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Bumper bike strikes again!

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Lolly

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Oct 11 2010 at 7:24pm #

A generator hub that lights christmas lights to cover the bumper. I don’t even know if that makes sense.


Pseudacris

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Oct 11 2010 at 7:30pm #


Mick

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Oct 11 2010 at 8:03pm #

@ejwme I’ve never seen him riding around at night

If you dress in black and ride a black bike with no reflectors, no one will see you riding around at night, either.


Erica

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Oct 11 2010 at 10:12pm #

now I want to cover my bike in christmas lights when I ride through the snow. how can we make this happen?


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 29 2010 at 8:58pm #

Bumper Bike makes There I Fixed It! [link]

Several comments in is a reference to this very thread.


icemanbb

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Dec 29 2010 at 10:32pm #

@RF They do make Christmas Lights that run off batteries (I’ve got two strands somewhere in my “cornacopia of crap” that run off AA or AAA).


edmonds59

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Dec 29 2010 at 11:34pm #

RF, I just saw your comment, at a “Big Lots” store I got some, 6 foot string of multicolored LED lights that run on 3 AA batteries, the BEFORE-Christmas price was $4. I wore them around the night of the OTB meetup.


Erica

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Dec 29 2010 at 11:37pm #

nice. I’ll look into it for next christmas (or just regular use).


Ahlir

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Dec 29 2010 at 11:55pm #

Folks,

Let’s review the Bumper Bike situation:

1) Aaron is not just a colorful character, he’s someone with mental health issues. One of the reasons you see him around Bloomfield is because that’s where he goes for support (i.e., the anonymous building just west of the Bloomfield Bridge)

2) He has enough problems, to the extent that he is not entire managing to make good use of the available social services (due to the other people in his life, the limited resources in the system and his own, dysfunctional, behavior).

3) I understand (from this bboard) that his family has asked that people leave him alone, at least to the extent of not treating him as a curiosity and making him an object of interwebs attention. Keep that in mind.

If you want to help Aaron you can take a bit of time to chat with him, and maybe give him a couple of bucks. Be sure to ask him how things are going with the agency.



RickyTickyTac

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Dec 30 2010 at 8:26pm #

I agree that we shouldn’t make a spectacle of the man, but on the other hand he does seem to love all of the attention he gets. He’s always excited and eager to have his picture taken or to talk to people about his bike.


Nick D

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Dec 30 2010 at 11:20pm #

I have disgusted this topic at length with many people. It is a very complex situation, without an easy solution.

Last time I saw Aaron, I gave him $40 to get a room for the night, and I ran into him 2 hours later and he lost the money. He had tears in his eyes and he gave me a very long (very awkward) hug.

I think the best thing we can do as a community is take Aaron in as a friend. He seems to be a great guy at heart, but it seems nothing works out for him.

Every time I see him, I just try to remind him that there are a lot of people who are doing what they can to look out for him, and not to hesitate to ask Pittsburgh cyclists for help.

He does love the attention, but he also has the idea in his head that there are people out there making money off of him. Although this is not entirely true, it is something that we should consider.

There was talk previously about setting up a website and creating some merchandise with the proceeds going into an account for him. The issue is, (history has shown) he isn’t capable of handling money, and from what he tells me, people tend to take advantage of him on the street, and he frequently gets robbed. He has also told me that neighborhood kids vandalize his bikes.

So what can we do?

-Show compassion towards him.

-Give/get him food.

-Help him with his bikes.

-Discuss his situation with other people to make more people aware.

I will get a bunch of reflective vinyl for him and encourage him to decorate his bikes with it.


caitlin

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Jan 7 2011 at 6:25pm #

has anyone seen aaron around lately? I don’t usually spot the bumper bike during the winter.


quizbot

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Jan 8 2011 at 4:21am #

Keeping an eye out but haven’t seen him or one of his rides parked anywhere for a month or so.


joeframbach

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Jan 8 2011 at 9:03pm #

I spoke with him Thursday morning outside Jitters on Walnut. That’s the PNC branch he says is giving him problems, but he has a new account somewhere else. He says in the spring we’ll have a parade and we’ll all ride bumper bikes. I’m down.


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 8 2011 at 9:12pm #

A parade of 40 bumper bikes is one thing. 40 bumper bikes going in 40 different directions is something else again. I’d really like to see both.


ejwme

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Jan 9 2011 at 2:07am #

I think the bumpers could create some unpleasant domino situations… Or else we’d have to stay in strict formation and behave less like a school of fish, more like a precise “V” of migrating birds, or a trail of ants. Trail of Anticycles? no, not quite right… If I weren’t so tired I’d do better, I’m sorry.

Stu, could you bumperfy a unicycle?


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 9 2011 at 2:32pm #

I have a better idea for a car part for the wheel: a VW Beetle rear lid / engine cover. It was going to be one of my projects for 2010. It needs a paint job and some method for attaching it, but I think the idea is workable.


caitlin

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May 6 2011 at 8:18pm #

hey all,

i know sometimes folks wonder if aaron is out and about and doin alright, and i just talked to him outside of my office.

out enjoying the weather!


greenbike

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May 6 2011 at 8:26pm #

Glad to hear it! Thanks for the update.


RickyTickyTac

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May 7 2011 at 6:57pm #

I’ve been seeing him on a bumperless old road bike a lot recently. In fact, I haven’t seen him on a bumper bike at all in a very long time. Has he given it up?


Erica

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May 8 2011 at 1:50am #

I saw him on it a few hours ago


mark

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Jul 18 2012 at 1:57pm #

Aaron update anyone?


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 18 2012 at 2:32pm #

The last I saw Aaron was on a Saturday morning in Nov 2010 on Allegheny River Blvd.

I still have the Bug lid and unicycle, btw.


Pierce

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Jul 18 2012 at 2:33pm #

I’ve been thinking about Aaron recently too and wondering how he’s been doing


reddan

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Jul 18 2012 at 2:53pm #

Weird…I was just thinking about Aaron a couple days ago too. Must be something in the air…


quizbot

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Jul 18 2012 at 3:06pm #

I saw him heading inbound on Liberty near 40th St one evening around 10 days ago. No bumper, but he was wearing a bandana.


Pierce

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Jul 18 2012 at 4:37pm #

Man, we need to get him a FoC invite flier thing


erok

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Jul 18 2012 at 4:58pm #

He pops into the office every now and again, but without the bumper bike. Says he’s working on some new bikes so look out!


cdavey

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Jul 18 2012 at 7:29pm #

This is too bizarre. Within the last week he popped into mind out of the blue as no one had posted anything about for a long time. I was hopmg nothing bad had happened to him.


Pierce

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Jul 18 2012 at 7:33pm #

Anybody want to pool together to get Aaron a VIP ticket for the BikePGH Party?


Anonymous

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Jul 18 2012 at 8:01pm #

I don’t know if he has “mental problems”. He seems like a good dude that cruises around with a bumper. Can’t blame him. I think he is cool and I see nothing wrong with being visible. Hope to meet him. I ride in his areas, but ride earlier than he does most of the time. Cool post, thanks for sharing.


HiddenVariable

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Jul 18 2012 at 9:06pm #

add another to the list of people who hasn’t seen him around and was wondering how he was doing. i was riding through east liberty the other day, and he popped into my head. good to know he’s still out there.


Nick D

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Jul 18 2012 at 11:44pm #

@hcurtis- as a non-medical professional, but someone who has interacted with him several times (he refers to me as the “Chinese kid”) I am a firm believer he has mental health issues. In addition to the conversations that I have had with him, StefB and I also saw some of his prescriptions a few years ago and StefB said she recognized them as anti-psychotics.


ieverhart

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Jul 19 2012 at 2:50am #

add another to the list of people who hasn’t seen him around and was wondering how he was doing. i was riding through east liberty the other day, and he popped into my head. good to know he’s still out there.

+1


Pierce

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Jul 19 2012 at 5:23pm #

Folks, we currently have $50 towards Aaron’s VIP Bikefest Party ticket

A little more support and we can personally check out how Aaron is doing with (potentially?) good food and drink.


Ken Kaminski

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Jul 20 2012 at 12:40pm #

Topping this. Help make this gentleman feel like he’s part of the community. He’s one of the most visible amongst us.


stefb

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Jul 20 2012 at 2:26pm #

While the idea is thoughtful, why don’t we raise money to get him something useful instead of a ticket to a party?


Ken Kaminski

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Jul 20 2012 at 2:27pm #

Why not do both?


cburch

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Jul 20 2012 at 2:50pm #

Because I’m betting Bike Pgh could bend the rules and just invite him for free? If he even wants to go to a big ass crazy party…


ejwme

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Jul 20 2012 at 3:04pm #

From postings by people who have interacted with him on a regular basis (see earlier pages, this thread), and from discussions with his family relayed by other parties (I think youtube has some public), I’m not sure it’s the best idea…

Don’t get me wrong, I really like him – I like his enthusiasm for riding a bike, and he has been nothing but super friendly on the few occasions we’ve met, he clearly has a big heart and is a super sweet guy.

But there’s more to the story, there’s some darker edges that make it a tricky situation for everybody close to him. I’m not saying don’t raise money for a ticket, I’m not saying don’t raise money to help him (an idea I like better). I’m just saying… please proceed with respect, delicate caution, and controlled (or no) expectations.

Celebrity status is difficult in the best of situations, please tread carefully.

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