Not that this is especially old for a bicycle, but by cycling media standards it's positively ancient.
Verily, this is a bike that has grown (or, more accurately, aged, since at this point in my life I'm not so much growing as I am slowly dying) with me, going from this:
As my human-portaging needs have changed.
I expect that in 20 years it will have evolved even further, and its cockpit will probably be fitted with knives so I can ride through the Zombie Apocalypse, not to mention the pontoons so I can cope with those rising sea levels.
Speaking of aging, it's worth noting that we are much like Brooks saddles: firm and nonconforming in our youth, but yielding more and more over the years, until we finally rot and a die in a rainstorm, leaving only a skeleton behind. Ah, whither our youthful follies? Consider this rider:
Blithely riding with his fork on backwards:
There was a time I might have mocked him, but now I merely envy him. Lennard Zinn has written well over a million words on the phenomenon of "speed wobble" to date, yet Backwards Fork Guy simply rides on without a care in the world.
There's some saying about how ignorance is akin to a blissful state, but I forget how it goes.
Oh, check out these fucked-up pigeons I saw the other day:
Lastly, the other day I received the following email:
Just wanted to submit to you the blog entry from my lawyer’s blog about an incident in May where I was hit from behind on Union Ave in Williamsburg. Now that the driver’s car insurance has given me money for a new bike and medical expenses, the driver is suing me for damage to their car.
I meant to post about this story at the beginning of the week, but then I totally forgot about it until I saw it mentioned on Gothamist, because I suck at blogging. In any case, I apologize for being remiss, and here's what happened:
In May of 2014 cyclist John Roemer, just days before his college graduation, was seriously injured in a bike crash when he was struck from behind while traveling northbound on Union Avenue in Brooklyn. The crash was so violent that it fractured John’s hip, caused multiple internal injuries and put him in the ICU for three days.
The driver’s insurance company quickly acknowledged the crash was the fault of its driver. Within weeks of the crash we recovered the full value of John’s bike. Shortly thereafter her insurance company tendered its full policy limits resolve John’s personal injury claim.
You would think that would be the end. However, she is now dragging him to Small Claims Court in Manhattan where she is suing him for $ 2000.00 for damage to her car as a result of the crash.
Just another example--as though you even needed one--of why New York City is the number one cycling city in America according to a magazine that is based in a suburb of Allentown, PA.
And now, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right that's really great, and if you're wrong that's really not, and also you'll see state-of-the-art Fred Glasses.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and watch out for mutant pigeons.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
1) The wide eyes and erect finger indicate a brilliant idea. What is it?
--The "Off-Road Handtruck"
--The "Corpse Caddy"
2) Which is not a feature of the "S-bar," according to its inventor?
--"...shifts energy and weight ergonomically and takes many pressures away from the rider and allows faster control reflex for Bicycle control..."
--"A soft rubber pad for the riders shirt is attached to prevent any comfortableness..."
--"...enhanced performance by using a type of perpetual motion..."
("Questo è ciò che ha detto."--Mario Cipollini)
3) "...it slides smoothly without wobble in a high-precision IGUS self-lubricating plastic bushing in the top cap, even when pulled all the way out."
("Eees-a same size like my thumb."--Mario Cipollini)
4) Basically, Mario Cipollini is drugs.
5) The world's tallest rideable bicycle is the:
6) What is this man doing?
--Miming being trapped in a box
--Playing imaginary basketball
--Attempting to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from falling down
(Astana general manager Alexander Vinokourov)
7) Basically, Astana is drugs.
***Special "We Haven't Come Very Far, Have We?"--Themed Bonus PSA!***