Earlier this week Seth told you about the “Give Respect, Get Respect” campaign in America. It seems four- and two-wheeled road users in the UK might also benefit from this message. After seeing a video of himself assaulting a cyclist on the internet, a motorist has now offered his apology, saying he is “severely embarrassed.”
Local cyclists concerned about how some people treat them on the road, should take note of a new initiative launched overseas. The ‘Give Respect, Get Respect’ campaign in Philadelphia, is aimed at socially unacceptable behaviour – something we have been quite vocal about here at 2oceansvibe. The Give Respect, Get Respect campaign aimed at promoting [...]
Yesterday we received this harrowing report from Europe by a brave 2oceansViber. Before you continue, note that we indemnify ourselves from any angst or emotional complications that you may suffer as a result of reading the following letter.
Flower selling in Adderley Street, Cape Town, is tradition in one of its purest forms. For some 100 years, man has always known he merely has to make a short drive into town, come rain or shine, to demonstrate old fashioned chivalry. Unfortunately, it appears an unused prawn lane is now hurting business, say the sellers.
A car covering the Tour de France, for a French television station, sideswiped Juan Antonio Flecha of Spain, while Dutch cyclist, Johnny Hoogerland, went flying into a barbed-wire fence at 60 kilometres per hour. Luckily he survived – albeit half-naked, as his pants were ripped off by the fence in the process. The maniac behind the wheel has now been banned by tour organisers.
Yesterday we received this harrowing report from the Far East by a brave 2oceansViber. Before you continue, note that we indemnify ourselves from any angst or emotional complications that you may suffer as a result of reading the following letter.
“But this is CYCLING!”, I hear you blurt, rusk crumbs embedding themselves in your computer screen. “You guys don’t LIKE cyclists!” That said, Danny MacAskill is no prawn. He’s a stylish, skilled athlete, and he makes the infrastructure of our beloved city look oh-so-fine.
The mankini-clad cyclist who sent South Africa’s cycling community into a heady froth over his BMX and lumo green couture has been identified. But there is so much more to this story than the superficial…
We all want to be living legends. Like our boss, Seth. But this guy is very close to actually being one as well. He completed this years Argus Cycle Tour wearing only a Borat Mankini, a pair of sneakers, and his safety helmet. All on a BMX.
Yesterday,social cyclists taking part in a Critical Mass event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we’re struck and injured by a vehicle accelerating through the crowd of cyclists. How no one was killed in the process is mystifying, and the only bright spot on this whole affair. Police have arrested a suspect.
Long-time 2oceansvibe readers will be aware of our mild allergy to offensive cyclists – you know, the chaps who cruise in to cafes on Saturday morning, sweat gushing from their epidermis, balls cupped by spandex, which are at eye level as they walk in. But we never said anyone should drive at full speed into a crowd of cyclists.
It’s Friday, and you need to look at this. Korean designer Eungi Kim assembled a horse-shaped bike frame for the Seoul Cycle Design Competiton and I can’t tell if I hate it or not. It’s horse-shaped, so I approve inherently, but it’s just one rung below the penny farthing on the hipster scale.
The Silly Season is no better on display than in the hub of silliness, Camps Bay. Our brothers and sisters from the north have arrived, with their vests and muscles and costume jewelry. It’s quite beautiful to watch, my china! I took a little video clip of the action and you just won’t believe what I caught on tape, cycling past.
Well, obviously. It does most weekends. Mostly it talked about don’t-ask-don’t-tell being repealed, which is splendid – but I was focusing more on what was being said about bikes. Bikes and cars. Bikes and cars and pedestrians, and their relationship to one another. The word ‘prawn’ was implied, but not quite stated.
Recent medical studies have indicated that a high number of hours spent on a cycling saddle per week is likely to lower your semen count.
Not all bad news, that is if we’re all aiming to be like Lance and Live Strong (read: sterile).
Spotting a prawn in full attire with a helmet on, in a public place, will alarm even the most relaxed individual. But imagine how it felt for Nick H, as he wandered through Media24′s reception area and was presented with THIS! In his own workplace! Poor thing. The irony of the ‘No Firearms’ sign (a [...]
Spotted just this weekend by a 2oceansviber at Canal Walk. Not only is our boy wearing a helmet indoors in a public space – but he has also mounted the middle bar of the bicycle, as he attempts to chill-out and shoot-the-breeze with a fellow Canal Walker. Less than ideal.. [thanks calvyn]
Cape Town local and epic handcyclist, Andrew Stodel recently cleaned up the majority of the elite competitors in his handcycling field at the New York Marathon, finishing sixth out of 198 professional handcycling athletes. Read his personal account of the race after the jump.
21 November 2010: Race winner Nic White kisses his wife Diane White during the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on 21 November 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Besides the sweat, Lycra, and helmets, two things in particular are troubling here. The creeper in the shades, and the delighted child. [Image: Gallo]
2oceansvibers and norms alike will be aware of the term ‘prawn’ which is the ‘affectionate’ term used to describe cyclists. The term stems from their similarity to the aliens in the movie, District 9 – where the aliens were referred to as prawns. The defining feature is clearly the shape of cycling helmets, which mimics that of an alien’s head. All of that is set to change..
The first time I clapped eyes on the Le Cool Cats Vélo bike by Puma and Colette was on the livincool and the Cool Cats websites. I really didn’t expect to get my hands on one, given that Puma only made 50 of them. In the world. With athletes like Usain Bolt being in the [...]
This was just MMS’d to me by The Advertiser, who took this pic on his phone, somewhere in Venice Beach. No-one bats an eyelid at stuff like this around Los Angeles – it’s completely normal! ‘Awesome’ doesn’t even begin to describe it. I mean, seriously, there is so much to talk about. The tassels. The [...]
It is beyond me that something is not being done about the prawn epidemic on a government level. For something that started in the coffee shops of Cape Town, to have spread across the globe as far as Japan, London, Venezuela and Putney, I think the urgency of the matter could never be greater. Especially [...]
Just cruising over the sand in funny shoes. It’s one thing taking off your helmets (ta) but, let’s face it, that doesn’t make it ok.. Not ideal – taking your overseas guests for a lunch and exposing them to a pair of balls on a sunny weekend. Or your kids – let’s not forget about [...]
Cyclist Thrown Off Tour For Headbutting Rival – Australian Mark Renshaw paid the price for his team’s win-at-all-costs approach to the Tour de France 11th stage on Thursday when he was excluded from the race for headbutting. Iin the final 500 metres of the 184.5km stage from Sisteron, the normally affable Australian lost his head [...]
Cycling fans out there must be rock-hard when looking at this pic of Lance Armstrong’s new helmet. And if not, they will be when I tell them that this new helmet gives Lance 20-30 grams less “drag.” Lance Armstrong’s new helmet – picked up on Gizmodo website Apparently: [A concept] that has a short tail [...]
People think I’m against ALL cyclists. Not true. It’s just the dicks I don’t enjoy. The guys who wear their helmets whilst dining at the table next to me. The 60 year old men who look like the aliens from District 9 (hence their nickname “prawns”) clearly exposing their balls under a thin layer of [...]
It was one thing dealing with the prawn invasion taking over Cape Town and the world, as it is usually carried out with a humorous twist. But the notion of actual monks joining in on the action, and presenting their cause as some kind of holy war, does raise some major concerns. We received the [...]
The 2oceansvibers out there show their support in all sorts of ways. Some of them just drop an email from time to time, saying how much they enjoy the vibe, whilst others prefer to stalk and ask weird questions in public. Either way, I’ve got nothing but love for you, baby! But then you get [...]