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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...

Bike Snob NYC
03. August, 13:46 Uhr

With the weekend lying tantalizingly before us like a freshly-unwrapped sandwich, I leave you with my latest column for Outside, which is about what a gigantic weenie I am:While I didn't come up with the title and am a little uncomfortable with the word "great," ultimately I must acknowledge it's fitting given as this column is basically an act of supplication on my part.  Hey, over time we all...

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
26. Juli, 15:42 Uhr

With the New York City area languishing in a state of hot sogginess I have been sticking to the road as of late, braving the precipitation and concomitant grit astride my Milwaukee:Note diminutive filth prophylactic instead of full-coverage fenders, as in summer I prefer to keep my wheels unadorned to facilitate offroad detours:Note also the photo is blurry as my camera lens got all schmutzy...

Bike Snob NYC
15. Februar, 16:17 Uhr

So where were you when the Great Strava Blackout Of '18 hit?That's right, yesterday afternoon the Fredliverse reeled as the world's foremost digital wank bank was, for a tortuous stretch of time, "temporarily unavailable".  Even if you weren't a Strava user you knew something was amiss, as Freds and Fredericas all over the world suddenly dismounted and stood there like automatons seeking a...

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
24. Juli, 20:37 Uhr

It's summer, so you know what that means: time to freak out about helmets!I like the original photo they used better, which featured a kid wearing a helmet in the highly popular and highly ineffective sunbonnet style:Though in their defense it's almost impossible to find a picture of a kid wearing a helmet properly.  Why?  Because they're kids!  Kids are small humans who are only just learning...

Bike Snob NYC
13. Februar, 19:00 Uhr

For as long as we've been sentient we've pondered the purpose of existence.  Indeed, literature, art, and song all resonate with cries of "What does it all mean, anyway?"  Is life merely a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing?  Should we be content to cultivate our gardens?  Are we destined to boogie oogie oogie until we just can't boogie anymore?Nobody...

Bike Snob NYC
23. Juli, 16:21 Uhr

What better way to start out the week than with an Outside column by ME?Well, there are probably many better ways, but tough shit.One thing we're not starting the week off with here in New York is good weather.  In fact it's supposed to rain pretty much forever:I'm sorry to report this is entirely my fault.  See, recently I got this sweet new bike and I was looking forward to riding it all this...

Bike Snob NYC
09. Februar, 16:21 Uhr

Bike lanes.  They've been compared to Nazis:They've been accused of inducing a "dizzying type of vertigo" (as opposed to the non-dizzying type?):And now, finally, the former mayor of San Luis Obispo has finally "gone there" and compared them to out-and-out rape:"The rape will not be performed by a male penis, but by thousands of inanimate bicycles."Weirdest off-key description of proposed bike...

Bike Snob NYC
19. Juli, 13:10 Uhr

Good morning!Alas, if you're looking for me here you're not going to find me until Monday, because I live to disappoint you.  In my absence, updates will mysteriously appear on the Bike Forecast, and if something with my byline on it should materialize on the Outside website I'll do my best to let you know.  (In the meantime feel free to peruse my formidable body of work.)In the meantime, I...

Bike Snob NYC
07. Februar, 18:18 Uhr

Firstly, I'm pleased to report I've got a new Outside column live on the Internet, and it's about how our Cracker Jack box system of licensing is killing people:In it I make reference to nonagenarians driving muscle cars, and interestingly I'd already completed and filed the column when Captain High Pants and his chihuahua copilot launched his Camaro into someone's house:According to police, a...

Bike Snob NYC
06. Februar, 15:26 Uhr

As much as I'd like to kick up my feet and hang around here with you all day I'm afraid I can't, because this arrived from Jones and I need to perform some rigorous product testing:In case it's not obvious enough for you, that's a handlebar bag, and my rigorous product testing will involve affixing it to my bars, putting some stuff in it, and going for a ride.Hey, I'd find a different job that...

Bike Snob NYC
16. Juli, 19:36 Uhr

Okay, well not really, but as you know I recently took delivery of a Jones SWB Plus complete bicycle:And since the fall of 2015 I have been in possession of a Marin Pine Mountain, which in the ensuing years I have thoroughly Jones-ified:This of course raises the question:SO WHICH BIKE IS BETTER?!?!?Okay, Jesus Christ, calm down!  First of all, I've only had the Jones for a little over a week,...

Bike Snob NYC
05. Februar, 10:00 Uhr

Good morning!  I'm pleased to present you with a quiz.  As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer.  If you're right that's fantastic, and if you're wrong you'll see putting the hammer down.Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and cover your answers!--Wildcat Rock Machine1) What kind of tracks are these?--Raccoon--Dog--Rat--Surly's new 36-inch wide "Paw Patrol" tire(He's sad...

Bike Snob NYC
13. Juli, 12:02 Uhr

*UPDATE: Specs, ordering info, etc. now on the Jones site here*I stand behind my tweet of yesterday in which I expressed this sentiment:Singlespeed MTBs with "skinny" tires are still awesome. pic.twitter.com/GdoM8PKGdF— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) July 12, 2018 Nevertheless, when it comes to both fun and versatility you'd be hard-pressed to out-awesome a bike with voluminous tires and a wide...

Bike Snob NYC
02. Februar, 15:16 Uhr

Back in December I wrote for Outside about Highbridge Park, home to Manhattan's only legal mountain bike trails.  Highbridge opened in 2007, and shortly after it did I headed up there with some friends and found these feeride trails cut into the side of a bluff far too burly for my timid and dainty singlespeed-oriented style of riding.  Plus, it was far from my home in Brooklyn, and when the...

Bike Snob NYC
12. Juli, 20:04 Uhr

...I was off riding a bicycle in Queens:Trust me, riding bicycles in the middle of a weekday is the very last thing I'd like to do, but being a semi-professional bike blogger is hard work.  See, I've got to ride all my knobby-tired bikes as much as possible so I can get a better perspective on that mystery bike I'm testing: So is Jones revealing his first recumbent?I'm not telling!

Bike Snob NYC
11. Juli, 16:50 Uhr

The day has already gotten out from under me like a triathlon bike from beneath its rider, so I'll just take this as an opportunity to share with you the dumbest cycling-related tweet I've seen in awhile:Yesterday a women cycled past me on a busy road, wearing a dress, no helmet and flip-flops, while holding a mobile phone in the other hand to her ear.She's maybe a mother, sister, daughter and...

Bike Snob NYC
31. Januar, 18:13 Uhr

As you're no doubt tired of hearing by now, I've made a New Year's resolution to only ride Ol' Piney in 2018:Of course, because I'm a semi-professional bike blogger (and also because I'm full of it), in making the resolution I allowed myself to ride test bikes--such as this exotic wooden Fred Sled:(YES THE GODDAMN BRAKE PADS ARE TOED IN)Nevertheless, it was only a matter of time before I...

Bike Snob NYC
10. Juli, 18:43 Uhr

As I mentioned yesterday, I've got a new testcycle, and I've just returned from Day 2 of intensive backwoods testing in the wilds of Westchester county where I duly put the bicycle through its paces on the forbidding Trails Behind The Mall:I'm still waiting for the go-ahead to reveal the make and model of the bicycle, but so far I'm enjoying it greatly.In the meantime, while we're on the...

Bike Snob NYC
30. Januar, 20:55 Uhr

Remember when it seemed like you couldn't go a day without reading a news story about how cycling purées your genitals into a state of total uselessness?  Well, my latest Outside column is about how that's a load of crap:Hey, I'm not saying bad fit or technique can't cause extreme crotchal discomfort, but I am saying that the idea that we're all pedaling ourselves into complete asexuality is a...

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