Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Anatomy of a non-fall

I like biking in snow. Think of all the cool things you've done on a bike... lost to the wind. But in snow, there's proof of your actions.

I was biking home last night and went to turn off the road at my house. My front wheel skidded and I caught myself (I wasn't going very fast). No big deal. But then I noticed that the snow held a detailed story of this one second! I wish I had taken the picture before the car came by, but I like how you can see the skid (where the track gets wider), see where my left foot goes down one, two, three times. My right foot first hits the coaster break, causing a small skid on the real wheel (pushing the snow up past the track of the front wheel) and then goes down on the street sliding a bit.

Because I'm now standing, the bike track gets narrower because there's not much weight on my bike. Then I gain my balance and continue on my way.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Broadway to stay open to pedestrians!

Half of me says, with a heavy dose of sarcasm, "What a surprise!" The other half of me breaths a huge sigh of relief and says, "Thanks fucking God!"

Thank you, Mike! I was worried, but it's OK. (and I especially liked how the other day you said, "People will say, 'Ay yi yi, I wish I had listed to that guy!'").

The story in the Times.

Here's Mike looking a bit "Right-Stuff" like.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The 40 Year Old Biker

So I just saw "The 40 Year Old Virgin" (so, I'm a little behind the times).

Very funny movie. I laughed. I cried...

I cried because I've seen such an anti-bike movie in my life.

Not only is biking for losers and nerds, it epitomizes loser and nerd!

And then, because of course the hero is a decent guy, they give him a new bike and it's the dumbest modern mountain bike in world. Perfectly nonsensical for biking on the streets of LA (plus, it probably wasn't easy for him to get used to not having those rear-view mirrors). I guess the switch to dumb mountain bike was supposed to make him just a little less nerdy. And for that he gave up a perfectly nice city bike.

They don't generally show smoking in a good light in movies anymore. Isn't it time we stamp out negative portrayals of riding a bike?

Then last night I was out drinking at Sparrow and Club 21 (man, I have never seen a place so packed with Czech pheromones!). A friend of a friend couldn't believe I was getting around on bike. I felt like a 40-year-old virgin. And the worst part is that I had to wait in the cold for him to arrive and tell me this. Of course I got there first because he was driving.