Contest: What’s wrong with this picture?

Update: We have a winner! The answer I was looking for is backwards fork (or headset). The others were good answers too, but ‘scnottin’ is the winner. I’ve sent an email asking for his address.

Respond either here in a comment or as a reply to me on Twitter. Be the first to tell me what’s wrong with this photo of Kathy Ireland on a bicycle and win the prize, my slightly used copy of David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries.

I’m the judge on what constitutes a correct answer, and decisions are final. Hint on the correct answer: It has nothing to do with how Kathy is positioned on the bike or how she’s dressed. I have something else in mind, so look closely!

Kathy Ireland in a blue swimsuit riding a yellow bicycle


  • June 28, 2010 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Brake levers are to high.

  • mel
    June 28, 2010 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    it looks like she's biking through the ocean…

  • Mark
    June 28, 2010 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Bent fork?

  • Scnottin
    June 28, 2010 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

    If I had to guess, I'd say the fork looks as though it's turned backwards. It appears to curve back to the frame.

  • Damooo
    June 28, 2010 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Rear brake is screwed

  • June 28, 2010 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Here's the winner! Backwards fork is the answer I'm looking for.

  • joemama
    June 28, 2010 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

    stem isn't attached to bike

  • justin
    June 28, 2010 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Fork looks like it's going backwards, seat is WAY back for the seat tube position and (worst) the steam is a million miles up from the fork.

  • June 28, 2010 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    backwards fork?

  • Cmatbmed
    June 28, 2010 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Bike, what bike.

  • Bicicleto
    June 28, 2010 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    The photo was not taken on the move, she is posing quite simply, one can see the water falling perpendicular to the ground and also in that pose boobs are hit with the knee xD

  • June 28, 2010 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for playing, all! Stuart N posted the answer I was looking for: The fork or headset is on backwards.

  • Massiveneed
    June 29, 2010 - 7:27 am | Permalink

    Who cares whats wrong there is so much right!

  • Sam Berdoux
    June 29, 2010 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I disagree that the fork is backwards. That bike is either a Continental, Super Sport or Sports Tourer. The upper part of the fork on all of those bikes is quite straight and parallel to the headtube where it meets the fork crown. I think it is much more likely that the fork is caved in due to a front end collision, something I see all the time on bikes listed for sale on eBay and Craigslist.

  • Sam Berdoux
    June 29, 2010 - 1:16 pm | Permalink
  • Sam Berdoux
    June 29, 2010 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Actually, it can't be a Super Sport or Sports Tourer, because it has the large, oval headbadge. Continental it is. Same fork as my bike, though.

  • Natron602
    July 15, 2010 - 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Aint nothin wrong with this picture.

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