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Bike Snob NYC 07. Dezember, 19:04 Uhr

The search for a way to protect cyclists from the elements is as old as the bicycle itself:And while we still haven't found the perfect solution:We are certainly living in a golden age of precipitation-repelling technology.  Given this, in the interest of preserving this water-averse watershed for posterity, I have undertaken a brief survey of some of the more innovative products currently...

Bike Snob NYC 12. Dezember, 18:08 Uhr

As the holidays approach, it's important to gather together with friends and family and remember that in general human beings are self-interested sleazeballs.  Consider this Twitter thread, which I mentioned on the Bike Forecast, and which I feel warrants some additional treatment here:I was biking to a community mtg. tonight when I saw multiple vehicles driving in the 3rd Ave. bike lane.A man...

Bike Snob NYC 05. Dezember, 20:16 Uhr

All right, that's it, I'm moving to Carmel:Do I know which Carmel?  No, it was not immediately clear from the article which state this is.  But when I see an opportunity to mold an entire city in my image--and get paid for it--you'd better believe I take it:The Carmel City Council is considering whether to add a new paid city employee as a bicycle program administrator. The position could be...

Bike Snob NYC 06. Dezember, 20:07 Uhr

Sorry I'm late!  What a morning!  First I had to drop off urine at the doctor's office, then I had to pick up a receptacle for my compost (yes, New York City is composting now, eat that Portland), and by the time I was done I hardly had any time left to fork off for a ride.But I did anyway:While I usually head north and beyond the city limits today I felt like a plainclothes, flat-pedal spin...

Bike Snob NYC 14. Dezember, 20:26 Uhr

The day has slipped through my fingers like a drinking glass proffered by Mario Cipollini (because it's all greasy obviously) and so as a shiny distraction I present you with this video about bespoke bicycles: I gather we're supposed to think the bike is expensive but it doesn't really seem like that much:Then again testing a $10,000 wooden bicycle may have totally blown the bottom out of my...

Bike Snob NYC 30. November, 19:30 Uhr

Firstly, would you look at that, it's another Outside column!I certainly put the "pro" in prolific.Secondly, on Monday I talked about the wood bike and since then I've performed some scientific experimentation.  Specifically, I took the fancy crabon wheels off of it and put them on my Ritte:Which in turn made the Renovo the recipient of a pair of cheap pre-built Shimanos:The idea here was...

Bike Snob NYC 29. November, 13:48 Uhr

Good morning!  Hey, would you look at that, it's a new Outside column!Basically, it's all about how the importance of making eye contact with drivers is yet another in the endless series of myths to which cyclists are subjected.Also, I'd like to address this comment from yesterday's post:Anonymous said...Why is the suspension-correction bugging you? Sheesh, you are really pin-holing yourself as...

Bike Snob NYC 01. Dezember, 21:12 Uhr

Wait a minute--could it be?  Why yes!  It's another Outside column!They should just let me write the whole damn magazine already.Moving on, I'm pleased to announce I treated myself to a bicycle ride this morning.  No wood, no crabon, just a metal bike with metal wheels:(Milwaukee)I am extremely fond of this bicycle--it's my favorite bendy-bar bike--and really when it comes down to it is there...

Bike Snob NYC 13. Dezember, 18:12 Uhr

Well, it was bound to happen:Yes, noted asthmatic and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome appears to have taken one huff too many:The cycling world woke up to a bombshell Wednesday: Cycling superstar Chris Froome could be facing a racing ban after urine tests revealed elevated levels of Salbutamol during the 2017 Vuelta a España.Details were confirmed by Team Sky and later the UCI...

Bike Snob NYC 27. November, 15:42 Uhr

...aaand we're back.When last we met I'd been getting acquainted with two (2) pieces of bicycling equipment.  One was the Jones H-Bar, with which I equipped my 27.5+ all-terrain bicycle:And the other was the Renovo Aerowood, a complete bicycle featuring the latest in Fredware such as crabon wheels and electronical shifting, as well as plenty of, you know, wood:So did I get a chance to spend...

Bike Snob NYC 11. Dezember, 13:29 Uhr

Good morning!  Firstly, awhile back I was a guest on Lifehacker's "The Upgrade" podcast, and I see from the Twitter this morning that now the episode is ready to go into your ears:https://t.co/9P7pjKZ3KI A great interview about urban cycling by @bikesnobnyc . Love it! @IBIKEDublin @dublincycling— Chris Costello (@costellochris) December 11, 2017 Don't worry, I won't judge you if you listen to...

Bike Snob NYC 04. Dezember, 18:46 Uhr

Uh-oh, I'm worried, nobody on Outside's Facebook page has said they're going to stop reading forever because of my column about how driving kids to school sucks:You also have to wonder that if even that crowd agrees we shouldn't drive our kids to school then why the hell do we keep driving our kids to school?Well, obviously it's a rhetorical question, and the answer is that we're all massive...

Bike Snob NYC 28. November, 16:19 Uhr

Okay, so further to yesterday's post, let's talk about handlebars now:Back in November 2015--so two years ago now, time sure does fly like a motorized Cancellara, doesn't it?--I took delivery of a Marin Pine Mountain 1 (now just the "Pine Mountan"):I wanted to try the Renovo because it isn't often you get to ride a $10,000 wooden bike with push-button shifting, but I jumped at the opportunity...

Bike Snob NYC 08. Dezember, 21:00 Uhr

It's Friday, which means it's time for my latest Outside column!I know what I'm talking about, too, because believe it or not there was a time when I used to ride the trainer.  Now of course I know better, and I'd give absolutely anything to have all those hours back.  And you know what I'd do with them?  Absolutely nothing.  I'd sit on my ass and watch TV, because that's exactly what I should...

Bike Snob NYC 15. Dezember, 20:53 Uhr

So here we are, Friday, December 15th, and not only am I failing to keep the Christ in Christmas, but I also neglected to keep the Dinosaur in Hanukkah:I can't tell you how hard I'm kicking myself for not ordering that right now.Oh well, there's always next year.Anyway, what with the holidays and the year winding down and all the rest of it I am sort of wrapping this blog up until Tuesday,...

Bike Snob NYC 16. Juni, 17:35 Uhr

Sorry (not really) to be late (not really), but I treated myself to some much-needed saddle time this morning:It's hard to believe that it's been over two years already since I took delivery of the Milwaukee, and my fondness for it has only increased during that time.  At this time of year the bike goes fenderless, and I'm taking advantage of the additional clearance to run/rub/palp some 32mm...

Bike Snob NYC 15. Juni, 17:47 Uhr

After a night of uneasy dreams in which I was being chased by Roberto Heras:I awoke in a cold sweat only to realize it's only a few more days until the Brompton World Championship race in New York City:In which, as a budding Bromptonaut, I will obviously take part:Plus, you know, I've got that suit:As a semi-professional bike blogger I have scant opportunity to wear a suit, and if it weren't...

Bike Snob NYC 14. Juni, 17:40 Uhr

So hey, guess what?  This blog's 10!If you're wondering what to get me, according to Hallmark 10 years is either aluminum or diamonds:So if you want to go modern, might I suggest a jewel-encrusted Cipollini: Cipollini RB1K Luxury Edition from Mcipollini on Vimeo.Or, if you're the traditional sort, how about a used Jamis?I'm cool with either--or both!Most years I forget my Blog-A-Versary, or my...

Bike Snob NYC 13. Juni, 13:58 Uhr

You may recall that not too long ago I attended my local community board meeting in support of the city's plan to upgrade the deadly drag strip that separates me from the city's third-largest park:Well, last night the board met again to vote on an idiotic resolution designed to basically scuttle the whole thing, and with the taste of stupid still lingering in my mouth I hopped on the WorkCycles...

Bike Snob NYC 21. November, 21:25 Uhr

Remember how I said I'd pop back in if there's a new Outside column?  There's a new outside column:It's all a part of my mission to normalize cycling, or my blithe disregard for bicycle safety, whichever you prefer.(And in case you missed it you should read my motördoping column too.)Okay, now time to lube up the ol' blunderbuss and bag me a turkey.  See you on Monday (unless there's some more...

Bike Snob NYC 17. November, 20:14 Uhr

***UPDATE***Hey, look at that, it's the latest Outside column!Now back to our regularly scheduled post about scheduling.Okay, let's get right down to business: American Thanksgiving!Apologies for the graphic, I had to repurpose one because American Thanksgiving is so obscure.So yeah, next Thursday is American Thanksgiving, which means two things:1) Our president will pardon a turkey, even...

Bike Snob NYC 07. Juni, 16:17 Uhr

A rare photo of @bikesnobnyc pic.twitter.com/mWws79dtMD— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) June 7, 2017 Tomorrow, Thursday, June 8th, the city's schools are closed:(That's today meaning tomorrow.  Meaning Thursday.  You know what I mean.)Therefore in accordance with my blogging contract, I won't be updating this blog tomorrow.  Instead, I'll be doing some skateboarding and then going to see the...

Bike Snob NYC 16. November, 19:30 Uhr

Please forgive my tardiness, brevity, and so forth, but you know those weeks were everything goes wrong and life in general just seems like an unmitigated disaster?Well thank goodness it hasn't been that kind of a week at all.Nevertheless, I've been rather busy, so once again I'm compelled to keep it short.  I do, however, urge you to contemplate this image:I've posted a photo of this vehicle...

Bike Snob NYC 06. Juni, 14:16 Uhr

Bike companies and Kickstarter entrepreneurs have been pushing the concept of the "smart bike" for awhile now.  Consider for example the VanMoof SmartBike, which incorporates such features as theft tracking and keyless entry:The smartest thing on wheels.The VanMoof SmartBike is unlike any other bike. Not only will it ship with anti-theft parts and tracking that make it terrifying to bike...

Bike Snob NYC 15. November, 12:45 Uhr

Today's post must needs be brief again as I am headed down to this thing:We're interviewing @bikesnobnyc & @BrooklynSpoke on The Upgrade. Send questions! https://t.co/oFUZb0u7kX pic.twitter.com/9ndYOCj3YM— Lifehacker (@lifehacker) November 14, 2017 I look forward to fielding many questions about why those damn bikers think the laws don't apply to them.Rest assured however that I have not...

Bike Snob NYC 05. Juni, 15:07 Uhr

I'm pleased to report that this past weekend I enjoyed an all-terrain bicycle ride on Ol' Piney:And if you're one of the people who tweeted, emailed, or commented, YES I KNOW ABOUT THE FORK RECALL:Not only do I know about it, but I've already received and installed the replacement fork, so there.And what is it with the smug, gleeful, "I told you so!" tone people adopt when they're alerting you...

Bike Snob NYC 14. November, 16:07 Uhr

This post will be short, because things are happening.  In fact, as I type this the Jones-ification of Ol' Piney is well underway:Actually, that's a bit of an oversimplification, since I had to temporarily cease my Jones-ifying endeavors in order to type this.  But you know what I mean.If you're just tuning in, basically what happened was that I went to install these bars last week, but the...

Bike Snob NYC 13. November, 19:45 Uhr

Well, I've done no rides on the wooden bike subsequent to the Outside column I shared on Friday, mostly because it was bitter cold and that's not when I want to be riding an aero bike with skinny tires.  Instead, I sought shelter in the woods and took a ride on Ol' Piney:Subsequent to my thwarted attempt last Thursday I still hope to have the bike Jones-ified by the end of this week, though...

Bike Snob NYC 10. November, 15:31 Uhr

***Edit: the new Outside post is up, and it's all about the Renovo!***And now back to today's post.It's Friday, which means at some point Outside will probably publish my latest column, assuming it passes muster:No no, that's passes muster.Damn AI virtual photo editor.Anyway as soon as they do I'll let you know when it happens.Of course ,my last column was all about drop bars:And my favorite...

Bike Snob NYC 09. November, 18:20 Uhr

Hello, and welcome to the BSNYC Tech Beat, where we give you the low-down on all the hot new cutting-edge components:Firstly, if you're among the legions of people awaiting a report on the Jones H-Bar:Which I received last week:I have some good news, and I have some bad news.The good news is that I finally carved some time out from my busy schedule this morning in order to install them on my...

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