But Australian cyclist community were less than amicable when their national Family Feud broadcast chose the category "What is something annoying that a cyclist might do?" for its game show question, with horrific offenses like “ring a bell,” “wear Lycra,” and even more discouragingly, “everything,” appearing as answers.
You can watch the actual video here:
And cyclists aren't the only group Australian "Family Feud" has it in for either:
In October last year the show faced fierce criticism after it suggested jobs for women commonly include hairdressing, reception work and domestic duties such as washing clothes and doing the dishes.
All of this is certainly irritating, but at the same time it's difficult to get too upset. After all, we're talking about "Family Feud" here, which is arguably the least culturally relevant TV show still broadcasting. It's like when a nonagenarian makes a racist comment: sure, you're tempted to call them out on it, but ultimately it's not worth the energy since they've got one foot in the grave anyway and it's a lot easier to just let them die.*
*[I apologize to any and all non-racist nonagenarians reading this blog. May you live to see 100, and may you remain spry enough to beat the crap out of your brittle-boned racist peers. By the way, for your convenience, there's a special large print version of the blog available here.]
Anyway, let's turn our attention to a group that really deserves ridicule: triathletes. Just as technology is revolutionizing the sport of cycling (and by "revolutionizing" I mean keeping it exactly the same, only you need to charge all your accessories now), it's also helping triathletes continue to be as mediocre at three disciplines as they can be. To this end, a reader informs me that the latest advancement is GPS for your goggles so you don't get lost at sea:
IOLITE is a high-precision tracking device that is worn on the back of your swim goggles. IOLITE will send real time feedback during a swim directly to your goggles through a small LED array to give you the most efficient swim possible. IOLITE will analyze the direction you are swimming and as you veer off course, the LEDs will notify you what direction you need to swim to stay on course with significantly reduced sighting throughout the process.
Yes, it's so simple even a triathlete can use it! You've got your green light which means you're going in the right direction:
You've got your yellow light which means you're not:
You've got your red light which means you're wildly adrift and about to go full Tom Hanks in "Castaway:"
And then of course you've got the all-important "You're about to become chum!" warning:
Then if by some miracle the triathlete manages to successfully complete the swim, he or she will attempt to mount a bicycle with varying levels of "success:"
I never get tired of that video.
The developer who invents an app to help triathletes get on their bicycles will become very rich indeed.
Speaking of triathletes, here's a gripping psychodrama about a tridork disappearing down the emotional rabbit hole of swimming, biking, and running:
Run is a psychodrama set in the world of Elite Triathlon.
Tristan Selina is a top Triathlete preparing for a crucial late-season championship race. After life-changing revelations are made by his lover, he's forced to confront a traumatic past whilst he and his coach struggle to remain focused on the race ahead.
As you can imagine, making a Bergmanesque film set in the world of elite-level triathlon is fraught with challenges:
Cinematographers note: The challenge with Run is to tell a story that finds stillness in the whirlwind of professional triathlon and chaos in the eyes of an elite athlete.
That's interesting, because I thought the biggest challenge would be telling a serious story about something as goofy looking as triathlon, which at every moment attempts to undermine the drama of the narrative with excess spacers above the stem:
And excessively low saddle height resulting in a bowlegged pedal stroke:
(Is this guy out for a training ride, or is he just air-drying his crotch?)
And of course the aero helment with extra-long straps fluttering in the breeze:
The most endearing quality of triathletes is that they need thousands of dollars of aerodynamic equipment just to attain the same level of efficiency as an average Cat 4 with a halfway decent bike fit.
Maybe this is just the sort of pathos the filmmakers were looking to achieve.
Moving on to more serious matters, you've probably read Matthew Beaudin's infuriating story about getting ticketed by the Colorado Highway Patrol for being rear-ended by a driver:
Walking toward me as I sat on the side of the road shivering under a heavy coat, one of them asked, without any precursor, if we were riding two across. If we were riding in the middle of the road.
Imagine for a moment what agenda it must take to approach a man, who has just seen his very short 32 years roll before him on old movie film, a question like that.
No, and no. Maybe if we were two across in the middle of the road, someone would have seen me and not ran into me square from behind. And even if I was, I have a right to be on the road — as a rider, driver, runner — and not be struck from behind, ever.
I was given a ticket for something amounting to failing to move over when being overtaken. I asked the officer to tell me why it was he though I was riding in the middle of the road. He responded that he wasn’t going to explain himself. That I could hire a re-creationist if I wanted. That he wasn’t going to explain himself, again. And for a second time that I could hire a re-creationist if I wanted.
Wow. Maybe the officer moonlights as a "re-creationist" in his spare time and was looking to drum up some business. Then if you pay up he runs to his cruiser, changes his clothes, and returns as "Crash" McGinty: Accident Scene Re-Creationist!!!
This week on "The Adventures of 'Crash' McGinty: Accident Scene Re-Creationist," 'Crash' tries to get to the bottom of a group ride tumble:
Holy freaking crap.
What I want to know is if the Fred with the Fly6 pointed out the offending obstacle:
I'm sure this will be a key component in 'Crash' McGinty's investigation.
Lastly, speaking of what's going on behind you, a reader has alerted me to the "Backtracker," which is basically a rear-facing radar to let you know what's going on behind you:
So basically just a helment mirror, only more complicated:
I'm not sure why the guy in the video doesn't just suck it up and use a mirror like the one above. After all, he's already got the beard:
Which, in the café scene, has been rakishly fluffed by the wind:
Anyway, as the video says, with the Backtracker you always know what's behind you:
And what's behind you is Bearded Guy.
You know what they say: behind every good Fred is a wheelsucker.