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Bike Snob NYC
05. Oktober, 15:01 Uhr

Yesterday, after a brief hiatus, I finally got back on the Tresca for a standard-issue New York City-area road ride:And then, this morning, I finally had an opportunity to test the Tresca in a real-life race-type situation in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.I am dismayed to report that I failed to complete the race.Now, I am not blaming the Tresca for my failure.  For one thing, it's October, and...

Bike Snob NYC
09. Oktober, 14:43 Uhr

As you may or may not or may may not be aware, WBAI, the station that was broadcasting my radio show, has stopped broadcasting:Hey, at least I got mentioned in the article:Oh well, it was a good run.  Yes, my radio career was quite the thrill ride.  There I was, sitting on the couch eating Doritos a few months back, when the WBAI program director called and asked me if I wanted to be on the...

Bike Snob NYC
11. Oktober, 19:11 Uhr

There's nothing like a bicycle ride on a blustery fall day:Yes, that's gravel, and no that's not a gravel bike, but don't worry because I walked it.What, do you think I'm crazy or something?By the way, for those of you wondering what's going on with the Tresca, here's an update:For those of you who are sick of hearing about it, here's one of the worst cover songs ever recorded.Even the original...

Bike Snob NYC
18. Oktober, 19:56 Uhr

Way back in 1986 when I started this blog, I never would have imagined virtual bike racers would be getting busted for virtual doping.  But here we are, as I explore in my latest virtual column for Outside's virtual magazine presence:Cycling really needs its own "Black Mirror"-esque near-future dystopia show.  It could be called "Black Chamois."  The Tyler Hamilton's Chimera episode practically...

Bike Snob NYC
01. Oktober, 15:49 Uhr

Firstly, I've got a new Outside column, and it's about how hard it is to buy a lousy bike:At the same time, it's also truly hard to buy a great one, and certainly the preponderance of nearly-identical and eminently adequate "genre" bikes means upstarts like Tresca have their work cut out for them:By the way, if you're wondering how things are going with the Tresca, the next phase of testing...

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
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
27. September, 19:27 Uhr

Firstly, I'm wildly remiss in filling you in on who won the Jones SWB:The short version is the winning essay involved a thrilling tale of international intrigue, and ultimately the Jones will be embarking upon a thousand-mile journey from the Black sea across the Caucasus and Zagros Mountains.  Or something.  I'll share more later.Anyway, there were a number of deserving entries, but none...

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
23. September, 19:10 Uhr

Hello!Don't get too comfortable, this is just a quick update.Firstly, I was on the radio again this morning, and here's the show for your listening...well, for your listening:Secondly, I have no second item.Thirdly, the Jones SWB officially has a new owner!It was a really hard decision, and I'll share more later once I've consulted with the lucky winner, but let's just say for now the bike's...

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
20. September, 18:54 Uhr

It's impossible for me to overstate what a fantastic time of year it is to ride a bicycle here in the New York City region.As you know, for the past week I've been deep in a Fredly spiral of frenziedly comparing road bikes, attempting to parse the subtleties of vintage titanium, modern crabon, and prototype aluminum by riding more or less the same route over and over again.  And while I love...

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
18. September, 18:00 Uhr

Arguably this is the very best time of year to ride a bicycle here in this particular part of the world:And for this reason I've been very grateful to have a new excuse to do so.  After all, I am a semi-professional bike blogger, and I've got to review this Tresca!Today's ride was 30 miles up and down "River Road," where yesterday I took my plastic Fred Sled.  So how do the two bikes compare? ...

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
17. September, 19:36 Uhr

As you know, since late last week I've been subjecting the Tresca TCA-1 to an intensive testing process:Now, before I go on, at least one reader was wondering where the name "Tresca" comes from.  Well basically, Henri Tresca was a mechanical engineer who devised the Tresca failure criterion.  So basically it's a nod to all the engineering Freds out there.  Now you know.Anyway, this Tresca...

Bike Snob NYC
15. September, 15:39 Uhr

Firstly, I want to thank you all for your Jones submissions.  They are making for highly compelling reading.  Please be patient while I determine a winner, as I received even more applications than I expected.Secondly, here's where I am on the Tresca:That joke never gets old.  Never!Okay, so on Friday I nipped out for a 40-ish mile jaunt.  Of course riding a new bike means you're going to stop...

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
13. August, 13:56 Uhr

Firstly, here's my lastest Outside column, which is about why I love riding a bicycle in the city:Every so often I complain about this particular city and someone comments that I'm an idiot for living here--and while that is undeniably true, perhaps this missive will offer you some insight into my delusion.Secondly, further to yesterday's post, a number of commenters questioned the pricing and...

Bike Snob NYC
13. September, 19:04 Uhr

Many exciting things are awheel here at Tan Tenovo headquarters!Firstly, today's your last day to enter the Jones SWB Giveaway Contest:I'm not even linking to the contest rules because I can't handle any more entries.  Just know that if your entry is e-postmarked after 11:59pm today (my time obviously) then I won't consider it.  Flipping through, I will say there are some worthy potential...

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
11. September, 18:25 Uhr

So the Tresca I was expecting yesterday......didn't come.  Not sure what happened but I think it has something to do with customs or something like that (it's coming from the UK), so I'm just going to go ahead and blame Donald Trump and Boris Johnson for it all.  Anyway, Tresca have been very attentive throughout the process, and I'm confident it will arrive soon.  Rest assure I'll let you know...

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
10. September, 14:58 Uhr

If you haven't heard, here in New York City our goofball mayor suggested he'd consider a law forcing Citi Bike riders to wear helmets for some reason, so my latest Outside column is about why this is completely stupid:In fact, I was so annoyed that I dedicated my radio show yesterday to the same subject, and you can listen here.My guest was Charles Komanoff, who's like really smart.  Also, he's...

Bike Snob NYC
06. September, 14:05 Uhr

I don't have the time, energy, or professionalism to link to the prior posts, but if you've been paying attention you know that Jeff Jones has generously authorized me to give away--yes, give away--the Jones Plus SWB Complete I've been riding (and adoring!) for the past year:So if I love it so much why am I giving it away?  Well, Jones recently launched the LWB Complete (it comes in knobby and...

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
04. September, 14:16 Uhr

As a semi-professional bike blogger and semi-competent parent I'm in a strange place at the moment: summer is, practically speaking, over, and yet school has not yet begun, which means I'm in a sort of limbo.  This is by way of explaining why I have not yet formally announced the rules for my upcoming Jones SWB Bike Giveaway Extravaganza.  But I will be doing so shortly.In the meantime, here'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
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...

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