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Old 03-23-08, 11:04 AM   #1
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Alleycats on Headline News

They ran a special on this guy. Suprisingly, they didn't bag on the hazards. They mentioned the danger to the participants as if it was any other dangerous sport.


Lots of big videos in hi def. Site looks old, but there's some new content.
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Alleycats are the new street racing.

5 years ago... everyone wanted a honda civic with a turbo and told their friends they were street racers. Then the 2nd fast and the furious came out and all the poseurs sold their cars.

Now. Fixed is the new import scene. Everyone wants a surly with aerospokes and a 650 or some nonsense... Soon. Fixed and the furious will come out. Bike polo will be THE varsity sport to play and schools will once again be turned into a bikers paradise.

Then... fixed and the furious 2 will come out. And everyone will go around calling all us bikers losebombs again.
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They ran a special on this guy. Suprisingly, they didn't bag on the hazards. They mentioned the danger to the participants as if it was any other dangerous sport.


Lots of big videos in hi def. Site looks old, but there's some new content.
danger-wise, is it really that different than any other dangerous sport?
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danger-wise, is it really that different than any other dangerous sport?
As in an illegal race on public roads?
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Bike polo will be THE varsity sport to play and schools will once again be turned into a bikers paradise.
i somehow doubt the bubble will get that big before it decides to pop.
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Now. Fixed is the new import scene. Everyone wants a surly with aerospokes and a 650
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As in an illegal race on public roads?
a different kind of danger, but look at some of the other crazy stuff people do for fun. it's hard to say which is more dangerous than what with base jumping, buildering, that rock climbing thing where you don't use harnesses, cave diving, building a giant ramp in the middle of the desert to ride skateboards on and launch 40 feet in the air.....i mean, let's see some perspective. alleycats can be dangerous, but they're not some super dangerous thing we need to wear on our sleeves like we're badass, it's just another one of those sports where there's some risk that makes up part of the fun. "X-TREME!!!!"

also, i can't find the story on the website anywhere. damn.
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"Street racing" in pathetic (or completely overpowered) cars will always be a part of high school. If I sneak out at 2 in the morning to race an alleycat with my buddies.... God be with us.

Imagine any scene from Fast and the Furious.... but on bicycles instead. I'd rather ride my buddy's urban assault hardtail running from the cops than a fixie, kthnx.
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really? i have a pretty tough mtb, but it's slow as ****/hard to go fast on, what with the big tires and little gear and all.
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a different kind of danger, but look at some of the other crazy stuff people do for fun. it's hard to say which is more dangerous than what with base jumping, buildering, that rock climbing thing where you don't use harnesses, cave diving, building a giant ramp in the middle of the desert to ride skateboards on and launch 40 feet in the air.....i mean, let's see some perspective. alleycats can be dangerous, but they're not some super dangerous thing we need to wear on our sleeves like we're badass, it's just another one of those sports where there's some risk that makes up part of the fun. "X-TREME!!!!"

also, i can't find the story on the website anywhere. damn.
It was one of those magazine TV shows like 'Extra' or something, but on the Headline News channel.

I wasn't really looking to get this debate going again. Just wanted to share some sweet 50+ mb vids of alleycats
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As in an illegal race on public roads?
It was not a question of legality, but of actual danger.

People can and do get f'ed up in lots of sports. Alley cats aren't exceptional to that.
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really? i have a pretty tough mtb, but it's slow as ****/hard to go fast on, what with the big tires and little gear and all.
Let's just say that while police are trained to ride down stairs and such, I have a... shall we say... home field advantage where I would be running from said cops. It's not a matter of simply outrunning them. They have cars for that. But the cops won't take a squad car OR a bike through the heart of the campus. Nor can they spread out fast enough with enough density to cover every escape route.

We're significantly more comfortable on the ground AND in the air than any cop, bike or car, will ever be.

Now as for a street chase, I'd say its a little more about knowing the area than getting away through speed. If you can legitimately get chased by cars, you've already lost.



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really? i have a pretty tough mtb, but it's slow as ****/hard to go fast on, what with the big tires and little gear and all.
Where I live you probably aren't going to escape from the cops on a bicycle unless you go where cops cars can't. If I'm going up and down curbs, across wet grass, through fields full of who-knows-what, down flights of stairs, over shrubs and flower beds and other such tomfoolery, I would much prefer a mountain bike. Plus, I can go pretty fast on a mountain bike with decent road/city tires. Not that I've ever run from the cops (on a bike) but, yeah.
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Let's just say that while police are trained to ride down stairs and such, I have a... shall we say... home field advantage where I would be running from said cops. It's not a matter of simply outrunning them. They have cars for that. But the cops won't take a squad car OR a bike through the heart of the campus. Nor can they spread out fast enough with enough density to cover every escape route.

We're significantly more comfortable on the ground AND in the air than any cop, bike or car, will ever be.

Now as for a street chase, I'd say its a little more about knowing the area than getting away through speed. If you can legitimately get chased by cars, you've already lost.


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Alleycats are the new street racing.

5 years ago... everyone wanted a honda civic with a turbo and told their friends they were street racers. Then the 2nd fast and the furious came out and all the poseurs sold their cars.

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Then... fixed and the furious 2 will come out. And everyone will go around calling all us bikers losebombs again.
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As in an illegal race on public roads?
it seems like a lot more people die other ways than alleycats
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Obviously you never saw Pacific Blue growing up.
Cops are Xtream

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Ahahahahaha

The second clip. I love how they take time during the chase to squeeze in some tricks. Also, the mugger as well as the cops all have spinergys!
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But the cops won't take a squad car OR a bike through the heart of the campus. Nor can they spread out fast enough with enough density to cover every escape route.
Just because you haven't seen it doesn't mean they can't or won't drive off-road. I've seen both cop cars and motorcycles drive up on the side-walks through the otherwise pedestrian only ares of the UF campus.

I thought just like you did and then spent a night in jail because I forgot they have radios. Don't make the same mistake.
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U guys just wait...

I think the trend is spreading faster than people think.
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Let's just say that while police are trained to ride down stairs and such, I have a... shall we say... home field advantage where I would be running from said cops. It's not a matter of simply outrunning them. They have cars for that. But the cops won't take a squad car OR a bike through the heart of the campus. Nor can they spread out fast enough with enough density to cover every escape route.

We're significantly more comfortable on the ground AND in the air than any cop, bike or car, will ever be.

Now as for a street chase, I'd say its a little more about knowing the area than getting away through speed. If you can legitimately get chased by cars, you've already lost.



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They ran a special on this guy. Suprisingly, they didn't bag on the hazards. They mentioned the danger to the participants as if it was any other dangerous sport.


Lots of big videos in hi def. Site looks old, but there's some new content.
this is the site of lucas brunelle. i guess you've never been to a bicycle film festival have you?
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danger-wise, is it really that different than any other dangerous sport?
For participants probably not, but for other people that just happen to be using the road it is likely a bit more dangerous than most. That seems to me a fairly substantial difference.
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U guys just wait...

I think the trend is spreading faster than people think.
every trend has it's inevitable backlash.
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this is the site of lucas brunelle. i guess you've never been to a bicycle film festival have you?
Note my profile says Boise. We get outdoor adventure festivals. That is all. Oh, and the Warren Miller annual.
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Obviously you never saw Pacific Blue growing up.
Cops are Xtream

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Is that a spinergy that I see?
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