Nowhere to go but down. V.5.
Here we stand in the hump of the week, and with NAHBS safely in the rear view mirror, all of the bells and whistles are making their way to the interwebs, but like problems in alcohol, the crap is rising to the surface, and most definitely putting the BS in ‘NAHBS’. (I’m pretty sure I just made that up, and you’re welcome.);
You betcha, that right there is a nude woman form on her hands and knees.
The thing that keeps getting stuck in my brain, is at any time did the bike’s creator discuss this idea with friends or family? Surely somewhere along the line from conception to completion someone must have said “you know, that’s actually a pretty dumb idea.”
But it gets better with the site’s attached poll. (Which apparently has since been removed from the site);
“If you owned Signorina, would you…
1) Treat her like art in your home
2) Allow only a few friends to see her
3) Ride her hard and often
4) Keep her locked to your bed
I guess the ‘other’ might be ‘strip the parts and put them on a bike with a TT seat stay juncture that doesn’t look like an upside down set of truck nuts‘;
Personally, I’d rather be caught aboard that loop tail abomination;
As they say however, taste is relative, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, no matter how ridiculous.
Those of Abbott Cycles being especially so.
But back to aspects of the hand built show that don’t actually suck- It was in the wee hours of Monday morning that Blue Collar Robert texted me and noted that in 2016 the NAHBS will be returning to Sacramento, and that we should probably host another one of these;
For those who were in attendance the last time, you recall the Hideaway Bar and Grill actually not only running out of beer, but running out of every other form of libation as well.
So it will be done. The National Alliance of Heathen Bike Slobs will be returning to roost, and any and all are welcome to burn the world down along side of us.
Of course, not only are we celebrating bikes made by independent artisans, but we’re celebrating the act of making things by hand in general.
Ultimately, we’re celebrating people like this cat;
My favorite quote from this clip- “But I’m still learning, and I always will be. That’s just how it is. That’s what makes you good at what you do.. You wanna learn more.. How to be better at it, or quicker. When you don’t learn, you got a problem. That’s when you’re through.”
I grew up around people like this guy. Sages of wisdom, wrapped up in gruff packaging. Perhaps he’s correct with the statement that his knowledge will die with him, or perhaps he’s not, but thanks to this clip, the importance of his perspective won’t.
Finally, it’s almost that time of year when this stuff starts happening again;
Remember that one time, or that other time, or even those other times?
As a matter of fact, Jefé has already begun plotting and planning for a brand new season of Folsom Fist Fights, and while the previously visited cities will most likely be found on the schedule, I understand he’s on the hunt for additional venues.
If you think your hometown is up to the task, get in touch with pdiscoe(at)swobo(dot)com and plead your case. Just remember that all damage to you, your friends, and the environment in which it occurs is your responsibility.
We started going downhill in a totally new nearly unprecedented fashion during these events, and have thankfully been headed that way ever since.
That Abbott abomination isn’t a matter of taste, it’s a problem because men are objectifying women yet again.
I’ll be honest, I love the female form just as much as every other man out there (probably more), but I don’t need a bike shaped like a woman, thankyouverymuch.
Respect the womens and they will respect us. This is not that. This is more along the lines of “keeping women out of cycling” and it makes me sad.
To top it all off the frame is ugly as hell, in a bad way.
Opinions are like elbows. Most people got two and they cry like hell when they get broken.
You know, if you’re going to style your bike frame like a DECAPITATED woman on her hands and knees, you might as well say fuck it and make the upside down truck nutz seat cluster anatomically correct with all the holes.
Whoa, just clicked on that Vimeo link and was delightfully surprised to find out the protagonist of the film found there wasn’t GW Bush. If you look at the screen shot it looks just like him, and when you read that pull quote in his voice, well mister, now that is a video I want to watch.
But the video I got instead, well that was right nice too. Thank you for that.
“What’s wrong with being sexy?”