Bikes. Parts. Chaos.
Apple-cheeked Demanda, a friend who I would describe as a Scenester (something I doubt she'll be happy about, although I bet she'll dig being mentioned here, which strikes me plainly as scenterism), sends this story, about how to identify and deal with infestations of Hipsters. Viz: "Hipsters are freakishly antisocial; some argue it is genetic. This trait becomes especially magnified in unfamiliar or non-hip environments. So, the last thing you want to do is alienate hipsters further from society than they've already alienated themselves. Here are a few things you must understand before attempting to communicate with hipsters: >Hipsters know more about music than you do. >Hipsters know more about clothing than you do. >Hipsters know more about Charles Bukowski than you do. >Your sense of fashion is “fin” (bad). Embracing these ideas as fact will not put you on the same level as hipsters—that would be ridiculous—but it will let the hipster know that you are keeping it real, which they can respect, sort of." Those of you in colder areas of the northern hemisphere may notice more signs of hipsters in your home at this time of year. Like mice and other pests, hipsters will seek shelter from the cold, finding their way into garages, attics, and basements. Speaking of northern climates, Surly News' unqualified medical correspondent and FNG Warranty Inspections Officer Aaron The Pie Plow has asked that I take a moment to remind everyone of another pesky winter guest, depression. Low sun angle, shorter days, and diets that do not include actual, naturally occuring vitamins can lead to severe, debilitating depression. Get to know the signs, and intervene if necessary. Symptoms of depression include: >Mustache/beard/sideburns >Overcoat >Dour expression >Continued residency in latitudes at or above that of Kenosha, Wisconsin >Drinking the same amount as usual but being less excited about it ************************************************************************************* In actual news, the latest issue of Vancouver's Momentum Magazine arrived in the mailsack yesterday. An excellent example of a bike magazine for the rest of the people who ride bikes (the ones who do not know what next year's XTR looks like, or care), this issue contains a teaser: Momentum will be reviewing longbikes in upcoming issues, longbikes being long wheelbase cargo bikes such as our Big Dummy, the Kona Ute, the Yuba, and the granddaddy that (arguably) started it, the Xtracycle FreeRadical. Keep in mind, they're not merely giving pagespace to acknowledgment of the existence of such bikes, but rather truly testing them, riding them everyday for months, using them for commuting, hauling, and general whatnot, then reporting their findings in the Momentum style, which is to say simple, straightforward, & smart. Get some of that. -----