Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    Squeakers? Haven’t a clue. But I really like the idea of big rubber helmets, though….

  2. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, over 3 years ago

    Like the baby’s squeeze toy that squeaks when squeezed. Everytime the helmets hit something they would squeak.

  3. chireef

    chireef GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    they already have those giant foam hands why not helmets too?

  4. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The helmet should look and sound ridiculous.

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    As one who used to bike (19 years) and actually obeyed the traffic laws and thus stayed out of trouble, I always got a kick out of the idea by bicyclists that that little helmet was going to save them when they got smacked by a vehicle because of doing dumb or criminal things like ignoring the rules of the road or riding stoned. The attitude amongst just about every bicyclist I’ve met from college on has been: I’m riding the wrong way, but I gots a helmet. We’re riding stoned and wobbling across the lanes, but we’ve got helmets. Run the stop sign/traffic light, but I gots a helmet, dooood. A completely clear bike lane to ride in? Naaah, I’m riding in the highway; it’s more fun to make cars try not to hit me. I’ll not pay any attention to where I’m at and turn in front of traffic. And so on.
    In the Pacific Northwest it’s been a matter of motorists desperately trying to not run over idiots doing illegal stunts for almost as long as I can remember. ODOT has some interesting crash stats on the matter. It’s extremely rare that it’s the motorist’s fault.
    And it’s almost completely avoidable. By obeying the traffic laws, exercising courtesy, and keeping a sharp (and sober eye out— it’s amazing how many riders are inebriated or otherwise impaired. Personally, I think it one step up from suicide) eye out, only twice did I run into problems with vehicles. It makes ALL the difference in the world for a bicyclist to remember that there are others on the road and to thus act accordingly.

  6. Dampwaffle

    Dampwaffle said, over 3 years ago

    One thing you forget to mention, Neb, is all the folks here in the Pacific Northwest who park in the bike lanes, even though it’s illegal, and also the fact that the street sweeper move all the gravel and broken glass out of the street and deposit it on the bike lanes! Many’s the time I’ve had to ride in the street because of all the garbage in the bike lane or parked cars. The other problem is that most of the bike lanes go from nowhere to nowhere and it’s rare for them to extend from – say – residential areas to grocery stores or something useful like that. The one near my house starts a half mile from the college and entends to a quarter mile short of downtown, and you have to cross a four lane highway to get there. Could have been planned much better. And if you balance out all the stone bicyclists with all the drunk and cell phone distracted drivers, the drivers come out looking much the worse.

  7. DutchUncle

    DutchUncle said, over 3 years ago


    I agree with you 100% about following traffic laws and riding safely, but disagree with your apparent disdain for helmets. I started wearing one only because my wife insisted, and I hated it. A few years later when a spoke broke, jammed my front wheel and tossed me over the handlebars, it was the helmet that got cracked instead of my skull. Road rash on my shoulders and a cracked rib I could heal from; a cracked skull would have been a different story.

  8. leons1701

    leons1701 said, over 3 years ago


    I’ll grant you that it usually isn’t the motorists fault but only because I’ve seen how stupidly many people behave on bicycles. Despite obeying all traffic laws etc, in 30+ years of biking I’ve been deliberately run off the road 4 times, had to swerve and or brake to avoid running into cars pulling out directly in front of me more time than I can count (was nearly forced into oncoming traffic just last week by some idiot old woman that even made eye contact before pulling out, she clearly saw me coming), been hit or nearly hit by objects thrown from cars several times, had cars pass me and then make an immediate right turn directly in front of me numerous times. The only reason none of those incidents turned into a real accident is because I pay attention to what I’m doing.
    Also, according to ODOT, almost half of all bicycle fatalities are due to failure to yield right of way, which is almost always charged to the motorist.

  9. renewed1

    renewed1 said, over 3 years ago


    If everyone (driver and cyclist) would obey the traffic laws and practicing courtesy there would be a lot fewer accidents involving anyone. I commuted by bicycle for eight years, and while I have to say that motorists do some stupid things, watching fellow cyclists ignoring traffic laws made me wonder how some of them stayed alive.

  10. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Then it would be like motorcycle helmets. They’d lobby for laws that said you didn’t have to wear them.

  11. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    I knew some guys who played a lot of football and it seemed like their thought process was affected. They were unsure and didn’t have confidence in their intellect compared to someone with the same education who hadn’t played football.

  12. tigre1

    tigre1 said, over 3 years ago

    I LOVE this strip! and I have solid rubber tires…lots of stickers around here…don’t worry, guys, with the coming price of gasoline we’ll we’ll see ‘way more Americans riding…it’ll be nice to see Americans who able to stand on their own two legs, yes?

    Oh…and the football comment? absolutely right on. When we admire guys who run into one another…yeah, I know…that;’s what we get…sidebar: I pursued the bumping sports for training actively until sixty…I hurt a lot.

  13. seed_drill

    seed_drill said, over 3 years ago


    As an active cyclist, I can assert that we don’t wear helmets to keep us invincible, we wear them to, hopefully, keep us alive and without brain damage. Though I know one who suffered mild damage and another who was in a coma for several days, but is now ok, and a third who was in hospital for several weeks after a dog ran out into the peloton. All three would probably be dead without their helmets.

    Of course, you would not be allowed to ride with us without a helmet, as our club forbids it.

    And, as for automobiles, we had two fatalities in the county last year, both the drivers’ faults. We are also routinely “buzzed” by hostile motorists. We even had a car deliberately slam on his brakes to cause an accident during an organized event ride.

  14. apco

    apco said, over 3 years ago


    I agree with you 100% about the helmet. Not much good in a head-on (or rear-ender) w/ an auto but great for the over-the-handlebar or catch in the grate scenario.

  15. water_moon

    water_moon said, over 3 years ago

    I think one of the biggest problems with bikes is that they aren’t treated like they have to follow the rules of the road or even common curtisy. I see them riding on the side walk terroizing moms with stollers, dog walkers, and joggers out for a run/walk.
    It wasn’t as much of an issue out West but here the traffic signals aren’t even a suggestion as far as the bike riders are concerned, they blow through stop signs (and several red light runners too!), cross 5 lanes in the middle of the block (that happened 3 hours ago…), go the wrong way down 1 way streets, and I’ve seen a grand total of 3 out of over 100 use hand signals.
    Now some of it when a guy’s gotten so many DUIs they won’t let him have a license, he hops on a bike and wanders around drunk on it. Just 3 days ago I had a guy WOBBLE down the middle (on the double yellow line) of a VERY narrow 4 lane road, not a block from the interstate in the business district (read very congested) before he randomly tuned right (as in the direction) across two lanes in front of a tow truck. Can you say “death wish”?
    But enough of it is college students who can’t afford a car or people who thought “hey, I’m gonna try riding to work to save a penny and get in shape” and didn’t bother to even look at good routes and now they’re running late and think “If I stop at this sign I’ll lose my momentum!” if they even think at all.

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