The monthly KBOO Bike Show will ring in the New Year in style on Wednesday. Show founder/co-host, and veteran Portland bike scenester Ayleen Crotty has announced that their January 7th show will be a live, on-air party that will feature up-and-coming local band, Blind Pilot.
Here’s the word from Crotty as posted on her ORBike.com blog:
“Cyclists are invited to the station to share their wishes for a bikey new year, and reflections on the amazing year that we just had.”
Blind Pilot isn’t just a local band that’s poised for great things, they’re also very bike-centric. Last fall they did their West Coast Tour entirely by bike.
For a taste of their music, check them out at the finish line of the 2008 Providence Bridge Pedal ride:
Blind Pilot performs “We Are the Tide” at the Providence Bridge Pedal in Portland, OR from IAVIDEO on Vimeo.
Tune your radio to 90.7 FM or your computer to KBOO.fm on Wednesday (1/7) from 9-10:00 am. Everyone is encouraged to call the station during the program at (503) 232-8187 to share thoughts about 2008. Or, if you’re in the neighborhood (20 SE 8th St.), show up and be a part of the fun in person!
Please stop using that word! “BIKEY”
Bikey? Come on. No more Bikey fun bull.
thanks for the feedback. i don’t really like that word either. not sure what came over me. i edited the headline.
I prefer cyclie.
I like “bikey.” It’s one of the reasons English is such a successful language. Anyone can create a word, and the ones that don’t suck, stick.
“Bike” as an adjective works well in many situations, like “more bike fun,” but usually as an attributive noun. Yet, would you say “She’s really bike“? no, you would not. You would say: “She’s totally bikey.”
I like bikey too.
Semantics aside, let’s all get together and party to celebrate a great year of riding our bikes together, and dream up our wishes for the new year.
I hope to see many of you at the KBOO studios on Wednesday. Comments are limited to under a minute, so come well prepared to share your succinct ideas, or just come hang with us off the air.
We’ll be giving priority to in-person comments, but we’ll try to get to the phone lines as well.
Happy New Year!
Ayleen and the KBOO Bike Show Collective
Archivists: Andra Brosy and Cathy Geiger
I don’t like bikey either, but I’m gonna have to agree with what Peejay said: Sometimes bikey is the word that works in a sentence, like “bikey new year.”
But more importantly, (and probably why KBOO uses it): To reach the masses, you have to make something trendy, something cool, among other things, it needs to have its own words, its own vocabulary. And bicycles do have their own vocabulary, (“gear inches”, and “top tube”,) but they are technical, which isn’t cool… For instance, when talking about online journals, nobody talks about MySQL backends, instead, people just use the word “blog”, (another word that I don’t like,) and “the blogsphere”, (a word that I can say I actually hate.) And it works, online journals are very popular, and they cover a whole range of subjects, in fact, I’m reading one right now. But everyone has one, I know 6 year olds with them. But now that everyone does it, and it certainly isn’t “edgy” or “alternative” or anything like that…
And so I think the reason I don’t like the word “bikey” is because it means that “my thing is going to explode into this huge thing, that used to be alternative until everyone started doing it,” and I hate it when that happens in general, it makes me feel, I don’t know, jealous, I guess… And if it was some band that I’d found, that then everyone was listening to a year later, I’d just quietly stew on my jealousy.
That said, the “thing” is bicycling, and I do like the idea that bicycling might become more common, in fact, I volunteer to help that cause on a regular basis. The only problem is that the word “bikey” opens up some subconcious section of my brain that reminds me of all the other times something like this has happened, and it therefor makes me unhappy.
I started saying bikey years ago, along with other people I know who like to have intentional fun on our bikes (organizing goofy rides and events, etc). We used it to mean related to or interested in bikes. Of cycling, a simple and useful descriptor.
ex: “Just come with me. You’ll have a good time; there will be all sorts of bikey people there.”
“Just come with me. You’ll have a good time; there will be all sorts of bikey people there.”
See, in this case I like the phrase bike-curious, but then again, I’m just subversive. 🙂
Word nerds who love biking… Truly I am among my people.
I don’t go out of my way to use the word “bikey,” but it just happens. A sign of a good and useful word: I use it for lack of a better word. I’ve found myself trying to describe a bike-related person, place or thing, and the word “bikey” pops out. It is a little on the cute side, but the cuteness serves its own function: it says the noun in question is fun, in addition to having some relationship to biking.
Speaking of which: the KBOO party sounds like lots of (bikey) fun. Particularly because I’ve lately been gorging myself on several years’ worth of archived podcasts, and I’d love to come down to the studio and see where the magic happens. And Blind Pilot will be there!
Sounds like someone is “cranky.”
Personally, I like to communicate by key words and turns of phrase. Like that time I lost my lock and had to say “Bye, key” since there was no more use for it. I was sad, but Carye Bye, key member of a community of cyclists I know, cheered me up. In fact, she helped me with a “Buy Key Lime Pie” request. I love lime pie.
so, after thinking about this more and reading through the comments, i feel like the word is actually o.k.
the issue i had initially wasn’t so much that i don’t like the word itself, i just felt weird about putting it in a headline.
but now, especially after el timito has invoked the great Carye Bye — who, in my mind is the person who came up with the word — i have decided there’s nothing wrong with putting “bikey” in a headline.
now, how do we apply for the word to be officially adopted into the dictionary!? 😉
There’s a video of Blind Pilot playing a show at PDX@CMJ in New York here – http://www.indiemusicportland.com/2008/10/26/portlands-blind-pilot-at-pdx-cmj-nyc/
Just got back from the show! The 15 minutes I managed to wake up in time to catch (curse my night-owl ways). It was great to see KBOO from the inside, and meet some of the folks who make the show happen. And while I knew I liked Blind Pilot’s music from their recordings, I wasn’t prepared for how full and resonant their sound is when those harmonizing voices get to bouncing around a small enclosed space. Amazing! Made me want to learn to sing. Heck of a way to start the day.
Oh, and the coffee (by Nossa Familia I believe), and pastry were fantastic.
I remember this quite fondly. I’m in the background at 1:42 in the red shirt with eagle-topped helmet. I can’t wait to see them again.