Video: Ed Oxley’s bizarre ‘Vain Vagrant’ an amazing piece of mountain bike film noir

Sequel to 'The Chop' is equally macabre and kind of awesome


Though Ed Oxley accumulates wages as the proprietor of UK-based mountain bike instruction firm Great Rock, teaching people to ride is barely the skin level of this very complex onion of a man. Truth-to-tell we’re at a loss to describe Oxley in his surreal totality, except to say there’s a heavy dose of art percolating in the area above and behind his sumptuous facial hair.


Some things simply need to be experienced and enjoyed rather than understood. And Ed Oxley is one of those things. And should you enjoy Vain Vagrant, click over to The Chop for a prequel of similar macabre proportions.

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About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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