Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I'm Back...Now Let's Go On A Field Trip!

Thanks for bearing with me during my holiday absence, even though you had no choice.

Today's post is over at the Brooks England Blog, and it has been hand-chamfered by Eric himself:


(Click here if you haven't already.)

And in anticipation of the inevitable comment, if you think a bike blogger writing about cycling on a saddle company's blog is "selling out" then you're a dimwit.

"Selling out" would be if I said, "Screw this bike crap, I'm going to work for Goldman Sachs."

So try not to clog up the terlets over at Old Man Brooks's place, and I'll see you all back here tomorrow.

I love you,


--Wildcat Rock Machine


97 comments:

Anonymous said...

number one, bitches!

james said...

scrodium!

Matt Hassman said...

Not even interested, but I'm number 3!

Synonymous said...

I am Number 4.

herzogone said...

Pfft. Just missed. Still top ten.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

8:09am. Take that, west coast!

gee business said...

fiddle sticks

bad boy of the north said...

welcome back,all!first ten?

McFly said...

Better than workin' for Old man Sacks.

Anonymous said...

What about the zombies? http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZFq-09gzTw

Anonymous said...

Look buddy,

If you didn't realize that Brooks sold out when the brand became overrun by marketers and designers circa 2005, pushing all kinds of overpriced crap not made in England, it's impossible to not notice how far their materials and quality control have nosedived since the late nineties. It used to be that Brooks stood for quality, now it coasts on its laurels as a "heritage brand". You might as well be shilling for Specialized.

Nonetheless, bully for you for getting some "heritage" sponsorship.

BikeSnobNYC said...

8:43am,

You're not worth of my blogging.

Also, did you ever consider it's not the saddle quality that's declining but the condition of your ass?

--Wildcat Rock Machine

Spokey said...

whew

bad boy of the north said...

yea!johnny's reef.now,try to get on city island during the summer.

P. Bateman said...

i was actually looking at purchasing a brooks cambium ...and i'd say that primarily due to the review provided by Mr. Snobberdingdong of the blog BikeSnobNYC.

whether you like brooks or not at least you can pretty much count on an honest review of a product here.

by the way, unrelated, but a bobcat caught a freaking shark dinner off our beaches yesterday and its just badass. the cats of florida ain't no pussies.

http://www.local10.com/news/bobcat-catches-shark-on-florida-beach/32237440

Spokey said...

they don’t even remove the signs before paining the lampposts:

I don't remove signs before paining anything. especially cats.

Spokey said...

I like my c17 cambium better after one season than my 94(95?) b17 or the 2002 b17.

guess i'm glad they sold out.

craig said...

Isn't locking your bike to the S&S coupled top-tube an invitation to have it stolen?

BikeSnobNYC said...

craig,

I'm fairly confident nobody familiar with the workings of S&S couplings is hanging out at the end of City Island waiting to steal a bike.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

P. Bateman said...

i learned something from today's post - Hart Island is scary and I'm likely going to have nightmares. thank you very little.

Spokey said...

especially hanging around with the S&S tool. or if you have superman hands can you get the thing apart without the tool?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Spokey,

I suppose someone really strong who knew what they were and how they worked might be able to get them open with a Chanellock or similar but it would be a real hassle, especially if they've been adequately tightened.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

dnk said...

Total sellout (written from my corner office at Goldman Sachs).

PS. Welcome back, Snob

JLRB said...

Sell Out?
Souled Out?
Soul Doubt?

Anyway - I have to take my Soles Out of my beik shoes due to the rains, then its over to the blog on the other side of the pond

BamaPhred said...

I'll admit it, I love these mini-travelogues. That's a lot of fried food. AND a beer stop? And no negative gastric consequences, at least during the outing? My hat is off to you.

bad boy of the north said...

and who can forget the "beautiful"
tracey towers,that you can see for miles?

Anonymous said...

Pardon the ignorance, but why an EpiPen© ?

ce said...

Snobbo, your field report is lacking a summary of your observations regarding the weathering of the stone sample blocks, and more importantly, lacking a conclusion as to which of the stone types should provide the longest service life when used in the construction of building facades.

On a positive note, you did correctly indentify the bird as a red bird. B-

babble on said...

Anonyjelly @ 8:43 -If that's selling out, sign me up. Anybody humping their ass to make the streets safer is a hero in my books, and nobody does it better than Snobi Wan. And the more dosh he makes at it, the better. After all. We don't want him going back to his office job, do we?

Yer just green all over.

BikeSnobNYC said...

ce,

I think they picked the one my bike is leaning on, and I believe in the end they just went with the cheapest stone.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

LeSoigneur said...

You worked for Goldman Sachs before, though, right?

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Welcome back Snobster.

Brooks is ahhsome. My scranus has been craddled in genuine cowhide comfort and never been happier and all thanks to bsnyc.

As for quality the thing is built from bended steel rod, springs, leather and heavy steel bolts and nuts. Looks like it was pilfered from a 1920's board track racer and wisked by time machine right to my seat post. If anything with today's better metallurgy and leather tanning processes the quality more than likely exceeds that of decades past.

I just bought a lady's B67 for my lady. She's not perched upon it yet but I'm pretty confident she's gonna love it.

Bart said...

Mmm... squid - with extra tentacles.

Vernal Magina said...

Yowser, the Bronx never seemed so delightful! Pleasant read (the Bike Snob must've enjoyed his time off)

crosspalms said...

Thanks for the travelogue, that was fun. Brooks is lucky to have you. Now I want to go for a bike ride and find a fish fry joint.

Fifty Percent Less said...

Selling out is running for office yelling "I'm change you can believe in" and then changing nothing. See IRS, "Carried Interest".

Anonymous said...

The leather on Brook's new "Fish and Chips" line of saddles is hand rubbed with fish and chips oil, right out of the french fryer.

Anonymous said...

"I didn't sell out son. I bought in."

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Freddy Murcks said...

Snob - you're not a sellout, you're a sea lout.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

SquidSnobNYC

JB said...

I'd hope City Island is the last place you'd find imitation calamari (only the ring shaped pieces), but have you heard the NPR This American Life story? I did, and I can never look at it the same again, unless I actually see tentacles.

Capt Chumbucket said...

The largest offering of deep-fried marine life in the United States? Naahhh. That would be Woodman's in Essex MA, where they haven't changed the oil in the deep fryers since 1914. http://www.woodmans.com/

Old-timer said...

My goodness, I had no idea New York has trees, and sky, and birds and stuff! I thought it was just giant buildings, and city streets choked with busses running over cyclists and pedestrians. I’ll have to re-evaluate now…

Your Rabbi said...

Snob, a word, if I might. Calamari has neither fins nor gills, and therefor is NOT kosher, son.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Your Rabbi,

I don't have a Jewish mother so neither am I.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

JLRB said...

Wow - someone looks at that pile of deep fried squid and onion rings and worries about religious cleanliness? I'd be more worried about the cleanliness of the bathroom at the beer stop on the way home.

JLRB said...

I too enjoy the travelogues - I had never heard of City Island, and based on my Dad's description of growing up in the Bronx, I am shocked to see trees.

Having looked it up on a popular search engine mapping function, I see there is a Rat Island off the coast of City Island, before you get to the creepy Hart Island. I do not wonder how it got its name ...

bieks said...

Even my B17-loving butt is crying (well more of a grunting) sell out. Maybe it's just a deep-seated jealousy that you can make a living on bikes. Personally, I'm good with it, but you know, no telling your lazy ass that it don't get a free ride.

JB said...

I was surprised you didn't mention the bucolic landfill in the distance in one of the pics (shortly before getting to City Island).

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Vinnie Bommbatz Esq. said...

Snob,

Please forward your legal representative's contact information. Since first viewing 'The Avenging Easter Bunny of Death' I have been unable to eat and my sleep is at best intermittent. WTF is that thing? See you in court!

J. Dahmer said...

I have Brooks model Z43 genuine Laotian leather seats available for purchase.

Anonymous said...

"Van Cortlandt stop" Doesn't look much different from any of the current stops on Metro North.

Anonymous said...

"Lickty Split" Is that some kind of oral ménage à trios performed by Babble?

K-Bo said...

The Brooks blog is more "hammocky" and it confroms to my man parts better.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Oh, we're back on the matrilineal descent thing again?

Run that up the flagpole in front of the admissions committee at that Protestant Country Club you are so eager to join and see how it flies.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

You said 'crotch', that must have sent the proper Brits spinning in a frenzy!

BikeSnobNYC said...

wishiwasmerckx,

As soon as I finifh my time machine.

--Wildcat Etc.

BikeSnobNYC said...

finish

(stupid phone)

babble on said...

Speaking of man crotches... have you heard? Lululemon has just come out with their ABC pants... that's Anti Ball Crushing technology. I kid you not. And they're even made with the Lululemon patented sheer pants fabric for girls who like a good show.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Babble, the crucial difference is escaping you.

If a girl is curious and wants to see a man's package, 95% of guys are happy to oblige, no strings attached.

If a guy is curious and wants to see a girl's flowerbox, he has to go to the internet.

Sigmund Fried said...

Snob,

Your voyage around Zoo York ending at a deep fried sea life emporium restates your central premise of existence.

"Is the uncurated life worth living?"



1983 David Byrne said...

RE selling out:

People on their way to work, well baby what did you expect?
Gonna burst into flame!

Anonymous said...

Great post on Brooks site. Keeping it simple.

BamaPhred said...

"I don't want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member."

BTW I especially enjoyed the juxtaposition of the Lobster House with the Likety Split

Frickus Rungus said...

Dear Wildcat,

Hi! I'm a long time lurker, first time poster.

Please don't ever take a vacation again! My life is without meaning if I am unable to get my daily dose of cycling related wisdom and snarkiness. Well, except for the meaning that I get from my wife and kids, and my job, and all of that stuff... And maybe not my whole life. Really, it's just the 15 minutes that I normally use to read your blog and the comments during lunch...

How much do I appreciate the work(?) that you do? Let me count the ways:

You are the Rosa Parks of helment-less cycling.
The Patrick Henry of term coining.
The Daniel Myrick of cycling related photography.
The Martin Handford of recumbabe hiding.
The Neil Armstrong of squid consumption.

Keep up the good work!

Frickus Rungus said...

Oh, and another thing...

At what point should one service their drive-train during the moist spring months?
1) When it starts to make a few new noises.
2) When it sounds like a mouse is trying to tell me something important.
3) When I have reached full blown pillow case full of mice levels of squeaky-ness.
4) When all noise and motion cease, due to a chain that has rusted into a solid lump of misshapen metal.

Thanks for your wisdom!

Comment deleted said...

Great travelogue, Snob. Really enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

Tilford's showing off his sock drawer again.

Tilford's shill said...

better than his cock drawer

Anonymous said...

Took a little boat over to Hart's Island in the 70's as a teenager with a bunch of equally reckless teenage friends and a 12-pack. Touched the rocks with our feet and then freaked out. Then left in a mad dash away back to the comforts of the western New York mainland. Drank all the beer, though in my friend's garage.

babble on said...

Mr WIWM - it might not surprise you to hear, then, that several of the Y chromosome endowed members of our club have suggested that we order a round of fat bikes so that collectively we can begin training for the Nekkid bike ride on Wreck Beach.

Cause ours is a racing club, first and foremost, and so we take training seriously.

Anonymous said...

Babble, Fat Bike, Wreck Beach. Sounds like the making of an epic video to me. I'm seeing dollar signs on pay per "view".

wishiwasmerckx said...

Just a casual observation about fat bike training at Wreck Beach:

Men's naughty bits start flopping all about at considerably slower speeds than women's.

babble on said...

Lol! OMG I have wasted far too much time this afternoon having precicely this conversation. Someone wonders whether they might not fall off, and so of course Lance entered the conversation.

Intervals would be a better use of my time. :)

babble on said...

But of course we continue to talk about balls, and I missed the lunch ride. Apparently these nekkid rides include body painting. Er... how do you paint the bits without ruining Eric's beautiful handiwork?

Flyover BC said...

I not blind blind, just color blind. And that bird doesn't look red to me, if it is a bird.

dop said...

Careful, Babble. You'll give Old Man Brooks a boner.

ZinnStrap said...

Pro Tip. Wear a flesh colored athletic supporter. That way Lilltle Cipo doesn't drag on the road, and you aren't getting the Pendulous Twins caught in the spokes. Apply body paint to the affected areas to give the illusion of full nekkidity while experiencing none of the negative aspects.

Holy Roller said...

I think the Good Book says that Jesus fed a multitude with two small squid and a six-pack of PBR.

Anonymous said...

Should have referred speed racer to Bonneville salt flats. And there's no fish fry to slow ones pace

Esteemed Commenter DaddoOne said...

We Love you too, Eben.


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DB said...

Hey!
It's like next week here in Abu Dhabi. Thanks for the travelogue.
Still no bike spotting here. I think the Emiratis buy a bike and hire someone else to ride it. Then they send a falcon out to pick the rider off.
Hilarity ensues.

ce said...

So Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt wasn't just a lazy bastard, perhaps a bit of a stingy bastard also?

By the way, I think I've managed to decipher the alien glyph. It seems it is a notification of the aliens' intention to invade. No indication as to what specific location they will first appear, I guess it could be anywhere on Earth. Any one of our many massive population centres, or any one of the numerous and varied mineral and natural resource hotspots. There is a slight chance the alien armada might even first appear over NYC. Nah, probably not, but take care anyway Snobbo.

bad boy of the north said...

sooo....calamari rings would be bung holes?ack!ack!yak!

Bryan said...

I didn't get my permission slip signed, but I snuck on the field trip anyway!

babble on said...

Fuck. The news is dismal this morning. There's an oil slick of fuel in English Bay. And our illustrious leaders want to put ever more supertankers through our waters.

And we are headed for a drought a la California. Our snowpack is a whopping 13% of normal, and this is an El Nino year, which means hot and dry in this here temperate rainforest.

But heaven forbid we should install bicycle infrastructure, or inhibit the almighty motorist in any way.

dop said...

Is this the American mirror site? Where I can breathe the heady air of freedom & exhale, 'SCRANUS', without moderation?

Every Mother's Satantic Spawn said...

She sits on the dock a fishin' in the water uh, huh / I don't know her name she's the fisherman's daughter uh, huh / Come on down to my calamari and fried lobster eyes platter baby / come on down ...

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Old-timer said...

Babble, AG uses most of the water (what little there is) here in Central California. Cringeworthy: the line of cars at the car wash. WTF? Cars?

dop said...

I told you this air of freedom was heady.

(Not unlike a Bronx Pale Ale)

Ryan Kelley said...

I have decided why you can't sympathize with Portlanders: they smoke more weed than you do.

David Pearce said...

Wow, man, I love you too, Wildcat Rock Machine!!

Guess what? About two years ago, I refurbished two kid's bikes. Both Specialized brand bikes.

The first one, a blue "Rockhopper" that my nephew Aaron had ridden into the ground (he about to enter Oberlin this fall, unless he decides Wesleyan is better), I refurbed with new wheels, tires, cables, brake pads, shifters, etc., etc., etc. Let's say, I made it nice!

My younger nephew, Ben, 12, took to it right away. So heartwarming! He biked to swim practice in the neighborhood all by himself! He biked to his friend's house, by himself! He biked to his piano lesson, by himself! Etc.! Mission accomplished.

But my youngest nephew, Eli, now 8, was a tougher nut to crack!

For him, I found a red Specialized "Hot Rock" thrown out for the trashman. It seemed someone had backed their car over the rear wheel in the garage, etc.

Okay, new wheels, tires, cables, brake pads, etc., etc., beautiful bike once again, perfect size for an at-the-time 7-year-old, including 5-or-6 speed rear derailleur and diminutive kickstand.

But Eli, the smallest and stickiest one, had other ideas. He insisted, against all odds, that his clattering Razor Scooter was faster than that bike his uncle made for him, and wouldn't use it!! Much silent gnashing of the teeth on my part!!

Well, guess what?? Today, today, today I say, just a couple of days after Eli learned to tie his shoes for good and all, by God, he said, everybody in school is riding a bike, and I want to ride MY bike. So, five minutes after starting, with my sister holding on to the saddle, he was riding all by himself!!!!!!

My God, I never thought it would happen!! That's an affirmation, long time coming be damned, that's an affirmation!

So, thanks, WCRM, and I DO love you!

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