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A Hair-Raising Ride
Edited by Jack McCallum
December 13, 1993
Aficionados of the sitcom Seinfeld might be wondering about the mountain bike that hangs on a wall in Jerry's apartment, even though the title character rarely does anything sweaty. It's there because Kramer, the big-haired sidekick played by Michael Richards (above), is a biking enthusiast who told the set decorator that a bike would give the apartment a more interesting look than a bookcase.
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December 13, 1993

A Hair-raising Ride

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Aficionados of the sitcom Seinfeld might be wondering about the mountain bike that hangs on a wall in Jerry's apartment, even though the title character rarely does anything sweaty. It's there because Kramer, the big-haired sidekick played by Michael Richards (above), is a biking enthusiast who told the set decorator that a bike would give the apartment a more interesting look than a bookcase.

The character is a man of manic entrances and exits, but the actor says he rides "purely for the pleasure." That attitude evolved after he took a horrific fall two years ago while preparing for the Kamikaze, a California downhill bike event. "I went off the side of the mountain and fell through an oak tree, which broke my fall," says Richards, 43. "I got up and heard a voice in my head say, You just can't ride like this."

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