wolfpack hustle got some major bummer news this week. one of the best street races in the country was abruptly cancelled due to some pretty gnarly threats from the lapd, which is even more disappointing since the fuzz have escorted the crash race in the past.
going to use safety as the excuse? then work everyday to make cyclists safer on your streets, l.a.
no clue if mr(s) lockfootposi, the uploader of these two videos made the conscious decision to juxtapose my experiences on the european mainland with my experiences in the uk with every compositional choice in these videos, but (s)he nailed it just about perfectly square with both.
noise as a distraction
too many visual elements
subject seems like a good enough dude, but he seems totally out of place in london
life is moving way too quickly
relaxed cadence, video production, and music (and the non-english adds to that whole european-union-immigration-discussion paradigm)
no panic from rider (regarding trollies or trolly tracks; that rail-hop at 1:20 is a thing of beauty) or from the trolly drivers; they both understand this environment will fit them both
one has time to take in the city life/sights
a symbioses with the surroundings
can’t handle the stress? then don’t call for some hipster on a cool bicycle…
At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, urgent messages from the Soviet ambassador in Washington had been encoded by hand and then given to a Western Union messenger who arrived at the embassy on a bicycle. “We at the embassy could only pray,” Ambassador Dobrynin recalled, “that he would take it to the Western Union office without delay and not stop to chat on the way with some girl!”
questions about why i (or anyone) rides a fixed gear bicycle get a little old sometimes. i rarely have much interest turning it into a larger conversation, so i’ll usually throw one of the following reasons their way
low-level of maintenance
road/rider connectivity, especially in poor riding conditions
the first is the most common response i give, and it is usually followed up with a “c’mon, how hard is it to keep a bike up and running?” (to which i always want to respond, “i dunno, you should ask your mechanic.” buuuuurn).
more so than “keeping a bike up and running,” not having to worry about gears means most fixes are quick, the tools necessary to complete the repair are few and easy to carry, and the number of possible complications are few.
my rear derailer got frozen on my ride home on saturday. eventually while cruising in my too-high-for-the-new-terrain gear and trying to figure out what was up, my chain got all chewed up on itself.
on a fixed gear bicycle, there would be no derailer to freeze.
to be fair, on a fixed gear bicycle with no derailer, i wouldn’t get the opportunity to ride the same chilly weather waves as andy hampsten in 1988.