Hardly Able, Son

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Jym Dyer, Aug 10, 2003.

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    =v= The recent Harley Davidson thread is funnier in light of this article about last April's
    Critical Mass arrests in Pittsburgh:

    http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/scripts/printIt.cfm?ref=385

    The upshot is that most of the charges were bogus, and one antiquated law got the bikers a slap on
    the wrist. The part that's funnier is when the arresting officer opined, "If they want bikes, buy
    a Harley."

    =v= How things change! Used to be that Harleys signified an outlaw rebel image -- and indeed, that's
    essentially their ad campaign. But these days, if you ride a bike that doesn't pollute, the cops
    tell you to get a Harley in order to be a more upright citizen.

    =v= What's next? Joe Camel sponsoring D.A.R.E.? <_Jym_>

    P.S.: Bonus Harley tale below.

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    To: [Top Secret Email List Name Suppressed] From: Jym Dyer <[email protected]> Date: [Suppressed -- Ask
    Tom Ridge] Subject: Re: Fighting Noise With Noise (fwd)

    =o= In May 1999, we biked out to the Embarcadero to watch some fireworks. I forget what the occasion
    was; something to do with corporate rock & roll, I think. Jason brought along some water pistols,
    and we had us a hella fun bike-by water pistol battle.

    =o= There were some Harleys parked nearby. The Harley owners showed up, dressed in their official
    Harley-logo leather jackets with official Harley-logo blue jeans and official Harley-logo leather
    fanny packs. Not exactly the type of people who are stereotypically associated with Harleys; more
    like the type of people who are stereotypically associated with purchasing their lifestyles off the
    shelf. They probably have CD racks filled with corporate rock & roll.

    =o= They were upset that we might be splashing water on their Harleys. (Remember, this is at the
    *water*front.) So we moved away from their precious possessions, but they still weren't too happy
    that we were squirting water around, even though we were like 20 feet away. So they decided to hop
    on their Harleys and rev the engines.

    =v= Now, one of the things Jason does when biking the Bay Bridge is measure the decibel levels. So
    he happened to have a decibel meter with him. He handed it to me, saying, "See who's louder!"

    =v= Then he pulled up alongside the Harleys, made twisting motions on his handlebars, and started
    yelling, "VROOM! VROOM! VROOM!" I checked his decibel level against the decibel level of the
    Harleys. Jason was louder. <_Jym_>

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