Slack Randoms: Banksy's MTB Mural, Hunting for Bigfoot & Influencing Gone Wrong

Nov 27, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.

Banksy's MTB Mural

Anonymous graffiti artist, Banksy, painted a new mural at Rothesay Avenue and Ilkestone Road in Lenton, UK on 13 October and this one features a broken mountain bike. The bike was apparently already abandoned before the mural was painted and Banksy added a girl playing hula hoop with its missing back tyre.

There's just one problem... the bike has already gone missing.

The Guardian reports that the bike disappeared over the weekend and Nottingham council said on Monday that it had been removed by the owner of the building the mural was painted on and taken away “for safekeeping”. Thankfully, the mural has now been covered in perspex for preservation and a local good samaritan has replaced the bike with another in the same position, also missing its back tire.

Becci Skelton's Shampoo Advert Fail

Reigning UK downhill series champion Becci Skelton’s shampoo hair flick didn’t go to plan...

Ride Farr's Top Tube Pad

When you want to run a ROACH pad but also carry your enduro accessories.

The Daily Star Reports on Pauline Ferrand Prevot's Pants

The Daily Star, a British tabloid famous for its sensationalist front-page headlines including, 'Britain's Fattest Woman Ate a Fridge & Died', 'Plague of Black Eyed Ghost Children', & 'Cops: Don't Drive if You're Blind', has taken its first step into reporting on mountain bike racing with the article, "World champion cyclist grabs paperwork from her underpants leaving policeman stunned".

Normally, we're big advocates of mountain biking garnering mainstream attention but in this case, we'd probably rather they left it alone. The story comes from a social media post of Pauline's where she explained she was taking her daily allowed exercise during the French lockdown and had to store her papers in her underwear. She was stopped by a police officer and had to produce them to avoid the €135 fine. She said, “He (the policeman) was much more embarrassed than me, I want to clarify.”

Hunting for Bigfoot

Another piece of gonzo gold from All Gas, no Brakes.

Sea Bike

Is there anything yo can't strap a pair of pedals to and call a bicycle? This time, it's a pedal-powered propeller that allows scuba divers to cover more ground while underwater. It can be all yours for €500.

Dave Habicht's Global Racing Tribute Bike

Leaf Surfing

Guido Anderwert giving a new meaning to all time, fall time.


  • 108 2
 All Gas no Brakes is a great deep-dive into America.
  • 20 0
 “Actually, I got this from a guy. He...yeah.” That explains it all.
  • 8 0
 Thatsh clashic shashqatch behavior
  • 11 0
 The best journalist of the 21st century.
  • 42 6
 "is there anything u can't strap a pair of pedals to and call a bicycle?"

yes, it's called an ebike.
  • 5 0
 a tricycle?
  • 1 1
 beat me to it!!!
  • 6 0
 i'm actually on board with ebikes. the joke was just too good to pass up.
  • 20 0
 The top tube of the things about fat biking in snow is that you're usually on a hardpack trail and its almost like riding a skinny for a looong time. Ever so often you slide out or come to a stop and put your foot out expecting hard ground below. Instead you step off into the unpacked powder with no base and completely can your nuts on the top tube. I haven't had a top tube pad since I was a kid but might re-consider it haha.
  • 3 0
 It's more like trying to ride on top of a greasy log. Even if the snow on the side of the trial is 20cm taller than the trail, if you touch it your wheels disappear. I crash at least once per mile...
  • 1 0
 That's why I sized down for my fatty.
  • 14 0
 All gas no brakes produces some interesting content. Grab a beer, sit back, and be ready to question humanity... Of of the more fun YouTube finds!
  • 13 0
 The leaf surfing was the best.
  • 8 1
 Banksy’s beat up bike is probably worth 50,000k or so. Now that’s a dentist bike!
  • 1 0
 But that's why Banksy doesn't sign stuff - so people can't sell it as the work can't be authenticated.
  • 3 0
 @iamamodel: he usually puts it on his instagram. Telling everyone that it’s his creation.
  • 8 3
 Anonymous: made or done by someone whose name is not known or not made public.

Anonymous graffiti artist, Banksy....
  • 6 0
 But Banksy's actual identity is still unknown, is it not? I suppose you have a point, though; perhaps "pseudonymous" would be more accurate.
  • 2 0
 I know it's white but how sweet is the old orange white, blue and green race team paint job. Such clean lines.
And why do people always steal wheels off the shi***est bikes locked to lampposts?
  • 6 5
 It's bad enough we have to put up with 'influencers' on social media in its entirety, now it has invaded mountain biking. There's deep dark corner reserved in hell where satan saves his most disgusting tasting semen for them to gargle as mouth wash.
  • 3 0
 Depends on what side of the Mississippi this video was filmed in
  • 2 1
 Looks like Switzerland so not sure about that but also ticks don’t live in the leaves, they live on trees and brush to get onto mammals.
  • 1 0
 Depends on the tick. Here there are ticks that live in the ground and dead vegetation and wait for hosts to pass by. When I lived in the pacific northwest I always heard that they lived in trees etc.
  • 2 0
 All I can think of with the leaf video is how much shit must be caught up in the gears.
  • 1 0
 Did you see spot the guy using the Seabike in the leaves ? I didn't but I heard something and I know a guy...
  • 1 0
 "allows scuba divers to cover more ground" you mean swimmers, right? No scuba diver will ever touch that thing.
  • 3 1 "cyclist" would ever NOT wear Spandex, no "REAL" MTB rider would never ride an Ebike....and real men do not like hugs.....
  • 4 2
 That orange ain't no tribute, it's the actual frame from 2003!
  • 2 0
 UCI eSeaBike Worlds.... let's GO!
  • 1 0
 Looks like Friday Fails got extended! Big Grin
  • 1 1
 The top tube pad is actually a pretty good idea I reckon.
  • 7 10
 Is that leaf surfing or leaf snorkeling? Looks like a nice way to get Lyme disease
  • 13 44
flag recon311 (Nov 27, 2020 at 13:08) (Below Threshold)
 Lyme disease is a government conspiracy.
  • 19 16
 Then should probably hold your breath whenever you go outside, you might breath something in.

Do you wear a mask when driving alone in your car too?
  • 6 0
 They should really be called field ticks. You're much more likely to pick up wood ticks (and deer ticks) in tall grass than in actual woods. Cases have actually been going up quite a bit in the upper Midwest according to our vet. I've had two dogs who've gotten Lyme, but were treated before it caused any symptoms. Still no reason to be afraid of outside.
  • 2 1
I think you have that backwards.
  • 1 0
 @dwbaillar: They've been exploding across the entire east coast for a number of years now. When they're first born they are about the size of the eye of a needle and if they're in you for more than a day or two without you noticing you very well may have lyme disease which sounds like not much fun. I'm certainly cautious about wandering off into tall grass.
  • 2 0
 New meaning to Brown Pow!
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flag RonSauce (Nov 28, 2020 at 3:46) (Below Threshold)
 @recon311: there is actually a really interesting article about the CIA developing Lyme disease as a bio weapon and using ticks to transport it.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: well we all know ticks are just aliens who escaped from Area51
  • 1 0
This guy gets it
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