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Bike Snob NYC
10. Dezember, 18:39 Uhr

Sometime back in the mid-aughts I got hooked on the cyclocrossing.  I was never even remotely good at it, but in a way that's what made it so much fun--even if you're nowhere near placing you're always at least competing for something, such as (in my case) not coming in last.  Also, the races are short, which means that when you're done you can hang out an watch the people who are actually...

Bike Snob NYC
06. Dezember, 15:21 Uhr

Yep, that's right, like oatmeal from a tap my columns arrive in clumps.  Here's the latest one:I'm not totally crazy about the headline they used since one point I make in there is that I'm perfectly fine with bike racers adhering to pointless rules, but that's fine with me if they want to be provocative and if they really want to they can call it "Your Helmet Is Leaching Chemicals Into Your...

Bike Snob NYC
11. Dezember, 19:07 Uhr

I've gotten some criticism here for my flagrant disregard of safety.  For one thing, I have on many occasions failed to be sufficiently reverent of the sanctity of the bicycle helmet.  For another, this past weekend I dared ride a singlespeed bicycle equipped with a quick-release skewer.Pffft.The truth is I've been engaged in an activity far riskier and far more ill-advised for a person of my...

Bike Snob NYC
12. Dezember, 14:36 Uhr

Good morning!While I'm sitting here on my ass trying to keep my Swollen Foot of Shame (SFOS) elevated, let's talk about Christmas:(When this movie was out I was totally engaging in age-appropriate skateboarding.)Oh sure, I can be cynical at times, but the fact is I'm positively bubbling over with Christmas spirit--mostly because I have no choice.  In fact, in addition to hobbling around on my...

Bike Snob NYC
05. Dezember, 15:52 Uhr

Good morning!How's everybody doing today?Well, that's fantastic/sorry to hear that/I don't really need that much information about your bowels/it was a rhetorical question anyway so stop talking to your computer.Firstly, I've got a new Outside column:However, the wrong illustration appears to be accompanying it, and it should be this one:I suppose I could have waited for it to get fixed but I'm...

Bike Snob NYC
03. Dezember, 04:12 Uhr

Farewell to cyclist, commentator--and, above all, château expert--Paul Sherwen:The death of the respected cycling broadcaster and former professional rider Paul Sherwen has been confirmed at the age of 62.I'm not that old, but I'm no millennial either (who, I guess, are also old now; I think we're onto Generation Z at this point), and so I remember what it was to have to forage for...

Bike Snob NYC
07. Dezember, 20:45 Uhr

When we last checked in on Project Singlespeed:(The singlespeed in question)I'd expressed misgivings about chain retention.  Specifically, for reasons I won't bother to reiterate I'd curated the drivetrain with a rear cog extracted from a used cassette, and after I dropped a chain on my first full-length test ride I worried that maybe this wasn't going to cut it.Nevertheless, in the spirit of...

Bike Snob NYC
27. November, 17:22 Uhr

I'm sort of obsessed right now with this tweet from Matt Phillips, who if I recall correctly is the testing director for Bicycling magazine:Mountain bikes—full sus 29ers especially—have never been more capable. They make riding rough, steep, & challenging terrain easier, safer, more fun. So why is the dominant trend in mainstream trail design rolling, smooth, 4ft wide trails with zero...

Bike Snob NYC
04. Dezember, 15:53 Uhr

Recently, in the spirit of contrived irreverence, I registered to participate an upcoming singlespeed cyclocrossing event.  This is not as incongruous as it sounds--I am, after all, a veteran of the 2010 SSCXWC in Portland, OR.  Plus, a photo of me attempting to sterilize myself with a one-speed bicycle even appeared in Bicycling magazine instructional:(You can't unsee this now.)Though that's...

Bike Snob NYC
21. November, 17:09 Uhr

It's American Thanksgiving Eve:If you're unfamiliar with American Thanksgiving, basically we spend the day fortifying ourselves with foodstuffs and sharpening our weaponry in order to do battle on Black Friday: People are all bent out of shape over Amazon but the truth is online retail may be the only thing keeping us alive at this point.Anyway, on this occasion, I'm pleased to present you with...

Bike Snob NYC
19. November, 18:54 Uhr

My self-administered sobriquet "Bike Snob" has always been somewhat ironic in that I'm not particularly, well, fastidious when it comes to my bikes, but as of today I think I've officially bypassed slovenliness and attained a state of liberating Don't-Give-A-Fuckitude, as exemplified by the state of this bicycle:It all started when I was running out the door with child in tow; I was going to...

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
16. November, 14:56 Uhr

Well there I was being all cynical about the snow:Feeling nostalgic for the days when people didn't freak out and issue a zillion advisories because it might snow a little bit at some point in the day.— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) November 15, 2018 Meanwhile we got walloped pretty good; it was supposed to snow for a bit then turn to rain, but we ended up getting something like six inches 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
09. November, 13:24 Uhr

Yes, that's right, the ink was barely dry on the last one when this appeared:Do I like that bikes are environmentally friendly?  Yes.  Would I still ride if every time I threw a leg over a bikes some unseen organism went extinct forever?  Probably also yes, I'm not gonna lie.  (But don't worry, that only happens if you ride a carbon fiber bike.)And with that, I'm gonna go throw a leg over a...

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
08. November, 18:42 Uhr

Firstly, here's my latest column for Outside, which is about dooring:As you may or may not know, it's generally the publication and not the writer who comes up with the headline, and that's the case here.  Of course I'm perfectly fine with this headline (it's certainly better than "Start Hitting Cyclists With Your Car Door" ), though my original headline was something along the lines of "You...

Bike Snob NYC
07. November, 18:39 Uhr

It was a beautiful, warm, clear autumn morning after two days of rain, and so I headed out for an easy spin to Central Park astride my Milwaukee:As you can see, it's still sporting the cheap and not terribly comfortable plastic saddle I threw on there for a rainy race some months back.  Also, I've got strap-on fenders instead of proper ones, and the state of my handlebar tape is nothing short...

Bike Snob NYC
06. November, 13:01 Uhr

It's Election Day down here in Canada's Tortured Subconscious, so I'm off to the polls:Then I'll be spending the rest of the day parenting because there's no school today.So I'll see you when I see you, and not a moment sooner.In the meantime, Peter Flax has the Fred-osphere all in a tizzy because last week he wrote a story for CyclingTips about how he doesn't wear a helmet:It's a good story,...

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
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
02. November, 19:07 Uhr

A few months back I received an email from one Ted Bongiovanni at Consumer Reports.  He had noticed that I ride past their headquarters in Yonkers with some frequency.  Given this, and the fact that I too conduct highly scientific testing on consumer products, he thought I might like to come by for a visit, see the facilities, and chat with some of the office bike nerds.I had no idea Consumer...

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
30. Oktober, 17:48 Uhr

It's been quite a week of bicycle maintenance so far here at BSNYC/RTMS/Tan Tenovo, LLC headquarters.  Yesterday of course I tackled the brakes on my WorkCycles, and today I went a few rounds with the Renovo Aerowood.  See, there's nothing quite as exquisite as riding amid the brilliant foliage of fall on an artisanally-hewn wooden Fred Chariot:That is unless that Fred Chariot is creaking like...

Bike Snob NYC
29. Oktober, 16:55 Uhr

I was going to get all kids of stuff done today.  However, as I took my younger son to school this morning the braking on the WorkCycles (Magura hydraulic rim brakes) was simply too bad to ignore.  (Believe me, I've been doing my best to ignore it for months, but when both levers are bottoming out on the grips you cross that line between "sub-optimal braking" and "bad parenting.")"No problem,"...

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
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
25. Oktober, 18:22 Uhr

Further to my recent Outside column about the joys of voluminous tires, I see that a new suspension fork has hit the market with great fanfare:Now I should begin by saying there's certainly lots of room for improvement as far as suspension forks.  I should also say James Huang knows his stuff, so if he says this fork addresses many of those shortcomings I'm inclined to believe him. ...

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