We hear it all the time. “Those damned self-entitled cyclists!” We hear the word privilege thrown around too. Terms generally used to refer to socio-economic issues. They are often invoked in discussions about running through stop signs and stop lights. I’ve always found it frustrating, as I suspect that many of the people that are saying it are using it as a slur without really understanding what it means.
So what is the term “self-entitled” even supposed to mean, if anything? I think we can all agree to the context there. It implies that some people believe that cyclists believe they have a right to ignore certain traffic laws. Yes – I know that was confusing, some people believe that cyclists believe… I’ve always tried to be very pragmatic about stop sign and stop light running. We all know it is illegal in most places. Many are working to change that, but until then I couldn’t imagine any cyclist honestly believing that running through stop lights was their “right.”
Damn I’m naive… Keep reading →
Yup. Today is my birthday (cue Beatles song.) And lucky me, I got the most important stuff. First off was the bikey desk trinket. Because there is no such thing as too many bikey desk trinkets. I mean, if you’re stuck at a desk, you should really invest in things that remind you why you’ve chosen to be stuck at the a desk in the first place.
And then the commute gave me a gift too. You see, one of the advantages of having a birthday right in between Christmas and New Years is one of the least driven weekdays out there. Couple that with a week where New Years falls on Friday and we might as well just shut the city down. I think I passed more joggers than cars this morning…
So celebrate my birthday with me. Go out and ride. Because, just like the proper number of bikes, the correct number of bike rides is N+1.
Some days your commute is fantastic and stress reducing. But some days you just need a little extra James Bond for your ride…
In news linking technology and bikes in a funny, non-socially offensive way, the Washington Post reported on a humorous encounter between a fixed-gear cyclist and one of the Google Autonomous cars. According to the article, the slight motions created by the cyclist executing a track stand triggered the car to stop.
It apparently detected my presence … and stayed stationary for several seconds. it finally began to proceed, but as it did, I rolled forward an inch while still standing. The car immediately stopped…
— Washington Post, http://goo.gl/LlqH25
Track stands always have been an exciting, thrilling and reckless thing – as this video clearly demonstrates
We can all be jerks sometimes. During my 10 mile commute to and from the office every day I get a lot of time to observe assholery on the streets of San Francisco. No… this is NOT going to be a rant about drivers behaving badly. In fact, I feel pretty good about riding a bike on these city streets. No… this is about assholery by fellow cyclists. Keep reading →
Just a short, simple observation for you today. I’ve noticed a good thing, and a bad thing, about the “hands free” or “no texting while driving” laws enacted across the country.
Fewer distracted drivers on the road, looking at where they are going instead of LOLing the latest selfie from their bestie.
An increase in the number of people parked in the bike lane, having pulled over to LOL the latest selfie from their bestie.
… You win some, you lose some.
Ahhh Twitter. One could create a pretty strong argument that Twitter’s popularity among cyclists is a direct result of EPO. One could also argue that it is simply the easiest way to share your race success with your friends and fans while still gasping for air at the finish line.
So, in a fashion not unlike Follow Friday (but clearly not #FF, because that is all messed up lately) I thought I’d throw out some of the names I follow. This list is by no means complete, nor should you assume that someone that I do not follow is not worth following. But of you are looking for something else to consume data on your smartphone’s data plan, here’s some good ones to follow:
Pro Cyclists and Teams
- Jens Voigt @thejensie – #ShutUpLegs had to be a thing.
- Chris Horner @hornerakg – Because who doesn’t want to wonder why the hell ‘akg’ is in his handle
- Emily Kachorek @EmilyKachorek – Bad ass cyclist from VanderKitten
- Vanderkitten @vanderkitten – Because they’re full of bad ass cyclists like Emily Kachorek. And they also seem to have this whole social media thingy nailed.
- Jonathan Vaughters @Vaughters – Has some funny stuff to say sometimes. And knows a thing or two about cycling
- Johan Bruyneel @JohanBruyneel – He says a ton of funny stuff too. Unfortunately it is usually when he is actually being serious.
- Alberto Contador @albertocontador – We all need a reason to work on our spanish.
- Team Sky @TeamSky – They taught me that Brits race bikes too.
- Fabian Cancellara @f_cancellara – Apparently his tweets are sexier than everyone else’s.
- Cadel Evans @CadelOfficial – It is fun to read his tweets with an Australian accent.
- Phil Southerland @PhilSoutherland – Because diabetic cyclists kick ass. I know from personal experience.
Cycling Media Folks – Bloggers, journalists, photographers, etc
- Veloimages @veloimages – Nice guys taking beautiful pictures. ‘Nuf said.
- Richard Masoner @cyclelicious – Guy spits out blog posts like a sub-machine gun.
- Ted Rogers @bikinginla – Because he’s on the VeloReviews home page.
- VeloReviews @veloreviews – Because I’m under contract to plug them.
- Bike Hugger @bikehugger – Because. Just because.
Tweet away folks…
So… yea. Been a die-hard, no-knobby-tire-having, lycra-loving roadie for a while. My idea of getting dirty is road grime in the rain. But like all things, I’m open to evidence that may cause me to change my position. So – I present this counter-argument:
A 22-year-old man suffered an erection for seven weeks after a mountain bike crash. The hard-on finally subsided after two weeks of medical treatment in a hospital.
Hmmm… perhaps I stand corrected. *cough* *cough*
Update: And you thought that I had my tongue firmly placed into my cheek – check out this article. Puns abound!
There is a rather large and growing collection of humours, self-deprecating, but often true songs and music videos that folks have made regarding cycling. Usually these poke fun at some of the more eccentric aspects and stereotypes of the cycling culture. I thought it was about time someone put together a list of the best of them. Of course, this is just my opinion, and is therefore fact…
Number 7: Bike-Friendly City (funny song about bike safety in Toronto)
Obstensibly a bicycle saftey piece, but we all know that no one listens if we talk about bike safety seriously. So lets try it with a little humor:
Number 6: SRSLY
Just try and make it past the Cliff Shot slurping scene in the beginning…
Number 5: Le Velo
The first entry from Robin Moore – the only guy to make my list not once, but three times. This video probably would have ranked higher if he had chosen a better wine.
Number 4: Get Dirty
After poking fun at the euro crowd, Robin Moore goes after the MTB set. Truth be told though, you may want to hold off on watching this one until you’ve watched the rest of the list. There are references in this video to the number one video on our list.
Number 3: All You Haters ( Suck …censored… )
Something about making fun of anger is hysterically funny to me – and a heck of a lot better than actually being angry. Warning – if you would be offended on a Juniur High School camups by the language, you should skip this video…
Number 2: Motherf<censored>ing Bike
Yes. They swear. A lot. But again, making fun of anger is just too enjoyable. Yes – this is the genesis of that famous “Tour de F*** You.” Nearly every stereotype of urban cycling culture is in here. In truth it was a very hard decision to decide the actual order of the top two. Ultimately it came down to seniority alone.
Ooooh – and it is in HD!
Numero Uno: Performance
For me this is the first and still best bicycle music video. The third entry from Robin Moore. If you do nothing else in your cycling life, get this stuck in your head on your next ride. Eminently quotable – ‘Cause its all about performance…
And speaking of quotable, one final thought: