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Bike Snob NYC
03. Mai, 19:14 Uhr

Well, it arrived!  My new-to-me "forever bike" from Classic Cycles:It's a "forever bike" because it's made of titanium, get it?Anyway, it came just this morning (the last time I'd tracked it the estimated delivery date was Monday so it was a good thing I happened to be home) and so I immediately put it together and headed out for a ride:It was just my usual lunchtime jaunt but first impressions...

Bike Snob NYC
22. Mai, 19:03 Uhr

After a long stretch of cold and rain the sun has finally returned and brung some warmth with it.  This meant that it was time to end my lengthy titanium Fredding streak and pivot back to the dirt.  And so this morning I donned my best jorts and headed out into the wilds of suburbia.First I rode to Sprain Ridge Park, a.k.a "The Trails Behind The Mall," where I saw something that looked like an...

Bike Snob NYC
15. Mai, 19:22 Uhr

Today I took a ride all the way downtown and back again, and I will tell you all about it in due course--or at least a little bit about it.Oh yeah, I was also riding a fixie:Dear Fixedgeargallery... pic.twitter.com/lq4A82rII5— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) May 15, 2019 It's a zen thing, you wouldn't understand.In the meantime, I've received the following request:Gladly!Maybe I'm still in the...

Bike Snob NYC
08. Mai, 14:21 Uhr

On Monday I shared my Eroica California story for Outside magazine, which is already being hailed as the greatest story about the 2019 Eroica California for Outside magazine that I've ever written:Nevertheless, as comprehensive as that story is, it doesn't tell the whole story.  Specifically, it omits many of my crappy photos, as well as the sorts of tedious details nobody really needs or wants...

Bike Snob NYC
07. Mai, 12:22 Uhr

This past Sunday was the Zach Koop Memorial Criterum at Orchard Beach, in my home borough of the Bronx.  This event features a whole day of racing, including kids' races, and while on the opposite side of the Bronx from me it's an easy and pleasant ride via the Mosholu-Pelham Greenway.  So in anticipation of this year's edition I registered for two (2) races and planned to bring the kids and...

Bike Snob NYC
16. Mai, 14:56 Uhr

As I mentioned in my previous post, yesterday I traveled the length of the Bronx and Manhattan astride a fixie-type bicycle:The bicycle is from State, it is from their "Core-Line" of bicycles, and it is in my possession because I recently wrote about it for a certain magazine.  I'll let you know when that gets published (or maybe you can let me know if you come across it before I do), but in...

Bike Snob NYC
06. Mai, 10:41 Uhr

Firstly, my latest Outside column is about why people really hate spinning, and how that guy who told off his daughter for wanting to buy a peloton sounds like kind of an asshole:If you agreed with him, remember what Jesus said:"Let he who has not purchased an expensive piece of cycling equipment cast the first stone."A-meh and Holy Luau.Secondly, it's the moment you've all been waiting for! ...

Bike Snob NYC
20. Mai, 13:53 Uhr

I've got a new Outside column published on the World Wide Internet and it's about how just because you don't see something that doesn't mean it's not happening (and yes, that's a double-negative, or maybe even a triple negative):And no, I don't know why the image they used is an ebike in the desert, so don't ask.Moving on, this past Friday I engaged in BIKE TEST SCIENCE!  First of all, after a...

Bike Snob NYC
14. Mai, 15:18 Uhr

Firstly, I wrote words, and they're in the Transportation Alternatives magazine, Reclaim--though you can read them on Medium:And of course there's always the Transportation Alternatives Bike Forecast, which is curated by none other than Your's Truley.I truly do put the "semi" in "semi-professional bike blogger."Secondly, as a middle-aged dad living in the cycling backwater known as New York...

Bike Snob NYC
02. Mai, 12:43 Uhr

After Monday's be-jorted ramble I recovered on Tuesday by taking a little detour with the kiddies on the way home from the school pick-up:The older human child is showing some form, the younger human child is getting the hang of his own pedal bike, and inasmuch the only wisdom I possess is bicycle wisdom it means I've officially taught them everything I know.  So from here on in it's, "I don't...

Bike Snob NYC
19. April, 12:36 Uhr

I've got a new Outside column, and it's about how right on red for drivers is bullshit:Of course we don't allow right on red here in New York City, though there are certain intersections where it is permitted, and if you don't notice the tiny sign telling you it's okay to go the drivers behind you will completely lose their shit because you're robbing them the chance to savor this rare...

Bike Snob NYC
21. November, 17:09 Uhr

It's American Thanksgiving Eve:If you're unfamiliar with American Thanksgiving, basically we spend the day fortifying ourselves with foodstuffs and sharpening our weaponry in order to do battle on Black Friday: People are all bent out of shape over Amazon but the truth is online retail may be the only thing keeping us alive at this point.Anyway, on this occasion, I'm pleased to present you with...

Bike Snob NYC
30. April, 16:10 Uhr

Firstly, I can assure you I'm not in the market for a new car.  However, the Internet is the Internet, one click leads to another, and before you know it you find yourself on an automobile manufacturer's website.  Anyway, all of this is by way of asking an important question, which is:If you're using the concept of the "active lifestyle" to sell cars, why top them with crappy bicycles?Now,...

Bike Snob NYC
29. April, 14:28 Uhr

It's been a whirlwind week of kids-not-having-school-ness, capped off by an early bicycle cycling race on Sunday, which I'm proud to say I passed:There's something to be said for riding plastic bikes in circles really fast.I mean I'm not sure what it is, but it's definitely something.Anyway, as much as I love the Fredding about I'm long overdue for a slow "jorts" ride on a metal bike with fat...

Bike Snob NYC
19. November, 18:54 Uhr

My self-administered sobriquet "Bike Snob" has always been somewhat ironic in that I'm not particularly, well, fastidious when it comes to my bikes, but as of today I think I've officially bypassed slovenliness and attained a state of liberating Don't-Give-A-Fuckitude, as exemplified by the state of this bicycle:It all started when I was running out the door with child in tow; I was going to...

Bike Snob NYC
16. November, 14:56 Uhr

Well there I was being all cynical about the snow:Feeling nostalgic for the days when people didn't freak out and issue a zillion advisories because it might snow a little bit at some point in the day.— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) November 15, 2018 Meanwhile we got walloped pretty good; it was supposed to snow for a bit then turn to rain, but we ended up getting something like six inches in...

Bike Snob NYC
23. April, 14:26 Uhr

Schools here in New York City are out this week, which means I've got my parenting helmet on pretty much full time:(By 2021 we'll all be wearing connected helmets for everyday life, just you wait and see.)This means if you're looking for me and I'm not here, you'll be able to find me over at the Bike Forecast, where you can also get a good sense of what we're dealing with here in this town. ...

Bike Snob NYC
09. November, 13:24 Uhr

Yes, that's right, the ink was barely dry on the last one when this appeared:Do I like that bikes are environmentally friendly?  Yes.  Would I still ride if every time I threw a leg over a bikes some unseen organism went extinct forever?  Probably also yes, I'm not gonna lie.  (But don't worry, that only happens if you ride a carbon fiber bike.)And with that, I'm gonna go throw a leg over a...

Bike Snob NYC
18. April, 18:29 Uhr

So this morning my phone did that weird "Black Mirror"-type thing where it tells you that you have a "memory" and then sends you down a Proustian nostalgia hole by showing you a bunch of photos it has somehow figured out are significant--and as it happens the photos that my phone chose were from a Gran Fondon't some two years back:A look back into my archives (if it weren't for my phone and my...

Bike Snob NYC
08. November, 18:42 Uhr

Firstly, here's my latest column for Outside, which is about dooring:As you may or may not know, it's generally the publication and not the writer who comes up with the headline, and that's the case here.  Of course I'm perfectly fine with this headline (it's certainly better than "Start Hitting Cyclists With Your Car Door" ), though my original headline was something along the lines of "You...

Bike Snob NYC
07. November, 18:39 Uhr

It was a beautiful, warm, clear autumn morning after two days of rain, and so I headed out for an easy spin to Central Park astride my Milwaukee:As you can see, it's still sporting the cheap and not terribly comfortable plastic saddle I threw on there for a rainy race some months back.  Also, I've got strap-on fenders instead of proper ones, and the state of my handlebar tape is nothing short...

Bike Snob NYC
06. November, 13:01 Uhr

It's Election Day down here in Canada's Tortured Subconscious, so I'm off to the polls:Then I'll be spending the rest of the day parenting because there's no school today.So I'll see you when I see you, and not a moment sooner.In the meantime, Peter Flax has the Fred-osphere all in a tizzy because last week he wrote a story for CyclingTips about how he doesn't wear a helmet:It's a good story,...

Bike Snob NYC
15. April, 16:21 Uhr

It's all springy out!If you're unfamiliar with spring, here's how it works: one minute it's warm and sunny, then the next it's cold and rainy.  Also, there are beautiful explosions of color as the flora blooms, which you can't enjoy due to seasonal allergies.Spring also means the Classics are in full swing.  However, I completely missed any and all Paris-Roubaix coverage, because owing to...

Bike Snob NYC
02. November, 19:07 Uhr

A few months back I received an email from one Ted Bongiovanni at Consumer Reports.  He had noticed that I ride past their headquarters in Yonkers with some frequency.  Given this, and the fact that I too conduct highly scientific testing on consumer products, he thought I might like to come by for a visit, see the facilities, and chat with some of the office bike nerds.I had no idea Consumer...

Bike Snob NYC
11. April, 19:29 Uhr

Usually when I come back from California it's a good week of sulking before I come to terms with my home environment, but this time around it's been fairly easy, possibly because it's spring.  But also, what's so great about California?  What do they have that we don't?Fires, you say?We've got those, too!I rode into that one just a few miles north of the city line on the South County Trailway...

Bike Snob NYC
30. Oktober, 17:48 Uhr

It's been quite a week of bicycle maintenance so far here at BSNYC/RTMS/Tan Tenovo, LLC headquarters.  Yesterday of course I tackled the brakes on my WorkCycles, and today I went a few rounds with the Renovo Aerowood.  See, there's nothing quite as exquisite as riding amid the brilliant foliage of fall on an artisanally-hewn wooden Fred Chariot:That is unless that Fred Chariot is creaking like...

Bike Snob NYC
09. April, 15:34 Uhr

Well, I'm back in New York!Rest assured I've wasted no time getting back to business.  In fact, first thing this morning I dropped THE CAR THE BANK OWNS UNTIL I FINISH PAYING THEM BACK with the dealer so they could replace the Exploding Takata Airbag Of Death that apparently came as standard equipment:This errand of course afforded me an opportunity to use the Brompton for my return trip:The...

Bike Snob NYC
29. Oktober, 16:55 Uhr

I was going to get all kids of stuff done today.  However, as I took my younger son to school this morning the braking on the WorkCycles (Magura hydraulic rim brakes) was simply too bad to ignore.  (Believe me, I've been doing my best to ignore it for months, but when both levers are bottoming out on the grips you cross that line between "sub-optimal braking" and "bad parenting.")"No problem,"...

Bike Snob NYC
08. April, 16:08 Uhr

Here I am in Los Angeles, savoring my last few hours of Californy sunshine and basking in the Eroica afterglow before returning to [gulp] New York:You'll be pleased to know that both my Nova Eroica bike:And my Classic Eroica bike:Performed with aplomb.I attribute it all to the pie plates.Anyway, rest assured I'll provide a thorough accounting in a forthcoming Outside feature, and maybe on the...

Bike Snob NYC
05. April, 15:38 Uhr

Good morning from sunny-ish Californy, where tomorrow I'll be partaking in Eroicas both Nova and Classic:As of now I've officially gotten my hands on both my Nova Eroica bike and my Classic Eroica bike--both of which I will be GIVING AWAY FOR FREE OF CHARGE after using them.  All you have to do is be the first to call "dibs" and they're yours.  (One (1) bike per customer, void where prohibited,...

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