As entertaining as the Style Man is on his own, the real gold is the combination of the January/February column and subsequent reader response, published in the May issue:
Q: When is it OK to ride a pink bike?
Pink has its place in the stylish cyclist's life--but only for clothing details such as piping, stripes, highlights, stitching and liners, or as the name of the skanked-out but still somehow hot companion (male or female). When it comes to bikes, it's simple:
- Black is the fastest color
- White is even faster
- Black and white is acceptable
- Red or blue is not embarrassing
And here's the response, published without editing:
No were not
Is it okay to ride a pink bike (Style Man, Jan./Feb.)? Who are you to say what is right? If someone wants to ride a pink bike he should. I have a Tommasini Diamante with some pink on it and I get plenty of compliments. Your an idiot.
Mario De Simone, Brooklyn, NY