Muppet of the Month - April 2008
9.04.08 by Buffalo Bill
I don’t normally pick on other cyclists. Each to his own. If someone wants to wear hideous tennis socks, matched with balloon basket-ball trainers, then so be it, let them be, say I. And if someone else wants to ride a 650c front wheel pursuit frame with drops, then go right ahead. As long as I don’t have to pay to get their neck straightened out. And in any case, BikesnobNYC does ridicule of current cycle fashion much better than anyone else.
But this bike, seen in Central London at the weekend, is so stupid that I feel obliged to say something, as a public service. Observe the lack of front brake. Remark upon the freewheel. Goggle at the slack cabling, which must reduce the already ineffectual stopping power of the brake. Suicide brake, indeed.
Question the use of lo-pros. In what situation could the rider ever put their hands on the horns? No way of controlling the speed of the machine from there, is there? And clearly the tape on the horns is just a waste of cork.
The hand-painted lug-liner is a very nice touch, I am sure you will all agree.