(Note respective wheel sizes. Humbling.)
Like Australia, New Zealand has a mandatory bicycle helme(n)t law, so I can only assume this contraption is a desperate attempt to skirt them:
Here in America, at one point or another we've attempted to ban everything from alcohol to homosexuality to abortion, and the results of such laws have been uniformly disastrous, for in every case they've forced people to go to dehumanizing extremes in order to circumvent them.
It's clear from the pathetic Levicle that helme(n)t laws are no exception.
Speaking of circumventing the onerous, apparently someone's starting a new cycling organization as an alternative to USA Cycling:
"North American Cycle Sport?" That's rather cumbersome. I just assumed it stood for "National Association of Canada's Scranus."
In an interview with Cyclingnews this week, Manning said NACS arose from concerns among a number of people in the cycling industry regarding the “direction that things were going” in the US, especially at the local and regional levels.
“Over the last several years we realized that maybe there was an opening for a different solution for grassroots cycling and the entire cycling community in the United States,” he said.
That's great an all, but you know what's also a good alternative to USA Cycling?
Riding your bike for free.
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 WOW, and if you're wrong you'll see the sale of the (last) century.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and don't pay anyone to ride your bike this weekend.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
1) A church in Washington, D.C. objects to a bike lane because:
--It is dangerous
--It violates their constitutional rights
--Riding bikes? That's for Mormons!
--It would obliterate an oil slick that looks like Jesus
2) The latest NYPD bike lane-blocking tactic is:
--Standing in them
--Putting barricades in them
--Painting reserved parking spaces for themselves in them
--Erecting statues of Ray Kelly in them
3) A Melbourne cyclist was fined $70 on Ride2Work Day for:
--Wearing her helme(n)t too loosely
--Wearing her helme(n)t backwards
--Wearing a helme(n)t more than three years old
--Not wearing a helme(n)t while walking her bike
("'Bum bag?!?' That's 'hobo bindle,' thankyouverymuch!")
4) What is a "Race Face Rip Strip Bumbag?"
--A new tubeless tire conversion kit
--A combination fanny pack/girdle for mountain bikers
--A sex act that combines a "Cleveland Steamer" with a "Rusty Trombone"
--An Australian slur against New Zealanders
(Or possibly air-drying a booger...)
5) What is this rider doing?
--Listening to real-time instructions from his coach
--Operating his Fred glasses
--Shifting with his mind
--Attempting to discern the exact resonance frequency of his crabon bicycle frame
6) You can get in trouble for killing a cyclist with a truck in New York City, but at a minimum you have to have no license and be high on drugs.
7) What kind of bird is this?
--A red-tailed hawk
--A peregrine falcon
--A northeastern spotted turducken
***Special Victim-Blaming Propaganda-Themed Bonus Video!***
Summary: "70 year-old man killed in a hit-and-run, now here are some bullshit statistics about helmets!"
Holy shit, that's just fucking offensive.
***Special Antidote To The Last Video-Themed Bonus Bonus Video!***