The Future’s All Yours, You Lousy Bicycle


Our faithful editor seems to have sent us into a funk, what with his talk of what the doctors were going to do and the where-they-were-going-to-do-it. Chances are he isn’t in a hurry to hop in a bike at this very moment. JU, of course, well…I dare any of you to shut the guy up about bikes. He bikes to work, bikes to the store, bikes just for, ummmm, fun. Me, I’m with Butch Cassidy. The future is all yours, bikes. I only ride if Burt Bacharach serenades me while Katharine Ross rides shotgun.

But some people…well, they try to come up with new variations on an old theme. I mean, how can you improve a bike? It has two wheels. Pedals of some sort. Possibly a chain. But, no, some people aren’t satisfied. They want to make bikes out of cardboard or with square wheels, of all things.

So here’s a post that will interest, like, one person (JU). Because it’s about bicycles. (Although, the linked article is worth reading just so you can learn the phrase “inverted catenaries.” Which I can’t imagine not being useful at your next cocktail party.)

Just wanted to post something because I was tired of people coming to our blog because of Al’s colon.

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21 Responses to “The Future’s All Yours, You Lousy Bicycle”

  1. urbino Says:

    Thanks for the love.

    I followed the link about the square-wheeled model, and kept reading, waiting for the payoff: “and square wheels on an inverted catenary road has the advantage of…” But it never arrived. Disappointing.

    I’ve seen production bikes very similar to most of the others. And I don’t quite see the big security advantage to the Puma. If the thief cuts the cable, he can’t ride it . . . so he throws it in the back of his truck and drives away with it, buys a new cable later, then rides it.

    As for the last one with the fancy transmission, you can replace the gears on any regular bike with a readily available, internally geared hub called the NuVinci, that does the same thing.

    There’s lots & lots of innovation going on in the bicycle world these days.

  2. urbino Says:

    BTW, while Bacharach wrote the song, the actual serenader was B.J. Thomas. Bingo.

  3. urbino Says:

    Also: we’ll see what tune you and Butch are singing when gas hits $5 or $8 or $10 a gallon.

  4. urbino Says:

    Moreover: ride a bike, starve a terrorist.

  5. Michael Lasley Says:

    The advantage is: it gives you an excuse to say the phrase “inverted catenary.” That’s it. That’s the only advantage, but it’s a pretty good one in my opinion.

    I’m already ponying up 5 US $ per gallon. Being the Bandito Americano that I am, I have my ways of paying for it. (Wait ’til they come back UP the mountain….they got no money coming DOWN the mountain.)

    I didn’t know that about Bacharach. I’d settle for BJ Thomas singing, though, as long as Katharine Ross is riding along. (Assuming she hasn’t aged any in the past however many decades, which I think is a safe assumption.)

  6. Michael Lasley Says:

    The Pilen bike was my favorite…..based on looks alone. I’m big into the whole looking cool thing, you know.

    I thought you were supposed to feed a terrorist, starve a dictator. Did I get that backwards? I always get that backwards.

  7. urbino Says:

    All I know is inside of a terrorist, it’s too dark to read.

  8. urbino Says:

    And BTW, the future truly does belong to the bicycle. Know it, fear it, love it. Bow down in awe before its awe-inspiring awesomeness.

  9. Michael Lasley Says:

    Yeh, yeh, yeh.

  10. urbino Says:

    Don’t be a footdragger, Comrade Lasley. Your attitude is noticed. Oh, yes. It’s noticed.

  11. Michael Lasley Says:

    You got vision, JU. The rest of the world wears bifocals.

  12. urbino Says:

    Me and young Betsy McPike, who crossed the wild ocean with her husband, Ike.

  13. Michael Lasley Says:


    And also…

    Don’t ever hit your mother with a shovel….it leaves a dull impression on her mind…

  14. alsturgeon Says:

    Great, I come to our blog for my colon, and all there is here is biker talk nowdays.

    Has anyone seen my colon?

    Don’t answer that.

  15. urbino Says:

    What do you mean, Al? This is the garden spot of all blogs. People work their whole lives just to visit this spot.

    Don’t ever hit your mother with a shovel….it leaves a dull impression on her mind…

    Don’t you get tired of being right all the time?

  16. Michael Lasley Says:

    It’s the Atlantic City of blogs.

  17. urbino Says:

    You call that blogging?

  18. Michael Lasley Says:

    Well, if I’d known you were going to stroll….

  19. Michael Lasley Says:

    Al…I will answer that….seeing as you made it clear that someone DID see your colon. But it weren’t me.

  20. urbino Says:

    Al may even have seen his own colon.

  21. alsturgeon Says:

    I’ve got some really nice pictures.

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