Friday, November 17, 2017

BSNYC Invisible Friday Fun Quiz and Thanksgiving Announcement

***UPDATE***

Hey, look at that, it's the latest Outside column!



Now back to our regularly scheduled post about scheduling.

Okay, let's get right down to business: American Thanksgiving!


Apologies for the graphic, I had to repurpose one because American Thanksgiving is so obscure.

So yeah, next Thursday is American Thanksgiving, which means two things:

1) Our president will pardon a turkey, even though technically he already did;
2) I'll be taking my leave of this blog until Monday, November 27th, at which point I will resume regular updates.  (Though of course if an Outside column should appear before that I'll pop in here to let you know.)

As for the Bike Forecast, I'll continue to update that through Wednesday November 22nd for the poor commuter schmucks.

Suckers.

Speaking of being absent, I'd like to address a comment I received yesterday because it raises an important point:

Anonymous said...

How many of these lately start with you apologizing for being late, forgetting the day, or some other excuse... followed by a plug for something else you’re doing that’s obviously more important? Why not just stick a fork in it and move on?

November 16, 2017 at 11:18 PM

Firstly, in regard to the second question, the answer to that is obviously "Go fuck yourself."  And I don't mean that in a nasty way, I mean it in a totally matter-of-fact that's-a-stupid-question-so-go-right-ahead-and-fuck-yourself way.  No offense intended.  By the way, blogging is a compulsion for me at this point, so like it or not I'll probably be blogging until the moment I die--in fact, I'll probably die blogging once I set up my dedicated blogging bike:


Secondly, yes, being a one-person operation who manages to do the work of at least .75 people there are times when I must type fewer words into this blog than I'd like.  And while I'm honored that my absence bothers you, I'd argue that on balance it's a good thing, since there's too goddamn much of of me as it is.  Indeed, if I'm not typing words into this blog I'm probably typing them someplace else.  Seriously, I have what, like fourteen blogs already?  Also, I'm my own tech department, which means I have to prepare and ride wooden bicycles and Jones bars and Brooks Cambium All Weather Saddles and all the rest of it.  Do you think I like receiving all this exotica and then on top of everything having to take mid-week rides on them while the rest of you are working?  Of course not!

It's a hard life is all I'm saying, and hardly a day goes by where you can't find some fresh bullshit from me somewhere online, so cut me some slack.

Speaking of the indignities of product testing, I've got the Jones bars and the Cambium All Weather saddle on Ol' Piney now:


And this morning I finally managed to take the whole package out for a decent ride, i.e. my usual all-terrain loop:


And yes, I do feel like a gigantic douchebag for embedding my Strava data in this blog, but I'm way too old and over it to care.

Anyway, rest assured a thorough accounting of these bars will follow in the not-too-distant future, but for now I'll just say that so far I really like them and I think they'll succeed in turning Ol' Piney into the all-day bike it really wants to be.

And with that I bid you a-duh.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving if applicable, ride safe, and I'll see you back here on Monday, November 27th if not almost certainly before.

I Love You,


--Wildcat Rock Machine



47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Podium

They used to call me Fred (really). said...

I'm thinking of the SG 2.5 bars for my 24 year old Cannondale M800, as I'm too cheap to buy a new bike. Just need a little more height for my middle age, so looking forward to the review.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Snob esq.,
Tell me just a touch about this Cambium "All Weather" saddle. When I bought my plain ol' Cambium saddle, it was because I rode in "all weathers" including those which I knew were bad for leather Brooks saddles. I have been really (really) pleased w/ my C-17. What risks am I running by riding a non all weather Cambium in all weathers?
Cheers,
-Matt in AK

Unknown said...

I think you missed Anonymous' point yesterday. I read it as, "You don't need to make an excuse why you are late. We understand you have a life, move on with your life, don't worry about us schmucks."

But of course, if you want to fill column with an excuse, knock yourself out, it's your column. And of course we will comment any damn way we please. Ain't merca grand?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Unknown,

USA! USA!

--Wildcat Etc.

NYCHighwheeler said...

Oh no! I forgot to get you pictures/lithographs of the 2017 Brooklyn Tweed ride before the end of the semester! This is just like that nightmare where you are unprepared for the test, and naked. Except that it is nothing at all like that in anyway!

Anyway a group of like 25 or so got dressed up and rode from Grand Army Plaza to Coney Island and back. A good, fashionable time was had by all. Photos available upon request, or just google it.

Thanks again Snob, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

N/A said...

What pressure do you run on a bloggin' bike?


The husky Marin is looking sweet AF now. With the exception of the mullet brakes, I'm going to utterly rip off everything about it and build up an all-day-comfortable non-road bike.

N/A said...

I likes my Cambium, too. Bought it second-hand from somebody that wasn't diggin' it, and it has been just delightful.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Matt in AK,

Apparently none whatsoever. I believe the difference is that the All Weather version is topped with nylon instead of cotton. Mine have all held up great too, but I have had people tweet at me that their cotton covers have worn out, go figure.

--Wildcat Etc.

Anonymous said...

By far the best and funniest cycling blog out there. Long may it continue. Thanks for every post you have done.

Paul

Grump said...

Snobby, I seem to remember that quite a few years ago, you had a helper monkey to help out with the more mundane part of your blogging. You would think that your NYC area would have more than enough suckers (I mean crazed fans) that could do some of your scut work. As long as you paid them with bananas, and they restrained from flinging fecal material, it might lower your workload enough to get in one or two more rides in per week.......At least, that's what I would do in your situation. You could even ask them to pay you for the honor of working for you. (It would be an evil type of internship)

Anonymous said...

An average of 9 mph (14.5 kph)! Zow!

Pist Off said...

First person who posts about the Marin looking dorky, imma throw something breakable. FFS we KNOW you’re far too cool and fast and serious on Strava to run something your Fredly neighbors would not. The whole point with the Jones bars is that they are different even than the usual sweep bars with the front loop section for more usable positions. K?

Some guy from upstate said...

Just yesterday, I was thinking, "I hope a nice long post about the mods to ol' piney, maybe along with some nice digs on the cheeto-in-chief, is coming to make up for all these short-ass ones", and then I reminded myself that the enjoyment per dollar is still infinite (dividing by zero and all). Shit, even the books have all been gifts. So, yes, fuck you anonymous. Enjoy the holiday.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

...hey Wildcat, "Go fuck yourself." And I don't mean that in a nasty way. I mean it in a stop-teasing-us-with-them-photos-of-your-not-so-fat-fat-bike-looking-so-tantalizing-while-we-sit-at-our-desks-and-can-only-ride-after-work-which-is-fuckn-dark-already.

bad boy of the south said...

with a mighty clap of thunder and an a-duh,wildcat,etc,rides off into the sunset never to be heard from again except after turkey day 2017,a possible outside column,and an occasional pop-in.
Enjoy your 'merican turkey extravaganza and be safe y`all.

Old Timer said...

Huh? What?

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

Wow, you'd be able to regale us with so many more tales and commentary if you didn't have to give all these comments "hand release" as they say in the finer massage parlours ...



vsk

wle said...

aren't those jones bars too wide to be hip?

Billy said...

I lvoe you too Wildcat. Have a great Thanksgiving!

BikeSnobNYC said...

wle,

They're actually too narrow, the fixie set are riding downhill bars now.

Anonymous 4:01pm,

Damn right. I would have ridden even slower but had to be back for the schoolbus.

--Wildcat Etc.

Anonymous said...

My seven year old says that Trump is going to eat the turkey. She has good sources.

Anonymous said...

LOVE YOU2

JLRB said...

... and if you can't go fuck yourself, go fuck your turkey ...

boring pedant said...

@Anonymous Some guy from upstate said...

divide by zero is undefined, not infinity

Anonymous said...

Snobby wrote:

"...rest assured a thorough accounting of these bars will follow in the not-too-distant future..."


I hope you won't be offended, but sometimes I don't read this blog as conscientiously as one might and when I read the above I thought I'd missed that your ride was actually a pub crawl.

Again, please don't be offended, but realising you were in fact talking about friggin handlebars was a little dispiriting.

No matter, a review of those handlebars would be a worthy contribution to the canon — I should be especially keen to learn how they stack up as drinking bars and am intrigued by that vagina shaped opening at the centre of the arrangement; if one's aim is to fashion an "all day bike" might the forward most part of that opening agreeably accommodate lights and devices away from valuable gripping areas closer to the rider and might a fetching carry bag be hooked onto the loop into which one could store pilfered beer coasters and ashtrays and whatnot?

Thank you in advance, and it would probably be a good thing should you feel compelled to write about drinking establishments.

bad boy of the south said...

My avg.for today.10.8 mph...American miles.no offense to the rest of the earth.but then,again it was on the ATT in NC on my clownbike.almost thirty miles later.cannondale's in the lbs for tranny work.gotta use what ya gotta use.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 5:35pm,

I think accommodating lights, devices, and bags is a big part of what these bars are about.

I was thinking of curating some kind of all-terrain ramble between now and the end of the year that would incorporate a drinking establishment but not sure I'll be able to get it together.

--Wildcat Etc.

Anonymous said...

far too many anonymous dweebs like to complain in anonymity. that's my complaint for today.

leroy said...

Ride thankfully all!

As for me, this is the year I'm finally going to take my dog to the cleaners on our annual bet as to the winner of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia's National Dog Show on Thanksgiving morning.

All I'm saying is I agreed to let him host a Thanksgiving Eve party for the competitors. All I have to do is figure out who will be the least hung over.

My dog informs me that's not the type of hung over the judges look for. But you can't believe half the stuff he says.

Dooth said...

Oh that Piney looks sharp now...that giant bottle opener makes it the perfect beer-run bike...Jones must have a front rack to match the bars.

Some guy from upstate said...

boring pedant, if I express enjoyment as some positive real constant A, and cost (in dollars, because America) as some positive real variable x, my enjoyment per dollar is expressed as the function enjoyment_per_dollar(x) = A/x. This is a function that approaches infinity as x goes to zero, for any positive value of A (I have yet to receive zero or negative enjoyment from WCRM). Therefore I maintain that my enjoyment per dollar from reading this blog is infinite. So there.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the 15 seconds of fame...

Anonymous said...

“While the long-term effects of blood doping are unclear, evidence suggests they may last for decades.” Very interesting. I didn’t know that.

I wonder what obstacles prevent ensuring motors aren’t in any of the bikes that make it under rider’s bottoms or onto team car rack tops. It seems it ought to be straightforward and easier than preventing pharmaceutical funny business. But I’ve no technical savvy. Maybe doing so is crazy hard and impractical. Anyone know what it would take?

-Lost Child in the Information Age and Member of the Anonymati

Tim said...

C'mon, do you really need to review the jones bars? "They're comfy for non-aggressive, upright riding, with options for multiple hand positions. That may be useful on longer rides, but riding with your hands out front feels hella goofy. And you can put a light or 3 on there." Done

BikeSnobNYC said...

Tim,

Your strange notion they're for "non-aggressive" riding is why a review is probably warranted.

--Wildcat Etc.

Skidmark said...

I think the Jones “bend bar” looks like a scorcher bar. You can set it up long/low,commuter,touring, any way you wish.

Bryan Bracy said...

Snob,
What and how are those grips on the top of Jones bars? I have those bars in silver.

Sincerly,
Venge Schmenge Guy

sparadrap said...

I rode Rapha's latest Oregon gravel sufferfest on a bike fitted with those and they proved much faster than drops in the descents. They work well when you need to push on the way up too.

Anonymous said...

hi everybody, anyone want to do a 3 speed ride today? jones bars are welcome . text me, I m in Kennett Square Pa but can meet somewhere else. 747 444 1076. Chris.

Anonymous said...

I think you need to repost the link to Jones riding with his bars... oh bother, here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4rxBquR5O4

That's certainly more aggressive than the vast majority of trail riding I've seen performed across the country. I don't have any strong opinions about the bars other than I agree that they look can opener-ish. And straight bars look like what? A butter churn? Mixing spoons? A piece of discarded slightly bent pipe?

Undefined and infinite are abstract concepts. When one gets beyond 3rd grade math, there's more debate about their meanings and treatment. This blog, however, is directly responsible for my purchasing two books and seven knog lights (family, not seven on my own clown bike). So, given the impressive amount of typing it's accumulated over the years, the unit price equation for me at least yields some vanishingly small wishy-washy floating point fraction. It's a good thing somebody is giving Weiss some freebies too.

The Cycling Disciple said...

Snobby, good job adhering to Velominati RULE #8: saddles, bars, and tires shall be carefully MATCHED!

JLRB said...

survived the cranksgiving - took me to parts of DC I hadn't ventured, including a stretch of a new-ish MUP I've been meaning to check out. Didn't stick around for the awards ceremony, but guessing the long beard on a cargo-style bike likely blew the curve.

GIVT HANK

ps - Cycling Disciple - the Velominati demonstrate why rules are made to be broken

madalin stunt cars 2 said...

Snobby, I seem to remember that quite a few years ago, you had a helper monkey to help out with the more mundane part of your blogging. You would think that your NYC area would have more than enough suckers (I mean crazed fans) that could do some of your scut work. As long as you paid them with bananas, and they restrained from flinging fecal material, it might lower your workload enough to get in one or two more rides in per week.......At least, that's what I would do in your situation. You could even ask them to pay you for the honor of working for you. (It would be an evil type of internship)

Anonymous said...

An admission of e-bike guilt from FC:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/nov/20/e-bikes-time-to-saddle-up-with-low-cost-energy-and-no-sweat

“E-bikes are fantastic. I use them all the time. You can take the kids up mountains. You can arrive in your good clothes at a meeting. It’s so easy.” Who said this?

Surprisingly, it was none other than Fabian Cancellara, perhaps the greatest ever road time-trial rider. He made similar remarks during a Q&A at the recent Rouleur Classic, an event for road bike and race purists, causing good-humoured outrage.

McFly said...

Did I tell youz guyz about renting the Ebike in Santa Monica for 2 hours and figuring out you had to TURN THE THROTTLE TO MAKE IT GO ZOOM at the 1 hour and 37 minute mark of my rental?

I did. One of my finest moments.

JLRB said...

10% might not be enough
Make it a double