Police say that officers from the Motorcycle Response Team were patrolling near the intersection of William and Yurong streets in Darlinghurst when they allege the 30-year-old cyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, disobeyed a red traffic signal there.
A-ha! So the cyclist wasn't wearing a helmet! Clearly then the police officer needed to shove him off his bike for his own safety. Otherwise the cyclist might have crashed and injured himself.
Instead of complaining, the cyclist really should be thanking the police officer for saving his life.
On Thursday, police said helmet vision confirmed this version of events.
"Helmet vision?" Is that what they call the particular strain of tunnel vision the Australian government seems to have with regard to riding bikes?
Perhaps the officer was wearing one of these:
Wearing the helmets, the visitor becomes a hybrid creature himself, part human, part machine, part animal, but also: part work of art. A work of art that challenges those who contemplate the helmet - from the inside or from the outside - to take a new perspective on the world.
The cycling applications for the meta-perceptual helmet should be immediately obvious. For example, they're the perfect solution for your prone recumbent:
After all, this kludgy setup hardly does justice to the elegance and grace that is the H-Zontal:
Just imagine how much more elegantly surreal he'd be in a polished metal meta-perceptual helmet, skimming along the road surface like some sort of exotic bottom-feeding fish.
Anyway, while Australia currently reigns supreme as the World's Least Bike-Friendly Country, the state of Missouri is looking to leapfrog right over them like a jackalope over a prone recumbent:
(Disclosure: photo has been doctored.)
To that end, a representative has introduced a bill that would require cyclists to fly a fifteen (15) foot fluorescent flag while riding:
Yes, that's right, fifteen feet. If you're from a civilized country (Australia excluded) and have trouble envisioning things in our antiquated measuring system, here's a visual for you:
In other words, sure, you'd clear this overpass, but just barely:
And in case you think the fifteen feet thing is a mistake perpetuated by the Canadian media, here's a copy of the bill via Cyclelicio.us:
In a way the most pathetic thing about this is that the politician might actually have pulled it off if only he hadn't gotten greedy with the height requirements. After all, people hate cyclists, so a one, two, or even three-foot Flag of Shame would probably have gone right through the legislature like bacon grease through a dog's intestines. However, even the most ardent bike-hater probably realizes that flying a fifteen foot flag is simply untenable.
Oh well, he shot for the moon, and who could blame him?
If you feel as badly for him as I do, you can tweet your sympathies to him here.
In other news, my electronic mail inning-box is aflame with the news that Brooks has lifted its media embargo on the new C13 saddle:
Though I've been writing about mine since early December so I guess Brooks is now going to send me to their Dickensian prison facility:
Which should not be confused with the factory where they make the leather saddles:
Just kidding. I've been to the factory and working conditions are quite agreeable:
(Eric the Chamferer moments before bludgeoning me in my bald spot with a Brooks saddle)
Apart from the forced consumption of "beef drink," that is:
Anyway, here's my C13:
The short version is that it's basically a smaller, firmer, lighter (and needless to say more expensive) version of the C17, and thus a bit better suited to a going-fast bike in terms of both feel and aesthetics. That said, I don't go too fast these days, so overall I'm still partial to the original Cambium. Nevertheless, the C-13 is a good match for the Fred Sled and the character of a "racing" bike in general. I find it quite comfortable, it retains that slightly "bouncy" quality of the Cambium I really like, and I wouldn't hesitate to embark on my next 100 mile ride on it--which, owing to my sundry parenting responsibilities, should be in about 20 years.
And by that time I'll need a prone recumbent, so the saddle will be moot.
Speaking of Fredly pursuits, a whole team of them nearly took out the pride of Ontario, Justin Bieber:
Oh whoa. The Axeon Hagens Berman U23 development team narrowly avoided hitting Justin Bieber as he stepped out into the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu on Wednesday afternoon.
“We were just rolling down PCH and some guy kinda yells and stepped into the road a bit,” rider Justin Oien told VeloNews. “We kept going and then one of the guys realized it was Justin Bieber. Of course we stopped, we turned around. We thought, that would be cool to get a photo.”
This is either an argument for or against disc brakes depending on how you look at it, because we were perhaps a wheel revolution away from losing Mr. Bieber's pop music stylings forever.
The Latvian rider was especially excited by the encounter:
The 16 Axeon riders stopped their training ride and massed for a photo with Bieber. Latvian rider Krists Neilands — “he was super excited,” said Oien — put a video of the encounter up on Instagram.
“I’m a fan of Justin,” Oien admitted later Wednesday evening.
Whaddya want, he's from the Baltics.