BSNYC Freitag Spaß-Quiz!

In yesterday's post, I mentioned that Tour de France winner Alberto Contador had hired an assistant to make his signature "fingerbang" victory salute for him. Well, not to be outdone, George Hincapie has had his own more traditional victory salute immortalized in portraiture, as you can see in this photo from Hincapie's Twitter which was forwarded to me by a reader:

This painting depicts Hincapie's victory atop the forbidding Pla d'Adet (which is not to be confused with "Sadatay," the famous Pootie Tang exclamation) in the 2005 Tour de France, and the monumental significance of the occasion is highlighted by the fact that it is also being observed from on high by the ruggedly handsome disembodied visage of a celestial Über-Hincapie. Deftly, this painting stops just short of total self-worship while still conveying the notion that Hincapie's sporting exploits are orchestrated not by a Godlike higher power but are instead the earthly manifestation of some sort of Platonic ideal Hincapie who exists on a higher plane where steer tubes don't break and crabon wheelsets can withstand the punishing roads of Paris-Roubaix. Here's another photo of the painting which better conveys its grand scale:

According to Hincapie, the painting has been sold in a charity auction, and while he doesn't name the purchaser I like to think that it's his former teammate and noted art enthusiast Lance Armstrong, and that this painting now hangs above his hearth. I'm also quite sure that Alberto Contador is fuming over this painting right now, and that he's already commissioned an oil painting of himself surrounded by a flock of cherubic winged "fingerbangs." It will look something like this, only with a bunch of flying finger pistols instead of angels and Contador in place of the Madonna and the Baby Jesus.

Speaking of "fingerbanging," I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right, you'll know it, and "fingerbanging" will be justified on your part. (Or, if you're Alberto Contador, on your "fingerbang" assistant's part.) However, if you're wrong, you'll see bloodthirsty Finnish cyclists.

Thanks very much for reading and for forwarding delightful items. Ride safe, and may your weekend provide you with ample opportunity for celebratory "fingerbanging."


(Subaquatic "fingerbangers" photo found here.)

2) In which city was this note spotted?

--New York City

3) "Hold the Mayo!" A person by the name of Mayonnaise is allegedly responsible for the brazen theft of a:

4) "Goodbye, track racers. Hello, hipsters!" Which venerable bicycle company has officially re-categorized all of its track bikes as "urban fixed gears" for 2010?

6) There is such a thing as a fixed-gear lamp:


7) This Portland hipster was arrested for:

8) This cyclist is hauling a mattress, but the real payload is smugness on:


9) Which bicycle manufacturer has made a frame with an integrated crabon fiber carrying strap?


10) "Watch out, Rapha!" Which bicycle-themed clothing and accessory company is now selling a snap-on scarf?

--Fabric Horse

***Special "Mysterious Leavings"-Themed Bonus Question***

I left a ________ on your bike - m4w (Carroll Gardens)
Date: 2009-10-14, 1:08AM EDT

I was walking home on Tuesday night around midnight and you were locking up your bike to a street sign. We smiled, and you skipped away. I came back to leave a _____________________________, all sneaky. When I walked by again on Wednesday, the bike was still there but the ____ was gone. I must know: did the wind take my carefully-crafted ________, or did you?

What did he leave on her bike?

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