Wednesday, June 27, 2012

You Can't Spell "Wednesday" Without "Wednesday," Though You Can Abbreviate It

Further to yesterday's post, a reader informs me that, according to a local news poll, 79% of the kinds of doofuses who participate in local news polls think cyclists should be required to wear helmets:


I'm willing to get behind a mandatory helment law, but only if we also pass a law that says all pet cats and dogs must wear helments as well at all times--and that includes indoor cats, because you never know when a potted plant is going to fall off a windowsill and clock Mittens right on the bean.  However, I'm willing to bet that a pet helment law will never happen, since while non-cycling New Yorkers are perfectly happy to demean cyclists by forcing them to wear foam hats for no reason, they actually tend to treat their pets with some measure of dignity.

Speaking of helment laws, another reader tells me Felix Salmon (who is not a cartoon character) is also against them--and he's actually smart, so in your face:



First of all, consider this chart:


Then consider this:

The x-axis shows bikers as a percentage of total commuters, while most bike trips in New York are not home-to-work commutes at all. If you included all New York cyclists, New York would have a higher ratio of cyclists, and fatalities per cyclist would go down. Put it this way: the chart is taking the total number of bike fatalities, and dividing it by the total number of bike commuters, rather than the total number of bicyclists as a whole. 

Yeah, I didn't understand any of that either, and that's how you know this Felix guy is one clever Salmon.  All I know is that I'm pretty sure the "X-Axis" is a new mountain bike pedal from Time, though I'm not sure what that has to do with cycling fatalities, unless that chart is just showing the float/release curve.

But here's the part I did understand:

Liu is also pushing to make helmets mandatory; I’m not such a fan of that idea. For one thing, I have yet to see any empirical data showing that mandatory helmets increase safety. And in general, insofar as a mandatory helmet law would reduce the number of cyclists, it would also reduce the safety-in-numbers effect.

To that I would like to add an emphatic and articulate "What he said."  I also appreciated this little bit of irony:

Liu also wheeled out the media-relations guy from AAA New York, of all people, to say that the best way to prevent cyclists incurring serious injuries is to force those cyclists to wear helmets. That’s just depressing: one would hope that a car-drivers’ organization might at least pay lip service to safer driving, rather than putting the onus entirely on the bikers.

Taking bike safety advice from the AAA media-relations guy is like taking new car advice from David Byrne:


("The Huyndai Elantra is the obvious choice.  It comes in lots of pretty colors and the cupholders are awesome.")

By the way, if you want more cycling tips from America's premiere motoring club, just watch this instructional video:




This video tells you pretty much everything you need to know about riding a bike along the skidmarks of Canada's soiled underpants.  First of all, there are only three (3) acceptable reasons for an adult to ride a bicycle, and those are:

--"It's a great form of exercise"
--"It's good for the environment"
--"It's fun to ride"

So remember, if you ride for any other reason--like because it's practical, or because it's less expensive--you are a godless communist and should take the next steamship back to Amsterhagen forever.

Also, make sure you're highly visible at all times to ensure that you're readily identifiable as the freak you are.  Acceptable attire includes Tridork:



Human Margarita:


And of course Chalk Outline:


Just kidding about that last one.  Police only use chalk outlines at crime scenes, and everybody knows that in America it's perfectly legal to run over cyclists.

In any case, even Felix Salmon does have some concerns about the bike share program, those being:

Meanwhile, my biggest fear is that we’ll see the opposite: a bunch of people who have no idea what they’re doing, riding on sidewalks, salmoning, and generally causing chaos.

I particularly enjoyed that Felix Salmon used the term "salmoning," though it's unclear if he means it in the "riding against traffic" sense or the "riding while interpreting data" sense.

Also pertinent to yesterday's post is this comment, which was appended to it by a reader:

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.


June 26, 2012 4:32 PM

First of all, I don't own a stable of artisanal bikes for every occasion, and I'm conspicuously lacking a handmade lugged 650b brunching porteur with a handlebar-mounted French press.  Secondly, as for wishing he could be as cavalier as me, my response to that is "You're welcome," because my "job" is to be cavalier about this sort of stuff so that you don't have to be.  Here is an extensive, though by no means complete, list of bike-related stuff I feel duty-bound not to give a shit about:


--When someone's ugly bike gets stolen, as in yesterday's post;
--When that same person gets his ugly stolen bike back because he constantly kisses the asses of a bunch of music dorks on Twitter, and then writes an article in "Salon" about it;
--Helments, and the wearing or non-wearing of same;

--The new Dura Ace and how it compares to the old Dura Ace;
--The latest crabon bike and what some reviewer writes after sitting on it for five minutes;
--Amateur bike racers' results, data, and race reports.  (This is because being good at amateur bike racing is not a talent.  At best, it's a dubious skill, like being double-jointed and grossing out girls in the school cafeteria.)

Fortunately, if you want to hear people giving a shit about these things, you're in luck, because it describes the entire rest of the cycling Internet.  And if something bike-related is not on the above list, it's safe to assume I also don't give a shit about that either--unless it pertains directly to me, in which case I care about it passionately.

Speaking of yesterday's post (and myself), in that post I remarked that I couldn't believe how much free time the people involved in that stolen bike recovery had.  Well, ironically, that very afternoon I suddenly found myself with a small yet enticing window of free time, during which I resolved to ride a bicycle.  Now, ordinarily when cycling for enjoyment I'd put on a bunch of stretchy clothes like the latent Fred that I am, but given the small amount of time this seemed even sillier than it usually does.  Plus, awhile back I read this book buy this guy:


In it, the guy says it's OK to ride a bike in your underpants, so I decided that's what I was going to do.  (Though I also had clothes on over my underpants, because I'm just self-conscious that way.)  Then, for the first time since returning from Italy and the puzzlingly-named Full Bike Day, I removed my detachable travel chariot from its case and reassembled it.  I'm pleased to report that even after being molested by baggage handlers in four countries (I'm referring to the bike bag, and not me, though I suppose if I'd been molested by baggage handlers in four countries I'd have a potentially lucrative lawsuit on my hands) it was still in good shape.  The only maintenance I needed to perform was taping the bars--though when I say "tape the bars" I obviously mean this:


New handlebar tape is for effete roadies and one percenters.

I also schmeared overpriced cream cheese on the underside of the saddle Eric "The Chamferer" Murray made me, because he said if I didn't he'd fucking kill me, and then he put his chamfering knife in my nostril for emphasis:


By the way, one might say I haven't quite earned the "World Traveller" sobriquet, but if riding from a hotel to a book signing and back again and then ordering room service in four (4) countries (one of which isn't even English-speaking) doesn't qualify me as a world traveller then I don't know what does.

Anyway, thusly equipped, I rode until I wound up at the beach:


I should add that, in addition to wearing underpants, I also wore a fanny pack:


There was a time, many years ago, when I would often ride this very same route clad in a t-shirt and a fanny pack, simply because I didn't know any better.  Then came the stretchy clothes, and the clicky shoes, and the aversion to "junk miles," and before I knew it I had to read a book to remind me of how much fun I'd been having back in the fanny pack days:


Anyway, I didn't have much time to hang around and relax, so instead I took a picture that made it look like I was hanging around and relaxing in the hopes that doing so would convince me that I was actually relaxing:


I suppose taking a contrived relaxation picture is the underpants-and-fanny-pack equivalent of Strava.

Speaking of world traveling, the guy who made this movie forwarded me this movie:



And you'll either be relieved or disgusted to know that people still haven't tired of parading themselves in front of the poor people of the world on their fixiebikes:


Apparently, our cities are no longer "edgy" enough, so in order to feel special they have to travel to places like this:


("I'm gonna gentrify the fuck outta this town.")

Then, they have to act like drinking coffee is a big deal:


At first I thought the smiling guy on the left was under the mistaken impression that he was actually watching the filming of a real TV show or documentary, but then I realized he was probably smiling for altogether different reasons:


Anyway, hats off and underpants on for the filmmaker:


And lastly, from North London comes this cockpit:


Which incorporates Grip Shift nubbins to stunning effect:


Strangely, the reader who sent me these pictures called the setup "subtle," though I guess that's just the British spelling of the word we here in Uh-merica spells as "suttle."  He also speculated that the setup was designed "possibly to accommodate an extra pair of tiny t-rex hands."

I'm inclined to agree.

125 comments:

Anonymous said...

Win, bababoom

Jasper said...

Early doors

Jasper said...

Took me too long to scroll down to the bottom of that post

Kenny Banya said...

GC contender

McFly said...

Me Gusta

Kenny said...

AND THAT'S HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW!

Wodin said...

Hey, it's my day, leave it alone.

theEel said...

WEdnEsDay!

Dell-boy said...

Te gustas what, McFly, float/release curves?

Captain Hardbread said...

coin slot

Sub-tle said...

You can't make a T. Rex wear a helmet though

Anonymous said...

Top twenty, now to read!

balls®

Anonymous said...

you guys need to get a life so I can win. y'all are like poop flys

crosspalms said...

That is a weird setup on the London bike, but it must be practical cause I can see a fender on the rear wheel. Fenders never lie.

Kenny Banya said...

"Fortunately, if you want to hear people giving a shit about these things, you're in luck, because it describes the entire rest of the cycling Internet."

Gold Snobby, GOLD!

Anonymous said...

Maglia verde for climbing!

mikeweb said...

Does Felix Salmon live in Carroll Gardens? No? Must be a total hack...

crosspalms said...

@sub-tle
But he likes to ride anyway.

Gaffer Smythe said...

That North London cockpit (NLCP for short) is obviously designed for those aliens from "Cowboys & Aliens". You know, they have the extra set of arms that pops out from their human equivalent of the navel area. Like duh, totally.

Gaff

mikeweb said...

I particularly enjoyed that Felix Salmon used the term "salmoning," though it's unclear if he means it in the "riding against traffic" sense or the "riding while interpreting data" sense.

LoLz.

Bod said...

"read this book buy this guy"
Ooh! Insidious subliminal marketing! Nice...

Esteemed Commenter DaddoOne said...

I am so fucking cranky today it is unbelievable.

DerZoots said...

T_REX hands!!!!!!
AWESOMEZ!

SO Weedey today.

All day for sure. Gonna ride the stretchy pants outfit cycler bicyle style now weed.

Painties...cause they never go out of style.

Anonymous said...

Oh!!

Missed the break. Mid packer fodder....BUT>>>

"Amsterhagen" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A deep bow to King Snob.

I don't need a Helmut Newton said...

Even though I am dead, I concur with the bike share idiot-chaos theory. Like yesterday when I encountered two alluring godzillas (who should be very interested in the latest t-rex shifters) out for a 'nice ride' on their bike share bikecycles. They had just coasted down a quite substantial 1-1.5% grade and were obviously totally winded at that point. So they decided to both stop on the trail, dismount, and rest both bikes on the ground mostly laying on the trail. There they stood, gasping for air, ample chests heaving in a rather provocative yet gnarly sounding manner, blocking the entire heavily-traveled trail with no way to bypass them right at the bottom of a very large bluff coming from the other direction. Did I mention the ample chests?

mikeweb said...

Just figured the 'Weednesday' theme in today's post:

Haile Sallassi was the king of Ethiopia, a.k.a. Jah, Ras Tafari, mon!!!

Gwan get di chalice!

DerZoots said...

THIS YOU FUCKEN LAND LUBBERZ.

Anonymous theEel said...

WEdnEsDay!

June 27, 2012 12:24 PM

THE LAND LOB-ERZ YOU GUYS ARE A-OK.
NOW THE REST OF FOOK THE HELL OFFS.

b. byrne said...

I had my entire lower intestinal track replaced with the worlds rarest of rare bamboos 'nastus borbonicus' native to La Reunion Island east of MadagasCAR. Now my fecal matter not only does not stank but in fact it has a freshly organic bio-friendly artisANAL aroma. Only problemo is that on the rare occasion that I pass gas there is a strange tooting sound reminiscent of a Tibetan Buddist trumpet horn bugle.

Anonymous said...

BSNYC- All this discussion about underpants has led me to suspect you are a closet never-nude... Have fun with that.

DerZoots said...

YO Helmut Newton

YU SHOULDA FUCKED THEM CHESTY BROAD RIGHT THE HELL OUTTA THE WAY.
FUCKED EM GOOD I SAYS. Best WAY TO DEAL WITHA HEAVING OBSTRUCTION.

MISSED Opportunities.

BoringCommenter said...

I actually found your blog in the first place because of this Felix Salmon post:

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/02/arnold-schwarzenegger-bike-salmon/

Which set me searching for the genius who coined bike salmon.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Many laughs caused by todays post. Thanks Snob.

Your stable is also conspicuously lacking a well designed and comfortable recumbent cycling bike.

ken e. said...

nice to see somewhere on the continent it's summer.

Paul Bowen said...

I really, really, really do not want everyone to drag out their helment arguments again but just to say that what your man Salmon's graph seems to be showing is what has been shown over and over again and all around the world - the one thing that's absolutely sure to make cyclists more safe is more cyclists. Helmets have not been shown to protect cylists from death or serious injury at the personal level and at population level they actually make cycling more dangerous.

Fred Nifacent said...

Consuming alchohol was reported in over 50% of all cycling related accidents. Why do they assume the cyclist was drinking? Now where the hell is my beer and boy do I gotta tinkle.

crosspalms said...

@Paul Bowen,
Hear, hear! (But I wear the damn thing anyway.)

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Woo-Hoo helment debate!! On Monday after work my family and I went for a ride on the local rail trail with NO helments.

You know what else? Sometimes I use tobacco products.

McFly said...

1) Does anyone else see the irony in mentioning "cats" and then bringing up a guy named "Felix"? Clearly a cat name. This post is laced/peppered with subliminalities.

2) That AAA Instructional Cycling Porn Instructor came equipped with a very nice "Braided Reign", albiet a one-hander. You could use the other hand for a "reach-around".

wishiwasmerckx said...

McFly, busy day today so I decided to forgo the AAA safety video, primarily due to the diminutive size of the instructor's chest pillows.

Gummy Joe said...

People have been pointing out the subtleties (suttletys) and subliminalities (I'm gonna use this word all day for EVERYTHING). I'll point out something coincedental. I call the frontal area inside my underwear "the cockpit". I call the part of my bikes where the handlebras attach "the front".

I wrecked "the front" of my bike, but, fortunately, sustained no damage to "the cockpit".

Not Kenny said...

And that is how a blog becomes a masterpiece!
Sorry, I just couldn't bring myself to use all caps.

Palentologist's knuckletats said...

TREX HANZ

crosspalms said...

Nice shoes, Wildcat. Envious...

Anonymous said...

More heaving ample chests or Ima fuckin kill you.

Tex rex don't wear a helmet because his arms can't reach the hasp.

Helmets shouldn't be law, but they do come in handy when you need them. Cracked one nice once.

Anonymous said...

More heaving ample chests or Ima fu*kin kill you.

Tex rex don't wear a helmet because his arms can't reach the hasp.

Helmets shouldn't be law, but they do come in handy when you need them. Cracked one nice once.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

ah-some post! thanks for the weed.

Fred Clydesdale said...

is it arTIZZENal, artiZAHNal or ARTiznl? i only ask because i always thought "artisan" was pronounced "artiZAHN", but found out recently that it was "ARTizn", which was disconcerting enough, but then i heard a bunch of people saying arTIZZENal, which is a whole nother pronounciatation from the two artisans i already know.

also, when you wear a helment, are you doing it for inSURance, INsurance, or because offisa pupp is watching you?

Serial Retrogrouch said...

Anon2:06,
you should wear a helment on your cockpit.

Anonymous said...

Got hit by an old biddy in a Prius yesterday. Guess she thought it was OK to mow down cyclists wearing helmets. (She was helping save the environment, after all.)

Anonymous said...

More Gentrification Or Ima Fuckin Kill You!

I am a disturbed engine. said...

http://vimeo.com/channels/lastnightsparty/44597521

Sometimes you see something so disturbing, that it can only called true bike porn.

You truly have to ask why would somebody create this.

THIS IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

bikesgonewild said...

...more sleep or i'ma fuckin' be cranky !!!...

...just sayin'...

Visegripmikey said...

Ctrl F comments: will get you there faster....

db said...

I suppose taking a contrived relaxation picture is the underpants-and-fanny-pack equivalent of Strava.

That or MapMyRIDE: "Plan it. Do it. Share it."

Suck it.

Jimboner said...

Holy Shit! Funny today!

mikeweb said...

In re I am a disturbed engine @ 2:27:

Something tells me the comments will slow way down for a half hour or so. Or maybe for a couple minutes; depends on the quality of said 'bike porn'...

Serial Retrogrouch said...

owning a laptop and knowing how to record digital video and how to edit it does not a film maker make.

so please, snobbie, stop calling them so.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

damn it, disturbed engine, you should put the disclaimer first!!!

Anonymous said...

1) Felix Salmon, metaphorically swimming upstream against the erstwhile flow of poorly formed opinions from sedentary political zealouts.

2) The Ethiopia video was interested except for the part advertising he was riding a fixed-gear--as I wasn't sure what that is supposed to do for the fucking travelogue.

3) Bikesnob, as I learned from the television show Weeds--all of my big life lessons are gleaned from watching TV-usually the nightly news: "Being a Thug means never having to say you're sorry"

Marcel Da Chump said...

Any chance the Taxi and Limousine Commission is bankrolling Liu?

Anonymous said...

dayum, my lunch was late today.

mainly becuz i was late making it.

but it's still first shift, so i got that goin' for me.

panties.

Anonymous said...

Engine,
I have a feeling something is getting bigger down there.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed the recumbent lady didn't show up today.

Josh Estey said...

I don't enjoy urine in my coffee but I will dunk a turtle penis in it for sweetener every once in a while. Cheers!

E T McNubbins (formerly known as McShift) said...

well that's a much better location for a shifter than in your damn grip as OE.

with longer cables and housings i'm sure that cockpit curator could mount the shifters on the vertically oriented nubbins-get those indicators right up there in line-of-sight.

wtf with indicators on shift apparati anyway? i'll bet leroy's pooch knows.

cookies n cream n cornchips said...

ahhhhh,

lunch is over, must be beer:thirty!

no wait, what days is this? whut?

wait whut?

oh-then don't Bogart that joint my friend...

Marcel Da Chump said...

Wait, I meant--egg rolling Liu.

WORDPRESS EXPERT said...

THE PAGE IS SOO LONG, unlike my site!

R. J. Nerd said...

If you want to reduce the brain injury totals, insist that motorists wear helmets. A lot more happen in motor vehicles than on bikes. (admittedly because of more exposure, but...)

Oh yea, that whole commuter trip vs all cyclists thing is even more biased than would first appear... Daily commuters are the safest cohort. You know, the ones that ride after dark, in the rain, and during the no numbers for strength months when the white fluffy stuff falls out of the sky. An admittedly dated study put casual cyclists (the sort that drives their bike to the head of a bike trail 3 or 4 times a year) as having one injury crash every 20,000 miles, experienced club cyclists (the weekend century sorts) get 60,000 miles, and daily commuters 80,0000.

I compare it to the motorist in LALA land that can't cope with a rainy day, compared to a Finn, where racing on tracks of glare ice is a national pastime. (really, with teens and grannies participating at local ponds most winter weekends)

Anonymous said...

Just to make you vomit, AAA in Oregon and Idaho will pick up members if their bike is disabled.
http://www.oregon.aaa.com/membership/bicycle.aspx#

Alluring Ample Chested Godzilla said...

pant...pant...pant...panties!

Anonymous said...

Handlebar mounted french press would probably cool too quickly in the headwind. French Press Butt Rockets, though, are a kickstarter natural.

Nebraska Bike Commuter (non DWI edition) said...

I bet T. Rex wouldn't be so terrifying if he could just reach his ding dong.

Anonymous said...

A fanny pack and shaved legs, I appreciate the irony wildcat depilatory machine. Keep up the good work.

Skip Toof said...

Serial Retrogrouch said...

you should wear a helment on your cockpit.

Thanks for the subliminalites.

I usually rock one from the Blackie Lawless signature collection.

On Rainy days and Mondays I keep it real with a steel version of the one on the left

Anonymous said...

A decent runner runs about 8mp (7:30 miles) which is not much faster than a cyclist out for a casual ride. so should helmets be mandatory for runners? how about roller bladers, skate boarders, people on scooters, etc.

Dooth said...

Snap Poll:

Should Cipo be required to wear a condom?

Yes. 79%
No. 16%

Only for the wife share program. 5%

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
A decent runner runs about 8mp (7:30 miles) which is not much faster than a cyclist out for a casual ride. so should helmets be mandatory for runners? how about roller bladers, skate boarders, people on scooters, etc.

June 27, 2012 4:52 PM
A decent runner runs 8 mph not much faster than a yclist????????????????????????????????????????????????Dude you suck.

Anonymous said...

Fixie stylists parading themselves throughout Addis are annoying, yes. But the christian american jokerbitches who fly over to help out brownie by bringing jesus along with vacant smiles are much worse. oh, and when they find ancient christian cultures there already they are confused.

Charlie said...

I heard that when you wear a helmet the chances of being hit by a car raises because they think you are already enough protected. I still wear one...but I dont think you must wear when you ride a bike

Anonymous said...

If that chalk outline drops 2 kilos it could climb like a motherfucker.

Middleman said...

Regarding protection. A traffic safety researcher from Folksam (Swedish insurance company) suggests that cyclists should wear body armour. What a great idea!

And she even gets the chance to tell it on the national evening news

Sweden in a nutshell...

Drink said...

DAVD BURN

Anonymous said...

I put a healment on my cockpit to cut back on snappole situations.

Spears said...

I think that extra set of shifters is for quatto from total recall

Фofanov said...

Good grief! I offered off right on the spot you were sitting just the other day. Gosh!

yogisurf said...

Great post. Soon I'll be leaving my office to 'Just Ride' home. But I will don the margarita jersey, flashie lights and a helmet....to reduce the chance of a chalk outline.

Buffalo Bill said...

So I should go for the hyundai then? I was kinda leaning toward the yugo.

Anonymous said...

Mandatory helmet laws weed out the people who don't LOVE riding their bikes. Fight it, but ride not matter what!

Anonymous said...

Panties!

Anonymous said...

I don't care what AAA says, bicycling is bad for the environment. That's right, bad. Just not as bad as driving. But think about it--all the bad shit that increases when you drive also increases due to cycling (just not as fast). You use oil (chain oil, bearing grease, and yes, tires are a petroleum product), and you put greenhouse gases (CO2 from breathing, and methane farts from that breakfast burrito that you ate to provide power to huff out CO2). And how did your bike get to the shop where you bought it? Oh, the trees that had to die to build the road for the truck to drive on to get the bike to the shop. . . . Cycling does not help! Maybe it hurts less than driving.

Joesph DirtDouche' said...

Daddy tole me that if I wear a helment the lady will not get pregnant.

Well I wore de helment and Jolene did de triplets trip. Wanda, Winda, Wande.

Funny think is all de kids be look'in like me next door neighbor Martin Anus who does not never wear a helment?

McFly said...

Yogisurf,
Your profile is so damn baller. I'm not even sure what baller means.

Cipo said...

The AAA lesbo ...

I converted her ...

BANG! BANG! BANG!

Tight as a whales blowhole at 1,000 meters below sea level She be!

DerZoots said...

NO CIPO!

AS TIGHT AS SHE WAS YOU GREASY DOOFUS.
WAS!!!!!!!!!
CAUSE YOU GOT TO BANGING AND WHAT NOT.
UNLESS CIPO IS WORKING WITH CAPPELLINI.

THE UNTHINKABLE HORROR.

Alan S (Helment Fascist) said...

http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/do-bicycle-helmet-laws-do-more-harm-than-good.html

Anonymous said...

Helmet Fascist- Great helmet discussion, but sadly the anti helmet crowd aren't interested. The bottom line-if you love riding your bike you will ride no matter what.

Captain Douche'gums said...

DerZoots @ 10:35 PM

It be "She be!"

It is an old Pirate saying ...

that I just made up ...

ArrrrgggghhHHH!!!!

Who Am I said...

I am a pirate ...

who shved his head ...

wore a golden earring ...

who did massive mountains of blow ...

I won the TdeF & Giro in the same year ...

I greatfully received 'Cipo's' bangee overflow ...

Who Am I?

Jello said...

suttle product placement.

SOUL DOUT

Big Charlie said...

Copenhagenize guys talking about helmet laws

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/06/27/ambassador-of-urban-cycling-mikael-colville-andersen/

Bunny lover said...

@anonymous 9:12PM. You're right! We should all stay home and freeze in the dark. Better yet, let's commit mass suicide so there's more room for bunnies. I love bunnies. I hate people.

Anthony said...

Here's a thought. Far more pedestrians suffer head injuries as a result of car accidents than do cyclists, because there are far more pedestrians. For their own safety, all pedestrians should wear helmets.

By the way, what's a "French press"

McFly said...

A "French Press" is when everyone in France collectively sits back down from cheering onto their Devans and Chaise Loungers when Thomas Voekler inevitably loses the maillote juene.

Anonymous said...

Pop quiz: what's the UK's most gentrified street?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18394017

(no prizes for guessing the name...)

Anonymous said...

"Demean cyclists by forcing them to wear foam hats for no reason"? Okay, Snob, you've finally gone off the deep end. Maybe you looked at one too many pics of naked David Byrne riding a recumbent. Or maybe you're just trying to say outrageous things to increase the number of comments 'cuz it looks good to sponsors. If so, I'll play along. Need it be pointed out that, whether you agree with mandatory helmet laws or not, there is an obvious reason for them? Ninety percent of cycling fatalities involve helmetless riders. Now, you may argue that it's your head/life, and you'll risk it if you want to; but in case you don't actually die when the SUV hits you, you'll no doubt be arriving on your gurney at the emergency room when I'm there to get my ingrown penis hairs (too much naked David Byrne recumbent porn) treated, and since the nurses will decide your fractured skull is for some reason more deserving of immediate action than my penis, they'll let you go see the doc first. And that is just unacceptable. So, for the sake of all our penises, everyone should wear their helmet. I mean, helmets are not like AIDS ribbons or flag pins. Helmets do serve a purpose. Actually, now that I think about it, perhaps the logic works the exact opposite way. If idiots don't wear their helmets, they can bypass the ER altogether and go straight to the morgue. Maybe it's better that way?

Anonymous said...

HA!!!!!!!!!

I bet you are on lances side too.

FARKING RIDICULOUS!

Anonymous said...

I JUST BOUGHT A SUV PROOF HEMENTS.

NOW I CAN RIDE RESPONSIBILITY FREE.

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David said...

"For one thing, I have yet to see any empirical data showing that mandatory helmets increase safety." That's just absurd. The NHTSA data do show that helmeted riders are far less likely to die. Do you think the helmet knows it is only being worn because it is mandatory, and therefore decides to be less effective? Once upon a time, people said there was no evidence that seatbelts, airbags, properly used child seats, or quitting smoking had any safety benefits. . . .

Anonymous said...

Lance is great!

Anonymous said...

Panties! (did I already say that?)

CommieCanuck said...

If I were a NYC cop, or an investment banker, I'd wear a kevlar vest all day.

Riding a bike without a helmet is about as stupid as riding a fixie without breaks. People do both.

However, last time I checked, NYC has yet to be annexed by Canada, so if you bash your brains out on the pavement an end up sucking food through a straw in diapers for the rest of your life, your family dies in poverty and hospital corps get rich. That's America.

Up here, our taxes pay for idiot behaviour all day long in hospitals, so helmets should be required.

8/10,000 die on bikes? At least twice that number die from smoking bath salts by now.(OK, I have no idea how one gets high on bath salts, but it's not by taking a warm, relaxing bath).

DerZoots said...

*brakes

moar *brakes or I'ma fucken' spell you good!

Paul Bowen said...

Anon @ 09.57: "Ninety percent of cycling fatalities involve helmetless riders." Link to research please or I'm calling bullshit. Really big really stinky bullshit. Are you Australian?

@commie canuck: "Riding a bike without a helmet is about as stupid as riding a fixie without brakes." No. Brakes demonstrably do the job we expect them to do. Helments do not.

"you bash your brains out on the pavement an end up sucking food through a straw in diapers for the rest of your life, your family dies in poverty"
For some reason this image is almost a meme for pro-helmenters; do they teach it at helment school or something?

Mustava Roddup Yeras said...

Never fell and hit my head when biking. It's called skill. Babies fall before they learn to walk WELL. Learn how to ride a fucking bike.

Anonymous said...

"Fuckton"? Is that a new metric unit? And does it measure time or mass?

Anonymous said...

Oh, you can always count on Paul Bowen to say something stupid and anti-helmet. Holy cow, he called bullshit! Well, that settles the matter!

Anonymous said...

Not only does PB consistently spout BS (literally), but he's apparently racist, as one's nationality appears to have something to do with the logic of the comment.

Anonymous said...

It looks like what the graph is trying to show that it is safer to commute by bicycle in Canada at any ratio of cyclists to other commuters

Rhonda Shah said...

Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave!

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Anonymous said...

Magic foam hat makes me SUV proof! Here in Europe no one wears helmets, and our society is much more advanced that yours. Drivers even yield to us. Ponder that.

Anonymous said...

I agree that I like the idea of safer cyclists, but not of laws mandating protective wear. Especially, when like you said so many cats got helmet-less in the streets. I do think that education is the key; teaching people how to ride safely, take care of their bike, and general safety measures. There are classes being help at Park Circle Storage by Prospect Park by on Coney island avenue. I suggest everyone try and support them if for nothing else to prevent the enacting of unnecessary legislation. You may even find yourself getting a storage unit of using their bike storage. Here is the site fo anyone interested www.parkcirclestorage.com

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