Gotta give a big shout out to Ryan Wilkins of Pom Wonderful who sent me a case of their delicious pomegranate juice. This stuff has is made with 100% juice which gives me lots of energy to keep up with this guy…
And Max isn’t even walking yet.
We did give him a doctor kit…no pressure, which judging by his pretend surgeries on his gorilla, I need all the healthy help I can get.
Besides, POM is scientifically proven to help in the areas of the prostate, cardiovascular and erectile function, and loaded with antioxidants, which is probably a lot healthier then my other favorite drink…
A while back I was approached by a couple of characters from my past and told about this new iphone app coming out where you get to virtually engage in the real sport of Kings, Tall Bike Jousting. I mean besides such useful information as what are the cleanest toilets in NYC like Sit or Squat, iphone apps have mildly impressed me. Somewhere I read that the iphones graphic capacity far out weighs that PSP gaming system, which always struck me as kind of a strange statement because isn’t a playstation designed for games? And why the hell are most of the games for the iphone kind of basic looking such, crayon physics …which is a pretty sweet game, btw?
Well I was kind of skeptical when Keith was telling me about this game but also rather honored that he was thinking of me for some what of an exclusive promotion. Besides, tall bikes seem to bring out strange controversies, remember the window etching incident, of Brooklyn Industries? There was a good chance that someone from the gutter punk DIY community might take offense with their world being fucked with and who knows, attack the apple store for desecrating an off limits culture who adheres to living in a society that is against the mainstream, wasteful consumerism and corporate mono culture. Turns out that artist and the world tall bike jousting champion Doyle, was down with this project and whole heatedly allowed himself to be motion captured for the game, so we can argue punk politics and the tactics of property destruction for political gains another time. For now, I think the intention was to make a fun game based on a bizarre and insane underground bike sport and somehow pay tribute to bike clubs and fringe DIY bike culture that even Freegans might have a laugh at.
So it took a while to work the bugs out on the game and the actual release date got pushed back a few weeks. Then Keith who was promoting the game went off and got married, and the producer of the game Fredric King went off to Sundance, selfish bastards. They left me here in the dark and cold to tell the world:
TALL BIKE JOUST GAME IS OUT!
Here is a little video of the game play.
Fredric of fountainhead pictures and a gaming division of curious pictures got together and formed bikeclubgames as the site to promote a pretty damn fun tribute to fringe bike culture.
I haven’t fully had a chance to check out too much of the game but for $2.99, basically you pick your jouster male or female, that’s right the Ladies joust too.
and the go on a world tour of Jousting in all the key cities related to the sport: Brooklyn, Reno, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, New Orleans and of course…Minneapolis…the home of Black Label.
The game play is great, you pedal the your tall bike with a Doom style POV using controls on the right and left. Then you use the iphone to aim your lance, line up your target and press the button when you think you’ve got your opponent in the zone, which is indicated with multi-colored circle.
The jousting gets progressively harder as you work your way through the different cities. Along the way your shit will get broken and there is an elaborate system for getting back into top shape, which is also a nice tribute to some of the politics of bike clubs, such as recycling and reusing bikes and being less wasteful.
So if you missed bike kill this year and were upset you didn’t get to try out a tallbike and get impaled at top speed and wind up on someones flickr account, I suggest go out and dumpster dive yourself an Iphone and start practicing.
This game is a hoot and has a great soundtrack too with artists like Japanther and Matt & Kim who have always been down with fringe bikers.
Today I had a dream. That one day buildings all over NYC will truly be free for cyclists.
It’s safe to say that cyclists don’t face the same hurdles like Dr. King and the freedom riders of Birmingham Alabama, with dogs and water cannons, but here in NYC we’ve got some strong obstacles to overcome.
An anonymous reader wrote in about having some friction with bringing his bike into his place of work. He wrote in:
The building I work in will only allow for bikes through the freight elevator (Iâ€™m aware that this is legit), however itâ€™s only open from 8-5. 90% of the employees in the building leave after 6pm. Hereâ€™s the biggest kick in the nuts, management wants to charge $75 per person if you choose to take your bike out of the building past 5pm! I asked if we could use the stairwell…â€nopeâ€. I asked, â€œwhat rights do the owners have to fine people?â€, no real answer to that either!
According to the new bikes in building law which took effect in the middle of December last year, commercial buildings in NYC with freight elevators are required to allow bikes access as long as their is a request from the tenants and an agreeable plan is drafted.
This was a huge milestone in getting the law on your side and strong steps closer to making more access for people who ride their bikes to work.
The goal of this group is to monitor and evaluate how this bill is being implemented and weather buildings are being agreeable or creating more friction. If there is positive usage of the bill, then let us know so other buildings can lead by example. If there are stories like the one from Prolly’s reader, then we need the hear about and launch a campaign of public ridicule that lets people know which buildings hate bikes and in my opinion, hate the environment. This way we can not only have the law on our side but the support of the cycling community as well.
Details of Saturday Night’s Frostbite race, from organizer Dan G.
“Dont Forget, This saturday Late Night Frostbite: Empire State. Tompkins
Square Park, 8PM registration, 10PM race. After Party at Bushwick
Country Club, Grand St. Brooklyn. Raffle, art and photos, tons of
sponsors. All proceeds go to the TKBMA, including the proceeds from
Jameson Whiskey and select pints. CMWC Tokyo Bike Frame up for raffle.
B there or miss out big time. Peace Dan G.”
Los Angeles ER doctor Christopher Thompson, has a new place to practice medicine…a jail cell. He was sentenced to five years in prison for deciding to use his car as a weapon and slam on the brakes in front of two road cyclists.
One of those, who suffered severe injuries is Ron Peterson, recently spoke out about the conviction.
“Cyclist Ron Peterson breathed a sigh of relief this week after a driver who deliberately slammed on his carâ€™s brakes in front of him, leaving him with horrific injuries, was jailed.
Los Angeles doctor Christopher Thompson was convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon (his car), battery with serious injury and reckless driving causing injury, and sentenced to five years in prison.”