The Bike Hacks Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang originated in the spring time and with the repeated snow storms we have experienced in the Northeast this winter, I realized there are few entries focused on winter slang. This winter I have snapped a few shots of situations/circumstances I think merit entries. Readers are welcome suggest descriptive words for the photos below, and other winter additions from readers are welcome.
Descriptive word(s) needed: a bike covered in salt.
Descriptive word(s) needed: A bike just poking out of a mound of snow.
More and more people are filming their rides these days, with a camera pointed forward. But a band wanted to use a bike for video, with the camera turned around. Reader Nicholas sent along the following.
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Out of necessity, indie band "And the Giraffe" used spare rigging equipment and a few pieces of duct tape to stabilize a film camera on the front of a bicycle for their newest music video. The setup was deceptively simple, but the resulting shots were extremely stable as the band rode around downtown Los Angeles and into the desert outside the city. The rigging was fastened to the frame of the bike and the handlebars and small pieces of duct tape were fastened into straps to help give the camera more stability on the unforgiving LA pavement.
The final product here -
Reader Chris (from Manchester UK) was in Rome, and you know what they say about Rome . . . when there, take pictures of bikes and send them to BikeHacks =)
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Recently I have had to trade my bike for a different mode of transportation - at least partial transportation. They certainly are not as fun, but this form of transit has provided me with a lot of food for thought.
This is the first time in my life I have had to use crutches and I have found the behavior of others quite interesting. I am slow, clunky, and inconvenience people while using public transit - but they accept it. Not only do most people accept my presence, they willingly inconvenience themselves for me and exercise high levels of patience.
What I find interesting is that not a single person asks why I am using crutches. They treat me kindly, but who knows, I could have hurt myself . . .
I did not injure myself inflicting harm on human or animal kind, but I find the juxtaposition between the treatment on my crutches and the treatment on my bicycle fascinating.
When on my bike I often treated like a criminal. I am robbing people in cars of precious seconds. Seconds most likely not spent with loved ones or on helping human or animal kind, but spent on the isles of big box grocery stores, fast food restaurants, or couches placed in front of television sets. I am honked at, yelled at, swerved at, have had things thrown at me, and am an object of utter disdain. The ironic thing is, as a cyclist I -
These are but a few of the possible benefits, but my point is that when on crutches people give you the benefit of the doubt, but on a bike all bets are off - I am often treated like public enemy number one. Humans are such interesting creatures. This Walt Disney cartoon, made over 60 years ago, sums up what happens to people when they get into a car.
Even though people treat me better while on crutches, I can't wait to get back on two wheels.