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Bike Snob NYC 10. November, 15:31 Uhr

***Edit: the new Outside post is up, and it's all about the Renovo!***And now back to today's post.It's Friday, which means at some point Outside will probably publish my latest column, assuming it passes muster:No no, that's passes muster.Damn AI virtual photo editor.Anyway as soon as they do I'll let you know when it happens.Of course ,my last column was all about drop bars:And my favorite...

Bike Snob NYC 06. November, 19:09 Uhr

***Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day.  Election Day means no school.  No school means I have to put on my parenting gloves.  Parenting means I won't be updating this blog tomorrow, but I'll be back on Wednesday, November 8th with regular updates.  The Bike Forecast shall continue uninterrupted.***Hello!  Let's jump right in with some bike blogging, because this is a bike blog and in these...

Bike Snob NYC 31. Oktober, 16:17 Uhr

Good morning, and Happy Hallowed Weenus!The above photo is of course from my 2015 Hallowed Weenus posting on the Brooks Blog, and I'm pleased to report that I've officially finished curating the BSNYC Pre-Fondon't Ride post for that same publication, which means you should be able to read it just as soon as Old Man Brooks has it legally vetted.  In the meantime, here's a teaser:Remember that...

Bike Snob NYC 03. November, 19:17 Uhr

Sorry for the late post!  It's been an exciting morning.  Firstly, my latest Outside column is up and it explores the question of whether or not drop bars are obsolete:Spoiler alert: no, they're not, but since the Freds don't know how to use them they might as well be.Secondly, I was traipsing out of my building this morning when I bumped into the UPS guy who had a giant package (gigglechortle)...

Bike Snob NYC 30. Oktober, 16:56 Uhr

You know when you step on the pedals only for your chain to snap?Well, consider this post the broken link in your week.Yes, owing to various blah blah blah and so forth today's post must be short, so I suggest you go amuse yourself over at the Bike Forecast, where you can read about the latest local media anti-bike screeds:If you've ever longed to read a detailed statistical breakdown of your...

Bike Snob NYC 13. November, 19:45 Uhr

Well, I've done no rides on the wooden bike subsequent to the Outside column I shared on Friday, mostly because it was bitter cold and that's not when I want to be riding an aero bike with skinny tires.  Instead, I sought shelter in the woods and took a ride on Ol' Piney:Subsequent to my thwarted attempt last Thursday I still hope to have the bike Jones-ified by the end of this week, though...

Bike Snob NYC 17. November, 20:14 Uhr

***UPDATE***Hey, look at that, it's the latest Outside column!Now back to our regularly scheduled post about scheduling.Okay, let's get right down to business: American Thanksgiving!Apologies for the graphic, I had to repurpose one because American Thanksgiving is so obscure.So yeah, next Thursday is American Thanksgiving, which means two things:1) Our president will pardon a turkey, even...

Bike Snob NYC 01. November, 18:00 Uhr

Welcome to my bike blog!  Let's check right in at the tech desk, shall we?  As you'll recall, yesterday I mentioned I purchased new tires from a physical store and everything:Well, being the hard-working bike blogger that I am, immediately after launching yesterday's post into the digital ether I mounted said tires (onto my bicycle wheels, I didn't literally mount the tires) and took off for a...

Bike Snob NYC 14. November, 16:07 Uhr

This post will be short, because things are happening.  In fact, as I type this the Jones-ification of Ol' Piney is well underway:Actually, that's a bit of an oversimplification, since I had to temporarily cease my Jones-ifying endeavors in order to type this.  But you know what I mean.If you're just tuning in, basically what happened was that I went to install these bars last week, but the...

Bike Snob NYC 16. November, 19:30 Uhr

Please forgive my tardiness, brevity, and so forth, but you know those weeks were everything goes wrong and life in general just seems like an unmitigated disaster?Well thank goodness it hasn't been that kind of a week at all.Nevertheless, I've been rather busy, so once again I'm compelled to keep it short.  I do, however, urge you to contemplate this image:I've posted a photo of this vehicle...

Bike Snob NYC 02. November, 13:40 Uhr

That's right, today's post is over at the Brooks Blog, where I've finally chronicled the sub-epic ride that was the BSNYC Pre-Fondon't!Immerse yourself in its lavish photos and prose, but get your feet off of Old Man Brooks's sofa while you do.Oh, and also, look what I got in the mail yesterday:No, not the cat, but I did box her up and send her to Jones with the return shipping label they so...

Bike Snob NYC 09. November, 18:20 Uhr

Hello, and welcome to the BSNYC Tech Beat, where we give you the low-down on all the hot new cutting-edge components:Firstly, if you're among the legions of people awaiting a report on the Jones H-Bar:Which I received last week:I have some good news, and I have some bad news.The good news is that I finally carved some time out from my busy schedule this morning in order to install them on my...

Bike Snob NYC 15. November, 12:45 Uhr

Today's post must needs be brief again as I am headed down to this thing:We're interviewing @bikesnobnyc & @BrooklynSpoke on The Upgrade. Send questions! https://t.co/oFUZb0u7kX pic.twitter.com/9ndYOCj3YM— Lifehacker (@lifehacker) November 14, 2017 I look forward to fielding many questions about why those damn bikers think the laws don't apply to them.Rest assured however that I have not...

Bike Snob NYC 08. November, 17:31 Uhr

As part of my transformation into a Strava weenie I obtained a popular brand of smart watch which I use to interface with said application, or "app" as they call it in Silicone Valley.  Alas, the other day I noticed a crack in the face of my smart watch, probably caused by repeated exposure to my objectionable visage.  So I took the smart watch to the store from whence it came and they in turn...

Bike Snob NYC 18. Mai, 14:23 Uhr

"Enough about the helmets," they said."A helmet saved my life," they said."Your disdain for safety is foolhardy and irresponsible," they said.Oh yeah?Well one day either you're all going to thank me for slowly chipping away at our obsession with helmet-shaming, or else you're going to wish you'd pitched in, because it's becoming clearer and clearer every day that there is no greater tool in the...

Bike Snob NYC 17. Mai, 19:47 Uhr

There has been much hand-wringing in the Fred community since Toms Skujins's nasty crash in the Tour of California:Luckily the riders were able to avoid him and Skujins, who had torn most of his jersey apart and lost a lot of skin attempted to ride off. Almost hitting a kerb, Skujins the slowly made his way down the descent looking worse for wear.Meanwhile, there were floods of messages across...

Bike Snob NYC 27. Oktober, 20:45 Uhr

And just in time for the weekend too!Oh, and ironically, my Brompton has suspension:So there you go.Ride safe, have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday!--Wildcat Rock Machine

Bike Snob NYC 16. Mai, 13:12 Uhr

As any cyclists knows, the Tour of California is in full swing.  Or it's over.  Or it's about to start.  Or it's been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.Just admit it, you're not paying attention, which is why you may be surprised that Cannondale-Drapac manager Jonathan Vaughters says that "pro cycling is the best sponsorship deal in sports:"Indeed, according to Vaughters, Cannondale-Drapac...

Bike Snob NYC 15. Mai, 17:55 Uhr

Wondering what's going on in New York City these days?  Well head on over to the Bike Forecast where you can learn all about what this guy thinks about bike lanes:Spoiler alert: he does not like them because his logic is as fuzzy as his mutton chops.Anyway, this past Friday I operated a bicycle with those curved-type handlebars they use in the Tour de France over a variety of road surfaces:I...

Bike Snob NYC 25. Oktober, 15:22 Uhr

*Though not really because I have another blog, a column, and I'll be bloviating in person tonight so there.To Who It Might Concern,As of today I'll be signing off this blog until Monday, October 30th, at which point I will resume regular updates--however, it's more likely than not that I'll have a new column up on Outside before then, and if so rest assured I'll saunter back in to apprise you...

Bike Snob NYC 24. Oktober, 18:33 Uhr

I can't deal anymore, I just can't.First of all, read this tweet:Reviewed: The new Terrain Dynamics AIRhub. An Australian invention that brings the indoor trainer, outside. https://t.co/neXVNRbGxN pic.twitter.com/ciYWC9gqRK— CyclingTips (@cyclingtips) October 23, 2017Oh come on.  What next?  Bringing solitary bathroom masturbation to dating?  Of course, we've seen the AIRhub before, but this...

Bike Snob NYC 23. Oktober, 15:11 Uhr

Well hey, look at that!  I have another smug piece of extracurricular prose to share, this one from Reclaim:How, then, are we supposed to mint the cyclists of tomorrow? Are they supposed to leap fully formed from the head of Zeus? Are they supposed to ride up and down the sidewalk in front of their building until they hit puberty? How does a child learn that cycling is a healthy and normal form...

Bike Snob NYC 11. Mai, 17:35 Uhr

The history of the bicycle is long and zany, as this amazing video shows:Indeed, it's been a winding and treacherous road from those completely zany and borderline useless old dandy horses to the optimal balance of zaniness and practicality that characterizes (most of) the bicycles we ride today.Given this long history, it's hard to think of the bicycle as "disruptive," but that's exactly how...

Bike Snob NYC 10. Mai, 14:49 Uhr

Today's post is a short one again because it's equipped with discs and thus ends sooner due to the increased stopping power.It's a significant occasion in bike geek history as storied Italian shifty-parts maker Campagnolo has finally gone disc:This is huge, because until now if you wanted to use disc brakes with Campagnolo you had to retrofit a set of Delta brakes:Here's a step-by-step...

Bike Snob NYC 20. Oktober, 19:37 Uhr

Thanks for bearing with me while I forked off for a ride, even though you didn't have any choice:(Who am I kidding?  They're all mellow.)I should mention that I once again encountered skateboarding dog walker guy, and I'm pleased to report that this time he did not fall down.  He was, however, deeply engaged in taking video of his dogs with his phone while riding the skateboard.  I did briefly...

Bike Snob NYC 09. Mai, 13:39 Uhr

Let's keep it short today because I've got stuff to do, you've got stuff to do, and most importantly this blog is going steam-powered so it's only got a limited range.There's been a lot of talk lately about ebikes:(An ebike what I saw at the Bike Expo this past weekend.)However, I have seen the future of power-assist bicycles, and it runs on steam: Who says British engineering isn't what it...

Bike Snob NYC 19. Oktober, 19:42 Uhr

Apologies for the late post, my cat flushed herself down the toilet again.  Given the lateness of the hour I won't keep you, but I will let you know that on Wednesday, October 25th, this is happening:Join us for a fast-paced hour of ideas, entrepreneurs and bikes, capturing the exciting things happening in the bike industry at DRAFT: NYC in Brooklyn.Directions: 61 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint,...

Bike Snob NYC 08. Mai, 17:21 Uhr

You probably think that when you're a world-renowned bicycle blogger and author you get to spend your weekends doing all sorts of "epic" rides.Well, for all I know that's probably true, and if I ever meet someone who fits that description I'll be sure to ask them.  My life however is far less glamorous.  See, when you're me you get to ride from the Bronx down to lower Manhattan and go to the...

Bike Snob NYC 18. Oktober, 18:09 Uhr

This morning I off-fucked for a ride because I'm a bike blogger goddamn it and if you can't take a ride once in awhile then what the hell is the point?As you can see from my Strava, the ride was wholly unremarkable in both distance and duration, though it was quite enjoyable nonetheless.  I find that 20 miles is the ideal distance for the busy cyclist in that it's short enough to work into your...

Bike Snob NYC 17. Oktober, 17:14 Uhr

Yesterday I mentioned how a bunch of hurt-in-the-butt suspension bicycle owners on Facebook were aghast at my suggestion that it's possible to ride a rigid bike, (I guess your butt gets very sensitive when you coddle it with suspension all the time), and now it appears that Bicycling magazine's Facebook is under siege by a cadre of "bike industry farts:"A+ thread in which @BicyclingMag editors...

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