Mid-Life Cycling

Mid-Life Cycling

12 December 2011

The Ghost Of A Hipster Fixie (For Bronx Jon)

If you've cycled in New York, or any number of other cities, you've probably seen a "ghost bike."  It's painted white, and is usually an old, donated or discarded, bike.  This somber reminder of a cyclist who's been struck or killed by a motor vehicle is locked to a sign post or other structure by the site of the accident, and is accompanied by a small sign.


When I went to meet Lakythia for a ride yesterday, I saw one I'd seen many times before.  Not to make light of it, but I couldn't help but to think, "Where else but in Williamsburg?"




The neighborhood is, after all, the de facto home of the "hipster fixie."  As far as I know, this is the only bike of that genre to become a "ghost."  It commemorates "Bronx Jon":




To Jon, or your family or friends:  I mean no disrespect.  I'm glad that you've been so memorialized.  I think, though, that your memorial may well be one of a kind.

3 comments:

  1. I pray I will not see such a memorial ever. Like Jon's or otherwise.

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  2. I have mixed feelings about ghost bikes. I understand the sentiment. But it bothers me that random bikes are used. Would the person want to be represented by that particular bike? Perhaps cyclists ought to specify this in a will: "If my community should choose to erect a ghost bike, I would like for it to be a _________..."

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  3. Steve: I don't blame you.

    Velouria: I feel the way you do. Your last sentence is something I'd definitely like to see in someone's will. I'd put it in my own, if and when I ever get over my resistance to making one.

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