May 22, 2002 6:38 AM
|This is sad. Poor Huffy's. :-(
THE HUFFY TOSS
The last three years the Lompoc Valley Bicycling Club came up with and volunteered to operate this whacky new competition. The object is simple enough. How far can you throw a bicycle? This is the bicycling version of the olympic shot put or hammer throw. Everyone at one time or another has been angry enough at your bike that you just wanted to chuck it off the side of the road. Well, here's a chance to get out some of that aggression and have some fun doing it. Last year It proved to be a lot of fun for spectators and participants alike. We hope to bring this event back this year and you won't want to miss it. The Huffy Toss will be held on Saturday afternoon between 4:00 and 6:00 pm at a location on the fairgrounds.
|should be ss cruiser crit. at least it's not cat bowling. nm||JS Haiku Shop|
May 22, 2002 6:40 AM
|No Huffy cruiser will ever beat my canti Schwinn ...||Humma Hah|
May 22, 2002 12:39 PM
|... at last, a bike race where I have a fighting chance!|
|I've seen this||lonefrontranger|
May 22, 2002 6:53 AM
|we did this periodically at the shop with abandoned crap bikes that had been sitting around for over a year. It's a shop wrench thing, really. If you'd ever worked on sh%&ty department store bikes day in and day out for minimum wage, you'd be angry enough to give 'em a hurl any chance you got.
The mechs at our current LBS recently told me a story about this. It seems the head mech carefully hacksawed through parts of the frame on a bike toss candidate, so that when they took it out back to toss it, it exploded into bits! Much hilarity ensued...
My personal victims of angst when I worked at the shop were those stupid, crappy Razor scooters. Yeah, we sold a lot of 'em and they're lousy workmanship. I had a really bad hair day once and the shop owner and I beat one into sixteen or seventeen pieces with a mallet. Very, very cathartic and soothing.
This is why your LBS typically keeps their wrenches in a small cage in the back, where the paying customers (mostly) can't hear or see what they're doing.
|If I know the current LBS you're talking about,||TJeanloz|
May 22, 2002 7:03 AM
|We used to hack every POS to bits before we threw it away- otherwise, the beyond repair wreck would be pulled out of our dumpster and brought back in for repair. Or better, somebody would want to sell it to us (ie: "I found this bike, what will you give me for it?).
The funniest ever was when we tossed a box full of NOS but obsolete chainrings, only to have the trash man come in and try to sell them back to us a few days later (dude, they're like, brand new!)...
|yeah, that's the one||lonefrontranger|
May 22, 2002 7:14 AM
|I don't know if the current crop of Louisville guys still does this by default, it just came up in conversation because we were talking about Huffy toss.
The shop I worked at was in one of the shadier sections of Newport, KY (ghetto) so we didn't bother. Anything we put out back was stolen within 5 minutes, and we *never* saw it again.
May 22, 2002 7:02 AM
|One suggestion for training for this event: don't throw your bike over a cliff. If you do, you'll just have to climb down to get it.
Trust me. I've done it.
|That was a popular event of our annual MTB race||Tig|
May 22, 2002 7:58 AM
|The entry fee was only $1 per toss and people loved it. We even broke it down to jr, sr, and master categories for prizes! Organizing an MTB race is much easier and more fun than a road race.|
May 22, 2002 8:17 AM
|WMBA's Fat Tire Festival does it everyear. June 9th this year, Peekskill, NY. It is a lot of fun.|
|Been doing it for years||Mel Erickson|
May 22, 2002 8:36 AM
|The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival has been doing this as part of their weekend festivities since it's inception in 1983. See http://www.cheqfattire.com/Pages/festival.html
Scroll down to Sunday Funday and you'll see it as one of the events. This is a great festival.
|so, aero or light weight work better? :-) nm||DougSloan|
May 22, 2002 8:45 AM
|aero trumps weight every time ; ) nm||Mel Erickson|
May 23, 2002 5:51 AM
|Imagine the rules cycling federations could apply to this - nm||dzrider|
May 22, 2002 8:48 AM
|Good old Lompoc, lived there for four years on Daisy Street||chopper|
May 22, 2002 9:05 AM
|Bought my second ever bike there, A redline BMX bike with yellow MAG wheels, used to ride that thing in the river bed. A great place to be a cyclist, a lousy place to be single I suppose.|
|Stayed there for Solvang 2001 ...||Humma Hah|
May 22, 2002 12:42 PM
|... kinda flat for cycling, but the surrounding countryside is nice -- the Solvang Century has some of the prettiest scenery I've ever seen on an organized ride.
The neighborhood where I got my room was not so hot. I stayed in a Motel 6 at the turn off to the prison, guess they got most of their business from folks coming to visit their buddies in the joint.
|Was this what Bjarne Riis was doing with his bike (97' Tour)?||wonderdog|
May 22, 2002 10:25 AM