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The Very Best Of Joey Brooks 2009 (VIDEO)

Old 10-21-09, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by cedar_lake View Post
I deal with the stereotype you are helping to create by riding that way every day.

I guess the best thing I can do is remind the drivers I encounter every day is that not everybody out there rides like you, and they shouldn't use the way guys like you ride as an excuse to drive carelessly/illegally around me when I'm on my bike.
I completely agree. It's kind of like how early on a few snowboarders acted like fools on the hill and from there on out it's been up to us considerate snowboarders to convince the skiers that we're not all a-holes.

I also am curious if the OP has a wife and kids at home. I find that these gratuitous displays of testosterone and bravado tend to fade when one becomes responsible for lives other than their own- I know that's what happened with me.
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Originally Posted by nimbuscrenel View Post
I completely agree. It's kind of like how early on a few snowboarders acted like fools on the hill and from there on out it's been up to us considerate snowboarders to convince the skiers that we're not all a-holes.

I also am curious if the OP has a wife and kids at home. I find that these gratuitous displays of testosterone and bravado tend to fade when one becomes responsible for lives other than their own- I know that's what happened with me.
Comparing snowboarders to bicycle commuters is plain stupid.
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Old 10-21-09, 03:42 PM
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Comparing snowboarders to bicycle commuters is plain stupid.
Comparing irresponsible snowboarders to irresponsible cyclists makes perfect sense to me.
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Old 10-21-09, 03:52 PM
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...gratuitous displays of testosterone and bravado...
None of the above.

For various reasons, where I live, it is unsafe to cower in the gutter on a bicycle. Due to a generous portion of hoodlums and crackheads, it is unsafe to stop, or even slow down through many parts of my commute. If I must stop for traffic, my head is on a swivel looking for trouble until I can proceed.

I am a gazelle on the Serengeti. I go about enjoying my life, but keep a sharp eye out for predators and stay out of the tall grass when possible.
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Old 10-21-09, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by nimbuscrenel View Post
Comparing irresponsible snowboarders to irresponsible cyclists makes perfect sense to me.
Irresponsible? When I am not granting right of way to everybody, I am staying the hell out of their way. Motorists here would label me polite. They don't want me stopping in front of them any more than I want to stop.

BTW...snowboarders are at play on the slopes. I am at war during my commutes. Big distinction.
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Atta booooooooii Joey!! I gotta get me and my bikes to NO one day.
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Old 10-21-09, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by nimbuscrenel View Post
Comparing irresponsible snowboarders to irresponsible cyclists makes perfect sense to me.
So you know snowboarders and skiers that commute to jobs on the snow?
Joey is Not Irresponsible.
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
Irresponsible? When I am not granting right of way to everybody, I am staying the hell out of their way. Motorists here would label me polite. They don't want me stopping in front of them any more than I want to stop.

BTW...snowboarders are at play on the slopes. I am at war during my commutes. Big distinction.
It didn't look too polite to me when you zipped through a couple of crosswalks with pedestrians in them.

Fair point about not being able to snowboard to work. I understand the idea of being at war when on the road- I also ride a motorcycle and at times it's as dangerous as cycling, especially since you don't have the ability to ride on bike paths/lanes even if you wanted to.

I will admit that I don't know your city or your situation, but it just seems like if commuting by bike is that dangerous and tense it kind of negates the reasons a lot of people commute in the first place.

However, you are a fellow cyclist, and therefore I wish you all the good luck/health in the world!
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Old 10-21-09, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
So you know snowboarders and skiers that commute to jobs on the snow?
Joey is Not Irresponsible.
So I assume I'd need to talk to you about getting on the Official Joey Brooks Fan Club mailing list?
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I also like making commuting an adrenaline sport ... twice a day.
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Old 10-21-09, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by nimbuscrenel View Post
It didn't look too polite to me when you zipped through a couple of crosswalks with pedestrians in them.
I can't remember any scenes where a pedestrian stopped to grant us right of way when we didn't have it. One lady stutter-stepped until my bud committed to going around her. Otherwise, all the Zombies seemed to just go about there business while we picked natural gaps between them
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Old 10-21-09, 04:23 PM
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Atta booooooooii Joey!! I gotta get me and my bikes to NO one day.
You would be bored TJ. NOLA is SO SMALL compared to Toronto.

But you should visit anyway!
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Old 10-21-09, 04:30 PM
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I can't offer up too much commentary. Where I live, I wouldn't ride that way, but then I'm pretty sure that the crime here is not nearly the same as NOLA (I believe that not having your pinky extended during high tea may earn you a stern finger wagging by the local constable), and traffic (if you can call it that) here is never stagnant like what you see on the video. If I was in fear of hoods and crackheads, I'd likely try to stay moving too. Maybe there are no alternatives; I've never been to NOLA, but I might try to find a less congested route. I do have a kid at home.
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It would take riding a nine thousand pound beach cruiser on the sidewalk for the average driver to assume a cyclist isn't nuts.

JB seems to have a near obsessive attention to situational awareness that more than likely gives him the personal security he needs to ride in a congested city with what is, unquestionably, an aggressive style.

I'd imagine it evolved organically with his preference for speed and, if he's anything like me, finding routes that are both survivable and stimulating.

You've got to find your fun where you can. If JB has never caused an accident, nor harmed anyone else, I say more power to him or anyone that seems to have the same passion for what they do as he does.
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Good video, as always.
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Good vid. That's pretty much like how we get around here except for the flatness! wow, how flat is your town? I'm always either pumping hard uphill or flying downhill past all the cagers.
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Old 10-22-09, 08:16 AM
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ive always admired the speed Joey gets! i would totally join a fan club!
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I ride like that in traffic. But its higher risk. So I try to avoid traffic. I know that when in traffic, with adrenaline going, I will take the risks to keep my speed up, but if I do it every day I'm more likely to end up in a hospital than if I take a different route. Basically I pick low traffic routes to save me from myself.

What surprises me is how little traffic there is on the red lights. Most of the ones I stop at you have 2-3 lanes of tight traffic going each direction, with absolutely no possibily of running the red 99% of the time. I end up not even looking for that 1% and just chilling out at the lights. . .
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I seriously love traffic riding. It is my kung-fu and it is strong.
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I seriously love traffic riding. It is my kung-fu and it is strong.
Kung Fu means excellence, or mastery of a skill. I'd say Joey's got it.
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That Joey ... he's so dreamy
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really enjoyed the ride round the lake vids. kick-ass sound track.
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fun governor
Great phrase. I'd like to borrow that occasionally!
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Old 10-22-09, 08:32 PM
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^^^thanks all!^^^
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It's like a soap opera...I take a couple of months off and on the first day back it's like I never left. Great vid Joey...the night rides are sweet enough to eat, and the shot of ole' hickory was a nice touch. I could almost smell the french market. Thanx...
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