After five-ish hours of riding, the only things I'd change on this bike if it were mine are the saddle, grips, and stem, but those are the things you change on any bike to suit your personal preferences. Otherwise, the bike is pretty much ideal for an all-day (or half-day) ramble. You're not bobbing along on suspension when you don't need it, yet the fat tires float over pretty much everything, so you're ready for whatever.
And no, I am not getting a goddamn fat bike.
Anyway, it was a very enjoyable ride, and it was clear the holidays are upon us because menorahs were sprouting everywhere:
("Happy Hanukkah, now go park your bike someplace else.")
Clearly a Rabbi supervised the installation to ensure maximum rack blockage.
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 that's simply fantastic, and if you're wrong you'll see someone comin' in hot.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and Happy Hanukkah. Now go park your bike someplace else.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
1) The world record for shortest time to fold a Brompton bicycle is:
--It's a trick question, the 2016 Bromptons harness the power of both quantum mechanics and state-of-the-art British engineering to exist in both folded and unfolded states simultaneously, thereby effectively folding and unfolding in zero seconds.
(Woman blinding her Fredly spouse with her fingernails before breaking his neck.)
2) For the Fred who has everything, it's:
--A $125 set of Silca Allen wrenches in a presentation box for precise saddle height adjustment
--A $175 Specialized carbon fiber C02 inflator for laterally stiff yet vertically compliant flat repair
--A $500 15oz tub of Rapha embrocation for the ultimate in fragrant luxury
--Divorce papers and a swift kick in the "pants yabbies"
3) Which of the following is true?
--Religious people are exempt from worldly laws
--Helme(n)t use and smoking cancel each-other out
--The John Boultbee Criterion Jacket costs €1000 and has a dedicated cockroach pocket
--All of the above
4) In the unlikely event of a water landing, your Hövding inflatable helme(n)t becomes a flotation device.
5) Proof of the non-existence of God includes:
--The electric fixie that coasts
--All of the above
(Froome's physiological test data reveals that he should eat a fucking sandwich.)
6) Tour de France winner Chris Froome's physiological test data reveals that:
--His sustained power is 60% of his peak power
--At his 2015 Tour weight, accounting for weather conditions and wind resistance, Froome's watts-per-kilogram would be 6.04w/kg
--Submaximal efforts conducted in various ambient temperature conditions account for moderate fluctuations in both mean power output and sustainable power given his VO2 max and body fat index
--Something something hemoglobin ZZZzzzz....
("Let's hear it for drugs!")
7) Move over Astana, Mapei is back!
***Special "Next Stop, The Wind Tunnel!"-Themed Bonus Video***
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