Rather than enjoying the dubious deals of Black Friday, I had a nice ride on the crossbike miles from the nearest shopping mall.


But while I was dodging fat squirrels, it occurred to me that the biggest shopping day of the year might have been all that much “more blacker” (in the Spinal Tap sense of the comparative) if Chanel had managed to roll out that $13,000 commuter bike they’ve got planned for “the Spring 2008 line.”

Nothing says “ignore all economic indicators” like a five-figure steel bike from a perfume manufacturer.