two things: a bigger office and a folding bike with 20" wheels. At my height, I look like one of those clowns at the circus,(the rainbow afro doesn't help), but I read somewhere that cycling is all about indignity anyway.

The biggest problem with a folding bike is the humorous morons who shout out, "hey, yer bike is broken.hwar...hwar", or the people who ask you 30 questions with genuine interest, but would never, ever actually ride a bike to work. That's gay.

Dave said...

Hey, Bostock - we all know you're juicing. Who's your supplier - T.S. Eliot? Ezra Pound? Come on, talk.

sj said...

Hey Bikesnob! Unrelated question to the article (though I did just get a flippin no helmet ticket by an angry lesbian officer)... Where is a gal to go to watch the Tour in NYC or BK where I can enjoy an adult beverage in the AM and watch my favorite sporting event without judgment? I'm new to the city...

Anonymous said...

Heh. I left my bike leaning against a bike rack down by Water St. earlier this year. Overnight! Ack!! Shockingly, it was still there when I returned the next morning.

Anonymous said...

Back in his biking days Robert Moses was still knows as "Bobby Mo"

Bonk said...

As part of my new life mantra:

"Irony is for pussies, it's all about subliminalities"

I find myself commenting on a previous days post. I usually consider this the territory of losers, snoozers and yesterday's newsers but... well, here we are.

I have mixed feelings about this particular bike theft. On the one hand I think the theif should have thrown that shit straight in the river. The "other hand" is holding my beer so that pretty much sums it up.

The point I'm making is that, while I appreciate the subliminalities of posting a picture of the briefly stolen bike leaning on a pole UNLOCKED (what did the author REALLY learn?) I think we can all rest easy in the knowledge that the seat post is secure-ish.

Anonymous said...

I had a bike stolen. It was while I was living at the top of the biggest, steepest hill in town, and I had disconnected the brakes for some unfinished servicing reason. I imagine the hospital bills were about a thousand times what the bike would have cost new.

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Anonymous said...

So 50 miles is a "vast system" ?
Puh-leeeeeze!

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