GEEEEzus (The bike is moving by ITSELF--with 2 babies who of course cannot reach the pedals. Does it have pedals?!)

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    Sep 03, 2016 2:36 AM GMT
  • kew1

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    Sep 03, 2016 1:13 PM GMT
    You did notice the availability date at the end?
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    Sep 03, 2016 1:54 PM GMT
    Of course it's a prank. With good special effects photography.

    But that really is a Dutch bike, we have one very like it. The upper top bar is a unique identifier, with a built-in light at each end. Except ours has full fenders and a chain guard. Which allowed painting space for a commissioned artist to represent the battle against HIV/AIDS to make it one-of-a-kind.

    Below is ours when we took possession of it at a media event in Key West. To explain this pic:

    That's a panel from the National AIDS Quilt behind us. We're the 2 guys in green T's on the far right. Center stage was grabbed by SMART Ride officials. The original undecorated bike was purchased by a Key West artists group to raise money for their own operations, and I was allowed to stipulate how half the money I paid for it could be distributed. We decided to spread it among 6 Florida HIV/AIDS agencies, some of whose reps you also see here.

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    Sep 03, 2016 5:23 PM GMT
    kew1 saidYou did notice the availability date at the end?


    The morning after ...

    Thanks kew1.

    Self driving cars, hoovering skateboards (almost perfected), it was believable.

    No, I didn't get to the end when I posted this. Hm, I see what's at the end now: April 1.

    Let's see what's redeeming: "If anyone was wondering, the bike is real, it's called Vanmoof it's a smart bike, but yeah it doesn't self-cycle" is a comment.

    Ohhhh!!!! This is why the Tour de France were checking if any of the racers were using assistance technology.

    VanMoof is a company from Amsterdam that wants to change everything about bikes. That starts with the Electrified S, a bike with an electric motor and a whole bunch of smart features, including embedded radios that can help the company track down the bike if it gets stolen. And if you don't want a bike with a motor, the company just unveiled the SmartBike — a cheaper, lighter version of the Electrified S with the motor stripped out.

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    Sep 03, 2016 5:27 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOf course it's a prank. With good special effects photography.

    But that really is a Dutch bike, we have one very like it. The upper top bar is a unique identifier, with a built-in light at each end. Except ours has full fenders and a chain guard. Which allowed painting space for a commissioned artist to represent the battle against HIV/AIDS to make it one-of-a-kind.

    Below is ours when we took possession of it at a media event in Key West. To explain this pic:

    That's a panel from the National AIDS Quilt behind us. We're the 2 guys in green T's on the far right. Center stage was grabbed by SMART Ride officials. The original undecorated bike was purchased by a Key West artists group to raise money for their own operations, and I was allowed to stipulate how half the money I paid for it could be distributed. We decided to spread it among 6 Florida HIV/AIDS agencies, some of whose reps you also see here.

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    Excellent addition, Art.
    I like how y'all are wearing the green t-shirts, and the guy beneath you two has on the shirt that fades from yellow to green to light blue.
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    Sep 03, 2016 6:09 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    That's a panel from the National AIDS Quilt behind us. We're the 2 guys in green T's on the far right. Center stage was grabbed by SMART Ride officials. The original undecorated bike was purchased by a Key West artists group to raise money for their own operations, and I was allowed to stipulate how half the money I paid for it could be distributed. We decided to spread it among 6 Florida HIV/AIDS agencies, some of whose reps you also see here.

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    Excellent addition, Art.
    I like how y'all are wearing the green t-shirts, and the guy beneath you two has on the shirt that fades from yellow to green to light blue.

    TY. Green was the official color of the SMART Ride T-shirts that year. Bicyclists completing the Ride received a darker green shirt. My husband is wearing a lighter green for crew members, and red baseball caps for everyone. I'm not sure why no one else is wearing them.

    I was also a little miffed that after I had invited the SMART Ride organizers to attend the presentation with media coverage, a few still remaining in town the day after the Ride, to watch us present a check benefiting their receiving HIV/AIDS agencies, they hogged the whole event. And pushed us off to the side. And my husband's one of the original founders of the thing, for whom I was actually buying the bike.

    My husband had suggested we donate the bike itself to the SMART Ride organization for promotional purposes. After that rude performance I said no way in Hell. He was the owner of it now, but I put my foot down. We'll keep it ourselves and use it for our own fundraising activities, which we've done. We still have it, unridden to this day years later.

    Our bike model was very basic, compared to these electric hi-tech ones. But then as an art platform it didn't need to be. And BTW, I believe the silver color of the one you pictured is how our own started life. The artist retained some of the original color.
  • Nakedman1969

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    Sep 04, 2016 2:59 AM GMT
    Who would put kids that young on a bike by their selfs in the first place and send them out?!!!!
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    Sep 04, 2016 3:42 AM GMT
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    Who would put kids that young on a bike by their selfs in the first place and send them out?!!!!

    Yeah, that, too. But the whole thing is nonsense. Nicely produced video, but still nonsense. Remember, as kew1 noted, its availability date is April 1. I'm sure you wouldn't want to be made a fool months ahead of time.