Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy Wednesday! Today's post is on The Brooks Blog.




It's like the post title says.  Go crash Old Man Brooks's house!  See you back here tomorrow.

I Love You,


--Wildcat Rock Machine


83 comments:

Anonymous said...

bam!!

JlRB said...

Top o the scranus to you

Anonymous said...

thud

herzogone said...

Top ten! Does anyone else smell proofide in here?

Bryan said...

I love you too. In a platonic way.

Jon Webb said...

It always brings a tear to my eye when you shill for Brooks. To see your great talent sacrificed on the altar of capitalism!

Bryan said...

Snob has to feed his one (1) human child and sixteen (16) other children somehow. I can't imagine sweatshops pay enough. I like the large high res images over there

Anonymous said...

Top 10? Hi from Seattle!

Anonymous said...

9???????? I'd like to thank everyone that helped me get here...342 I am not a robot

Spokey said...

top tinnitus?

Spokey said...

gotta agree with snobbie for once. i never once rode when i lived in brooklyn. in fact i had to move out of brooklyn to outside of camden just to get toilet trained. THAT's how bad it is.

Anonymous said...

vsk said ...

I ride in, thru, from, to, out of, and back to Brooklyn all the time. Kind of stuck with it for the commute. Although I could take the bike on the train at rush hour and start off at South Ferry or Grand Street...

vsk

Sir Isaac Newton said...

"If velocity is defined as the rate of change of position with respect to time, i.e. v = dx/dt, where v is velocity and x is the displacement vector..."

Good how old snob, you got that exactly correct

Sir BadTypist newton said...

*Good Show"

Spokey said...

scranus

can i go back to bed now and get up at a civilized time?

Anonymous said...

Sneaky

cycle

Anonymous said...

This post is so early, it is like the future.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

That Brooks don't look to bad. Which model is it?

Mr. Pedantic said...

"Which model is it?"

14th photo is a close up of the saddle, and you can read "Swift" on the side.

PotbellyJoe said...

Leave it to Snobi Wan to once again rub the superiority of Upstate New York City to Brooklynites... and have it fall on mostly blind eyeballs.

How does Brooks feel about you insulting a rather large component of their buyers?

If anything it make me respect Brooks for putting up with you/us...

109 hipsters had their feelings hurt by this post.

Bryan said...

Potbelly Joe...hipsters don't have feelings. They are squished in tight/skinny jeans etc and numb

crosspalms said...

Posting in Greenwich Mean Time? Cruel.

Worse, my chain must have read yesterday's post sometime while I slept, because it started chirping at me on the ride to work. Thanks a lot, Snob...

Bama Phred said...

This post smells like Proofhide.

I wonder if Brooks "moderates" WCRM's blogulation or if it is just posted naked like an abandoned infant freezing on a snowy tenement stoop.

My robot killer says 1508 hipsters being squished in their jeans

Butter Flavor said...

Did you get permission to blog elsewhere from your advertisers?

Don't you think that's kind of sleazy? You OWE them!

Flyover BC said...

That's some really nice chamfering on the saddle.

Hee Haw the Barista said...

I have to click a link for this shit now?

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Thank you Mr. Pedantic. I failed to magnify the image for closer examination.

Anonymous said...

What's up with the half backed bunny hop!
No gloves?

COLE

JB said...

Snob,

You have several different styles of Brooks saddles. Does the mtn bike get the swift for a reason, or is that what they sent you? Maybe a post on your Brooks saddle logic?

I've typed it here before: I really want a Brooks, but at ~$150 a pop, I can't try out three styles before I find scranus nirvana.

BikeSnobNYC said...

JB,

There's a little less of the Swift so it's good for getting behind the saddle, etc., as you need to do on a MTB.

I do find the B17 more comfy though.

--Wildcat and so forth

Anonymous said...

JB,

The swift is a good choice, I also like the swallow (that's what she said). I would go with Chrome (unlike wildcat, who surely gets his for free) and save yourself $100.

Timothy Treadwell said...

Submitted for your approval.

Second video is real and is real mountain biking in real mountains.

Dooth said...

It sure took the Brooks blog moderators quite a while to reject my measly little G-rated comment. It's like they had a conference over it, and it got chamfered to pieces.

Anonymous said...

two Duders filming themselves riding their bikes in the woods on a Sunday afternoon. Cute, did you split a Michelob Ultra after?

Mr. Pedantic said...

"It sure took the Brooks blog moderators quite a while to reject my measly little G-rated comment."

Try to include these appropriate phrases in your comments:

"hand-chamfered leather ass pedestals"
"Brooklyn just farted"
"Some douche"
"leered surreptitiously"
"baby Lizard-Jesuses"

Old-timer said...

The "Full Monte": The Brooks Swallow, with highly polished brass rivets, on my Bob Jackson trike. And a clean chain! Wot!

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Ok so I've been over at the Brooks site looking at the fine hand chamfered ass pedestals. You've not steered me wrong Wildcat so there just may be a Brooks in my future. Never gave much thought to bikecycling caps now I have four of them. Anyways I have a handlebar change in the works for my ti-commuter biek. The new bars are old school french style with lotsa pull back because I'm tired of riding hunched over. So I'm looking serious at the B67 from the City/Heavy Duty line. Really like that aged one.

Once I get the bars on I'll tool around a bit to determine if I really need a new saddle. I got a feeling that wider and sprung B67 would feel scrantacular on short trips around town.

NotThatYouAsked said...

“…old school french style with lotsa pull back…”
Just make sure your hands are even with or in front of the steering axis. If your hands are behind the steering axis you have to push them both to the outside of the turn while you are trying to lean to the inside, the infamous tiller effect.

”I got a feeling that wider and sprung B67…”
You might want to get a cheap saddle with 2 coil springs in back to try before spending >$100 for the B67. Some people find these saddle type unstable when leaning in tight turns. The B72 has a less soft ride but does not suffer from this problem.

Spokey said...



you can get the trusty old B17 for $125

http://www.wallbike.com/catalog/saddles/brooks-unsprung-saddles/b17flyer-family

probably even cheaper elsewhere but bill laine has a 6 month return policy.

* 6 Month UNCONDITIONAL SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - new BROOKS and BERTHOUD saddles. Return your new saddle at any time within six-months of the ship date for a full refund of the price of the saddle. Shipping will not be refunded unless there is a manufacturing defect that would make the return a factory warranty issue.

http://www.wallbike.com/warranty-and-other-information

I've never used the return policy but bought my first B17 somewhere in the mid 90s and my C17 earlier this year from him so he's been around for awhile (although there was a gap during katrina times).

Spokey said...

that was for JB

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Good considerations I will keep them in mind.

I ride my commuter bike like a cruiser. Relaxed and not aggressive at all. I have gone on short rides on a sprung saddle, not a brooks but it felt OK.

Survivorman said...

Now you know what a pain in the ass it is to interrupt a perfectly enjoyable bike ride by having to stop, set up a camera, press record, head back up the trail, ride by pretending as though you are really bombing the mall's backyard, stop, turn around to retrieve camera, dick around admiring your equally poor camera placement and acting ability, lie to yourself you can make the footage work, then continue on with the allegedly enjoyable bike ride.

Anonymous said...

vsk said ...

I have a Brooks Flyer on my Peugeot PX-50 650B bike. It's a sprung B17. Big coppa rivets and unpainted steel springs. Very comfy with drops but I think I could use it more for a more upright position if I changed bars.
The SLX Paramount has a Brooks Professional on it which is comfortable for me.
My '65 Raleigh Sports could use a replacement B72. The North Road bars seem too narrow, the big wide ones from the Schwinn Suburbans or Breezes might feel better.

Would like to ride some of the upright bikes to work but I can't take the headwinds for 11 miles.

I'm just being a woozie!

vsk

Ed Zigo said...

Taking a closer look at the photos on the Brooks Blog I noticed the Fly6 rear view camera in the single 1 speed artisanal mountaineering bikecycle. Too bad no Satanists nor stoned Slayer-listening teenagers chased from the ruins. Would have been better footage than the
grizzly-chasing-the-mountain-bike vid.

Ed Zigo said...

grizzly-chasing-the-mountain-bike vid.

Spokey said...

vsk

why replace the bars. How bouts a short stem with a greater angle / rise?

maybe just replace the stem with one of those that can pivot to different heights?

Ed Zigo said...

grizzly-chasing-the-mountain-bike vid.

JB said...

Thanks for all of the Brooks advice, all. Once of these days, I'll pull the trigger...

Anonymous said...

vsk said ...

Spokey,
The heights are OK. The Raleigh's North Roads are a little narrow for me but I love the bike as is. I think Raleigh used proprietary dimensions in things like handlebar clamp area diameter and stem neck width. I didn't feel like checking because there are a lowly US ton of other things I have to do like watch Sons of Anarchy, try to keep the house from falling apart, and lubricating my chainage. Not necessarily in that order.

I've just not been feeling compelled to ride the bike in as per normale. It's not even global cooling winter cold yet but the damp cold just makes it all ... that's not even bad when you get going it's just thinking about the damp cold etc etc.
I have to get my red Peugeot fender bike in order maybe then I'll self-ambulate to work more.

I wonder what my time to work would be on the 1956 Schwinn Corvette 3 speed.

vsk

bad boy of the south,temporarily said...

need to get back on my ass pedestal...baby's waiting at home.

Drop the Chalupa said...



Still crackalackin' down on cyclists

babble on said...

Good one! I'm with you... definitely the mall is creepier. And OMG so it's true. After all, you did SAY you had a friend, but now we've seen it for ourselves. And he's cute and knows how to ride a bike and dial 911 and everything!

Ooooooh, and serendipitydoo. I barely managed to refrain from eating myself into a cheesecake induced diabetic coma just an hour or so ago. Still tempting, though last night's hill session would have been easier if I had shown more self restraint over the past couple of months. :-/

Oh! And speaking of last night, after freezing my knee, I hit 81 km/hr (that's 50mph in American) on frozen roads coming down from said hills. Wooo hoooo hoooooooooo! Gawd I missed that the last little while... :D

My laced up Brooks broke the restraint and is looking kinda droopy again. D'you suppose they have longer bolts hiding somewhere which might solve the whole sagging saddle issue?

dop said...

whenever you sit on a brooks, you can feel wrm's cranium against your ischial tuberosities...or an angel gets it's wings...I forget which

semi serious cyclist said...

This is all so disorienting~ Like Tribbles!

Spokey said...

babs

81km/hr really? on frozen roads?

so i take it that the hospital has already sent you a christmas card saying how much they miss ya?


btw tossed the last two wedges of cheesecake last night along with the cherry goop. and back to pre-us-thanksgiving tonnage. but i've kept the cran relish. i'll nibble a bit tonight.

semi serious cyclist said...

..note that Brooks did NOT disclaim the Proofhide as moustache wax. Proofhide really shines as an all-weather pomade for the tonsorial cyclist.

JLRB said...

One o these days I am going to pull my Brooks back out of storage and put it on the single speed. I think I'll wait until winter is done - which will be right after I clean my drive train (removing parts), change cables and housing and bar tape, and build new wheels. It might be 2017 before winter ends.

Anonymous said...

SELL OUTT

Captain Oblivious said...

mmmmmmm yummy fermented tribbles

Anonymous said...

If the mall wasn't empty, someone would've alerted security about seeing two guys going into the woods.

JB said...

Ok, I had to change my profile pic to the drunken cyclist from the Taco Bell (Drop @ 3:35pm). It probably hasn't "taken" yet though, and this post will still be badly painted Cipo.

Bama Phred said...

Love your new avatar, JB. FloridaMan, Lob love him, no one else does.

Notsosanta Klaus said...

Ed Zigo @ 2:17;
I just soiled myself watching that video; but after viewing the following puppy movie clip, I now feel really good about it.

babble on said...

JB - ++ :D

Spokey - Lol! Right?! I keep em in business.

You can pick from a million excuses. There were only two of us who showed up for the club's Tuesday night hill ride, so it wasn't crowded coming down the other side and also, I've done that route a million times before. Familiarity makes it super easy to hit woo hooo hooooooo speed, don't cha know. It really didn't feel that fast at the moment, and though the roads were frozen they weren't slippery. And besides. For a road bike, mine is pretty hefty with its winterizations, so I have momentum on my side. You don't want to hit the brakes on a fast road below zero in the dark. Hell, I was under the impression that whilst on a club ride, you're not supposed to use the brakes at all, save for a red light. And when you do, you'd better warn all of the guys behind you.

Besides, after suffering with that nasty shard under my kneecap for so long, it just felt awesome to go go go. :)

Um... anybody know if I can replace that tighten em up bolt under the Brooks saddle - er - I mean ass pedestal? Where's Eric when you need him?

Bama Phred said...

Completely off topic, but is it time to finally shave the legs?

Spokey said...

maybe

try wallbike

http://www.wallbike.com/brooks/saddle-parts/brooks-tension-pin-assembly



I'd email bill and tell him what you got (model). ask him how to measure your current one etc.

looks like

Spokey said...

hey JB

wazzat on your new foreheads? looks like some charlie manson forehead. you invited to his wedding yet?

Yeah Cleveland! said...

WCRM - Congrats on making the bieking of (on? in?) mountains boring.

My wife wanted to buy me a Brooks saddle last year but I declined because I'm not convinced the Cambium would survive the rain, sleet, snow and crap my bicycles see daily.

P. Bateman said...

narnia, satanist, serial killers?

that was actually kind of scary stuff. i would also recommend riding as fast as possible by that thing. jesus. i'm gonna have nightmares.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Yeah Cleveland!,

It's made of rubber, Schackleton, I'm sure it would be fine.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

shank_steak said...

Brooks Professional

IMO, that's all they need to sell. Once it's broken in, there's just no going back.

Put a plastic bag on it for the wettest days. If you are a Brooks customer, then you probably have some kind of working rear fender anyway.

Child Star said...

I use waterproof covers to protect my various English leather saddles from the elements. I call them my Brooks Shields.

Anonymous said...

it rains and snows in Cleveland?

Anonymous said...

captcha works better when wednesday

McFly said...

Was that glass building designed by M.C. Escher?

Yeah Cleveland! said...

WCRM - it isn't the rubber I'm concerned about but the cotton.

Bama Phred said...

I think this pretty much lays to rest the stuffy Brooks image, unlike this rotten virus I caught:
A Brooks unfiltered comment
134
Written by Bert smallpiece from uk 6/21/2012

Having severe flatulance i find this saddle is ideal for muting the problem.I try not to peddle out of seat position.and keep to isolated areas .
A> Right-ho. Carry on.

Anonymous said...

Instead of a Brooks, I like to duct tape a $100 bill and a 5lb dumbell to the frame while riding a comfortable waterproof saddle. It's pretty much the same thing.

-Robot BJ

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