It rolls deep

Shot of my driveway on Friday afternoon. Yes, my girls ride each and every one of them. And, yes, there are a few more in the garage.

The kid's bike armada.

The kid's bike armada.

I asked my eldest if she liked having so many bikes. She replied, “You can never have too many bikes, Dad.”

Well played.

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

26 thoughts on “It rolls deep

  1. The pic kind of looks like the opening of an episode of the Twilight Zone. Freakin’ me out a bit…

  2. It’s still never a really good idea to leave your bike(s) in the middle of the driveway. Sorry to be the grumpy grandpa here, but my sister lost her bike by leaving it in the driveway. It got crunched.

  3. Littlejar, have you always been the wet blanket? See the joy beyond the moral once in a while.

  4. LJ, if someone runs over those bikes with BJ standing there taking this picture, I have a feeling there is a bigger issue than a couple crunched bikes.

  5. remember our bikes laying in the driveway on a warm spring day ready at a moments notice to take us far away.
    Wait! Did that all just rhyme? What the fucks wrong with me. Cycling’s supposed to be controversial, a hard effort, man and machine, in battle with car-r-coffins, critical ass, heart rate monitors, power taping meters.
    then summers sun browns our bare backs as we slumber in the clover.

  6. My kid don’t ride. Matter of fact, she hates bikes.

    But she’ll be 21 in May and is getting good grades with twin majors in psycology and sociology. She transfers to a good university in the fall. She will never be my riding buddy, but I’m proud of her just the same.

  7. “Proper values” ain’t got SHIT to do with riding a God damned bicycle. Go to critical mass sometime if you don’t believe me.

  8. Dude, love the Specialized Hotwalk. I been tryin to get them to build a 26″ version for 2 years.

    What that guy said above about n+1…for real, yo’

  9. @14 – joethe… – don’t give up on your girl. i was 30 before i figured out how awesome bikes are.

  10. Rose +1. I rode bikes around growing up in Pennsylvania, but once we could get our hands on a set of car keys, the bike was soon relegated. I re-discovered it when I was twenty and in college. It is never too late.

  11. I fell in live with the bike when I was 17. After the BMX of childhood was lost. After a few years of being a typical high school dropout, smoking, drinking and destructing whatever was in my path. Then chance had it in for me. It wasn’t just the bike though. The discovery of the freedom they provided from my social entrapments was instilled the very moment I hit prime singletrack between the growing burbs of SoCal. It was my escape. My friendship base was reduced to two others who shared the same epiphany; Max and Ryan. And all was lost only to be won from then on.

    I can see a reason to have an unlimited number of bikes (n+1). Some for different disciplines and function. Some just because they’re bikes. This has become my downfall however. After reducing the stable through the past few years what is left is still tormented by my ADD; causing them to be in disrepair as I search out the perfect ride for the days ambition. Always tearing down. Always rebuilding in new theoretically better ways. My goal now is to reduce the quiver to four essential steeds. From there, it will undoubtedly grow again until I cannot bare it.

    Bikes fucking rule.

  12. I have a dilemma with the n+1 theory right now, actually. My stable was once 11 bikes. All good. All fun. Sold most of ‘em when I moved to various locations, now I am down to three. It feels odd to have so few bikes.

    I’ve been considering a singlespeed for a long time, as well as a cyclocross bike and an extracycle. I can afford none of them, especially considering I need to invest in expensive camera equipment, etc.

    But I want them, and on one level, I need them, because I’m an addict just like the rest of us on this site. Have been since I was thirteen. Wrenching, racing, riding, whatever. Did it all, had a DH bike for a while, had a cyclocross bike for a while, had vintage cruisers, awesome fixies, full suspension, hard tale, rigid. Most are gone.

    Fuck it. Bikes keep us sane, but they empty our wallets. Who fucking needs a wallet anyway…

  13. BJ Love this pic. It reminds me of a time when I was kid and all my friends who raced and just rode for fun came by my house before we all headed out to the Lakebed and the Bowl. I opened up my front door of my Mom’s house to see a lawn of 4130, aluminum, Odi grips and Tioga Comp III tires. Thanks man.