October 04, 2004


Spot the mistake in the opening line of cyclist Darren Armstrong’s SMH opinion piece:

I'm proud to say I'm a cyclist. Yes, I own a 2WD.

No, he doesn’t. The blunder is repeated in the headline.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 4, 2004 05:09 PM

As a commuting cyclist with over a quarter million miles since 1971, I can say I've always discouraged others from cycling. If you're the first cyclist that drivers have seen that day, they're lots friendlier. Some even wave. If you're thinking of cycling yourself, don't do it. It's bad for the environment. At least I hope so. I hate the environment.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 4, 2004 at 05:35 PM

Um, I'm no gearhead, but isn't a bike really a 1WD, i.e., the motive force is applied solely to the back wheel via an arragement of pedals and chain?

Now what do I win?

Posted by: James at October 4, 2004 at 06:00 PM

Maybe Armstrong has one of these? Okay, probably not.

Posted by: Michael at October 4, 2004 at 06:10 PM

Perhaps he rides a recumbant, don't they drive both back wheels? Could any recumbant cyclists reading please confirm this.

Then roll away and die, you disturbing fringe-dwellers.

Posted by: fidens at October 4, 2004 at 06:54 PM

That's what I love about this blog, you learn all about 2 wd bicycles.I've just placed my order.

Posted by: gubbaboy at October 4, 2004 at 07:00 PM

"They Know Stuff"...Tim, that may be the funniest back-reference I've seen on here. I almost spit out my Cherry Coke!

Posted by: Aaron at October 4, 2004 at 08:15 PM

I had seen the Christini mountain bikes before, thought they were pretty cool. They are for sale! Pehaps Darren has a copy.

What I personally need is one of these Yamaha 2WD dirtbikes. They simply clobbered in the European mudfest portion of the Dakar rally this year.

Posted by: Dylan at October 4, 2004 at 09:18 PM

dangnabbit, those are some expensive bikes!

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at October 4, 2004 at 10:45 PM

As a man named Darren, I feel that I am an expert on this topic and that the other Darren is a weenie.

A 100 mile bike race will take about 5 hours and consume 4000 calories. That's about 20 PowerBars at $1.50 per. Some economy. Just goes to prove that bicyclists aren't too bright (though we triathletes are). They're also funny looking. See my website for a keen sloution.

Posted by: Doc at October 5, 2004 at 02:15 AM