(The bike stays up as if by magic!)
And then someone Tweeted this in my direction:
@bikesnobnyc Boston bike rack. pic.twitter.com/EYE0Vk3lHfNow that's a lotta snow.
— potbelge (@potbelge) February 12, 2015
Makes me nostalgic for the days of the "hipster high lock:"
(Thinking back on it, maybe he locked the bike up during a snowstorm and then it all melted.)
Which, in turn, makes me recall the heyday of cringe-inducing fixie/singlespeed conversions--like this one, which was forwarded to me by a reader:
Evidently, he's attempting to liquidate his investment so that he can jump onto the watch trend:
Looking to trade this fine bike for a vintage Rolex Air King, or Precision,
vintage Omega Constellation pan pie,
or buy it cash equivalent.
Frame size is 55cm, or 21.5 inches.
Standover is 31 inches.
Tires are 26".
18T rear cog, 42T chainring.
Very fun to ride!
New bar wrap.
Single speed conversion, with quality Compagnolo Track drop outs.
Rear bottom, painted, near drop outs, oh well.
See pics, fork tube displays Bridgestone stamp,
New Animal red pedals.
These were very limiited production, this one is ready to ride!
Super Rare collectors item as is, still a major head turner, be the coolest kid on the block, the envy of your group of riders!
Come check it out!
Sadly, the days when a bike commanded a hefty premium for having horizontal dropouts (or "fork ends" if you're a pedant) are long gone, and having ruined the bike he'll be lucky if he can use the proceeds from this sale to fund the purchase of a second-hand Swatch:
(Your humble blogger, in the 1980s, wearing a Swatch.)
It's ironic that someone so interested in watches has such poor timing.
Maybe he'd have better luck in Portland, where time stands still and it's perpetually 2007:
1982 Bianchi EcoPista 53cm Fixed Gear Track Bike *Columbus* - $750 (Downtown)
I'm the third owner of this fresh little track bike; rare throwback with a complete Gipiemme track gruppo.
Piaggio-owned Bianchi 53cm frame made of Columbus Tretubi with Gipiemme dropouts front and rear; matching fork
Rolls copper-riveted buffalo leather saddle
Gipiemme Pista crank 165mm
Gipiemme 49t chainring
3T quill stem
3T track handlebar, 40cm
EAI 17t track cog
Ofmega threaded headset
Gipiemme bottom bracket
MKS GP-9 platforms with Christophe cages and Toshi single straps
Gipiemme high-flange track hubs laced to box-section tubular rims with tires recently glued on by Dean Reed of Bike Central.
Campagnolo high-flange track hubs laced to Velocity Aero clincher rims, also built by Dean with Schwalbe Lugano tires
Super Toughness 1/8" track chain
No dents, paint nicks and scrapes from daily riding the last couple of years. No rust.
Third owner? Must be a "Flying Dutchman" scenario. Whoever owns this bike is cursed to ride around Portland in tight jorts and doing elephant trunk skids until he can dupe someone else into purchasing it, at which point he can finally buy a real bike and move to a real city
Then again, plenty of people in New York City are also frozen in time. Consider Slipper Guy and his crew:
fixed gear, no brakes , in slippers , always strapped in , two straps , crossing the 59 st bridge on the high way with cheatdeath
Wow. I'm guessing the slippers enhance his Zen-like connection with the bike.
As for the riding depicted in this video, I'm way too old to get worked up over it at this point, but it's worth noting he hits pretty much every cliché on the fixie checklist, right down to the gratuitous salmoning:
I blame Lucas Brunelle.
And the slippers, obviously.
Speaking of inappropriate riding attire, Cannondale-Garmin had a training camp in Mallorca, and this happened:
Really? How the fuck cold does it even get in Mallorca?!? I did see some snow in some of the photos, but that in no way excuses dressing up like a sperm who's leading the sprint classification in the Tour d'Ovary.
Even these guys don't dress like that, and they live in Alaska:
My favorite is the part when he kicks the shit out of the box to show you how strong it is:
You need that in Alaska so the bears can't get to your Clif Bars. (Though I imagine anyone who attempted to eat a Clif Bar in Alaska would wind up with some broken teeth.)
Lastly, Mike Sinyard's bike got stolen, but it was recovered in short order:
Someone shattered the glass front door of Specialized Bicycle Components on Concord Circle early Feb. 2 and stole two one-of-a-kind bicycles—including one owned by the company’s founder Mike Sinyard, according to Specialized.
In addition to Sinyard's bike, they also took the World Champion's Tarmac:
The two bikes stolen were Michal Kwiatkowski’s 2014 World Championship winning S-Works Tarmac and the 001 of 250 S-Works McLaren Tarmac belonging to Sinyard, according to the press release.
Police said the bicycles are worth about $44,000.
At which point they cunningly attempted to sell them to a nearby Specialized dealer:
The suspects tried to sell the bikes to a local Specialized retailer, Cupertino Bike Shop, the release states.
When the store owner received the call about the bikes he knew something was off and immediately called Specialized. According to police, a detective enacted a plan to meet with one of the suspects who was trying to sell the bikes. At about 10:44 p.m. Feb. 3, detectives met with the suspect, who identified herself as Kannadi Ridenour, 26 of Morgan Hill.
Great plan. Yeah, like a Specialized dealer is going to buy Mike Sinyard's stolen bike. Sinyard's been known to kneecap shop owners who sell rival companies' shoes. So you'd have to be on meth to think one would buy Sinyard's actual bike--which of course they were:
Ridenour was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine, according to police. Balestrini was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, warrants and a violation of probation.
Sounds about right.