Moronic Things Bike Riders Do

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Which of these is the stupidest thing to do while biking in city traffic:

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Biking on fixed gear without a front brake 6
Biking while listening to an iPod5
Biking without a helmet 1


Alex in SF, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

In honor of seeing someone do all three at the same time this weekend.

Alex in SF, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

All are defensible, I just find that the no front brake guys are annoying because they're so slow going downhills... so I voted for that. In flatter terrain I don't think it's as much of an issue. Counter-pedal resistance and skidstopping are pretty much the same thing... but don't get me wrong, I'm very glad my front-brake saved my life from that guy running that one redlight... where if I didn't have it I would've been a speed bump.

I don't iPod/commute anymore (but I do when I'm biking through the park).

helmet no helmet.

Steve Shasta, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

xpost: haha did he have at least one or two aerospokes AND riser bars with bmx grips?

Steve Shasta, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Haha no I think it was clean Nitto drops and Pro Max hubs.

Alex in SF, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I went for option number one, because it seems least defensible. With no helmet you're only doing yourself harm, and ipod wearing will probably result in getting nailed from behind by a car, which will only really do you harm as well. No brakes could mean plowing into a ped or other cyclist and doing harm to them, so that gets my vote. Also the other two are just regular stupidity, while riding no brakes has this "I have mad skillz at the skidz, thus no brake needed biiiatch" attitude going on.

Super Cub, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 02:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Soo many roadies get around with ipods these days.

W4LTER, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 06:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Biking on fixed gear without a front brake by a long way.

caek, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 10:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was cross with my (fellow Paris-riding) friend last night when I discovered he's taken to cycling to work - through central London - with an ipod.

Mark C, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 11:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

OTOH driving with stereo blaring is not seen as a problem.

ledge, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 11:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well there are a number of reasons for that - you're in a big box with airbags; you're travelling, usually, at the ambient speed; very seldom does the sound of other traffic etc. determine your next action (unlike when you're on a bike, when you have to be aware at all times of the sound of other vehicles); and if someone beeps you, odds are you'll hear it no matter how loud your music is.

But yeah, to an extent it can be a problem in a car too. I always feel less in control with my music right up loud.

Mark C, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 14:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

stupidest thing to do by far is ride w/o a helmet

i'd like to see the numbers on brakeless riding: are brakeless riders getting into significantly more accidents? or is it such a self-selecting bunch that it's a wash? (ie - most of the people that I know that ride brakeless (HI DERE!) are pretty good at it). what's more likely to happen: getting hit by a random driver through no fault of your own, or hitting something because you couldn't stop in time? honest question.

ditto iPod riding (though I tend to frown on this, myself...the volume you have to crank in order to hear anything OVER traffic noise is deafening and totally bell jar).

however, riding without a helmet is demonstrably more dangerous in the long run. if you assume that nearly every regular city rider WILL get into an accident at some point, they'd better be wearing a helmet.

gbx, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 14:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

ditto iPod riding (though I tend to frown on this, myself...the volume you have to crank in order to hear anything OVER traffic noise is deafening and totally bell jar).

however, riding without a helmet is demonstrably more dangerous in the long run. if you assume that nearly every regular city rider WILL get into an accident at some point, they'd better be wearing a helmet.

-- gbx, Tuesday, February 5, 2008 2:50 PM (16 minutes ago)

no way... as soon as i was confident about city riding on my bike i made a compilation and rode around with it for a day or two. haaaaaaated it, HATED it, couldn't hear a f'in thing, and it wasn't turned up loud. i am quite easily distracted by music though.

emsk, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 15:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well there are a number of reasons for that - you're in a big box with airbags

In other words "I'm alright jack"

very seldom does the sound of other traffic etc. determine your next action (unlike when you're on a bike, when you have to be aware at all times of the sound of other vehicles)

In other words, cyclists watch out for yourselves 'cause car drivers certainly ain't going to watch out for you.

I know it makes sense, that cyclists are more vulnerable and less visible, so have to be more aware and more responsible - and that there'd be an outcry if stereos in cars were banned. Still it does seem that motorists get to be somewhat unfairly blasé .

ledge, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 15:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

if you assume that nearly every regular city rider WILL get into an accident at some point, they'd better be wearing a helmet.

it's not that simple though. if it was then the same logic would apply to motorists and pedestrians. there's (pretty contrarian, admittedly) data that purports to show that an individual cyclist wearing a helment is more likely to get into an accident because they ride less cautiously and -- more significantly -- motorists treat them with less caution. also, there's pretty irrefutable evidence that helmet laws reduce cycling take-up, which makes motorists less used to sharing roads with cyclists, which makes it more dangerous.

so the questions are, given the obvious fact that once you're in an accident you're (much) better off wearing a helmet:

- if the individual wears a helmet on a given day, are they more likely to get into an accident?
- if the entire population of cyclists started wearing helmets, would there be more accidents?

(These are not the same question.)

If not wearing a helmet is moronic then the entire population of continental Europe are morons.

caek, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 15:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah but they're in Europe, not New York Fucking City. As was pointed out to me early Sunday morning.

Laurel, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

By someone on this thread.

Laurel, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sure, but the poll option is "Biking without a helmet" not "Biking without a helmet in NYC"

caek, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 16:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

ALL OF THE ABOVE + BEERS!! YAY!

ddb, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 16:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

"there's (pretty contrarian, admittedly) data that purports to show that an individual cyclist wearing a helment is more likely to get into an accident because they ride less cautiously and -- more significantly -- motorists treat them with less caution"

My personal feeling is that this data is bullshit and every cyclist I see without a helmet in SF basically proves it.

"most of the people that I know that ride brakeless (HI DERE!) are pretty good at it"

Anecdotally I would say this is also bullshit. That said I'm not sure what came be gleaned statistically from any studies given that the population of non-break vs. break cyclists are so totally distinct in terms of the amount and kind of riding they do.

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 16:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

depending how yr doin what yr doin, no helmet is probly stupidest, ipod next, then brakeless imo. im most likely to do ipod, then helmet, and ill never do brakeless off the track as it seems a pointless exercise to me, no payoff whatever. thats me tho.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 16:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Sure, but the poll option is "Biking without a helmet" not "Biking without a helmet in NYC""

Well specifically in city traffic. Out in the middle of nowhwere all of these things are relatively fine.

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 17:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

No, in non-city traffic both cyclists AND drivers are probably traveling at higher speeds, actually. I mean, that's what those long smooth un-patrolled roads are FOR, rite??

But anyway I was arguing to gbx that all those cuet grills in Amsterdam and etc who get on the photo blogs are always riding without helmets but then they probably DO have the infrastructure for it unlike city-traffic NYC.

Laurel, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 17:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was also wearing heels so...

Laurel, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 17:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also it was 2.30am and we were both substantially un-sober.

Laurel, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 17:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

"most of the people that I know that ride brakeless (HI DERE!) are pretty good at it"

skiddingguybreakingkidsarm.mpg

Mark C, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 17:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

"substantially" <--- correct, at least in my case maybe

also skiddingguybreakingkidsarm is a stupid strawman, mark, do better. dude was intentionally skidding his bike downhill in a WHO CAN SKID LONGEST competition when a dumb kid ran in front of him. try harder.

that being said, which guy left the house this morning, late for work, and didn't grab his helmet :-/

gbx, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 05:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dude I know, it wasn't meant seriously. Hence the patented hilarious ilx "funnyzing.extension" formula.

I've never ridden a fixie so I have no clue if your braking distance is longer when you skid.

Mark C, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 13:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's longer when you skid. A lot longer.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 14:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

i was crabby; long day in the rain, forgot both my work and personal cell phones in a car in Hyde Park, which is about a thousand miles away.

braking distance is longer if you're trying intentionally to see how long you can go after you've locked up your rear wheel

gbx, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 14:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Okay then it's a LOT longer, but it still takes a long time to skid stop than it does to brake even if you are trying.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 14:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

long = longer

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 14:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah but you purposefully don't get up to speeds as high on a fixed because you know you might/will have to stop short, whereas as guy in skid comp had that as his precise GOAL. (Also is why Shasta complained that brakeless riders are slower down hills.)

This is why the crazed mssgr city traffic thing came about in the first place, to never have to make those full stops...but I have a suspicion really hardly anyone outside of Monstertracks & YouTube vids rides that aggressively. Or not for much of the overall percentage of their time on the bike.

Laurel, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 17:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

My eyes say that your suspicion is incorrect. Seriously the most reckless cyclists in SF are the guys who are doing the first two things on my list. I don't buy that they are biking slower or are more careful or any crap like that.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 17:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fine with me, I've never been to SF and Shasta is our resident expert, anyway.

I never see people hot-dogging but then I don't hang around midtown/Times Square/hi-traff areas watching bike messengers. Definitely in Bklyn and around quieter parts of town I don't see much besides normal people, riding normally, whether fixed or free.

Laurel, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 17:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

AND REALLY, DON'T WE ALL JUST WANNA BE FREE, BRETHREN AND SISTREN?

Sistren? Are there any other women on this board?

Laurel, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 17:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

The fixie couriers in London are the most reckless cyclists I see too (and there are like half a dozen courier offices within 200 yards of my office).

Mark C, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 17:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Alex, I pass these fuckers on Market and Hayes and the Wiggle all the time (like everyday), just because you moved to the lowlands with no hills doesn't mean that these guys don't ride differently when they head up into my territory, the SF Alps.

No brake guys are NOTORIOUSLY slow going downhill so that they can skid to a point and they can execute their 5 minute trackstand (I'm talking specifically on Octavia/Market which I pass at least 1 no-brake guy once every day). And then I end up LANCEing by them anyway while they are trying to get any leverage out of their 14" chopped straight/riser bars while out of the saddle (most idiotic fixie technique ever).

I'm not in any hurry to get to a red light but you'd be surprised how these guys gingerly approach heavily trafficed intersections midway down hills.

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 18:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Alex, I pass these fuckers on Market and Hayes and the Wiggle all the time (like everyday), just because you moved to the lowlands with no hills doesn't mean that these guys don't ride differently when they head up into my territory, the SF Alps."

WTF do the hills have to do with my point (btw I do watch some of these guys go down Page or Haight to Scott and if they are taking that hill gingerly I've never noticed)? They are biking through city traffic on Market, on Valencia, on Van Ness, etc, fast as any other cyclists, often not stopping at redlights or stop signs (often barely slowing down at them) and generally paying attention to little more than how sweet their new Pista Concept or whatever looks.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 18:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

To repeat, I claimed that no-brakes guys were slower on downhills which Laurel echoed, and then you disagreed with. I am just reemphasizing that they are slower on downhills.

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 19:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

To repeat, I disagreed with her saying that hardly anyone in SF rides brakeless that aggressively. If neither of you are actually saying that, we have no disagreement.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 19:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

OMGZ

Laurel, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 19:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Haha okay this has gotten perhaps a little testy (not unlike real life convos with Steve--whose opinions on Bob Marley I WILL NEVER SHARE.) Anyway in all seriousness going slowly down hills does not indicate caution as much as it indicates a desire to avoid certain death. Steep SF hills are very very difficult if not at times impossible to stop on without a brake if you've built up any kind of head of steam. These guys are not going slowly because they are careful, but rather because the alternative is basically suicide. In other situations where there are options besides very very safe and an early grave, the behavior I've seen exhibited veers far far closer to the latter than the arguments I'm seeing above would have you believe.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 21:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sistren? Are there any other women on this board?
i read but
do not post because i am not tuff enough

La Lechera, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 21:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't worry, the boys aren't all as tuff as they'd like you to think either.

Laurel, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 21:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

but fwiw i would not do any of these things, but i am also not at all daredevilish.

i was thinking of starting a thread on this board, but now i forgot what it was. i'll be less sheepish once i start riding my bike again. too much snow at the mo.

La Lechera, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 21:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

Alex, I was basing my ideas on keeping speed down partly on just rational considerations and partly on comments gbx has made over time about wanting a non-fixed bike so he could get up more speed, and seeing fixed riders around Bklyn not being especially speedy -- when I ride with peeps they're more careful about intersections than I am, usu. So stuff that's as anecdotal as your own observations, nothing more. I don't hang out on Broadway at rush hour, though, so I gots no idea what the people who think they're hardcore do.

Laurel, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 21:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Alex,

Legend is the greatest reggae album ever.

Love,

Steve Shasta with a front brake

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 21:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also to the list on this thread can I add: I have seen some crazy gyrations and convolutions in order not to have to stop at intersections. Crossing left across your traffic when the light is red cos you know cars'll be stopped is one thing, but going down the street out of your way in order to get around the back of an oncoming vehic...like, you really had to turn right and go three car lengths to get behind that truck, just so you could go straight? Is this like being nine yrs old and the ground is lava?

Laurel, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 21:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

You're moving at a crawl by that time anyway, you're hardly conserving any momentum. Does it matter that much?

Laurel, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 21:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

GET A SKATEBOARD.

ddb, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 23:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

i am v v tuff

gbx, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 23:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

Steve,

It is not even the best Bob album.

Love,

Alex SF with a front brake

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 23:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

THE BEST BOB MARLEY ALBUM IS 40oz OF FREEDOM

ddb, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 23:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^^

Steve Shasta, Thursday, 7 February 2008 00:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HLzGj10fg2g

Mark C, Thursday, 7 February 2008 13:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

write-in vote: cycling on the pavement

caek, Thursday, 7 February 2008 13:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Idiot courier in that film nearly wiped out a bicycle paramedic.

Ed, Thursday, 7 February 2008 14:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

This doesn't really fit in this thread, but what do we think?

Cyclist sues cyclist

Mark C, Friday, 8 February 2008 17:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

been crashed, crashed others on training rides-theyre dangerous. low opinion of claim generally

as a pure hypothetical and disclaiming all-

liability sounds soso. manholes are pretty standard foreseeable danger. the plaintiff was injured going off the road, not hitting the first faller, but still sounds like enough for causation.

i dont know uk comparitive negligence law. pacelining is dangerous, the activity generally requires assumption of risk. now,racing on open roads, is that legal in uk? i thot not. maybe the plaintiff is negligent per se himself if so.

Hunt3r, Friday, 8 February 2008 18:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd have thought that being part of such a group you have to accept the dangers involved. And it was a pure accident, no malice involved.

Mark C, Saturday, 9 February 2008 08:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Sunday, 10 February 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Monday, 11 February 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I don't know where to put this so I'm putting it here...

Berlin bans fixies

or maybe just those without brakes.

But Benno Koch, Berlin’s official ombudsman for bicycle issues, said ... that he had been able to defuse the situation somewhat by hammering out the conditions cyclists can get their confiscated bikes back.

apparently these conditions not interestin enough to actually put in the article though.

last night i dreamt somebody shoved me (ledge), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 08:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Put a front brake on it"

Mark C, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 13:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

So many idiots cycling while wearing headphones on my way to work this morning. It's not like they compensate for this sensory deprivation by being extra-observant either.

Will shed no tears if I ever see one crushed beneath the wheels of an artic.

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 13:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

one million old school fixie riders vs hipster fixie strawman youtube arguments to thread. zzz

all these things in this poll depend on where you are. i'd want a helmet in london/nyc, but where i am it's full of cyclists and i'd say less than 25% wear helmets. some places are ridiculously safe, some aren't.

cyclists with ipods are infuriating when you're following them, espeically when they take up the whole cycle bath besides a busy road and you're trying to train/keep a decent pace. arghh.

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 13:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

bath = path

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 13:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm not annoyed w anyone yet! Give me a couple of weeks....

No wait I take that back, but this is nothing new: people riding the wrong way on one-way sts. Prob already covered that x7 around here somewhere.

But not someone who should be dead anyway (Laurel), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 13:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

people riding the wrong way on one-way sts.

i had someone going the wrong way on a 2-way street, like on my side against traffic coming right at me forcing me to swerve into the middle of the lane around him. not a busy street but still an asshole move

i know u in heaven i hope 2 c u next year (am0n), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 13:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

  • switching to the other side of the street before making left turns

it works, i have done it and it is fun (harbl), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

the other side? that doesn't make sense. I switch to the middle...

last night i dreamt somebody shoved me (ledge), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah like they are afraid of going to the middle of the street so they go the wrong way so they can "safely" make a left turn

it works, i have done it and it is fun (harbl), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

nah i've done that. You see a column of traffic coming up cross before it gets to you or else you're stuck waiting in the middle of the lane. Was chided by a cop for it once iirc

bentley cadence (gbx), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah i am not talking about making an exception when it's necessary i am talking about people who are doing it wrong

it works, i have done it and it is fun (harbl), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Wrong" side here is flexible if there's no bike lane...because you might think that you're supposed to ride to the right of traffic (basic rules) but then bike lanes are usu to the left of traffic (to keep them away from buses, I think) so there's precedent for both sides.

I don't rly understand what yr talking about, harbl? Frankly I'd do it if I could make the left without stopping & waiting...but that's a cheat and I know it.

But not someone who should be dead anyway (Laurel), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

wrong side = the left side of the street. bike lanes are to the left of traffic???

it works, i have done it and it is fun (harbl), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

i am not talking about bike lanes btw. people riding in the street, wanting to go left, getting scared, switching to the wrong side of the street to turn so they can stay by the curb. nevermind. i thought this was a common thing novices do!

it works, i have done it and it is fun (harbl), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

noob left turns are going through the intersection, stopping at the crosswalk, and then waiting for the light to go red instead of cowboying the fuck up and taking the lane like an adult

bentley cadence (gbx), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 17:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

To be perfectly clear: bike lanes are on the left of traffic on a lot of 1-way streets in NY (possibly on all one-way sts but I cannot personally verify) and I don't know specifically why but it definitely keeps bikes away from buses (which stop and go on the right side of traffic). So the ansewr to your question is "yes".

Like most people my age, I am 33 (Laurel), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 17:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

I don't know where you live, harbl? There kind of are no curbs on most streets that I can think of here, b/c there are cars parked all the way down both sides instead. So

Like most people my age, I am 33 (Laurel), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 17:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

i am thinking of two-way streets. this would obviously not be a problem on a one-way as long as you're turning on to another one-way. by curb i mean, the side of the street. i guess i'm the only person in the world who has seen people do this then. though the crosswalk thing is another version of it. wish i could draw a picture

it works, i have done it and it is fun (harbl), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 18:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

i live in not-nyc btw

it works, i have done it and it is fun (harbl), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 18:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

^^
no helmet
no ipod
front brake tho

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Thursday, 17 December 2009 23:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^guilty of aerospoking and hipstering

nostragaaaawddamnus (Hunt3r), Friday, 18 December 2009 01:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

lavender and fuchsia

quiet and secretively we will always be together (Steve Shasta), Friday, 18 December 2009 01:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

ride bikes

farting irl (cankles), Friday, 18 December 2009 01:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

waht does ur bike look like cankles

shartin jort (am0n), Friday, 18 December 2009 06:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

If I accidentally hit a cyclist who, it turned out, had no front brake, I would take every pleasure in seeing their compensation case fall apart like so me=any badly-constructed plastic-spoke wheels.

Mark C, Friday, 18 December 2009 18:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

sorry, drunk syntax. "like some badly-". Am disappointed to see this guy did have a front brake considering what a cunt he looks like.

Mark C, Friday, 18 December 2009 18:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

you should go out and teach someone a lesson

nostragaaaawddamnus (Hunt3r), Friday, 18 December 2009 18:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4409955768_24fd11de70_b.jpg

backstory: east bay dude has a shit ton of bikes that he keeps in his (locked) garage. wakes up one morning, goes outside, notices garage door is open, only one of his bikes is missing...

✌.✰|ʘ‿ʘ|✰.✌ (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

also, if you have the $$$$ for nagasawa and dura ace drivetrain, surely you have the money for an equivalent wheelset? it's like putting camaro wheels on a ferrari.

✌.✰|ʘ‿ʘ|✰.✌ (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

In honor of seeing someone do all three at the same time this weekend.

― Alex in SF, Monday, February 4, 2008 5:57 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

p-i-m-p

ice cr?m, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

some contenders in this

http://vimeo.com/24572222

caek, Monday, 13 June 2011 11:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

obv it's cherrypicking the worst contenders - and lots of the situations highlighted really aren't all that bad - still i've never seen cycling that insane in london. charging between two lanes of moving traffic *in the opposite direction* wtf

ledge, Monday, 13 June 2011 11:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

dude on kingsland road about 6pm yesterday wins this thread

no brake
headphones
no helmet

in addition, chains, lock, badges, shit hanging off him and his bike - "courier style"

annoys pretty much every cyclist / car during the few minutes i was following him

gets to a big junction on kingsland road, hops on to path at speed, near miss with woman and pram, he turns around and laughs when she shrieks, hops back on to road, gets in the way of me, crosses red light having to go on the other side of the road causing a car to beep at him.

how is this guy still alive!?

Crackle Box, Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ride the wrong way down a busy one-way street with no bike lane with a 2-year-old in a back seat when there's a street with a bike lane going the correct way one block over.

mike and the quantum mechanics (Hurting 2), Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

jeez!

there are a lot of parents with back seat babies round here. scares this shit out of me tbh.

Crackle Box, Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

riding to work in the rain this morning in swimming shorts and a vest was pretty moronic. also FUN!

Crackle Box, Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

so my huge group ride rolls up the canyon while i hang back with a newby friend who i invited to join us. the group is supposed to proceed to a small town, really a collection of ramshackle hippy shacks/shops in the canyon where chicks sell free-range wheatgrass on the sidewalk. there, we are to refill water and then head back to town.

well, my friend and i get there about 15 mins after everyone else. the others, 15 riders or so, are collected on the side of the road, are beginning to head back down the canyon. but there is an altercation with a guy in a 30 y/o rusty truck. This two days after a cyclist was run over and killed on this road about 5 miles away, so there's def tension. another friend of mine is next to the driver, saying something like "buddy, just keep rollin up the road, just get out of here, we weren't doing anything wrong at all." truck guy is all "you goddamn riders are in the road, i can't get by, if you want trouble you'll get it, etc." trucker then pulls forward 20 feet, thereby placing me between him and the group (i had been trying to get out of the way). he gets out and starts snapping pictures. despite having no fucking clue what had happened/was happening, i will be the "face" of this shit in the pics. i'm now the closest to the truck, maybe 15 feet away, between him and the whole scrum of riders, who are maybe another 15 yards away now. and i'm in kit from the restaurant that sponsors the ride. now a couple guys 30 yards away from us are cussing/flipping off truck guy emphatically while he takes pictures. then of course, some fucktard starts mooning truck guy from the middle of the street while he takes pictures. i'm incredulous.

the group leaves, my newby friend stays with me. i need to use the bathroom in the restaurant, so i am now hanging out with angry truck guy as he berates the patrons and staff of the joint about the cyclists. i literally have to brush by him him to accomplish my mission, while he rants. i just say "pardon me" and shrug as i go through. good times y'all.

only pick one (meme) (Hunt3r), Monday, 20 June 2011 19:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Today I saw THE hottest girl riding a fixie, no helmet with headphones and a grocery bag in one hand. Super trafficy street. She tried to track stand at the light and fell over. I lolled.

jaxon, Saturday, 16 July 2011 06:41 (seven years ago) Permalink


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