Friday, March 11, 2016

BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

It's been disconcertingly vernal around here this week and the road she is a-callin':


Which means once I finish analyzing my Bicycle Quarterly tire pressure chart I'm outta here:

Hopefully the weather holds up, because I figure by the time I've finished taking all the requisite weights and measurements and doing the math I should be ready for a late Sunday afternoon roll-out on optimally-curated tires.

In the meantime, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz.  As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer.  If you're right you'll know, and if you're wrong you'll see Cipollini en français.

Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and remember to stop and adjust your tires with every 50 feet of elevation gain to account for atmospheric pressure fluctuations.


--Wildcat Rock Machine





1) Two Sydney cyclists were recently fined $425 apiece for:

--Riding no-handed
--Doing wheelies
--Trackstanding
--Being from New Zealand






2) Before the advent of the mass-produced cycling helmet, riders wore dogs for protection.

--True
--False





3) The Nutcase slogan is:

--"I love my brain"
--"I'm smarter than you"
--"You'd have to be NUTS not to wear one"
--"No helmet, your fault"






4) According to Jonathan Vaughters, how can professional cycling "grow up?"

--Be more like the NFL
--Conduct fewer doping controls
--Be less like the NFL
--Wear baggy shorts and jerseys instead of tight Lycra






(Live and let Liev...or he'll chuck a terrier at you.)

5) Noted actor and WorkCycles enthusiast Liev Schreiber has a dedicated "throwing dog" he hurls at the paparazzi.

--True
--False





6) How much for a fat bike group ride to the South Pole?

--$7,000
--$70,000
--$700,000
--Your life, and a posthumous appearance in a Werner Herzog documentary






(Fredwork Orange)

7) What is "Road Plus?"

--A high-volume 650b wheel and tire for road use
--A $20 gravel grinder add-on for your USA Cycling license
--A new line of bikes from Specialized for heavyset riders
--Road plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which will sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-Fredness



***Special Cycling American Style-Themed Bonus Video!***



Yeah, don't grease your chain.

68 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good morning from NH!

Anonymous said...

Fredwork orange! Ha! Love it. Non-pluses bib shorts guy turns out to be a real baller.

Anonymous said...

Where is everyone? I'm done my coffee and morning constitutional and read the blog. Everyone sleeping in?

bad boy of the north said...

early riser post.aced the quiz...I liked the homage to Minnie pearl in the video clip.(ya know,leaving the tag on the bars)I wonder when the last time he was on a bike....trail weaver....yeesh!robbo says grass.

Anonymous said...

Damn, now my boys want throwing dogs.

Yarble Hill said...

You mispelled Venal.

Also, Snob, I saw the photo of yr kid losing his shoe on the bike-- that's why he should be riding clipless!

Anonymous said...

If the paps stop chasing liev then the terrierists have won. Top Ten Scranioids.. suck it!

bad boy of the north said...

methinks,bikeling magazine had a cover story on dawgs,in this months'issue.

Manuel said...

May be fined over here if I don't make the top ten!

N/A said...

Early morning postings. Frees up the day for leisurely morning ride, a few beers for lunch, then a nap on the couch. Ah the life of a semi-professional bike blogger!

P. Bateman said...

dang. even the dope aint working.

Anonymous said...

Where's Ted K?

nahmean said...

Serious question: is that tire inflation chart a joke?

McFly said...

The Air Pressure Chart tops out at 154 American pounds? I need the Extended Range 190 model.

Anonymous said...

"The Air Pressure Chart tops out at 154 American pounds? I need the Extended Range 190 model"

Chart lists weight on each wheel, so with a 60/40 weight split between the rear and front wheel, 154 lbs on the rear wheel means 257+/- lbs total for rider and bike.

190 lbs rider plus bike, with a 60/40 split, use 114 lbs for the rear wheel and 76 lbs for the front.

dnk said...

Greasing my chain and dusting off my seat....

McFly said...

k

Anonymous said...

Toppus XX

Red Ross said...

I hate the left arm up to mean right. I just point right. Yeah! Try'n stop me!

Matt said...

Forget the chart, use the online tire-pressure calculator (includes chart):

http://daniellelongo.com/psi/

That's good advice BS (checking your pressure for every 50' of elevation gain)...safety first! I'd think wearing a dog-helmet would be a nice bit of added insurance...I'm trying to get my bulldog onboard w/ this strategy, but so far no dice (might have to get lots and lots of Velcro involved to get her to stay).

So now I just need to carry a bathroom-scale and my laptop (w/ wireless access) when I ride...that way I can constantly re-evaluate my overall weight and adjust the tires accordingly. How on earth did we ever survive w/out the internet to give us all this critical information?

DB said...

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Pub Crawl tomorrow in my little home town.
We're 90% German, Swedish, Norweigian and Danish, but once a year it's Guinness time.

crosspalms said...

Enjoyed the pie plate in the video, likewise the news that more public parking was being added alongside a 6-mile trail.

NourskSiklist said...

Ah, top thirty. Must be that moloko plus. That movie is still banned in NSFW, by the way. Got the whole quiz, thank you for a great week of posts. Especially titillating for the pneumophiliacs among others.

Domo arigato Mister Robotto

kala mojakka said...

"St. Patrick's Day Parade and Pub Crawl tomorrow in my little home town."

If your town also adopts Saint Urho Day you get to drink I mean celebrate 2 days in a row.

David Olson said...

Cars have pressure monitor output on the odometer/chrodometer thingy, so I imagine in short order, Garmin will have collabo'ed with the tire industry to have constant monitoring of pressure via head unit, then upload to Strava, TrainingPeaks, etc.
#whatpressureyourunningnownownownownownow

leroy said...

My dog has dedicated bull he slings.

Ride safe all!

DB said...

Kala:
I'm turning in my Danish credentials and going Finnish.

crosspalms said...

Meanwhile, local brewery and local hot dog stand welcome Trump to town. I love this place.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Nahmean @ 9:05

Jan Heine, not Hiney, is a real person that loves most all things vintage and bicycle and writes about such things in a quarterly magazine he publishes. You can find that real tire pressure chart and the related story here

I need to understand the quiz logic better. I selected "false" as the answer to the dogs as helments question. I read that day's blog and remembered it, but no one really did wear a dog as a helment. I'm just so confused.

Ride safe this weekend, temps getting back closer to the seasonal normal this weekend here in NY's scranus.

Dorothy Rabinowitz said...

dusted off, greased up and ready to ride, which one of you pribbling pignuts can hold my paceline?

Anonymous said...

When I use hand signals most drivers think I'm being nice and waving at them.

Good one Leroy.

Just follow orders said...

What the video T.V. man was really saying: "You should always, unlike me, wear a helmet". (Because i'm an independent thinker who knows bike riding especially on the bike trail is safe, and is also aware that in more than 7 years and tens of millions of miles on bike share bikes, there has never been a U.S. fatality and very few injuries; none in Madison for example. But you are a fucking moron who believes in T.V. so BUY ALL THE CORPORATE LIES including the crap we promote during the commercial breaks.....)

Anonymous said...

Feck! Double feck, seems that I am too heavy to have air in my tyres!

After that letdown I hurt myself laughing at your human humour, especially the one about Australian cycling fines, who could have dreamed that one up? Priceless.

Where do I click that I am a robot!? This is robotist...

Gort

nahmean said...

lieutenant Oblivious @ 11:21

thanks for the link. I'm exhausted just reading it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah i just point right too; or else just do what the vast majority of cars do: Don't signal at all....

McFly said...

Yeah. I'm certain Ashley Sherman has never been hit from the back before the rail trail incident. They didn't call her Ol' Squirmin' Sherman for nuttin' in high school.

Daniel said...

We have electronic shifting and hand mounted dropper posts on our bikes. I think the next 'frontier' will be automatic tire pressure monitoring and rebalancing.

Anonymous said...

Why do people walk on bike paths and then complain about bikes?

Alex said...

Come with uncle and hear angel trumpets and devil trombones and get laid several times too.

Eric the Infrequent said...

Because popular vernacular aside, they aren't bike trails. They are Multi Use Trails for walking, jogging, skateboarding etc.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

I don't think anyone under the age of 55 has a clue what the right turn hand signal is. It was invented when cars had no turn signals and the driver could only stick his left hand out from the left side of the car. Most pedestrians, motorists and even cyclists would see that cyclist's outstretched left arm bent up at the elbow and wondering why they are waving to someone they don't know or to no one if there is nobody else around. Motorcyclists may know what it means but they aren't on biek trails or generally homicidally criminality not suspected towards cyclists.

My Lie, Never said...

Lt. Calley 145: "Most pedestrians, motorists and even cyclists would see that cyclist's outstretched left arm bent up at the elbow and wondering why they are waving to someone they don't know or to no one if there is nobody else around."

The new inter nation symbol of clueless pedestrians is someone walking holding a cellphone up to their face. Lots walk across intersections clueless to if they have the right away or not.

A little of the old in-out, in-out said...

Is Clockwork Fred a graduate of Trump University?

Fred Fruitloops said...

The real danger to the public is that asinine reporter's ugly tie.

1904 Cadardi said...

"dust off your saddle, and grease your chain"

Well that explains why my bike squeaks and I keep sliding off the saddle.

Frilly Chick said...

Marry me Mario!

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

My Lie, Never -

War is hell, always has been, always will be. Sh!t happens in war and there shouldn't be second guessing about it after the fact back home. Anyway, I digress.

The clueless pedestrian with a cellphone in their face does make signaling a moot point. I have a friend who bike commutes into Manhattan and hit one such pedestrian who attempted to cross against the light right into my friend's path. Luckily my friend had just started pedaling when he got the green light and there were no injuries. But clueless pedestrian did beseech my friend with "Please try not to kill us pedestrians!"

dancesonpedals said...

Nice Doggies.

Memories of Frilly Tush said...

Frilly Chick 211: "Marry me Mario!" I remember when Frilly's profile pic wasn't a kitty cat, it was her tush. And an exceptionally fine shaped tush it was at that. Marry me, I'm a lot closer to you than France (or Italy). That tush, how I'd like to gentlely caress it.

Vancouver Calling, The Clash said...

Ms. Babble must be back to working for a living, the bane of all commenters.

Anonymous said...

So, I enjoyed the bonus video today. The hand signal demonstration was inspiring.

crosspalms said...

Every once in a while I see a cyclist use the left-arm-up signal and it makes me smile. I learned it that way, too, a long time ago. Now I just point right with my right arm because I want people to know where I'm going.

Welcome back, Frilly!

JuanOffhue said...

That straight-lone tire pressure chart (and the online pressure calculator) is flawed. If it is to be believed, a tandem team with a combined weight of 370 lbs. on a 30-lb. bike should inflate their 700 x25 tires to 168 psi in the front and 208 psi in the rear.

JuanOffhue said...

straight-line, dangit

Cipo said...

Frilly Chick,
Lo hai ingoiato?

Frilly Chick said...

I'll never tell.

MOFT--yes please!

Dooth said...

There's a couple of hand signals I, unfortunately, have been forced to use which are not in the official handbook, but still universally recognized.

JLRB said...

This ain't no disco, this ain't no bike trail, no time for fooling around

Scotty Mathess said...

This regarding the "running bike from kicksarter on your post a few days ago..
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bike_Shops/First-Flight2.htm
http://www.sterba-bike.cz/album/83/category/the-gallery?lang=EN

Not exactly new tech. and watching the kickstarter the one they used WAS a vintage Alenax. No wonder the campaign was pulled so quickly.

Some guy from upstate said...

For winter, I grease my chain with seal blubber.

ken e. said...

didn't know it before, but i love chicago! (guess i already knew and loved the sounds)

Air Apparent said...

Sometimes my tires feel a bit soft and when this happens I pump some air into them and then I ride on them until they feel a bit soft again and then I pump a bit more air back into them and then ride some more, this system has worked quite well for me the last 40 years and I think I will stick to it.

Anonymous said...

Got your nutcase right here: https://youtu.be/G1OGY-OzBoY?list=PLgVK05ece9IvHbRY8wwq6Z3yUNNpFPzdV

"Make America Great Again, it says so on his hat" said...

Babble and CC are probably at the border, shovel in hand, digging the moat fronting the wall that will keep the riff-raft from south of the border out.

Nevermind said...

If I saw the bent left arm i would assume they are pledging to vote for Sanders (because the bent right arm..Trump....nevermind)

Very Slim Pickins said...

Just today I saw a cyclist, going like a bat trying to get out of hell, make a turn without so much as signaling anything. But, his right turn took him north, must be on the way to Canada. I figure he'll arrive at the Babble Hostel for wayward cyclists in about a week.

babble on said...

Heh. Now you're talking. I'll just take on one of those massive mansions sitting empty in Shaughnessy and invite peeples from around the globe to come and stay for a bit. Imagine... together we'll ride like the wind all day long. I'll whip up a few tasty morsels when we return and then we'll sit in the hot tub or the steam room, or just hang out and chat as we sip on a glass of artisanal BC wine, or a groovy local craft beer, while we wait upon our turn with the masseuse... sigh.

Frilly baby! Yay! Big kiss, beautiful. X

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