The way it's going to go down is that we're going to meet at the clock in Grand Central at 11:00am. We'll discuss routes, folding techniques, and vital issues of the day for a half-hour, then at 11:30am we'll roll on down to the Bike Expo New York:
Where I'll sign copies of my new book at Brompton's booth at 1:00pm, together with Redbeard Bikes:
(My new book.)
Technically it's not available until May 3rd, so you'll be getting a jump on things.
Plus, play your cards right and you could get one of these, while supplies last:
AND I will probably scare up some more stuff to give away too.
So there you go.
And of course for those of you who prefer to attend bike book events west of the Hudson, we've got a ride/signing going on at Little City Books in Hoboken on Saturday, May 7th:
Secondly, the artisanal bicycle bell craze shows no signs of abating, and now someone's selling a cowbell for mountain bikers:
Don't put one on your genteel Brompton though or you might find yourself getting chased by butlers.
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 you'll know, and if you're wrong you'll see Pachyderm "Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!" speed.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and hope to see you tomorrow.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
1) The correct answer is:
2) Helmets schmelmets, this is a clear violation of section 8-14 of the City of Phoenix municipal code concerning dogs and leashes.
3) Which is not among the reasons to ride a fixie according to a recent article in Bicycling magazine?
--"It’s an act of rebellion."
--"A fixed-gear has at least as much stopping power as a beach cruiser with a coaster brake."
--"Fixies can even go backward, so if a lane of traffic closes, just reverse and try a different path though a maze of stopped cars."
--"It's a zen thing, you're totally connected to the bike."
4) According to SRAM road PR manager Michael Zellmann, road bikes now need disc brakes because they have motors in them.
(In retrospect when her bike was dragging her up the hills it was pretty obvious.)
5) What is Femke van den Driessche's punishment for using a motorized bicycle?
--A six-year suspension and a fine of 20,000 Swiss francs
--A six-month suspension and a fine of 2,000 Swiss francs
--A lifetime ban and a fine of 2,000,000 Swiss francs
--A lucrative sponsorship deal with a chain of Belgian car washes and a lifetime supply of Turtle Wax
6) Apparently you can buy Tour de France champion Chris Froome's bike at the Peel Regional Police Bicycle Auction in Ontario, Canada.
(Another oversized smartphone case with wheels.)
7) Enough with the goddam "smart bikes" already! Please feel free to cram your useless angular crabon hunk of crap:
--In your ear
--Down your throat
--Up your ass
--All of the above
***Special Groovy 1970s Propaganda-themed Bonus Video, Man!***
Have we learned nothing?