Well, it's here, and I'm finally heading down to Bike Expo New York today:
[Draws deep breath.]
Now for the last time, let's run though the schedule, and keep in mind that after today you won't have to hear any of this again:
Today, Friday May 1st, I'll be at the Walz booth from 12-2pm. Walz will have free limited edition BSNYC caps for the first 12 people who stop by. (Offer only good while I'm there, though I'm not sure what happens if you stop by while I'm using the bathroom.) I'll be the guy with a Brompton, and if you want you can time me while I fold it. (No, I will not have the Brompton in the bathroom. Under no circumstances should you bother me in the bathroom.)
Early tomorrow morning (Saturday May 2nd): Sub-epic road-with-a-little-dirt ride! If you're interested just email bikesnobnyc (at) yahoo (dot) com with the subject line "I WANT TO GO ON THE SUPER-SECRET EARLY MORNING RIDE!!!" and I'll send you details. (No, you don't need a special gravel bike.) Don't wait too long to RSVP though, because at a certain point this evening I'm going to stop checking my email. The ride will be about two hours at a civilized pace, and we'll finish at Indian Road Cafe where we'll connect with...
Tomorrow mid-morning: Meet me at Indian Road Cafe in Inwood at 10am, and from there we'll ride down to the Expo. (No RSVP necessary.)
Tomorrow 12-2pm: I'll be back at the Walz booth, where once again they'll have free caps for the first 12 people who show up while I'm there.
12:01pm-?: I fall asleep in the nearest bakfiets.
Oh, I should also mention I'll have some free "Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!" caps to give away on those Saturday rides:
You're more than welcome to the cat as well.
Finally, if you somehow fail to obtain a free cap at any point during the next two days (I think there is a total of 36 caps available), you can obviously purchase one from Walz at their booth:
You can also purchase a jersey, and if they don't have one at the booth you can order one and they'll cover the shipping:
They'll even happily bundle any of their wares with one of my books, which I'll totally sign for you, or else refrain from signing if you want to obtain an alternate signature from someone more interesting, like David Byrne or the Assos Guy:
Finally, you'll get half off any Walz cap with purchase of a BSNYC cap.
Hopefully I'll see some of you over the next couple of days, and presumably you'll be drunk with bargains.
Alas, unfortunately for you, this flurry of activity will preclude my administering a quiz this week. However, if it's any consolation, not only will there be a quiz next week, but there will be a special bonus question that will earn one lucky winner a prize, courtesy of esteemed sponsor Classic Cycle:
That's right, I'm taking this blog to the next level--in other words, one notch above mediocrity.
Finally, it occurred to me yesterday that, if I'm going to be riding with people on Saturday morning for two hours, I should make sure I'm in fact capable of riding a bike for two hours--hardly a given now that I'm the father of eighteen (18) children. So I headed out into the verdant springitude, and it was such a beautiful day that before I knew it I'd ridden for twice as many hours as I'd intended:
Naturally, I was on my new bike:
The bike had come to me with Panaracer "RiBMo" tires on it. I had no complaints, it rode beautifully. However, my favorite tire in recent years has been the Panaracer Pasela, so I slapped a pair on there before heading out. After spending the afternoon on the bike I'd say that yes, the bike feels even better now. Sure, some of the effect could be psychological, but as a doctor once told me, "If you feel better what's the difference?"
The ride was just the right balance of trail and rolling country-ish roads:
And I can assure you that I did not spraypaint the horse dong on this sign:
Though I doff my Walz cap to whomever did.
Thanks for reading, ride safe, and hopefully I'll see you at the Expo.
--Wildcat Rock Machine