Wednesday, August 5, 2009

BSNYC Product Review: Segal Magnesium Road Bicycle

Firstly, I'm pleased to announce the podium order for the BSNYC/RTMS Fat Cyclist Knuckle Tattoo Tribute contest. While votes continue to trickle in, I officially closed the polls this morning-ish, and here are the results:

As you can see, it was a tight race for the top two places, but in the end "Knuckle Pants" managed to edge out "Moose Knuckles" to take the Special Super Deluxe Über Grand Prize and overall victory. So congratulations to the creator of "Knuckle Pants," as well as to all the other prizewinners. Also, if you did not win a prize, do not despair. Firstly, you can still enter Fat Cyclist's latest contest, which could net you an actual crabon fiber road bike with electronic shifting. (Electronic shifting will completely change the way you think about bicycles--assuming, of course, that you previously thought of them as being relatively inexpensive and easily serviceable.) Secondly, Fatty himself has expressed a willingness to offer some additional prizeways of his own, so some of you may still get to hear the sweet, sweet call of free stuff in the not-too-distant future. (If you're among the winners, please give me a little time to get in touch and arrange for delivery, as my helper monkey, Vito, is rather overwhelmed at the moment.)

Incidentally, I noted in yesterday's comments that some readers felt that the "Moose Knuckles" submission was inappropriately named, and that "moose knuckle" is actually the male equivalent of "camel toe." However, in consulting a popular search engine I find that use of the phrase "moose knuckle" seems to vary from person to person and that it's clearly a controversial subject. Furthermore, language (like human genitalia) is constantly evolving, so it seems pointless to assign a specific gender to the term anyway. In the end, I think it all comes down to which appendage the crotchal bulge resembles most. And if you're still concerned that applying the term "moose knuckle" to women can be misleading, you may want to use an alternative like "labial palp" instead:


Speaking of "palping," despite the fact that I am in no way a real bike reviewer, people continue to send me bicycles to test. This time it came in the form of this Segal, which is a magnesium road bike made in Israel:

Now, I maintain that I have no James Huangian aspirations. However, when you're a cyclist and someone asks you if you'd like to try out a bike for free, you should always say "yes." Also, while I did review a crabon fribé road bike some time ago, it was sort of a comfort-oriented faux race bike. The Segal, on the other hand, is an actual race bike, and since I do like to race I was tempted by the notion of sucking on a bicycle other than my own. (Naturally, I mean "suck" as in "perform poorly." I don't recommend actually sucking on any bicycle, even if you were born with a labial palp.) And perhaps most enticing was US distributor Trish Cohen's website, which is charmingly irreverent and higly entertaining:


Yes, Trish Cohen's enthusiasm for Jewish-themed schtick is rivaled only by her love of the Segal bike itself, as you can see from this revealing pictorial on her website:







Trish obviously rides her Segal hard. Note the wayward shoe:



Sure, Jens Voigt may be the hard man of the peloton, but I've never seen his shoe stuck in a venetian blind.

However, I did have one reservation when it came to accepting the Segal: it had already been reviewed by VeloNews:

Frankly, I felt a bit squeamish about accepting VeloNews's "sloppy seconds"--or thirds if you count Cohen's footwear-flinging romp. Ultimately though I decided to cast my reservations aside like a used bidon (that's bike-pretentious for "water bottle"), purse my labial palp, and suck it up.

Obviously, the Segal is something of a two-fold novelty, in that it's made of magnesium and it's Israeli. Clearly, this fact has not eluded Trish Cohen, who is not shy about playing up the Semitic angle in particular in order to get publicity. However, I feel that focusing excessively on the Segal's atypical (for a road bike) provenance is to ignore more pertinent matters. Sure, Cohen's site is funny, but both the bicycle and the prospective buyer deserve to be taken a bit more seriously than that. As such, in sharing my impressions with you I plan to completely ignore the bicycle's Israeli pedigree and instead look only at matters of performance.


Anyway, here's the Segal I got:

Apart from putting on my own pedals and a longer stem, this is the bike as I received it. (Oh, I also added the mix-matched bottle cages to irritate the sorts of people who use white handlebar tape.) From a distance, it looks pretty much like a typical aluminum road bike, which is probably why Segal put decals that say "magnesium" all over it:

At this point, you may be asking in a Jerry Seinfeld voice: "What's the deal with magnesium?" Isn't that the stuff that burns so brightly it can scorch your cornea? Can I get welder's flash if I ride it on a sunny day? Also, doesn't it corrode really easily? Why would you make a bike out of it instead of out of sweet, sweet crabon? Well, I'm certainly no metallurgist, so I can only defer to the people at Segal. Segal is part of a company called Alubin who make all kinds of things out of all kinds of metal and have done so for a long time. In particular, they "manufacture magnesium for automobiles, sound systems, heavy machinery, home appliances and military use" and so they feel magnesium is also a good material for a race bike. Here's their reasoning:

Magnesium is 33% lighter than aluminum and has a much higher dampening capacity than carbon. Dampening capacity is the ability of the material to buffer impacts by means of elastic energy. Thus, all of your energy is transferred to the drivetrain instead of being wasted by the frame flexing. This shock-dampening quality gives magnesium more strength per gram than aluminum, steel or titanium. In addition to making the frame more responsive to accelerations, magnesium's high dampening capacity also helps to protect the frame in the event of a crash.

In other words, it's that old bike industry bruchah with which we're all very familiar: "laterally stiff and vertically compliant." Whether you believe magnesium is indeed a superior material for bikes or whether you think Alubin simply use it because they had a bunch of leftovers laying around after building speakers and tanks is up to you, but since my understanding of metal goes only as far as distinguishing between "shiny" and "not shiny" I'm certainly in no position to dispute them. Anyway, Segal are confident enough in both their claims and their punning ability to use a smooth-soaring seagull for their head tube badge (which is real and riveted on and not a sticker, and which will matter to you if you're the sort of person who uses white handlebar tape):


Oh, and what about the corrosion part? According to Segal, they've got it covered:

Segal has avoided magnesium's problems with corrosion by coating the frame, inside and out, with chrome. Segal also adds three additional layers of chrome on the outer surface.

So basically, Segal's coating resists corrosion as strongly as a Jewish woman stereotypically resists performing oral sex.

But of course the big question when you're reading a bike review--even a fake one like this--is: "What about the bottom bracket junction? Is it beefy?!?" Well, it's not crabon beefy (nor, you can be assured, is it porky) but it does have a lot of welds and gussets around it:

I'm assuming this sort of construction is necessary in order to make the frame do what it's designed to do (which is to not break) since it's clearly not done for aesthetic reasons. Depending on what kind of person you are, you might think this is refreshing and that the bike looks purposeful--you might even be relieved that Segal prefer not to waste time thinking about how to make stuff look pretty and instead simply get the job done. Or, if you're the kind of person who uses white handlebar tape, you'll probably find the whole thing disgusting. Either way, the world of road bikes is increasingly one of extremes, with bulbous crabon formations in one hemisphere and "exquisite lugs" in the other. This bike is neither, and if you like the idea of a bike that seems like it was built by someone who also builds lethal weapons (which is because it probably was) you'll probably find yourself "feeling" its weldway.

So How Does it Ride?

I do not doubt there are important differences in frame materials. However, in terms of differences that you can actually perceive on something as relatively simple and small as a road bike, there are many, many things that will affect the ride more than the substance from which the frame is made. Really, attempting to determine the ride quality of a frame with a bunch of parts around it is like trying to determine the stiffness of your floor by walking around on your dining room table. For example, the Segal fit me well, but it was smaller than my usual road bike. This meant the handling was a bit more pronounced. Some reviewers might then say that "the inherent properties of the oversized magnesium tubes made for a ride that was snappy yet resilient." No it didn't; the bike was just smaller. Also, the Segal came with a SRAM Red group. My usual road bike does not have a SRAM group, Red or otherwise. Trust me, when you're riding around on a completely different set of shifters than the one you're used to, it's the shifters and not the frame material informing your experience--just like if you're making out and fondling someone's buttocks you're really not noticing their feet.

However, there are things that you do notice on a race bike, like weight. I'm not talking about a few grams here and there. I'm talking about multiple pounds. The Segal frame is light, which is good for racing. You also notice things like odd geometry, or improper fit, or bad placement of braze-ons, or weird dropouts that make it difficult to change wheels or don't allow you to close certain skewers. (It's getting increasingly difficult to use the superior enclosed cam skewers on newer frames.) The Segal didn't have these things, which was also good. You also notice stuff like proprietary bottom brackets, headsets, or seatpost clamps, which can make it difficult to replace things quickly and cheaply or disassemble a bicycle to travel. (When you race a lot, you need to replace things and travel.) The Segal didn't have that stuff either.

I did multiple races on the Segal (all of which I passed), as well as long road rides (though sadly none of the road rides were "epic" since nobody was wearing Rapha). Naturally, I have complaints, but none of them have anything to do with Segal. For example, as a person who does not use white bar tape, I don't like white saddles either--things that come in contact with either your hands or your posterior really shouldn't be white (except for toilet paper, of course). Otherwise, you've either got to clean everything frequently, or else replace it altogether, which means you're constantly running off to the LBS for supplies:

As you can see, the white saddle is already looking a little schmutzy:


Sadly, the shop was closed, so I figured that in the meantime it might at least help to cover the saddle when not in use. However, those Brooks saddle covers seemed somehow inappropriate, so I improvised:


Also, you might have noticed the "My First Tallis-N-Teffilin" kit in the shop window, and speaking of wrapping things the bars were covered with that faux carbon bar tape:

Personally, I find that stuff about as comfortable to hold as an angry hyrax.

But again, all of this is simply personal preference, and otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed the bike. Of course, when you actually buy a bike, you're not so much paying for the ride quality as you are for the image and marketing. Since any decently-engineered race frame that fits you will be pretty much the same, it all comes down to what you want to say with your bike, how much money you have, and to whom you want to give it. You can race just as well on a cheap mass-produced frame as you can on an expensive custom-built one. Furthermore, many of the expensive non-custom frames now are made in the same few factories in Asia. And while the Segal's not exactly cheap, it's not ridiculously expensive for a light race bike, and it's also handmade in Israel, which may mean something to some people. Because let's face it--this bike gets Jews excited:


Though you certainly don't need to be Jewish to ride one:



Furthermore, you also may feel strongly for reasons of your own that magnesium is indeed a great frame material, in which case the Segal is less expensive than other magnesium frames such as the Zinn Mortirolo (Lennard Zinn really should have called it the "Mag-a-Zinn," which also sounds kind of like someone saying "Magazine" with an Israeli accent):


Or the Pinarello Dogma (which costs $5,500 for the frame and fork, and which has a name that people who are not religiously orthodox might find off-putting):



As far as whether or not a magnesium bicycle is durable over the long term, quite frankly I have no idea (which is yet another reason why bicycle reviews are ridiculous), though Trish Cohen assures me that the bicycle does have a warranty and I'm sure that if you're interested in a Segal she will be happy to provide you with the particulars. In any case, in keeping with road bike review tradition, I've devised a rating system to apply to the Segal, and I'm pleased to announce I'm giving it seven out of eight Hanukkah Cysts:



Of course, if before I return my Segal it should suddenly fall apart like an emotional person at a Barbara Streisand concert I reserve the right to remove some or all of them. In the meantime though, thanks very much to Trish Cohen and to Segal. And remember, you don't have to be Jewish to ride a Segal:



But you should like magnesium, lots of gussets, and pointy chainstays.

132 comments:

Anonymous said...

Every day I come by your blog and I pick you up. And we go out. We have a few posts, and a few laughs, and it's great. But you know what the best part of my day is? For about ten seconds, from when I pull up to the page and when I hit refresh the 17th time, 'cause I think, maybe I'll get up there and I'll knock on the door and a new post won't be there. No goodbye. No see you later. No nothing. You just left. I don't know much, but I know that.

Anonymous said...

I love you man.

Mad Jack McMad said...

CAML TOE!

Andrew said...

damn! kloden!

rezado said...

I felt like a madman degraded by hallucinations.

Anonymous said...

top 6?

Anonymous said...

AARON GWIN!

poole said...

no ant1st?

Anonymous said...

Top Ten -- mutha fucka

Anonymous said...

Ben Affleck, a field sprinter? Who knew?

Cogitoergosum said...

first post. Top ten!?

hillbilly said...

first typo... "genialia"... now back to reading

Anonymous said...

Vande velde!

Anonymous said...

Woot! Woot!

ant1 said...

ant1st!

Anonymous said...

vote early vote often!

You owe me knuckle pants!

Astroluc said...

wow... snobby is late but given the length of the post I can see why... :D

Anonymous said...

Damn!

hillbilly said...

"mix-matched"...or mismatched? moving on...

Anonymous said...

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f193/crzyape177/MooseKnuckle.jpg

Anonymous said...

I have never been with a Jewish girl. Asians, yes. Italians, yes. Redheads, yes, but no heebs. I need to do something about this. That and latinas.

rezado said...

GENI ALIA

Disgruntl Ed. said...

Higly entertaining post.

Actually I just read until the higly entertaining part, but I will now enjoy the rest.

Hi everyone.

mikeweb said...

In the pack. Same time.

hillbilly said...

Wow, that hyrax was pissed! Great review, thanks

ken e. said...

"genialia" -that's when your unit and your brain are thinking about the same thing, then julie andrews sings about it, high atop a mountian...

Anonymous said...

what's with the guys with the funny hats and curly sideburn thingys?

Strayhorn said...

After reading this review and looking at the photos, all I could say was "What would Lenny Bruce do?" I figured Lenny would print it out and pin it to the bulletin board at the campus Hillel, so that's what I did.

While I was doing that, one of the counselors came by and got a chuckle at the impromptu seat cover. "I'll bet it says 'from the wedding of Marsha and Mike' on the rim" was his only comment.

belmont sledgehammer said...

Notice in the first Trish Cohen photo the bike is fully assembled, then in the second it's wheels are taken off? I wonder if the next one had the seatpost removed, but was deemed unsafe for work?

iamameatpopsicle said...

curiously, the Pinarello Dogma is up on bonktown right now

Anonymous said...

Schlock-dampening.

I like what Kirk managed to do.

curmudgeon said...

I don't know how I feel about the whole 'biking rules' psa thing in general, and definitely don't know how I feel about you being on the jury

ESW said...

look! there's a rabbi in the background of the close up of the magnesium plastered Segal, nestled between the top tube and seat tube...or no?

mikeweb said...

Kenda tires? Really?

rezado said...

Calling them heebs should work

Anonymous said...

Creaky Magnesium gives me the heebs.

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Bob and I like white handlebar tape and saddles.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Bob, nepotism can get you a long way!

rezado said...

Snob,
Question about the hanukkah cysts. You wrote seven out of eight cysts. Why do you have eight cysts pictured? Also, I think there are nine lights (candles) on a traditional menorah. So, does the bike deserve a 7.5 out of nine?
Seven frogs and a tadpole?

Disgruntl Ed. said...

So How Does it Ride?

. . . attempting to determine the ride quality a frame with a bunch of parts around it...
. . . it's the shifters and not the frame material is what's informing your experience...

And then it's all some big "someone's buttocks/their feet" orgy.

How do you keep that sisal mat clean?

Disgruntl Ed. said...

Furthermore:

Was I toisty!

Anonymous said...

Damping, not dampening! Come on people, this is undergraduate mechanical engineering! Oops, I mean marketing...nevermind!

Wes said...

Funny. She doesn't look Druish.

Anonymous said...

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111100400&sc=fb&cc=fp

Why would you make something out of magnesium, and then chrome it?

Would you really make a tank out of magnesium?

Just because you can, does not mean you should.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Rezado,

The middle cyst doesn't count--it's just for lighting the other ones.

--BSNYC

Anonymous said...

What happened to good old fashioned crabon and titanium?

I want a frame made out of Jello, that would give me a very beefy bottom bracket.

L.A. Food Urchin said...

Re: “feeling” white saddles and bar tape: Either “clean everything frequently” or “replace it altogether?” What about palping the schmaltz?!
Ridin’ Dirty is the new Primal Jersey

Luck E. Seven said...

IT'S WEDS
SMOK EDUP

BLOW THIS
HEEB GIRL

BLAK SDDL
BLAK TAPE

SUPR RLAX
NEHI SMCH



.-

flynn said...

nice, Trish is about a 6.5 on the Hanukkah cyst scale.

belmont sledgehammer said...

That jello frame idea is freakin' ridiculous and stupid. Anyone knows mashed potatoes would give yield way more vertical compliance.

belmont sledgehammer said...

Damn typos. Maybe I should offer up the first "comment deleted by the author" of the day and rework that thing.

rezado said...

Thats what I get for not being jewish

L'chaim

Daddo said...

nice punem on that girl
sheynkeyt even!

Anonymous said...

that extra surface work made it stiff enough to lick.

samh said...

Thanks for selecting my entry as one of the top seven, Snobby.

Also, your bike review rating systems get better every time!

Salty Seattle said...

Congratulations to Knuckle Pants!

Enjoy grinding away on the pink bottom bracket.

Hey, sounds kinda nice when you say it like that..

Anonymous said...

the snob's totally a heeb

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 4:40pm,

Actually, I borrowed all the Judaica from Prolly.

--RTMS

Anonymous said...

NUUUUUUUUUUUU
So Why is this Bike different from all other bikes?

Salty Seattle said...

Yikes!

I'm out there now.

Oh well.

Hi Everyone. Yes, I've been commenting anonymously for years, and I love you all..

bikesgonewild said...

...it's so confusing learning all these proper colloquialism's ...

...so, one OY is jewish, like "oy vey, snobubbala, ya vanna shmear wid dat ???...all dis riding of da bike, boychick, & dat writing on da computer...who would a' thought such a mensch you'd become & such a mensch w/ an appetite, oy..."...

...yet three OY's is aussie as in "oy, oy, oy, aussie...if we don't get roarin' drunk & do the ol' fuckeroo, sheila, it's gonna be me n' that bloody dingo again tonite...& i rec'n she's gettin' fond a' me by now"...

ant1 said...

Welcome to the realm of the onymous Salty Seattle.

Anonymous said...

BSNYC: "I don't like white saddles either--things that come in contact with either your hands or your posterior really shouldn't be white (except for toilet paper, of course)" ... don't you have white saddle on the Raleigh that you've been photographed with in Bicyling magazine several times. Also shouldn't you crop out the street signs for security purposes or ... oh wait maybe you photgraphed the bike elsewhere .... very Mossad !

d. fofonov said...

Am not to be complaining as I am often not having anything better to do than ride across Siberia in winter along TransSiberian Railway on a mountain bike for to arouse conscientiousness in perfectly safe and should be legal nutritional supplements to increasing performance and hardening erections.

But, sometimes I am reading post and lamenting that it is fifteen minutes (slow reader to English) of living that I will never be seeing again.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the why do seagulls have wings joke.

ant1 said...

Contradiktory statements are the spice of blogs.

mikeweb said...

Ahh! That's it! Snob is ex-Mossad.

I hear Zohan was based on his exploits...

Anonymous said...

"Why would you make something out of magnesium, and then chrome it?"

so it doesn't do what every other magnesium frame does.

"Would you really make a tank out of magnesium?"

It can be cast into all sorts of useful shapes. This one would be better chromed:

http://www.slipperybrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/ddyrdy.jpg

ant1 said...

makes perfect sense.

ant1 said...

btw, mikeweb makes perfect sense, not anon's sensical answers to snob rhetorical questions.

Patrick said...

I don't know if it's just me, but between the photos and the labial palp and the buttocks reference I feel like this blog has gotten significantly randier over the last couple of weeks.

Is everything okay with the missus at Stately Bike Snob Manor? Getting enough? Too much?

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrjYb1Oy-Pc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaEUGBrW898&feature=related

Burning Magnesium, good stuff to make tanks out of, lets make bikes instead,

Anonymous said...

Patrick, is ta keen observer of the human condition, Snobby, is fame messing with your pants.

Say it isn't so.

Anonymous said...

what's the point in making sense?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Patrick,

I certainly see your point, though in my defense I can't be held entirely responsible. I didn't make the "Moose Knuckle" submission or start the subsequent controversy, nor did I have anything to do with Trish Cohen's Segal liaison. I did find the "labial palp" on my own, but since it's part of a bee I'd argue it's almost entirely non-sexual.

--BSNYC

ant1 said...

good point snob, since only the queen bee gets it on. worker bees are entirely asexual.

wishiwasmerckx said...

I especially enjoyed today's post because it was extra-Jewey.

Anonymous said...

Although I have white handlebar tape, I also have mismatched bottle cages and a bottom bracket that is beefy like a vegan. What do you say to that, Snob?

bikesgonewild said...

...btw, bsnyc/rtms...thank you...didn't even know the lovely mirriam webster had a vis-dic until today...

...file under 'shit ya learn by payin' attention'...

...who woulda though...a vis-dic...cool...

Anonymous said...

snob,
What is up man! why are you letting those jewish bike builders bully you around. Magnesium and bike frames should be separated and placed in isolated universes. Magnesium is light and extremely rigid and this makes it appropriate for applications that need to shave pounds/kilograms off weight and not compromise allowable tolerances and strength. Speaker coil tolerance, lightweight and perfectly straight levels, and any other application needing strength and stability of steel casting but fraction of the weight is where magnesium should be the solution. How much weight can you save using Mg? I bet they save half a water bottle and two GU packs of weight...hardly a reason for claiming unclaimed territory in Mg applications. Now the real reason I started this...opinion, is there a reason for a small hole at the junction of the left chainstay and bottom bracket? If not, what else might they have overlooked? check your insurance clause because it might be void if you are killed while astride any bicycle made with magnesium

Anonymous said...

The is still Hasidim in Williamsburg?

Salty Seattle said...

Ahh...shucks, Ant1.

Ain't it so true though?

Anonymous said...

"Beefy like a Vegan"

I love this stuff. If only a small portion of this brilliance could be used for good instead of evil.

Anonymous said...

I can confirm that jewish women display the look of someone being forced to suckle a very sour/tart object instead of the more appropriate look of someone enjoying a lollipop

wishiwasmerckx said...

Trish Cohen is HOT! In case the goyim don't know it, when grading women on a scale of 1 to 10, she gets an extra 2 points because she is Jewish. I suggest a new poll now that the Fatty poll has concluded. Who is hotter, Trish Cohen or Kara Goucher?

ant1 said...

merckx,

if i remember correctly, KARA GOUCHER IS FUCKING HOT; so i guess the question we need to answer is: is trish fucking hot, or just plain hot?

dangerbunny said...

Are you dedicating this post to CD of CK? It has his name all over it...

Jim said...

>>>Sure, Jens Voigt may be the hard man of the peloton, but I've never seen his shoe stuck in a venetian blind.

Jens Voigt never gets his shoes stuck in a venetian blind, but he once kicked Moreno Argentin in the ass when Argentin was wicked drunk, and got his shoe stuck in a blind Venetian...

kale said...

If I were you, I wouldn't question the framemaker's motives on this one?

You wonder why Snob was so soft, take a look at what happened to the VeloNews editorial staff.

Anonymous said...

Steven Seagal Approves

http://www.cantstopthebleeding.com/img/steven_seagal_1.jpg

bikesgonewild said...

...gay avek, wishiwasmerckx, don't be a momzer,...trish cohen wins, hands down...a maven w/ a sick cycling web-site...

...that shayner bikechicksa is a bit mishegoss for taking her segal into her bed but that 'afterglow' kvell says "oy, that was good for us both"...& i'll bet she went all vilda chaya over that fat down tube...

...besides, she knows my old mensch dougie shapiro, he of the 7/11 team & the lovely leah goldstein who rides w/ lisa hunt's 'valueact capital' chicks...

...i may be a goyisher alter cocker but i recognize chutzpah when i see it...

...just sayin'...

Anonymous said...

"Segal utilizes a unique M-Tig welding process that the manufacturer has perfected. This is evident by the visible precise welds around the lug less frame. These welds not only hold the tubes together but also increase the strength of the frame. This combination of stiffness and strength are two factors that make the front end and bottom bracket feel unmovable."


" That's what she said ..."

Anonymous said...

Isn't magnesium also used for missile casings ??? In the event of war you can just launch the bikes ... good idea when you think about it.

Anonymous said...

Snobby, Did you happen to hold a geiger counter to that bike ?
If its made from decommissioned/recycled fuel rods numbness is the least of your worries.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 7:15pm,

That is troubling. I did feel dizzy after riding it, but just figured it was the hard efforts. Now that I think about it though, I avoid hard efforts, so maybe it is radiation.

I don't have a Geiger counter. Does Park Tools make one?

--RTMS

Anonymous said...

now i understannd jewish humour. it's here to push the prices down.

Fred said...

Yeah, you could buy the Park Tool geiger counter, but I'm pretty sure Sheldon Brown has instructions for how to make one from an old Cateye Enduro, a 26" Presta valve tube and some tin foil.

Anonymous said...

quicker just to just check original country of destination on the shipping label.

Anonymous said...

Is Trish Cohen the new Sarah Silverman? Are they the only 2 hot Jewish girls around?

ant1 said...

ant100th!

wishiwasmerckx said...

I was looking for an opportunity to introduce the words Phylactery and Shamash into the discussion here.

tedpowerphoto said...

"moose knuckle" is canadian for "camel toe"

Anonymous said...

Bees make a home under a bicycle seat.

http://www.dinosaursandrobots.com/2009/08/mobile-bee-hive.html

Fierce Panties said...

I'm waiting for the Palestinian made counter-offering to counter-drop.

AYHETO

All You Haters End The Occupation

bikesgonewild said...

...sad evening...fatty's susan passed away...

...love to ya, eldon...

Anonymous said...

Send love to Fat Cyclist. Elden tweeted it first, then put it on his blog. Leave him a note (but not a mooseknuckle) www.fatcyclist.com FIGHT LIKE SUSAN!

Anonymous said...

Snobby, I just want you to know that you are very sweet for everything you've done to help Fatty and get your fans involved.

I'm proud of you, man!

Anonymous said...

There IS one white bar tape brand that stays white: Fizik. This is coming from a guy who uses white handlebar tape.

Fierce Panties said...

Good bye Susan, we'll see you on the other side.

Anonymous said...

What's up with ur article in outside? It just kind of dies there at the end. Did they edit it or something? Surprisingly "meh" for you. And "Meritricious"??!? cmon dude.

beefcake said...

beefy magnesesqueness! Velonews was right, it is the nicest Israeli-made, welded magnesium road bike around!

Chunky Style With extra gravy said...

that amazing BB video makes me throw up in my mouth every time.

bikesgonewild said...

...white cinelli gel bartape, a white selle italia gel-flow saddle, a yellow kitchen sponge w/ the green scrubber on the back & a bottle of blue 'dawn' dish soap...

...several minutes work w/ those "colorwayed" products & what the hell...you'll look totally pro w/ minimal effort...

...what's to worry ???...

Anonymous said...

Can you set up an RSS feed for bikesnobnyc?

If so... how? Seems all the other blogs make it real easy, bikesnob... not so much.

innerlighter said...

If magnesium has such wonderful "dampening" properties as they claim, then I should think there would not be quite so much desert in Israel.


meh

ant1 said...

Damn. Poor Elden.

mikeweb said...

Eldon handled this whole horrible thing the best way imaginable.

An amazing person.

ant1 said...

That's for sure. He turned what is usually a private ordeal into a public awareness/fundraising fight. That dude needs to be canonized.

ST.E LDEN

Anonymous said...

Very sad for Fatty and his kids. May she rest in peace and look down and be proud of what her husband is doing and watch her kids grow up to be happy in their lives and to get over the grief they feel now...

And good for you too BSNYC/RTMS for helping Fatty to have a smile or a laugh and to help him with his work!

brad w. said...

that bottom bracket looks like chucky's head:
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t123/doston31991/chucky-life-h.jpg

Anonymous said...

Trish Cohen is an 8 out of 8 candles. She is one good lookin'jew.

I Rub Commando said...

Snob, of course the material is mag-aluminum alloy, or else it couldn't be welded without burning up. my fire-starting block is pure magnesium, but casting and tubing alloys are a mix with aluminum. did the documentation say what the percentage of AL was by any chance?

mzza said...

only thing you left out of the review is that no one should buy anything from an Israeli military contractor unless you're really into funding the killing of more Palestinians.

Karma can also affect the way a bicycle handles.

Anonymous said...

What if you wear white shorts and gloves with your white handlebar tape and seat would it still get dirty?

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