Bikes and pipe bombs

My bike is a pipe bomb

[Not a pipe bomb]

There’s a ridiculous but true story circulating on the web. The title alone is enough for a laugh: “Bike Band Sticker Causes Bomb Scare.”

It reminded me of a cute little bike I saw downtown last October. I loved the juxtaposition of the little blue birdie and the “This bike is a pipe bomb” sticker.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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17 years ago

Hi Jonathan. I tried to email you back but your inbox is full (atleast, that was what the bounced-back mail told me), you popular-guy, you. Let me know when there’s room in there and I’ll send the email again. 🙂

17 years ago

The bomb squad took the guy’s bike apart with the jaws-of-life!

Matt Picio
17 years ago

There was an email just posted to the Shift list about someone local who a Tri-Met driver refused to let on the bus because his bike had this band’s sticker on the frame.

Also, in a postscript to the original story, the Michigan individual who owns the bike was charged with an “inciting” misdemeanor and has a court date set for next month.