It’s Your Ride


by Byron on May 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The film spins a visual ballad between the two cyclists experiencing the city in their own unique ways. Both cyclists are city dwellers who amidst the chaos of the concrete jungle have created a private and peaceful psychological space as they traverse the streets. They are both alone and yet they are both very much aware of each others presence. The film speaks to the harmony with one’s environment that can be found while riding a bicycle in a city and the synchronistic connection we can have with those we have not even met.

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The dude on the fixie performs some traffic maneuvers (between traffic lanes, turning in front of 2 cars to move down a crosswalk, then threading between vehicles on the crossing street) that cause drivers grief and give urban cycling a bad name.  Not much of a bike ambassador.

Cycling ambassador isn’t a title those cyclists seek or promote. We posted the video without any statement about how cyclists should behave in traffic.

I failed to say that it was fun to watch.  It just needed the little caution line, “Please don’t try this at home.”  At least for the guy on the fixie.

Sure and I think me saying that I know about a 1/2 dozen cyclists with the skills to do that and that everyone else does NOT have them or calling out manufactures that ship bikes without brakes as being both stupid and irresponsible or wondering why a fixie manufacture hasn’t been sued into oblivion should answer that.

Also, I don’t get FGFS at all. I do enjoy riding a fixed-gear bike in the Winter and do so with brakes, cause I live on a very steep hill and value the life of my knees.

Nicely filmed, but the dude’s moves are nothing beyond the realm of decent mountain biking.  He’s got a flat bar.

I’m happy about the first comment.  The traffic move is BAD, it truly pisses off car drivers, and like it or not it gives cyclist a terrible stereotype. I’ve seen those “moves” in person in midtown - wild honking and swearing…  Ok, we get it, you’re very cool in your pre-copernican view of the universe on your Go-Tsao-De single speed but who gets to pay for these mistakes when you crack your helmet-less skull on a windshield?

Handsome commercial! She is so much cooler than the d-bag causing potential accidents in traffic. I don’t care for cars being jerks in the road and I don’t care for the same in some cyclists. Hutchinson is just trying to sell a product so, ya know, I get it :)