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BINGO! A Play In One Act

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 24

Its been a while since I have done a street theater re-enactment (see here and here and here..and here).

Bingo, a play in one act:

Scene: Our main character is standing with feet on the ground astride a bicycle while waiting for a walk sign.  Neither moving, nor making like movement is about to occur.

Actors:
bike person (played by me)
Lady on foot (played by lady on foot)

Dialog: (note to stage director, this play has no dialog, its more of an interpretive dance)

Bike person: waits for walk sign.

Lady on foot: Runs into bike person loudly.

Bike person:  Feels the impact, makes a face of wonder, turns head to stare at lady on foot.

Lady on foot: Angrily gestures at bike person, indicating that nowhere on the 20 foot wide sidewalk (empty of everything except the bike guy) was there a single space you could have possibly gone except into the back of this bicycle.  (really work it, its hard to convey all that information in a look, but you can do it)

Bike person: Smile awkwardly.

Lady on foot: As you walk away raise your left hand up and give the thumbs up angrily, like a terminator being lowered into molten steel.   Hold aloft thumb for at least 10 steps.

Bike person: Chuckle to yourself, adjust your fender, ride off.

And…scene.  That’s a warp folks, good work, lets hit the showers!

I can now fill out the last square on my biker bingo card. The only one I was waiting for was the elusive “hit by a pedestrian” square.  The entire experience was so strange, and sort of lovely in a funny way.  If you are the lady who ran into me while walking with your headphones on staring at your feet.  I want to say I am sorry you had to find out there was something in front of you like that…but you know, maybe point your eyes up a little in the future and you wont have these problems.


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Biking Through The Storm

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 04

I got the chance to ride around in the hurricane last week, it was windy, and wet, and sorta awesome. Greg was out riding around as well, and documented it on video for the rest of us to watch, read more about his adventures here. My favorite part is when the wind blows so hard he turns completely around.

Did anyone else ride though the storm? What is the craziest weather you have ever ridden though? I got caught in a flash flood once on my bike, water up over the bottom bracket in a matter of seconds. Leave your stories in the comments.


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Lucas Brunelle’s Line Of Sight DVD Trailer

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 12

I know most people will think this is stupid, and dangerous, and it is. But its also a bunch of crazy bikers doing crazy things on film. Before you post your tirade in the comments do know I don’t endorse this sort of behavior, and am posting this because Lucas is from Boston, and this is bike related, and the trailer is awesome. Sometimes other people can do stupid things so you don’t have to.

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Get the DVD at: http://www.lucasbrunelle.com
LINE OF SIGHT is the inside story of underground bike racing — a rare view into the riding of the best urban athletes in a sport that has become a global phenomenon. The “edge of your seat” footage, all filmed by the controversial Lucas Brunelle will leave you astonished. LINE OF SIGHT presents a view of urban landscapes that never existed before Brunelle put on his customized helmet cams and followed the worlds’ fastest bicycle messengers who use their intimate local knowledge and vehicle-dodging expertise to set an exhilarating pace.

60 min. feature film of the best Lucas Brunelle footage plus extras, outtakes, and a 40 page art book, featuring artwork by Futura 2000, photography and spoke cards from a decade of Alleycat races around the world.


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Incredibly Stupid And Extremely Close

Written by Boston Biker on May 04

Super fatal, the slightest fuck up and you are road pizza…but who hasn’t wanted to go 50mph while drafting a big truck…or as Ron who submitted this said “drafting like a boss”


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Local Crazy Man Rides Bike Down I-93

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

Apparently local bicycle celebrity Lucas Brunelle rode his bike down 93 today durring rush hour…I just hope he got it on film.

A bicyclist from Martha’s Vineyard is facing a trespassing charge after pedaling on the highway during rush hour near Boston this morning, State Police said.

At about 8:30 a.m., several 911 callers reported a man riding his bicycle on I-93 northbound, near Exit 11 in Milton, said Trooper Todd Nolan, a State Police spokesman.

Lucas Brunelle, 40, of Vineyard Haven was given a criminal summons and told not to ride on the highway again, Nolan said.(via)

If you are not familiar with Mr. Brunelle’s body of work, check it out here.


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Another Crazy Freak Bike Spotted In JP

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 03

Me thinks there are some SCUL members about in JP, as this awesome tandem, chopper, monstrosity attests to. I would love to try to both pilot this thing, and also try to ride on that second seat, both seem like they would be a challenge.


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Wow…Old Man Goes Crazy Tries To Kill A Bunch Of People With His Lexus

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 16

I honestly can’t say what exactly would be done to solve this problem, but holy shit people are too attached to their cars. From the Brookline Patch.

Police say Robert Nicosia, 66, sped through the park from the Jamiacaway to Pond Avenue, driving over grass and flower beds and weaving through trees at a time when the park was filled with people enjoying the warm Saturday afternoon.

The first officer on the scene reportedly tried to stop Nicosia as he sped along a paved walking path, but Nicosia reportedly pulled onto the grass and wove through several trees before going over the curb and driving down the wrong side of Pond Avenue. The officer reported that Nicosia appeared to be trying to strike a bicyclist that was fleeing him, but the cyclist was apparently able to stop short of the vehicle and turn around. (Read the rest here)

Seems that old man crazy driver got his mirror knocked off by a cyclists when they had a spat about the right of way. Now lets just assume for a while that the guy in a Lexus wasn’t being a total dangerous asshole and actually had the right of way, lets also assume that the cyclists was totally nuts and out of line and did smash his mirror off. No amount of smashing of property justifies driving your car up onto the sidewalk and potentially into large groups of pedestrians.

Can someone help to explain to me this puzzle. Some small subset of drivers seem to have no problem with hitting you with their car, but get really really really upset when you smack their car to let them know how close they are to smashing into you. Its like “I hit you that’s fine, you tap my car to avoid having me run you over…CRAZY!!!” If they were really worried about getting dents in their car wouldn’t they want to avoid running into you in the first place? Hitting me with your car will put a significantly larger dent in your car than my hand giving your window a gentle rap to let you know you are about to run me over, so chill the fuck out.

I think we can say several things about this situation. One, be polite. Two, don’t get in fights. Three, don’t damage each other or each others property. Four, don’t freak the fuck out and try to kill a bunch innocent bystanders with your Lexus. Five, you aren’t going to catch cyclists, they are fast.

What Mr. Nicosia did catch was a whole lot of trouble from the law.

He was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, disorderly conduct, trespassing, restricted way violation and marked lane violation.

Wow….just wow…


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Feats Of Daring Do, The Fourth Of July

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 05

Holy crap…I just got home. I don’t think I have every been so glad I am a good urban rider than I was tonight. Literally these are the obstacles I overcame to get home tonight.

A sea of broken beer bottles in the road.
People shooting fireworks AT ME.
A never ending parade of drivers doing everything they want and nothing they should.
The parade of humanity spilling forth drunkenly into the streets with nary a care in the world.
The closing of multiple bridges (and the using of them anyway).
Drunk drivers/pedestrians/bicyclists.
People out on bikes with no lights and no helmets.
People driving cars with no lights on.
One guy tried to grab me and give me a hug.
The heat.
And a million more things that flew by too quickly to register.

It was pretty awesome. I mean that in like the “part the red seas” kind of awesome, not the like “bro awesome!” kind of awesome. I know this city can be rough but I never have seen it like this. I was out riding when the Red Sox won the world series and it wasn’t like this. That was more of a string of rolling high fives, this…this was like war.

I can’t fathom why everyone DROVE A CAR to see the fireworks. It’s hard enough getting around this town normally, throw in explosives and cars full of sleepy children ready to get home, and its impossible.

I can honestly say the several miles I traveled down the heart of the city tonight were some of the craziest I have every had the pleasure of pedaling. It was a wild time, and I had a blast.

Do you have any bike and fourth related feats of daring do?


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