Bike like a pirate day?

Do you notice anything funny about this bicycle?

Bike Pirate

Seen in San Jose, California.


  • Everett
    September 19, 2011 - 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never seen a drivetrain on this side of the bike before (not in a photo that wasn’t mistakenly flipped anyway).

  • September 19, 2011 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Kinda funky, isn’t it?

  • owlboogie
    September 19, 2011 - 5:49 pm | Permalink


  • Aa
    September 19, 2011 - 5:58 pm | Permalink
  • Andy
    September 19, 2011 - 6:08 pm | Permalink

    1) He’s riding a fixie. Doesn’t he know they invented gears, what, like 100 years ago?
    2) Foregoing #1, his fixie has a brake, which is illegal in the hipster world. Plus it isn’t trimmed.
    3) His handlebars are too wide. Hipsters don’t let bare handlebar show.
    4) His shirt says pirate in freaking Comic Sans for crying out loud.5) He’s wearing a helmet, so he obviously assumes that cycling must be dangerous.6) Cyclists use Chrome messenger bags only.I bet he’s really wearing a shirt that says pirate backwards, and you flipped the photo anyway 😀

  • September 19, 2011 - 6:30 pm | Permalink

    @Andy – There’s a blog you might like that focuses on important little details.  It’s called “Bike Snob NYC” … perhaps you’ve heard of it?  Of course, he’s a pro and would not have left out some a remark about the Power Grips.  In fact, he’d probably call them “fakerclips” and run with the joke for months.

  • Andy
    September 19, 2011 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I thought about mentioning the power grips, but don’t know enough about how most people use them. I only hear about them for winter use though. This guy might like a set of clips that lack the straps.

  • September 19, 2011 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    that is … interesting.

  • Brian Ogilvie
    September 19, 2011 - 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Since the Power Grip logo on the left pedal isn’t inverted, I’m guessing that you didn’t flip the photo and that the drivetrain is on the left. Didn’t Vélocio have a bike with drivetrains on both sides, for changing gears more easily before the derailleur was invented?

  • September 19, 2011 - 8:32 pm | Permalink

    An actual practical reason for a two-sided drivetrain?

    But correct, I didn’t invert the photo.

  • Chip
    September 19, 2011 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

    I recently moved to Downtown San Jose and I’ve seen a few fixed gear bikes with flipped drive trains.  Are there any bike subcultures that have reversed drive trains?  I’m thinking BMX or something similar.   Also power grips or other similar foot retention straps seem real popular here.  

  • September 19, 2011 - 10:12 pm | Permalink

    only guys who have chains on the other side of the bike that i am aware of are tandems

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