Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Wednesday has a nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture characteristic of brown rice.

Today is the very last Wednesday of Bike Month:


With that in mind, yesterday evening I rode a Citi Bike through the streets of New York, and I'm sorry to report it's a bit of a shitshow out there.  Here are three (3) things I observed yesterday evening, all of which I failed to photograph because I was too lazy to fish my cellular telephone with integrated camera out of my pocket:

1) A Cat 6 unicyclist on the Manhattan Bridge;

2) Legions of riders streaming off the aforementioned bridge, right through the red light, and directly in the path of oncoming motor vehicle traffic;

3) Someone riding a Brompton and wearing a Giro Air Attack helme(n)t.

Now, Item #1 speaks for itself, but it's worth addressing Items #2 and #3 in more detail.

With regard to Item #2, there is rolling through a red light when there is no oncoming traffic in sight, and then there's rushing lemming-like into the street when cars are coming off of the bridge with the light in their favor.  This was the latter, and I stood there agog as rider after rider simply ignored the light and the cars and rode across.  I should also point out that each of these riders was wearing a bicycle helme(n)t (as per the CDC's instructions), and from this I conclude that decades of helment propaganda has convinced many American cyclists that their responsibilities begin and end with strapping on a polystyrene yarmulke.  (Loosely and off-kilter in most cases.)

As for Item #3, even though the cyclist was behaving perfectly responsibly the sight caused me even more consternation than the Cat 6 lemmings, because here is a Giro Air Attack:


And here is a Brompton:


And that the twain should ever meet is an offense just short of wearing a skinsuit while riding a Dutch bike.

In fact, I'd argue that nobody should wear a Giro Air Attack under any circumstances, but I acknowledge that there is no talking sense to the sorts of Freds and Fredericas who buy these dork-tastic dome adornments, so the very least we can do is make sure such helments remain confined to that population.

I should also point out that the Air Attack face shield was in fact in situ, which made the rider look like an actual Bromptonaut--or, if you prefer, like this person if he were riding a tiny folding bicycle:


I hope I shall never have to see such a thing again as long as I live.

Overall, I'd say we've come a long was as a bikey city in that we now have something resembling a bicycle rush hour, but developmentally speaking we're still toddlers at best.

Of course, the above doesn't apply to me, because I represent the very apotheosis of cycling.  (Click here if you don't believe me.)  I'm also the "resident NYC bike expert," which composers of press releases are quick to acknowledge:

As the resident NYC bike expert, I think you'd be really interested in a new Brooklyn-designed bike company launching next week on 5/27 at 11am EST.

Brilliant Bicyle Co was started by two former venture capitalists frustrated by how difficult it is for the Average Joe to buy a bicycle. Their company is launching beautiful, hand-made, high quality bikes that are hand-welded in ethical factories and priced at less than half of retail prices, starting at $299.

Reasons you'll dig Brilliant:

It's the best bike to suggest to your casual riding friends
The engineering and design of a competitive bike but designed for the casual rider
Quality and speed meant for casual rider
Not overselling a gentle or relaxed rider with a bike they don’t need
Great gift for a beginner to grow with a bike
Price point is accessible
Design is beautiful
Comfortable riding to interest and entice a first time rider

Would love to send through the press release and password so you can check out the site in full, all embargoed until 11am ET on 5/27. 

Let me know if you're interested in checking that out!

The phrase "Brooklyn-designed" is a good indication that a business venture is mostly just full of itself, as is the involvement of "former venture capitalists," because if they were competent then it's safe to assume they'd still be venture capitalists.  There are billions of dollars to be made in the tech industry, yet what little money there still is in cycling has all been hoarded by Mike Sinyard, so there's no sound reason to go from one to the other.  Nevertheless, I suspect that having failed as venture capitalists they're under the mistaken impression that making money off the quirky, folksy, naive world of bikes will be like taking an organic lollipop from a baby.

But let's give our erstwhile venture capitalists the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe they've already made their billions and now they're going to give back to the world.  Why?  Because they're "frustrated by how difficult it is for the Average Joe to buy a bicycle."  (As for the Average Jane, presumably that's her problem.)  Certainly we can all relate to this frustration, because as it stands it is indeed extremely difficult to enter a bicycle shop or visit a website, proffer some form of payment, and take delivery of a bike.

Furthermore, you can rest assured that these bikes are "hand-welded in ethical factories," which I take to mean that none of the children who build them have yet been executed for shoddy workmanship.

Anyway, as you probably guessed by now, their revolutionary idea is to sell cheap, fashionable singlespeeds via the Internet:


Which NOBODY HAS EVER DONE BEFORE.*

*[The State Bicycle Co. banner in the right-hand margin of this blog is a figment of your imagination.]

Okay, fine, plenty of people have done this before, but with the exception of Old Man Budnitz few have been so pretentious about it.  For example, they're cutting out the "middlemen:"


You know, those pesky middlemen who put your bike together for you and make sure it fits you and make helpful suggestions and all that meddlesome nonsense.

I mean, why engage a middleman when you can just "Grab a Friend?"


2. Grab a Friend

Brilliant Bicycles are designed to be assembled by one person, but it's a lot more fun if you grab a friend and put on some tunes; we even made a bike building playlist for you here!

So go ahead, call up your friend with the Vice Grips who put together a NORNÄS wine rack from Ikea one time, crank up that insipid playlist, and do your worst.

Speaking of doing your worst, meet the "skoot:"



Which is designed and built in Cleveland, as if you hadn't guessed.

All Kickstarter creators embark on a futile voyage of discovery, and this one is no exception:


"A skateboard is great for doing tricks and riding on ramps.  But it isn't ideal for going high speeds or long distances."

Of course, what is good for going high speeds and long distances is a bicycle, but instead he came up with this:


Which he designed using two bicycle wheels, some chalk, and his imagination:


"There were no sketches, no plans, and no blueprints."

The above is also true of 90% of the buildings comprising the Cleveland skyline.

By the way, if you're anything like me you felt compelled to point out that the whole time he was designing this thing he could have just used the bike that's sitting right there:


But instead he chopped it up to make a giant scooter:


That's a goddamn shame.

Still, you'll look great making the scene in what, by Cleveland standards, is the cool gentrified neighborhood in town:


"Everyone that has seen it has stopped me to ask questions about what it is and where it came from."

Then, when he answered those questions, they asked if he would please send it back there.

This isn't to say the "skoot" doesn't have its advantages.  For example, check out how aero you can get:


If only he had a Giro Air Attack helment he'd hit Fred "Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!" speed in no time.

It also looks great next to Cleveland:


Then again, everything looks great next to Cleveland.

Regardless, I wish the creator nothing but success, and I hope the "skoot" fares better than the Mogo, which the cycling world met back in 2008:


And which exists now only as a "404 not found" message:


It seems the world was not yet ready for the return of the dandy horse.

Perhaps it is now.

107 comments:

Anonymous said...

Woah! Crescent Fresh!

Ted K. said...

16. Words like “self-confidence,” “self-reliance,” “initiative,” “enterprise,” “optimism,” etc., play little role in the liberal and leftist vocabulary. The leftist is anti-individualistic, pro-collectivist. He wants society to solve everyone’s problems for them, satisfy everyone’s needs for them, take care of them. He is not the sort of person who has an inner sense of confidence in his ability to solve his own problems and satisfy his own needs. The leftist is antagonistic to the concept of competition because, deep inside, he feels like a loser.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

pod?

Serial Retrogrouch said...

jes!!!

Vernal Magina said...

Blam.

Mike O. said...

Checking to see if my headbadge shows up this time.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Top ten.

Kenny Banya said...

Hell Ment

P. Bateman said...

top titties.

why is the comment box at the bottom now? i dont care for that.

Esteemed Commenter DaddoOne said...

love the 'bent pics, snob...
i also saw a cat 6 uni yesterday - but i won that climb!

P. Bateman said...

so beards, hightops and fancy hairdo's are still going strong? was hoping that would have died by now among the hipStars. guess now you have to add an adult sized Razr scooter to complete the look.

Grump said...

Snobby, I have to disagree with you on something you said.
"In fact, I'd argue that nobody should wear a Giro Air Attack under any circumstances"

The helment should only be worn while taking part in a sanctioned ITT, or TTT, while attaining an average speed of at least 25.8 mph. Anything slower than that, and it just looks funny.

David Pearce said...

The Scoot has no triangulation, another problem of "not using any blueprints or plans" or whatever. I'm too lazy to find out if my quote is verbatim. The "lock box" may offer some stiffness.

But the main thing is, why the hell would you want to go so slow? I suppose it's better than walking speed, and possibly good taking a slow jaunt around a bucolic park, but I don't like it.

As "Tonto" said to Stan Freberg in Lone Ranger comedy skit, "How come you get horse, Kimo Sabe, and I only get scooter? Constant hopping play havoc with sole of moccasin!"

I'm not a fan of skateboards, at least for transportation. And speaking of dandy horses, at least the would be better than the Scoot, because you could sit on a saddle and get so two-leg rhythm going.

Not a fan of the hopping.

Anonymous said...

Splurge Gun.

le Correcteur said...

Top twenty; and I read it carefully!

James said...


fabricator mayhem today. First: Ethical Factory is an oxymoron. I have yet to find an ethical business of any kind. Second: I am embarassed to reside in the same zip code as the Skoot.

Go Cavs.

Bryan said...

Those Brilliant bikes come in 1, 3 or 7 speed...and at $499 for a 7 speed I don't think that is too bad of a price point. I would almost try one out if they had a design I liked (c'mon, someone bring back the old clubman style). The rest of their pitch is yawn worthy.

McFly said...

Hot ginger in a skirt at 1:04 in the Skoot video. That's all I got.

JLRB said...

I never saw a Giro Air Attack until I was traveling about the West Coast - went on a organized ride and about 10% of the peeps were wearing the silly things. Also saw several bikes with two rear wheels - road wheels - sort of like a big trike but all three wheels were 700's.

Nutty flavor, yes, but the texture is off the mark.

Anonymous said...

On Brilliant... their claimed single-speed bicycle weight is 25.5 lbs using a 1020 steel frame for $400... ugh

Bryan said...

One more thing on the Brilliant Bikes....and how you can tell that they are not bike people. No included, nor mention of greasing the seatpost, quill stem or pedals during installation.

synonymous said...

I'd buy a skoot if it came with SRAM xx1 group.

JLRB said...

The Frederal Reserve's monetary policies are the cause of stupid Kickstarter curations - too much cheap money floating around needs to find a home - this will all end when the Boomers retire, stop investing, drain social security, and drive up health care costs.

crosspalms said...

Did the Brilliant people hire the same painters who do the bedazzled axes? It'd make sense, I imagine the axe-painting business is a limited one.

Rode a different way to work this morning (after visiting a farmers market) and got to see a Chicago version of your #2 bridge encounter. In the buffered bike lane, every time I slowed or stopped at a stop sign (it was rush hour, so there was cross traffic and pedestrians) I'd be passed by fistfuls of cyclists. One of them carefully signaled a right turn a block later, so he wasn't a total asshole, but the herd mentality was strong. There are plenty of times you can safely slow-roll a stop sign, but morning commute ain't it. Surprisingly few people ran lights, though, so that's something.

Is Bike to Work Month/Week on some kind of intentional staggered schedule? Babble mentioned Bike to Work week up in America's jaunty beret, and Chicago has BtWW next month. My Kickstarter will raise money to send a few of us off to ride in various BtWW events all over the place and pick up swag. Maybe we'll print up cheap "Thanks for the money, suckers" T-shirts, but donors get nothing. We just spend the money on ourselves.

Robot says TL;DR...

Anonymous said...

"One more thing on the Brilliant Bikes....and how you can tell that they are not bike people. No included, nor mention of greasing the seatpost, quill stem or pedals during installation."

They made it simple and cut out the (grease) fat. And they are venture capitalists. You can get the seat post and stem installed without grease, but if you want to adjust them after a few years, you have to buy a whole new bike.

FR8 said...

Lucky for you that even when wearing my skin suit, I can't get the FR8 up the steep hill on the Hudson River bike path by the GWB. You are safe in Riverdale! I'm thinking of trading it in for a Skoot.

BikeSnobNYC said...

FR8,

I had to push the Brompton up that hill not too long ago, though I bet I'd have made it if I'd been wearing an Air Attack.

--Wildcat Etc.

Spokey said...

mcfly

shoulda gone all the way to 1:10. she pulls up her skirt just for you. i could see her mouthing "mcfly"

3G said...

as is the involvement of "former venture capitalists," because if they were competent then it's safe to assume they'd still be venture capitalists.

FUCKING BRILLIANT

Anonymous said...

Finally, something with all the limitations of a skateboard and awkwardness of a bicycle.

Spokey said...

i tried the brilliant site. my height as unacceptable. good thing they didn't ask my weight. or do they if you can get passed the height police?

cuomobiker said...

It will be good fun watching those Brilliant guys get an education.

DB said...

Pro Tip:
Never go kayaking with Angelika Graswald.

Kraig said...

I just realized exactly what I didn't want when I buy a cheap Hi-Tensile steel bike over the interwebs: A geometry chart!

I mean, who could ever need such a thing?

JB said...

The enormous skooter is perfect, for very smooth and slightly downhill recreational paths. It looks like it's "yabees" would hang up going up a curb ramp.

Bryan said...

Exactly Anon @ 13:08...exactly.

TC said...

Brilliant is at least not charging a huge amount for their bikes and they are not bad looking and it really is not that easy to go to your LBS, particularly as a newer cyclist an walk away with a bike that makes sense.

I've shopped at many of the bike shops in and around NYC (I won't disparage them by name here) and more often than not come away empty handed as they are out of stock or they don't have much helpful input or advice on options. Most of the time I buy off the internet, both parts and bikes, but I like to support my LBS but I have to say they don't seem like they care that much. Generally the staff are either coolly indifferent or not that knowledgeable unless you happen to get the right person, which is rare. I considered myself a somewhat experienced cyclist so I can imagine it is even more difficult and daunting for a beginner.

Bryan said...

If yo uwant to know where the forks are made for the Brilliant, between the rice paddies

"With exacting strength requirements, the forks are made at a specialized manufacturer whose facility is nestled between green rice paddies"

PotbellyJoe said...

I ride with a group and one of the guys has the Air Attack with a shield. I want to put a Star Wars Rebel decal on it and go "Fred 6 standing by."

All told, he's a good kid and he got the thing for a wicked deal, like under $100, so it's comparable to what I spent on my non-aero helment that had the same safety rating and I liked the color of.

I rode past Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ this morning. Great story that place. Given to the third wife of the Johnson brother (one of the J&Js) that is universally hated by his kids, via his will. In fact none of the kids were at the wedding of Barbara and John Johnson, which might be why they were cut out of the will.

The gates were open and I was tempted to ride in, but then I remembered that on my mountaining bike riding cycle I can follow a trail through it later without the need to trespass.

I am not a robot, robots don't laugh at wealthy dysfunctional families, they don't have schadenfreude syntax.

Anonymous said...

Can you shoot womp rats from the Skoot?

paulb said...

WCRM, what you said about these, uh, daredevils cutting across traffic that's moving like the Colorado River at full spate at Lava Falls. Delancey or Houston at Chrystie, and the Sands St. end of the Manhattan Bridge, too (I'm thinking you are describing the Canal Street side). I'm not generally for public shaming, but for these, and the ones who can't be troubled to use the paved path but insist on riding up or down across the hillside on the Bkln end, them too, and include me in.

janinedm said...

I have a Giro Air Attack helment for my "fast" bike, but I did not buy it for the "free speed" the reviewers embarrassingly talked about. Regular bike helmets activate my trypophobia. It's all the holes, they make me feel nauseated like when you stand on a subway platform and make the mistake of looking at the ceiling. I'm able to go outside; I can glance at one and look away, but I don't need something so pocked with holes in my home. The air attack gets more breeze than a Nutcase or a Giro Reverb but it doesn't have tons of holes. Seriously, those Cateye helmets make me tear up, they're so upsetting. But not the face mask thing. Never that.

lighting_cigars_with_Benjamins said...

**EVERYONE** knows that former venture capitalists mean they're soaking in money they made from pushing equity owners out of the companies they agree to fund only to sell it to the next sucker.

As much as they were able to buy low from desperate people and sell an intangible at a much higher price to people with money to burn, we know it will fail because they don't actually know how to make or sell anything.

janinedm said...

...I should add that it was also purchased in a kind of panic. I used to have a nice, unassuming Uvex helmet. Nice breeze, not to hole-y. And then they got recalled because the helmet just, like, FALLS OFF sometimes in the case of an accident. The buckle on the chin strap just gives. And I can't be scrolling though page after page of bike helmets to find something less embarrasing because holes. On the bright side, I have a tiny head that can fit a child 8+ sized helmet, so I never pay full price anyway.

Not that you asked said...

The “Brilliant” web site says “1020 steel frames”. AISI 1020 steel , with a 43,000+/- psi tensile yield strength, is a LOW tensile.

High tension steel starts at 50,000 psi, like the ASP 2030 steel Raleigh used to use in their 3 speed bikes.

No need to thank me.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure the Groffdale Machine Co. has been making the Skoot since the 70's...

http://www.letskickscoot.com/home/articles/scooter_manufacturers.cfm

Don't tell Sinyard or he'll buy them and then sue the Skoot kid for all his kickstarter/lunch money.

balls™ said...

http://www.amishscooters.com/ (no helment, no shoes, no smartphone... SHE'S GOING TO DIE!)

I knew it looked familiar. It's a good thing that you don't have to come up with anything original to get kickstarter cash.


scranus and frumunda, etc.

youcancallmeAl said...

Anyone who uses the phrase "price point" when the simple word "price`will do is a pretentious ass!

Anonymous said...

The Amish scooters are out there in Intercourse PA. Can't make this stuff up folks.

Betty said...

Hey Al. Don't forget "form factor" (i.e. form) and "use case" (i.e. use).

lighting_cigars_with_Benjamins said...

Generally the staff are either coolly indifferent or not that knowledgeable unless you happen to get the right person

Because they hire people who work not for money, but for the "honor" of working in a shop. It's not like the bike business is that great anyway.

Otherwise, you are full of the brown stuff. You buy online like the rest of us because they have relatively good prices running a retail business out of a storage container/garage.

Betty said...

Still, you can fill up a page pretty quick. e.g. "The use case for a push scooter with this form factor and price point is ridiculous sauce."

A Dumb Jerk said...

Vise Grips, perhaps?

Unless you mean that bungee cord holding that stack of old Vice magazines from falling over.

Or the Vice Grips that the Vice Squad uses on Vicers they round up and send off to the pokey or the hoosegow.

babble on said...

Lol!! Oh thank you, janinedm!! I have a wee tiny head, too, but never ever before even once considered the "Bright Side" of having such a small brain. Heh heh.

Yep. Strong like bull, smart like fridge.

A German Accent said...

Eben Weiss Grips?

JB said...

janinedm: The fear of helment holes is a new one to me. To each their own though.

Do you wear head protection (from overhead drippings, etc.) when not on a bikecycle?

Submitted for Your Approval said...

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Anonymous said...

When I clicked on "comments" the powers that be immediately sent me to the comment box, so I have to scroll UP to read the comments. Wah wah.

I like to sit, therefore the scoot is out.

Theodore said...

I'm not ashamed to admit that I find the alien-exoskeleton-duck-butt helmets to be much more unattractive and fredly than my Air Attack. I got a super sweet deal on it during a sale, and it fits me, and it's fairly well ventilated, and I'm faster than you so nyah.

JLRB said...

The0 - Did your Air Attack come with a free bowl of soup? it looks good on you though ...

Anonymous said...

Another precedent for bike-skateboard cross breeding:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=728sotaxtPc&feature=youtu.be

http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2015/03/ill-ride-bike-when-you-pry-my-gun-from.html?_sm_au_=iVVPZsSl6v6mjn0F

janinedm said...

Babble: It's not the size of your brain, its the size of your brain relative to the rest of your body.

JB: It's not helmet holes, it's closely spaced holes, wherever they're found. If those holes are arranged irregularly, I break down into a full case of the howling fantods. I don't want to go to the links to find a good image for you, but google trypophobia. When I'm in the subway, I avoid looking up. The ceiling is truly the grossest part. You'd think it'd be the platforms, with hobos taking dumps on them, but they at least get hosed down occasionally, but the ceiling never gets cleaned. Subway platform ceilings are horror shows.

To be honest, squeamishness is probably my biggest weakness as a city cyclist. Roadkill will make me heave for a half a block and I will run down a grandmother carrying a disabled child and go straight through a red light without even slowing to get from behind a garbage truck.

BamaPhred said...

Scranus

Spokey said...

damn amish. i'll bet the mennonites put seats on their scooters.

and shouldn't those scooters be painted black with a triangle on the back?

and where the hell is the horse to pull it?

Emo Phillips said...

Did you hear about the Amish woman who was excommunicated? The reason the church fathers gave was too men a night.

Thanks you and good night. Please tip your server.

Anonymous said...

vsk said ...

Coming into NYC on the Manhattan Bridge, you get that neat little bottleneck at the end. The traffic light is usually red for me. On the odd occasion when the light is green, there may be a car blocking the pathway / intersection, or there are some people of [insert the most or least politically correct description]-descent pushing some cart of garbage (recycling) through the path, ... or just generic, clueless, or entitled pedestrians ... sauntering along on the designated bike path.

If the light is red, I tend to wait a little wayze back and let the kamikazees go through. During the period of the red light there are all manner of shoaleratti piling up like detritus in front of a sewer drain. These folks usually don't shift into their lower gears at this point making for a dizzying eyerolling moment when the light turns green. They are usually getting all types of signals from the people blatantly blowing through the light (much to the consternation of the crossing guard).
At Grand Street and the other street, Hester?, I stop for the lights. Hester has a new crossing guard. Marina is gone (she was cute). The new guard is happy with my state of compliance.

Then at Chrystie Street, crossing at Delancey, at the always red light, it's Shoal City again.

I've seen cops from time to time up Chrystie towards Houston, but not lately. It's go go go through there.

I might have had a point to all this a few paragraphs ago but I forgot.

God Speed and keep the Air Attack side up !!

vsk

Yakov Smirnoff said...

In every country they make fun of city. In US you make fun of Cleveland. In Soviet Union, we make fun of Cleveland.

Nuttin 2 Sey said...

In cleveland we make fun of cleveland. so take that yakov.

JLRB said...

psssst ... Yakov - The Soviet Union has been gone for about 24-25 years... so to correct your statement:

In Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhtan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, we make fun of Cleveland.

JB said...

Janinedm: Thanks for the explanation.

bieks said...

Not that you asked 1:59 - That the same as mild steel? They should advertise a nice flexy ride if they're doing that at 25lbs. That's as low tech as the car David Byrne doesn't own. Amuses me that car companiess brag about using high-ten.

Anonymous said...

Motorcycle version...

http://www.theworldofmotorcycles.com/custom-bike-images/c_dan-gurney-alligator-honda-a6.jpeg

James said...

Alligator Honda. That's the recumbent of emissionscycles. Somewhat pleasing.

Spokey said...

psst JLRB

given current events, yakov may know something we don't. i hear putin has announced the annexation of new mexico and arizona following the overwhelming vote supporting reintegration of those two states.

Anonymous said...

howling fantods-DFW

Anonymous said...

After googling trypophobia images I think I have trypophobiaphobia.

Dooth said...

LI don't how I ever managed to be buy all those bikes I've owned, about twenty, given the pain-in-the-SCRANUS difficulty of bike shopping.

bad boy of the north said...

i thought that brompton crowd was "nutty".no offence given....

Anonymous said...

Hi, you nailed it. I have an air attack shield and worn it on my Brompton. I am a fifty year old doctor with a cat 4 license (in the UK that is the bottom feeder category) so I am totally Fredded up. Anyway the sky did not fall in (I was not Fred enough to click the visor on).I have a potty shaped head and it is a good fit so I am going to keep wearing it. I do have a Ti Brompton so I reckon I can almost get away with it. Keep up the good work. I like the pics and stories of quiet tracks and byways.also can't get enough of the insane police stories.

JB said...

Hey Anon@6:58: If you put aero bars on that Ti Brompton, I'll send 'em over the pond.

Anonymous said...

thanks 4 all the c-town hate. it brings a tear to my eye.

And She a Knows How To Use Them... said...

Belated congrats to BABBLE on another podium finish. I bet those legs look great up on a podium.

Technically Speaking said...

I'm not a Robot had me click on "all foods". So if one of the pics was Babble laying there stark buck naked on wreck Beach, with her legs spread, I'd have to click on that thumbnail, right?

dop said...

Forget Arizona & New Mexico. The Russkies are coming for Alaska

(if you can only watch one loony nationalistic Russian music video, this is the one)

We have so much in common. Steambath, vodka, accordion & salmon

McFly said...

The skirt was fluttering nicely with each leg push around 1:10. I never have experienced the Gingervitus. Maybe there is still time.

the radavist said...

Now only if the Brompton came in orange and camo with some House rebranded components...(that would be rad)




#lightbro
#alittlebitthickbro

BamaPhred said...

Snob offers a refreshing view of Cleveland versus the traditional media.
Snob: hipsters, bikes, book related appearances.
News Media: dungeon masters, murdering cops, rust bucket city
Me: Municipal Field (Mistake by the Lake)

BamaPhred said...

And of cours Ralphie, Randy, Scott Farkas, and the other characters from A Christmas Story.

Anonymous said...

Tha Amish in Lancaster PA and in Milverton Ontario have been making scooters out of bicycles for ages ! I even saw four of them just yesterday. Cleveland guy is just copying the Amish and calling it his own. ; )

Anonymous said...

ok i'm not the first to mention the Dutch (amish) make them ;) di englisha leit sinn en uns copy-a ;)

JLRB said...

Where is Leroy?

My dog saw
Me reading about the Skoot and demonstrated on the family room rug

Anonymous said...

Lantern Rouge...

Anonymous said...

I must say I particularly enjoyed Brilliant Bicycle Company's '14 day test ride' picture on their website, showing a brilliantly assembled ladies bike with the front mudguard assembled back to front. As they say, cut out those middle men...

Anonymous said...

True. At least the "Beautifully Simple Ride" frame with the blueprint shows it installed correctly.

JLRB said...

Don't make me take the bunny again

JLRB said...

*sipping coffee

JLRB said...

*scratching scranus

JLRB said...

*selecting steaks

JLRB said...

*adjusting

Freddy Murcks said...

99 punks rule.

JLRB said...

*raising fists in joy/crashing

Freddy Murcks said...

100 punks rule.

JLRB said...

cut at the line by FM .. the agony of defeat (crashing down ski slope)

Congrats FM

Freddy Murcks said...

JLRB - I thought I was setting up the sprint for the 100, but my count was off.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Since we are talking about Cleveland I know you'll be happy to hear that the tiny house trend is building momentum in the Cleve!

bad boy of the north said...

sorry.........meant offense.brain on blink.

Anonymous said...

As a Clevelander, we love New York - all of our pretentious douchebags move there and we no longer have to bother with them! Thanks New York - stay classy!