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Bike Snob NYC
08. April, 16:08 Uhr

Here I am in Los Angeles, savoring my last few hours of Californy sunshine and basking in the Eroica afterglow before returning to [gulp] New York:You'll be pleased to know that both my Nova Eroica bike:And my Classic Eroica bike:Performed with aplomb.I attribute it all to the pie plates.Anyway, rest assured I'll provide a thorough accounting in a forthcoming Outside feature, and maybe on the...

Bike Snob NYC
15. April, 16:21 Uhr

It's all springy out!If you're unfamiliar with spring, here's how it works: one minute it's warm and sunny, then the next it's cold and rainy.  Also, there are beautiful explosions of color as the flora blooms, which you can't enjoy due to seasonal allergies.Spring also means the Classics are in full swing.  However, I completely missed any and all Paris-Roubaix coverage, because owing to...

Bike Snob NYC
11. April, 19:29 Uhr

Usually when I come back from California it's a good week of sulking before I come to terms with my home environment, but this time around it's been fairly easy, possibly because it's spring.  But also, what's so great about California?  What do they have that we don't?Fires, you say?We've got those, too!I rode into that one just a few miles north of the city line on the South County Trailway...

Bike Snob NYC
05. April, 15:38 Uhr

Good morning from sunny-ish Californy, where tomorrow I'll be partaking in Eroicas both Nova and Classic:As of now I've officially gotten my hands on both my Nova Eroica bike and my Classic Eroica bike--both of which I will be GIVING AWAY FOR FREE OF CHARGE after using them.  All you have to do is be the first to call "dibs" and they're yours.  (One (1) bike per customer, void where prohibited,...

Bike Snob NYC
18. April, 18:29 Uhr

So this morning my phone did that weird "Black Mirror"-type thing where it tells you that you have a "memory" and then sends you down a Proustian nostalgia hole by showing you a bunch of photos it has somehow figured out are significant--and as it happens the photos that my phone chose were from a Gran Fondon't some two years back:A look back into my archives (if it weren't for my phone and my...

Bike Snob NYC
09. April, 15:34 Uhr

Well, I'm back in New York!Rest assured I've wasted no time getting back to business.  In fact, first thing this morning I dropped THE CAR THE BANK OWNS UNTIL I FINISH PAYING THEM BACK with the dealer so they could replace the Exploding Takata Airbag Of Death that apparently came as standard equipment:This errand of course afforded me an opportunity to use the Brompton for my return trip:The...

Bike Snob NYC
02. April, 19:01 Uhr

So if you keep abreast of Fredly affairs you may have seen that Enve crabon rims apparently eat tires:Specifically, Enve says that catastrophic tire bead failures — on the sidewalls, right at the bead hooks — have been occurring more frequently than in years past. In addition, and more importantly, Enve contends that this is happening with other brand’s wheels as well, and is a problem directly...

Bike Snob NYC
19. April, 12:36 Uhr

My latest Outside column is all about how I'm an "avid driver:"Seems to me that driving a car and hating cyclists instead of other drivers is like taking a crap in a burning house and complaining about which way someone hung the toilet paper.By the way, some people like the toilet paper over, others like it under, but everybody knows the proper orientation is sideways--or else you just get a...

Bike Snob NYC
23. April, 14:26 Uhr

Schools here in New York City are out this week, which means I've got my parenting helmet on pretty much full time:(By 2021 we'll all be wearing connected helmets for everyday life, just you wait and see.)This means if you're looking for me and I'm not here, you'll be able to find me over at the Bike Forecast, where you can also get a good sense of what we're dealing with here in this town. ...

Bike Snob NYC
22. Oktober, 12:27 Uhr

I don't Zwift.  Please note I don't say this with smugness--I've become a total Strava dork so acknowledge anything's possible--but the fact remains that as of now I don't ride indoors, with or without digital enhancements.  Nevertheless, I was amused to see that Zwift now offers a virtual New York City for your e-Fredding pleasure:New routes. New buildings. New climb. New......

Bike Snob NYC
01. April, 13:29 Uhr

Good morning!I am obviously America's foremost helmet troll:(A helmet troll)And as such it is recumbent upon me to write a column about The Great Trek Bicycle-Making Company's™ new Miracle Helmet®:For best results, be sure to spraypaint yourself from head to toe:Speaking of not seeing things that are right in front of you, on today's Bike Forecast I shared the following tweet from the NYPD...

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
25. März, 14:20 Uhr

Good morning!  Or for those of you living in Australia:,,ƃuᴉuɹoɯ pooפ,,Since I know you're upside down.To start your week off right, first eat a nutritious breakfast that's chock full of nutrients (pretty sure Froot Loops contain the full complement of vitamins), then read my latest Outside column about how many cyclists are lured by the siren song of the so-called "Forever Bike:"At the moment...

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
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
14. März, 12:54 Uhr

Hey, would you look at that, I've got a new Outside column about in America you're better off dying with a helmet than surviving without one:Basically it's just assumed that a child is going to wind up under a Toyota Tacoma, and that's fine, just as long as they're wearing a foam hat.Also, I've gotten to test some pretty cool bikes over the years, but I'm really just in it for the chamois...

Bike Snob NYC
13. März, 18:19 Uhr

Further to yesterday's post and Mario Cipollini, a commenter commented thusly:Doc Sarvis said...Tried and convicted in the court of public opinion We'll all be there soonMarch 12, 2019 at 9:58 PMNo we won't.In other news, this morning I went to adjust my fancy new Shimano Dura Ace front derailleur, partially because it felt like maybe it could use some adjusting, but mostly because I didn't put...

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
12. März, 19:16 Uhr

No doubt by now you've seen the CyclingTips story about Mario Cipollini's history of domestic violence:Mario Cipollini is one of professional cycling's most beloved and enduring characters. But in the wake of serious allegations of violence against female family members, the colourful Italian's darker side can no longer be ignored.https://t.co/pr1LWFt52g pic.twitter.com/lMHNVnmu8O— CyclingTips...

Bike Snob NYC
11. März, 15:34 Uhr

Are you a pro cycling fan?  Well, if so, you'll no doubt be disheartened to learn that the Pope questions your morality:Pope Francis warns cycling over ‘doping, dishonesty and corruption’ https://t.co/60VLLceHem— Indy Sport (@IndySport) March 9, 2019Speaking at the Annual Congress of the European Cycling Union, the pontiff praised cycling as a discipline which promotes “virtues such as...

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
04. März, 15:07 Uhr

It's the tail end of a New York City winter that hasn't seen much snowfall until now.  However, it looks like nature has decided to sell off its excess inventory, because as of last week it seems to be coming down every few days.  In fact, in a cruel bit of irony, the first bicycle-cycling race of the season was supposed to happen this past Saturday, but it got cancelled due to snow.Of course,...

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
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
28. Februar, 16:00 Uhr

There's a lot going on in the world today, but by far the biggest and most important news story on the planet--bigger than Michael Cohen's testimony, bigger than the tension between India and Pakistan, bigger than Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un's bro-down in Vietnam--is that Beto O'Rourke rides a fixie:Last night @leylasantiago pulled Beto O'Rourke aside in El Paso, where he told her "I'm going...

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
26. Februar, 13:15 Uhr

In yesterday's post, I described life (cycling and otherwise) in New York City, and how overall it's pretty good.  However, there are certainly other locales I find beguiling, and one of them is California.  In fact, that's where I was last week on my family vacation, and the sun must have done a number on me because I didn't go anywhere near a bike the whole time and I didn't even really...

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