Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What's Wrong With This Picture?

This bike has been on my block now for at least a week exactly like this. What's wrong with this picture?

No, it's not the flat tire(s).


  1. I notice two things "wrong" with the picture - or, at least, I THINK I do...

    Is there a seat midway between the handlebars and, you know, where a seat SHOULD be? Also, as far as I can tell, it's not chained down and, if it's been there for a week, no one's deemed it worth stealing...

  2. Anonymous9:51 PM

    I noticed what Chili noticed plus the missing hand grip and the roll of duct tape on the bars. Obviously the passenger rides up front. Oh, and there may or may not be brakes.

  3. We saw this bike the other day and had a laugh. Yeah, it's not locked down!

    The person pedaling the bike must have suuuper long arms to be able to reach the handlebars! Either that, or the person pedaling rides no hands and it truly is a cooperative effort.

  4. Anonymous3:42 PM

    I don't see any pedals.

    I hope it's not one of those memorial bikes that get put up where a bicyclist was killed in a traffic accident...

  5. Anonymous4:39 PM

    I'm not sure if I see any pedals, but it appears that either the rider is one of the great apes (you know, can scratch the knees without bending over), or the extra seat is for a helmsman. The problem would be how the stoker braces him or herself, unless it's by grasping the helmsman by the shoulders, head, hair, or something.

  6. The thing I was going for was that it's not chained down but has been there for such a long time. Now that I hear all the things you guys see, though, and I have some other thoughts.

    I live a few blocks from an art school and in a neighborhood with its fair share of tweakers. It might be art. Maybe. I don't know. Or it might be an experiment gone horribly awry. if you click to enlarge you'll see it does actually have pedals and there's this cross bar foot rest thing for the front seat person, similar to what you see on the back wheels of stunt bikes. However, any bike that comes with its own duct tape should probably be approached with caution.

    Now that you've pointed it out I'll bet that the huge space between the regular seat and the handlebars is why it's still sitting there. Rubberman probably doesn't live here and nobody else can drive the damn thing.

  7. Anonymous7:53 AM

    You know, it is a sad commentary that lack of theft is worthy of note.

    I'd wax eloquent about the things people endure in NYC while claiming it is heaven on earth, but thievery is common everywhere, so I'll refrain.

  8. You know this is the closest I've ever come to deleting a comment on this site. I'm not going to because it's an opinion and it's stated pleasantly enough I suppose. You don't have to like NYC, no one is asking you too, but "enduring" is all I'd be doing if I lived anywhere else. And I've actually tried living in those other places. Perhaps you've tried living in NYC. I don't know.

  9. Boo.
    I think the picture is grand dear.
    It does provoke thought.
    Why has someone not stolen this lively bike?
    Surely it wouldn't have lasted a day in my state.
    I think Jeff Goldblum would be just the right size...
    for me and the bike.
    I love his tallness, don't you?