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Any good cycling practical joke ideas?(16 posts)

Any good cycling practical joke ideas?Steve Davis
Aug 22, 2001 11:11 AM
A thread on the Velonews forum reminded me of the urban legend where a VW bug owner got 150 mpg (thanks to his buddies secretly putting an extra gallon of gas in his tank each night). Soon they reversed the process and syphoned it out so the guy went to the VW shop complaining that his bug didn't get 150 mpg anymore.

I heard of a guy who changed a cycling buddies computer so that the display showed he was riding about 1 mph faster than actual speed. After a week of boasting about his good form and personal bests, his "friend" reversed the process...

Any other "good" ideas?
Change the wheel size on the computer - up or downAlexR
Aug 22, 2001 11:13 AM
That's a classic.

Don't mess with other peoples bikes. nmMB1
Aug 22, 2001 11:14 AM
indeed- good way to get your arse kickedJack S
Aug 22, 2001 11:34 AM
flatten a tire or give the derailleur adjuster a twist or set the brakes to rub on your mortal enemy's bike maybe, but you're really asking for it if you screw with someone's bike
re: Any good cycling practical joke ideas?Pb_okole
Aug 22, 2001 11:41 AM
If he is running a spoke mounted wheel magnet for his computer, put another magnet opposite of his. He will realize a 100% increase in speed and distance instantly. I do this in the winter so I can ride the same distances as I do in the summer even with shorter days...;-)

ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono
(The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
re: Any good cycling practical joke ideas?peloton
Aug 22, 2001 12:24 PM
Marbles in the seat tube. Rattles like hell, and no one ever figures it out quickly.
My favorite has always been ...Humma Hah
Aug 22, 2001 1:40 PM
... to show up for a ride on the cruiser. This harms nobody, an usually draws a good chuckle.

Second best joke, take the lead in a casual group road ride, and dart off onto a dirt trail full of baby-head rocks.

Best joke in the dirt, let MTB's catch up to me at the base of a 50-ft hill of something like 15% grade, then stand up and nail it and beat them to the top. Its my specialty.

The best joke, which rarely happens, is to latch on to a paceline with the cruiser and keep up, possibly even pass. Veeery rare to pull this off.
the cruiserDog
Aug 22, 2001 2:19 PM
I'm seriously considering taking the Milano and doing the last couple miles of the 508 on it; imagine the looks at the finish?

You should do this!Humma Hah
Aug 22, 2001 2:40 PM
And I want videos of the finish!
some (not so) practical jokesDog
Aug 22, 2001 2:18 PM
There's always the "throw the banana peel up into the air when you are at the head of a group" trick. Surprises people. Make sure they are good bike handlers and good natured, though. Sort of risky.

Similarly, squirt your water bottle up over your head and behind. Make sure it's pure water and a hot day.

In a cross wind from the left, ride all the way to the right so the followers get guttered with no shelter. Not really very funny, though.

Yell "car back" and then sprint by everyone at the City Limit sign.

I agree about not messing with the bikes, though. There are all sorts of things we could think if there, but people take this too seriously to do things like altering seat height, letting air out of tires, making brakes rub, messing with derailleur alignment... ;-)

re: Any good cycling practical joke ideas?Spoke Wrench
Aug 22, 2001 2:59 PM
When a friend of mine got his bike back from the shop, he complained about the freehub noise. The shop guy, quite naturally said "They all do that."

That same week, I laced up a wheel for another buddy of mine using an LX roller clutch freehub which doesn't click. On Saturday, while we were getting ready for our regular Saturday ride, I asked Tim about all the clicking noise his freehub was making. When he laughed and said "They all do that." I spun the silent clutch wheel and we all swore that our bikes made no freehub noise.
throw a stick in your spokes in front of a crowdflatlander
Aug 22, 2001 3:08 PM
Nothing beats thisI Love Shimano
Aug 22, 2001 4:08 PM
Increase the tension (preferably to max) on his SPD-Rs

Cut off his derallieur cables on a hilly ride

Cut off his brake cables before a descent
My Favoritegrzy mnky
Aug 22, 2001 4:59 PM
Water in the innertubes - it'll drive 'em nuts trying to figure out why he's slow and can't climb as normal. Use a squeeze bottle, but leave some air and pump them back up to pressure. Simply evil on a testosterone ladden group ride. Be fully prepared for revenge.

Had a guy fill my water bottle up with pretty warm tap water while I was in the john on a very hot ride out near Tahoe - his mistake was that I had to pick it up to place it back on my bike and I felt the heat.
re: Any good cycling practical joke ideas?nothatgullible
Aug 22, 2001 5:57 PM
When on a long hill climb hold on to the seatpost of the person in front of you. You have to be pretty close but done right it works. Just make sure it's a good friend. Might piss him off. If you want a good practical joke in general, you can tie a zip-tie to the driveshaft of the victim's car. The noise will drive them nuts.
This is always good for a laugh !Joel76
Aug 23, 2001 3:01 AM
On a fast long downhill desent, pull up on the left side of your victim, reach over and sqeeze his front brake lever as hard as you can, and watch him fly over the handle bars. Note how many octaves his scream is good to video tape this one.

Another good one is before a century, cut the top and down tube out of your competitions bike when hes not looking, and reweld a piece of cast iron pipe in place. Quickly grind down the welds and repaint to match. Use a hair dryer to dry the paint quickly. I always get a kick out of that one!! aahhh ha ha ha....