Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This Just In: Big, Big Savings On Dates!

Who doesn't love a delightfully whimsical "Save The Date?"


Nobody, that's who!

I mean, nobody doesn't like them.  Which is to say everybody likes them.  You know what I mean.

Ordinarily, Save The Dates (or is the plural "Saves The Date?") are used for wudding niptuals, but in this case I'm employing the tactic for the Purposes of Book Whoring.  See, I wrote a new book, which you can learn more about by clicking the picture of it over there in the right-hand margin, and I will be flogging it in a few places in the coming months.  The plans for these whorings range from half-baked to almost fully-baked, and here are a couple of dates to save so far:

Saturday, April 20th



More details to follow when I figure out what's happening.


Saturday, April 27th

Something in Cleveland, Lob help me:


(I can't believe I'm actually going here.)

This is the "crown jewel" of by mini-BRA tour, and in Cleveland I will browbeat the three or four people who bother to come at 1:00pm at the Market Garden Brewery, where Visible Voice Books will have copies of my book for sale.  I will write in those books if you want, or if you don't want me to I won't.  Or, if you don't want a book but you just want to point and laugh at me, that's fine too.  I just want any kind of attention you're willing to give.  Also, as I understand it, the annual "Tweed Ride" rolls out at 3:00pm, so if you're planning on doing that afterwards maybe I'll head over point and laugh at you too before beating a path back to civilization.

Other BRA plans are forming faster than a saddle sore on a Grand Tour rider's scranus (it looks like something will happen on May 18th in Boston, for example), but those are the ones that are the most nailed-downest at this moment.

Moving on, do you love movies about bikes?  Of course you do.  If you like delightfully whimsical Saveses the Dateses then obviously you love bikey movies too.  Here's one that promises to be a grassroots (and by "grassroots" I mean "amateurish") version of "Premium Rush:"



I don't mean to sound naive, but this is going to be a porn, right?

I thought so.

Speaking of amateurs, James Huang, the technical editor of Cyclingnews and BikeRadar, wants amateur bike racers to know how insignificant they are, and to that end he has published this incendiary screed:


The cycling industry is funded by the masses but in terms of innovation and image, it's still largely driven by racing. If you pin on a number each weekend, kudos for helping fuel the sport and maintaining its healthy atmosphere – and if you're doing well, even better. But if those local results are also coming with a Manwich-sized bite of self-entitlement when it comes to endorsement proposals, let me offer a good-intentioned, honest dose of reality: sponsorship is not and has never been about you.

Now, I should stress that I agree with him, in that it is important for amateur bike racers to realize how utterly futile and meaningless their endeavors are, and that if they choose to fritter away their lives by "training" for riding around and around in circles then that's their problem.  In fact, I'd go a step further and say the same thing is true of professional cyclists--and, at my most cynical, I'd say it's actually true of everybody and everything, that sentience is merely an illusion, and that we're all just dust specks blowing aimlessly through an indifferent cosmos.


Nevertheless, I feel it recumbent upon me to defend my Fredly brethren.  Sure, the typical bike racer is a borderline douchebag who, hilariously, considers himself (or herself, but I'm going to stick with the masculine for simplicity's sake) an "athlete," and who thinks other people are actually emotionally invested in his on-the-bike exploits.  (In reality the only people emotionally invested in amateur bike racers are their families, and that investment inevitably proves about as shrewd as an investment in Cannondale stock since he's always too tired from training to return any of their love and affection.)

At the same time, given the way bicycle components are marketed, why is anybody surprised that Fred is braying for sponsorship and discounts? If the industry finds Fred annoying then it should blame only itself.  Take this wheel, The Mavic Ksyrium Whatever Whocares, for example:


Here's Mavic's description:

The most demanding racers need a do it alla Wheel-Tyre System that can : strong, stiff, aerodynamic, comfortable, durable… Ksyrium SLR brings all this characterictics together making it the best Wheel-Tyre System choice for these racers.

Okay, well obviously that doesn't make any sense whatsoever, so naturally Fred relies on a retailer to parse it for him:

We've spent a few seasons training and racing on wheels that ride more like they belong in the stone age than in the peloton. We put the miles in regardless, but have definitely split the difference between enjoying and enduring the ride on them. Mavic has made it easier for you to enjoy the ride and get the results you want on race day with the Ksyrium SLR Clincher Wheelset. These have everything we look for in all-around wheels; responsiveness, light weight, and durable construction. 

So this wheel costs almost $1,800, which today is considered inexpensive.  Your typical Cat 4 probably thinks this is the bare minimum for bike racing, since the retailer would have you believe that not only is this a sensible investment for an everyday wheel, but that a less expensive wheel belongs "in the stone age" and is good for little else than "enduring the ride on them."  This, I should not have to tell you, is batshit crazy, unless the wheelset you're comparing it to is this:


So why is the Mavic Bullshitium (again, a "cheap" wheel by today's standards) wheel so much better than any other wheel that's round and has bearings?  Here's why:

Unlike traditional spokes that flex under greater loads, Tracomp spokes compress to continue supporting the rim, preventing further wheel deflection so you your wheels don't feel noodly on descents and you don't lose power in a spring [sic] finish. 

Wheels so flexy they feel noodly on descents?  What kind of Fredly fear mongering is this?!?  If your wheel was so severely under-tensioned as to feel noodly or to cost you power in a sprint then you wouldn't make it from your front door to the end of the block.  But of course nobody's going to tell Fred that.  None of these manufacturers or retailers or technical editors is going to tell Fred that he can't lose power that he didn't have in the first place.  Instead, they're going to tell him that the bulbous front end of his crabon frame is going to give him the bike handling skills he doesn't possess, and that his wheelset is going to conserve every watt of his nonexistant wattage, and that it will come from the superior bottom bracket interface that creaks like crazy because he doesn't even know how to service it.

Needless to say, all of this puts Fred in a tizzy.  Everyone's treating him like a real athlete and everyone is telling him he needs lots of very expensive stuff to be the very best athlete he can be.  So naturally he does what athletes do and asks for some sponsorship.  After all, this shit is expensive!  And what happens when he asks for that sponsorship?  The very people who are trying to sell him this stuff call him a jerk!  I mean, he is a jerk--a big jerk.  James Huang is absolutely right, Fred is not entitled to shit.  But at the same time it's completely unreasonable to expect Fred, who is by nature the worst kind of shameless gear whore, to somehow also be possessed of the dignity it takes not to be a complete schnorrer.

It's like taunting a thirsty dog with water and then getting mad at him for drinking out of the toilet.

(And if you are inclined to point out that "elite" amateurs or whatever are not Freds, I would strongly disagree with you.  In my road racing worldview, there are Freds and then there are professionals, and even then the only difference between the Freds and the pros is that the pros are Fred-for-pay.)

Sure, it's no way to treat a customer, but it's still better than actually making them bend over:

I went into my local store to return my Astro pants and Invert crops, both purchased this month. I was asked to BEND OVER in order to determine sheerness. The sales associate then perused my butt in the dim lighting of the change room and deemed them "not sheer". I felt degraded that this is how the recall is being handled. I called the GEC to confirm this is their protocol, and they verified that yes, the "educators" will verify sheerness by asking the customer to bend over.

Though I'm pretty sure Fred would be willing to do it.

128 comments:

Anonymous said...

First

mikeweb said...

Nice use of Recumbabe for your marketing, Snob.

DB said...

Podium!

Nonplussed Squirrel said...

So close, but so far away

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Captain Spaulding, the African explorer … Did someone call me schnorrer? … Hooray, hooray, hooray!

theEel said...

weed!

McFly said...

Are those 650B's?

Blood Alcohol Level of said...

So after spending two hours in a brewery you're going to go for a ride......

Anonymous said...

fredly

Slow on the Draw said...

Stupid me; I read half of the post, then it dawned on me ~ Podium Maybe......NO! It's like having the winning Mega Lottery Ticket and waiting over a year to check the numbers.

National Geographic Channel said...

Captain Spaulding disappeared in Cleveland, never to be seen again.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

damn it... early finish line... my glory is stolen...

mikeweb, hope you popped a wheelie.

babble on said...

Baaaaabe... where are your nipples hiding??

crosspalms said...

I feel noodly on descents, but it's not my wheels, it's fear of crashing. Woosie.

noonly 3111, honest

babble on said...

recumbent upon you... heh heh... you're the funniest whore

Anonymous said...

lolz tits


264 eetitiA

mikeweb said...

I'm just so glad that film maker finally moved her hat so that the brim wasn't blocking about 70% of the peripheral vision on her right side. But I understand that for many people fashion trumps safety.

HAFF BLND

McFly said...

TENNESSEE IS OFFICIALLY THE #1 METH PRODUCING STATE IN 'MURKA!!!

Yea Us.

Suck on that Kentucky.

We are also one of the most obese states which I find odd.

babble on said...

Freds for pay... who's whoring now?

Fuck yer funny, snob.

When are you coming back to Vancouver? I want to save the dates, you see, though not if it interferes with nipples, or bending over or general all-purpose whoring.

babble on said...

That is kinda funny, McFly. Wonder how you swing THAT??

DB said...

Congrats, McFly.
And, you have low state taxes going for you, too.

mikeweb said...

McFly,

Whether it's meth or eating an entire pizza as an appetizer for a whole rack of ribs, we all need a way to fill that black hole inside. Luckily all of us here have figured out that a nice bicycle ride, maybe even followed by a tasty cold beverage is a much healthier way to do that.

Sorry everyone for getting all Ingmar Bergman-esque on your asses.

babble on said...

Nice finish, mikeweb. Congrats! Did you dope? Was it good for you?

lululemon said...

Bend over. I'll drive.

mikeweb said...

Thanks babble.

All I'll say is, to paraphrase Salvador Dali, "don't take dope, take ME. I AM dope!"

lululemon said...

Paging Mr. Ben Dover! Has anyone seen Ben Dover?

Blog Drafter said...

Funny post.

I particularly bristled at "he can't lose power that he didn't have in the first place". Ouch.

Shite.

Scranus. (I believe it was Lob hisself, was it not, who said "I have given you scranii so that you may love one another.")

Ultimately we're all descended from hydrogen and exploding stars.

cyclotourist said...

BEND OVER

lululemon said...

Our official website:

http://bentoversluts.tumblr.com/

McFly said...

Yeah that ride fills a black hole. Some of the most rewarding rides are the one's I have beg, beat and cajole myself into going on. Can't have the cold beverage, though. Apparently I have a problem. I don't really see it but my lawyer, the judge and the assistant district attorney seem to.

Marcel Da Chump said...

Peruse the butt.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Velonews writes that the fixed gear trend is now a whopping three years old:

"Part of the change, Ehman said, could be attributed to improvements in the fixed gear bikes that have dominated the urban cycling scene. As the fixie bike culture began to gain momentum over the last three years, it started attracting the attention of mainstream bike manufacturers who started producing higher-quality fixed-gear bikes to replace the run-down, semi-homemade versions Ehman and other riders had been using for years."

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/03/news/road/la-marathon-crash-race-highlights-growth-of-unsanctioned-racing-in-u-s_279227

Glad to see they have their fingers on the pulse of emerging trends in cycling.

Anonymous said...

So your telling that if I get sponsership, I too can make the podium? Slap an Apple sticker on me and I'll type faster.

crosspalms said...

mikeweb,
I think even Bergman would give +1 on the bikeride/cold beverage.

Perry said...

$1800 Mavic wheels with the special explodium spoke design. Are they still using the Diminutive Frenchman Test to validate the durability of their crapon fibre drinking straw spokes?

Anyway, if $1800 wheels are now affordably priced, I guess you have to pay extra for wheels that don't spontaneously explode while riding.

Logo Pogo said...

All I got out of today's post was an overwhelming desire to take off my winter wheels and install my Zip 303 Firecrests.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Wow! with all the hard-hitting journalism and investigative reporting you do on the ever changing world of cycling I don't know how you find the time to write books.

Comment deleted said...

"Bend over, I need to check your sheerness." This officially replaces "nice tits" as the classy ice-breaker of the week.

Poppa Wheelie said...

I would have been here sooner but I was drinking out of the toilet.

Esteemed Commenter DaddoOne said...

We are already filling pot holes in for you up here in Boston

babble on said...

Sex is your cold one after the ride, McFly... and it leaves you feeling better than a beer when all is said and done.

Anonymous said...

I'm reasonably sure that SF Californicator movie will go to 11 on the suck meter.

Fred said...

Wildcat:
So is everyone who rides a bike just 'cause they enjoy it (not to commute) a Fred?

Seems to me that a little description of the various Tribes of Fred would be worthwhile.

I'm out there on a bike because I have problems like McFly (sad but true).




McFly said...

Yeah once all the blood flows back to where it belongs. Directly after is highly over-rated.

Kudo's to whomever recommended the Gino Bartali read on here. It is whom, right?

McFly said...

I really, really, really love drinking and am very, very, very good at it. You would never know I was intoxicated. Sadly I am from the school of "If a little is good then a little more is better and even a little more is where did my pants go?"

DB said...

I'm going to visit that Tumblr site for awhile.
Talk to ya later.

Bob Seger said...

They do respect her butt, they love to watch her strut (or bend over, thats fine too)

hellbelly said...

Snob, Come sing for your supper down in Atlanta

ken e. said...

i'd like to blame phillips brewing and mavic for my crappy result today.

Jan! said...

“Fred is not entitled to shit.” Well, call me constipated.
--
Sponsored by Dulcolax.

Mike in Dallas said...

"remember that you are dust and to dust you will return." Now bend over so I can see if I can see your butt through those tights...

3G said...

*IMMEDIATELY APPLIES FOR JOB AT LULUMON

Dooth said...

Why don't you unhook your Bra in your adopted town? I bet the folks at the local library would love it. And I live nearby.

Anonymous said...

I like the old wheels made with some ss spokes and some rims. I just bought some really expensive rims ($100!) just because they matched the ERD of the old tubulars from my racer days. Just taped them together, and swapped the spokes hole for hole. Good for another 5-10 years.

-Ben Dover

babble on said...

Bend over and SMILE! You're on candid camera...

DB said...

Okay, I'm back from my Tumblr watching.
That was quite a stimulating lunch hour.
Need to watch a quick F-Troop rerun to get my mind out of the Lulu zone.

McFly said...

bentoversluts is not what I thought it was going to be. I mean that one poor girl was just trying to change the channel on the tv. She must have just gotten out of the shower.

balls™ said...

We found Ben Dover... he's in the corner with Mike Hunt.


nipple.

Anonymous said...

Going to Cleveland to promote anything related to cycling (you), is like going to North Korea to promote attractive haircuts.

Dooth said...

Metaphorical hubs belong on a sarcastic frame of a blog.

mikeweb said...

DB,

'Watching F-Troop reruns' sounds like a euphemism for watching Internet porn.

Though that Ken Berry was one funny mofo.

Vegas said...

That's why I don't have a family...nobody to neglect whilst I'm foffing off on two wheels. And the circles I'm jerking in are dirt, a smidge less fredly, or so I tell myself.

Speaking of wheels, I "went nuts" and bought $500 ones for my new Fred chariot a couple years ago. But they are metal and hopefully will last as long as the bike I rode on for 10 years before that. Which btw is still traipsing up hills, so I hear from the guy to whom I sold it.

mesdoab
Robots, robots, brainwashed babies

ge said...

Those crazy Gauls. Always have to be contrary. Everyone else designs their spokes for tension and there they go designing for compression, their diminutive Frenchmen furiously quality checking each one: 1 DFU - PASSED. Gotta get me a set of those chariot wheels. Do they come in bamboo?

Ben Dover said...

...I gotcher refund right here, sweetchunks.

Anonymous said...

Cleveland? Seriously? Why? I bet you didn't sell a dozen books in the entire state of Ohio. Skip that cesspool and go somewhere cool. Detroit maybe. they have a burgeoning hipster commumity and where there are hipsters there is smugness and where there is smugness there is a "bicycle community" whatever that is.

Comment deleted said...

So, recommend me a good (road) wheel for under $200. It needs to be robust enough to daily-commute a strapping 200 lb. lad (I kept breaking rear spokes on green lights until I got a high-profile rim). Also it should not weigh a ton, but I'm not a weeny about this.

Hate my noisy Shimano hub, too, so chime in on that, if you like.

Comment deleted said...

*Rear* wheel, that is.

Anonymous said...

dear bike snob: you are overusing and incorrectly using the word Fred. A fred is, for instance, a guy with aero clip ons and mirrors on his mountain bike, wearing a Primal jersey and a reflective vest. All amateur racers are not Freds, you may be, but I am certainly not. Get bent.

Anonymous said...

I want to get a job as a sheerness tester at lululemon.

Anonymous said...

You hate Freds with the hatred that only a disillusioned Fred could have. You sound like Michelle Bachman's husband talking about gay people.

That said, I don't know why you keep trying to say they aren't athletes. I mean, they are participating in a competitive physical contest. They're athletes. They might be gear obsessed dweebs, but they are athletes. Give them that much. The old ladies in swimaerobics are athletes too. It's not like you're crowning them the Sultan of Brunei for giving them that title.

CommieCanuck said...

Zee French have a long history in Le merde de taureau with zee americahns.

When they got you guys to drink water at $2 a bottle, you lost.

hwar...hwar..hwar..

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:17 - don't worry snob is just projecting.

The King of Park Slope's more icky cousin Seymour said...

I will assess sheerness in my home for free.

CommieCanuck said...

The whole trick to the bend over test is to eat an epic three-bean burrito and half a gallon of lentil soup about an hour before entering the store.

CommieCanuck said...

SHER TEST

Buffalo Bill said...

Nice tits!

Perry said...

Anon 2:17 - I don't think the term "fred" has a fixed and clear meaning. As a colloquialism, it has whatever meaning the user attaches to it. If Snob wants to use the term "fred" broadly, that is his prerogative.

And, by the way, only a true fred would deny being a fred. And moreover, only a really true fred would get all indignant about the fact that a humorous blogger may or may not have lumped you in with a group of cyclists who may or may not be freds.

And Anon, I apologize if I used too many big words for you in my response.

mikeweb said...

Comment deleted:

On my commuting rig my rear wheel is a 36h Mavic A119 rim with an old Shimano 105 7spd hub I had lying around. That rim is a triple box cross section and will take anything the road can dish out. The front wheel is basically the same set up, btw. I didn't build them up 4 years ago to be light, but I haven't had to go anywhere near them with a spoke wrench in over 5000 miles of riding over NYC pot holes.

And anon 2:22 totally gets it. I mean, just look at that Ritte for Lob's sake.

Anonymous said...

Everytime one of my riding buddies complains about trouble with the 4 and half spoke wheels that came on a new bike I suggest the same solution:

36hole, double eyeleted Mavic rims with 14 gauge stainless steel DT spokes laced 3 cross to Shimano Ultegra hubs. Durable, not too heavy, durable, not expensive and also durable.

McFly said...

Best way to check them lululemons for sheerness is with a bullet-nose thrust gauge.

Comment deleted said...

Thanks, mikeweb. The (+NYC potholes !spokewrench equation) says a great deal to me.

Comment deleted said...

Thanks, Anon 3:09. You're probably right on about the ultegra hub, too. Everything else I've upgraded to ultegra has been bulletproof.

Anonymous said...

And Lob said Scranus!

Anonymous said...

Hey Babble tell us about your box-section. Is it one or two hole? Lace(d)?

bikesgonewild said...

...the trilogy has been writ & now, i'm left to wonder if bsnyc/rtms/wcrm has reached the zenith, the peak, his personal pinnacle of cycling snobulation...

...any bra that extends into cleveland (cleveland, really ???), would seem to be a fast slide to a rock bottom nadir & smacks of impending closure & finalization...

...every facet of cycling culture has been skewered & barbed & so, is this the beginning of the end for bsnyc/rtms/wcrm as bike bloggist to cyclings great unwashed...

...does bikesnobism beget social conciousnobnyc ???

...with more & more postings about snobjects non-cycling related, are we reaching the end of bike snobularity ???...

...is nyccycle blogging's "...end of days..." just around the next corner of the crit or bend in the trail ???...

...could this be what the mayans really meant ???...

...it's palpable, i can sense it...changes are coming, irony is in the air...

...hey...i'm just sayin'...

Roille Figners said...

My bike is made from an innovative material called "steel." Nothing on it feels "noodly," ever. It does flex though. Never enough that a human would ever notice, but I sort of deduce from logic and physics that it does. I also know it returns to its original shape. If I were to go all Incredible Hulk and bend it into a new shape, it would still flex, and return to THAT shape. Under no earthly meteorological circumstances will it shatter. It's a goddamn miracle I tell ya.

ge said...

Perry, ha-ha, only a true fred would deny being a fred. Nailed it. Seriously Freds, consider being mocked by WCRM as acknowledgement of your existence. I mean, really, you wouldn't dress like that if you wanted to be ignored. Personally, I only read RTMS in the vain hope that today might be the day he mocks my style of riding/dressing/home decor/automobile/scranal hygiene/city/country/etc.

Anonymous said...

If Fred is dumb enough to believe he needs this crap, he deserves whatever mental angst ensues . . . .

Fred Broadly said...

I refuse to be defined.

mikeweb said...

And I also acknowledge my Fredliness.

Exhibit #1: my Fred chariot as shown in my avatar photo.

Testify!

le Correcteur said...

My favorite sentence: "It's like taunting a thirsty dog with water and then getting mad at him for drinking out of the toilet."

Classic, Snob.

Comment deleted said...

Nicely proportioned quill stem, mikeweb (and no, I don't say that to all the Freds).

I see you have the height problem, too.

Anonymous said...

I too was wondering about the limits of the term fred. Are all the guys at surly all freds too? How about little kids who love to ride their bikes and do so for hours everyday? What about people who ride gazillions of miles on their bike from the late 90's?

Snobny, you should come to athens, ga for the twilight criterium at the end of April. Freds and sorority girls partying together!

babble on said...

Two, with a wee bit of decorative lace at the top.

Cipo ~ have fixed gear, will travel said...

Cipo was in Cleveland once, and nine months later an entire cycling team was born.

I Left My Heart in Cleveland said...

Snob is also know as the Wildcat Rock Machine and the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland.

bikesgonewild said...

..."...a wee bit of decorative lace at the top..."...

...ohhh my, how absolutely delightful...

Perry said...

mikeweb - I prefer the term "fred sled" if only because I like rhymes.

the commentariat said...

A wee bit of lace?

I prefer a Glade Stick-up.

Comment deleted said...

Commentariat, don't leave us hanging...up your *what*?

Serial Retrogrouch said...

my last name is Scranus

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

I have an Ultegra triple crank on my road biking cycle. I like the granny for the really steep hills.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

rct,
i knew recumbents are a sick bunch among freds... but i didn't realize you ride your granny up steep hills... that's just one level above evil.

Anonymous said...

Perry is right; claiming you are not a Fred is like claiming you are not a Hipster.

The lady doth protest too much.

Anonymous said...

I do not know why you accuse me of all these dastardly crimes against cycling humanity. I should like to go on the record that I only do some of those things.

Other than making my nickname a pejorative and forcing it to share company with Richard and Jonathan, I have been enjoying your blog.

-Fredric-

bikesgonewild said...

..."...This Just In: Big, Big Savings On Dates!!!..."...

...coincidently, my local health food store has the same offer...

...that & dried figs...

...life's funny that way sometimes...

Fat Jesus on a bike said...

I'm starting to think maybe it's inappropriate to make fun of freds. I think it's one of those taboos, like making fun of the mentally challenged. Just don't do it.

David Olson said...

I used to call my sponsor every day and all I got for free was a fucking meeting list.
Now where did I put my map of Tennessee?

Anonymous said...

And Lob said "Let he who is without Fredliness, cast the first stone."

Anonymous said...

What the F is a winter wheel? Do they exist in warm climates? Should they be cold stored before 33•deg. F. ?

McFly said...

Whose got two thumbs and a 20+ mile mountaineering bicycle adventure in LBL on the agenda for tomorrow?

This guy.

Mark said...

I had to google schnorrer and spondee (for like the fourth time.) Thanks Snob, thanks for stretching my mellon.

Anonymous said...

CLEVELAND!!! Eff you all and your ignorant hatred of this fine town. Welcome WRM! And... Market Garden Brewery ta'boot! Obviously your hearts in CLE since you know what's up. And... I trust Yehuda Moon will be joining ya! I can't wait to raise a fine pint with you!

CLE is tits!

Ric said...

Comment deleted:

I agree with mikeweb. I've been using similar wheels on my commute bike ( but with XT hubs, since I have 135mm droupout spacing - and with A319 rims, since I have disc brakes and don't need the rim wear indicator of the A119s). After 2 years of year-round commuting they are still perfectly true after no adjustments.

I recommend butted spokes. They result in a stronger wheel if tensioned correctly.

Plugging the following into Universal Cycle's custom wheel builder:
Shimano 105 FH-5700 Rear Hub (36 hole)
Mavic A 119 Rims (36 hole)
DT Swiss Competition Butted Spokes (2.0-1.8mm)
DT Swiss Brass Nipples

Gives a price of $151.23, without shipping. If I needed a rear wheel for a 130mm dropout commute roadbike with rim brakes, this is the wheel I would get.

Comment deleted said...

Ric, thank you for the detailed information. Extra thanks for the pointer to the wheel designer tool (I'm totally lost for the evening).

Anonymous said...

Mr. Bike Snob, can you make the "Freds" go away. They are a hazard to "normal" riders everywhere(which includes mommies and their children)on bike paths every where.

ChamoisJuice said...

FRED RICO

ChamoisJuice said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIKloWgk1qo

shadetree said...
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ChamoisJuice said...

Getting fast and loose with the definition of "Fred".... of course there's a wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_(bicycling)

ChamoisJuice said...

I added the BSNYC "Kludgie" post to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kludge#References

babble on said...

Some cop punched a cyclist in Vancouver the day before yesterday... apparently he wasn't wearing a helmet.

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