Friday, July 17, 2015

BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

The weekend is finally upon us, which means you may be getting ready to ride your bike in a recreational fashion.  Unless you're reading this on the massage table after today's Tour de France stage, you almost certainly suck, and your primary goal should be to get out there and have fun.  Even so, before you head out on that enjoyable ride, make sure you take every possible measure to maximize aerodynamics, because you can make "aero gains at any speed:"



Now the idea of "aero gains at any speed" may sound a bit self-contradictory, but it's important to remember that by making some small changes to your setup and riding style you can finish your ride more quickly, which has the overall effect of reducing the amount of time you're out there enjoying yourself.  This is the very essence of road riding.  To that end, here are the main tips contained in the video:

1) Don't leave your jacket on

That's right, by leaving your jacket on while you ride you're rendering yourself less aerodynamic.  So take it off.

What's that?  You're wearing the jacket because it's cold and you feel more comfortable with it on?

Well, perhaps road riding isn't for you.  Didn't you hear the guy?  You can use the time you save by not wearing a jacket to stop and eat a sandwich!*  Now who doesn't love sandwiches?!?

2) Don't ride a "loosely-cabled" bikes

Apparently this is a thing.  You'd think if your bike's cables were too loose you wouldn't be able to shift, but apparently not.  Specialized is now selling a $75 cable tension meter so you can check yours before every ride.

3) Don't use a saddle pack

Why carry essential tools when you can shave essential seconds off your recreational bike ride?  Plus, you can use the time you save to eat that sandwich while waiting for your spouse or life partner to come pick you up.

4) Don't use lights

Aerodynamics trump visibility always.  Sure, you might get sideswiped by a driver, but the ambulance ride is yet another perfect opportunity to break out that sandwich.

5) Get a new helme(n)t


See the vapor flowing over the helme(n)t?  That's the hot air of PURE SPEED!


6) Get new clothes


Tighter, more aerodynamic clothing reveals the curves of your flabby, dimpled body.  This is performance-enhancing, because everybody knows that dimples are aero.

Now get out there and ride, you uncomfortable sausage!

*It is highly inadvisable to both wear a jacket while cycling and stop for a sandwich when you're hungry, as nourishment and thermal comfort are conducive to cycling enjoyment.

But first, 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 cows.

Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and stay aero.


--Wildcat Rock Machine







1) Leaked data indicates Chris Froome's maximum heart rate on Mont Ventoux was:

--61 beats per minute
--116 beats per minute
--161 beats per minute
--Undetectable, as Chris Froome is clinically dead





2) Pyongyang, North Korea is now officially more bike-friendly than NSW, Australia.

--True
--True




(Hydroformed aircraft grade aluminum sandwich containment system)

3) What's in this sandwich?

--Peanut butter and jelly
--Peanut butter and banana
--Tuna fish and raisins
--Pâté, caviar, and dry cat food







4) The town of Southold on Long Island has officially banned:

--Aerobars
--Clipless pedals
--Fixed-gear bicycles
--All cycling events from June 1st to November 1st






(#Eventualgram)

5) The bicycle is the clearly most important invention in modern history.

--True
--False





(He was also the prototype for the silent movie villain)

6) Mike Sinyard invented the safety bicycle in 1882.

--True
--False





7) Sadly, thanks to the gravel craze, you can say "hello" once again to the:

--Suspension stem
--27" road wheel
--Bicycle tire wiper
--Water-filled saddle



***Special "The Dingoes Ate His Baby"-Themed Bonus Video!***



The dogs would never catch him on a Venge-Schmenge.

127 comments:

Ricochet said...

bike scum will remain

Paul Kirby said...

ME!

Ted K. said...

41. For many if not most people, surrogate activities are less satisfying than the pursuit of real goals (that is, goals that people would want to attain even if their need for the power process were already fulfilled). One indication of this is the fact that, in many or most cases, people who are deeply involved in surrogate activities are never satisfied, never at rest. Thus the money-maker constantly strives for more and more wealth. The scientist no sooner solves one problem than he moves on to the next. The long-distance runner drives himself to run always farther and faster. Many people who pursue surrogate activities will say that they get far more fulfillment from these activities than they do from the “mundane” business of satisfying their biological needs, but that is because in our society the effort needed to satisfy the biological needs has been reduced to triviality. More importantly, in our society people do not satisfy their biological needs AUTONOMOUSLY but by functioning as parts of an immense social machine. In contrast, people generally have a great deal of autonomy in pursuing their surrogate activities.

babble on said...

A new day, a new dawn, a new quiz!

pavel m. said...

Top 20

Schisthead said...

Hey WCRM, I thought I wasn't supposed to bring essential tools because you'd fix my flat for me. What gives?

Roille Figners said...

Could've podio'd but instead wasted a bunch of time reading the post! Misplaced priorities!!!!

Anonymous said...

Tawp Tayun! Yuck, yuck.

Esteemed Commenter DaddoOne said...

i see someone is feeling good

Flat Fred said...

Uma fixes my flats.

Anonymous said...

vsk said . . .

Top Elevenus !

vsk

Anonymous said...

Walla, walla
Nut, Nut
Chuck, Chuck.

- in your butt butt.

From an early 1990s Anthem Blue Cross advert

ken e. said...

lucky!

Anonymous said...

What's in this Sandwich?
...
...
...
Pâtè, caviar & dry cat food.

Probably didn't help that I had a mouthful of avocado But I just threw up a little in my mouth.

P. Bateman said...

@ted k,

i definitley strive to solve my biological needs autonomously. though i did just solve them with the help of a pretty blonde, but that is like only 30% of the time.

bad boy of the north said...

I think I saw one of the cows wearing a borat thong!you're welcome.

dop said...

An aerodynamic helment is a great advantage at any speed.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

18 is a magic #

You'll be happy I said...

WATCH THIS RADBALL VIDEO!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/SbvA-vG85yw

BICYCLE SOCCER ON A BASKETBALL COURT!

AND ALSO, I LOVE CAPS LOCK!

Serial Retrogrouch said...

hey... 4) Don't use lights... when i got side swiped last month, i woke up in the ambulance hungry, but didn't have my delicious sandwich because it was in my front bag.

...i didn't eat until early next morning when they told me to get the F out of the hospital... when i got up to leave, i promptly almost passed out... apparently from hunger... they gave me a sandwich, but it had no bananas or peanut butter... so i just ate a choco bar and left.

...lesson learned: always carry your PB & B sandwich in your pocket.

McFly said...

Is the answer to question #3 correct?

Anonymous said...

Today's quiz has a question about a white bread sandwich. The video featuring white bread proves not all cycle racers are skinny:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4O5voOCqAQ

dop said...

The answer to 3 was, "The animals kill the pineapple"

Anonymous said...

Fisrt cimment ever!

PotbellyJoe said...

I had a dog come out after me last week; some little yippie thing. The house was on a pretty large piece of corner property and I was going around the corner. Of course the owner is sitting on the porch and sees this all go down. Starts yelling at me, "Don't squirt my dog, it did nothing" Yeah, except come within 18" of my bike. Meanwhile I probably saved the stupid thing by keeping it from running under my wheels.

She'll be the perfect suburban helicopter parent some day, already pointing fingers away from the problem...

I am not a robot, robots eat yippy dogs.

CommieCanuck said...

Finally, the sport of cycling merges with the sport of dog beating. Amazed it took this long.
So I was eating a sandwich wrapped in Reynolds yesterday when it suffered a CATASTROPHIC failure and leaked out juice. Fucking hipster wrap. This is due to simple metal fatigue and I can tell you, the sandwich tasted buzzy.
I'm going back to my STEEL lugged lunchbox, thank you very much. Plus, the iron in the lunchbox adds precious iron to my sandwich, giving me a heart rate of 161 bpm.

Also, my scientific explanation for Froome's heart rate is simple, the monitor picked up the heart rate of the gerbil up his ass dosed with "la bomba". which is still 100% UCI legal. So suck it.

RCHD GERE

BikeSnobNYC said...

McFly,

Sorry, fixed it!

--Wildcat Rock Machine

dop said...

Never wrap your sandwich in Reynolds 531. Insist on Columbus nivachrome.

P. Bateman said...

no way i'm riding tubes made by drunk italians. 753 all day.

P. Bateman said...

sorry, i meant wrapping sandwiches. i dont want olive oil on my pb&j

Roille Figners said...

You talking about that steel-sniffer Dario?

SNAP TRTL said...

dop,

Did you pee all over that turtle after removing the helment?
I hope not because snapping turtles have a very long reach.

Freddy Murcks said...

Roadie riding is sucky and boring and it detracts from time that could be better spent masturbating (which is apparently the second most popular off-bike activity among roadie riders, the first being talking about roadie riding - which is also, in fact, a form of masturbation), so I can understand why roadies would want to minimize their riding time by ending their their rides sooner.

McFly said...

advancing into him.....pushing into him.......

Let's easy up on the doggystyle buddy, this is a familyway blog.

McFly said...

*ease

crosspalms said...

I think the cows were all saying "which one of you bastards is Contador?"

1904 Cadardi said...

I went for a nice lunch time road ride and it was quite enjoyable.

What did I do wrong?

Anonymous said...

Nice work Snob! You totally got me with the $75 cable tension meter! I clicked through wondering how in the world that tool could possibly be justified, but never for a second did I question that the bike industry would try to sell such an item.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

I'm so glad I am a bikecycle riding doofus nerd with peanut butter breath.

Spokey said...

haven't had PB in days now. i did take the little end of the rye i made earlier in the week and the little end of the whole wheat i made last eve and had a little grey poop with turkey, cheese & matoe. just don't see peanut butter on a Frieda day

Anonymous said...

BICYCLE SOCCER IS LIKE BIKE POLO SO THE SNOB PROBABLY DISAPPROVES....

Anonymous said...

"Specialized is now selling a $75 cable tension meter"
O.K. So they are now the most appalling anything-for-a-buck-capitalists on Earth. Do something useful Ted and send them a package.....

Anonymous said...

BIKE SNOB IS A LOOSER BICYCLING IS HAS GIVES BALL CANCER AND LOWERS SPERM COUNT TO BOOT

dop said...

Snap Trtl-

I got some flack from animal lovers at work for not moving him into the nearby stream. I figured he was mostly off the bike path & on his own.

BamaPhred said...

The Sinyard cable tension thingy? PPPB BFFFTTT! Never send a boy to do a man's job.

BikeSnobNYC said...

dop,

I tried to move a turtle out of the road, got scared and dropped it.

Moral: woosies should not try to rescue turtles.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

BamaPhred said...

I stopped to more a nice large turtle out of the road. The thing either whizzed, or squirted pond water, all over me. There were witnesses to let me never live it down. No good deed goes unpunished.

rock a doodle doo said...

Only one comment from blabs? A wonderful Friday indeed!

dop said...

This guy looked like he could do bad things to a careless finger. I only touched the helmet.

(signed)

A wimp who still has 10 fingers

Anonymous said...

Yeah cuz how did turtles survive evolution without humans to keep putting them in the water (where they don't live)?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 4:41pm,

Well, he was about to get run over by a car, which is a recent evolutionary development.

--Wildcat Etc.

Miss Jean Worthley said...

"Yeah cuz how did turtles survive evolution without humans to keep putting them in the water (where they don't live)?"

Turtles do live in the water.

Tortoises do not.

Roille Figners said...

Well I like turtles.

Roille Figners said...

All my bikes are loosely cabled. It's like a sickness.

Chris Melly said...

Hahahaha Funny!
I recommend purchasing the foldable helmet Fuga by http://www.closca.co

McFly said...

Before dogs and humans became friends who fixed their ears when they got turned inside out?

1904 Cadardi said...

BamaPhred,

The cable tension meter is only $2500. How many dollars per watt will it save?

FDB said...

Not cows.

No tits, bro!

Spokey said...
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Spokey said...

i need that tension-o-meter. last time i redid mine, the housing for the rear brake was too high tension so it pulls away from the frame a bit and rubs against my thigh. i find that very sensual and a little bit distracting. at other times of course it is rather soothing.

please join my kickstarter program that will provide bieksickening enthusiasts with on the McFly variable cable tensioning. i've hired uma for product training.

BamaPhred said...

1904 I doubt it will save you any, it's a device for measuring the tension in a support strand for telephone cables for instance. Those strand diameters are typically 5/16" or 3/8" in diameter.

babble on said...

Lol! Wow. That's funny. Thank you for that, for sharing the good words 'rock a doodle doo.' Spread the joy! How very odd to receive a backhanded compliment like that from the spineless sort of troll who kicks someone when they're down. Since we're friends now, please do tell me, is it physically painful to be that udderly, morally bankrupt?

Anonymous said...

When Ted K. goes ALL CAPS, I pay attention.

Anonymous said...

minimalism

Anonymous said...

New Quiz:

Worst BSNYC commentator of all time?

1. Angry Dragon

2. C.J. (who is/was probably a retuned Angry Dragon)

3. Ted K.

4. A nonny mouse

4. TBD...

Anonymous said...

Pick me, pick me!

Grok said...

McFly @ 5:46,
I think it was the other hunter/gatherer members of their tribe.

DB said...

100 degrees, heat advisory.
Multiple seasons of Trailer Park Boys.
Best thing ever to come out of Canada.

McFly said...

Pretty toasty here as well. Think me and junior are gonna ride some bikes with engines in the canopy of some trees tomorrow. Then onto the boat. Got to rig the new anchor up! I'm an idiot.

PJT said...

Get well soon Ms. Babs. Adult beverages and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream will cure anything.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, nothing cures stupid.

Anonymous said...

babbleon and on and and on and on and on and on...
practice what thou preach and accidents happen no more.

dop said...

I hate when we argue. We were having such a nice discussion about turtles.

BamaPhred said...

Summer Sucks.

Spokey said...

should i be proud or embarassed that happy to-get-her is on my smarting phone?

BamaPhred said...

I don't know Spokey, but this couple seems happy together.

Zen Master said...

Do you know what I fucking HATE!! I fucking hate stupid fucking people with stupid fucking squeaky chains! Fuck! "Have you ever heard of fucking OIL!", I yell at them. "It's that fucking black goo that they pump out of the ground, so you can put it on your fucking chain!" Do you know what else I fucking hate! I hate seeing videos of fucking dogs on fucking surfboards! Fuck!! "What the Fuck is this?!!", I screamed at my tv the other day. "Why don't you fucking tie the fucking dog to a hang glider and hurl it off a cliff?" Fuck!! I'm so angry my nose is starting to bleed.

dop said...

You know what burns my ass? A flame this high.

(indicates about hip height with hand)

Anonymous said...

Karma is in fact a bitch.

babble on said...

Right??! So that's a resounding yes, then. It hurts something fierce, I expect, doesn't it, dearest anonytroll?

babble on said...
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Spokey said...

i hate it when my crank clicks

and when i'm standing, i.e. dancing on the pedals, e.g. visualize the dancing bears at the circus, i get a squeak.

several lbs can't fix either. i've tightened the crank bolts and re-torqued (got help from miley) the bottom bracket cups and nothin works.

hanks my crank.

but dogs on surfboards? who gives a flying fuck? other than ZM of course. but then i've never seen one. perhaps i'll flip if i do.


Spokey said...

nothin to sey. just thought i'd start a slow brake-a-way to the century

dop said...

That's what she said

Kent Johnson said...

Who remembers all that Shimano Aero line from the early 80s? I was surprised at the time it didn't stick around for long.

dop said...

That's what she said

Spokey said...

he said she sed

paul mccartney said...

you don't understand what I said

I said nonono, you're wrong

dop said...

Ted K(ennedy)

My brothers got to bang Marilyn & all I got was this Senate seat.

Ted K(oppel) said...

I was on Nightline for all those years and all I got was this shitty haircut

Count of Sprint said...

91

Count of Sprint said...

92

Count of Sprint said...

92 1/2

Count of Crank said...

I hate it when my crank is cranky

Cranky Crank said...

95

BamaPhred said...

I know Spokey is lurking

dop said...

that's what she said

dop said...

that's

dop said...

what

dop said...

she said

leroy said...

Lead out.

https://twitter.com/leroys_dog/status/621705596123918336

BamaPhred said...

How about that. Congrats dop.
Now that the thunder storm has passed thru it's tolerable outside.
Of course it's dark also.

Spokey said...

good show dop

but i'm claiming 102 podi

Spokey said...

or the 103 & 104 podi

bad boy of the north said...

I've podi on the nineteenth..1.1

Spokey said...

all of us in snobbie's hemorrhoids better get out early today. it's already 78. snobs must be lighting his flatulence.

Anonymous said...

WBSNYCCOAT

Babs, hands down.

CONGRATS!

VOR said...

You live up to your promise on this one. Brilliant! Even though it is so easy to make fun of Fred.

Freddy Murcks said...

The concept of "aero gains at any speed" is just stupid. As (I think) Rollie Fingers pointed out they last time this general topic came up, air resistance increases with the square of the speed. Air resistance at fred cruising speed (12-15 mph) is a minimal factor (regardless of what you are wearing, what you are riding, or what accessories you have attached to your bike) compared to the importance of minimizing air resistance at, for instance, pro time trial speed (~25-35 mph).

Roille Figners said...

Freddy - not sure it was me... not sure it was I... no wait me... aw shit! not sure whom I were me it was, who said that, but it sounds like a pretty good description of reality. Which means, HELLO, the best way to reduce air drag is to reduce speed! As speed approaches 0, so does air drag! Bottom line: AERO GAINS AT ANY SPEED, just by going slower. If you cut your speed in half, say from 18mph to 9mph, you are improving your aerodynamics by a FACTOR OF FOUR, people!

Spokey said...

i must be the most aero rider around then. i'm certainly the slowest rider around.


WOW

snobbie has taken on robbie the robot. I just got Select all images with bicycles

Freddy Murcks said...

Air resistance is pretty significant at fred "woo hoo hoo!" speed, but it's still not a big deal because fred "woo hoo hoo!" speed is only attained going down hill and is never sustained for very long.

Big Cur said...

Dog on surfboard. Dog on surfboard. Dog on surfboard. Dog on surfboard.

Holy Roller said...

Sometimes when I am about to pray, I ask myself, "If Jesus couldn't walk on water, would he do the dog paddle"?

Spokey said...

sometimes when i am about to prey, I ask myself "will the wolves get me or will i get the wolves?"



sometimes when i comment, the robot demands of me "Select all images with airplanes"

dop said...

I took spokey's advice & went for a ride before it got hot (unsuccessful...90 by the time I was home. I stopped to look at a hawk for a while. He was screeching loudly, so I videotaped him. He got pretty pissed off with me

A. Horse said...

let's move on to the knees Hanah

Spokey said...

i managed to get back at 90 'merican too. maybe around 11:00. but it got to 94 so it was a good move

dop said...

After seeing those photos blown up, I realize that's no ordinary hawk...it's an osprey

Off Spray said...

I had a mishap at the urinal today.

Steppedonmy Dick said...

me, too

Anonymous said...

"air resistance increases with the square of the speed."

It's more than that

Air resistance FORCE increases with square of the speed.

The power to overcome air resistance increases with the CUBE of the speed.

As always, Sheldon has the facts:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/aero/formulas.htm

http://sheldonbrown.com/rinard/aero/index.htm

Anonymous said...

Presumption of innocence is only necessary if you first presume a crime has been committed. I'd be happy to presume innocence if we first accept that a crime has been committed.

Urban Cyclist said...

I had a driver's ed instructor -- in (Upstate) NY, mind you, that abhorred the word "accident" in reference to auto collisions. He taught and repeatedly emphasized that the frequency of collisions that were true accidents (and not due to some aspect of negligence, distraction, or other identifiable behavior of one or more parties involved) were exceedingly rare. Bad brakes? Not an accident! Icy road? Not an accident!

This has stuck with me all these years, and at least 100 people were in that lecture (and he'd taught driver's ed forever). Your guess is as good as mine how many other boneheaded 16 years olds actually got the message.

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