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    • CommentAuthorRuffinit
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    So I'm not a not a city rider and haven't ever seen most of these fixed gear or SS bikes that you all sport.. So tell me, what are the cards in the rear spokes are all about? If they mean something, post it. Some of the artwork I've seen on them is quite good; post pics of them here and tell me what it means..
    • CommentAuthormastronaut
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    The city is so dirty and windy that random shit gets stuck in the spokes. So a lot depends on the area you're riding through as to what kind of scum sticks.
    • CommentAuthorj-dogg
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009 edited
     
    Spoke cards mean different things. Some instances they are dedicated to fallen riders, more often than not they represent alleycat races attended.

    Here's my wheel on the Ciocc





    The Aces are for the Ciocc emblem, which contains all suits (diamond, club, heart and spade), Ciocc means "Poker Faced" in local Italian dialect. The Aces are for good luck also.

    The Kings are for King of the Peloton, the other cards are Alley Cat races I've attended, some of them have my finishing position on them.
    • CommentAuthorSkidMark
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    I'm sure there have been spoke cards since the inception of the bicycle, but to me the only "legitimate" spoke cards in the wheel of a fixed gear are from alleycats. Generally the organizers put a number on the back, and when you get to a checkpoint the number is what they use to identify you. Otherwise they are for decoration, from non-competitive rides, website forums, bike clubs, etc. I've seen a few memoriam spoke cards for fallen riders, too.



    These 5 are from alleycats.
    • CommentAuthorRuffinit
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    Very cool. That explains a lot. I knew they had to mean something. Most folks don't go through that much trouble for no apparent reason.. I saw one on here the other day on a new bike called Liberace that had a 50/50 on it.

    Mastronaut, I think that stuck...

    Next question then is what exactly makes up an Alleycat? Obviously they have waypoints. I've raced road, crit, randonnee, triathalon, mountain and cyclo-cross, but this is new to me..
    • CommentAuthorMAVERICK
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    some of my cards are from alleycats and other events but the cards in my front wheel are "escort" business cards my friend brought back from las vegas and i thought they were funny

    Ruffinit - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alleycat_races
    • CommentAuthorRuffinit
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    Maverick. Excellent. Thank you very much. I wouldn't have thought that Wikipedia would have had a writeup about it..

    Out here in the sticks we kinda have the same fun with cagers when they ask for directions... : ) I moved here from Washington State. Riding isn't near what it was there.. The guys here seem to have gotten their clues from the bikers (black leather/studs) they start a ride and may never finish it because they stop at all the bars on the route.. And I miss the rain.
    • CommentAuthortoroadie
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009 edited
     
    The funniest set of spoke cards I've seen were a set of 4 (maybe 5) laminated yellow tickets for I guess for blowing reds lights etc.

    On a cinelli vigorelli (with that amazing near zero clearance between crank arm and chain stay) outside urbane cycle summer 2008.

    LOL bad ass. :)

    I stop at reds and signs (except when doing charity rides or double centuries). But it still made me smile.
    • CommentAuthorRuffinit
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    J-Dogg, I'm pretty familiar with Italian and Spanish steeds and was reading about yours the other day. Glad you were in the position to rescue it.
    Maverick, nice collection of cards. I too like the front wheel cards.. kinda like nose art on WWII planes.
    Toroadie, I don't think I've ever seen a true road bike like your Olma equipped that way. Ride what you got!

    This would be the 20th anniversary of the Alleycats if the Wiki article was correct, and from Canada too...
    • CommentAuthorj-dogg
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009 edited
     
    thanks =)

    SkidMark is that a 75' Paramount?
    • CommentAuthorgelpicorp
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    so do spoke cards for alleycats get issued to only those who place 1, 2, 3, and dfl? interesting, i've been wondering the same question myself about the spoke cards. thanks for asking!
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    I also know several bike shops that try to rep with spokecards
    • CommentAuthorj-dogg
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    all the alley cats ive been everyone who enters gets the spoke card, dfl gets a special one usually lols
    • CommentAuthorSkidMark
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009 edited
     
    No It's not a short-coupled Paramount, I wish it was! It's a '99 KHS Aerotrack aka king of toe overlap.

    Every racer gets a spoke card as your number is put on it. If you man a checkpoint or otherwise support the race you usually get one, too. You get prizes and sometimes trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and DFL. I know if you win the West Side Invite you get a belt like they give to boxers who win, and the following year you defend your belt and either win or pass it on to the winner.
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    Posted By: MAVERICKsome of my cards are from alleycats and other events but the cards in my front wheel are "escort" business cards my friend brought back from las vegas and i thought they were funny

    Ruffinit - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alleycat_races


    I want pics!!!
    • CommentAuthorgelpicorp
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    baton rouge is relatively new to alleycats, i just stumbled on a blog done by some folks where i live ... it seems vry cool. i would be earning a dfl if i tried one!
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    Posted By: RuffinitI moved here from Washington State. And I miss the rain.


    I don't! I figured out early that if I didn't ride in the rain, I didn't ride in the Pacific Northwest...

    PS; Hey, perhaps you can help this guy? https://velospace.org/forums/discussion/735/help-needed-making-commuter-more-weather-resistant/#Item_1
    • CommentAuthorRuffinit
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    Stinky, you're absolutely correct; "If you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride in the NorthWet". I gave him a little help, hopefully he'll figure it out.. I went riding the other day because it was raining.. the only problem is I live on a mile and a half gravel road, so the mud was all over my freshly cleaned Bridgestone. Gravel and road bikes don't mix.

    XdiamondsimonX - just go to Maverick's profile and take a peek at his posted pics.
    • CommentAuthorgreg
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009 edited
     
    The only spoke card I ride with is one I got from the BikeForums fixed gear single speed Christmas spoke card exchange of 2005 from a guy in New York. Its got a rat on it and some random blue/red geometric shapes.

    The lamination is falling off and I can hear the plastic hitting the seat stays when the wind blows, but I like to keep it on the bike because its something easy for someone to rip off that I wouldn't cry over losing - sort of a distraction from the nicer things people could take from the bike
    • CommentAuthorRuffinit
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
     
    Hmmm.... other than the LickedWicked (Gene Simmons on a wheel) spokecard, that sounds like the most logical idea I've heard.. Once upon a time there was a magazine article in well respected bike rag about keeping your bike from getting stolen and it went something like the substitution greg describes. That substitution idea kinda steamed me, but made sense. They said if you don't want to get your (place bike name here) stolen, park it next to someone's Colnago. Makes sense except that it would be my Colnago!
 
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