BikeSnobNYC on our MJ memorial ride: “Enough already!”

Yesterday was quite a day.

In the span of about two hours, we learned of Michael Jackson’s death, planned a ride (and had a blast), did three TV interviews, got mentioned in The Oregonian, and even got noticed by the New York Times.

And this morning, the famous bike-blogger/comedian BikeSnobNYC came across that mention of our ride in the New York Times and couldn’t take it any longer. Disgusted by Portland’s biking spirit, he wrote (emphasis mine):

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“Now, I realize Portland considers itself the home of “bike culture,” and I’m sure it’s a lovely place to ride a bike, but seriously–it’s enough already. Is there any news or pop cultural event around which the people of Portland will not form some sort of kitchy theme ride? [No.] Do they just sit around waiting for things to happen or for people to die so they can put on stupid outfits and jump on their bikes? Also, where do they find the time? This ride had already happened before the Times even managed to complete its report. And while the people of Portland apparently have plenty of time on their hands, they are less endowed when it comes to dignity.

I realize Portland is a very progressive place when it comes to riding bikes, but I can’t help thinking that they may have set the cause of cycling back to about the Michael Jackson x Mick Jagger “collabo” days. If I were not already a cyclist and I was headed to a bike shop to purchase my very first bicycle, and on the way I saw a bunch of people riding around dressed like Michael Jackson, I’d probably rethink the whole thing and start pricing motorcycles instead.”

Read his full post here.

Thanks for the laugh BikeSnob. Next time you visit Portland, drop me a line and we’ll do a super-kitchy BikeSnobNYC-themed ride.

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saypdx
13 years ago

He ended well, tho:

“Then again, maybe the people of Portland do have it right after all. Here in New York City I was honked at by a driver this morning who seemed annoyed by the simple fact that I was riding in the bike lane. The driver was blasting “Billie Jean,” and the crappy Buick he was driving probably rolled off the lot at about the same time that the song first hit the airwaves”

Props to all things bikey

browse
browse
13 years ago

Where do I go to sign up for the BikeSnobNYC “Stick Up Your Ass” ride?

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

I wanted a “The children of SoCal are safe” ride, but felt to apathetic to organize.

TonyT
tonyt
13 years ago

Let’s see, it’s last Thursday AND it’s Pedalpalooza, so YES people ARE waiting for the next ride. Oh noes!

I was working so I couldn’t join, but hey, I enjoyed it vicariously!

velocentric
velocentric
13 years ago

Not every swing gets a home run. He could have left those comments out of the Friday Quiz.

Snobbie’s still awesome funny.

Schrauf
Schrauf
13 years ago

That’s awesome.

the future
the future
13 years ago

“and on the way I saw a bunch of people riding around dressed like Michael Jackson, I’d probably rethink the whole thing and start pricing motorcycles instead.”

you’re lucky if they’re dressed at all dude.

b
b
13 years ago

How can you see a bunch of people biking around dressed like Michael Jackson and not think it is anything but a WHOLE NEW FLAVOR OF AWESOME is beyond me.

(‘bikesnobnyc’ ride, anyone?)

BURR
BURR
13 years ago

LOLZ at all the self-righteous PDX cyclists taking offense at this!

Jeff
Jeff
13 years ago

Though you have to admit that much of Portland’s kitchy bike “culture” amounts to nothing more than douchebaggery…

M
M
13 years ago

BSNYC was gentle considering the truly awesome smugness around here related to anything anyone does on a bike. It’s hard to parody self-parody.

Joe Metal Cowboy Kurmaskie

Love this! Love bikesnob, quite witty and harsh. We need to laugh at ourselves as much as possible!

To be heckled on this scale is the highest form of flattery.

And Jeff – this is why I love bikeportland – I don’t think I’ve ever seen douchebaggery appear in a sentence, well done.

xorbit
xorbit
13 years ago

i am *totally* organizing a ride to celebrate spontaneous ride creation! who is with me? we can dress like the internet!!

becky
becky
13 years ago

I feel so special that BikeSnob mentioned Portland. For that, I’m going to go add some more bar ends to my bike.

miguelaron
13 years ago

“moonwalk in peace” tshirts at miguelaron.com.

someone told me about ride last night after i had made the shirts.

edjukator
edjukator
13 years ago

re: b

everyday the brightly colored fixie kids sesh in our local parks is a bikesnob themed ride happening in portland.

middle of the road guy
middle of the road guy
13 years ago

@Becky. Go with the anodized purple.

SkidMark
SkidMark
13 years ago

Sorry, I agree with him. I get tired of the costume rides too, there’s too many of them.

And anyone getting offended, how do you dress up all kooky and then take yourself so seriously?

SkidMark
SkidMark
13 years ago

Sorry, I agree with him. I get tired of the costume rides too, there’s too many of them.

And anyone getting offended, how do you dress up all kooky and then take yourself so seriously?

TonyT
tonyt
13 years ago

He’s just jealous because no one joined his Farrah Fawcett “Charlie’s Angels” ride.

bahueh
bahueh
13 years ago

well, he does have a very valid point…

naomi
naomi
13 years ago

Bikesnob rules and his commentary always makes me laugh. I agree with some of his views on Portland too.. sometimes the “weirdness” seems a little too contrived in this town. When “weird” is expected, when it becomes the norm, it ceases to be weird.

redhippie
redhippie
13 years ago

No wonder I hate the Yankees.

FUTHBSNYC

naomi
naomi
13 years ago

Bikesnob rules and his commentary always makes me laugh. I agree with some of his views on Portland too.. sometimes the “weirdness” seems a little too contrived in this town. When “weird” is expected, when it becomes the norm, it ceases to be weird.

TonyT
tonyt
13 years ago

“all the self-righteous” ?

At risk of disrupting your self-righteous fantasy about people who are self-righteously offended, I count a grand total of one person (#2) who seems offended there BURR.

Bikesnob NYC is probably just jealous since no one showed up for his Farrah Fawcett ride.

miguelaron
13 years ago

AYHSMB (is what I think BSNYC would say)

“moonwalk in peace” tshirts at miguelaron.com

Case
Case
13 years ago

He owes me a beer! Can’t wait to collect when he gets out here. We’ve agreed to show up in Lucha masks to conceal our identity.

John Lascurettes
13 years ago

In the span of about two hours, we learned of Michael Jackson’s death, planned a ride (and had a blast), did three TV interviews, got mentioned in The Oregonian, and even got noticed by the New York Times.

I told you it would get more attention than the world’s largest World Naked Bike Ride. I wish you had taken the bet. Saw you guys at Last Thursday and looked like you were having a blast.

Alexis
Alexis
13 years ago

As little love as I have for Michael Jackson (I do enjoy some of the music he made when he was still a black man, but as a white woman/pedophile he creeped the hell out of me) I think any excuse for a bike ride is cool. With rides to tour chocolate shops, meat markets, pubs, graveyards, ‘dead freeways,’ and food carts, there is nothing we will not make into a bicycle ride. Including our right to death with dignity.

buzz
buzz
13 years ago

C’mon! It is NYC. They don’t play second fiddle to anyone and I am sure that they read reports about being being the number one city for cycling sends the average New Yorker through the roof. And, I am sure this guy is mad because he didn’t think of it.

Sean
Sean
13 years ago

geez leave it to portland passive aggressiveness to spin this negatively…this is the most lighthearted thing biksnob has ever written.

maxadders
maxadders
13 years ago

Contrived is the word for it.

There’s this weird thing in bike culture. Maybe it’s a backlash against competitiveness? Notice too many wealthy dentists playing weekend warrior in full lycra kits, and soon you’re affixing a blow-up doll to the rear seat of a tandem, donning clown makeup and pedaling in a “wacky” theme ride.

This makes sense to you? Did you ever stop to think about how you arrived at ironically bike-dancing in dayglo tights in the middle of Alberta Street?

I know what you’re going to say: “That’s awesome!” But why? Why is this “awesome”? Looks foolish to me.

Yeah, same for all the “bike dance troupes”. Same for Zoobomb’s contrived rebel image. When everyone’s a nonconformist, nobody is.

jacque
jacque
13 years ago

And they had 40 people show up for a lame wnbr.

And if MJ had discovered zoobomb as a youth he might have avoided all that troubled part of his life- and found himself saved, and found that there IS meaning in this life, and that you are OK and even loved.

maxadders
maxadders
13 years ago

Maybe next year I’ll lead the Anti-Bike-Fun Ride for Pedalpalooza, where we take a really annoying route to a completely unremarkable destination. Then we’ll stand around awkwardly waiting for something to happen before giving up and heading off in our separate directions. No costumes allowed.

Brad
Brad
13 years ago

Maxadders made my day!

Now I’m off on my super, “Commute Home by Myself Ride”.

David
13 years ago

“To be heckled on this scale is the highest form of flattery.”

As a fan of both Portland and Bike Snob NYC, your quote made my day. I aspire to be mocked by somebody of his caliber.

David
13 years ago

“To be heckled on this scale is the highest form of flattery.”

Joe, as a fan of both Portland and Bike Snob NYC, your quote made my day. I aspire to be mocked by somebody of his caliber.

encephalopath
encephalopath
13 years ago

@34 maxadders wins the internet…

Jean M
Jean M
13 years ago

How is it that a New Yorker misspells “kitschy”? 🙂

Carl
Carl
13 years ago

“Maybe next year I’ll lead the Anti-Bike-Fun Ride for Pedalpalooza, where we take a really annoying route to a completely unremarkable destination.”

Already done, maxadders.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattpicio/570882006/in/set-72157600402883601/
I led the “Worst Ride” during Pedalpalooza ’07 and ’08 but discontinued it due to popular demand. Masochists still ask me when I’m leading the next one.

Afro Biker
Afro Biker
13 years ago

Worshiping Michael Jackson like he was some diety baffles me. Why look, the black man can sing and dance for you, look, the black man can bounce a basketball and jump high in the air for you. Unfortunately the only the accolades of “entertainers” are so celebrated. It’s ashame when so many before have contributed in areas of of medicine, science, education, etc. Yet their names hardly mentioned if they are known at all. Just Beat it.

matthew
matthew
13 years ago

props to the king o’pop. born a poor black boy and died a rich white woman. now THAT was a hell of a run!!!

Q`ztal
Q`ztal
13 years ago

+5 controversial to BikeSnobNYC!
In one tiny article he has stirred such self righteousness and so many entertaining comments.
All without calling for violence towards cyclists or revocation of our rights.
You’d think he put a stop sign up on the Springwater Trail.

LuckyLab
LuckyLab
13 years ago

@becky – I believe the Snob would approve of an ironic orange setup, as well. But really, if you want a mention on BikeSnobNYC, put them both on in an arrangement that appears non-functional and take a picture, post how wonderful your setup is with its multiple hand positions, and wait. 🙂

thefuture
thefuture
13 years ago

trying to throw criticism back towards bsnyc is like that scene in the matrix where he’s keanu reaves and you’re those couple of stern looking fellows. you think you’re all bad and taking shots at him though all the while he’s seeing it in slow motion so before you know it he’s using your own fist to punch you in your face and your wife’s knocked up.

just sayin.

old&slow
old&slow
13 years ago

Judging from most of the comments, my “negative persona” is fitting right in. I guess I am not the only one who thinks “michael jackson dress up rides” and other nonsense that bikeportland promotes is just making cycling look juvenile. The next time a Demerol addicted pedophile dies, just go on a personal journey bike ride for yourself to remember the “inner michael” you cherish.

matthew
matthew
13 years ago

PLEASE…….

Bootsy Collins
Bootsy Collins
13 years ago

I just want to ride. do goofy things and enjoy my life. As “enlightened” as portlander’s are. Why can’t you leave me alone when it comes to me wearing a helmet. You people make the experience of riding the streets of my new city distastefull if I donot conform. Its not even a law for F’s sake.

matthew
matthew
13 years ago

Please….. nyc bike snob has it right, tit’s up on the money. if you can’t make fun of yourself don’t poke at other’s. all y’all self rightous asshat’s just take a pill… okay, a few. maybe some ‘shrooms for prespective.

johnathan said me that my too serious and literal perspective was a bit much (on a totally different topic) and i think his thought holds true with this thread as well.

regaurdless of how i feel about michael the pederast and how much i like the jackson 5 and loath thriller and billy jean… i have my opinion and you have yours. ain’t this a great country? hopefully none of us will be executed for what we think.

you smell what i’m steppin’ in??

love to hate or hate to love???

hmmmm……….

D.R. Miller
D.R. Miller
13 years ago

To the people who hate costumey bike rides: move away? I mean, there was a time not many years ago when there was no such thing as a costumey bike ride or what we’ve come to know as “bike fun” at all. And maybe by pioneering that kind of expression on the streets, right here in River City, we’ve made it safe for the masses to follow suit, crafted a new more colorful kind of conformity. Who knows. But how can you be against spontaneity and joy?