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Bike Snob NYC
31. Januar, 20:26 Uhr

So the "polar vortex" has rolled into town, which meant it was pretty cold this morning:That's America Freedom Degrees too, not that sell-see-us crap.Now, before I go on, I realize that to you hardy types in the midwest this isn't even particularly cold:("I don't even bother with knee warmers when it's that warm.")But please try to keep in mind that everything's relative, and anyway, it's not a...

Bike Snob NYC
30. Januar, 20:02 Uhr

Okay, who out there has been following the saga of my creaky Renovo?Hello?Where did everybody go?Well, I'll go on anyway just in case if anybody happens to wander by at any point.Anyway, after swapping wheels and checking bolts and doing all the stuff you're supposed to do when a bike is creaking the sound persisted, and so I essentially just surrendered to it and decided the bike was going to...

Bike Snob NYC
07. Februar, 15:56 Uhr

If I might redirect you briefly to the Bike Forecast, I feel compared to share with you the current state of affairs here in New York City.  Basically, in response to the death of a cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver, the NYPD is ticketing people on bikes...for stuff that isn't even illegal:For those of you not from NYC, the NYPD is apparently giving tickets for riding without a...

Bike Snob NYC
08. Februar, 15:27 Uhr

You know what I love about America?  Completely unqualified people get to give parenting advice in mainstream media outlets:And yes, I do realize that telling people not to bother with fancy bikes for their kids when my own kid rides an Islabikes is wantonly hypocritical, at least on the surface of it:However, keep in mind I never said you shouldn't give them a fancy bike if it falls into your...

Bike Snob NYC
12. Februar, 16:37 Uhr

Like most Americans I live in a state of ignorance, and as such I had no idea Bhutan is apparently a cycling paradise:Dragon Kings who ride bikes?  Epic Himalayan trails?  Sideburns???A fervent bicycle culture has seen rapid development in Bhutan. Its northern border with Tibet runs along a treacherous seam of the Eastern Himalayan mountain range, which has historically protected the...

Bike Snob NYC
13. Februar, 18:44 Uhr

Further to yesterday's post, while the Ironic Orange Julius Bike is the clear leader in my own personal cruddy drivetrain competition, thanks to yesterday's snowfall the Milwaukee is quickly closing in:It may not look that bad from afar (poor rear fender line notwithstanding), but get a load of this:I did lube it and wipe it down after riding so hopefully I can keep it working at least until...

Bike Snob NYC
05. Februar, 14:33 Uhr

As I mentioned recently, last week the icy perineum of the Polar Vortex descended upon the New York City area.  By the weekend however it was beginning to relent, and on Sunday I headed out for a ride:While I've joked about using the Renovo as a rain bike (by the way, the creaking is still there despite my recent cassette swap), the truth it that it's my trusty Milwaukee that sees me through...

Bike Snob NYC
15. Februar, 20:26 Uhr

Before we begin, two things:1) If you popped in yesterday looking for me, you may have noticed I wasn't here.  This is because it's been a bit of a hectic week, owing to the fact my four year-old managed to bust his collar bone the other day--and before you ask, no, he wasn't wearing a helmet.  Then again, he also wasn't riding a bike either.  See, here in the Bronx we have lots of rocky...

Bike Snob NYC
28. Januar, 16:44 Uhr

Last week, following the revelation that I am riding a new road bike, I received a fresh wave of accusations that I had sold out, or "jumped the shark" (presumably from people still accessing the Internet via dial-up modem and AOL given the hoariness of the expression), or other hackneyed phrases denoting the forfeiture of integrity.While my addressing these comments may seem defensive, I can...

Bike Snob NYC
17. August, 14:53 Uhr

Good morning from the Jewel of the Willamette!I'm just popping in to let you know that my new Outside column is up, and it's about how parking in the bike lane, even briefly, is indeed a big deal:In fact, between my starting this column and finishing it an Australian tourist in New York City was killed after a livery cab driver pulled into the bike lane in which she was riding, and while I may...

Bike Snob NYC
15. August, 18:07 Uhr

Today's post will be brief as I'm preparing for a short trip out of town.  I'm not telling where I'm going, but let's just say it's a city in Oregon that's the subject of a comedy show starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein:So why am I going to Portland?  (Aw, shit, I just gave it away.)  Well I'd love to say I'm going out there for a lovely relaxing weekend of getting my beard oiled and...

Bike Snob NYC
25. Januar, 20:14 Uhr

Further to yesterday's post, a commenter asked:Anonymous JLRB said...The old post you linked to included the following - have you exceeded stage four and returned to stage 1?1) FreshThis is when you're an utter dork who's like totally super-stoked on bikes and you fall all over yourself because Shimano figured out how to squeeze another cog onto a wheel and you do stupid stuff like wake up at...

Bike Snob NYC
14. August, 18:08 Uhr

Further to yesterday's post, in a fit of extreme dorkitude I delved deeply into the geometry numbers of the Milwaukee and the Renovo to see if they indeed quantified my impressions of how each performed in a race.  Here's the Milwaukee product page:And here's the Renovo page:Furthermore, by way of having a full-on Fred racing bike to compare them to, I used a Specialized S-Works Tarmac:By the...

Bike Snob NYC
24. Januar, 16:21 Uhr

Further to yesterday's post, a commenter commented thusly with the following commentary:Chazu said...My jaw dropped a little when I read this. Partly because I'm a slack-jawed yokel, and partly because you admitted to purchasing a crabon bike. Mostly the latter.January 23, 2019 at 2:52 PMNow, to be clear, this is by no means my first dalliance with the crabon.  Indeed, like any Fred, when...

Bike Snob NYC
13. August, 14:52 Uhr

As a semi-professional blogger it is my duty to review exotic and/or category-defining bicycles.  Exquisite wooden Fred sleds:Go-anywhere adventure machines:And of course cutting-edge, disruptive re-imaginings of the road bike itself:Nevertheless, it's important not to lose sight of the sheer utility that a good old-fashioned reasonably-priced drop-bar bicycle--such as one built upon...

Bike Snob NYC
23. Januar, 19:14 Uhr

Hey there!So what day is it?Eh, whatever, it doesn't matter.When last we spoke I'd been taking advantage of the dry/frozen conditions to ride the Jones:On that particular Thursday, rather than ride the Forbidding Trails Behind The Mall, I continued north on the Old Croton Aqueduct to a small town park:Which is pleasantly scenic: And also contains some fun trails:A 30-ish mile mixed bag of dirt,...

Bike Snob NYC
17. Januar, 19:29 Uhr

Ostensibly this is a bike blog, so here's a column about scooters!It's sort of fascinating how, whenever a new non-car transit mode presents itself, the most pressing issue for policy makers and researchers is: "How do we make people wear little foam hats while they use it?"Well, that and preserving car parking.If we could travel back in time to 1925 and pass a nationwide motorist helmet law...

Bike Snob NYC
09. August, 18:56 Uhr

As promised, here is my comprehensive mainstream publication review of the cutting-edge new Drysdale Special gravel/adventure/all-road bike!Here's the TLDR:Buy It If: You like to reach down to shiftForget It If: You think "lug" is WASP for "schlep"Get yours here!

Bike Snob NYC
08. August, 19:11 Uhr

Hello!It's been a wild 24 hours of hot and wild cycling action here at BSNYC/WCRM/TT headquarters--hot because it's been like 90 degrees every day, and wild because yesterday I did this:And today I did this:The first top tube pictured is of course that of the Drysdale, which I review in detail in a forthcoming Outside column.  Pending that, I'll just say I've really fallen for this thing in a...

Bike Snob NYC
07. August, 15:59 Uhr

Despite our mutual appreciation for bicycles, David Byrne and I don't have very much in common.  For example, he's had a long and successful music career, whereas my own was short-lived, comprised entirely of my disastrous audition to become Metallica's bass player after the departure of Jason Newsted:I totally nailed the intro to "Peace Sells," but unfortunately it turns out it's not one of...

Bike Snob NYC
15. Januar, 17:03 Uhr

Subsequent to yesterday's post a reader asked the following:STG said...Snob, what are the forbidden trails behind the mall? Do you ever ride your Jones at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill?January 14, 2019 at 2:31 PMBefore anything else, I should stress that The Trails Behind The Mall are not "forbidden," they are forbidding--I mean, they're not really forbidding.  There are definitely...

Bike Snob NYC
14. Januar, 17:33 Uhr

It's been rather cold here in New York:This is a good thing, because after months of heavy rain the ground is now frozen, meaning I can finally do some proper rides on the Jones Plus SWB Complete.  So this past weekend that's what I did:With just a short time to ride on Saturday morning, and with temperatures well below 30 American Freedom Degrees™, the prospect of a road ride seemed terribly...

Bike Snob NYC
02. August, 18:49 Uhr

When it comes to reviewing bicycles, you'll hear a lot of "laterally stiff" this, and "vertically compliant" that, but not a lot of HARD SCIENCE--which is why I, in the name of the very hardest of sciences, went for another ride today.Sadly, I don't have any photos from that ride as my phone died, so here is a picture of my cat:So what made this ride scientific?  Well, I undertook almost...

Bike Snob NYC
01. August, 18:15 Uhr

As I mentioned yesterday, I've got a lot to test--and it ain't just limited to awesome stuff people send me, either.  I've also got to test out New York City's infrastructure, which is where I've been today:Let's do this. pic.twitter.com/d6l6AZSbWW— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) August 1, 2018 See, we just got Jump bikes in the Bronx, and as the curator of the Bike Forecast it was recumbent upon...

Bike Snob NYC
11. Januar, 18:26 Uhr

In my most recent Outside column I pointed out that you can make your road bike safer by raising your bars and reducing your reach, and in response a commenter had this to say:Anonymous said..."You don’t have to drop the drops, but you should bring them higher up and farther back. Not only will this improve your stability, but it will also keep you from pulling a Superman should you manage to...

Bike Snob NYC
31. Juli, 20:40 Uhr

Sorry for my absence, I was out doing important research:That is of course the Drysdale from Classic Cycle, which I've been remiss in riding, and so I corrected that by heading out today in high Retro-Fred style right down to the shoes:Rest assured I'll be providing a thorough accounting in due course.Also, just as I was in the middle of lashing my feet to the pedals, the FedEx guy emerged from...

Bike Snob NYC
10. Januar, 14:04 Uhr

Here in Canada's barnacle-ridden hull, many of our problems seem to stem from the fact that we're afraid of the wrong things.  Our obsession with guns, walls, and gigantic cars are all by-products of our abiding paranoia.  Meanwhile, we're deathly afraid of doing something as benign as riding a bike:Cycling's pretty safe to begin with, and by approaching it with common sense we can make it even...

Bike Snob NYC
30. Juli, 18:51 Uhr

***My fellow New Yorkers: Sign the Complete the Concourse petition.  Thank you***In my most recent Outside column I wrote about old bike stuff that still works good:One of those stuffs was inner tubes, about which I had this to say:Well, wouldn't you know it, shortly after sharing this column last Friday I headed out on the Jones SWB Complete for a ride:It was one of those rides that was so...

Bike Snob NYC
08. Januar, 16:51 Uhr

As I touched upon in that Banjo Brothers thing, I still enjoy riding in the city, even when I'm riding purely "recreationally" and can go wherever I want:Oh sure, urban riding comes with its fair share of frustrations:But it also has a lot going for it, especially at this time of year.  See, if you leave the city in the fall you've got all that foliage to gawk at:And in the springtime...

Bike Snob NYC
27. Juli, 13:55 Uhr

As I gird myself for a solid round of Jones testing today, I leave you with my latest column for Outside:The inspiration for this particular treatise came when I passed my eleventy millionth rider with a subtly-hued and tastefully-patterned jersey, canvas handlebar bag, 32mm skinwall tires, and disc brakes.  Of course I like all these things, but being a dedicated contrarian, now that it's how...

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