Friday, June 27, 2014

BSNYC Friady Fun Quiz!

Well, NPR's Scott Simon has apologized for his dumb cycling tweet, but he had to go and tack on a gratuitous third sentence:
Yeah, that is what everyone was saying.  I didn't see any "violent screeds."  I just saw replies like this:

So he might as well have pointed out that saying "You're wrong" also makes a better case than blowing bubbles in your chocolate milk.  (Though I admit I did angrily blow bubbles in my own chocolate milk for a full 20 minutes after reading his initial tweet.)

Also, before apologizing he tried to defend himself with this limp noodle:

If we're so visible then why do drivers keep running us over because they "didn't see" us?  Also, I assume he's tweeting from Washington, DC, and if he thinks cyclists are a bigger presence than drivers on the streets of our nation's capital then he'd better go back to LensCrafters and get a refund.

[Also, bonus points to him for falling back on the classic "Some of my best friends are cyclists" routine.]

In other news, Bradley Wiggins is officially out of the Tour de France:

Yet David Millar will be riding it for the 13th time:

(I thought he retired already.)

Proving once again that the worst career move you can make as a Tour de France cyclist is actually winning the thing.

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're special, and if you're wrong you'll see a doped-up rabbit.

Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and be sure to yield to NPR hosts.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

(He's watching excitedly as the future of rearward viewing overtakes him.)

1) Finally, a digital answer to the helment mirror!


2) What is this contraption?

--The Flying Rider™
--The Hover Bike™
--The Velo Truss™
--The Fred Harness™

3) Which of the following is true of the £6000 Trek Domane Disc 6.9?

--It has "fantastic power on tap with minimal hand effort along with a positive initial bite that's far from grabby or overly abrupt"
--It is "akin to driving a car with disc brakes versus drums"
--It is not officially approved by Trek for tires wider than 25mm
--All of the above

4) Ángel Vázquez was removed from a Gran Fondo by Spain’s Guardia Civil for:

--Serial doping
--Using a bicycle fitted with an electrical assist
--Cereal doping
--Hogging the donuts at one of the rest stops

5) According to  its inventor, the Mac Ride child seat promotes:

--"Six Pack Abs"
--"Motion Sickness"

6) What ridiculous notion is he scoffing at?

--The idea that someone would ever eat food that isn't locally grown and sustainably harvested
--The idea that someone would ever ride a bicycle that isn't handmade by a master craftsman
--The idea that someone would ever think about the wind during the course of a typical day
--The idea of washing his hair

7) Fill in the blank:



***Tasteful Yet Still Technically NSFW-Themed Bonus Question***

Helment Mirror Guy clearly likes what he sees.