Monday, March 29, 2010

Bolts and Nuts: The Making of a Classic

This past weekend saw the [insert number here]th edition of the Ghent-Wevelgem professional bicycling race, which is a bicycling race in which professional bicyclists bicycle their bicycles from Gent (or "Ghent," or at least the vicinity of Ghent) to Wevelgem. Ghent, as you probably know, is in Belgium, and Wevelgem is a mythical land of faeries and imps and an autonomous city-state kind of like the Vatican or Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The race took place on Sunday, and the winner, Bernhard Eisel, had this to say:

The George he is referring to is of course George Hincapie, who came in fourth and who was himself a winner of Gent-Wevelgem back in 2001. One can only imagine how harrowing it must be to look between one's thighs and see George Hincapie coming; in fact, the last person to look between her thighs and see George Hincapie coming was former podium girl Melanie Simonneau, who subsequently married him and bore him a child. I'm sure there was a moment of horror in those final kilometers during which Eisel imagined the same fate for himself. Here he is moments before looking between his thighs:

And here's what he probably saw when he did:

In the end, this image probably gave him the final kick he needed in order to win. As for Hincapie himself, nobody knows for sure what he saw between his own thighs, but if I had to guess I'd say it was probably that oil painting of his own disembodied head watching him win a Tour de France stage atop the forbidding Pla d'Adet:

Subsequently, he got caught in the seemingly endless feedback loop of Hincapie watching Hincapie watching Hincapie (watching Hincapie, assuming you can see the Pla d'Adet-winning Hincapie reflected in the Oakleys of the disembodied head-Hincapie), and this eternal cycle of narcissism could very well have cost him his second Gent-Wevelgem win.

In any case, with Gent-Wevelgem down and the Tour of Flanders (also known as the "Round Van Floundering") coming up this weekend the "Classics" season is well under way. Of course, the Classics are classic in the classic sense of the word, meaning "recognized or established," or "memorable," or "a very good example of its kind." However, it's also worth noting that the word "classic" has evolved over the years, and now it's also synonymous with "funny," as in, "Did you see that guy in the chicken suit get kicked in the nuts by that other guy in the clown wig? That was classic!" (This despite the fact that no classical painter ever rendered such an image--at least to the best of my knowledge.) In this newer sense of the word, the Classics aren't classic, but they do have some classic moments, like in 2006 when The Great Trek Bicycle Making Company played a practical joke on Hincapie by outfitting his bicycle with a set of detachable novelty handlebars:

One Trek engineer to the other: "Did you see George's handlebars come off during a critical moment in one of the most important races of his career? That was classic!" Hopefully, we won't see too many classic moments befall our favorite Classics riders this year (at least not ones that result in serious injury), and they will all remain intact until the start of "Epic" season, which is when all the big stage races start.

Speaking of classical things, there's probably nothing less classical than a Walmart fixed-gear bicycle (or, more accurately, "fixed-speed," which I assume is their way of saying it's a singlespeed that looks like a fixed-gear), though reading the indignant comments of some of the "Fixerati" on various forums and blogs has been totally classic:

Personally, I could not be more pleased. As was the case with the Republic/Urban Outfitters bike, this is yet another blow to the carefully-constructed identities of the people who discovered track bikes in 2005 and are now trying to "save" them. Even better, unlike the overpriced Republic (not to mention the fact that that Specialized now charges over $700 for the privilege of experiencing the "purity" of a Langster), at $150 the Walmart bike actually looks like it might be a reasonable deal. Really, much of the "bike culture" seems to be about displaying your rarefied tastes and retail savvy ("savvy" in terms of finding the cool things to buy, not saving money), so anything that wrests fixed-gears or track bikes or singlespeeds or "fixed-speeds" or whatever you want to call them from the "bike culture's" smug grasp and thoroughly "uncoolifies" them is all right by me. Plus, best of all, you can customize the Cachet with stuff you find in the other departments:

That shower curtain rod will make a tight set of risers for fixed-gear freestylin'.

Anyway, any "Save the Track Bike" types who consider the Walmart bike an affront to their "lifestyle" should consider the fact that the fixed-gear bicycle has already long been cemented in the popular consciousness as a symbol of "hipster" excess, and they have only themselves to blame. Consider the book "Look At This F*cking Hipster," which is derived from the blog of the same name:

(Hint: replace the "*" with a "u" for the actual title. I know, crazy, right?)

The book officially "descends" tomorrow ("descends" is pretentious for "drops") but I recently obtained a copy thanks to my status as a member of the "doucherati" and I noticed it has a whole section on fixed-gear bicycles:

Granted, it's a short section (like three pages) but it's also a short book. Ultimately, I think all of this is an indication that the "hipsters" and the "People of Walmart" are increasingly one and the same (Isn't a "hipster" really just a "Person of Walmart" who moved to Brooklyn last month?), and this is a good thing since it helps reaffirm the fact that "coolness" is an illusion. I will admit, though, that while I'm happy about the Walmart "fixed-speed" I'm disgusted by Walmart's line of prefab sheds:

See, "back in the day," if you wanted a shed you had to build it by yourself. Plus, it took time to learn about the scene and to become down with "shed culture." Now, though, all you have to do is go to Walmart--who has totally ruined the shed scene just like Target ruined "gazebo culture." So to Walmart I say:

All You Haters Store My Lawn Care Equipment.

Still, I don't mean to say that if you want a bicycle you should buy it at Walmart. In fact, as we all know, $150 can easily become $300 or more if the bicycle or its assembly is of poor quality. Plus, if you're the type of person who feels compelled to make your bike "legit" through customization with vintage parts, it's going to take something really, really vintage to legitimize this baby. Not just any Brooks will do; you need the world's crappiest Brooks, which was forwarded to me by a reader:

Here's the compelling description:

This thing's so old it doesn't just have "street cred;" it's got "dirt road cred:"

Eric "The Chamferer" Murray was probably still playing with his chamfering knife in his bassinet when this thing was chamfered.

However, if you really want to feel special on your bike, even a lugged steel NAHBS special is insufficient. No, the truly sophisticated cyclist rides an art bike made of wood, like this one which was forwarded to me by another reader:

"Did you see that doofus totally nail himself in the nuts trying to get on his wooden bike? That was classic!"

147 comments:

Astroluc said...

FIRST

Astroluc said...

Second?

flynn said...

fingerbang

Astroluc said...

sweep?!

Astroluc said...

nope... damn

Ed said...

podium

landis in 06 said...

nuts

Ed said...

just top ten

Anonymous said...

yeah

Grace Period said...

I try so hard but I think I didn't quite make it.

System Administrator said...

No duck jokes. I mean it this time.

hillbilly said...

astroluc!!!!

what's the bike with the integrated lights in top tube?

Pontius Pilate said...

HAIL CSZR

-P.P.

Ronsonic said...

Pack fill again. Dammit

The new necessity: http://tinyurl.com/coffeething

mikeweb said...

astroluc spraypaints the top 10... just, wow...

mike poole said...

top 20 No-bility.

Cav Not said...

Like George, went too early.

Anonymous said...

Snob,
Excellent post.
I can't wait to see what the Trek engineers come up with to undermine Hincapie this year.
Also,the comment about Walmart people and hipsters being one and the same is worthy of exploration in further posts. Yeah, people like there "lowbrow culture" ironically, but look where it led them. Sometimes pretension (ambition, aspiration?) can be a good thing.
Finally, when I said "can't wait" above, what I meant was "dread."
Go George!

Anonymous said...

19th...

rezado said...

hi-rez

Anonymous said...

can't see any of the pics...this is the first itme since I follow you. ABP etc. is off, dead links etc...

frilly said...

Anon 1:02--Unless Trek mounts rpg's on their bikes, George should be safe from their engineers this year. Should be interesting.

jon said...

When you look between your thighs and don't like what you see, you have only yourself to blame.

ant1 said...

ant1st!

Jefe said...

Yes, Frilly, good point. Hincapie has not had to ride a defective Trek for several years. Hopefully Swiss technology will now protect him from the cobbles. Lance, on the other had, is taking extra effort to secure the headset on his Madone for Flanders. Duct tape, I think. Or maybe duck tape. Quack.

IBS said...

That was classic. I am quacking up!

grog said...

feeling disembodied today.
WOOD NUTS

Astroluc said...

and so I am still trying to read the post and it is proving to be difficult, as none of the pics are showing up... who knew the rain could affect the inerwebz?

SPRY -PNT

Jefe said...

Astroluc, that is simply the Lobster God's wrath because you clogged the podium. First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth?

MINGUStheMECHANIC said...

Last week, saw a poll for the name to replace hipster:
Fauxhemians( winner)
Doucheoisie
Pabstsmears

No one will read this said...

I discovered a lots of nice sceneries and beautiful things through cycling around . It's really an activity that I can not good value it with moneys.

AYHSMWS

all u haters suck my wooden scooter

George H. said...

Astro
how many helper monkeys and interns do you have working for you?

Amazing today!!

hillbilly said...

never mind, was thinking of http://www.vanmoof.com/

Nogocyclist said...

Astroluc, It's not the rain. Down here in the south it is so pretty outside, it would be tempting to go swimming. Would go bike riding but it is hard to when you have to carry a cane for every time you have to put your foot down.

Looks like a great post, but I hit refresh so many times trying to get the pictures you would think I was desperate to get the podium. I am going to try again.

Adrian said...

Current review of the Cachet on wallyworld.com

Rate and review this product


By an anonymous customer, San Francisco, CA

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Wow!, 03/26/2010

I've never hit so many pedestrians and cars in my life! I removed the front and rear brakes so I could be as cool as the older kids and it made a phenomenal difference. I could no longer control or stop the bike but the girls were like woah, who's that guy they're prying off the grill of that bus, he's like totally hot. oh my god.

Oooh the cynicism!

Astroluc said...

Jefe-

probably... I should atone myself on the alter of the lobster god by sacrificing a crab (as we all know is a false idol)

ant1 said...

i still can't see all the pics either.

Nogocyclist said...

Was able to see all but one photograph on the site. Now cannot see the photos of the profiles here. I can see mine being blocked, for several reasons, but not everyone else's.

The Brooks saddle looks like it could have came off the bike they used to start the Wood bike build with. In the photo of the bike, the saddle they fished out of the water looks better than the Brooks.

Amazingly, the wood bike looks the most practical of all the bikes on that site.

Nogocyclist said...

Adrian: Classic comment. When I actually grow up, I hope my comments are half as good as yours.

3G said...

That f*cking hipster looks like Ducky from Pretty In Pink.

JOHN CRYR

Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson said...

Best commentary ever: Trek providing a "classic" moment. More of these cuz' when the fixie craze dies out you're gonna' be hurtin'...epically.

frilly said...

Today would be a good day to post the 'cami' shot since half the pics aren't visible.

Swashbuckling Dandy said...

I don't think so Art. Hipsters are just the low hanging fruit at the moment. There is no end of silliness in the bike universe for Snob/Snot to make fun of. Take pro racers... oh, yeah.

No one will read this said...

Snobby-

Sites very slow today, since you curated Spencer as an intern/helpermonkey it's possible it may be the internets surfing he's doing while "researching" porn (that's what our interns do) or biek stuff clogging newly LLC'd BSNYCs bandwidth. Maybe the tech department or Vito shd look into this.

Shaun said...

Excellent piece today Snob! Bravo! Although I question the use of the shower curtain rod as a "tight" riser bar since it violates the "minimal-handlebar-exposed-beyond-the-bar-clamp" hipster rule.

What kind of madcap pranks will those crazy Trek engineers pull on their team riders next? Classic!

ryan said...

sheldon is quoted as saying department store bikes, on average, only travel 75 miles in in their "lifetime" so before they are abandoned. i think snob pointed this out last week but single speeds may last longer out there in the wild.

David said...

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/818853-was-this-the-worlds-first-ever-cycle

Paul Bowen said...

Is the interweb broken? I want to see the Hincapie oil painting again.

kale said...

Snob,

Just wondering - do you get a plug on LATFH when your book drops? I hope so mostly because those bros seem like assholes who might back out on a deal like that, especially if this fixed gear meme is as dead as you say it is.

Besides, the media is well aware by now that 'hipster' is just a demographic created to define a nonexistent culture. It provides barely enough material to fill a book, one that will be relevant for about 2-3 months. I think you 'get it' though, which is why it's taking so long for you to get your own book to stores. Comparing the 'people of walmart' meme blog, to LATFH, to your own blog is only natural. But, I'm still not sure if you mean that it's the content that is similar in these blogs, or the authors/critics.

Neil said...

for 88 cents, I'd buy that Brooks. It just needs a good soaking.

Anonymous said...

Bikesnobnyc-

I fucking KNEW you were a Melvins fan.

Enjoy passover.

g-roc said...

Cool, I always wanted a wooden bike, and as an added bonus it will remove calluses from my heels and inner thighs.

CommieCanuck said...

Anon 1:102:
I can't wait to see what the Trek engineers come up with to undermine Hincapie this year.

They are putting Ex-lax in his Clif Bars, seeing as he doesn't race for Trek any more.
He does make all his important component decisions himself. This year, it will be paper mache rims made from shredded VeloNews, with uncooked spaghettini spokes. Stem will be the usual re-purposed cardboard toilet paper roll, with Waterford Crystal handle bars.

Paris Roubaix is a great drinking game, basically you down a shot for every pavee section until GH crashes.

Anonymous said...

Why is this afternoon unlike other afternoons?

Because the Times dropped a dime on Snobby. Sigh.

Next year, in Ghent-Wevelgem!

Nogocyclist said...

Neil:
I thought the same thing, but then I read the fine print. Shipping is $8.00. That is like all the free items they will give you but you have to pay shipping and handling that is more than the item is worth. Of course if you live close enough to ride a fixed gear or a bike like that wooden contraption you could cruise over there and get it. It would be a great buy.

DogShot said...

Snobby outed; say it ain't so!

ant1 said...

they killed snobby! you bastards!

DogShot said...

RTMS,
Testing some new waterproofs in that Times shot?

Paul Bowen said...

Yay, we have pics. That Brooks would make a good headpiece for a bike jumble version of Epstein's
Rock Drill

Nogocyclist said...

They jumped the shark.

We knew Snob's book was going to be distributed for Elden's event on May 8th, so that would be the likely day for Snob's coming out party.

If the Times is right, they just called off the party. That sucks.

g said...

I just read that entire "article" and no where in it does it say that Snob is gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Brian said...

Nice wedding announcement, Snobby. Who would have thought you were in the Times that far back.

Nogocyclist said...

Clarify, Coming out of Obscurity. I did leave it up to interpretation and I know that coming out gay is the common usage of this term, but not the one I meant this time. I don't have any reason to believe Snob needs to come out for other reasons.

I will need to see Snob confirm this (his identity as Eben) before I will believe it, for whatever that is worth. I guess this Eben fellow will have paparazzi following him now either way.

frilly said...

Snobby, I hope you don't mind but I would prefer to think of you as Oliver. I had a cat named Oliver once.

Um, your feet are getting wet.

Anonymous said...

Weiss Racing Record
Whoever Weiss is, he is does race quite often.

Salty Seattle said...

Of Course the Purity of a Langster is worth, $700! More if you ask her Dad!

It's the purity of the Langsters on Craigslist, that I would question.

In other news, the other me was recently published into the 'doucherati'. (Yay?) Now, I can be a db into two different personalities. Lord, help us all.

However, I'm too lazy to 'hone my craft' with proper practice, so I'm doing the 'singing in the shower' equivalent here. Thank you all for putting up with me.

kale said...

Snob is a dude?

WAHT?

CommieCanuck said...

The good thing about the NYT article is that Snob has his epitaph written already:

"he’s not beholden to anyone."

Seriously, who talks like that.
Ok, so we find out his name, then he'll be on Entertainment 2-nite for a while, then he'll choke on some vomit while on a honeymoon with a porn star.

Classic guy writes blog, guy gets famous, guy gets douchey, get chokes on vomit.

Salty Seattle said...

Okay. switching the douchey gears.

Snobby is still a RD hottie, even if he's no longer anonymous. Cippo will have to step aside on the podium.

sufferist said...

Finally someone has stood up and said what we were all thinking....
"who are all these freaking poseurs who have just discovered the shed-way."

I purchased my house way back in 2000 and it came with two sheds. One a sizable shed to service all of my shedding needs and a smaller boutique shed, which houses some of my disassembled lawn mower pieces, rain bike and busted Motobecane frame. So I know what I am talking about. These people who come along with their pre-fab cookie cutter sheds just have not put in the time or know anything about the Zen-like quality of storing stuff. They are just like, "hey, I got a shed and I put some fertilizer and paint in it." That just makes me laugh....

For those of us who have suffered for our sheds, you know of what I speak. Damnit man, I refloored the thing and fixed the door and my wife has even done a mural on the outside. You can't even do that with those plastic sided pieces of trash that Wal-Mart is trying to push as the new shed-way.

I could go on, but it's just going to anger me that much more.

Thanks Snobby for sticking up for the genuine sheddists.

Shed on brother....

CommieCanuck said...

I just read that entire "article" and no where in it does it say that Snob is gay.

Yet, the earlier NYT article was written by a "Jason Gay", sounds like a pseudo-name, and frankly, made up.

Anonymous said...

Couple times a year isn't that often.

Dan said...

Astroluc 2:02 The crab is a false god or an idol. But can not be a false idol due to the implication that there is a legitimate and true idol. Like say Kelly Clarkson.

hillbilly said...

Still love ya snobby, may continue to think of you anonymously though (um, not like it's my kink or anything...)

Etoro said...

EBEN!!!

CommieCanuck said...

sufferist, my shed is 100% Hamilton Steel, none of that plastic pseudo-shed weight weenie crap.

After watching enough serial killer horror movies, I decided I absolutely needed a shed.

Sheds, to go do stuff you're not supposed to do.

kale said...

There's already a video of Snob/Eben's visit to Portland up.

sufferist said...

Not checking out the article, my Snobby has no face, just writer chops...that's the way he set it up, that's the way it should stay. I think that it mentions something like that in 1Crustaeans 2:34, "he who has adopted the visage of anonymity, so that he might freely dispel myths and dispatch with the self-important has declared it, so it shall be, until the time of his choosing." See it's in print, on the interwebs and that makes it so.

Snob on you crazy diamond....

New York Sunny said...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Bike Snob. He resides in the hearts of men wherever there are hipsters and stupid roadies and craigslisters and any number of things that just piss you off....

Anonymous said...

If you search for Bike Snob there are hundreds of hits just for articles written today. How come at 5:15 Eastern time in the afternoon there are only 77 comments if this is a worldwide breaking story the papers make it out to be. I guess hardly anyone takes the newsprint serious anymore.

Either that or who cares.

sufferist said...

CC: is that where your merdrin gets done?

Anonymous said...

Does this make Snob a 'Hipster', a 'Yupster', a 'Cool Dad', a 'Bro', or a 'Yuppie'?

ant1 said...

a legend

frilly said...

Right on Salty--Snob/RTMS/Eben/Oliver is a major hot-tie! You just knew he would be.

*sigh*

rudy2tone said...

Here's hoping your Unmasking turns out better than when KISS did it.

yyz113 said...

Save the shed!

George H said...

Like if I waz a fakenpro and I was racing and stuff and then like my barz came off my crappy whip and I maybe crashed then i might look like this.. that wodda sucked...

I love Celine Dion.

Anonymous said...

that seat looks like this one possum carcass on my route, it is largely devoid of hair, and very slightly scaly..over the past week it has become quite the nice mummy. likely smells too.

George H said...

...actually I wodda looked like this

g said...

CC,
I have only known one Canadian (not that there's anything wrong with that) and she was gay (ibid), but not quite the conspiracy theorist that you appear to be. Was she the exception or the rule (with regard to conspiracy, not lesbianism. again, not that there was is or really ever shall be anything wrong with that).

I would assume she had one hell of a shed and tool collection, but that might or might not have anything to do with Canadianism.

Dr. Makim ben'Dover said...

The NYT publishes a picture of Mr. Snobs sitting in a puddle, and I get called out for making duck jokes?

This world makes no sense to us proctologists.

Brendan said...

hotbovine.com?

When it's over it's over, drink up. said...

Snob, you coming out has ruined it for me. I had always fantasized that you were actually a Nazi Porn Star with a better than most vocabulary. Really though I guess I'm kinda relieved, the Jessie James thing wasn't helping.

Phil said...

One can only imagine how harrowing it must be to look between one's thighs and see George Hincapie coming....
It doesn't get more classic than that. This is going on my wall of quotes. Talk about nailing it

Jase said...

What's the opposite of anonymity - nonymity?

EBEN WEIS

PUDL SITR

Anonymous said...

among the flat tires and brakeless bozos clogging the byways on their spayed and neutered bikes there must be a hidden enforcer of the laws of nature.

this is and has been automobile traffic.

when i see a brakeless idiot slide across the hood of a
taxi it reminds me of cigarette smokers puffing away
at slow motion suicide.

so ride on dummies just remember to carry an organ
donor card for the harvesters.

ant1 said...

snobby - you better be coming to atlanta on your book tour. if not, i'll reveal your identity.

ant1 said...

oh, and congrats on the kid.

ant1 said...

i think i'm forgetting something...

ant1 said...

oh yeah

ant100st!

d. fofonov said...

Reading article in Pravda America and is not mentioning rides of Snob and me along Trans-Siberian Railroad in winter when I am arousing conscientiousness for perfectly safe and should be legal natural substances for improving performance and hardening erection.

Not understanding why he is not mentioning it but I am thinking that I am insulting.

What is Lance having that I am not other than one or two minor victories in lesser races.

Cognorant said...

Nice to see your smiling face, BSNYC.
I for one think it's great and wish you much success with the next phase of this endeavor.

Eric Lowe said...

Welcome to your outness. Good luck with the book!

Anonymous said...

I am still anonymous.

Suomynona said...

Just like Snob. He shows his face, but he is still concealing his knuckle tats.

Nogocyclist said...

I thought Snobby would be riding a bike like this one.

rezado said...

EBEN FLOW

rezado said...

Proof that bikesnob is ankle deep in the duck scene since back in the day.

Blaiser said...

Kale, man..... someone's bound to curate your face in a parking lot...

leroy said...

OMG!!!

Has any one seen the revelation in today's New York Times!!???

According to the paper of record, Ballet Stars use Twitter!!!

http://tinyurl.com/yla4u6v

This changes everything!!

Boy am I glad I'm not the last to know.

Wal Mart Nation said...

Hey y'all hipsters: welcome to the tea party!

SysAdmin said...

Jefe and IBS:your IP addresses have been logged.

"Watch what you say, watch what you do"

-Ari Fleisher

Steel McQueen said...

Fortunately, Hin-capo is riding BMC this year not Trek, which probably just means his seat post clamp will snap off instead of his handlebars.

ken e. said...

thanks to all y'all, in anonymity and otherwise... thinking about a piece-of-crap metal shed and the coaster bike pretending to be a moto-cross that lived there.

MT.B AKER
SNOB LAFS
QLTY TIME

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Anonymous said...

I am so Anonymous! Thats the new Style, you bollocks with funky Avatars and nicks is just lame as Hipstars still ridin white DeepV with fake alleycat cards in the spooks you bloks

cyclegoddess said...

I think I recall Hincapie's saddle falling off in one TDF time trial.

And speaking of H, that photo - thanks!!

cyclegoddess said...

Im confused, has snobs pic been posted?

So snobs not a chick? Bummer. never enough chicks in cycling...

Shaun said...

Fantastic reading. I never laughed so much. This will make for great entertainment in the bike shop where I get paid in bike porn!

Lar said...

Snobby and Ricky were outed on the same day.

Bo Bo said...

The intern did it!

Anonymous said...

Snob,

two things. 1) Bring your book tour to Minneapolis. The summers here make up for the miserable winter. 2) Having a kid is the worst thing you can do for you bike riding, but the best thing you can do for you overall quality of life.

Congratulations!

Jefe said...

SysAdmin 12:15 a.m. If the government is checking out my e-mail traffic all they will learn is that I am ordering too many overpriced bike parts and accessories. IBS may be in trouble, however.

Astroluc said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Cyclin' Missy said...

Congrats on the Wall Street journal article, the book, the coming baby and the acquiring of a name and face! Truly nice to finally meet you!

CommieCanuck said...

Here's hoping your Unmasking turns out better than when KISS did it.

Sigh, Snob's future is getting fat and a family-based reality TV show in a huge mansion somewhere.

A more apt comparison is The unknown comic.

ant1 said...

so, snobby and ricky martin come out on the same day. coincidence?

ant1 said...

snobby - does your book have a comments section?

IBS said...

Never trust a fart.

Anonymous said...

The wooden bike looks like it needs a top tube...er...plank.

Nogocyclist said...

C.C.: The bag over the head is inappropriate for Snob. That was reserved for the "Aints" Fans, but even they have been outed by a ball game this year. Snob could have pulled it off but he would have needed to use a messenger bag instead. Does Rock Racing make one?

Cyclegoddess: For a better photo of Snobby see the Anonymous post at 8:22 pm. It contains a link from Twitter that is a face on image supposed to be The Bike Snob NYC.

Anonymous said...

So, the Snob has been outed! Turns out he's just another self-hating Jew. He can say real real funny stuff about Jews cuz it's like all in the family!

eeeeeeeeee said...

Had a good laugh when I saw the first few comments on the nyt article. Times trial indeed.

Anonymous said...

Hey, is BSNYC the same Eben Weiss that has this "Radiant Cock" tattoo?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9141785@N07/583960551/

That would just add yet another level of irony to the ironic knuckle tattoo comments.

David said...

Okay, Snob, you've finally given me the opportunity of a lifetime to come out in an open forum: I ride a Walmart bike. It's a good bike. I paid $249 for it, a hundred more than the single-fixed-whatevers, but then that was three years ago, and mine has 14 speeds, thirteen of which still actually function. Also, I don't own any special clothing or accessories except a helmet and a strap to keep my jeans out of the chain. No Spandex. No carbon fiber. Just an aluminum bike and the b*lls to ride it thirty miles. How long before they turn into aluminum is another question. There's a Hincapie joke there somewhere but I'm too donut-deprived to think of it. But I will say the handlebars have never come off my Walmart bike, not even in any of the three crashes it's been through (one caused by a dog, one caused by gravel, and one caused by operator stupidity). Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

...'two-wheeled device invented by German engineer Baron Karl von Drais in 1817, and briefly popular with dandies.'

~100 year hipster cycle?

Quack! said...

What a clueless bunch of haters over there on the NYT comment section. Thanks all you regulars for adding some intelligent content. I don't even want to give the Times a fake email address, 'cause everyone knows they are hooked up with the CIA. You think the Duck Joke Police got no sense of humor? Ha! Delightfully quaint in comparison.

Nogocyclist said...

Haven't read the comments over there. On YouTube just about every video has hater comments. I have made comments I am sure were not always appreciated. (See my profile photo, that is why I selected it>) Even so believe mindless troll comments are just so much garbage.

If your comment is a troll comment, at least be creative about it.

Duane said...

Does classic eventually get to EPIC?

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That doofus is in piazza castello, torino, italia, if anyone cares.

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