For those of you who had questions about price, when you reach my level of wealth you just throw fistfuls of money at people until they shut up, but I'm fairly sure it's all on the Milwaukee/Ben's Cycle website.
Seems like a good deal to me on a steel frame made by Waterford.
Anyway, Saturday's weather looks like it will be very favorable for the riding of the bicycles, so I'll report back after I've finally taken it for a "real" spin.
Speaking of the riding of the bicycles, New Yorkers are now doing it in record numbers, and the latest figures (warning: PDF) show that 2014 was the biggest year for cycling in New York City like E-VAH!
Here are the same statistics in a more prosaic table form if you're into that sort of thing:
This is all great. But unfortunately, as far as I can tell, these statistics don't include more "outlying" areas, as they focus mainly on trips to and from downtown Manhattan. Therefore, if I'm not mistaken, people like me who do most of our riding in "Upstate New York City" or other parts of town effectively don't exist. And I'm not talking about "stretchy clothes" riding, which really doesn't count. Take Tuesday for example, when I rode my bike down to the Bronx County Courthouse to answer a jury summons. Statistically, it never happened, but I'd like the DOT to know it did, because I'm not the only one who uses a bike for transportation without entering Manhattan. (Though to their credit it sounds like they plan to address the Harlem River Crossings, and supposedly there's a new greenway in the offing.)
Now that cycling into downtown Manhattan is like a thousand times better, I'd love it if the DOT would encourage bike use "further out" by making it easier to ride to subway stations and other transportation hubs. For some reason people in New York City and the nearby suburbs have a mental block when it comes to riding bikes to trains. Interestingly, if you're more than a half-mile from a subway station you're considered "far from the train" by New York City standards, even though that's only like five minutes on a crappy bike--hardly enough to break a sweat, much less require any special equipment or bike-specific luggage or rain gear or the dreaded "changing your clothes at work" that many people rightly find off-putting.
I dunno, call me crazy, but why not put a shitload of bike racks near the last stop on every subway line and a protected bike lane or two leading there?
(I know, because they might have to GET RID OF SOME PARKING SPOTS OH MY GOD THE HORROR!!!)
And while I'm on the subject of cycling in New York City (have you checked the name of the goddamn blog lately?) a commenter recently emailed to tell me of his well-meaning yet predictably futile efforts to have this thing removed from the Hudson River Greenway:
These, by the way, are a staple of New York City's greenways for some reason, and you can even see them in my spectacularly entertaining Brooks blog post from not too long ago:
In any case, while I wasn't surprised to learn nobody he called seemed to give much of a shit, I was a bit distressed that emergency services were completely unaware of the greenway's existence:
After that, and still pointing it out to passersby, I called 911. I ended up in NJ 911 because 911 positions via satellite, and the satellite said I was in Jersey. I got transferred to NY, and then transferred a few times within NY 911 because they also had a hard time understanding what the problem was and where I was. I was told that they would send somebody out and I could leave. I said I'd stay because somebody could get hurt badly. Dumb move. 911 did call me back once during my stay and asked me if I meant to say Riverside drive. I said no, the greenway, and once again they said "what is that, a highway?" It had started to get dark, and I began to doubt that what I was doing had any worth. Some people thanked me, some asked if I had hurt myself on it. Many just looked at me like I was crazy. One lady also seemed frightened of me because I looked like a terrorist, maybe, when I was planting my ill fashioned warning flag.
This raises an important philosophical question:
If a Fred falls on the greenway, is there anybody to treat him?
The answer, it seems, is "What the hell is a 'greenway?'"
The city really should have an entire department devoted entirely to bicycles, and I have a pretty good idea of who should run it:
Just kidding, I'm talking about myself. They really ought to make me New York City Bicycle Czar For Life.
And now, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right then good, and if you're wrong you'll see MTB Mom.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and avoid those greenway stubs.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
(He does look like a Stanley. Then again, so do all Brits.)
1) Tickets to Bradley "Stanley" Wiggins's upcoming hour record attempt sold out in:
--They are still available
--Trick question, Wiggins already tried and failed to beat the hour record
2) What's the best way to introduce a dog to cycling?
--Treats and praise
--Start with some treadmill time and then transition to outdoor rides
--Sign dog up for a Strava account
--Don't. Would it kill you to leave the goddamn dog at home for chrissakes?
3) What is a "free range" family?
--A euphemism for homeless
--A family that allows its children to walk outside
4) What is a "Babel Bike?"
--A semi-recumbent with a roll cage and seatbelt
--A smartphone translator app designed for international cycle tourists
--An archeological artifact which suggests that the ancient Mesopotamians may have ridden bicycles
--A "barbell bike" as pronounced by an Australian
5) Incredibly, the bicycle periscope has been funded.
6) What is Shermer's Neck?
--An upscale community on the north shore of Long Island
--An affliction RAAM freaks get which must be treated at Home Depot
--An affliction caused by attempting auto-fellatio
--A rare and coveted form of double-jointedness that permits auto-fellatio
(Yet she predates the pennyfarthing.)
7) Those damn cyclists never stop for traffic signals.
***Special "We Already Knew You Didn't Care, But It's Oddly Comforting To Hear You Admit It"--Themed Bonus News Item***
Watch it here:
I particularly enjoyed this part:
"I feel pretty safe."
Well you're certainly not dressed like someone who feels safe.
(That's not a dig at the cyclist, that's a dig at America.)