Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just Popping Back In To Promote Myself

Hello!

Just poking my head in the door to let you know that on Monday, April 17th at 7:00pm I'll be bloviating at the REI in Soho:
The subject of my bloviation will be "mountain biking," which is a hot new trend involving riding bicycles with knobby tires on forest trails.  If you live in New York City and have been curious about this exciting new sport, or if you just like hearing goofy bike bloggers be goofy, you won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event.  Topics will include:

--Where to ride
--How to get there
--Why you don't need dropper posts and other expensive crap
--#whatpressureyourunning

Copies of my latest book will also be for sale, and I'll even sign them for you!  Or, if you already have my book and want to give it back, I'll gladly accept it, though I won't give you a refund.

Best of all, I'll do my best to scrounge up some fun stuff to give away, such as hats and coffee and hatfuls of coffee and stuff like that.

Anyway, that's all for now.  I'll be back here on Monday, and in the meantime I've got a whole other blog you can read!


Nobody gives of themselves more than me.

Love,


--Wildcat Etc. and so forth



114 comments:

cdinvb said...

Someone told me there was a bike blog around here.

And podio o do.

Paul Kirby said...

sekont

N/A said...

What color will the hats in the "hats full of coffee" situation be?

Anonymous said...

Like every other bike blogger--sooner or later--I see you've gone into full-blown advocacy. That's cool, we certainly need it. But goddamn, that forecast is some boring shit if you don't live in NYC.
Often Funny BSNYC, RIP. New, Ridiculously Useful but Sleep-Inducing BSNYC...hello, I guess.

dancesonpedals said...

poo

dancesonpedals said...

ps...you can't say scranus at the new blog....

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 12:09pm,

Yeah. It's a blog for people who ride bikes in NYC. Good thing you don't ever, ever have to read it.

In fact you don't have to read this blog either.

Thanks for taking the time to share your great comment and valuable insight.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

Anonymous said...

I won't be able to make it to your event on April 17 (because I live a long way away). However, if you are giving stuff away please send me some.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

...um, do I have to have a mountain bike cycle before showing up to REI? And, #whatpressureyourunning do I need? Do mountain bike cyclers wear cargo shorts?

...I just want to look like I belong... is all.

N/A said...

ps...you can't say scranus at the new blog....


I WAS going to check out the new blog, but with this information, I'm out. A man has to have standards, you know.

Skidmark said...

I think I'll just pull over here, under this shade tree.

Nom de Plume said...

The flyer for the MTB talk just says BikeSnobNYC. No other names listed. Has BikeSnobNYC gone back to his original brand, and abandoned the the names he has gone by over the last 10+/- years?

Steely Danzig said...

We don't have to read the other blog or this one, true. But I enjoy reading this blog. Since I don't live in NYC, the other one not so much. You shouldn't be mad at readers who are expressing their disappointment.

N/A said...

Look, no need for harsh words. Sure, some people like this new development, some people feel threatened by it, and yet another group of people aren't reading any of this malarky any fucking way. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's this: Red Kite Prayer still licks dirty scranus. This will never change, until BikeSnobNYC starts writing for them, too.

N/A said...

I'm sorry I called your writing "malarky", Wildcat. I'm very heated right now. I'll settle down and try to keep it civil.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Steely Danzig,

So you're telling me not to be irritated when someone leaves a comment on the blog I've been writing for 10 years that they don't like the other blog that's not written for them?

When you buy pants at the Gap, do you then go next-door to Baby Gap and complain that everything's too small?

Come on.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

Chazu said...

Love the Brooklyn Bridge superhero video over at the Snobcast. I lived in the dorm at Pace U. in lower Manhattan back in... hmmm... 1986? Don't recall any bike lanes on the bridge at that time, but I do recall an on-ramp to the bridge nestled up against windows of the school library. You can study to the roar of traffic there.

Anonymous said...

Shop at the Gap? Too rich for my blood. Give me Goodwill or Thrift Mart goods any day.

Gaffer Smythe said...

Nobody likes change. I presume the general lament is the presumed loss of week-daily posts here. No matter what happens, thanks for the 10 years which equals an eternity in the blog meme-o-verse.

Steely Danzig said...

I guess it's like when Bob Dylan went electric, or did a Dodge commercial. I think that the disappointment is because we will see less of this blog. A compliment, if you will. You are correct. I have no right to tell you what should and shouldn't irritate you. Congratulations on your success.
P.S. More Cipo = more better.

N/A said...

I'd like to see Wildcat do a Hyundai commercial.

paulb said...

I love Randall's Island, even when the desert breezes waft essence of sewage treatment. Though you have to be pretty close to those tanks to smell them. (Applause.)

A Formar President said...

"Nobody likes change."

Change got me elected.

dnk said...

Lean toward advocacy on this blog over the years seems undeniable.

The standout aspect is the style and the writing. Arguably the main advocacy focus on this blog is arguably aimed at the Cult of the Helmet, which is in my opinion right on. Dismantling the notion that cycling is fundamentally unsafe (hey kiddies, be safe: stay on the couch with your touchscreen and bucket of candy) and that to achieve Perfect Safety we need to shame one another into wearing helmets. Or absolve ourselves entirely by making & enforcing mandatory helmet laws instead of actually creating bike infrastructure that would promote safety.

Okay, so more of that type of advocacy & less of analyzing CraigsList advertisements of fixies. The blog's still funny as fuck, and fixie ads are pretty much 10 years ago.

I like the new Transportation Alternatives blog, but then again I'm a TA member and an NYC bike commuter, so it hits the sweet spot. My only quibble: you can't expand the images to examine the photographic details.

Anonymous said...

Totally missed opty to use that South African bikes flying in the wind footage.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Well, this goes to show.....We, the commentariat will comment on just about anything.

Anonymous said...

Here's what I'm hearing: "blah, blah, blah if you don't live in New York I've got nothing for you anymore so find another blog, blah, blah, blah"

-Matt
4-season bike commuter in Anchorage Alaska (not New York)

Anonymous said...

Wow, someone needs another vacay. A few people saying how they like the "traditional" blog more than the new TA one and our author can't take it? Truly bizarre. When I go to a restaurant and order two dishes and I get asked how they are, it's fairly common to say I like one more than the other. Does the chef come out with a cleaver and attempt to kill me because I preferred one dish over another? Lighten up, Francis.

Anonymous said...

Wildcat, for someone who was addicted to this blog, don't you think we're entitled to a proper burial? A suicide note? The last post? Or do you want us to keep coming and asking for a comeback? By the way, thanks for 10 years and have the best of luck on the new blog. PS.: scranus

slightlynorthofNYC said...

Whoa, are there still remnants of snow in New York City? Where I am it is windy and cold and the snow continues to exist (although that nice March sun reflecting off of it feels so good!).

Re - the new post and all that - I am grateful for the Snob's free (yes sirree, FREE) work all these years for my lunch time enjoyment, and I will not begrudge him for trying something different. Moreover, I have complete confidence that he will not cave under the intense lobbying [that's "lobbying," not to be confused with Lob]pressure of the helment-industrial complex.

And, check out the French news regarding a mandatory fine for not helmenting a kidoo while cycling. The world has, indeed, lost its marbles.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 1:57pm,

Nah, he just spits in your food.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

BikeSnobNYC said...

Matt (4-season bike commuter in Anchorage Alaska (not New York)),

You must not hear too good with those earmuffs on because this blog is still here and will continue to be updated.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

N/A said...

Regardless of the weather in New York, we can all enjoy a little Wednesday Weed, right? Puff, puff, pass, Fuck-os.

hellbelly said...

I happen to enjoy the TA blog. While not a NYC resident nor having ever been one, I've spent a great deal of time there over the years having friends and family who reside there. Your new venture is a nice bite size piece of your irreverence and allows me to enjoy the city vicariously. Keep it up.

The Voice of Reason said...

Mr. Snob has stated at least 3 times he intends to continue this blog, although with less frequent updates. We can take him at his word. Hopefully he realizes the commentators are a small sub set of this blog's total readership.

1904 Cadardi said...

As for this "Mountain Biking", it certainly sounds interesting and like something that could catch on, but probably won't.

N/A said...

If man were meant to ride a bike on a mountain, then there would be bike paths on the mountains. This is just a fad being followed by a bunch of wild ne'er-do-wells!

Spokey said...

WCRM

thx for the heads up. for the life of me, i could never figure out my fit problem when i went to the baby gap.

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Spokey said...

POC @ 1:42

i was thinking the same thing. mayhaps snobbie could come here on days he isn't posting anything and just post a single line of "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz". could be a 100 comment day on the first one. of course it would need to actually be at least 101 as ted doesn't count.

bieks said...

Aw man, I so wish I could make it to REI. This new mountain biking trend sounds awesome. Is it true they moved the shifters up from the downtube to the handlebar and you operate it with your thumbs? That would be SO cool if it's true.

Oh, and the weather blog is funny, but living on the west coast, I get confused because my weather isn't the same as yours. Then I forget what city I'm in. Also, I forgot what I was going to say next. Okay see you bye-bye.

Anonymous said...

Vehicle driver kills people in London terrorist attack. If the driver was in NYC, and hadn't pulled out a knife later, he would have gotten off with "oops"

Spokey said...

why would a knife make any diff?

wishiwasmerckx said...

Damn this Baby Gap t-shirt is tight!

Sterling Cooper Agency said...

N/A: Wildcat's whiney, nasally New York voice would kill Hyundai sales and make you long for a quick and painless death from an exploding Takata airbag.

Drock said...

Hate never wins, of course if we talk about road bikes with dick breaks then hate is always a winner

Signal Tracker said...

BSNYC/WCRM,etc.,etc.,etc:

I like 'em! (Both Blogs, that is...)

Aboot that ATB/MTB'ing in NYC: I seem to recall a big to do regarding some fuego single track in the environs of Highbridge Park, Manhatten(!). They still there?

EdmundWilson said...

Where the F*** do I find the blog on the TA website. I live 2K from New York and have no intentions of sending them a lobdam
buck - still like to read the stuff.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Edmund Wilson,

transalt.org/bike-forecast

--Wildcat Etc.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Signal Tracker,

Yes, the trails are still there, though they wouldn't be rideable after last week's storm and I don't know how much love they've been getting recently.

--Wildcat Etc.

Anonymous said...

This has been the best source of bike writing for so many years, thanks for the free ride.

Dooth said...

REI...ya mo be there. Milano's bar afterwards, or before, probably both.

der Blaue Reiter said...

I'd just like to support the other complainers here: I live in Chicago and we were having great weather! All winter! But the last few days have been crap: first snowy and then yesterday and today were cold... It's been less than ideal for like three or four days, and I'm sick of it! And knowing that the weather is going to be cold FOREVER, now? That there will never be another summer for ALL OF TIME?!? That takes the cake! AYHSMB FTW!

BeerDrivenCyclist said...

In for a disappointing 54st. A minor mechanical saw me relegated to the back of the field. This is why maintenance is as important as the race itself...

Old Timer said...

Huh? What?

McFly said...

I'll show The Gap some love with repeat business.

Besides, yoga pants are currently half off.

N/A said...

@ Sterling Cooper Agency:

I've heard Wildcat talking before (on the Youtubes, anyway. Not for reals.) and he sounds like... a regular guy? I don't know. I come here for bieks and snarkiness, and my general silliness, not hating on people. Well except for Woody Allen. Fuck that guy, you know?

dancesonpedals said...

I saw a sign in Macy's that reminded me of Michael Jackson....it said, 'Boys Underwear Half Off'

Matt said...

@Bieks, you've got SHIFTERS? Damn...I still have 2 gears...one on each side of my wheel, and I have to stop and flip the wheel to shift gears. Shifters to shift while riding? Wow...what will they think of next? Some genius will probably come up with something better than coaster brakes I bet!

Chazu said...

BIKE Laaaaane!

You're in the BIKE Laaaaane

Would you please move?


Watched it again with my kids after dinner last night.

bcstractor said...

I'm sorry but the bike traffic report is pretty lame and of no interest to the rest of us.
Please go back to the old blog and make it whole again otherwise I for one will go away if it becomes more sparse.

BikeSnobNYC said...

bcstractor,

BYE!!!

--Wildcat Rock Machine

Anonymous said...

Sorry WRM, but I'm bored already.

-Matt
4-season bike commuter in Anchorage Alaska (not New York)

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 12:16pm,

Well you do live in Alaska...

--Wildcat Etc.

Monduenzoe said...

100% behind you, er, on your left.
The TA Snob Forecast is much-needed. Nice visionary move.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, screw nature! If the natural landscape of your neighborhood hasn't been bulldozed, paved, and over-populated with self-important humans who think that a lack of artificial "air conditioning" is a "hardship", then you need to up your game by moving to an artificial environment. You'll know you're in the right place when you can no longer see the stars at night.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 12:54pm,

Leaving angry comments on a blog based in New York City seems an odd way to enjoy the beauty of nature, but hey, that's what I'm here for.

--Wildcat Etc.

Fred Fredriksen said...

I'll still read the NYC traffic report, though I don't live there. How about photo-shopping Bret, or nonplussed bib shorts guy into some of the photos? That'll really shake up the squares. Recumbabe, anybody?
Anon 12:54pm, do you live outside? Obviously you ain't off the grid, or you wouldn't be reading this.

Anonymous said...

Good luck on the new venture! Snobby gotta eat!

Anonymous said...

BSNY: You're being an asshat to your readers. Sure, reading the blog is free, but putting a Brooks logo on it sure ain't, and that comes from your loyal, repeat freeloading clicking readers who ultimately are the ones who help put food in the bellies of your eighteen (18) children.

No need to tell me to F-Off, I'm outta here without regular blogging on this site, and I suspect a lot of others will be as well.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 3:17pm,

You seem to have a solid grasp on how all this works.

The Park Avenue penthouse I bought with all this blogging money is nice, but what really makes it worth it is the gratitude from loyal readers like you.

Thank you and adieu,

--Wildcat Etc.

1904 Cadardi said...

Matt,

You have brakes? BRAKES? Daaammmmnnnn, way to rock the shiny new tech.

Anonymous said...

Astounded at the whining here. I like the new blog even though I live in Boston. WRM is an excellent and funny writer -- I do not really care if he writing about tire pressure or traffic in Queens -- both are irrelevant topics to me. I enjoy the writing. Plus, he has to pay his mortgage. How he does so is his business. Whether we want to be on the ride is up to us.

Frickus Rungus said...

This just in: laser bike lights are so yesterday. I wanna array of xenon short-arc lamps. Do you think they sell a helment mount?

WCRM - thank you for years of entertainment and good luck with your new blogulations! I'll keep coming back here regularly, even if it's only to watch you smack down the whiners.

Reads Like a Snowstorm on a Black and White TV said...

This new blog, it's as if the first edition was co-authored by Martin Amis & Rob Ford.

Edward R. Morrow Signing Off from London said...

"Thank you and adieu," once upon a time there was a blog that induced liquid to come out of the nostrils, now African sleeping sickness.

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish.

BamaPhred said...

Keep it up WCRM/RTMS. You're on the right path. Just when I think this blog has lost its edge, someone gets offended and quits in a flaming blaze of self righteous shekinah glory.
I read the new posts for no other reason than they are like mini travelogues, and I enjoy them.
Who knows, one day I may make it to NYC and actually ride the Westchester trails
I doubt it, but who knows?

leroy said...

Well I for one like the new blog and would comment there too if I could figure out how.

My dog says he knows how, but he's not talking.

Which is odd. Usually, I can't get him to shut up.

BR said...

Fricus:

SMACK DOWN

Um... wait... that didn't work as good as I thought it would.

Anyway, I really liked the last entry of the forecast: helment debate, snark... and weather that I don't need but who cares? Some cool pictures of other places.

Finally, Anonymous 3:17, actually putting the Brooks logo is free: it's just another example of the Photoshop wizardry that has always been part of the blog! But don't feel too bad, even Brooks themselves were fooled, hence the penthouse...

Anonymous said...

Still no update, disappointing.

Tempest in a teapot said...

Four categories of people:

1. People who make things happen.
2. People who observe things happening.
3. People who don’t understand why things happen.
3. People who don’t know that anything happened.

BSNYC: a solid Number 1.

Thanks WCRM!

Reading is Fundamental said...

A lot of people posting to say good-bye and thanks the Wildcat, or say good riddance and F-you.

Even though Wildcat has said repeatedly he is not leave this blog.

Do the good-bye posters know something Wildcat him self does not know?

Anonymous said...

Brompton spotted on the BikeSnobNYC twitter. I'm sensing a Brooks blog entry today.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Reading is Fundamenal,

No, they don't seem to know much at all.

--Wildcat Etc.

dancesonpedals said...

What Has Happened To My Country?

Anonymous said...

Thanks snob for writing this great blog. Thanks for writing these really good books too. Thanks for trying something new with Transportation Alternatives.

I don't get the people who are complaining. They're making me pretty angry actually, how do you comment on someone's free blog as if they owe you something - because you clicked on ads suddenly the person benefitting from the ads owes you something?

Anonymous said...

People are just pissed that their daily comedy routine has been broken. And those who based their self-esteem on making many comments are feeling empty.

bieks said...

I dunno, I've been reading the TA site and the posts aren't that much different. No one noticed that this blog has always had a ton of local NYC content? This is the filter I need right now anyway. Lately I haven't been keeping up with the five-ish posts a week, so this way, I can go to the TA site if I need my WCRM fix, knowing that I'm not missing out on other-worldly stuff (aliens?) posted here if don't read every post there.

PS - Please add an extra paragraph per week to fill in the Yehuda time now freed from our schedules.

Very Slim Pickens said...

Change is scary. I've loved the Snobville Gazette for years and it's the wonderful comments dept. Trying to be witty I put up a couple of comments (i.e. Edith Piaf) that in retrospect might be viewed as criticism. Far from what I had intended.

Looking forward to the original continuing to generate insight, humor and rage, and his new publication.

I wish Mr. Snob the best and a future Nobel Prize (one for Leroy's Dog & CC too). May he ride on on two wheels for many more years, or a unicycle if he so chooses.

PS: Could you hire Babble to author a Canadian version, maybe call it BikeBeautyVancouver.


boys on the hoods said...

I just don't understand the internet trolls. I have been an avid reader since the days of vito the helper monkey, the pista index and diminutive Frenchman units and have enjoyed every read. I don't live in NYC but that didn't stop me from watching "the Gangs of New York" and it will not stop me from continuing to follow this blog and also reading the new blog with TA. I also follow spokenscene and the delightful Ms. babble, AHTBM and the antics of Stevil and drunkcyclist.

I will continue to check back regularly for updates to BSNYC and even when there are no updates by WCRM I will enjoy the often intensely amusing comments that continue to roll in.

Well done Snobby, all the best to you and your collection of human children and keep up the good work.

Spokey said...


I have it straight from devin nunes that vito indeed still lives. i can't report his current whereabouts, but can divulge that he is happy and basking in the sun.

Buffalo Bill said...

I'm guessing that snobs' new gig means he gets to do more riding as opposed to browsing the internet looking for things to snark at. If that's the case, whether it pays more or not I find his motives to be unimpeachable.

Sad though, cause I really like the snark and care very little for the state of the bike lanes in NYC.

Paul Dreamy Ryan said...

Sucks to be me

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Scranus.

Fuckface von Clownstick said...

Vito, your adoring masses demand that you say the catchphrase.

Scranus, Bojack, whatchoo talkin' bout?

Willis?

wishiwasmerckx said...

Opening up the sprint to the 100th comment...

wishiwasmerckx said...

Now that was bizarre! Capcha made me identify a road sign which happens to be located less than a mile from my office. Small world, indeed.

Spokey said...


i'm game

Spokey said...

niners

Spokey said...


is safe 100?

JLRB said...

Spokey - Sure - disappear for weeks on end and then come in and steal the sprint.

JLRB said...

PS - SNOB thanks for the laughs, insight, occasional info, Brookes and Coffee links, etc., whether timed regularly or not

(I say something similar to my digestive tract so don't get to full of yourself)

Mike said...

All makes perfect sense.Post-Obama Americans becoming increasingly introspective and self-obsessed,sychronising with their narcissistic sociopathic leader.
Plus ca change,motherfuckers!

Spokey said...


hey, i was over at ta making stupid commentary and just wandered over here and voila. wiwm put up the challenge.

yes, sorry about the abscess. had to curate over 40 pages for the irs. and then give some more to our rotunda gov. plus working over the comotion. still waiting for the new chain ringers to arrive.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Our own little Snobby is all growed up and now peoducing a sophisticated and edgy blog in another forum. Remember when he used to just take pictures of weird singlespeeds and fixies and make snarky comments? Now he takes pictures of cops and trucks and peds and all sorts of NYC flotsam and makes snarky comments about them! He's so big, I am so proud to be a part of it!

Deli Sex said...

Hold the pickle.

benjamin franklin said...

women age from the neck down

The Speculator said...

Despite the rumours, Wildcat is not dead... or is he?

Call me Ben said...

While things may sag up above, everything below the waist is preserved

In the No said...

I heard he's hanging out with Richard Simmons these days.

thegock said...

SNOB RULZ

JuanOffhue said...

This .gif of a bike thief is pretty funny: https://gfycat.com/IdleBigheartedAmethystgemclam

thegock said...

SNOB SHRD

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