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    I wonder if they ticket clueless BU moms riding down the Comm Ave sidewalks when they rent bikes?
    Do cops target sw33t fixie users vs beach cruisin' cougars?I am Humbert outside the internet, actually.
    • CommentAuthormauspad
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2010
     
    Humbert Humbert:Do cops target sw33t fixie users vs beach cruisin' cougars?
    does the pope wear little red shoes?
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      CommentAuthortinyhonkshus
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2010 edited
     
    when the last Pope died i looked.

    he does.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthormauspad
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2010
     
    also to actually answer the question, quoted for truth:

    chr|s sedition:Kops nailed my ass tonight at the MIT cattle crossing. Geared-dude was in front of me as we approached the MIT cattle. He was going slow. We both went through red light. He stayed in bike lane. Cars were stopped/backed-up in traffic on other side of cattle crossing. I lane split the cars to pass geared-dude. Then crossed over to the (empty) opposite lane when SUV made lane splitting impossible. Cop was running at me to stop. They had already stopped the geared-dude. Both of the cops were surpisingly nice. I was cited for not only running the red, but "operating to endanger." The cop said, "It seems like you guys without brakes are the ones who run lights the most." I pointed out my front brake to him. He said, "Oh, well, you dress like those people." Yeah. I was fg-profiled. How dreamy. The best part was when the two kops were arguing about what to put down for a description of my bike under the "registration" part of the ticket. They settled on the word "sedition" based on my frame. Too funny. Kop said, "Pretend your in a car, stop at every red light." Yeah. Watch out in Central.
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    tinyhonkshus:when the last Pope died i looked.

    he does.


    iluDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorZevsInSF
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2010
     
    Shit. I'mma be riding back and forth round MIT all weekend. fuckfuckfuck. but i dont WANNA follow rules.EPIC! Stratton: ^fwiw he did in fact have a map out.... ...while riding.... ...with no hands.... ..on fire*...
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2010
     
    VectoredZev:Shit. I'mma be riding back and forth round MIT all weekend. fuckfuckfuck. but i dont WANNA follow rules.

    Then don't.
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    More pulled over bikes on Comm at BU this morning.You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
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      CommentAuthordas
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    two fat cops sitting on motorcycles at the MIT crosswalk just watching cyclists run the red, not pulling people over.formerly hoot!
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    paul jameson:More pulled over bikes on Comm at BU this morning.


    What intersections are they at? Top of the hill, on the hill, bottom of the hill? Anyways, I'll be on the lookout, thanks.
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    Closer to Kenmore.You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
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      CommentAuthortone
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    How bout that bicycle summit, heh?!?!We are the small axe.
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      CommentAuthorJack
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    It's this kind of selective enforcement that really confuses people. Wonderful :/.

    das:two fat cops sitting on motorcycles at the MIT crosswalk just watching cyclists run the red, not pulling people over.
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    If there's not a simultaneous crack down on motor vehicle violations, I think this sends the wrong message- it just reinforces the idea that bikes are the problem.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    What Joe said.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorunit
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    At least there seems to be a pattern on where/when they are cracking down
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010 edited
     
    paul jameson:Closer to Kenmore.


    Thanks. Interestingly, all the lights from after the BU bridge to Kenmore on Comm is one of the easiest stretches to run reds, with all of the T-Shaped intersections, and the bikelane which often sucksors or is blocked encouraging more confident riders to take the lane.
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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    got a text message from a reliable source that cops are handing out $150 tickets to cyclists who run red lights in Boston. today. no other infoMattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    ^Thanks, that's a lot of money, wonder if critical mass will see cops tonight....
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      CommentAuthordas
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    ^^$150!!!!! Mine was only $20. Something stinks.formerly hoot!
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    wonder if that includes cambridgeI have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
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      CommentAuthortone
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    Like to see some proof of a $150 tix. The law is pretty clear that it's $20. From here: http://www.cityofboston.gov/bikes/laws.asp

    Penalties:

    * Violations of any of these laws can be punished by a fine of up to $20. Parents and guardians are responsible for cyclists under the age of 18. The bicycle of anyone under 18 who violates the law can be impounded by the police or town selectmen for up to 15 days.We are the small axe.
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    someone just go run some red lights back 'n forth, already. jesus christ.
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      CommentAuthordas
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
     
    is it possible that's the fine for an automobile running a red?formerly hoot!
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    Anything is possible. And once you start believing that, the universe simply feeds positive energy to you at such an incredible pace that your life will change and you will achieve consciousness.
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    the buddhists believe this to be the existential karma of enlightenment. once you have obtained this level everything opens to you and you will be free of ego, not to mention physical and mental ailments. bike tickets will seem so arbitrary to the point of life that you will give up your search for answers immediately as it will all be clear.
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2010
     
    I really wish they would crack down on those embarassing motorized mopeds I see all over the place.
    When those are locked to bike racks I get heated.e-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly
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    re: braking system

    The case went to court in Berlin where a judge ruled that the rear wheel on a fixed gear bike was in fact, a braking system. I'm too lazy to go find the link.Girls on bikes really turn my crank
    • CommentAuthormindchalk
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2010
     
    i lit one of those 150$ tickets on fire last night. it was nick's. i can verify the amount.out of true.
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    You burned it?

    I would've framed it.

    re: Berlin... I don't know that you'll find many magistrates who'll care that a court in Germany has deemed a fixed-wheel a braking system (not that I don't agree with the underlying principle).
    • CommentAuthormindchalk
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2010
     
    BRAKING SYSTEM ENGAGED
    out of true.
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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2010
     
    mindchalk:i lit one of those 150$ tickets on fire last night. it was nick's. i can verify the amount.
    deadbolt don't lie.Mattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
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    ^^are those the only pants he can wear?

    somebody get that man some short short cut-offs, that would be epicsomebody turn the lights off on this place already.
    • CommentAuthordub
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2010
     
    Who wears short shorts I WEAR SHORT SHORTS!I have a two part question: 1. Why is he doing that? And 2. Should we light him on fire.
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2010
     
    short shorts for the win. welcome summer.
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    StreetTumbler:re: braking system

    The case went to court in Berlin where a judge ruled that the rear wheel on a fixed gear bike was in fact, a braking system. I'm too lazy to go find the link.


    It's an interesting debate, especially since there's no other mode of transport where the braking effect is determined by how much you want to risk breaking your teeth with how far forward you lean against the stem. Even as a fixed gear rider, I'd argue that it's not an effective or safe method of braking, and regulating it doesn't seem that silly. I mean, we are being given the right to share the road in places meant for vehicles that are a bajillion times faster than us, and it often pisses people off when we're in their way when they're late for work, so I'm suprised that our recreational vehicles aren't just flat out seen as a detriment to society. We should feel lucky.

    I also don't know how I feel about Unions. Good for the people, or terror for corporations? Discuss.
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    Well, if they want us to go faster cause they're late for work, should they be ANTI brakes?i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2010 edited
     
    ^Nah... having brakes allows a rider to stop faster, thus allowing the rider to ride confidently/safely faster than a brakeless rider could. If a brakeless rider cares about their own wellbeing, they can't ride as fast and aggressively in urban traffic as a rider with brakes.
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      CommentAuthor49teeth
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2010
     
    ^not really... if you're going 25 in traffic and some guy pulls out in front of you or whatever else happens where you would need to stop abruptly, good luck stopping even if you have brakes. this is a dumb argument. yes brakes are a good idea but they aren't going to automatically save your ass in all situations. I've been traveling around 20 maybe more and been able to completely stop within 15-20 feet when a car started pulling out from a parking spot in front of me. this was with 49x17 and track drops, no reason someone with a lower gear and risers couldn't do it even easier. it's more about being smart in traffic and watching everything that's going on around you. don't ride brakeless until it's second nature to do so.

    just imo (and btw I do believe brakes are a faster way to stop, but I think it's a negligible difference and depends on the rider)
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    geez. i was kidding.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthor49teeth
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2010
     
    lol
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    After riding my first full day brakeless, I think it actually makes me much more cautious and in control.Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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    it doesn't. you just want justification.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthormindchalk
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2010
     
    Craiginpictures:After riding my first full day brakeless, I think it actually makes me much more cautious and in control.


    WHISPER FOR DEETS ON BOSTONFIXED DEATH-POT

    this is where i put my $$$.out of true.
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2010
     
    Craiginpictures:...and in control.

    until something unforeseen happens like you thrown your chain and slam face-first into the back of a trolley.
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2010 edited
     
    49Teeth:
    (and btw I do believe brakes are a faster way to stop, but I think it's a negligible difference and depends on the rider)


    It is not a negligible difference, that is scientifically wrong and has been proven via bicycle physics. Obviously it depends on the rider but assuming brakeless rider vs brake-using rider performing at their optimal level, brakes stop/slow you way faster and easier. Also if you are tired or whatever, pulling levers is way easier.

    but ride brakeless if you want, whatever. i've done it. i dont really want to talk about this on here anymore right now.
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    ratattack:
    Craiginpictures:...and in control.

    until something unforeseen happens like you thrown your chain and slam face-first into the back of a trolley.

    Weird things happen, yes. I'm pretty confident in my reaction times.

    also, by "more cautious" I meant "going slower than I do with brakes" which was generally "dead sprint from stoplight to stoplight."

    And: best of both worlds? http://cwandt.com/blockhead-stem-ib/Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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    that is the dumbest shit i have ever seen.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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    it's pretty ugly, but an interesting idea.Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2010
     
    i love when people just think they'll be able to handle something when they've never been in a similar situation. like when i separated my shoulder and showed up to a alleycat pre-party in a sling, lang told me he "just would've carved into it", like me going into the side of an SUV was a failure on my part to react quickly enough.

    alright, you go find the kid who did hit a back of a trolley and tell him that you're "confident of your reaction times". because he's a good bike handler and worked downtown for years and ended up with a broken wrist and busted teeth.

    point is, sometimes shit happens and you just can't do anything about it. having a brake sometimes helps in those situations. i never got the appeal of riding brakeless, the arguments for it are always about aesthetics or the "feeling" and when you bring up a situation where your drivetrain is compromised everyone always says, "i react quickly" or "ted shred it".