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Thick And Skinny – Bike Snob NYC

Thick And Skinny – Bike Snob NYC


Talking on behalf of the retrogrouches of the world, it’s not that we’re in opposition to new issues, it’s simply that we don’t perceive why when new issues come alongside we’re presupposed to fully resign the outdated issues:

We additionally don’t perceive why individuals suppose that simply since you nonetheless use one thing that should imply you employ it on a regular basis and in each scenario:

Hey, I experience all the things from 23mm tires to three″ tires–with discs brakes no much less!

Generally you desire a fancy beer or a cocktail or a fruity spritz of some form, however generally you simply desire a stiff drink, and the 23mm street tire is a neat whiskey in a wine cooler world.

Greater than something although I’m amazed on the misguided notion that fatter tires at decrease stress in some way symbolize a “higher understanding of physics than 20 years in the past”–as if 20 years in the past we had been all cavemen and the idea of utilizing fatter tires at decrease pressures hadn’t been invented but:

I do know there was already such a factor as fats tires as a result of I used to be there. Mountain bikes, touring bikes, cyclocross bikes, hybrid bikes, metropolis bikes–extremely, all of those had fatter tires than street racing bikes. We had been even utilizing 29-inch wheels and Stan’s sealant! Actually the one factor we hadn’t but invented was the entire fats bike and plus-size tire factor–you understand, the stuff that’s nonetheless thought-about borderline excessive in the present day–however even the Surly Pugsley’s nearly 20 years outdated now:

[2005 Surly catalog]

And please don’t inform me all concerning the pre-2005 historical past of fats bikes and the way individuals have been welding collectively 15 rims of their storage so they may experience throughout Alaska or no matter for the reason that ’90s as a result of I don’t care and I’ll in all probability kill myself:

And as for street racing bikes, I get they’re utilizing wider tires now, however are they actually that a lot wider than they had been 20 years in the past? Right here’s a top-of-the-line Peenarillo Douche-ma:

20 years in the past your Jan Ullrich wannabe bike would have include 23mm tires. Right this moment its trendy counterpart comes with…25s:

“However the wider rim mattress modifications the tire profile and successfully it’s–“


Sure, we get it, professionals are using barely wider tires as of late, however so long as they preserve promoting good high quality 23mm tires at deep, deep reductions as a result of they’ve been cancelled by the “Social gathering Tempo” crowd I’ll preserve placing them on my racy rim brake street bikes. And it’s not like I don’t know my method round a cushty bicycle, both. Actually I promise my bike’s extra snug than yours:

I don’t wanna hear a goddamn factor about how comfortable and protected your bike is until it’s additionally obtained a kickstand and a step-thru high tube.

In the meantime, the surest signal of fall is the altering foliage, however within the metropolis the actual giveaway is after they begin establishing for the marathon:

Yesterday I additionally took a uncommon (bicycle) journey over the Triboro Bridge, which I final crossed (by bicycle) in March:

Technically you’re presupposed to stroll over it, however no person does:

The pathway is kind of slim, therefore the rule:

And there are a number of units of stairs in your comfort:

Thankfully I used to be sporting biking footwear with street cleats.

The span affords sweeping views of Hell Gate, and in case you look intently you’ll see a catamaran, often known as the “Gravel Bike Of The Sea:”

One purpose I hardly ever experience over this bridge is, stairs however, I’m a little bit of a “woosie” on the subject of heights and I discover the low guardrail in the course of the span mildly terrifying:

I’m unsure why there’s fencing on each approaches however none within the center. I assume they determine in case you hit land you’re screwed, however so long as you land within the water you’ll be simply advantageous. The method to Randall’s Island additionally boasts the longest chain hyperlink fence tunnel on the earth, which is a incontrovertible fact that I simply made up:

At any time when I’m on Randall’s Island I all the time cease on the identical spot:

And take into consideration the identical issues:

Trade, nature, land, sea, life, loss of life, buses headed to Riker’s Island, planes taking off from LaGuardia…it’s your complete vary of human expertise in a single sitting.



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