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Thursday, September 28, 2023

One Powerful Nut – Bike Snob NYC


Additional to yesterday’s publish, my different Rivendell is an A. Homer Hilsen (there’s a bumper sticker for you, Rivendell), and that too has developed through the years, going from twee nation rambler to barely much less twee city workhorse:

And no, I couldn’t dwell with the orange pedals anymore:

On Monday I discussed how we’re all cyclists right here, and as such we ought to be snug talking frankly amongst ourselves. In that case the context was Jeremy Vine, and how one can be completely pro-bike and but nonetheless consider he’s a whole putz. Equally, after my commute yesterday, I submit that it doesn’t make you anti-ebike to say they are often actually fucking annoying. There are a whole lot of them in New York now. Rather a lot. Overtaking you, chopping you off, charging full-speed into busy crosswalks…which is why it’s amusing to learn one thing like this:

I used to consider this myself, however that was earlier than the e-bikes took over. The way it’s doable to journey round New York Metropolis now and are available to the conclusion that individuals are having a troublesome time accessing e-bikes is, frankly, astonishing. It’s like sitting on a bench in Central Park and coming to the conclusion that we have to put pigeons on the endangered species listing.

After all I understand that is hopelessly curmudgeonly, and that I’m lumping “e-bikes” collectively within the precisely the identical reductive approach that individuals complain about “bikers,” however what do you anticipate from somebody who’s using a motorbike like this?

I ought to tweak the saddle place only a teeny bit, however I admit that I haven’t performed it but as a result of on these previous Tremendous Document seatposts you’ve bought to actually get in there to entry the 2 bolts:

I believe I can in all probability handle if I discover the precise wrench, although there’s all the time the excitingly costly world of classic Campagnolo instruments:

It’s quite a bit to pay for one thing you would possibly use as soon as each ten years. However then once more can you actually put a value on scranial consolation?

Talking of the Cervino, it nonetheless exists as a Nishiki mannequin…no less than in a single market:

I’m unsure which market it’s, however they discuss like this:

In any case, that is maybe probably the most unremarkable bicycle I’ve ever seen–aside from the seatpost, which has extra setback than a New York Metropolis bike lane challenge (you realize, as a result of they’re all the time encountering setbacks…sorry):

As an growing old semi-professional bike blogger who hasn’t been related since 2009, I do know a factor or two about fading manufacturers, and Nishiki is actually certainly one of them. To place that context (and never for prurient causes, the duvet however) I wished to seek out the 1982 catalog during which the Cervino I’m at present using would have appeared:

(By way of Basic Cycle)

Alas, I couldn’t monitor it down on-line, and the closest I got here was the 1983 catalog, which comprises their reply to the nascent all-terrain bicycle craze, the “Bushwacker,” the identify of which was little question impressed by the reception amongst bike store staff to their 1982 catalog cowl:

Nishiki caught with the Bushwacker for fairly just a few years, although the mannequin didn’t age gracefully:

Although in that very same market with the consonant-happy language no less than it appears to have survived into the modern-ish period:

However right here in the USA of America–the referee with outstretched arms that retains Canada and Mexico from combating each-other–Nishiki now exists as a model identify unique to Dick’s Sporting Items. There’s not a Bushwacker, since publicly asserting that you just bought a Bushwacker at Dick’s will get you arrested in no less than twelve states, however they do have a gravel bike. I can’t embed the promotional video for it, however you may see it right here:

Principally it consists of a helment disclaimer:

In addition to knowledgeable demonstration of “Resting Gravel Face:”

Then the 2 using buddies talk about the gravel they’ll be using on:

After which veer off into tall tales and massive fish tales:

“I swear, the chunks of gravel had been THIS BIG.”

Then they journey:

They don’t specify what the “different tough terrain” is likely to be, however presumably the Alamosa can be rated for sawdust, twigs, sticks, pebbles, marbles, seashells, pottery shards, and the sun-bleached bones of deceased animals and people, making it a tremendous alternative for using something out of your native trials to far-flung archaeological digs.

In all it’s a video as unremarkable because the bike, however it’s refreshing that they acknowledge there’s no motive for inner cable routing past seems to be:

I’d like to see the look you’d get it you went to a Dick’s and requested them to route your inner cables for you.

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