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Old 03-08-07, 06:38 PM   #1
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Interesting article on cycling

The Dopes of Cycling

I don't think he likes us.
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Old 03-08-07, 06:53 PM   #2
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like he said in the movie, the best part of this guy ran down the crack of his mama's a** and ended up a brown stain on the mattress.

i'm amazed he was able to pass a driving test -- guess they didn't let him chew gum while he tested.

he secretly lusts after the chiseled legs that poke out the bottom of the spandex, he wants to detail them.

claiming his membership in the 'car people' club is the only group he's ever been able to join -- when he was 13, his hand went to sleep.

(how many more can we come up with?)
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The Dopes of Cycling

I don't think he likes us.
Hyperbole aside, I look for opinions that are likely to be shared by others. I believe that is captured in these two sentences from the article:

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Bike People feel that wherever cars can go, they can go, even if that means heavily trafficked, winding roads with no shoulders.
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However, I do believe that we, as Americans, should drive our cars with disregard for cyclists' health in hopes that we ourselves should remain living.
It's interesting to me that he seems to feel bicyclists are a real phyiscal threat to the motorists.
Reminds me of Chip's thread, It's my fault he crashed?, over in Commuting.

Now, anyone who thinks his safety, as a car driver, is threatened by cyclists on the road, must be a pretty bad driver.

(shaking my head in disbelief)
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Old 03-08-07, 07:15 PM   #4
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Ahhh.. one of those puzzy-azz Satan worshippers...


What's wrong Beelzebub, didn't mommy hold you enough when you were a little devil?
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This line says it all.
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"it's not murder if the victim was a cyclist and the weapon was your car."
Too bad the courts often agree...
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Good place to stick pro bike comments.
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Like the saying goes: Opinions are like @ssholes... everyone has one!
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You are being trolled.
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I thought it was kind of funny myself. Only bike people will over analyze a piece of satire.
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Karma will eventually catch up to this guy and he'll end up flipping his suv onto some railroad tracks and go BOOM !
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I'm pretty sure it's comedy/satire.
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I thought it was kind of funny myself. Only bike people will over analyze a piece of satire.
Did you see his other articles? I went looking for Part 1 and Part 2; but most of his stuff is way over the top like this article. So I agree with you Brian, the guy is just blowing smoke trying to be funny.
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Here's the funny line:
"cyclist forces a head-on collision on a busy road", yeah right, pal, I forced you to drive like an a-hole late for a hemmoroid treatment.
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It's interesting to me that he seems to feel bicyclists are a real phyiscal threat to the motorists.

Reminds me of Chip's thread, It's my fault he crashed?, over in Commuting.

Now, anyone who thinks his safety, as a car driver, is threatened by cyclists on the road, must be a pretty bad driver.

(shaking my head in disbelief)
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Not only that, but he sounds like his feet are still growing and he uses Clearasil.
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Just because it's comedy/satire, which obviously it is, doesn't mean he is not actually saying anything. It's certainly no reason to dismiss what he's saying out of hand.

Bill Cosby, Jon Stewart, Art Buchwald, George Carlin, Gary Trudeau and Lewis Black all come to mind as examples of comedians/satirists with something serious to say.

In fact, for comedy to be funny, in must reflect reality in some way.

Even if this guy is not personally serious about anything he's saying, the reason the satire works is because there are people who think the way he writes And that's what is relevant to us, I think.
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Ahhh.. one of those puzzy-azz Satan worshippers...


What's wrong Beelzebub, didn't mommy hold you enough when you were a little devil?
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I thought it was kind of funny myself. Only bike people will over analyze a piece of satire.
we HAVE to, so car-driving militants don't use it as an excuse to do as they f!@#$%^&*() well please!
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Did you see his other articles? I went looking for Part 1 and Part 2; but most of his stuff is way over the top like this article. So I agree with you Brian, the guy is just blowing smoke trying to be funny.
The part that says "Car People adhere to one principal and one principal only: they'd rather get from point A to point B without getting run off the road by a spandex clad warrior...." should give some clues as to how to interpret this.
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Just because it's comedy/satire, which obviously it is, doesn't mean he is not actually saying anything. It's certainly no reason to dismiss what he's saying out of hand.

Bill Cosby, Jon Stewart, Art Buchwald, George Carlin, Gary Trudeau and Lewis Black all come to mind as examples of comedians/satirists with something serious to say.

In fact, for comedy to be funny, in must reflect reality in some way.

Even if this guy is not personally serious about anything he's saying, the reason the satire works is because there are people who think the way he writes And that's what is relevant to us, I think.
i'm not sure what to think of this -- HH & i agree on something!

this reminds me of gallagher in the 80's -- one line he used regularly about TV was, "i wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence; they got one marked 'brightness', but it don't work, does it?"

comedy with no basis in real life just ISN'T funny -- as if by example, i have to change the channel -- seinfeld is coming on.
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The Dopes of Cycling: They're Here, They're Queer and They Hate Cars
Why Am I Writing About Cycling? Part III

Okay, this is Part III of the "Why Am I Writing about Cycling?" series. And before I get into my points, or lack thereof, let me clarify this article's title before too many panties get bunched up. The Dopes of Cycling: They're Here, They're Queer and They Hate Cars is, by all counts, a marginally clever title. However, it is not meant to imply that cyclists are actually queer, or gay, or even homosexual for that matter. Even if their ridiculous spandex might scream otherwise, my use of the word queer is merely meant to infer a difference, a Texas sized lifestyle difference that will separate "bike" people and "car" people until the day the ice caps melt and the sharks inherit the earth.

CAR PEOPLE

Ah, Car People, my people. Car People don't even need to be "car people", in a traditional sense, to enjoy membership in this sect. They don't need to be grease monkeys or even have the slightest idea of how cars work They don't even have to own a ****ing car. They merely need to appreciate cars, roads and highways for what they are: society's highest form of personal transportation. These people need not "hate" cycling or cyclists. In fact, they might even be cyclists. Car People adhere to one principal and one principal only: they'd rather get from point A to point B without getting run off the road by a spandex clad warrior or worse, vice versa and a manslaughter trial. I am Car People, here me roar.

BIKE PEOPLE

Bike People aren't real people. I'm pretty sure they're robots from the planet Egomania. They make the line between getting killed and killing someone much thinner than what should be socially acceptable, if not illegal. When I worked at a deli there was this despicable hippie dude who wore a pro-cycling shirt that said, "Cars are Coffins". ****ing *******, I thought. Of course they're coffins, especially when a brain-dead cyclist forces a head-on collision on a busy road. Bike People feel that wherever cars can go, they can go, even if that means heavily trafficked, winding roads with no shoulders. The disgusting, hypocritical truth of the matter is that that hippie ****** bag owned a car and drove it to work each and every day, a quandary I'm sure most Bike People find themselves living through constantly.

THE SOLUTION

There is and never will be a set solution for this problem. As I've stated, the Bike people are far too stubborn. So, as we've done for the last two centuries plus, since that damn Frenchman Comte Mede de Sivrac invented the first bicycle in 1790, we try and coexist. But like my Uncle Jim says, "it's not murder if the victim was a cyclist and the weapon was your car."

(READER'S NOTE: I don't actually have an Uncle Jim. I took the liberty of fabricating a family member to increase the overall readability of this piece, though I'm not sure if it made a difference. I also, per my admission, would like to stress that I don't actually advocate murder. However, I do believe that we, as Americans, should drive our cars with disregard for cyclists' health in hopes that we ourselves should remain living.)
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