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Bike Snob NYC 03. Oktober, 19:03 Uhr

Sorry for the delay, I was engaged in important and tedious business I can assure you was no fun whatsoever.I did actually have business to attend to while I was out but I don't have to account for myself to you.Anyway, I'm pleased to let you know my latest Outside column is up and it's all about the cyclocross:(Spoiler alert: no.)I should say that it's been a number of years since I last threw...

Bike Snob NYC 12. Oktober, 18:44 Uhr

Well, with more cyclists than ever taking to the streets the Wall Street Journal wants to remind us all that whatever happens to us is our fault, and you can read all about it in the Bike Forecast:I've since gotten the text of the accompanying article, and guess what it's fixated on?Dr. Cook bikes to work from a Boston suburb, he says, enlisting a helmet, flashing lights and “obnoxiously”...

Bike Snob NYC 18. Oktober, 18:09 Uhr

This morning I off-fucked for a ride because I'm a bike blogger goddamn it and if you can't take a ride once in awhile then what the hell is the point?As you can see from my Strava, the ride was wholly unremarkable in both distance and duration, though it was quite enjoyable nonetheless.  I find that 20 miles is the ideal distance for the busy cyclist in that it's short enough to work into your...

Bike Snob NYC 19. Oktober, 19:42 Uhr

Apologies for the late post, my cat flushed herself down the toilet again.  Given the lateness of the hour I won't keep you, but I will let you know that on Wednesday, October 25th, this is happening:Join us for a fast-paced hour of ideas, entrepreneurs and bikes, capturing the exciting things happening in the bike industry at DRAFT: NYC in Brooklyn.Directions: 61 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint,...

Bike Snob NYC 05. Oktober, 17:59 Uhr

John Forester is a controversial figure in the world of bicycle advocacy.  Forester said that "cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles," and he was against the idea of separate facilities because be believed it was safer to pretend that you're a Lincoln Continental.  While this view has more or less fallen out of favor as the very existence of places like...

Bike Snob NYC 04. Oktober, 17:05 Uhr

As I mentioned yesterday, I managed to work an all-terrain bicycle ride into my day, for which I selected my Marin Pine Mountain 1 (though currently the equivalent bike is simply the "Pine Mountain," and it's green):It occurred to me as I rode that it's now been just a month shy of two years since I've taken delivery of this bike, I figured I'd update you on matters, since ostensibly this is a...

Bike Snob NYC 10. Oktober, 15:03 Uhr

Firstly, I've got a new Outside column:It's all about how you should never carry more than one water bottle and how gooey energy food is stupid.Also, in Thursday's post I had the nerve to poke fun at a 1970s cycling technique video:Seems to me that if anything remains fair game for laughs in this world it should be dated helmet technology, but somehow I managed to instill the ire of a small...

Bike Snob NYC 17. Oktober, 17:14 Uhr

Yesterday I mentioned how a bunch of hurt-in-the-butt suspension bicycle owners on Facebook were aghast at my suggestion that it's possible to ride a rigid bike, (I guess your butt gets very sensitive when you coddle it with suspension all the time), and now it appears that Bicycling magazine's Facebook is under siege by a cadre of "bike industry farts:"A+ thread in which @BicyclingMag editors...

Bike Snob NYC 13. Oktober, 19:32 Uhr

Sorry I'm late, a short ride may have happened:I really like that bike.  There's really not much you can't do on a metal bike with medium reach rim brakes.  (Or "rime breaks" in Craigslist.)  Also, if you live in New York City, here's the secret to happiness:1) Easy access to the subway;2) Easy access to a 20-mile loop that doesn't involve laps.Everything else is gravy.Anyway, with the weekend...

Bike Snob NYC 02. Oktober, 18:45 Uhr

As you know, recently I wrote a column for Outside about the virtues of riding to the ride:As you may also know, a high percentage of people who leave comments on Outside's Facebook page are apparently idiots.  In addition to the person who stated that "there wouldn't be ANY roads without cars" (that's not just stupid, that's "holy fuck" stupid), there are also people who just plain miss the...

Bike Snob NYC 11. Oktober, 18:09 Uhr

Actually, that's not true, I've been busy trying to get rid of this car:If it's not gone by Friday you will find me crucified on the hood in an act of protest.Moving on, the New York Times tends to arrive fashionably late when it comes to reporting on cultural trends, but here's a case in which a semi-professional bike blogger scooped them by a decade:Of course, @bikesnobnyc was onto this a...

Bike Snob NYC 16. Oktober, 17:40 Uhr

Life can be overwhelming, and at one point or another we all feel ourselves buckling under the crushing weight of work and responsibility.  Add to that a few dispiriting news stories and it's enough to stop you dead in your tracks.  That's why it's important to indulge yourself in a guilty pleasure every now and again, and some of my favorites these days include eating ice cream and crying,...

Bike Snob NYC 06. Oktober, 14:18 Uhr

Go ahead and put your pencils away, because instead of administering a quiz I'm dismissing you all early.You're welcome.Also, Monday is Columbus Day, which is still a thing despite all the imperialist implications as well as Columbus's unsettlingly long index finger:Yes, even in New York City the schools will be closed, though there has been talk of rebranding the holiday as Index Finger Day:By...

Bike Snob NYC 29. September, 16:50 Uhr

Further to yesterday's post, you'll be pleased to know I have attained acceptable braking on the Smugness Flotilla:I bled the brakes again, but differently, based on some instructions I found on a trials forum.  (Trials riders like hydrolic rime breaks, apparently.)  Clearly there was air in the system, though I wouldn't rule out the possibility that I introduced that air myself yesterday....

Bike Snob NYC 19. April, 18:02 Uhr

Remember awhile back when I said that there was a 59% chance I'd curate some kind of Pre-Fondon't?And remember how I said that if it did happen I'd give you short notice?Well, here's your short notice:Yes, that's right, THIS VERY SATURDAY, I'll lead whoever feels like it on a moderate-length mixed-terrain ride.  Then, we'll stop for beers, which I'm pretty sure I can get one of my generous...

Bike Snob NYC 28. September, 19:43 Uhr

This morning I endeavored to perform some much-needed and long-deferred maintenance on my WorkCycles FR8:Mainly, the bike needed:1) New tires;2) Brake fluid (yes, those are hydraulic rim brake--or, in Craigslist speak, "hydrolic rime breaks").Now as you know, I make a point of doing my own bike repairs, in spite of the fact I am hopelessly inept:So with a fistful of tools and a head full of...

Bike Snob NYC 18. April, 13:00 Uhr

Well, you missed one heck of a talk about the mountainous biking yesterday evening, unless you didn't:(A state-of-the-art mountain bike.)By the way, regarding the bike above...titanium rims?Spinergy titanium rims, 21 speeds, dual mountain and street bike. Bike is a mountain bike that has been updated to ride in mountains and streets. Price negotiable. contact Jeff. I certainly don't remember...

Bike Snob NYC 27. September, 16:40 Uhr

Watch out everybody, because here come the E-Freds! Yep, same Fredly bikes you're used to, only with the added benefit of having to ravage the earth for lithium:Yamaha evidently "soft-launched" these at Interbike:“In some ways from a Yamaha global perspective, the U.S. market is sort of the place for outdoor recreation,” Trester said.Engelmann said Yamaha will sell through IBDs and...

Bike Snob NYC 17. April, 13:24 Uhr

***Importent Reminder***Tonight this is happening:Rest assured that I've been preparing assiduously--not by working on my presentation (I still have no idea what I'm going to say) but by riding one of those stupid all-terrain bicycles with only one gear ratio:And then going to the taco truck:I've also got caps and stuff from Walz to give away, and according to UPS there's a box o' coffee from...

Bike Snob NYC 26. September, 17:45 Uhr

Yes, here it is, the slightly belated Outside column you've all been waiting for:It's all about how driving to rides is stupid, which is ironic because like the very next day I drove my son somewhere so we could ride our bikes:I'm nothing if not a gigantic hypocrite.Anyway, thanks for your patience, and I'll see you back here exactly when I return and not a moment sooner.--Wildcat Rock Machine

Bike Snob NYC 25. September, 18:02 Uhr

As you know, I am a staunch opponent of the phrase "On your left!"  I even wrote a column for Outside about it.  Plus, when the New York Cycling Club naively asked me to speak at their monthly meeting the other day I hijacked the entire event and harangued them at length on the subject of the hated phrase.Clearly, the complete elimination of "On your left!" from the cycling lexicon has become...

Bike Snob NYC 13. April, 14:24 Uhr

So tomorrow is Good Friday.What's so good about it?I won't be posting, that's what!I will, however, be back on Monday, April 17th with regular(ish) updates, and of course the Bike Forecast will continue unmolested.Another wonderful thing about Monday is that I'll be bloviating about the burgeoning pastime of "all-terrain bicycling" at the REI in the popular South of Houston* neighborhood in...

Bike Snob NYC 22. September, 18:53 Uhr

At some point or another I'm assuming there will be a new Outside post, but pending that I'm pleased to present you with a quiz.  As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer.  If you're right you'll rejoice, and if you're wrong you'll see gumption.Thanks very much, ride safe, and boom shanka.--Wildcat Rock Machine1) Who is David Lappartient?--The French Minister of the...

Bike Snob NYC 12. April, 17:33 Uhr

Do you long to be liberated from the chains of drivechains?  Do you dream of a bike with the mag wheels of a vintage BMX freestyler, the dork factor of a folder, and the geometry of an early 19th century Laufmaschine?  Well, your wait is finally at an end, thanks to...this thing: Of course the bicycle took its current form like 130 years ago and since then we haven't looked back.  (Especially...

Bike Snob NYC 21. September, 17:40 Uhr

Firstly, Sha Na Na Tovah to all my Jewish friends:Did I say it right?Secondly, I recommend you check out today's Bike Forecast for your reading enjoyment:It's all about a recent Inside Edition story that reduces human beings to a swarm of locusts and abets the auto-industrial complex's ongoing attempt to criminalize cycling.Moving on, the UCI has elected a new president:So what does this mean?...

Bike Snob NYC 11. April, 14:18 Uhr

(Does that sticker say "I [heart] TRI or I [heart] TRUMP?")Visiting Gothamist yesterday, the headline "How To Bike In NYC Without Being A Jerk" caught my eye:"Oh, great," I thought to myself.  "Another blowhard whining about how those crazy 'bikers' don't follow the law."  So I rolled up my sleeves and got ready to pick the thing apart, only to find out the story was in fact mine:It's always...

Bike Snob NYC 20. September, 15:41 Uhr

Further to Monday's post, here's a fun one:I like @EmotionalHangs but was blown away by De Rosa arguing that he has the right to do violence to cyclists. https://t.co/V5JobGbixS— Aaron Naparstek (@Naparstek) September 18, 2017As we all know, every time a motorist parks a car they're doing something monumentally important.  Indeed, it's a monumental engineering feat as significant as the Moon...

Bike Snob NYC 10. April, 13:51 Uhr

As I've mentioned before, the terms of my blogging contract stipulate that when New York City public schools are closed so am I, and of course New York City schools are closed this week (and part of next) for Spring Recess.Nevertheless, because I am cursed with a strong work ethic, I will continue to post during this time (though I do reserve the right to truncate posts or even fuck off...

Bike Snob NYC 19. September, 17:45 Uhr

There I was, all ready to curate an ample serving of the day's mediocrity, when I got a call from the Apple factory informing me that my littlest kiddie is sick:(Not my kid.  When my kid's sick he gets really pissed off and goes for your nuts.)That meant I had to go pick him up, because a sick kid can't properly assemble the new iPhone X and it's a real drain on productivity.Worst part is they...

Bike Snob NYC 18. September, 16:21 Uhr

Cycling: it's the closest you can get to the sensation of flight without leaving the ground.  (Not counting the inhalation of spray-on deodorant through a bath towel, of course.)  Whether you're riding to work, riding to the store, or just riding for no reason at all, you feel like you're miles above the ground, and once you're seduced by the kinetics of riding a bike you need it to feed your...

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