Media War: Blogger Criticizes Mainstream Media Worker's Bicycle. Ahhhh -- It's On!
|Yes that is Matt Smith tuning up his bicycle built for four...|
But last week a local citizen journal/blog called www.sfcitizen.com, run by a certain Jim Herd, took this battle in an inappropriate, personal direction. He questioned the technological soundness of SF Weekly columnist Matt Smith's bicycle.
The blogger apparently didn't know Smith was the poor sap fruitlessly trying to fix a malfunctioning family bike at Sunday Streets in the Mission last week. But that's no excuse. We're outraged, and consider the [bicycling] gloves to have been taken off.
Smith is fine with people attacking the pedantry, ignorance, pushiness, and obsequiousness found in his columns. But he thinks a bright line should be drawn around bicycles.
Apparently unaware of this unwritten law of the media jungle, SFcitizen wrote a post titled "A bicycle built for four is the star of San Francisco's Sunday Streets in the Mission."
"Check out the second stoker's handlebars -- it appears the little tyke has her own brake lever. (Is a a drag brake? No se.) It's just a V-brake though, she ought to have control of a motorcycle-style disc, thusly," Herd wrote. "This rolling science experiment must be Robert "Crazy Rob" Ander son's [typo on purpose as he's a little touchy, shhhh] worst nightmare."
Yes, it's outfitted with a drag, or auxiliary brake. No, my daughter needn't operate a disc brake the size of a sombrero. Any rear brake that shares the load with the primary rear brake, including a v-brake, is fine for slowing the rig down. And, no, it's not a "rolling science experiment" but rather a fully-functional bicycle.