Bike culture has become more and more pervasive. Now that commuting via bike and fixed gear cycling have become practically mainstream, what’s next in the two-wheeled world?
Synchronized Cycling: Dancing with your bike was lionized way back in 1986 when Kevin Bacon and his pals so gracefully twirled their two-wheelers in Quicksilver. And while similar stunts performed by those who didn’t star in cult classics can be found on YouTube, nothing quite mesmerizes like the synchronized cycling performed in this video of two German high school girls.
Footdown: The goal of this cycling game is quite simply to pedal around a demarcated perimeter (typically a circle) for as long as possible without putting your foot down. As players are eliminated, they stand around the remaining contestants, making a smaller, and thus more difficult, area in which to ride as the game progresses. Bike messengers in the ’80s would often play, but lately the game has been surfacing at community rides and events.
Goldsprints: (Note: meant for those 21+) While the concept of spinning while drinking goes back to 1997 when Zurich brewery owner and cyclist Adrien Weber named the event after his beer brand (Gold Sprint), people really have gone off to the races this summer with the help of an official sponsor, 42 Below.