The Bikini Bicyclist — the large, middle-aged, mostly hairless man who rides a fat-tired bike along Tallahassee streets while wearing a headband, a good-luck medallion and a spectacularly tiny thong — may have pushed the boundaries a bit too far.
The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that Richard Irby, 55, known around the state capital as "Speedo Man,'' has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for exposing himself in three different instances. Irby was booked into the Leon County Jail at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
St. Petersburg Times reporter Jeff Klinkenberg wrote an extensive profile of Irby in July. In it, Klinkenberg reported that Irby suffered a traumatic brain injury while in high school.
Almost four decades later, he still walks and speaks with difficulty. Problems with concentration and a tendency to behave oddly keep him from working. He pays bills with government disability checks.
Irmy moved to Tallahassee a decade ago to be closer to family. His bike is his sole means of transportation and his greatest pleasure. When he rides his bike, he feels utterly alive. About two summers ago, tired of riding in the heat, he shed most of his clothing and metamorphosed into the Bikini Bicyclist.
The Democrat says a resident at a mobile home park saw Irby wearing only a blue thong with his genitals exposed on Aug. 17. The incident was caught on video surveillance, but it was inconclusive as to whether Irby was exposed.
Four days later, the mobile home park's owner told police that two other people also had seen Irby exposed.