Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Regretfully, I Must By Necessity Extend My Absence

Good Mornings,

Owing to the vicissitudes of life, unforeseen blah blah blah, and so forth, it becomes necessary for me to delay my triumphant return to the Blogular Sphere until tomorrow, Thursday, April 28th, 2016.

It pains me to force you to scrounge for quality content elsewhere "on line" for yet another day, but whatchagonna do.

In the meantime, you'll be pleased to know that I was able to squeeze in a little recon yesterday for this Saturday's impending Bromptation* Ride:


*[Bromptons not necessary and you can even ride a "real" non-folding bike for all I care.]

Just to remind you, we'll be meeting here at 11:00am for an 11:30 rollout:


And from there we'll proceed to Bike Expo New York where I'll be signing books at 1:00pm at the Brompton table while engaging in general merriment.

As for the route, we can decide on Saturday, but maybe we'll take the path that runs along the East River:


Or maybe we'll have a winner-take-all drag race straight down 5th Avenue, to be filmed by Lucas Brunelle.

Either way, there's a very good chance I'll have some hats to give away too.

So you'll want to be there, and you'll want to make sure to bring your head.

Oh, also, cycling industry insiders are finally admitting that pro racers are using motors:


To wit:

"The fact is, disc brakes will prevent more crashes, potential injuries, and provide riders with much greater control of the bike in all conditions," Zellmann adds, adding that this applies to pros and everyday riders alike. "The improved control of disc brakes is what you can point to. As bikes and riders get faster – like nearly every motorized vehicle – they require better braking, and we feel disc brakes absolutely address this need."

See that, he called them motorized vehicles!

Plus, motors notwithstanding, the idea that road bicycles have gotten so much faster over the years that they require a completely different braking system is completely ridiculous.  Are you really going to tell me that this modern road bike:




Is appreciably faster than, say, these bikes I saw at L'Eroica?


Not that I'm against pros using discs or anything like that.  After all, they're got to be safer than those Spinergys--which, I seem to recall, people accused of severing Michele Bartoli's kneecap at the time.

Or something like that.

Anyway, speaking of discs, here's a video I saw in the comments on James Huang's latest disc screed:


I have no idea what that's supposed to prove.

Hey, looks like I kinda posted after all!

Even so, see you back here tomorrow.

Love,


--Wildcat Rock Machine


71 comments:

Anonymous said...

podium on a day without a real post. yay me.

Bald Ben said...

First?

DB said...

Podium?

gsport george said...

Cant believe there's no post today and so nothing to comment on either *harrummphs loudly*

bad boy of the north said...

Nothing to see here.move on.

N/A said...

Stupid no post Weed Wednesday. Damnit!

Matt said...

Wow...he's got tough hands. He should use Palmolive like Madge.

Spokey said...


top temptest

not sure. it was kinda like a postit. he reported on bromping/recon

DB said...

How was Cabo?

dnk said...

Photo of the Brompton with sculptures in the background and a gazebo in the background of the sculptures plus a mansion in the background of everything more than makes up for the truncated post.

Very artistic photo, Snob.

Smoke some weed -- enjoy the day!

dnk said...

P.S. that was Top 10 by the hair of my scranus.

Spokey said...


current theorem

snobbie knew it was a lame post so he decided to claim it was no post to keep his rep / rankings up. we can show him. get a century by noon ET.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Same scranus different day.

crosspalms said...

A day off to recover from a day off? I hear you.

OK, here's something to chew on. I want the one from the 20s, but I can't figure out how it works.

Roille Figners said...

I DEMAND A REFUND! etc.

Anonymous said...

Great post!

streepo said...

non posted scranus

Christian Szell said...

Is it safe?

JLRB said...

What is a real post?

cookie mon said...


me like 20 cookies

Bryan said...

That was a pretty good post for a non post!

bieks said...

I'm on the opposite coast of America's car cap so I'll have to miss the ride. Thanks for the awesome idea though: I will henceforth (required to lead with a douchey word) refer to my Brompton as my imaginary bike.

(robot made me pick limousines and tried to fool me with a photo of a tri-bike - they're gaining consciousness)

adoy said...


post

or

do not post

there is no try

N/A said...

I got yer post right here!

*points to a post*

Frickus Rungus said...

Is that a picture of Snobs shriveled up pride sitting on the train platform, or is that a folded clown bike?

NOTE: I secretly covet the folded up clown bike, which is something I would never have a real need for, so maybe it's really a picture of the tangled up logic that I use to choose my next bike purchase.

Example Logic:
1) Do I already have three of them? If no, consider purchasing.
2) Is it overly complex or painfully simplistic? If yes, consider purchasing.
3) Is it shiny? If yes, consider purchasing.
4) Have I purchased any other bike related stuff yet this week? If no, consider purchasing.
etc.

bieks said...

That's the BEFORE video of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a disc sharpening tool.

Anonymous said...

Serendipitous vicissitudes are the best, although they don't happen very often.

grog said...

I will not be commenting until tomorrow.

McFly said...

Who all is bringing head?

dancesonpedals said...

4 out of 5 dentists recommend scranus

McFly said...

Is it assorted head or just one kind?

What Me Worry said...

Tee Shirt for sale, Devon on the front, Scranus on the rear.

Nothing to read here, move on.

trama said...

Pro cycling is hardly salvageable what with all the motors and doping and $10-15k plastic bike buy-ins. Fuggem, I'm going for a ride.

Spokey said...


forget ridin. the outside temp here is closer to freezin than the setting on my thermostat. i think i'll go ask where the hell my new biek is. supposed to be here in may and we haven't even talked about components. i have settled on one of two colors so i guess the really important decisions have been made.

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

In there for the non post.

I guess you didn't stay too long at the Trump victory party !

vsk

Gel Pacs or No said...

Favored head, or au-naturel?

William Randolph Hearst said...

"No news is good news" when the subject is electric motors, PED's, magnetic wheels, blood doping, clenbuterol, bad Jack Daniel's, etc, etc.

Dick Breaks said...

When The Donald becomes the President of the United States, one of the first things he is going to say is "Bike Snob, you're fired." When The Donald is our President, we will all happily work 14 hour days 7 days a week. Mark my words: Too many vacation days are going to be your downfall.

dnk said...

NY Times reports the "largest gang takedown in the history of New York City" happened today -- in the Northern Bronx.

Maybe that's why Snob couldn't post. Run from the pigs, the fuzz, the cops, the heat. Etc.

Gang members in the Big Money Bosses were subdivided into categories: Burberry Suits, Gucci Suits, Ferragamo Suits and Sean John Suits.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/nyregion/bronx-gang-arrests.html

McFly said...

Gel Pacs or No,

All head is favored.

Anonymous said...

this was one of your better non-posts. Keep up the good work.

Roille Figners said...

The Femke decision. Do you
a) rejoice that justice has been done and it's getting cleaned-up
b) feel sad for the sport
c) feel sad for the cheater

I say b and c.

Blog Drafter said...

Holy Shit, Velonews apparently stood up to Shimano. There's some entertaining statistics in there regarding MAMILs as well.

1904 Cadardi said...

Went for a bikecycle ride at lunch. It was chilly and a little breezy but I'm not the rider that flatted so it was a good ride.

Anonymous said...

The Brompton table, is that a folding table?

Jack Nicholson said...

No Ticket, No Laundry

Iggy Pop said...

No fun
No fun
No fun

Head of the Class said...

McF at 203 - Supposedly Pineapple makes it taste sweet to the recipient.

P. Bateman said...

Pineapple or not, i aim for the hair. its super inconvenient as then they have to do the whole wash, dry and style procedure which is usually super time consuming.

did anyone else have to cover their eyes for that dics break demonstration? was like a scene from a SAW movie. good god.

Nellie Forbush said...

Gonna wash that man right outta my hair.

JLRB said...

Welllll fold my bicycle

Julie Hovland said...


gonna wash that hair right outa my man

BamaPhred said...

Sorry been filing a fine edge on my discs with a 6" half bastard.

Best no post I believe I've ever seen!

David G said...

I don't really have time to comment today, but as long as I'm here, I'll say that while I have no idea whether disc brakes are actually dangerous, they *look* like throwing weapons from some fantasy show or film. Didn't Xena use a deadly frisbee disc of some sort? If the reboot happens, the prop guys can get the new version free from the bike racks of Christchurch.

Dooth said...

Here's my non comment:

McFly said...

Bamaphred,
6" half bastard....good choice. Better than a round motherfucker.

bieks said...

Yeah, I agree, good post today. Maybe dial back your usual half-assed effort to 1/4-assed or something. Less is more, or whatever.

JLRB said...

When I was back in seminary school

Anonymous said...

I hope today's post is about the same length as yesterday's, which was a great post!

N/A said...

It's not about the length of the post, but the quality, is what most of you seem to be saying. Huh.

Devon probably likes a substantial post.

Steve Carrell said...

That's what she said.

ps Devon likes carbon

William Randolph Horse said...

you can not petition the lord with prayer

I Don't Know How To Search The Interweb said...

Who is Devon?

CommieCanuck said...

I booked tickets on line to enter L'Eroica this year, but I misstyped the URL and ended up with tickets to L'Erotica. It was much more fun, but the food was not as good.

N/A said...

Whatpressureyourunning for L'Erotica?

janinedm said...

So, I was looking at the coverage of the triathlon cheater and was wondering, whatever happened to David Anthony? He was the guy who got caught doping at a Gran Fondo. I tried to google but found nothing recent.

janinedm said...

@CommieCanuck, I just got tickets for the Big Apple BBQ, so I too know about commitment. I plan to start training this weekend with some short rib.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow said...

Janine, Hillary C's Super Pac spent 1,000,000 cleaning up social media posts they didn't like, kind of like ethnic cleansing. Maybe David did the same thing.

CommieCanuck said...

Whatpressureyourunning for L'Erotica?

only 25 psi, but we are talking about fat tires after all.

Frickus Rungus said...

Spring rain + wet saddle + older rain pants = cold and clammy scranus.
Dorothy may like that kind of thing, but I'm not a big fan...

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