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Mall Racing!

johnboy 29 June 2012 52

This could well be the coolest thing we’ve shown you since tallbike jousting.

Two daredevils racing their bikes through the malls of Canberra.

Made of Win, and Public Outrage.

[RiotACT in no way condones or encourages this behaviour]

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niftydog 12:23 pm 02 Jul 12

c_c said :

Now this is a professional…

Professionals crash much more often than amateurs. That’s why they get paid – to push the limits.

Don’t recall ever saying it was safe – I just said it looked like they were taking it pretty easy on those escalators.

patrick_keogh 11:59 am 02 Jul 12

c_c said :

niftydog said :

c_c said :

It’s motocross…

…but this irrelevant link about a professional moto rider who, shock horror, got injured plying his trade will surely convince you of… umm… something.

Ooooooookaaayyy. >>backing away<<

Not irrelevant at all. Did you bother to watch the video, he wasn’t doing anything extraordinary. He came up a slop and was ejected from the bike coming down the other side when the rear tyre left the ground.
Now this is a professional, with professional safety gear and a professional bike on a specially created track made for that purpose. And still face planted it.

It’s only wannabes who say they’ve got mad skills and big brakes and therefore something is safe.

It wasn’t the fall that injured him, it was the bike crashing down on top of him. If I was walking round that circuit and someone dropped a motor bike on me it would damage me too, protective gear or not.

Look, it isn’t safe: riding a bicycle has risks and anyone who rides on or off road knows it. However the risks of hospitalisation or early death are lower for me if I ride than if I sat on my fat arse every day. So every time I go out on a bike I know the risks but I know the rewards too.

c_c 11:29 am 02 Jul 12

niftydog said :

c_c said :

It’s motocross…

…but this irrelevant link about a professional moto rider who, shock horror, got injured plying his trade will surely convince you of… umm… something.

Ooooooookaaayyy. >>backing away<<

Not irrelevant at all. Did you bother to watch the video, he wasn’t doing anything extraordinary. He came up a slop and was ejected from the bike coming down the other side when the rear tyre left the ground.
Now this is a professional, with professional safety gear and a professional bike on a specially created track made for that purpose. And still face planted it.

It’s only wannabes who say they’ve got mad skills and big brakes and therefore something is safe.

p1 11:11 am 02 Jul 12

I the good old days (late eighties – and not necessarily good), you could cover half of belco without returning to ground level. Benjamin offices, Cameron Offices, the churches centre, the mall, the buss interchange all had bridges, over head walk ways and connections. For a kid on a bike it was great, and we were no math speed wise for the rare security guard who would tell us to get off and walk.

Almost all gone now. Sigh.

patrick_keogh 10:32 am 02 Jul 12

If you liked downmall racing, you’ll love Valparaiso.
http://youtu.be/xIe6hYAdw_I

Did someone on RA say a few weeks ago that Canberra was too hilly for cycling?

niftydog 9:52 am 02 Jul 12

c_c said :

It’s motocross…

…but this irrelevant link about a professional moto rider who, shock horror, got injured plying his trade will surely convince you of… umm… something.

Ooooooookaaayyy. >>backing away<<

Holden Caulfield 11:02 pm 01 Jul 12

Interesting that a couple of posters usually prominent in road user related threads, usually pushing the theory you must be a self-important twat if you break a road rule, seem to condone behaviour of these cyclists.

I think chewy_14 has nailed it. 😉

c_c 10:47 pm 01 Jul 12

Sandman said :

niftydog said :

c_c said :

Idiot.

Why? For stating the truth about what a mountain bike is capable of?

Can’t let the truth get in the way of a good whine.

It’s motocross, but I’m willing to bet this guy had better brakes, better protective gear and more expertise than either of these jokers. How’s that going for him: http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/summer/2012/story/_/id/8117532/robbie-maddison-x-games-breaking-leg-practice

Sandman 10:06 pm 01 Jul 12

niftydog said :

c_c said :

Idiot.

Why? For stating the truth about what a mountain bike is capable of?

Can’t let the truth get in the way of a good whine.

thy_dungeonman 4:53 pm 30 Jun 12

Well it gives a bad name to cyclists and I would hate for anyone to get hurt even a close call. But anything that desecrates a westfield (by moving through fast not buying anything and leaving some skid marks) is good in my mind. Thy should do belconnen mall I went there today for the first time since the changes and it’s a soul-killing monolithic labyrinth of cheap and nasty interiors and exteriors. The car-park alone made me feel like humans weren’t meant to us this space.

niftydog 2:43 pm 30 Jun 12
niftydog 2:41 pm 30 Jun 12

c_c said :

Idiot.

Why? For stating the truth about what a mountain bike is capable of?

I’m not condoning it, but what looks crazy to you looks pretty restrained to an experienced MTBer.

KB1971 7:42 am 30 Jun 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

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Cars have disc brakes too. Doesn’t make them stop on a dime, there’s a thing called momentum that doesn’t strictly apply to anything over a tonne.
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No s*** sherlock but a fully kitted downhill bike with 8″ hydraulic disc brakes, 2.3″ wide knobby tyres & an overall mass of 100kg’s or less pretty well does. Even on the slippery tiled surface they are pretty good & will outbrake pretty well anything.

Fark some of you people must live some boring lives, you hate everything. No one was hurt, have a laugh at Westfield & get on with life.

wildturkeycanoe 9:48 pm 29 Jun 12

KB1971 said :

c_c said :

Idiot. That is just moronic, really one of the stupidest, ill thought comments in a long, long time. Disc brakes won’t stop you hurtling down a god damn escalator, or stop you coming around a corner plowing into someone. God I hope you don’t drive.

Go get an education.

Have you actually ridden a MTB with hydraulic disc brakes?

Cars have disc brakes too. Doesn’t make them stop on a dime, there’s a thing called momentum that doesn’t strictly apply to anything over a tonne.
Unfortunately the video has been deleted [hopefully pending investigation and prosecution by the authorities] so I can’t get fully outraged at the antics, but by the responses here it seems there should have been more done by Westfield. If the police don’t have authority for punishing reckless endangerment or some such crime, why don’t I just rock up to L1 Belco and do some burnouts in the entertainment area? I bet the response won’t be as warm and full of praise by some of the readers here.

KB1971 5:57 pm 29 Jun 12

c_c said :

Idiot. That is just moronic, really one of the stupidest, ill thought comments in a long, long time. Disc brakes won’t stop you hurtling down a god damn escalator, or stop you coming around a corner plowing into someone. God I hope you don’t drive.

Go get an education.

Have you actually ridden a MTB with hydraulic disc brakes?

KB1971 5:55 pm 29 Jun 12

c_c said :

niftydog said :

c_c said :

Woman was killed by a shopping trolley on an escalator, they just finished an inquest. Damn thing wasn’t even going at speed, it had no momentum.

Not quite. The shopping trolley caused her husband to lose his balance and fall on his old and very frail wife. Poor guy…

Some of you might be surprised to learn that bikes like these have 8″ hydraulic disc brakes which = oodles of control.

Search ‘downmall’ on youtube and you’ll see official events with precariously placed spectators.

Idiot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zPOtJ_dk8w

Fun idiocy though……

poetix 5:54 pm 29 Jun 12

chewy14 said :

… Cause that’s the way Jim Jones rolls.

Jim Jones rolls. Slightly flaky, and they all twist to the left…

c_c 5:49 pm 29 Jun 12

niftydog said :

c_c said :

Woman was killed by a shopping trolley on an escalator, they just finished an inquest. Damn thing wasn’t even going at speed, it had no momentum.

Not quite. The shopping trolley caused her husband to lose his balance and fall on his old and very frail wife. Poor guy…

Some of you might be surprised to learn that bikes like these have 8″ hydraulic disc brakes which = oodles of control.

Search ‘downmall’ on youtube and you’ll see official events with precariously placed spectators.

Idiot. That is just moronic, really one of the stupidest, ill thought comments in a long, long time. Disc brakes won’t stop you hurtling down a god damn escalator, or stop you coming around a corner plowing into someone. God I hope you don’t drive.

Go get an education.

c_c 5:46 pm 29 Jun 12

niftydog said :

c_c said :

Woman was killed by a shopping trolley on an escalator, they just finished an inquest. Damn thing wasn’t even going at speed, it had no momentum.

Not quite. The shopping trolley caused her husband to lose his balance and fall on his old and very frail wife. Poor guy…

Some of you might be surprised to learn that bikes like these have 8″ hydraulic disc brakes which = oodles of control.

Search ‘downmall’ on youtube and you’ll see official events with precariously placed spectators.

Idiot.

Slice 5:25 pm 29 Jun 12

These braggadocios will use this moment to pretend they won’t die. But within a time much closer than they expect, shall they face careless, inevitable oblivion.

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