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 Mostly it talked about don’t-ask-don’t-tell being repealed, which is splendid – but I was focusing more on what was being said about bikes.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 [...]
This is probably the one you were looking for. Footage of Lance Armstrong at the beginning of the Argus, having a coffee with his team mate, trying to ignore the cops and manic fans all around. Followed by the start, the finish, and Lance hopping into a helicopter and disappearing into the sky. Because that’s [...]
I popped into the breakfast banquet vibe at Constantia Uitsig on Thursday. Prawn-City, you might call it. Not that I mind – as long as there aren’t any pricks riding through red lights or dining with their helmets on – what’s not to like? One-on-one: Seven-time Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong talks to ‘the [...]
England rugby international, Stuart Abbott MBE (2oceansvibe Character, The Inside Centre ) is very knowledgeable in the way of the prawn. Having lived in both Cape Town and London for many years, he can spot them a mile away, especially when it comes to the bad habits they exhibit, without a care in the world [...]
I certainly won’t be missing an opportunity to meet the great man and hopefully raise our concerns and get his views on various cycling topics often raised here on 2oceansvibe. You know, from cycling through red traffic lights, to balls exposed in front of children and the wearing of cycling helmets whilst dinging. But, you [...]
For those of you who haven’t been tracking the progress, I strongly suggest to get tuned in, because it’s all about to come to a head. No, not that kind of head. Seriously, after two months and nearly 2,000km, Geoff Brink will unicycle into Cape Town later this week to complete The Heart and Sole [...]
Unprecedented visuals here in Cape Town, as the nature of the prawn is, once again, under further analysis. This incredible report filed by Paul M: Dear Seth I was happily fighting the last few minutes of bottlenecked traffic on Kloofnek, homebound to Camps Bay this afternoon at around 17h30. Crawling in 1st gear after I [...]
We have documented proof from all over the world, of prawns wearing their cycling helmets indoors. Venezuela is no different, my friends. Just because you go abroad, doesn’t mean these attacks will stop. This recent account from a 2oceansviber tells a sad tale, as we witness the carnage occurring across the globe. When will it [...]
As cycling chaos continues on the roads of Cape Town, seemingly reaching it’s peak as avid cyclists are even seen to be turning on each other, 2oceansvibe has found and wants to show the more chilled alternative to the excessive aggression, exposing one’s balls, , illegal activity, prawn behaviour and complete disregard for the rest of [...]
You can tell I was caught off guard as Bicycling Magazine editor, Mike Finch (Fincheeeey! – bloody good rep!) took me from behind in the Claremont Vida e. Check it out: We’re getting there, guys. Slowly but surely.. [thanks mike]