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Why Bike P●rn Matters…

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I snapped this photo the other day as I was loading the bikes onto the back of my SUV and it’s quickly become one of my favorites.  I don’t know why.  There’s no staging involved, I didn’t mess with the crank arm angle (even though it’s close to where it should be anyway) or worry about where the valve stems are (they should be at 6 o’clock)…  I just wheeled my bike out and was heading back with my wife’s bike when I looked and thought, “that might make a good picture”…

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This is another recent favorite.  No staging whatsoever…  Hopefully I can be forgiven, as you can imagine I was a little more than a little wet and cold.  My wife, friends and I had to put in some rough miles to get that much snow and slush stuck to the bikes.

Once I learned there was a nuance to staging a bike for a photo (drive side facing the camera, valve stems at 6:00, crank arms set so the back arm is obscured by the frame, etc.) I was a bit of a stickler about sticking to the rules.  While there’s no doubt, a bike photographed properly staged looks better, those “crap, I’m just too tired to mess with all of the particulars” photos are growing on me.

It’s not a “rage against the machine” thing, as I clearly have my “take my time and stage the bikes properly” photos:

The truth is, I’m enjoying a different perspective lately.  I like the odd angle shot:

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Or better, the photo that says “I’ve been somewhere” or the photo that helps me to remember a ride, or time spent with my wife and friends… or the beginning of another wonderful summer’s day:

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In the last few years, while the bike is always important, it’s become more about where that bike has been – or better, who I was there with.  That’s what puts a smile on my face.

Ride hard my friends…  There are no points for “I wish I had done it differently”.

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7 Comments

  1. Tony says:

    Cool pics. I think worrying about where the valve stems are might be painting with too fine a brush… at least for my taste.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I think it has its place, in particular there’s a site I follow called “Bike War” in which it’s a head-to-head “vote for the cooler bike” site and I can instantly pick out the tiniest staging imperfection. Beyond that, for we mere mortals, you’re absolutely right.

  2. tischcaylor says:

    Nice artwork there!

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