Tuesday, June 9, 2015

To The Brooks Blog!

My place is being fumigated, so today's post is on the Brooks England Blog.  Need directions?  Just keep going past the cat videos, make a right after the Kickstarter for the gravel-specific unicycle, and it'll be the quaint place with the thatched roof on your left.

Or you can just click here:


(If you overshot it click here.)

I'll see you back here tomorrow.


Love,


--Wildcat Rock Machine


85 comments:

geoff_tewierik said...

Number one

church.rob said...

Podium.

dop said...

thirdeth

Anonymous said...

weeeeeed

McFly said...

Call your next dirtway anti-Tri ride the Tour Ni Quet.

Kraig said...

Don't dirty the scrodium at old man chamfer's blog

Anonymous said...

So what is the proper ettiquet/tourniquet regarding these guest blogs and commentating? Does any body comment on the Brooks site? If so, Podium. (See Brooks blog)

Rob Preddy said...

here you go snob, it looks like australian police have been taking lessons from the NYPD

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33059885

Kraig said...

You're slipping wildcat, you missed the bird trifecta goose/turkey/stork.

Anonymous said...

Ted k

Anonymous said...

Yawn. Too early early.

cycle

Anonymous said...

I had one of those rubberized fabric brooks saddles. If you ride distance, it'll wear a hole right through your shorts. Rubber saddle topping = bad idea.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 9:25am,

Has not happened to me, I've been using one for a year and a half.

Cover is cotton, not rubber.

--Wildcat Etc.

babble on said...

Oh, so that's where our rain went. Give it back, ok? BC is burning.

Spokey said...

same here. and all my shorts are getting pretty old. mine has slightly stretched though. But my current take is that i like the C17 (i got the slate) enough that i think i'll stick with it over the B17 even if it has a much shorter life.

Spokey said...

that is same here in that i haven't had any problem with the cambium.

too early to be coherent although many say that's the case 24x7x365 1/4.

McFly said...

Ahhhh so condoms should be manufacture from cotton. I'll get a kickstarter rolling...

Spokey said...

I love my aerobars. My hands (palms) start hurting after only 10-12 miles. Aerobars provide a much needed rest. As for the aero part, well if I really started to worry about that, I'd stop eating.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Gov Walker is going to impose a 15 percent tax on shoes or he will start ripping out sidewalks.

JB said...

In the last photo, is that Dumb Donald standing there in the distance ?

P. Bateman said...

@McFLY - what are condoms? is there something i should know? never heard of such a thing.

P. Bateman said...

and will someone please put the comment box back where it was? how do i fix this? so sad : (

Freddy Murcks said...

There are few things in life more pleasant than a gentle sucking sound ... but I am not sure that I agree that pavement and tires have anything to do with it.

DB said...

Nice travelogue, Wildcat.
Too bad you didn't catch the escapees from the Not-So-Supermax prison.

P. Bateman said...

@freddy - gentle? eh, i fall asleep.

grog said...

Detour. Use alternate blog.
Helluva thunderstorm last night, 5 minutes after my 2-hour singletrack ride.

leroy said...

Well this is odd.

My dog told me his book club is meeting at Mr. BSNYC's place this afternoon to discuss something called "Hotboxing" whatever that is.

crosspalms said...

I enjoyed the action shot of your feet. I also wonder why Peter Jackson went all the way to New Zealand when there's a hobbit house masquerading as a subway station right in Manhattan.

Grump said...

I noticed the "yield to peds" sign. Did you ever have the urge to add an "F" and change the "p" to an "r"?

1983 David Byrne said...

Everything's stuck together.

I'm Not a Robot said...

Freddy Murcks 1052
"There are few things in life more pleasant than a gentle sucking sound ..."

I think I've figured that one out, but I'm not sure. I'll leave it up to Ms. Babble to interpret the meaning.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

I'd a told that turkey to shut his damn beak or I'd make an early thanksgiving dinner out of him.

dop said...

yield to redsF?

ubercurmudgeon said...

Two tips:

1. All Brooks saddles have two holes or loops at the back from which to hang a tool bag. You can pick those up for pennies (as long as you don't buy the overpriced Brooks version.) This would leave the saddle rails free to fit one of those folding plastic filth prophylactics, for on wet summer days when you don't have full fenders.
2. Speaking of prophylactics, if you are going to write a story involving Rubber and Johnnys, you could at least work in some sort of allusion to condoms. Especially when posting on an English website.

meltyman said...

Got a folding plastic filth prophylactic aka ass-saver. It's okay but not great: I still got splattered yesterday am here in Manhattan's great playground escape in the East aka doity joisey.

BikeSnobNYC said...

ubercurmudgeon,

Much like this blog, those folding fenders are clever but useless. Plus I move saddlebags from bike to bike so the kind that attach to the rails are preferable.

--Wildcat Etc.

Anonymous said...

The goose is like "Aay, mira basically, that's my road ay."

Geese are arrogant & territorial. And Chicano apparently.

crosspalms said...

I'm looking at the bucolic cottage where plussed and nonplussed guys live. Aren't they like matter and anti-matter, and wouldn't that make the cottage a warp drive (assuming they came up with some dilithium crystals), and wouldn't that explain Bret?

Spokey said...

PB

comment box usually on the bottom for me. i usually click the comments link and open in a new window. i do that so i can study the subtleties of the portion of the blog i am commenting on while scribing.


hey idiot robot. since when is wine not food? or was it the margarita? bender would certainly disagree with you

Anonymous said...

Nice blog. I've been using a cambium for a couple months now. No pants issues, but it does not have the comfortable hammock effect that a well worn brooks leather saddle has, which to me is the main reason to buy a brooks. Now I'm wondering what the actual advantage of the cabrium is over your standard road saddle, the cabrium is stiffer, and heavier and zero padding?

babble on said...

So, this is a conversation of sorts, no? And if the comment box is at the bottom, doesn't that make it easier to follow and comment on the thread as it happens? I don't understand your objection, Master Bateman. Don't be sad. Suck it up, buttercup.

Um, and re: that gentle sucking sound? Yes all around, though the sound of a suclking baby has a much different resonance than the very first thing that comes to mind. Tires on pavement are nice, too.
That is all.

Anonymous said...

seems like a fair trade:
https://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/bik/5064728808.html

Deep in the Heart, make that the Throat, of Texas said...

Freddy Murcks@10:52
"There are few things in life more pleasant than a gentle sucking sound ..."

Had a GF once upon a time, who, when engaged, as in deleivering, advanced adult recreational foreplay, very advanced, meaning advanced as far as it can go, would make a "M'm" sound with the finish of every forward thrust. I figured her sound came from hearing the Campbell's Soup commercial jingle "M'm, M'm, Good". "M'm, M'm, Good", I'll say!

Freddy Murcks said...

Tridorks are one of the reasons that I prefer mountain biking. That and the fact that it's 10 gazillion times more fun that roadie riding.

Anonymous said...

not a Brooks, but a Serrota (not bad for the public):

"New and Improved Citi Bikes Will Hurt People's Butts Less"

Anonymous said...

New hour record on a Boris Bike: 19.44 miles

dop said...

Clip on aero bars: I came for the carpal tunnel relief...I stayed for the tridork glory...

Tridork Glory! who will stand on the men's 60-64 podium this Sunday, after the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon?*


*No one...it's a trick question....if you win anything they call your name and you shuffle out of the crowd to pick up your ribbon

Anonymous said...

"New hour record on a Boris Bike: 19.44 miles"

To further on that Mr. Snob, if you wver feel the need to post something about bikes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsnSW9amOQo

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/hour-record-boris-bike-100914224.html#7Kl01wu

https://www.eta.co.uk/2014/10/02/hire-and-higher-citibike-conquers-mount-washington/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR-VGi5WIPc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUWCeAzkc2Q&feature=youtu.be

https://www.justgiving.com/rob-holden-boris-hour/

Anonymous said...

To further on that Mr. Snob, if you ever feel the need to post something POSITIVE about bikes:

CommieCanuck said...

"Cover is cotton, not rubber."
Yes, but cotton makes for awful condoms,ask my six kids.

CommieCanuck said...

Positivity is boring.

Go Spartans.

CommieCanuck said...

Had a GF once upon a time, who, when engaged, as in deleivering, advanced adult recreational foreplay, very advanced....

Too much information.

balls™ said...

I actually like CO2, but why does tri-dork #1 have so many? Does he plan on blowing himself after the ride?

That giant sucking sound is me on a bike, smiling.

Spokey said...

taking a big risk ask this of commentariat crowd

anyone try nitrogen? results?

i'm probably too cheap to buy nitro cartridges but am curious.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Making up 78% of the Earth's atmosphere I find it works just fine at that ratio. No need to buy fancy packaged vessels of the gas. Weather for my personal consumption of that of my tires.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

or not of.

Bryan said...

I check in again from the oil spill in santa barbara and you moved! Jeeze, that should teach me to go anywhere or do anything. Quite enjoyable travelogue

Emily Latella said...

What's this then about using Nitrous for inflating bikecycle wheels???I thought we used it for making whipped cream...You huffers are giving it a bad name!

Oh, nitrogen, not nitrous.....

Never Mind!!

Anonymous said...

Elsewhere in NY, Dogs 1 Bikes 0:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ny-court-dog-owners-cannot-be-sued-over-bicycle-collisions/ar-BBkSPoB?ocid=mailsignout

passed-out Wookie said...

YUMMY NITROUS HIPPIE CRACK

dop said...

I tried nitrogen. It was a gas

Dirt Biker said...

I was wondering if it's too far into the year now to plant some asparagus, if so is there another choice of plant that will have time to ripen afore the growing season draws to a close.

darryl from downunder said...

snob, just with regards to the electronic sign imploring riders to ride in single file, is that the law in those parts?

or is it just some buffoon who's taken it upon themselves to tell riders to ride like that?

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's because he's a New Zealander.

Spokey said...

dfd

the laws vary a bit from state to state but generally you can ride side by side as long as you don't impeded traffic. if you do then you have to go single file.

i think here in snobbies hemorrhoids they actually specify two abreast and single file. what i'm not sure of is whether you have to go single file if there are multiple lanes in your direction. a lot of people think you don't but i'm not sure. unfortunately our driver manuals don't always exactly correspond to what the legislation actually states. but it's really hard to get at the actual law here and i'm too lazy to do that at the moment. of course our enlightened motoring public is likely to want to run you over for being in their road regardless.

wow robot is really broken this morning. either that or i have no idea what food or soup is.

Wryguyhi said...

Darryl from Downunder asks, from his perspective, a very valid and worrying question, because, legal or not, if it's POSSIBLE to program digital street signs with vexatious, inflammatory and hate inducing anti-cyclist slogans, then it WILL happen next in Australia. It's actually strange I haven't seen it already.

Wryguyhi said...

Yes but it's legally required to wear s helmet there is it? I bet it's not legally required to ride single file either. It's some cunt in your roads department who think he understands cycling etiquette and safety even though he doesn't ride a bike.

Wryguyhi said...

Sorry - "yes, but it's NOT legally required to wear A helmet there, is it?" etc etc etc cunt etc.

Spokey said...

in the hemorrhoids:

39:4-14.2. Keeping to right; exceptions; single file
Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction; provided, however, that any person may move to the left under any of the following situations:

(a) to make a left turn from a left-turn lane or pocket;

(b) to avoid debris, drains or other hazardous conditions that make it impracticable to ride at the right side of the roadway;

(c) to pass a slower moving vehicle;

(d) to occupy any available lane when traveling at the same speed as other traffic;

(e) to travel no more than two abreast when traffic is not impeded.

Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway may travel no more than two abreast when traffic is not impeded, but otherwise shall ride in single file except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.


Spokey said...

oh, and the rules for bicycles also apply to roller skates, roller blades, and skate boards. So they don't have to get in the deetch either. don't know if this bit is true elsewhere.

Spokey said...

don't know if the fact that they misspell helment whether this law could be challenged.


39:4-10.1 Bicycle helmets, requirements.

1. a. A person under 17 years of age shall not operate, or ride upon a bicycle as a passenger, unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet which meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z90.4 bicycle helmet standard) or the Snell Memorial Foundation's 1990 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling. This requirement shall apply to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat which is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.




and RCT might not have to follow the law. or perhaps it's a free fire zone for recumbents

39:4-14.5. Bicycle defined
As used in this act "bicycle" means any two-wheeled vehicle having a rear drive wheel which is solely human-powered and having a seat height of 25 inches or greater when the seat is in the lowest adjustable position.

L.1975, c. 328, s. 2.



Dop said...

Daryl from down under: the road through palisades park is narrow, with a crumbling shoulder, and the Jersey drivers are incredibly stupid. On the climb shown, one driver could not bring himself to cross the center line...,he tried to thread the needle and pass me. I got hit on the ass with his mirror, and he complained. As he drove away he made little circle signs with his fingers toward his head, to indicate I was crazy to be riding.

Anonymous said...

I thought single file was just for TTT* and GB*.

[*Team Time Trials]

[*Gang Bangs]

babble on said...

Wriguyhi - but in fact it IS legally required to wear a hamlet downundah. Just like it's legally required to wear one here in beautiful, burning British Columbia. Only here, the police don't enforce the law, and in many places, about half of cyclists completely ignore the law, whereas downundah they appear to have a real hate on for us, and if you ride without one, they will getcha.

babble on said...

Spokey - so a group would have a hard time practicing a two-up paceline, because as the people at the front of the group peel off toward the back, the group is actually four abreast. Stoopid, cause we do it within the confines of the lane, and all it does is require a car to pass us safely, as they would any other moving vehicle.

Vernal Magina said...

We better get going if we're going to stay ahead of the weather.

crosspalms said...

Babble,
Those fires of yours gave us a very interesting sun in Chicago yesterday. It was pretty eerie. Hope you get some rain!

Spokey said...

babs

yes, there are a number of points that are kind of stupid. but i'd be content if the police and drivers actually paid attention to the law as written. then i'll start complaining about mis programmed traffic signals. then worry about fixing the finer points of the law.

actually not. because if it does happen, i'll be long dead by then. perhaps my great grand children.

CommieCanuck said...

"anyone try nitrogen? results? "

The wheels spun up nicely and felt beefy, yet compliant. You can really tell the difference between 100% nitrogen and that cheap free 78% shit we have to breathe every day.
I'm actually trying every gas on the periodic table systematically, now working on Neon.
Some of the elements are awesome, but the 0.0000002 sec half-life means frequent pumping.

CHEM GEEK

babble on said...

Crosspalms - Thank you... our rainforests feel the same way. Unfortunately, climate change means that the interior no longer gets the cold winters required to halt the progress of the pine beetle, and that means we have an unbelievable amount of dead standing tinder forests just waiting to go up in smoke. BC used to be a carbon sink, but no more.

Spokey... Bucky Fuller said that there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come. All it takes is a critical mass of agreement amongst us, and change will be swift. Have hope.

Spokey said...
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Spokey said...

CommieCanuck

i did know it was a mistake bordering on criminally negligent to ask that question here. i'll try it on my grandsons tonight at the younger one's 'graduation' instead.


babs

i fear it's not agreement amongst us that i despair of. it's getting the agreement from the guy i reported on a few weeks back who'd rather run me over than move left to the passing lane. or the woman a couple months ago who insisted she knew the law and i was supposed to be on the sidewalk. or . .

Anonymous said...

Spokey - KILL THEM.

babble on said...

Congratulations! I absolutely loved watching my first son graduate from UBC the other day... one of my favourite days of all time, that.

And I hear you. Those a**holes are loud and depressing, and yet they are in fact becoming the minority, rather than the norm they used to be, despite appearances to the contrary. The biggest issue at the moment is that our political parties, and the mainstream media alike (both Canadian and American) are wedded to the industries which profit from a car-centric society.

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