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Bike Snob NYC 15. Januar, 14:41 Uhr

Remember the Renovo Aerowood?Wait, sorry, wrong picture.Here it is:You may recall that the bike was creaking on climbs, which is something that shouldn't happen, even beneath a rider as powerful as myself.  It sounded to my expert ear like the creaking was coming from the rear hub, so I changed wheels, which did wonders for the braking but took a devastating toll on the aesthetics:(Thick,...

Bike Snob NYC 04. Januar, 13:45 Uhr

And it's no ordinary column, either.  It's a column about how I'm going to undertake a challenge so daunting, so profound, and so un-Fredly that I daresay no other bikey media doofus would ever dare attempt it.  Yes, that's right, for one whole year I'm only going to ride one bike*:*[With certain exceptions of course, because come on.]This isn't some gimmick where I'm going to go out and find...

Bike Snob NYC 08. Januar, 14:20 Uhr

Firstly, late on Friday, Outside published my latest column which is all about that idiot Amy Alkon and how she thinks carrying kids on your bike is child engangerment:Comments on their Facebook page range from claims that children should wear helmets while being carried slowly in box bikes to whatever the hell this is:Aaron Daney It's ironic that Outside Magazine promotes unrelated liberal...

Bike Snob NYC 05. Januar, 21:13 Uhr

Wow, I can't believe it, there's only one outraged comment on Outside's Facebook post for my latest column!Rebecca Ruth Why on earth would you want to. Won’t bother reading this one. What will they think of next.You know, Rebecca, if you actually read the column you might find out why on earth you'd want...oh never mind.My Marty Golden column similarly appears to have elicited the ire of only...

Bike Snob NYC 02. Januar, 17:58 Uhr

Greetings from the City of New York, where it is currently very cold:(Hey, at least it's sunny!  Mostly.)...aaand cue the Minnesota Humblebrag:("Wow, 16 degrees?  Which bathing suit do you recommend for those conditions, regular bikini or full-on thong?")Of course, cold is relative.  That's why when people ask me* at what temperature it becomes too cold to ride I always answer, "Exactly one...

Bike Snob NYC 10. Januar, 00:55 Uhr

Today I headed out for a little spin on Ol' Foodie, which what I'm now calling Ol' Piney when it's in "road mode," since it looks like a food delivery bike:Certainly not the most attractive bike, but lack of a front fender aside it was absolutely perfect for a post-blizzard ride:I wonder if the bike would be any less ugly with proper fenders on it:Maybe a tiny bit.I'd certainly be a lot...

Bike Snob NYC 11. Januar, 19:34 Uhr

Further to my post about Citi-Biking to the Icarus screening, a commenter commented thusly:Anonymous said...Good post, but 50 minutes to go 8 miles?January 11, 2018 at 11:08 AMTwo days after a blizzard, 15 degrees, riding through snowed-in bike lanes, fighting icy headwinds along the waterfront and stopping repeatedly to call and text with my wife who was having train trouble?Yes, that 8-mile...

Bike Snob NYC 03. Januar, 15:40 Uhr

If you live in New York then you're already familiar with the story of State Senator Marty Golden and how he pretended to be a cop to bully a cyclist out of the bike lane he was driving in, but for the rest of you I figured I'd recap the tale, for it embodies the synergistic entitlement effect that comes from mixing driving with political power:He's still at it, by the way, even after the...

Bike Snob NYC 14. Juli, 13:31 Uhr

Good morning!You've had a long week, I've had a long week, so I'm going to spare you the quiz and dismiss you early.But first, click on over to Outside and read my latest column, which is all about using your bike to do stuff:Even the most "epic" Fondo, gravel-grinder, or bikepacking expedition isn't so much a feat as it is a vacation, and the true cycling accomplishment is Getting Shit...

Bike Snob NYC 13. Juli, 19:03 Uhr

Sorry I'm late, but you have no idea what I'm dealing with.I'm not saying I'm dealing with a lot, because I'm not, I'm just saying you actually have no idea because you never think to ask:Here's what he's writing, by the way:Hey, therapy's expensive, but it's worth it.Anyway, I doubt you even miss me at this point, since: 1) you take me for granted; and B) I have a whole other blog now.And...

Bike Snob NYC 12. Juli, 17:59 Uhr

Admittedly I haven't been following the Touring of France very closely, but I got very excited when I saw there had been a slapping incident--until I saw footage of said slapping:BREAKING: @BouhanniNacer has been penalized 1 minute in G.C. standings & fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in Stage 10 #TDF2017 pic.twitter.com/3UdGAkXnKW— NBCSN Cycling (@NBCSNCycling) July 11, 2017 Oh...

Bike Snob NYC 22. Dezember, 20:53 Uhr

Hopefully you're all in the midst of abandoning your respective posts for the holidays, but in case you're still staring at a screen for whatever reason you should know that Outside have deigned to publish my latest column:Yes, sometimes nothing beats hopping on a bike and knocking around the city:I stayed off the dirt jumps though:And with that I resume my absence, and I'll see you back here...

Bike Snob NYC 11. Juli, 15:47 Uhr

Good morning!Welcome to your Official BSNYC Tour de France Recap, brought to you by the Best Made Co. "Bowl Dancer" Toilet Brush:We designed the Bowl Dancer from the ground up to evoke the act of butter-churning each time you clean your commode.  The handle and stand are constructed from locally-grown teak (don't worry about where it's grown, it's local to wherever you happen to be) to resist...

Bike Snob NYC 10. Juli, 17:30 Uhr

I'm not on the Facebook, but subsequent to the publication of my Outside thing about the Tour de France I went to their Facebook page, which Zuckerberg and Co. graciously let non-Facebookies look at provided they are willing to peer around this annoyingly-placed rectangle:In so doing, I was bemused to find hundreds of incensed comments beneath the link to my piece, most of which were some...

Bike Snob NYC 07. Juli, 16:40 Uhr

***Don't forget to read my new thingy on the Outside site!  Yep, I'm writing for Outside now!***Longtime readers of this blog may recall that back when it was good I wrote extensively (perhaps too extensively) about a designer camping supply and artisanal axe-bedazzling concern called "Best Made Co."  In fact, my first post on the subject appeared seven years and one day ago, on July 6th, 2010....

Bike Snob NYC 07. Juli, 14:26 Uhr

Outside:You're no doubt familiar with it as the periodical that ran such groundbreaking features as "The Wildest Mountain Bike Race On Earth:"And "BSNYC vs. PDX:"Perhaps you've even enjoyed their cultural takes, such as this humorous comparison of "Premium Rush" and "Quicksilver:"Wow, those writers were really talented.Anyway, you'll be pleased to know you finally have a reason to read Outside...

Bike Snob NYC 06. Juli, 16:57 Uhr

Hello and welcome to the Official Bike Snob NYC Tour de France Recap!Brought to you by Soft Scrub Cleanser*:*[Soft Scrub has provided me with no compensation of any kind.  In fact they're completely unaware of their "sponsorship."  I'm just an enthusiastic user of their product...for cleaning, mostly.]Soft Scrub has Instant Cleaning Action:It's also a product of the Henkel Company:Henkel...

Bike Snob NYC 05. Juli, 17:44 Uhr

Hi!Owing to the vicissitudes of blah, blah, blah, today's post will be delayed until tomorrow.  (Though technically this is a post, so I don't know why I feel like I have to account for myself.)And no, I did not blow off any body parts while celebrating America's greatness with fireworks yesterday, nor am I hunting-and-pecking this with my one remaining digit.  I've still got the full...

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 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 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 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 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 29. Juni, 18:00 Uhr

Well, it's that time again!That means two things:1) After today's post I won't be updating this blog until Wednesday, July 5th, at which point I will resume regular updates;B) I may have to take a ride over to Jersey and pick up a bunch of "non-explosive, non-aerial" fireworks.In the meantime, the Bike Forecast will be updated tomorrow, and if you haven't already you should read today's post...

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 28. Juni, 14:57 Uhr

I know this is real tin foil helmet stuff, but I suspect there may be a relationship between irresponsible motor vehicle operation:And hurting people with your car:This occurred yesterday, and you can read all about it on the Bike Forecast.Disasters aside, yesterday was a lovely day to be on a bicycle:So I headed downtown, where the NYPD had my customary reserved parking space waiting for me:I...

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 27. Juni, 17:20 Uhr

Oh, Freds.[SHAKES HEAD DERISIVELY WHILE CLUCKING TONGUE]Yes, once again, the Gran Fondo New York has caught themselves a doper:"Five positive tests in six years of testing may seem a lot for an event where the majority are amateurs," says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. "It's simple though: you can't catch cheaters if you don't perform doping controls. And unfortunately most races still don't test...

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 26. Juni, 14:13 Uhr

This past Friday I enjoyed a ride on a rugged all-terrain bicycle with fashionable "plus"-sized tires:As I scampered and scurried about, it occurred to me that while it's all too easy to rail against the stratospheric cost of today's high-end bicycle-cycling machines, the truth is that from a gear perspective there's never been a better time to be a cyclist.  Sure, top-of-the-line plastic bikes...

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