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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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