July 20, 2009
Bikini Cyclist reveals all to fans
A nearly-nude cyclist, dubbed the Classy Tallahassee Bikini Bicyclist, in the Florida capital has become a bona fide local celebrity, residents say.
A Facebook group dedicated to the Bikini Cyclist -- real name Richard Irby, 55 -- has gathered more than 1,000 members, and numerous fans turned out at a recent meet-and-greet to meet the man behind the bicycle, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Monday.Irby, appearing fully dressed at Helen's Silver Bullet Diner, revealed to fans that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a car while in high school. He said he still has difficulty walking and speaking, but bicycling is what makes him feel free.
I ride in a bikini because it's comfortable,'' said Irby, who is known to communicate while cycling only by flashing the peace sign at fans and detractors alike. I just love to ride my bike."