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Bike Snob NYC
12. Juni, 15:55 Uhr

As you may recall, back in April I went to L'Eroica California and promised to give you a full accounting.  Well now that Outside have published this story I can begin to do just that:(*I didn't ride 100 miles.  Well I did in total, just not all on that bike.)Please note this story focuses mostly on what it's like to ride a modern-day gravel bike and a century-old museum piece back-to-back. ...

Bike Snob NYC
19. Juni, 18:59 Uhr

It was a profound honor to be photographed by none other than Ultra Romance during my Eroica California expedition, and while the images that ultimately made it into the Outside feature are each wonderful in their own way, none captures my essence even remotely as well as this one:(Photo: Ultra Romance)This was on top of the big climb, and I was in the process of removing my base layer as the...

Bike Snob NYC
15. Juni, 18:50 Uhr

Before we all go forth into the weekend, I'd just like to follow up on the Islabikes Luath 24, which I mentioned in yesterday's post:(I have no idea how to pronounce either "Islabike" or "Luath.")I'll be honest: my first impression was that they got the bike all wrong.  Tiny wheels, cramped cockpit, tons of toe overlap...but then I realized the bike was for my son and not me and that changed...

Bike Snob NYC
18. Juni, 12:28 Uhr

It was rather a dramatic weekend of velocipeding over here, beginning with the ticket I received on Saturday morning:(Your's Truley, receiving a ticket.)The day started out rather auspiciously.  I awoke to perfect weather, and after contemplating my riding options I decided to go for a good old-fashioned standard-issue Fred ride.  First, I donned an entire suit of Rapha clothing.  (Back in...

Bike Snob NYC
06. Juni, 16:00 Uhr

Firstly, last week I wrote for Outside about Elon Musk and his various ventures, and apropos of that here's a truckload of Teslas blocking a bike in Brooklyn:oooh this is right where Tesla parks its diesel-exhaust-belching semis in the middle of a 2-way bike path pic.twitter.com/7quyLb813Q— Alan (@akgerber) June 5, 2018 I think you'd call this ironic, but ironically in 2018 I don't even know...

Bike Snob NYC
05. Juni, 18:25 Uhr

You know how when you're on a bike everyone seems to treat you like you're in the way, even if you're with a bunch of other people on bikes and you outnumber drivers by a large number?  Well my latest Outside column is about that:More or less.I suppose eventually things will reach a tipping point and things will change.  After all, everything does sooner or later.  Hey, when I was a teenager...

Bike Snob NYC
14. Juni, 17:48 Uhr

First things firstly, I've got a new Outside column about how bike share is a big deal and how the concept of the "litter bike" is an oxymoron:It's true, I can't think of any bike-related tech that's emerged during my lifetime that is even remotely as revolutionary as bike share.Well, okay, maybe the CoolHead: Hey, that's fine if he wants to sell the idea of pouring water in your helmet, but...

Bike Snob NYC
22. Juni, 11:54 Uhr

This is what passes for culture nowadays, seriously?And does this illustrator have it in for me or what?Hey, I'm not gonna lie, I've been known to palp flip-flops when the temperature starts tickling the undercarriage of the triple digits, but I don't run the sweater/shorts/sandals combo.  Not that I have anything agains those who do, it's just not what I'm about. (I don't actually know what...

Bike Snob NYC
20. Juni, 19:34 Uhr

Just a quick pop-in to rub your faces in the fact that I went for a leisurely Wednesday morning ride today and this "litter bike" thing is really getting out of hand:Wait, sorry, wrong pic:I did in fact encounter both of these things along the trail today and I'd argue that both are equally useful in their own way.I guess White Plains has bike share now, hence the Ofo, and it's interesting to...

Bike Snob NYC
13. Juni, 16:26 Uhr

As I mentioned yesterday, my tale of riding an old-timey bike at L'Eroica California is live for your perusalization:Of course, in that tale I left several questions unanswered, chief among them being:What pressure was I running?What did I have for dinner every night?Which was better, the original Italian Eroica or the California version?In this post I will endeavor to answer exactly none of...

Bike Snob NYC
08. Juni, 17:20 Uhr

So much happy news today!I mean really, where to even begin?  Aw, what the hell, let's start with this one:Fitts, who admitted that he struck and killed 80-year-old Theodore Schwalb in an Allston crosswalk Wednesday afternoon, was on television a few hours later, blithely confessing to what sounds a lot like vehicular manslaughter.“As I’m driving, I’m driving too quick . . . to the point where...

Bike Snob NYC
21. Juni, 12:37 Uhr

Firstly, an important update to yesterday's art as suggested by a commenter:Now if you look closely you'll see a "litter bike" by the flying cat's tail.Also, if it's unclear what's going on here, basically I'm enjoying the Moon's low gravity by hurling cats.There's a whole bag of 'em just out of frame.Secondly, every few months we get a story from one of the white collar publications about how...

Bike Snob NYC
01. Juni, 18:15 Uhr

It's Friday, which means this weekend you'll probably be cycling.  And if you're like most cyclists, you'll probably use some sort of bicycle to do it.  But what kind?  There are so many!  In fact, according to a popular glossy cycling periodical's buyer's guide, there are currently over 4,500 different recognized styles of bicycle.*  One of these bicycle types is the "graveling bicycle,"...

Bike Snob NYC
31. Mai, 18:42 Uhr

It's been an exciting couple of days over here at Bike Snob Industries, LLC.  Firstly, my latest Outside column just appeared on the Internet:Once again, illustrator Taj Mihelich has done an incredible job, though for obvious reasons this one will always be my favorite:As for the Tesla illustration, this tweet was the basis for it:We’re going to include some fun games as hidden Easter eggs in...

Bike Snob NYC
30. Mai, 15:18 Uhr

...there's a new TransAlt app featuring the Bike Forecast!It's free, it's available on both the App Store and Google Play, and best of all it's free at no cost to you!Plus, you can send in tips:Ticket sting?  Sinkhole?  Freshly dumped, still-perfectly-edible produce in the dumpster by the Whole Foods?  Let your fellow cyclists know and you will be richly rewarded in the afterlife!**[Hateful...

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
25. Mai, 19:36 Uhr

As I mentioned, yesterday I overslept and missed my morning ride.  So, by way of a make-up, I did the next best thing and took an evening ride:Yes, thanks to my proximity to the legal mountain bike trails at Highbridge Park in Manhattan I can zip down there in no time and knock around a little bit before the sun sets.  Sure, it's not exactly an "epic," but sometimes all you need is a small...

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
24. Mai, 18:53 Uhr

After the publication yesterday of my cloyingly smug Outside column about the joys of riding super early in the morning:(Yeah, I just plugged it again, so what?)I set my alarm for a super-early ride this morning.  However, I must have turned it off in my seep, and by the time I finally woke up it was too late to ride.So much for that.I also took a lazy and gauche mid-day ride yesterday, so...

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
22. Mai, 14:24 Uhr

How many times have you attempted to inflate your rear tire only to sever your hand at the wrist?  Never?  Well Bicycling's got you covered anyway:This simple bike will prevent you from bashing your fingers on your gears pic.twitter.com/tPxUA18HIX— Bicycling Magazine (@BicyclingMag) May 21, 2018 Evidently this is enough of a problem that they went through the trouble of making a video about it,...

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
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
18. Mai, 20:28 Uhr

Hello.Putting on my smugness cap for a moment, please allow me to foist upon you my latest entry in Reclaim, the Transportation Alternatives magazine:As it happens, this very morning on my ride I watched someone in one of those douche-tastic Dodge Durango SRT "performance SUVs" complete with Blue Lives Matter sticker and rear windshield decal in the shape of an assault rifle with the word...

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
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
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
15. Mai, 15:43 Uhr

You'll be pleased to know that during a little upstate getaway this past weekend I finally found my new bicycle:It was a bargain at $2,200:Though of course I talked the shopkeeper up to three grand because buying expensive things makes me feel special.  You'll also note that it's a "signed edition," and while I have no idea by whom it was signed, this only contributes to its mystique.  Anyway,...

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...

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