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ISSUE 4

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Features:

  • Bikes in other cities – Philly
  • What the kids are into
  • In the News

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Bikes in Other Cities – Philly ‘s Northern Liberties

Last weekend I paid a little visit to my old neighborhood in Philly – Northern Liberties. Like much of Philadelphia, No Libs has its unique aesthetic, lots of handsome bikes locked up to tagged up posts or hung from functional industrial steel structures manufactured by local artists blocks away. So I took a little walk in the neighborhood to recall memories of late nights, misadventures, fights and other good times that I’ve had. More importantly, I took some shots to give you a taste of the bikers and the aesthetic in Northern Liberties.

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Despite the accurate criticism in the you tube comments that this is not shot solely in Northern Liberties, this video is a good montage of bike culture in Philly.

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What the kids are into

‘Hipster’ is so popular right now that you can play as  a fixie riding hipster in this Iphone game.

Hipster City Cycle is an 8-bit bike race adventure set in various locations in Philadelphia. If this was an old-school Nintendo game, the back of the box would read: “Now you too can be a hipster dirtbag. Customize your fixie and take to the Philadelphia streets as you daringly weave through downtown traffic, challenge rival cyclists, chow down on a few cheesesteaks, and track stand your way to city-wide fame.”

Might make you a little nostalgic for the days wearing out your thumbs playing Paperboy.

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In the News

A couple of weeks ago I came across this story in the New York Times, which usually only read for the funnies.

I know there’s lots of science in there, but here’s what you need to know. Some where down around your ‘junk bone’, there is something called the perineum, or what those of us with mad science skills call the Junkus Erectus. Bottom line, when dude riders use a traditional bike seat:

“…according to Dr. Schrader’s measurements, you are putting 25 to 40 percent of your body’s weight on the nerves and blood vessels near the surface of the perineum. ‘That part of the body was never meant to bear pressure,’ Dr. Schrader said. ‘Within a few minutes the blood oxygen levels go down by 80 percent.’…Dr. Schrader found that police officers patrolling on bikes with conventional saddles tended to have shorter erections than did noncyclists.”

Problem is, have you seen these noseless seats? The horror.

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