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Bike Snob NYC
09. Oktober, 15:28 Uhr

Wait a minute, so there's a Bike Snob Australia now???There’s no denying that some drillium efforts can be beautiful, but this distinctly DIY effort as spotted by Bike Snob AUS — the Facebook account of Brisbane based shop Cranks Bicycle Garage — hasn’t quite hit the mark.I was unable to find the original Facebook post (probably because I'm not on the Facebook) but if Bike Snob AUS did not...

Bike Snob NYC
05. Oktober, 19:27 Uhr

Yesterday I mentioned Renovo's closure, and now BikePortland has the whole story:Hey, I've been out of cash and employees for over 11 years now, yet here I still am, go figure.Anyway, Renovo's story is a dramatic one, featuring no less than two (2) heart attacks, one of them fatal.  It also turns out making bikes out of wood takes a long time and isn't easy, who'da thunk it?Tyler Robertson, a...

Bike Snob NYC
02. Oktober, 17:16 Uhr

Well, when it rains it rains heavily, because I've got another column up on Outside's website already!It's weird because whenever a new one pops up I usually see it on Twitter, find myself wondering, "Wait, did I write that?," and then after a paragraph or two I'm like, "Oh yeah, I guess I did."There's a fine line between being prolific and projectile-vomiting prose, and I crossed that line...

Bike Snob NYC
18. Oktober, 13:15 Uhr

It's autumn here in whatever hemisphere this is, and the temperature has finally fallen to match.  It's also stopped raining, and the trails have more or less dried out.  This means I can finally de-couple from Fred-dom and enjoy the decadence of riding an all-terrain bicycle without putting on special clothes.Not only have I been enjoying the decadence of just hopping on the bike and going...

Bike Snob NYC
17. Oktober, 14:11 Uhr

Sorry I've been reticent (as long as you don't count a weekly Outside column, a daily bike forecast, and an unrelenting barrage of brainfarts on Twitter) but I've been preoccupied with various pressing matters, including rekindling my love affair with this artisanal expression of turn-of-the-decade one-speed chic after spending lots of time on a chubby-tired bike with a wide range of gear...

Bike Snob NYC
15. Oktober, 15:42 Uhr

Hey everybody!  Here's a new Outside column about banning aerobars that you should of course take 100% literally:Sick posish, bro.Also, this weekend I found this awesome new bike shop:They had awesome accessories like this valve-mounted lighting system:This fantastic iPhone mounting system for recumbents:And this toolkit that's perfect for the tiny fasteners on today's lightweight components...

Bike Snob NYC
19. April, 19:04 Uhr

I'm going to tell you all about L'Eroica California in painstaking detail:Just not now.I will say though that I've given a lot to cycling over the years.  Selflessly I've blogged for eleven (11) years, written four (4) books, and banged out countless articles in various periodicals, asking nothing in return except for money and adulation.  So why the hell is it that I'm still riding in the cold...

Bike Snob NYC
04. Oktober, 12:42 Uhr

As a cycling blogger whose elder human child is engaged in the long-term review of an Islabikes Luath 24, I was dismayed to learn they'll be closing their US headquarters:Islabikes has decided to close the US office in Portland, Oregon to focus energy on the UK and EU markets. During this voluntary liquidation we will sell all remaining stock of bikes, accessories and parts in the US. It’s...

Bike Snob NYC
17. April, 17:17 Uhr

I'm currently waiting to board a cross-country New York-bound germ tube as I type this, but my latest column ponders the question all thinking cyclists* have asked themselves at one time or another so I wanted to share it:*["Thinking cyclists" obviously excludes mountain bikers and most roadies.]On one hand we've got nifty bikes, and on the other we've got assholes in pickup trucks, so clearly...

Bike Snob NYC
25. September, 17:42 Uhr

Yesterday, by way of recovering from Sunday's massive cylocrossing effort, I took a leisurely spin on a fat-tired bicycle:As you can see from the willows in the distance, the wind was blowing, and now that the temperatures are trending downward for autumn it's far easier to forsake the Lycra without sweating through your clothes and looking like you've wet your pants.Alas, today it is raining...

Bike Snob NYC
16. April, 16:53 Uhr

In case you're wondering, Eroica California was a smashing success:This is my final day in the Golden State, or the Sunshine State, or whatever the hell it is they call themselves, and I will be spending it returning various bikes to various places and wondering why I live in New York.Oh, right, it's the transit system, how could I forget:RAINS INSIDE OF SUBWAY CAR; UNFAZED NEW YORKER CONTINUES...

Bike Snob NYC
24. September, 15:46 Uhr

I've now officially transitioned into autumn mode, and this past Friday I kept things dirt-oriented by setting out on the Jones:On Saturday I did relapse into Fredness a bit by taking a spin on the Renovo, but I did return to the Jones on Sunday for some more fat-tire cyclocrossing:Along with my son:This particular three-race series is now over, and I'm impressed that he rousted himself early...

Bike Snob NYC
10. April, 12:54 Uhr

Great news!So how will this affect your bike's performance?  It won't.  In fact if you can tell the difference between 10-speed and 11-speed without looking down I'll give you $100.*No, the reason this is great news is that a move past 11 means maybe people will finally stop making that Spinal Tap reference.Or maybe not:It’s the same as turning the amp dial up to ‘11’ https://t.co/j24sIfMNcR—...

Bike Snob NYC
03. August, 13:46 Uhr

This week's Outside column is all about "avid" cyclists:Though avid cyclists may take issue with it:(Taj Mihelich)Also, Bicycling says the Number One Cycling City In Canada's Coccyx is...Seattle!Right now, things are going the way they should in every city: There are currently 60 miles of low-stress neighborhood greenways in the works, and connecting existing protected bikeways is a major...

Bike Snob NYC
21. September, 14:08 Uhr

Yesterday I set more mundane concerns aside and went for a ride on the Jones:It was the ideal route for this bike, consisting of some pavement, some singletrack, and some dirt trail:Now that I've set the tone for the fall, I intend to continue in this vein for the next few months.Speaking of bikes with chubby tires, Lennard Zinn asked various bike industry people about what they considered to...

Bike Snob NYC
17. September, 15:49 Uhr

It was, you'll no doubt be delighted to read on a Monday morning as you sidle into your cubicle, a rather fruitful three days of cycling for Jörs Trüli.I began on Friday with a jaunt up to Stone Barns on my artisanally hewned wooden Fred sled, where I partook once again in a luncheon curated from locally-grown foodstuffs:Then on Saturday I fired up the flux capacitor for a trip back in time on...

Bike Snob NYC
19. September, 16:43 Uhr

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year in Judaism.I don't really care about any of that.  (I have nothing to atone for, I am a Perfect Being.)What I do care about is that school is closed today, so if you need me I'll be off parenting.  Oh, and on this holiest of holy days, I already almost completely lost my shit on some asshole washing his Escalade in the...

Bike Snob NYC
14. September, 13:29 Uhr

Once again I was very busy yesterday.  First, I had to get my children to their various institutions.  (The younger helps assemble Apple products; the elder has moved up to sneaker manufacturing.)  Then, I had to go vote:With the addition of that "I Voted" sticker I now have one of the most cloyingly smug bicycles north of 145th Street.Sadly, my write-in candidate of Shirtless Guy Who...

Bike Snob NYC
03. April, 12:51 Uhr

Artisanal blog curation is essentially a service industry, and as such it is occasionally recumbent upon me to address customer feedback.  For example, recently I wrote a column for Outside about how self-driving cars freak me out, and in amongst the usual litany of comments on their Facebook page about how cyclists deserve to die I found this thoughtful critique of my work:Christian Cutshaw...

Bike Snob NYC
10. September, 11:43 Uhr

Some months back I took delivery of an Islabikes Luath 24, and because it was too small for me I begrudgingly gave it to my 8 year-old son:As it happens, prior to the bike's arrival my son had been pestering me for a cyclocross bike.  Quite honestly I'm not sure how he even learned about cyclocross--I mean I guess I must have explained it to him at some point but I don't really remember. ...

Bike Snob NYC
01. April, 01:21 Uhr

For many years, racing in Brooklyn's Prospect Park was the mainstay of my cycling diet.  I'd roll out of bed, line up at dawn, and be home with 40 or 50 miles in my legs before the normal people had worked out where to go to brunch.  But then came kids, and a move to the Bronx, and I more or less left the park behind--except when the odd dignitary visited, of course:Now however I've...

Bike Snob NYC
29. März, 13:32 Uhr

Top portion of the morning to you!Sorry for my absence yesterday, I was engaged in mind-numbing tedium:If you think that riding an exotic handmade bicycle for hours on end on a Wednesday and stopping for a light farm-to-table lunch before heading back home is something I enjoy doing then, well, obviously you're right.  Still, it's my responsibility as a semi-professional blogger to put this...

Bike Snob NYC
07. September, 20:20 Uhr

This past weekend I partook in my final Fred race of the season.  I'm pleased to report that I passed, largely because I finally came to terms with the fact that I belong in the B field and not the A field.  There are many reasons that I pinned on a number again after a six-ish year hiatus, but one of them is this bicycle:I took the above picture on my ride today--which, in a way, was a perfect...

Bike Snob NYC
27. März, 14:08 Uhr

This past Sunday, after a vigorous Saturday morning of Road-Fredding, I found myself in the mood to ride a bicycle at a leisurely pace upon an unpaved surface.  So that's what I did:The route I followed more or less described that of last year's BSNYC Pre-Fondon't-Turned-Actual-Fondon't.  By the way, if you're wondering whether or not there will be a Fondon't this year (pre- or otherwise), the...

Bike Snob NYC
05. September, 17:44 Uhr

To be honest, I've got reservations about reviewing the Jones SWB Complete:For one thing, as a semi-professional wiseass what business do I have reviewing anything?  And for another, I've only had the bike since July, and I like to give things a time to wear out and/or fall off before I start making pronouncements.However, in the relatively short amount of time I've had this bike I've spent a...

Bike Snob NYC
04. September, 16:05 Uhr

Okay, it's September and I'm officially Done Fucking Around. Okay, now I'm Done Fucking Around, because today we settle all family business: Or at least we start.  See, I've got all this sweet stuff I'm supposed to be "reviewing:" the Renovo, the Jones, Stracci...and starting now I'm going to sum up my feelings on all of them before returning them, or else keeping them and saying "You want it...

Bike Snob NYC
24. März, 17:49 Uhr

I am, ostensibly, a semi-professional bike blogger.  Furthermore, in my capacity as such, I am ostensibly engaged in a long-term test of the Renovo Aerowood sporting-style drop-bar bicycle.  And while these days my blogulations may be appearing with more frequency over at Outside or on the bike Bike Forecast, I can assure you that I've not been shirking my wood-testing responsibilities, and the...

Bike Snob NYC
22. März, 13:03 Uhr

As you may have heard, yesterday we received a great big spring snowstorm for our convenience, so I made sure to head out for a ride while I had the chance:It's on days like this when I congratulate myself for living near a park with mountain bike trails, even if it's a small one next to a subway station:This is called called "having priorities."Or, if you prefer, it's called "being a gigantic...

Bike Snob NYC
31. August, 14:23 Uhr

So here it is, the reason for my recent trip to Portland:Enjoy your Labouring Day weekend!See youse next week,XOXO,--Tan Tenovo

Bike Snob NYC
20. März, 15:19 Uhr

Killer autonomous vehicles, rancorous community board meetings, stupid biplane-inspired handlebars...sometimes covering the bike beat can be depleting, soul-sucking work.  So it is at these times that, in search of respite, I find myself turning to news of other subcultures and reveling in the fact that their problems don't affect my life in any way whatsoever.  This is why I was delighted to...

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