Jul 22 2016

future primitive

…anodized alex says he was on a zeus


I wonder who’s going to win the Tour?


No mysteries in the long race to the chagrin of most spectators I’m talking to…

but stage victories and jersey contests have been awesome in my opinion.

Sometimes I miss the days of insane day long solo rider breakaways, but then I remember the feeling the next morning(s) when I found out the hero was maximum juiced. It’s enough to kill your love of the pro sport. It never went that far for me. I didn’t like Lance, I wasn’t emotionally invested in him or his story, but I did really like Jan and Pantani and all the 98-9-2000 EPO types. I held out hope that no one was doping for a while. I made a graphic with a young Jan that said not guilty on it.

I guess I was somewhat emotionally invested.

Rasmussen and Landis killed that for me. I haven’t gotten attached to a rider since then. I like Sagan obviously, but not in that 100% sports fan way.

Those doped rides were awesome, but fake.

Is it taboo to go back and watch that stuff? Like if you know the whole field is on EPO, I mean what do you do? Act like cycling didn’t exist those years?

Or what about the in between years Vino with his dad’s blood, Contador on bad meat etc?

Ethically I can’t give you an answer. It sets you up with a bad idea of what’s realistically possible on a bike, that’s for sure. You have to lower your expectations of what’s going to happen in the mountains.

That’s your assignment over break. Is it okay to watch videos of super doped riders?

LA Version

Jul 22 2016

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This was bigtime. Rudy added bicycles to his Quality of Life offense. Look out on Tuesdays and Thursdays! TNT! 6Y and 2W on the prowl!
Bicycles were the biggest issue brought up in his campaign? He’s such a douchebag.

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Riding bikes in New York City changed forever. Enforcement tightens and loosens but the days of true freedom are done.

This Changed Everything!

Jul 22 2016

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I was working for Breakaway, rookie in NYC. The clamp down happened shortly after. No more anarchy in the streets. Dragnets and grabbing you off your bike would follow! Ticketing blitz. Who didn’t get one? They got me at 46th and 7th. Lined up across the intersection and grabbed 3 other riders. The BMX kid they grabbed was going to cry! They straight clothes lined him off the bike!

You know when you ride your bike off the street onto the sidewalk to lock up? That’s a ticket! Half a day’s pay gone in seconds.

To be a good messenger you must break the law.


Turns out if you don’t pay your bike ticket it turns into a warrant and the sheriff’s can pull you out of your crib!

…and if they don’t the warrant stays on your file for 10 years-so if you get questioned about anything you’re getting locked up!

(if you wrote graffiti this added some extra thrills)

So you got to get your boy to pay the fee at the cashier because you think if you go in you’ll be in Central Bookings for a couple days…

Haha lol.

New Stage

Jul 22 2016

d lord

Hey Landlords is officially on summer break!

We finally got here!

Expect a massively limited blog for the next week or so.

Go outside more!

If you can’t consider all of this for one week:

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The illusion of a clean olympics?

Vegetarians in Italy?
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Alcohol fucking you up in the long run?
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Lemond vs le monde
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Q: How did aero bars beat fignon?
A: marginal gains.

Magnetic Athlete

Jul 20 2016

Magnetic Lasso

Jul 20 2016

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And I thought I was lazy with photoshop…TDF production department was in a rush when they cut out Sagan.

No Parking

Jul 20 2016

d lord


Jul 19 2016

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2015 Washington Post

back to the middle class:

The never ending push to maintain middle class conformity in the north eastern U.S.A. is what we’re talking about lately and it explains the general hatred of cyclists in the area.I think this has softened up slightly over the years but if you check out any message board thread or comments section related to cycling or bike lanes it seems like it’s worse than ever.

There is still such hatred for cyclists in our area-but really it’s not as bad as it used to be…

I swear.

Summer Reading Series Continues

Jul 19 2016

Rapid urban gentrification and the rise of urban cycling both follow parallel paths. We’ll get into what the ultimate goal of gentrification is soon…here’s a hint: Air BNB, tourists, cupcake shops, and not you.

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A Perfect Storm of Class Conflict

In public forums and press accounts, opposition to DOT’s bicycle program has grown. While streetscape changes remain popular citywide, some people see the installation of new bike lanes as a sign that they are losing control over their neighborhoods. This conflict is a perfect storm of class relations.

As the city is gentrifying and long-time New Yorkers fear for the stability of their neighborhoods, many perceive cyclists to belong to one of two “threatening” classes:

people who are richer than them (white yuppies in spandex, white-collar workers on folding bikes)


people who are poorer than them (working cyclists, immigrants, people of color, punks).

The self-identified middle class is furious with the City for seeming to help everyone around them, while supposedly ignoring car- and transit-oriented needs outside of downtown Manhattan. While these residents fear losing their neighborhoods to gentrification, their anger also reflects resentment towards people of color and social outsiders, whom they imagine the city prioritizes before the white middle class.

2011 LINK

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This paper clearly and blatantly avoids the orthodox religious sexism aspect to the bike lane issue in New York.

It’s a lot more complicated than just “white middle class” block heads hating on cyclists…

but I guess we all pick our viewpoints.


Old Williamsburg vs. New Williamsburg
Old Men vs. Young Women

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“Last year the Post reported that members of the Hasidic community objected to the Bedford lane, supposedly due to the scanty clothing of female cyclists, although plain old windshield perspective certainly seems to have played a role. Kvetching about “immodest” cyclists was deemed sufficient grounds to scuttle plans for a Borough Park bike lane — all the way back in 1997. That similar complaints have undone safety gains here in 2009 is troubling, to say the least. During his re-election campaign, Mayor Bloomberg struck a deal on several issues of special significance to Hasidic leaders. Whether the Bedford Avenue bike lane was part of the bargain, we can’t say. But whatever was in the deal, it didn’t help much at the polls. After two elections in which the Hasidic vote strongly backed Bloomberg, this year support for the mayor softened in Hasidic communities as it did everywhere else in the city.”

DOT Wipes 14 Blocks of Bike Lane Off Bedford Avenue

“According to police sources, on Monday, December 7 at approximately 3:30 a.m., witnesses observed two individuals painting bike lanes on Bedford Avenue, between Clymer and Division avenues. Officers arrested the two suspects, Quinn H, 26, and Katherine P, 24, and charged them with criminal mischief.”


NY Post

Take it back to 79, I mean 97.

More old religious men vs. young women

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New York Times 1997

More Terrain More Media More Why

Jul 19 2016

Largely the urban/suburban sprawl that spreads from NYC to Philadelphia was an unwelcoming environment for cyclists.

The decaying structures and routes created in the Victorian and Industrial eras were not built with cycling in mind.

The cyclist was a target or an accident waiting to happen.

A mouse trying to run through the rusted gears of an ancient machine.

Crumbling bridges, cracked highways held together with gapped steel plates, potholes that were never fixed, broken unkept cobbles and brick streets.

Hostile motorists, unforgiving winters.

(To some extent you can still capture this feeling on the outskirts of the Holland and Lincoln tunnel entrances on the Jersey side. That shit is still massively fucked up.

Yo Mat T!

In Philly try Gray’s Ferry Ave on the route to the skate park under the freight tracks. Holy shit dude. That’s part of some kind of bikeway? LOL/ )

I think the Times article from yesterday really captures the culture of the time in New York.

There isn’t really a corresponding article for Philadelphia and the cultures are distinct.

It would be hard to describe it.

More hippie
More pro cycling/racing influence.
More MTB
More Far Commuter
More Philly
Less aggro
Less messenger influence
Less “downtown”
More suburban
More college team.
Less cool

Change came slower and in different ways here.

Here’s a couple articles from the past that will let you know what we were dealing with.

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1992 Inquirer Article about South Jersey Suburban Riding introducing the idea of bike lanes in the Philadelphia area.

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2002 Inquirer Article

In 1995 Philadelphia had one desolate dirty bike lane on either side of Delaware Ave.

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