Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Earlier this year, a good friend of mine lamented the demise of MTV over the last 10 years, going from a "cool" place to "watch the latest and greatest music videos" to "the proverbial crap hole of cable television." I say he might feel differently if he lived in Germany. They've got a whole slate of programming that we just don't have here. For example, instead of Pimp My Ride... they've got Pimp My Fahrrad. When I was in Munich last summer this show was all the rage. It's a spin-off that follows the same basic Pimp format: A trendy German bike shop (Elbcoast Psycles) outlandishly decks out what were once really crappy bicycles for cash strapped young adults. In addition to top of the line components, the shop outfits these bikes with everything from turntables to mini foosball machines. It's beautiful handiwork that will have you coveting. If it isn't quite enough to win you back into the MTV crowd though... don't worry. Rumor has it that another spin-off is in the works: Pimp My Toilet.

11 comments:

BA said...

I'd rather have a couple hundred bucks then a sweet beach cruiser.

Mrs. McDreamy said...

Do people really ride those bikes? You would have to have a serious bike chain to tie those babies up.

melbo said...

I just like that the place is called "Psycles". Isn't that what the tour riders have to do sometimes - 'piss' on their bicycles? For real, I heard they can't take breaks.

Tara said...

Those things would get stolen so quick up here! In Eugene bike theft is our number 1 crime. Damn hippies.

Marc said...

BA - What about a pimp'd out toilet?

McDreamy - I think people do ride them... how they protect 'em is beyond me though.

Melbo - I'll let Garg field this one.

Tara - Damn hippies.

Sheldon said...

Will they create a spinoff
"Pimp my Moped" show? I'd watch that. There just aren't enough pimpin' mopeds in the world.

Maybe "Vatican-MTV" could have "Pimp my Popemobile"

Kim Jong Il could allow MTV to do a "PIMP my Crappy ICBM" show in North Korea. You know, deck out that Taepodong 2 missile with like, streamers and sweet gold colored fins and whatnot. Maybe that could shore up international support for his WMD program.

Marc said...

Sheldon -
The last link in the orginal post mentions a potential Pimp My Scooter" spinoff... not a far cry from Pimp My Moped.

Kim Jong Il's ICBMs seem like they need a little more than a "pimp."

Gargantus said...

you have two options, stop and piss when the peloton or group is moving slow or piss while riding on a slight decent while a teammate pushes you from behind.

melbo said...

So if it's that easy how come I don't see any of that footage on OLN? Sounds like good tv to me.

Gargantus said...

you see it on european TV. OLN edits that stuff out, i don't know why.

Marc said...

Phonak's Manager, John Lelangue on this year's Tour De France:

"Floyd had to stop for a piss on the Izoard climb because it was better to do that on the ascent than the descent," explained Lelangue. "He then swapped a wheel with a team-mate.