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Old 12-17-03, 09:11 PM   #1
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adhesive bike decorations

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Have any of you ever seen those thin little stickers that fit perfectlly in a horizontal position on you bike frame that say "This bike is a pipe bomb"? I've seen those everywhere. Where is it that I get one?

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Old 12-17-03, 09:52 PM   #2
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Try Microcosm Publishing in Portland. They sell bike stickers locally in all the bike shops, they supported Car Free Day here last September, and they do mail order, too, both retail and wholesale. Good prices, lots of stickers to choose from, great guys and gals to work with, and they do all their mailing and delivery by bike. They'll even print your custom stickers for you! Great 'zines, too, including a variety of local bike 'zines.

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Old 12-17-03, 09:56 PM   #3
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the best sticker they have is " i buy beer for minors" i would never put it on my car but i would love to put it on some ******* cops bumper, i have the bike punk one on my car.
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Old 12-18-03, 04:13 AM   #4
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Some of the stickers by Microcosm are fun, but what is this "my bike is a pipe bomb" stuff?

I must be missing something. What is cool about that?
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bc pipe bombs are a well known way to terrorize, and your bike's got this hollow tube that could potentially be a pipe bomb, so considering all these things makes the stickers kinda funny- though there's nothin more to it than that
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it really isnt funny even with the reasoning. i was always a little disturbed by that one. especially with the world the way it is today.
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I think it also might be a sort of theft deterrent.
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Old 12-18-03, 01:34 PM   #8
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bc pipe bombs are a well known way to terrorize, and your bike's got this hollow tube that could potentially be a pipe bomb, so considering all these things makes the stickers kinda funny- though there's nothin more to it than that
I don't see anything funny about it.
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From a security point of view I don't think police or other agencies would give it much thought.... unless they wanted too. I would ride carefully, a pissed off police office could use this as an excuse to confiscate your bike.

Besides, how could you desecrate a beautiful work of art like a bicycle?
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Nothing funny about pork chops either buddy
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this bike is a pipe bomb is also the name of a small punk group, you can prolly get stickers through them...
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The "pipe bomb" sticker may cause problems when packing a bike for air traval.

The French resistance during WWII made grenades out of frame pumps. Too bad they don't have de Gaulle to be that bold these days.
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I don't see anything funny about it.
I don't see anything funny about it either, but enough people do that they offer about four versions of the "This bike is a pipe bomb" sticker.

Must be a generation gap thing.
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I don't see anything funny about it either, but enough people do that they offer about four versions of the "This bike is a pipe bomb" sticker.

Must be a generation gap thing.

Sheesssh... You people should try to lighten up a bit. Who pee'd in your Rice Crispies this morning? I wouldn't have that sticker on my bike, but I don't see anything wrong with it. Afraid of upsetting the police? Not everybody desires to have police friendly stickers on their bikes. Can't people have a little fun?

Yeah, must be a generation gap. It's a JOKE that is maybe poking fun at stuffy, out of touch, old people like yourselves. Look at the site; most of the stickers promote activism and new ideas. Not unusual for Portland, and not a dangerous phenomina. Relax.

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Sheesssh... You people should try to lighten up a bit. Who pee'd in your Rice Crispies this morning? I wouldn't have that sticker on my bike, but I don't see anything wrong with it. Afraid of upsetting the police? Not everybody desires to have police friendly stickers on their bikes. Can't people have a little fun?

Yeah, must be a generation gap. It's a JOKE that is maybe poking fun at stuffy, out of touch, old people like yourselves. Look at the site; most of the stickers promote activism and new ideas. Not unusual for Portland, and not a dangerous phenomina. Relax.
I think that some of us may be a bit sensitized to terrorism and pipe bombs are a part of that element. That is why it is not so funny to some of us.

I was talking to a friend of mine on the telephone who was walking on a street in Manila when a pipe bomb went off. It knocked him to the ground and killed another person. Two other people were mamed.

To me, pipe bombs aren't funny, so I am trying to understand if I am missing some couched humor or something. If this is an example of Portland's activism and 'new ideas', it isn't very compelling.
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I don't see anything funny about it either, but enough people do that they offer about four versions of the "This bike is a pipe bomb" sticker.

Must be a generation gap thing.
Yes it must the generation gap. When I first saw the word pipe bomb.I started thinking about 12/6/02 when CNN discovered terrorist hacked in to Bike Forums.
The last thing we need is Press like that. I can just see some redneck waiting to run us down.
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Good answer, Mike. Me, I dont get the humor in explosives, personally.

Someone mentioned its a punk band. Well if it is, great. I dont see any reason to put their sticker on my bike any more than I would a Starvation Army sticker on a homeless person or a DK sticker on one of the Kennedys headstones.

Personally, I just think someone saw a sticker they dont understand and think it must be trendy. Ironically, that makes it less so.
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I agree. Not funny.

Some of the other stickers were funny to me in all fairness.

What is REALLY funny is a BUSINESS SELLING anti capitolism stickers!!!!!

Looks like radical BS to me overall.
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Three things:

1. no sense of humor

2. paranoid

3. They said the Clash sold out when they got popular too; I guess if you're both counterculture and successful, y'all just can't win...
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nobody said anyone sold out. I just said someone saw a sticker and thought it was "cool" without even understanding what it was. Evidently its a band name, not a cute saying.

We have a sense of humor. Too bad you guys dont have a sense of style.
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Actually, I was responding to Avalanche, who said:

What is REALLY funny is a BUSINESS SELLING anti capitolism stickers!!!!!

How is a 'This Bike is a Pipe Bomb' sticker NOT funny, when every SUV and motor vehicle should (but does not) come with a health warning and information on how many first, second and third world citizens have been exploited or died in order to build / fuel the damn thing, not to mention road and highway deaths associated with the product, and hours lost raising the wages to buy and operate the darn thing???

Did you happen to notice the Microcosm sticker "Environmental Stickers Don't Mean Sh*t When They're Stuck on Cars"

How many miles do you drive each year??
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Aw, now ya'll got randya cranked up! Dagnabbit!

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I was base security in the Navy for 18 months,and now work in security.A "This bike is a pipe bomb "sticker is definitely non amusing.
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While in college, I did an internship at Fermilab. One day I decided it would be funny to take some of our "Radioactive Waste" stickers and plaster them on my leftover box of pizza I had for lunch, my bike and helmet as well as a drafting tube I kept my drawings and engineering notes in. Lab security was however not amused and was forced to detain me at the gate and temporarily impound everything so they could send it through the decontamination unit.
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Really, it's just a sticker. I'd take one. Everyone is so fearful now that a simple sticker is sending people into a tizzy. No, pipebombs are not funny; a sticker about pipebombs is kinda funny.

Here I am: a 22 year old, 120 pound white suburbanite female riding a Specialized Epic down the stairs of the local convention center with a sticker that reads "This bike is a pipebomb." That's a humorous scenerio.
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