Firstly, a fellow Brooks blogger will be putting together an event in New York City on Thursday, September 24th and he would like you to know about it:
Changing Gears is a 20 minute short film, showing the journey of 5 young Londoners as they cycle from London to Brighton. Having never met before, and each from different backgrounds and life stories, the film is a look at the transformative potential of the bicycle in bringing people together and breaking down barriers. On show is an insight into the sense of freedom and independence young people gain from a bicycle in a city, the worries and problems they face growing up there, and how they react to new geographies outside London.
Now you know about it, so you have no excuse not to go.
Also, this should not be confused with this far trippier short film, also called "Changing Gears:"
Leonard Maltin called it the "Run Lola Run" of India.
Speaking of Brooks, they want you to know they're showing off their new Carbon Cambium (or Crabon Cabmium) saddle over at their Interbike booth, and presumably you can also see pictures of it by using this #hashtag:
I happen love the Cambium just the way it is, but I don't think it's possible to be in the bike business without making a crabon version of something, which is also why I'll be releasing new editions of all my books with crabon covers.
Lastly, here's your Kickstarter Smart Bike of the Week:
Love the flat tire distress signal:
They should put that on triathlon bikes so we can all ignore them.
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 then you're a friggin' genius, and if you're wrong you'll see mon vélo.
Thanks very much, ride safe, but do everything else recklessly.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
1) According to the Wall Street Journal, Citi Bike is the new:
--A SMOKIN' HOT DEAL!!!
--A Portland-based cycling apparel company was busted by the Nevada Highway Patrol on the way to Interbike with 500 pairs of weed-filled socks
--The Interbike organizers alienated certain attendees by placing socks depicting women in g-strings in everybody's gift bag
--Rowdy Cross Vegas spectators pummeled competitors with socks filled with what appeared to be feces, but later turned out to be mud
--A heavily intoxicated staff member of a widely circulated cycling magazine arrived at an industry mixer wearing nothing but a tube sock on his genitals
(Cleveland...or is it?)
4) Interbike organizers have announced that the show will move to Cleveland in 2017.
5) According to the NYPD, if a driver fails to properly secure a boat trailer and it crushes a cyclist to death as a result, whose fault is it?
--The driver's, for failing to secure the trailer
--The cyclist's, for not wearing a helme(n)t
--The Mayor's, just because
--The retired tennis player's, for "fitting the description"
6) Parents are outraged over a Citi Bike station near a Manhattan school because:
--"Who knows what kind of people will come in. It's disgraceful."
--"Children may access the bikes during recess and go joyriding."
--"Where are we supposed to pull over in our SUVs during drop-off and pick-up?"
--"Almost all directors and cinematographers know that, in a movie, the color blue pulls focus."
("As long as they're not blue! Almost all directors and cinematographers know that, in a movie, the color blue pulls focus. And by 'almost all' I mean only the ones that make schlocky rom-coms."--Delia Ephron)
7) Another argument against disc brakes on road bikes is that they reduce the likelihood of serendipitous encounters resulting in the blossoming of true love.
***Special NSFW Language-Laden Bonus Video***
I guess it's part of some overarching comic persona, but it mostly just seems like he's exercising his white privilege.