Daily archives: April 26, 2003

Bike Porn

It’s a good job I’m broke, because if I wasn’t, I would have been after a few hours in a huge room of bikes and bits. I’m 90% certain that my next bike should be a BMX, though I’m not sure what size of little bike would be right for me. Of course, I could go off the wall and get the recumbent BMX trike that some of the kids were showing off. An adult version will be available pretty soon, built quite heftily from square tubing it’s going to be a bit heavier than these lovely but expensive road/touring trikes. Laid back in a completely different way are these lowrider and Chopper bikes, great for popping to the pub of a chilled summer Sunday, but a little impractical for daily use. You really need a folding bike for that. Pashley remain totally cool whilst the next stupid craze (the manufacturers hope) is the three wheeled scooter. God help me, but I entered a competition to win one.
It wasn’t all bikes, there were components as well. The major theme seemed to be lights with everything, whether for safety or decoration. A clunky combined indicator and brakelight set just looks horribly wrong. Far cooler were the brake pads with built in pressure sensors and an LED which lit up as the pads pressed against the rim, but sadly I can’t find a page for them. Anyone worried about saddle related impotence, or those of us with fat arses (surely a result of not cycling enough, so something of a small demographic amongst cyclists) should invest in the Comfort Saddle, another horribly wrong looking component.
Gotta make lottsa money in the next year so I can go and buy stuff next year, and go to other events such as the Red Bull bike battle or the National Adventure Sports Show.

Stupidity and wacky hijinxs

I must admit BIS were the business. Sure anti-pop, possibly a roll-on, but more than likely a spray. BK03 is in a matter of hours and the damn bastard webmaster of the Greatest Website Ever Told will be sleeping on a train getting ready for a day of amazing crap you and i don’t even have a chance to do. Life is good when professional BMX’ers and skaters mess about.

The Bisness

What do you expect from me? It’s one in the morning and I’m supposed to be getting up stupidly early tomorrow and going to the Bike Show (might happen). Bis were excellent, I’m just sorry it’s the last chance I’ll get to see them (barring the reunion tour some time in 2011 of course) Now I have to go and buy all their albums. Also worth mentioning were Hooker, a bit Elastica, a bit Blur, all good, hopefully they can have a breakthrough sometime soon. I’d like to say you heard it here first, but, as there’s a site about them, you didn’t.

Hats off to Heena, who organised the gig and other LadyFest stuff. She’s still short and cute and talks ten-to-the-dozen, but she’d cut all her hair off, so I wasn’t sure it was her until she recognised me.