Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Montana U.S.A.
Bikes: Too many to list, some I built myself including the frame. I "do" ~ Human-Only-Pedal-Powered-Cycles, Human-Electric-Hybrid-Cycles, Human-IC-Hybrid-Cycles, and one Human-IC-Electric-3way-Hybrid-Cycle
Originally Posted by elcruxio
Honestly the only thing that catches my eye is the riding on the left side of the road. . .
Yah, that's what I mainly noticed myself first off, but as others pointed out if you blow up the picture and look closely the bag he has hanging on his bars is a back-pack and his shoes are loose tennis shoes that are not laced up. Basically guy riding down wrong side of road with only one hand on the handlebars that have an off balance weight on the other end which designed to go on the back not hang on the end of bar and pedaling with unlaced loss shoes (and also no gloves but if its not too cold or too far even I do that). Reportably carrying an open cup containing hot coffee.
Some rather harsh comments have resulted as to his intelligence and how he "deserves" what he is "going to get". The I hope he wrecks and wears the coffee and he is going to scald himself and that someone should throw a snowball at him and knock him down kind of comments.
Except for the riding "Salmon" thing, I really don't care and its no skin off my back. Wrong side of the road thing does bother me I was fairly seriously injured in a bike/bike collision with a salmon years ago who slammed into me while I was going up-hill and he was coming downhill on a narrow one bike wide shoulder edge of a road with heavy traffic to my left and a steep drop off to the right, he never hit his brakes and was screaming at me to get out of his way (where?) and I was hospitalized with broken ribs and internal organ injuries. So I don't have any use for salmon and I do consider it an activity that is my concern that directly affects my rights and safety. Everything else, is his own issue and are not what I would do but nothing that effects me.
They have added some more pictures to the front and or re-arranged them so it isn't the #1
position anymore but when I first saw it it was and was the only reason I clicked on the story.
Comments on stories or pictures like this one always turn my gut the wrong way. I remember a few years ago when a local paper (The Missoulian) had a front page picture of a cyclist commuter on the road in about a half foot of loose fresh snow (and all bundled up and riding on the right side of the road and waiting at a red light with the rest of traffic) and the caption underneath mocking the cyclist as having wheels, but not enough of them and that he should get a four wheel for this kind of weather. I wrote a scolding letter to the editor on that one (wasn't me the picture was taken of and I didn't know the guy) which they refused to print. Commenting on the news story would be worthless since It's my experience that online news story places the bloodthirsty cycle haters far outweigh cyclists and sending an e-mail to yahoo also does nothing. So I posted this thread here. Gives me some satisfaction to hear some decent comments that aren't anti-cyclist but at worst are just good suggestions about a better way to ride if necessary. I will give yahoo more credit then the local rag previously mentioned in that they at least had the decency to not put some nasty anti-cyclist caption on the photo and just put the photo up, the commentators though are another story, there are nasty anti-cyclist comments on this photo both in the comment section for the photo itself and in the comment section for the story that it is attached too (and for a while was the first photo on the top of the story).
@ alan s
Can't confirm that for sure myself since I've never had more then one drink in my system when start out on a ride and never drink while riding, but yah, I bet it would cool down faster while riding especially in a cup with an open top. Reportably its just coffee in the cup, but your not the first one to think it might be something a little more. If it is alcohol I'm just glad he is riding a bike and not behind the wheel of a car or truck. Much less dangerous to others piloting a bicycle while drunk then a car or truck. Although if one must ride drunk or while drinking a horse is the best thing to be riding, built in designated driver. I've done that one !!! Just hang slack and let the horse have its head and only give him a light tug to indicate general direction and he/she will get you where you are going without incident (mainly back to base camp in my experience).
Last edited by turbo1889; 01-03-14 at 06:37 AM.