Friday, March 25, 2016

BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz and I'm Off for a Week!

Important news regarding next week:

I won't be here.


That's right, I'll be letting this blog lie fallow until Monday, April 4th, at which point I will return with regular updates.

As for why I won't be here, I have my reasons, and one of them is that I can't handle yet another year of forced April Fools posts from the cycling media.

Yes, it's a fake press release for a product that's only slightly sillier than the stuff we read about the rest of the year, we get it.

Speaking of silly products, here's your 50 millionth reminder to pre-order my new book while I'm gone:


SPOILER ALERT: Humanity is destroyed by our dependence on fossil fuels and a mutated race of hyper-intelligent lizards reigns supreme.

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 you'll win a million dollars (though it will be taxed at a rate of 100% so you will receive a check for $0.00), and if you're wrong you'll see crossing wheels.

Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and see you back here on April 4th!



--Wildcat Rock Machine










1) What kind of bird is this?

--A common crane
--A great blue heron
--An intermediate egret
--It's not a bird at all, it's a Yonkers water rat







Plantiff(s) voluntarily performed and engaged in the alleged activity and assumed the risk of the injuries and/or damages claimed. Plaintiff(s) failed to use all required, proper, appropriate and reasonable safety devices and/or equipment and failed to take all proper, appropriate and reasonable steps to assure his/her/their safety … Plaintiff(s)’ implied assumption of risk caused or contributed, in whole or in part [sic] to his/her/their injuries.

2) What was Plaintiff(s) doing?








3) Fake bike riding computer game Zwift has added:







(It's back...or is it?)

4) What is "Bimp'Air?"

--A new suspension fork for fat bikes
--A self-refilling compressed air canister that mounts to your bike
--Shimano's new compressed air shifting system
--Like regular air, only 20% lighter






5) It helps to know your rights.

--True
--False






6) Just kidding, you have no rights.

--True
--False





("Oh, oh, oh, Femke's cryin'...")

7) Why is Femke crying?

--Her ban extends to artistic cycling, the discipline to which she had intended to transition
--She's not; the tears belong to her friend who was crying and they accidentally fell on her face
--The food she's eating is spicy
--Even though she was the obvious choice, Specialized did not hire her to help promote their new Playboy e-bike with Sexism Drive™ technology



***Special Unsolicited Safety Advice From A Massive Fred-Themed Bonus Video!***

(Contains NSFW language.)


Oh, go stick it in your ear.

296 comments:

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Bobby Michener said...

YEAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

First suckas. Blah blah blah

Anonymous said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Anonymous said...

The questions is what will Ted quote when he gets to section (232)?

Spokey said...

wow

back in riding shape top 5

bad boy of the north said...

happy spring break festivus to all!reading an early post is akin to finding an easter egg on Friday and finding a prize inside.enjoy your time off with your 17 to 18 offspring and the rest of your familia.be safe,everyone.

Spokey said...


what a nice pre-rabbit-festivus treat. beat ted. aced the test.

and the rain might just let up enough and the temps warm up enough for a pleasant spin around the bloc.

Frank Sinatra said...

Egrets? I have a few...but then...too few to mention

Edith Piaf said...

Rein, je ne egret rein...

The Clash said...

Know your rights. (All Three of Them)

P. Bateman said...

"probably my fault, but moving up is always tough"

that crash looked very ouchy

BamaPhred said...

I like the obvious wrong answers better, and our Luv Guv sticks it somewhere else!
"Think of your secretary"

Serial Retrogrouch said...

...have you secretly converted to Jesus-ism? You must be bunny easter egg hopping with your 17 children... no wonder it will take you a week to finish.

Anonymous said...

Has Edith Piaf ever sang here before?

grog said...

Spring Break! Have fun!

Running on Empty said...

15th place because of a flat, if only I had had some canned air.

Sammy said...

Frank's Rat Pack buddy Dean Martin

"Drinks? I have a few...but then...too many to mention..."

Carlos Danger said...

King of the Podium photo has him with an American Flag, must be running for office. I suggest a campaign slogan of "Feel the Bobby", photo optional.

Mustaine Vineyards Official Spokesman said...

You know who did convert to Jesus-ism though: Dave Mustaine.

Roille Figners said...

Hmmm another high anus. Shall we rally the fuckos for a quadruple century?

No Tan Lines said...

The Snob is off to Florida beaches to massage sunscreen into the flesh of the collegiate mermaids roasting in the sun. Slather, slather, slather; grueling work, but somebody has to do it.

Omar the Chechen said...

"Drones? I have seen a few...but then...one to many to mention..."

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

In da twenniiieees.

vsk

mikeweb said...

I read about the cuffed up mailman while perusing the 'Grey Lady' website earlier.

The feds at the USPS would be well within the law to arrest all 4 of those thugs with badges and charge them federally with impeding a postal worker in the performance of their duties.

1904 Cadardi said...

@mikeweb

That would be hysterical, alas it won't happen. But bits of mail might start to get lost here and there.

robotest: Identify the cactus? There's 12 inches of snow outside and the test is identify cactus? What happened to local and seasonally appropriate roboscreening? Not particularly artisanal.

Anonymous said...

He will quote your mother, "I'm fat".

leroy said...

Ride safe all!

And if you are planning on riding a bike while on vacation, my dog advises that you pack appropriate cycling attire.

He asked me to point out that a lack of an opposable thumb is no excuse.

I told him it's not polite to point.

rod carney said...

RE TRACTOR-TRAILER LOADED WITH CARROTS AND ON FIRE ON 287
ALL I COULD SEE WAS BUGS BUNNY SITTING BY THE ROAD at a checkered cloth table with
a glass of wine and knife/fork till the carrots were delicately roasred

Anonymous said...

Yeah, what's up, Doc?

Captain Oblivious said...


If I was a carrot, I'd be orange. And cooked. And juiced.

P. Bateman said...

i dont think you want to run cooked carrots through your juicer. definitely refer to the manufacturer's directions for your specific model before proceeding.



also, watch an piece of shit audi fall from the sky when a driver confuses the gas with the braiks

http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/audi-q5-falls-out-of-the-sky-onto-sidewalk-1767108063

DB said...

Quick vacation to Austin. Never been here. Pretty cool.
Will not be going to Mellow Johnnies.

I love Compact Crank Cycling guy said...

That massive Fred/dick with the gratuitous advice about earphones looks like the love child of that "bib-shorts guy" Snobby is so fond of and Duncan Gay. I'd apologise on behalf of the shamed Australian nation, but I think Snobby may have unearthed a new cycling culture-hero to rival the best of them, someone that makes you smile just thinking about them, like the bib shorts guy.

Do check out his YouTube channel:

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCwfgM0bRufcqBMjhvr4lEGA

He's got dozens of very recently uploaded short clips, mostly with zero views with titles like, "Why are some people not successful on YouTube", "cycling along how to drink and ride at the same time", "how to breathe when cycling", "hole in your bicycle tyre", "asian lady tries to keep undersized fish trevally" and many, many more equally wondrous delights. Especially endearing is a series presented indoors with him wearing Lycra and a helmet.

Thank you, Snobby, there's enough top notch entertainment there to keep us occupied in your absence.

In fact, this guy's so good, there's really no need to attend this or any other cycling blog ever again. Oops, that backfired on you...

P. Bateman said...

just fixed my 4th flat on the chubby bike.

i re-inflated both tires to a comfy 60 pounds per square incandescents.

but i felt the back tire using the squeeze test and it feels a bit squishier.

if i die on this ride due to this mysterious inconsistency with my PSI... then farewell, its been lovely.

Some guy from upstate said...

I know this is late, and I couldn't find a clip of the relevant thumb-breaking scene, but here:

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

Spokey said...


wish i got some flats today. instead was forced to run in to a large branch today. the other choice was running in to traffic which, being a wuss, i declined. will see if the leg is still attached tomorrow morning.

on the plus side, a good excuse to self medicate tonight.

BamaPhred said...

OH, and I forgot to wish you a wonderful week of offuckoing. We'll be sure to clean up the place before you get back. Lol, no we won't.

Captain Oblivious said...

is it spring break already? or just dik break?

Holy Roller said...

Ok all you sinners, Easter is not just about eggs, you know. Remember the words of the Son of God when he said,"My yolk is kindly and my load is light". Amen.

MethMtnMelvin said...

Easter Bunny? It's that time of year? I thought I cooked off a bad batch last night. F'ing pastel colored sumbitch cost me a bundle. It better not come hop hop hoppin down the trail to my victory garden tonight.

Buyer And Sheller said...

The thing is about buying stolen eggs is that you know they've been poached.

David G said...

Spengler: Don't cross the wheels.
Venkman: Why?
Spengler: It would be bad.
Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"?
Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Venkman: Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Last Easter, my son was yelling at his Easter basket. I asked him what in the world was wrong.

He said, "Nothing, Dad, I was just giving a shout-out to my peeps!"

New Zealand said...

It's time for a naval blockade of Australia...

BlackLivesMatter said...


I suggest cyclists watch this video about the NYPD

NYPD cops nearly killed a black postal worker with their car, then when he yelled at them he was arrested. March 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_xndprCpm8

Pokernet 88 said...


wish i got some flats today. instead was forced to run in to a large branch today. the other choice was running in to traffic which, being a wuss, i declined. will see if the leg is still attached tomorrow morning.

on the plus side, a good excuse to self medicate tonight.


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Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Aussie Safety Fred.....Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one, they all stink.

Spokey said...


what's with the yolks?

tain't een all fools day yet. 'course i try to make each and every day all fools day.

BamaPhred said...

I tried to dye some eggs and be entertaining at the same time. The yolks on me.

Eggs, Maybe said...

Bunny Hunt at the Playboy Club, Sunday after dark.

Sunny Side Up said...

Wonder if Babble will spend Easter Sunday on Wreck Beach (probably not warm enuf yet).

dancesonpedals said...

This blog linked to the NY times story on Tuesdsy

Desperately Seeking Dorothy Rabinowitz said...

HORS DONG

Putting up the Dot Signal for some spring break fun

Fat Freddy said...

Marshmallow peeps are recovery food.

P. Bateman said...

starting to get pretty excited about the easter bunny tomorrow. she doesnt know it yet, but she'll be delivering a lego ferrari f40 to my door tomorrow in her right hand drive jeep.

thats right, i'm an adult and i bought myself a toy for easter.

Clucker said...

This Easter I want to be like an egg and get laid.

Inc Ubator said...

We stole some eggs. We was going to sell the chicks but things got ugly, it was a real hatch it job.

Ernest Hemingway said...

Harrumph. Easter already? I was going to post my little vignette Today Is Friday on Good Friday, but you tend to slow down after you've been dead 50 years.

The Barista works in mysterious ways said...

He has risen, and is headed out for a coffee.

Roille Figners said...

Happy Easter - the lord is risen! Don't get confused about all those fertility symbols like rabbits and eggs!!! It's not about fuckin'!!! YOU HEATHENS!!! (But please come to church, there'll be rabbits & eggs.)

Roille Figners said...

If we're gonna hit 5,000 comments this week then it's time to SUMMON THE FUCKOES

Ebeneezer said...

Easter Sunday services! Spring dresses, short skirts, high heels. Hallelujah!

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

I slept in and crawled out from under my rock late today. Only rode 16 miles. But I rode 22 on Excellent Friday and 53 on Nice Saturday.

bad boy of the north said...

well,that was eggsciting.

ken e. said...

mr. road bike softie is my new spiritual mentor, right next to andy rooney. isn't that just a regular heron though? check the field guide later....

wishiwasmerckx said...

Time for a round of can you top this.

At Easter brunch at a friend's house. Her bestie is going through a messy divorce. Bestie is there with her two kids, a girl, 15 and a boy, 13. Girl brings her boyfriend. Boy gets upset and in front of errbody says, "You let him stick his dick in her and you don't do anything about it."

#acotaco

dancesonpedals said...

Nothing that bad. About 6 years ago our 13 yo daughter announced that her 15 yo sister had condoms in her dresser drawer. We all yelled at the 13 yo for going into her sisters room.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Now, filling in for Bike Snob NYC, Mr. Pathetic Old Cyclist..,.

Good morning ladies and germs. Today I'd like ask you to buy my new book "The Ultimate Bikecyxle Owner's Manual. Also, Brooks Saddles are tender on your scranal tissues. I also still sell hats. And now, total silence.

Fred from Milan said...

More tosh:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/cyclists-and-their-powerful-backers-are-destroying-london-for-the-rest-of-us-a6952376.html

bad boy of the north said...

crickets.crickets.lol

BamaPhred said...

This is as dry and scratchy as Dot Rabinowitz's scranus. At last, that's what I heard from a friend. About the scranus.....nevermind

Spokey said...



had to boil me own eggs and got no bunnies. but that's good. i heard the in thing was bacon infused chocolate. i'm still puking on that one.

but the latest i heard was me new bieksickle might show up by sometime may so that's good any who.

N/A said...

Rumor is that Wildcat, Mrs. Wildcat, and their assorted menagerie of childrens are visiting Specialized World Headquarters to help in the development of the all-new Specialized Smugcross®, which has a purpose-built rack for the benefit of selling merch. Wide tires for comfort while lazily circling bookstore parking lots. Artisanally-curated leather blotter pad built in to the rack (finely chamfered, naturally, by none other than Eric) for those impromptu book-signing sessions. The Smugcross® will be offered in colorways that compliment this year's Rapha line.

BamaPhred said...

And in keeping with the beik scycling related matters, thinning the herd via the listing of Craigs. Not three minutes passed after the initial listing and three scams hit the old cell phone, all promised to send checks and after the checks cleared they would arrange shipping...
at least one cell number was good, it actually replied to my text back.
Among my many character defects is stringing these scammers along, finally the Ms makes me quit.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

BamaPhred -

Those poor people are just trying to make a living like everyone else! The internet has made their lives so much easier. No more traveling from town to town and door to door in search of new prospects!

P. Bateman said...

there is a moderately interesting documentary on Netflix now called My Italian Secret.

its about famed racer Gino Bartali. he rode road bikes real good and also saved jews and fought fascism.

you'll probably enjoy if you also like roding road bikes, jews and ww2 history.

Very Slim Pickins said...

Wish I was and Dances:

At a holiday family dinner gathering a six year out announced that his dick was to big. Father replied "I have the same problem".

Wire Funds Fast said...

Former Nigerian pro rider Jup Rollup's father was at one time the President of the National Bank Of Nigeria. But a coup saw him dismissed by the country's Para Mil Gov (aka The People's Party of Freedom, aka The AK-47's). Now he needs your help getting his father's millions out of the country, for a small advance forwarding fee he will cut you in on tens of millions. He also intends to open a Fat Tire Factory in the US and will be willing to hire any of your offspring as part of the deal. Canadians can get in on the action too. No prospectus in english is available.

Spokey said...


Leftenant Oblivious

i considered doing something similar to that playing the scammers including actually opening a bank account (this was back when that was a much easier task not requiring six feet of documentation).

unfortunately, spousy had something to do with investigating and enforcing stuff related to banking (or more to the illegal stuff related to banking). and my anticipated fun was quickly stomped in to the dirt. wasn't sure whether spousy thought i was too stupid to scam the scammers or that they'd eventually show up and shoot me or something.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Spokey, sounds like you've got a good wife, do everything you can to make sure she keeps you!

Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering regulations make it almost impossible to open a bank account these days, not like those heady days in the 1980's when you could call a toll free 800 number to open an account and get a free VCR, microwave oven or toaster!

I heard on NPR this morning that Eastern Europe and China are now the places to launder money.

Back to Bieks and this week's objective. The Fuck-o's aren't pulling their weight to getting the post count to 5,500! Spring Break My Eye!

Roille Figners said...

PODIO!!!

oh wait, what?

Fred J said...

136. If anyone still imagines that it would be possible to reform the system in such a way as to protect freedom from technology, let him consider how clumsily and for the most part unsuccessfully our society has dealt with other social problems that are far more simple and straightforward. Among other things, the system has failed to stop environmental degradation, political corruption, drug trafficking or domestic abuse.

N/A said...

I just don't think that we've had enough discussion of scranuses today. Their upkeep, presentation, and reports of their relative humidity.

N/A said...

I heard from Non-Plussed Bibshorts Guy that Wildcat got a fat stack of American fun tickets for this latest book. If what he was telling me is true, we are all going to get BSNYC jerseys. Sadly, though, they only come in a small, and they are really just misprinted “Fat Cyclist” jerseys.

babble on said...

Hmm, and Vancouver real estate is a favourite amongst Chinese money launderers.

Time to spin, though no, it's way too cold to end up down at Wreck beach this weekend. Maybe in a coupla weeks or so... :)

Roille Figners said...

Bama - Maybe I'm dumb, but what do they gain by sending a message promising a check? Is it just data-harvesting, like they want to match your name & email with your mailing address? But isn't that publicly available already?

Roille Figners said...

In terms of scranus presentation I am a bit distressed. Oh it looks fabulous, don't get me wrong, but it has taken on a different olfactory note in recent years. It still has the full-bodied musty funk, but now the finish is sour and piquant, reminiscent of an immature Riesling. Is there anything to do about it besides drown it in Gold Bond powder?

Frickus Rungus said...

I perched on a Titec "Ithys Amore" saddle this morning on my ride to work... BTW - I think that is Latin for "Love Thy Scranus".

I find it uncomfortable because:
1) it is too narrow for my pelvis
2) it is not very vertically compliant
2) the stitching is too prominent and abrades my scranus

I haven't replaced it because:
1) It's already on the bike and I would have to pick up a wrench to remove it
2) I'm too cheap to buy a new saddle for my commuter bike

Do you think that WCRM could be talked in to using his book advance to send all of us free brooks saddles? Or maybe I could just buy the book and zip tie on top of my current saddle.

Spokey said...


Leftenant Oblivious

if spousy tosses me there won't be anyone to do the laundry, bake the break, cook dinner, grocery shop, etc.

i try to keep my niche secure by being the moderately inexpensive slave. but ssssssshhhhhhhhh about the biek i've been having built since last fall.

Spokey said...


roille

my understanding is that they send a check for more than the amount and you refund the diff. but their 'cashier cheque' bounces

Spokey said...


onward to the first centurion.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Rollie, biologists claim that there was an evolutionary advantage to "swamp ass."

The sebaceous glands secreted pheromones which were in turn trapped by the pubic hair, thereby giving off a scent of virility and a suggestion of reproductive success.

Now, a BMW and a nice IRA serve that purpose.

To rid yourself of residual odor, wipe the entire area with a rag or paper towel soaked with vinegar. The vinegar is safe and effectively kills off the malodorous bacteria naturally.

BamaPhred said...

Ahoy me fuckos the first leg of the century approaches

Thanks for the link Leutnant Oblivious, it was hilarious.

DO NOT rub your sore stinking scranus with the horse liniment Absorbine.

Count of Sprint said...


94

Count of Sprint said...


95

Spokey said...


well i'll shoot the fuck-o

Spokey said...


damn chain just hopped a tooth

Spokey said...


shoulda done some cleanin this winter

Spokey said...

but then again

Spokey said...


good enuf for the centi

P. Bateman said...

@spokey - if you can string the scammers along far enough to get a mailing address, i suggest signing them up for free information. a quick bit of searching and you can find these fantastic "request info from our advertisers" pages for all manner of trade magazines etc...

you can request info from hundreds of companies in a matter of minutes. some lady that stiffed my on a transaction on ebay should be finding out a lot more than she ever wanted to know about industrial lasers and such.

also, signing up their phone number with all the recruiters for the army is good too. they will call them till the day they die.

my cat got calls and mail from the army for years when a buddy did this to me.

Roille Figners said...

Why you busy, busy fuckos! Congrats there Spokers.

So now, if I understand this .... Sour scranus = swamp butt, and to fix it I should use something even MORE sour, i.e. vinegar. Well it makes a certain amount of sense. Although it also hints that if I just let "the experiment" continue like a Petri dish, any wee creatures will just kill themselves off. Is it too late to pretend I was asking for a friend?

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Bama Phred-Absorbine? You talk in' Jr., Sr., or both?

Spokey said...


no can do PB. spousy keeps me on the strait and narrow pretty much. we were in the caymans recently and 'lil sis and i thought it would be fun to open off-shore accounts. spousy ground my face in to the coral beds on that one too. claims the feds are just lookin for that sort of stuff these daze.

sometimes spousy takes all the fun out. but then again, how much fun would i have later on sharing an 8x10 with bubba. so mayhaps all for the best.

Spokey said...

oh and given we're shootin for 2 grand and it's been awhile here's a

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BamaPhred said...

Lieutenant Oblivious
It was Absorbine. I was young. I figured I'll just try this as a two fer one cure. Soothe the Scranus, cure the swamp azz. It seared the skin right off the old crotch. TMI, I know. And it did nothing for the swamp azz. Like no one else ever stupidly self medicated before.

BamaPhred said...

Yes Mr PB. I have a Mr Tom Cat that receives mail.

BamaPhred said...

The real danger in playing with these scammers is that many times what they want is an active account. When you respond to an unwanted, unknown, etc text, phone call, voice mail, email, social media, the scammers have exactly what they want.

Very Slim Pickins said...

She has risen, Ms. Babble I mean.

The Monty Python Easter Rabbit said...

If only Easter would fall on St. Patrick's Day we could have green eggs and ham.

babble on said...

Mr Rungus? If it's too narrow, all ye need to do is lower yer handlebars enough so that you're bent further over. The narrower the saddle, the farther forward you're meant to be leaning forward. Big, wide comfy Brooks saddles are perfect for the upright commuter, but will cut off the circulation in your leg by trapping your femoral artery if you're leaning over those loopy, drop handlebars whilst yer seated on em.

babble on said...

'Course, that also involves a wrench, so you might just be stuffed.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Sounds painful either way BamaPhred!

Absorbine Jr. is for human use. Absorbine Veterinary Liniment, colloquially referred to as Absorbine Sr.is for equine use.

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Pathetic Old Cyclist said...
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Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

What I meant to say, before spell check mangled my post......shit, now I forgot! Welcome back Babs!

McFly said...

P. Bateman,

It's probably based on the book Road To Valor.

THE BOOK IS SOOOOO MUCH BETTER OMGOMGOMG YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOK [and so on and so forth]

Peace Corps Flashback said...

In pictures: The cyclists of Burundi

Captain Oblivious said...


And while here in Mr Snob's neighorhood

The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind . . .

babble on said...

Thank you! And here in Vancouver, we are welcoming the bears back from hibernaiton already. First early sightings happened on Sunday last.

BamaPhred said...

Bikey freds got nothing on the turkey freds. My camo wasn't all matchy matchy, (I wasn't wearing any) my fowling piece is gauche (it's an antique, just like its owner), I didn't have any gadgets, but I did pay for the gas, so I had that going for me, Maybe I ought to say freds are the same, you just change the activity.

Very Slim Pickins said...

Babble sez bears are back up north, here in S. Cali local NPR sez that because of Global Warming our Tick and Fly season will be starting three weeks earlier than normal. Move on, nothing to see here, sez the Koch Brothers.

Roille Figners said...

Seems like hunting Freds would be as useless as bikey Freds in any real emergency.

Roille Figners said...

Down here in Babble's high heels this week we're headed for our first 70-degree day. Already I hear that magical sound of spring - rusty chains-a-squeaking. Healemenettees can be seen at all sorts of jaunty angles. But you still have to wear winter shit in the mornings.

JLRB said...

Scranus

Frickus Rungus said...

Babble,

Thanks for the suggestion!

My commuter is most definitely an "upright" type of bike... My handlebars are more mustachey than loopy. I've got about a 1/2 inch (that's 1.25cm Canadian) of downward adjustment available on the stem, so maybe I'll try lowering the handlebars. Also requires a wrench, but I don't have to buy anything new so there's that...

N/A said...

You could just buy a new bike. I think everybody is going to buy a new fatbike, once we all see which one Snobby buys.

Spokey said...



Greg LeMond

the convergence of bike fred and hunting fred

Frickus Rungus said...

I think I know what Snobby is doing on his spring break high-ate-us: taking the family camping on the banks of the mighty gowanus!

babble on said...

You're welcome! Sadly, it's unlikely that half an inch will make much of a difference, and you're going to find it mighty uncomfortable raising your seat if it's already at a good height for you, so it looks like you probably do need a wider saddle. Not as simple (nor cost effective) a solution, but then when it comes to all things scranular (and vulvanular!), comfort is king!

DB said...

Leroy/Snob:
I am in negotiations with Matt at Ben's Cyclery.
Very exciting.

dancesonpedals said...

If a tree falls across the south county trail, does anyone give a shit?

DB said...

Wife says I have to sell a bike before I buy a new one.
Who wants a Madone 6.9?

I cudda had a V8 said...

Idea for a Cognac ad: D'oh! Remy

BamaPhred said...

DB, I should send you my inquires, all they want is your full name, address, telephone number, bank routing and account number, and when you will be home so they can send a check right away. They will arrange for shipping when the check clears and you have your cash in hand! Sort of like being a teenager all over again and you go buy a comb, nail clippers, toothpaste, socks , Trojans, Snickers bar, Coke hoping the cashier doesn't notice and call over the intercom for a price check on Trojans!

1904 Cadardi said...

@P.Bateman

Maybe I'm a geek, but getting signed up for piles of free literature on industrial lasers sounds kinda cool. Next up on LaserSnob, is 200nm ultraviolet the new black?

Frickus Rungus said...

I just read that New Jersey wants to make walking while texting against the law: linky.
That seems like a horrible idea, but I'm completely for criminalizing cell phone use at the dinner table.

Nikola Tesla said...

Why should Femke be crying, when she's just been hired as spokesperson for the electric bike industry. Gig will probably pay a good buck.

DB said...

Thanks, Bama.
Think I'll give the 2008 Madone to my kid in LA.

leroy said...

DB -- I will have a kid in LA in the Fall. But for now, I'm about to brave the mighty winds in NYC this evening for a ride to Brooklyn on the Milwaukee bike. Hardest part really was picking out the color.

DB said...

Leroy:
My kid went to San Francisco Art Institute and lives in South Pasadena now. He is an artist that has very good years and very bad years. Fortunately, he has a girlfriend who has nothing but good years. Assume Leroy, Jr. Is attending UCLA? I lived in LA for 4 years and kick myself for leaving. I'll take Little Leroy to dinner when my wife and I go next trip.
Did you get the Matte Black color? I'm torn between Matte Black and the orange. You get Shimano 105? Take care of that dog of yours. Show your kid the Dave Clark 5 documentary. That guy owns the tom-toms and the snares.

Jeb said...

Sheeeit! Did someones really done gone and shot at a lawnmower stuffed full of explosives from none too far away? Makes me think I is smarter than I thinks I am.

leroy said...

DB -- i liked the orange, but went with gray. Trying to be dignified and classy. Of course, that'll never happen. Went with Shimano 105, Brooks C-17, and 28c tires. Very comfortable and fun to ride.

Son got into a few schools in LA; almost certainly going to Pomona. It seems like an incredible place.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Pomona? Didn't get in at Pitzer?

All kidding aside, Claremont is SUPER charming, It is the least LA part of LA County I have ever visited.

Big decision as to whether to fly the ol' Cessna into Cable or Brackett.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Frickus,
NJ cellphone law initially seems like more nanny state intrusion, though not as bad as NSW and Aussie helmet laws. It laughable that the argument is made that it protects drivers from the pedestrians!
We have become a douchebag society, however, where we do wander around, staring at our palms while crossing 6th Ave. Personally, I am tired of having to dodge the clueless as they walk mindlessly around the city. Distracted walking might protect the distracted from me as I feel like going postal on some of these morons.

DB said...

Leroy:
Know Pomona well. Lived south of there in Orange County. We'll give him a good meal when we're in LA next.
I agree with your bike setup. Most difficult decision is orange v grey.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Heard some various tid-bits of news over the past few days-

Bernie Sanders' NYC campaign headquarters have opened in Go-Anus, Brooklyn

NYC is disbanding its DOT graffiti task force and re-deploying the funding to Vision Zero (Cue sound of Giant Toilet Flushing)

The newly designed Citibikes are being taken out of service - the thingy that holds the front wheel on is apparently failing prematurely. And that's not even a quick release incorrectly installed by a clueless Fred. Ben Serotta, did you re-design that part too?

Spokey said...

new biekies, new biekies

rejoice for our fuck-o commentariat and their new toys. i'm pretty sure i'm going for a red one this time meself. all current ones are just blue except for the blue to silver fade.

never been a fan of orange anything

put up with my gray camry (which had drum breaks) for thirteen years

still considering green. never had a green bieky.

but will probably settle on the shiniest red. we likes shiny things

Spokey said...



someone gonna grab the century and a half?

N/A said...

148...

N/A said...

Haha, I was going to run-up to one-fitty then leave it for somebody, but damn, I gots miscombobulated.

McFly said...

Bicycle Bicycle I want to ride my bicycle

dancesonpedals said...

Toys?

My wife said I should leave a bicycle in Manhattan (her mother's basement...we stay over on occasion to avoid the commute). This was an obvious ruse to get me to move a bike out of our basement. More important, it was an obvious opportunity to buy the cheapo cross bike from Nashbar which could be had that day for $680. (11 speed 105 44-34 crank, canti brakes & a steel frame that weighs a ton, but what the hell). On my doorstep in 2 days. And I don't have to learn dik brakes.

Red Ross said...

My favorite color is blue, but I love my little red bike :) it -could- use a shine ..

JLRB said...

Scranus

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Hey Bikesnob! Hope you're enjoying your spring break or whatever it is. Looking forward to reading the review of your new fatbike upon your return to this old blog.

dancesonpedals said...

And when snob gets back, I'll tell him I was good, but JLRB used bad words and babble is going out with boys.

N/A said...

Anonymous was smoking the Wednesday Weed in his room, too. This place goes to hell in a helment when Wildcat plays hookie.

Frickus Rungus said...

Spokey,

I can wholeheartedly endorse green for road type bike cycling. It is an excellent colorway that will dramatically* improve your strava times. Green corners like it's on rails and improves both the vertical compliance and the lateral stiffness of any frame material. It is impossible** to steal a green bike, so you won't even need a lock. Finally, green bikes are more environmentally responsible than any other color***, so your smugness rating will be off the charts.

*assuming you don't currently use strava
**assuming you never leave it outside unattended
***not true at all

BamaPhred said...

Not to mention the people that are not so secretly wanking.

Spokey said...

@dancesonpedals at 1:18 PM

tattletale, tattletale stick your head in a garbage pail
put it in, pull it out,
turn it in to sauerkraut.

leroy said...

WIWM -- He got into Pitzer and a couple of other places in LA too, but Pomona has been his first choice all along. I haven't flown a Cessna in many years. Still have my license somewhere, though. They don't expire. Just have to renew the medical clearance. Maybe I can rent something out of LAX. What could possibly go wrong? I mean, it's not like I'm going to drive a car out there. That would be nuts.

Lt. Oblivious -- Talk about timely. I rode an errand on one of the old Citibikes an hour ago and notified them that the headset was loose and there was some odd balance issues with the front wheel. Other than shifting problems, that was the first time I ever had mechanical issues with a bike share bike.

Spokey said...

mr frickus

* if i got green would i have to sign up for strava? it has been my goal to be the only biek sickleist in the world, nay the solar system, nay the entire universe to not have ever had a strava account. and as long as there are still one or two, i fall back on the only semi-sentient entity to have never held either a strava account, a facebook account, AND never taken a selfie (just finally saw my first selfie stick a couple months ago in the caymans).

** don't think i need it for that. i lock up about the 1/2 the time and have never had a beekcycle stolen. least nots as i remember.

*** seems to me that the true environmentally friendly bike is one of the ones i alreadys own. even with a blue colour the carbonizer foosprint has to be smaller than all that CO2 generated in crafty a bikey.

but i will re-consider a greeny. perhaps. if it happens to appeal to me in a whim of the moment.

P. Bateman said...

happy wednesday.

if you are jonesing for some Snob...there is this

http://snobbyrobot.com/

P. Bateman said...

isn't green taboo for motorcycles and for race cars? i'd assume the logic would carry over to bikes for racin' too.

if you want to live...you'll get another color.

Spokey said...


hmmm

and red cars are cop-bait. wonder if red bieky-sickles are cop bait too?

Frickus Rungus said...

Spokey,

I don't use strava either.
I have a facebook account, but have never posted anything to it.
I have used a selfie stick, but it wasn't mine, so I don't think it counts...

So are you saying that you haven't had any bikes stolen, but you might have misplaced a few, but you can't really remember? You must either have a LOT of bikes or a really bad memory.

Wasn't British Racing Green a thing? Did it imply fast, or just a faulty electrical system?

P. Bateman said...

oh, you DEFINITELY do not want a red one and come anywhere near woo-hoo speeds.

bad idea.

but you also don't want drab black like most of snobs lineup. how boring.

maybe some hot flip flop paint like the old Kleins? bring that 90's beat back.

DB said...

Leroy and Snob:
Went with the Night Rider version, Matte Black frame, black everything else. It's going to absorb all ambient light near it. It's the Batman issue Milwaukee bike.
Now to find a black bell for it.

Roille Figners said...

Ah yes the "murdered out" colorway...

ken e. said...

love the old colnago (super mexico) red... that bike was awesome at any speed, just don't take your hands off the bars.

P. Bateman said...

i can't lie - my red bike with its heron badge drives girls absolutely wild.

leroy said...

DB - congrats! I think knog's new fangled bell comes in black, but won't be out until the summer. I had Ben's build mine. They did a great job. All I had to do was put on the wheels, pedals, seat, and bars. It's fun to ride.

DB said...

Looking forward to riding on steel again, Leroy.
Thanks for your help and suggestions.

DB said...

I find driving in LA easier than driving in Chicago, Phoenix or NYC. Drivers let you change lanes and there seems to be more space between cars. If traffic is backed up, it's always the landscaping truck on fire up ahead.
Could be my imagination, but I'll take LA driving over Chicago any day.

DB said...

Oh, wait. DC Beltway sucks, too.

Paradise by the Dashboard Light said...

DB@453:"I find driving in LA easier...Could be my imagination..."

When you"re sitting in stopped traffic on the 405 or the infamous 10, it is much easier, don't even have to turn the steering wheel, or use the the gas pedal, look in mirrors, wonder why some yahoo just cut in front of where there was no room to do so, etc.

And the NFL wants to build a stadium right next to the 405, which frequently more resembles a parking lot for much of the day.

Men's Health said...

PB at sometime of the day "drives girls absolutely wild."

Subtracting Lance and Cipo sitting on a bike naked, is there any bike that could be chick bait? Does having a bell help? Frame Color? Saddle color? Bar Tape Color?

A consult is needed with Ms. Babble.

DB said...

Paradise:
I forgot about the stadium. That could change everything.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Leroy, so he didn't get into Harvey Mudd? (Keep going...it is going to take me awhile before I run out of Claremont Colleges he didn't get into.)

And as to LA drivers, the freeways are, indeed, often parking lots. But when they are moving, those guys really do know how to drive. They go 80 mph bumper-to-bumper and door handle-to-door handle. It's just like NASCAR.

...and never knew that British Racing Green was taboo. The collector* car in my garage is in that colorway.

*collector in that it collects a lot of dust because it is seldom out of the garage.

bad boy of the north said...

who's gonna hit 200.......?well,we're waiting......

bad boy of the north said...

and congrats,peoples,to your new bikeys.enjoy the safely.:)

bad boy of the north said...

meant...enjoy them safely.

bad boy of the north said...

okay.....184

BamaPhred said...

More Craigslist wankery:

Merlin extralight titanium road bike. Campy record 20 speed. Reynolds carbon fork. Magic ksyzium SL wheels. Awesome bike, just not being used enough.

Magic ksyzium SL wheels. I guess they change flats themselves or something.

And for $3,300 fun tickets, they ought to.

wishiwasmerckx said...

My Mavic Ksyrium SL's have been a durable, reliable, low-maintenance, trusty and trouble-free wheelset. I highly recommend.

Spokey said...

Frickus @3:12

ok a bye on the facebook.

sorry, but using the stick counts. if you had been given one but never used, that would be ok (see facebook)

what? how many bikes? misplaced? not sure. but my memory is just fine. it's just that it is on vacation this month.

yes there was a british racing green. i think mostly on MGs so the racing part might be an oxymoron.

dancesonpedals said...

British..Green

French..Blue

Italian..Red

German..White, then Silver (Mercedes ground off the paint to get under the weight limit)

New Zealand.. Butterscotch

Spokey said...


PB

i think i want a red one and do plan to approach woo-hoo speeds. but they be spokey woo-hoo speeds. not a worry.

BamaPhred said...

WIWM I'm sure your Mavic Ksyrium SL's are good wheels, but have you tried the Magic Ksyzium SL wheel set?t

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