Sunday Funnies From "Over the Bars" Comics

Mar 1, 2018 at 10:47
by robert anke  

Riding uphill, I seem to pivot between a small number of mental activities. The default is "monkey mind": Hopping from one thought to the next in a never-ending chain. When I recognize this I try to switch to one of three other options: watching my breath, solving problems (such as coming up with material for comics in a timely and semi-humorous fashion), or repeating some phrase to myself, like "nice and steady." Really, just anything other than "holy hell, when will the climb ever end?!" seems to keep my inner whiner at bay, which is essentially what I'm after on a climb.

When it comes to the downhills, all the mental chatter just drops away as we morph into the present moment by necessity. We are here and now again and again and again as we navigate rocks, roots, jumps, berms, whatever, at speed. Experience and quick decision-making usually get us to the bottom stoked and ready to do it all again.

Give us more time to ponder, and you'd think we'd come up with even better decisions than we make while our hair's on fire, ripping down a mountain... but as we know, more time to ruminate, doesn't always equate to a better decision.


Sometimes a "lose-lose" situation turns out to be a "win" if you pay attention to the details.


Because as long as we're riding, it almost doesn't matter what we hit the trails on.


Because once we're at the top, the resolve to just "get the hell out there and ride," always proves itself to be the best decision of the day.




66 Comments

  • + 334
 The bottom one speaks to me on a personal level
  • + 14
 same
  • + 37
 Or looking at architecture and bridges thinking....

"If that was upside down...that'd be a sick kicker/half pipe"
  • + 64
 Nice step up indeed. Almost everywhere I look I see bike lines with the exception of a golf course - those make me think moto.
  • + 26
 Does trials kinda thoughts count too? When getting bored in lectures, I really couldn't stop my mind wandering "could I ride across those tables, then hop onto the next row, bounce off that wall..."
  • + 5
 Yup, had that a few times on trips with my wife; Iceland, Southeast-Asia..... "that'd be a nice mountain to descend from...!"
  • + 5
 I almost feel like things (apart from the obvious skate parks) in my city are made to counter having fun bicycling. I've spent my whole life looking for good things to ride, and there's almost like some bicycle Grinch has modified everything to be bad.
  • + 24
 I can’t drive by mountains without drawing lines down the side of them. In my mind I’m on a bike or snowboard, doesn’t matter... I’m 36 and have been doing this since I was a kid!
Over The Bars had a great week. thanks Rob!
  • + 6
 @NickBit: does anyone do that thing on humpback bridges where you almost turn the steering wheel on the apex like you would tweak the bars on the bike? No.......why not?
  • + 7
 @NickBit: I knew I saw you somewhere kid Smile youtu.be/2YVQ5s6ePeI
  • + 2
 @Loutrix: ha ha, I like it. I still have my inner child then?
  • + 7
 I'm looking left, seeing the hikers and thinking I better hit the trail before they do!
  • + 2
 @mykel: I think the same when I see a golf course.
  • + 1
 Me exactly. Haha
  • - 3
 And that's why you will never see bikes in wilderness. You can't fool the hikers.
  • + 4
 @Kramz:
That´s because they actually do that. Benches and stuff like that get designed so that skaters and bmx riders can not ride on them and those nice spots under bridges get ruined by rough and big stones so homeless people cannot make shelters under them. Sadly it´s just common practice.
  • + 2
 double post
  • + 5
 mtn biking- once infected always searching for lines. Psychiatrist gave mtn biker a ink blot test- kept naming trails at Whistler.
  • + 2
 I still don't feel bad if a trail is 'secret' and someone comes in and blows out your berm. If your trashing trails that are designated tracks that's one thing but building illegal trails is what gets them torn down in the first place.
  • + 3
 @mykel: I call it "Line Disease"- the inability to look at any topographical feature without considering how it would ride...
  • + 1
 @NickBit: I"m 44 and exactly the same....sometimes it's looking at the mini waves on a mellow day wishing I was a mouse surfer....or drawing lines off cliffs pretending i'm ballsy like my man Kelly #mcgazzaforever
  • + 1
 @Kramz: Look better, when I started biking a few years ago, my city looked dull to bike, now I find lots and lots of interesting stuff to ride on / off
  • + 1
 @Kramz: yup, it's got a name and everything. Unpleasant design. things like benches and planters are designed specifically to make them unpleasant for some activities or uses. check out the Camden Bench - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_bench
  • + 25
 Does anybody else whilst a passenger driving, look out the window at the passing terrain envisioning oneself riding?
  • + 4
 @AntN - all the time - I figure you've made the true cross over when you're looking at every road side outcrop and wondering what lines you would take to get down it, over it or through it.
  • + 8
 Have you seen the video of the dude actually doing this on skis?
If not, look up: Imagination: Tom Wallisch
  • + 2
 @JustinLund: That was awesome. Thanks for that!
  • + 2
 Always!!!
  • + 19
 Something about the resolution makes the text hard to read. Otherwise funny stuff.
  • - 50
flag vinay (Mar 4, 2018 at 0:57) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, blame it on the resolution. Illiteracy is nothing to be ashamed of bro. Together, step by step, we can beat this. I'm here for you bro. Or just stay off the beer and onto the bikes, bro.
  • + 5
 on my screen it's all crystal clear
  • + 24
 @colincolin: think it might be showing lo-res on phones. Mine's the same.
  • + 14
 Just select desktop version from the very bottom of the page if you’re on a mobile device. Resolution cleans right up
  • + 15
 @vinay: time to hire a new joke writer.
  • + 4
 Something with the mobile format is at fault. Desktop view, even on the phone, looks great.
  • + 0
 I just use my fingers to zoom in????
  • + 9
 It feels like people are claiming these as hilarious are doing so out of nothing but stubborness..... It is bike themed so it must be good! Previous weeks were alright, these are less so.
  • + 4
 Yes, I have to agree with you 150%

They’re not that funny but a lot of commenters seem to want to make it out to be more funnier than they are. It’s like this burger joint near Fort Benning, GA that sells the “Ranger” burger. The Cadre during my IOBC course would have us go out there to lunch, which was cool to break the monotony of the week. There was one fella in my platoon that would ALWAYS take a bite of his RANGER burger and break down like a weenie stating “oh, this is so good, mmmm, aaahh, yeah.” The thing is, the burgers were no better than anything I could of made at home, but this dude felt the need to make them out to be the best thing in the world because of the name of the burger and it somehow relating to Ranger school, Ranger Regiment etc.
  • + 1
 the bottom one is alright
  • + 5
 Love to see this type of original content. OTB comics are great. Hope the guy who takes the time to make them gets something...maybe some free bike stuff or PB gear at least. PB has such a large following around the world that it's great to showcase some the talents of its members. I also really like Waki's artwork and stories...although he is quite the odd troll.
  • + 8
 Chinchillas would be hard to ride, but they do have a low B.B. drop.....
  • + 10
 And they reproduce like crazy, so you get a brand new ride every few months : )
  • + 4
 @Geriatric-J: until the new chinchilla standard is released.... Big Grin
  • + 0
 28.99mm they know where it's at. Ahead of the game
  • + 2
 Go hyrax, chinchilla’s so last year.
  • + 2
 @macross87: The future of DH chinchillas is here: Introducing the 2018 Wolverine
  • + 3
 Good work. On the final section coming off the main Downieville descent there is a long drop into the creek on the right and poison oak on the left. I veered right. Never had a problem with Australian snakes, unlike American poison oak.
  • + 7
 Awful tbh
  • + 4
 I ride Chincillas, but only on Sundays
  • + 1
 Aww they're so nice and soft and snuggly! Don't forget to reward him with a dust bath after the ride
  • + 2
 Taj Mihelic's cartoons on his instagram (www.instagram.com/tajlucas) are much better and are genuinely funny.
These are sadly quite tired.
  • + 1
 These remind me of the regular strips in the newspaper in that they are very unfunny.
  • + 1
 HaHaHa Awesome! I share so many of these sentiments... Thanks for these, keep 'em coming! Smile
  • + 1
 The giant step was hilarious Smile Keep posting this on Sundays it gives a good start.
  • + 3
 #linedisease
  • + 2
 These would be much better without the text bits between them.
  • + 2
 It would be great to have some other PB'ers submit some comics as well.
  • + 2
 Bring back RADICAL RICK!
  • + 1
 These are the best we NEED more!!!!!
  • + 1
 Keep these coming. I really look forward to them.
  • + 1
 i used to read far side too, and i don't mean that as a bad thing
  • + 1
 I rode my mountain bike today
  • + 1
 So legendary dude

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