Friday Night 3AM, Prostitutes on Clinton

I’ve spent what feels like the last two months working either splits or overnights. Last night was under the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan side, one of Olafur Eliasson’s waterfalls is fully visible, but at night the LEDs seem somewhat dim.

Riding up East Broadway to Clinton on my way to the W’burg Bridge I nearly ran over a hooker who had positioned herself in the bike lane presumably for callers in motorized transport. Granted, I am only speculating she was a woman of the night, but there was a man nearby who I believe was her pimp and he did holler some indecipherable at me as I passed.

As I climbed the bridge’s bikepath I had various thoughts, namely how many Johns actually solicit while riding their bicycles? Which led me to think about bearded potbellied men on recumbents, tandem recumbents more prcisely, trolling the LES and Chinatown late at night with an empty seat hoping to score. It’s a funny image I think. And surely a boon to the image of large bearded men on recumbents everywhere.

A final thought: riding my bicycle is faster than taking the subway. I supposed I knew this, and most nights my excuse has been that I was so tired, why would I want to ride home? But the best reply to this is twofold: 1) after a long night riding home is a good way to unwind 2) there is literally no traffic in NY city at 5am. Seriously, I had some beautiful rides home coming up through the damp verdant jungle that is the east side of Prospect Park Brooklyn, riding home from Church Ave. Also at 5am, if you are lucky, there will be passed out tight jeans fix’sters on the Williamsburg Bridge who just couldn’t quite make it home from a debaucherous night out in the LES.

So yes, commuting on bicycle has somehow renewed my faith in humanity, even if NY is still far too automobile-centric. My hope, and perhaps it’s closer than we realize is 1000$ per barrel oil and every road a bike lane.

Anarchists, Shark Bicycle Man, The Ducks, & Cetma Racks

Molly mentioned recently that a messenger friend [Lane Kagay] was in town [in Portland] and included a link to his bicycle rack making business on her blog, his business is Cetma Racks.  They’re nice looking Porteur style racks solidly constructed in three styles out of tubular steel.  His site further supports my belief that for cyclo-touring all you need is a good front rack.

Anyhow, I was flipping through the pictures in the gallery of racks and paused when I happened across this one:

Ryan as SharkBikeMan

As far as I can tell this is a picture of Ryan Swanson with a sweet Shark / Man / Bicycle rig wearing his standard Portland, Oregon costume.  Note how the shark head is attached to the Cetma rack.  This bicycle seems to have taken the place of Ryan’s old black Bianchi hybrid. Granted this is all speculation, the masked man may very well be a good impostor Ryan Swanson.

Another telling image from the gallery was this one:

Anarchist bicycle welding dreams

I guess if I had spent more time in either Eugene, Oregon or Olympia, Washington this would’ve been me.  This kid seems pretty intent on welding some mean bicycles.

As a final image, Wikipedia’s image entry of the modern Cogswell Porteur:

Kogswell Porteur

See for less nonsense, go to Eugene to weld.