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On the plus side, I think the cyclocross fad is fading for the year so there are fewer ninjas crossing on and off the LFP without warning or trying to pass on the right.

I thought his eyes were the lights, they're lit up!

dan brown said:

fyi - I am pretty sure all the bikes shown in this (awesome) poster are equipped with head and tail lights.

they are probably so high-tech that they are nearly invisible (not ninja) to the naked/untrained eyes.

DB

Mike The Veloist, can you fill us in on your inspiration for the poster?

h' said:

I love this graphic. Have never seen it before... what's the story behind it?

Bikefreeek said:

Are these the bike ninja's on the lakefront path? 

The story behind this poster started with the question-- how do I best represent theChainlink.org -- when they as a community represent so many different cyclists.

The resulting image portrays an urban landscape of shared space of hipsters, CX'ers, commuters and tall bike riders. While none of us like being labeled as cyclists (I'm a roadie) I needed to find some common visual language to get the diversity idea across.

As for the dusk like setting and brooding color--call me dramatic, I couldn't see doing a happy, happy color image for a city as gritty and powerful as Chicago. The weight of the color adds drama and interest, and to some even ninjas.

Mike, I think it's awesome.

Mike the Veloist said:

The story behind this poster started with the question-- how do I best represent theChainlink.org -- when they as a community represent so many different cyclists.

The resulting image portrays an urban landscape of shared space of hipsters, CX'ers, commuters and tall bike riders. While none of us like being labeled as cyclists (I'm a roadie) I needed to find some common visual language to get the diversity idea across.

As for the dusk like setting and brooding color--call me dramatic, I couldn't see doing a happy, happy color image for a city as gritty and powerful as Chicago. The weight of the color adds drama and interest, and to some even ninjas.

Is this guy for real? Holland = The Netherlands.

Team h' 1.0 said:

Not sure what you're saying... that we don't have rush hour in Chicago? Or we don't have snow on the lakefront path? Or there's never snow during rush hour?  Anyway, the video is in Holland, not whatever country you said.

Will V. said:

Yeah, because four minutes of well-lit cycling in snow during rush hour in the Netherlands is representative of the Chicago lake front path. Completely.

h' said:

I'd say about 1/2 the people in this video don't have lights in use.  I wonder if they edited out all the crashes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMv3OB6XHvQ

Writing as a bike ninja, someone who doesn't have lights since no one else has admitted to not using them.

I don't have lights currently, I feel wrong and sometimes unsafe about it; unsafe mainly for snow/ice riding on non-lit streets. I know it is the law to have them at night. I have gone through at least 10+ sets of lights over the past 2 years & they always fall off, get lost/stolen, break, ect.

Being 23 and poor, it comes down to spending $ on repairs so I can get to work via bike & eat/drink or spend $ on accessories that I can't afford. Before you hate on everyone without lights, remember a lot of us are trying and just don't have the means to have lights all the time. We know & hear you. 

That being said, if someone wants to give me some lights for free, I would take them. 

Why don't you buy a front-rear pair of small LED lights that you can attach to your HELMET?  Easier to avoid destroying or losing these compared to bike mounted light, and they give you good visibility. 

Renee Patten said:

Writing as a bike ninja, someone who doesn't have lights since no one else has admitted to not using them.

I don't have lights currently, I feel wrong and sometimes unsafe about it; unsafe mainly for snow/ice riding on non-lit streets. I know it is the law to have them at night. I have gone through at least 10+ sets of lights over the past 2 years & they always fall off, get lost/stolen, break, ect.

Being 23 and poor, it comes down to spending $ on repairs so I can get to work via bike & eat/drink or spend $ on accessories that I can't afford. Before you hate on everyone without lights, remember a lot of us are trying and just don't have the means to have lights all the time. We know & hear you. 

That being said, if someone wants to give me some lights for free, I would take them. 

Thanks for being honest. I'm not hating on bike ninjas, I'd just like everyone to be safe.

I do have a spare Planet Bike rear flasher you can have. It has a clip for a messenger bag, backpack, or clothing you can use, so you don't have to put it on your bike. But really, you should take care of your stuff, don't leave lights and other easily stolen accessories on your bike. There are some pretty tough lights out there, I've had good luck with Knog Beetles, though they do eat batteries.

If you want the light, message me and we can set something up.


Renee Patten said:

Writing as a bike ninja, someone who doesn't have lights since no one else has admitted to not using them.

I don't have lights currently, I feel wrong and sometimes unsafe about it; unsafe mainly for snow/ice riding on non-lit streets. I know it is the law to have them at night. I have gone through at least 10+ sets of lights over the past 2 years & they always fall off, get lost/stolen, break, ect.

Being 23 and poor, it comes down to spending $ on repairs so I can get to work via bike & eat/drink or spend $ on accessories that I can't afford. Before you hate on everyone without lights, remember a lot of us are trying and just don't have the means to have lights all the time. We know & hear you. 

That being said, if someone wants to give me some lights for free, I would take them. 

I think the helmet/lights combo is a great idea, for my next set, I'll definitely consider it. 

Hoping to get this as a gift once it is released: http://www.torchapparel.com/products/torch-t1-helmet-with-integrate...


Anne Alt said:

Why don't you buy a front-rear pair of small LED lights that you can attach to your HELMET?  Easier to avoid destroying or losing these compared to bike mounted light, and they give you good visibility. 

Renee Patten said:

Writing as a bike ninja, someone who doesn't have lights since no one else has admitted to not using them.

I don't have lights currently, I feel wrong and sometimes unsafe about it; unsafe mainly for snow/ice riding on non-lit streets. I know it is the law to have them at night. I have gone through at least 10+ sets of lights over the past 2 years & they always fall off, get lost/stolen, break, ect.

Being 23 and poor, it comes down to spending $ on repairs so I can get to work via bike & eat/drink or spend $ on accessories that I can't afford. Before you hate on everyone without lights, remember a lot of us are trying and just don't have the means to have lights all the time. We know & hear you. 

That being said, if someone wants to give me some lights for free, I would take them. 

Haven't read all the comments, but I vote +1 for anyone that mentioned that the primary reason they ever ride without a light (front or rear) is because their light was recently STOLEN, and they haven't gotten to the bike shop yet to throw down another $30 for a new one.

C'mon thieves... Blinkies?  Really!?

 Evanston Bike Club, with some help from Rapid Transit Cycleshop, will be handing out red blinkies to ninja commuters at an upcoming evening commute action. I am not going to announce time and places as we  want to get real ninjas and not invite freebie seekers. It will be within the next month. We are trying this on a limited basis at a couple locations. Hopefully, we will reduce the ninja population on the streets.  If we are successful I hope to get the club to try this again.  To those of you who ride the North Shore Century, we use the proceeds to fund bike related causes in town and around the planet.  The illuminate the ninjas night is just one part of that mission.

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