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Two stoplight "Uh oh" stories, and an unrelated pic

Old 01-28-09, 06:06 PM
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Two stoplight "Uh oh" stories, and an unrelated pic

First story:

Yesterday was a nice, sunny day. Had the road tires on. Northbound, on a descent that goes from two-lane, crosses an expressway off-ramp picking up another through lane, plus LTO and RTO lanes. Stretch gets real busy, real sudden.

Stoplight partway down the hill. Red, of course. I'm in the rightmost travel lane, with the back of the bike still pointed uphill directly into the low winter sun.

Guy stops alongside on the left, electric window comes down, I think, Uh, oh. "Nice taillight!" Window zips back up. Not at all what I expected.

And proof that a DiNotte taillight is more powerful than the sun. The sun is pointed right in the thing and it's still bright enough that motorists feel compelled to comment.

Second story:

Wednesday mornings I work in a library deep in the heart of the 'hood. I'm cautious in that section, being a middle-aged white guy for one, and riding a couple thousand dollars of Trek for another.

On the way home this afternoon, stopped and signaling in an LTO, a van stopped on my right, window rolls down. Uh, oh, I think again.

"I like that bike," shouts the driver.

Not what I want to hear from a guy in a van deep in the heart of the 'hood.

"What year is it?" he asks.

Huh?

Who expects the model year to be the first question asked about their bike?

The light changed and I yelled back, "Oh six," made my turn, cranked it up to 400 watts and ran the gears as fast as I could in the snow.

Unrelated pic:

DISCLAIMER: That's not me in the photo, although it's indicative of today's conditions.

From this article in the Daily Fishwrapper:



What do you suppose he's got on his bars? (Besides a stick tied to them.)

Is that Celeste? With Campy Ergo levers? So a Bianchi, right?

Do those look like snow tires to you?

And why is front QR on the wrong side?











Still thinking about those bars?







Give up?



Chickens.

Actual live chickens. Smack in the middle of downtown. Riding on the front of a Bianchi. In the snow.

Actual caption: A man who identified himself as "Birdman of Wayne County" rides his bike with chickens, "Whosee" on the left and "Flitter", his "exercise buddies" on Broadway in Rochester. (JAY CAPERS staff photographer)

And people think I'm eccentric.
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Old 01-28-09, 06:34 PM
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I got my first motorist comment for many months the other day. I was going straight through a light, someone who had passed me 1/4 mile or so back was waiting to turn left, rolled down his window and yelled "AWESOME LIGHT!"

I assume he meant the Dinotte 140L taillight, but it could have been the 200L front.
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Old 01-28-09, 06:47 PM
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Why the QR is on the wrong side? He's a rebel and has realized that the orientation of the front QR doesn't actually matter and he is using it to display his non-conformist nature.

And the only conversation I've ever had at a stop light was with a man sporting impressive dreadlocks and riding some kind of sporty motorcycle. He told me he liked my bike and asked me if I wanted to race him to the next stop like a block down.
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Old 01-28-09, 06:50 PM
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I guess when the guy in the pic wants to give a motorist the bird... he hands em a chicken?
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Old 01-28-09, 07:08 PM
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I had some guy roll down his window when it was about -10F the other night. They "Dude, I thought you were a cop!" I guess paltry 1/2watt superflashes aren't so bad (I'm running two though) in a medium sized metropolitan area (180k).
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I used to commute in snow on 25mm tires. I don't think it really presents any more of a problem than any other tire. I think I may have had more problems with mountain bike tires than the really skinny ones.
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Oh man, love that picture. Totally cracked me up.

I get the occasional nice comment at red lights, usually just 'Nice bike'. The other day a lady said she was glad to see a young woman riding fast in the streets 'on a boy's bike'. Kind of her, though my bike is too small for any boy over 5'7" I'd say.
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Originally Posted by Scheherezade View Post
I had some guy roll down his window when it was about -10F the other night. They "Dude, I thought you were a cop!" I guess paltry 1/2watt superflashes aren't so bad (I'm running two though) in a medium sized metropolitan area (180k).
I used to get 'I thought you were a cop' a lot in Augusta, GA where almost nobody bikes.
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Chickens.
^Hand warmers?^

BTW...Bianchi is not the only company making bikes in strange green colors with girls names. Here is my 1989ish Miyata goofy green.

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Originally Posted by Duellist View Post
The other day a lady said she was glad to see a young woman riding fast in the streets 'on a boy's bike'.


People are strange. My favorite comment came from an elderly woman who saw me stopped at a light, riding my winter beater hybrid, wearing dingy commuter clothes, covered in blinkies and reflectors and wearing a huge backpack. "You're just like Lance Armstrong!" she observed
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The man in that photo bears a remarkable resemblance to Sheldon Brown. Is that an original photo or something they dug up?
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Old 01-29-09, 09:32 AM
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Actual live chickens. Smack in the middle of downtown. Riding on the front of a Bianchi. In the snow.
I would have guessed they were two empty halves of coconuts, and he's banging them together...
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That's going to present a problem if those girls start laying while he's riding. I'd imagine raw eggs might be quite slippery in the snow.

I don't think I've had anyone yell at me. Well, not that I could make out anyways.
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
chickens.

Actual live chickens. Smack in the middle of downtown. Riding on the front of a Bianchi. In the snow.

Actual caption: A man who identified himself as "Birdman of Wayne County" rides his bike with chickens, "Whosee" on the left and "Flitter", his "exercise buddies" on Broadway in Rochester. (JAY CAPERS staff photographer)

And people think I'm eccentric
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News flash....you are eccentric. We all are, who ride in the snow when we don't "have to".

Chicken guy looks like he might have a snowboard strapped to his back. Do you think he's going to the slopes with Whosee and Flitter?
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Actual live chickens. Smack in the middle of downtown. Riding on the front of a Bianchi. In the snow.
Pogies with active heating. Gotta love that, right? Probably until they crap on your hands, but you can't have everything.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
I got my first motorist comment for many months the other day. I was going straight through a light, someone who had passed me 1/4 mile or so back was waiting to turn left, rolled down his window and yelled "AWESOME LIGHT!"

I assume he meant the Dinotte 140L taillight, but it could have been the 200L front.
Driving home (through Capo beach) there's a stretch of straight road adjacent to a bike bath, with a commuter train rail on the other side. It's not unusual to spot the train headlight a 1/2 mile down and be mildly blinded by the time it passes you. Imagine my surprise when the rush of a train speeding past never came, and all I saw in my rear-view were two equally bright flashers on the back of a commuter bike!
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Its the gnome from the travelocity ads. And he bike commutes! In winter!
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