Take notice the transformation of this Penny Farthing into a touring Penny Farthing. The inconvenient lower water bottle cages. A convenient rear break. The utilization of all space minus the few crucial inches above the rear wheel and brake mount.
Props to the person riding this lovely creature. I hope they thoroughly enjoy their journey.
DAS YUPPIE SCUM SHOPPING SPREE -to be held- N.28 // REGISTRATION: 2300HRS // RACE: 0000HRS
DAS YUPPIE SCUM SHOPPING SPREE is an alleycat race to coincide with Black Friday or as anti-consumerism activists have re-named, Buy Nothing Day. This is the day after Thanksgiving, and is the "biggest shopping day of the year." People show up in droves, sometimes camping out to be the first in line when their feudal big box opens up for business for their early bird specials, later to gift their gotten merchandise for a yuletide celebration of their choice. It's a tradition of excess, crass consumerism, and materialism that a growing number of activists, culture jammers and the like have taken resistance to to redub the "holiday"-of-fortune Buy Nothing Day.
Can you buy happiness? Gotta have the newest hot-gift of the season? Is this an acceptable way to show appreciation for eachother? by buying and buying and buying and buying?.
Yabai Bicycle Club say that it is not - and a far more useful way to spend your time is with your friends, on your bikes, racing for glory and fun.
DAS YUPPIE SCUM SHOPPING SPREE will satirize the blind consumerism and corporate branding that plague our society and modes of interaction by pitting racers against one another to see who can "buy" the hot gifts of the year fastest. Racers will be provided a shopping list (manifest) and a set amount of fake money in several new units to be exchanged for fake goods at the shopping locations of the bourgeois.
Entry Fee?? This race was originally designed to be a FREE race, but due to schedule conflicts was moved around several times, during which time two charitable beneficiaries were chosen: The Orlando-Area "Shit! My Bike got Stolen-Fund" and Orlando Food not Bombs - a group that call attention to the misallocation of funds on part of many of the world's biggest governments to spend exorbitant amount of resources on the mechanism of war than on feeding their starving poor and on the economic system of capitalism that not only distributes food to only who can pay for it, discards the rest - remember 50% of the food produced in the USA is put to waste. For these reasons the entry fee will be a reasonable $5 bones.
Midnight?? Midnight! That's why - also, November 28th - a Friday - happens to be the last friday of the month of november. DYSSS will take place a comfortable margin after critical mass - which meets 5-ish at Loch Haven Park, near the intersection of Princeton and Elgin, near the Science Center.
Prizes?? Yes, prizes will go to: First Overall, First Gal, First Guy, Second Gal, Second Guy, Third Gal, Third Guy, Dead Fucking Last, Best Costume, and OUR PICK (may be spirit, attitude, injury, technical difficulty, bike failure, etc.)
DYSSS is sponsored by: 66FIXED, Axiom Tattoo, DBAGS, Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Etoile Boutique, Guayaki, King Kog Track Bike Boutique, Profile Racing and Yancopads
did YOU notice 407fixedgear's newly correct "pedal," instead of "peddle"??
I had always wondered if the top of the 407fixedgear blog's "Peddle through those corners, s0n!" misspelling of "pedal" was intentional, and at last it has been corrected. Catfish? was this you?
Speaking of noticing things, though, It's been so nice and chilly out lately - i'm really really digging it. It's been an almost-mountain-weather-pattern thing with the warm days and cold nights too. YSSS is coming along, too, so everyone mark your calendar for the middle event in a 3-events in one month Orlando first. YUPPIE SCUM SVHOPPING SPREE is NOVEMBER 28th, 2008 - Registration is 11 PM // Race starts at midnight. That's right folks, a night race - the first in orlando since the Furoche-bash thing didn't happen (heal well, zach).
FALL FREAK I started working on the freakiest shit-for-bike today and the frame setup is nearly done. Basically it's kind of a taller-tight/front wheel-pennyfarthing anatomic thing, but that's still pretty vague - think sack the ripper:
I hope you enjoyed pulling over Yabai's first triple high tall bike. I'm disappointed that you informed me that "We aren't buddies!", but alas I must make friends with someone else who maybe will have a better haircut than your patch of finely trimmed sod. Maybe one day we will ride into the sunset hand in hand, but your hands are tied to your gun and car that you patrol this square mile town with.
My feelings are hurt, and I hope you read this sentimental piece that will warm your heart and make you tear off that badge of misconstrued authority. Ah, what a day it will be when we stomp on the top of your patrol car together! Sleep tight my dear, for tomorrow I will be seeing you again, I'm sure of!
Allison's Grey Schwinn Sprint was stolen yesterday from the Publix on Colonial and Shine (gay publix). It's got celeste bar tape and is multi-speed still. It's really short (probably in the 49cm-52cm neighborhood). Everyone needs to keep an eye out for it - free hip pack made by me for whomever finds it.
Strangely enough i googled this image - the only one with a logo - and look at that tattoo by chappy! it's mine!
Corey at axiom (the same guy doing my chest piece - he sponsored the B2SS) ASKED ME if he could sponsor the race - this is awesome! What a great guy! His partner owns Etoile Boutique who sell local handmade stuff - and he said he's 99% sure they'd be into it too (but he's checking for good measure.
Yabai Bicycle Club was founded in 2007 in Orlando, Florida by bicycle enthusiasts and dumpster divers associated with Orlando Food not Bombs. We ride fridays to our favorite dumpsters to recover materials for bicycle monstrosities - we emphasize the use of freaky, recovered/homemade bikes for this ride, but all bikes are welcome. We build on mondays.
All decisions about the group and what we do are made by consensus, and we are committed to a horizontal/non-heirarchical group formation. We don't accept "alternative" fuels to be a solution to climate crisis, nor alternative to any other corporatized post-grassroots movement. We hold that bicycles, particularly, those that would otherwise fill landfills, are a real solution to the issues of overconsumption that created the environmental crises today. "Alternative," "conscious," etc. consumption will never solve consumption, only "hopenotize" those concerned OUT of action against the source of their misery.
We hold events to benefit grassroots movements in our communities, and represent at Orlando Critical Mass.
Membership to this group is based upon invitation, new members must be down with our goals and views and complete an initiation (you'll see what it is...).