Sorry (not really) to be late (not really), but I treated myself to some much-needed saddle time this morning:
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two years already since I took delivery of the Milwaukee, and my fondness for it has only increased during that time. At this time of year the bike goes fenderless, and I’m taking advantage of the additional clearance to run/rub/palp some 32mm tires inflated to exactly [X]psi instead of my usual 28s. (There’s no way I’m disclosing #whatpressureyourunning, or my proprietary tire pressure algorithm which involves daily weighings as well as occasional soil-tastings.) Other features include an EH Works tool roll (go ahead and buy two, you deserve it), as well as a genuine MA2 rim on the front:
I dug these rims out of a bike shop basement many years ago because they were the official Jobst Brandt-approved rim and even though I was still a dyed-in-the-Lycra Fred and these were considered old and heavy his curmudgeonliness spoke directly to my soul. Sadly, the rear rim is no longer with us (probably due to a sub-par non Jobstian wheel build which I was not responsible for), but the front is still going strong–which is not really saying much since pretty much any front wheel will last roughly forever. As for the rear, I rebuilt it some years back with a cheap polished rim of similar dimensions, and I daresay silver wheels lend a bicycle a certain dignity which is absent from today’s flashy wheelsets.
And now, I’m pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you’re right you’ll know, and if you’re wrong you’ll see a good old-fashioned fixie fail.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and may all your rides be bicycle rides.
–Wildcat Rock Machine
1) Shoe designer Christian Louboutin used which cycling activity to showcase their $995 sneaker?
2) How much money is Velo Visor looking to raise?
3) According to Hallmark, which is not an appropriate gift for a 10-year anniversary?
4) Bronx Community Board 8 voted against a street redesign that included a bike lane because:
–People will stop visiting New York City, the economy will collapse, and the city will become a ghost town
–“The Bronx is not close to New York City like Brooklyn is”
–Everybody who’d been killed on that street deserved to die
–All of the above
5) Yet another NYPD report regarding a cyclist’s death has turned out to be false.
6) Did Pirelli get bike tires right with the Pzero?
7) This Bicycling story fails to include the most important feature of all: an “off” button.
Guess what?School’s closed on Monday again.That means so am I.Yep, that’s right, no post here on Monday the 12th. However, I’ll be updating the Bike Forecast in the meantime, and I’ll be back here on Tuesday the 13th with regular update… Continue reading
Apologies in advance for any incoherence on my part beyond the usual amount (this blog is generally at least 40% incoherent), but the truth is I’m suffering from a massive hangover.
Sadly, this hangover is not due to excessive libation. Rather, it’s because I spent three hours steeped in stupid at last night’s community board meeting, which you can read all about on the Bike Forecast:
Believe me when I tell you it’s soul-crushing to spend that much time among people who are literally too stupid to get out of their own way:
Residents double-parking in front of the community board meeting after spending 3 hrs complaining abt. double-parking at the CB mtg. pic.twitter.com/AJ5mJOgaTs
— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) May 26, 2017
And who can somehow spin drivers crashing cars into their homes into a rationale for opposing a bike lane.
Also, let’s not forget the time-worn line of bullshit that bike lanes somehow slow emergency vehicle response times. So sure, by all means keep the streets deadly, because at least the meatwagons will have an easier time showing up to scrape us off the road.
In all sincerity the advocates who fight tirelessly for this stuff are made of some seriously high crabon moral fiber and I’m a counterfeit eBay S-Works in comparison.
Anyway, it’s on that note that I’ll bid you a-doo for the holiday weekend. Please note as stated above that I won’t be here until Monday, June 5th, at which point I’ll resume regular updates. I will however be person-ing my post at the Bike Forecast next week (Memorial Day excluded) so if you can’t get enough of my insightful typing then rest assured you’ll be able to relish it over there in the meantime.
And now, I’m pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you’re right you’ll know and if you’re wrong you’ll see a video that is definitely a reward and not a punishment. (You’re welcome.)
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and enjoy the holiday weekend.
–Wildcat Rock Machine
1) Fill in the blank: “Reservoir _____”
2) What is this?
3) How does the “smart bell” work?
–A button on your handlebars plays a bell sound through your phone
–A button on your phone rings an electronic bell on your handlebars
–A voice-activated electronic bell on your handlebars responds to the command “Ring-a-ding-ding!”
–It broadcasts a bell sound to drivers directly through their car stereos
4) I will be Brompton World Champion.
5) Of course you can get crabon wheels for a Bormpton.
6) In Florida, after you get hit on your bike by a pickup truck driver, you get:
7) Adult balance bike racing is the new adult kickball.
Hello class.Okay, settle down, settle down.And you in the back, get that pencil out of your nose.I’m now pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you’re right you’ll see the item, an… Continue reading
Firstly, I’ve been remiss in welcoming EH Works back to the right-hand margin:Unfurling a fine handmade tool roll is such a pleasure I find myself almost hoping for a flat:So order one for yourself if you haven’t already, and if you have then order ano… Continue reading
Okay, let’s get to it.First, come to Bike Expo New York tomorrow to bask in my presence and obtain the new BSNYC cap!(There was a typo on the date. I fixed it.)Second, read my thrilling Jersey City bike share travelogue over at the City Bike Jers… Continue reading
(He’s since moved on to riding gravel.)Surprise! Betcha didn’t expect a quiz! Well, you know what to do. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you’re right then great, and if you’re wrong you’ll see a ne… Continue reading
If you’re anything like me, every time you go for a ride you think to yourself, “I sure wish some Silicon Valley start-up would rethink the bicycle!” Well good news! Here comes the Volata, which is the combination TV/VCR of road bikes:So ho… Continue reading
It’s hot today.
Fortunately, as a layabout bike blogger I’m able to “curate” my commute. For example, sometimes I commute into the city, sometimes I commute away from it, and sometimes I just say “fuck it” and stay wherever the hell I am.
Today I picked the second option, and I encountered some deer:
One of them totally Cat 6-ed me:
As you can imagine, sprinting against a deer in the heat is quite exhausting, and so I picked a pleasant spot to rest:
If you can tear your eyes away from my shameful pink-and-green spacer stack you will notice that beneath my saddle is a tool roll from EH Works, whose ad you may have noticed over there in the right-hand margin. Here’s what it looks like unfurled:
And here’s a quick inventory of its contents:
–Two (2) inner tubes;
–Combination S&S coupler/pedal wrench
Basically it’s everything I need to disassemble and reassemble my travel bike on the road–except for a pump (I’ve got to deflate the tires to fit everything in the travel case), but I’m sure I could easily fit a mini-pump in there too. Indeed, there’s plenty of room left, so perhaps I’ll even add a chain tool and some spare links so I’m really covered. Or perhaps I won’t bother, because really, how often do you break a chain?
Either way, it all fits snugly and discreetly under Eric the Chamferer’s handiwork:
So there you go.
Speaking of giant toolbags, a friend forwarded me this article, which apparently requires a subscription to read in its entirety–though I’m not sure that matters because if you’re anything like me you couldn’t bear to do so anyway:
Dave Morin, a tech executive and venture capitalist, posted his time for a recent mountain bike ride to the social networking app Strava and thought little about it. Until, that is, he bumped into a friend, Colin Brumelle, a former Twitter engineering manager and amateur racer who’d seen the Strava posting. “You’re cheating!” cried Mr. Brumelle.
Mr. Morin had beaten Mr. Brumelle’s time up the slopes of nearby Mt. Tamalpais. But to anyone on Strava, it was obvious how Mr. Morin had done it. His bike, as noted in Strava, was a Turbo Levo, a new, $7,500 offering from California-based Specialized. It is equipped with a computerized, electronic motor, which offers a subtle assist with each pedal stroke.
Yeah, it’s not really innovation or cheating, it’s basically just being a douche.
And now, I’m pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you’re right you’ll rejoice, and if you’re wrong you’ll see a Pokéfred.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and ride safely.
–Wildcat Rock Machine
1) Pokémon reference Pokémon reference something something something Pokémon reference.
2) The NYPD recently cracked down on ElliptiGO riders for violating the following New York State traffic law:
§ 1232. Riding on bicycles. (a) A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto, nor shall he ride with his feet removed from the pedals.
(b) No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
3) Finally! Gravel-specific _____:
4) What kind of knot is this?
5) Holy shit, the Boston Globe printed something nice about bikes!
6) The Lios Nano is:
7) This bakfiets conversion kit is called:
The tech companies are gonna disrupt everyone right into the poorhouse.
Sorry about that, I scampered off for a little ride:It’s easy to come back to New York City from, say, this place and feel sorry for yourself:The fact is though I’ve got it pretty good, all things considered. I’ve got a subway station right aroun… Continue reading