SEE IT: The George Hahn Method of Cycling: ‘Don’t Ride Like a Dick’

Gentleman: George Hahn. Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.
Gentleman: George Hahn. Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.

Actor. Writer. Minor social media legend. Gentleman cyclist.

This week, Streetfilms tagged along with actor George Hahn for a very special episode: “How to Ride Like a Gentleman.”

In this film, we explore the city with Hahn and learn these valuable tips:

  • “Don’t ride like a dick.” Don’t roll through crosswalks or frighten pedestrians. There’s no reason for that. “It’s just rude,” he says.
  • Don’t ride your bicycle on the sidewalk.
  • Don’t ride against traffic. “It’s dangerous…and rude to everyone,” Hahn says.
  • Don’t buy special clothes. (Hahn has ridden in a tuxedo, but you knew that.)

Of course, Hahn is courteous to make a point: there is a larger danger on our streets. Watching an SUV driver rudely inch into a crosswalk, Hahn observes the most important rule of the road: “Your destination is no more important than anyone else’s,” he says.

But most of all, Clarence Eckerson’s film is a fun romp. (Come for the George Hahn hamsteak, but stay for the Ken Coughlin soundbite at the very end.)

Follow George Hahn on Twitter @georgehahn.

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