Last night, Jeremy, Amanda and I had a long convo about fixed gears, their riders, the streets of NYC/Brooklyn, and the conundrum of brakeless bikes. With a puzzled look, Amanda asked us what the point of riding a bike with no brakes is. Unable to give a clear answer, the consensus rested on the desire to have a clean looking rig, free from brake lines and only sticking to the absolute essentials… That, and the pedals acting as a sort of way to self-propel yourself once you get going. While this is highly understandable (we all love the clean look), it seems having brakes (other than the “push back” kind) would be considered essential. It could be the one thing that saves your life, unlike those pesky airbags. Sure, a brake on your handlebar won’t so much to deter the inevitable “car door opening as you ride by” accident, but in other cases, it could prove vital. They don’t look half bad (read: they look good) on Renovo’s Custom Hardwood Bikes, afterall. If you need more convincing on the lifesavers attached to these wooden beauties, David Lee Roth it and jump…
- You look good doing what you're doing. Some better than others, but I applaud the effort, regardless.
The 100 Days of Ties Project
Gents with Questions for the Fairer Sex:
- 100 Days of Ties: Day 88 with Jimmy Eat World, Gant Rugger, and those Gitman Brothers.
- 100 Days of Ties: Day 87, continuing with the bow ties, Jimmy Buffett and dreaming of boat drinks.
- 100 Days of Ties: Day 86, a long overdue bowtie and one. cold. morning. commute.
- Quality and Quantity: Purge to fill with the Yuketen Country Ranger and more.
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