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Old 04-04-22, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
I have thought for a long time that front brakes should be required on all bikes including fixies, and it should be enforced which most cities will not do, at least here in the US they won't enforce it. That death in England is just one reason for requiring and enforcing front brakes, and the article said there have been many such accidents where a bike without a front brake was involved, and those deaths are both to peds as well as to cyclists. 70% of your stopping ability rests on your front brake and tire, why compromise so much braking force? I know fixie bikes are all the rage, it's so cool, but at some point coolness ends with stupidity.
Brakes are required in most states. California specifies you must be able to skid a wheel on dry pavement. New York does as well, so if that guy's riding with no brakes in NYC, he's breaking the law, or perhaps more accurately ALSO breaking that law.
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Old 04-04-22, 02:58 PM
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I'm with Larry! No use for cagers since they took my license. Plus the shelter I live in has no parking.
Cheez, is that you?
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Old 04-04-22, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Brakes are required in most states. California specifies you must be able to skid a wheel on dry pavement. New York does as well, so if that guy's riding with no brakes in NYC, he's breaking the law, or perhaps more accurately ALSO breaking that law.
lol he can definitely skid a wheel. I知 looking to get a track bike myself but I値l run a front brake unless I知 racing
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Old 04-04-22, 03:05 PM
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It's-all-about-me riders like those guys are just as cool as drivers who pass stopped school buses on the right at full speed. Another set of heroes for Larry!
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Old 04-04-22, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
lol he can definitely skid a wheel. I知 looking to get a track bike myself but I値l run a front brake unless I知 racing
Yeah, that doesn't count. Plus it's stupid anyway. You're giving up your best safety device to appeal to a bunch of idiots.
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Old 04-04-22, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Cheez, is that you?

IIRC, Cheez actually owned his shed, plus a real bike or two. Elitist!

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Old 04-04-22, 04:41 PM
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So, huge guy crush on sweaty nyc bike messengers and doesn’t even own a track bike? Oy gevalt!
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Those of you reprimanding the guy in the video, have you drove in mamhatten? I have, its crazy. You kinda just have to be aggressive or else yoire not getting anywhere, even as a pedestrian. Ill remain nutreal, yes hes being reckless but but hes from there and thats what he knows and hes a kid
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Those of you reprimanding the guy in the video, have you drove in mamhatten? I have, its crazy. You kinda just have to be aggressive or else yoire not getting anywhere, even as a pedestrian. Ill remain nutreal, yes hes being reckless but but hes from there and thats what he knows and hes a kid
Lived, biked, and drove in Manhattan for 5+ years. This guy is a toolbox, none of that excuses his behaviors in any way.
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I was born and raised in Manhattan, commuted to work by bike for something like twenty to twenty five years and also worked as a bike messenger here in my youth. Crazy as it seems to people that do not live here, it is entirely possible to go through life without riding like that lol.
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Old 04-04-22, 06:31 PM
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I completely understand the New York bike messenger thing; however, this guy crosses the line when he endangers pedestrians. That's a no-go for me. It's been mentioned many times previously but it's fine if the guy is willing to endanger his own life, but when he endangers the lives of the people around him, screw him.

If he continues to ride like this every day, I virtually guarantee that he has either 1) caused a crash or injury, 2) Been in a crash and got injured or 3) Will continue to cause crashes and injury to others.
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Histrionic Personality Disorder

This seems appropriate. " People with this disorder have an overwhelming desire to be noticed, and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention."
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Old 04-04-22, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
This seems appropriate. " People with this disorder have an overwhelming desire to be noticed, and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention."
I've lost track: are we talking about Larry, or that guy in the video?
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Old 04-04-22, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Sailboat Bob View Post
Those of you reprimanding the guy in the video, have you drove in mamhatten? I have, its crazy. You kinda just have to be aggressive or else yoire not getting anywhere, even as a pedestrian. Ill remain nutreal, yes hes being reckless but but hes from there and thats what he knows and hes a kid
Lived in Brooklyn for 10 years, commuted by bike to Manhattan. You can be assertive without being a dickhole that endangers and pisses off everyone else.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I've lost track: are we talking about Larry, or that guy in the video?
Yes.
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The You Tube clown for sure. Larry would never engage in inappropriate attention seeking behavior.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
The You Tube clown for sure. Larry would never engage in inappropriate attention seeking behavior.
Perish the thought.
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Originally Posted by Sailboat Bob View Post
Those of you reprimanding the guy in the video, have you drove in mamhatten? I have, its crazy. You kinda just have to be aggressive or else yoire not getting anywhere, even as a pedestrian. Ill remain nutreal, yes hes being reckless but but hes from there and thats what he knows and hes a kid
Yes, I have driven and ridden in Manhattan hundreds of times. You need to be confident and decisive. But you do NOT need to drive or ride like an A-hole and endanger other people. There are a gazzilion people on bikes in NYC, and the vast majority don't ride like that guy.... because there is no reason to.
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
Yes, I have driven and ridden in Manhattan hundreds of times. You need to be confident and decisive. But you do NOT need to drive or ride like an A-hole and endanger other people. There are a gazzilion people on bikes in NYC, and the vast majority don't ride like that guy.... because there is no reason to.
Same. When I began messengering (using car or bike) in Manhattan in the late '60s, I learned quickly that what looks like chaos is in fact an intricate dance. Primary rule: everyone is alloted 6 inches of inviolate personal space front and back and on both sides. Hey, I'm drivin'/ridin'/walkin' heah!
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Same. When I began messengering (using car or bike) in Manhattan in the late '60s....
Speaking of which, who even uses bike messengers any more? In the 2020s? Sure, I get it, there are still certain documents or drawings that need original signatures, but in an era of legal electronic signatures one would think the bike messenger has long since gone the way of the tin can and string,

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I hear the ice delivery guy at my door....
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
This seems appropriate. " People with this disorder have an overwhelming desire to be noticed, and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention."
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I've lost track: are we talking about Larry, or that guy in the video?
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Yes.
And throw in Lucas Brunelle as well.
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Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
Safa's videos are some of the best cycling content on YouTube... and then he posted an incredibly annoying one of himself and another guy bombing a crowded two-way, mixed-use singletrack at top speed, bullying the hikers out of the way.
I've watched a lot of Safa's videos including his mountain biking and gravel vids. I've never seen him ever bully others or bomb at full speed on singletrack at top speed past hikers. Which of his posts are you referring to?
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
The You Tube clown for sure. Larry would never engage in inappropriate attention seeking behavior.
You talking about our Larry?

Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I've lost track: are we talking about Larry, or that guy in the video?
Why not both?
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Old 04-06-22, 12:42 PM
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but, the only ones doing the canceling are the ones crying about being canceled. gaslighting 101
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Originally Posted by jack pot View Post
most are outraged because it takes tons more skill and round things than 99% of bicycle owners got .........and the reason they ride like they do is because lazy A circles demand that their meaningless scrap gets delivered yesterday .... so give the courierS some due cause this is a bicycle forum and not an A&S grievance thread ... it aint easy being the proletariat
can one be mesmerized and appalled at the same time? i was worried about him hitting a pothole loose gravel, curb , wondering what kind of tires he was running and scared for the others in the video. no doubt hes a jerk. a talented jerk , but still a jerk. and i've no doubt if he continues he'll have a hell of a hospital bill one day, either his or someone else's
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