Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This Just In: I'm Off 'Til Monday!*

*Though not really because I have another blog, a column, and I'll be bloviating in person tonight so there.

To Who It Might Concern,

As of today I'll be signing off this blog until Monday, October 30th, at which point I will resume regular updates--however, it's more likely than not that I'll have a new column up on Outside before then, and if so rest assured I'll saunter back in to apprise you of that.

In the meantime, the Bike Forecast will continue uninterrupted.  (Today's post links to a very good article about what an utter load of shit our mayor's ebike crackdown is.)

Finally, if you need me this evening, I'll be here:


Not only is it free, but there will be both beer and banter!

Join us for a fast-paced hour of ideas, entrepreneurs and bikes, capturing the exciting things happening in the bike industry at DRAFT: NYC in Brooklyn.
Directions: 
61 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
The nearest train is G. Stop at Greenpoint Avenue and proceed to Brooklyn Bicycle Co. We're in suite 638 - buzz 970 and walk around the corner to the elevator and head up to the 6th floor!  
Program: 
6:30 - 7:00 pm: Beer and banter
7:00 - 8:00 pm: Program + Speakers
8:00 - 9:00 pm: More beer and banter  
Speaker Lineup:
- Paul Steely White, Transportation Alternatives          
- Eben Weiss, Bike Snob NYC 
- Courtney Williams, The Brown Bike Girl 

I'm looking forward to a night out on the town, though I can't help but be annoyed that when I lived in Brooklyn nobody ever wanted to come there, and now that I don't everybody expects you to come to Brooklyn.

Though now that I think about it the common theme is that nobody wants to be around me, and I can't say that I blame them.

And with that I bid you a-dew for now.  Ride safe, live dangerously, and I'll see you back here on Monday October 30th if not sooner.

Your's Sinserely,


--Wildcat Rock Machine


50 comments:

Anonymous said...

No post till Monday? Sigh. Have fun tonight and make everyone tell you #whatpressureareyourunning!

janinedm said...

"I can't help but be annoyed that when I lived in Brooklyn nobody ever wanted to come there, and now that I don't everybody expects you to come to Brooklyn."

Same, Snob. Same.

cdinvb said...

Okay.

cdinvb said...

Okay

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

Possible Podio !!


vsk

Bill said...

Damn, damn! Where's my foam hat?

Anonymous said...

Don't blow chunks, the Radavist is now chiming in regarding the rigid vs. squish debate.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 12:10pm,

Too late.

Personally, I don’t think you need a suspension bike to ride Snob’s trails. Mostly because I’ve ridden some of them on a ‘cross bike and found the lack of suspension technology to increase the fun factor of these otherwise, very tame trail networks.

Yeah, I don't think he's ridden Blue Mountain or Sprain on a cross bike.

--Wildcat Etc.

bad boy of the south said...

Have fun at Draft. I would have one if I was going,but now I live over five hundred miles away,so now I will have to have a draft at the local brewery instead.

McFly said...

The Brown Bike Girl....I get it. That's rich, she's funny.

N/A said...

Haha, oh The Radavist. A turd in the punchbowl that is the bikeen world.

leroy said...

Dear Mr. BSNYC:

My dog may be mad at me for divulging this, but your Draft disquisition will take place five short blocks from Peter Pan Donuts on Manhattan Avenue (between Meserole and Norman).

They're open until 8 PM and if you've never been, you should check it out (although the donuts may be a little better when they open at 4:30 AM.)

But keep this between us. My dog doesn't want this to become one of those places that are so crowded nobody goes there anymore.

My dog assures me that, at 4:30 AM, no one gives a second thought to a talking dog buying a dozen crullers on his way home from his book club meeting as long as he's paying cash.

He's always a little disheveled after book club, but if he doesn't raise any eyebrows at Peter Pan, a disheveled bike blogger riding in from The Bronx should have no problem picking up donuts to complement the beer.

Nothing wins an audience over like baked goods.

And if the audience throws them at you, they don't hurt and you have breakfast.

A win-win.

Don't ask me how I know.

Anonymous said...

I do not even remember eating a black bean, yet there it is, clear as day, floating above my shit.

Anonymous said...

A-dew. Adieu. Leave it to the French to come up with a word that means good bye forever. I think adieu is an elegant "so long suckers" or "i'll see you in hell". If you really are coming back you may want to say au revoir.

mojo au gogo said...

the complete brooklyn guide to hipper than thou meeting has been rescheduled for tonight in the same building as your talk and in fact in the same room... how may two things, if indeed there are two things, exist in the same space? funny you should ask but as the lemon is wearing off, a subtile reference to a movie scene with no discernible connection, i'll elaborate, to wit: no...
but just in case there will be alcohol in nearby establishments until far into the night/morningway...
as usual i remain your obedient robot...

janinedm said...

This is the second day of stupid comments from this mojo person. Which reminds me of a recurring internet fantasy where I have enough money to retain a squad or Russian hackers and popular 8th grade girls. See, I'd use the hackers to dog annoying people but instead of posting their addresses on the internet, I'd send a bunch of popular girls to make you feel terrible about yourself.

Old Timer said...

Huh? What?

HDEB said...

The age of anecdotal policing -- accurate and terrifying. Thank you for advocating for sensible transportation behavior and for doing so in witty/fun way : )

grog said...

Wishing you a happy bloviation.
Until Monday.

Wild and Free in the West said...

I just don't understand why you continue to live in that hell-hole. Whatever.

BamaPhred said...

Well, bye.

NYCHighwheeler said...

@Bike Snob
That is kind of funny. I know the one guy who really does rip it up on a cross bike at Blue Mtn. It is legendary rider AJ. I know this anonymous guy is not AJ, because AJ has also built some of the sickest freeride and DH trails in Blue, thus making the "very tame trail networks" comment just kind of funny in a preposterous way.

For the record, when Hans Rey rode at Sprain back in the day, he described the trails as being like "Disneyland for bikes", and that was before all the stuff East of the powerlines, and most of the stuff in the south was even built.

NYCHighwheeler said...

Opps, mistakenly thought that you were responding to Anonymous, not the author of the radivist piece. Yeah, I might have to drop that guy a note about our trails.

bieks said...

Pretty sure it's Ad You. Something to do with targeted marketing, I think.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Wild and Free in the West,

Ride down the spine of Manhattan and then over the 59th Street Bridge, the city teeming with life and the setting sun turning everything around you a brilliant golden orange. Then maybe you'll understand.

Plus stuff's open late and there are lots of doctors.

--Wildcat Etc.

mojo au gogo said...

janinedm said. a lot of opinionated nonsense... when jainedm becomes the arbiter of even the most simple and plain thought process then perhaps i'd give a shit but no...

in any case there is no shame in being a robot but a complaining fredway like janinedm is it's own reward...

Anonymous said...

I went for a ride yesterday. Mostly on a paved "people trail" sort of thing. I didn't wear a foam hat and I did wear flip-flops. I didn't die from it.

You have fun with whatever you're doing too.

wishiwasmerckx said...

mojo au gogo, around these parts there is not much upside in attacking janinedm. She's earned her stripes, newcomer.

BikeSnobNYC said...

mojo au gogo,

You're trying hard to be clever and it's really not working.

--Wildcat Etc.

Skidmark said...

Hey, Old Timer, I'd like to hear what you have to say...

JLRB said...

With regard to your TA daily report mention of thefts of improperly docked bikeshare bikes, note that Bal-t-more had to shut its bike-share system down for a while because theft was so bad - I heard thieves cracked the security code somehow, but the articles I saw indicate it was old-fashioned leverage:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-bike-share-shutdown-20170912-story.html

https://www.bikemore.net/news/bike-share-redux

not sure how all these dockless bike-shares will fare in the face of thieves/vandals/pump handles

dancesonpedals said...

Janine-

What ate the popular 8th grade girls wearing? (asking for a friend)

Fred McFredly said...

I guess I am scratching my head at why e-bikes are illegal in the first place, regardless whether used by business or private.

leroy said...

Dear Mr. or Ms. mojo au gogo -

My dog asked me to warn you that there are beings among us capable of snarkier observations than the most popular of popular 8th grade girls.

He says those beings like Ms. janinedm.

I'm not sure whom he's referring to, but he did want me to ask you where your mom buys your clothes.

leroy said...

Dear Mr. Wild and Free in the West @4:13 PM

My dog explained that whenever we're out of NY, he can't understand why we live there.

But whenever we're in NY, he can't imagine living someplace else.

I told him we'll just go wherever the witness protection program places him.

Plus, there's all kinds of food here.

mojo au gogo said...

my mother is actually still dead... as for janinedm, my apologies for seeming to be untoward her as there is no excuse for being insulting towards women... that said, the rest may fuck off and ride away in peace...

yours robotically, mojo...

leroy, be careful with listening to your dog, remember the son of sam and where canine advice got him...

bad boy of the south said...

O my lob, what have I done? I will tell you what. I've gone and done bought a used clown bike from a certain list.
I hope that I don't get used clown bike buyer's remorse.

bad boy of the south said...

Meant,that I found on said list.whatever.

bad boy of the south said...

Leroy,I wonder if your dog knows that there is a brown ale named for you down here in NC?too bad Mr Croce isn't around anymore to enjoy it as well.

leroy said...

Oh now Mr. Mojo everyone knows you can't believe half the stuff my dog says.

Schisthead said...

Odd quote near the end as well.
"If you can have fun on a rigid or a hardtail, fuck what Vernon says and if you hate rigid or hardtails, fuck what Bike Snob and myself are saying."

If I had to pick, I'd hate FS, HT, and then rigid, in that order.
It seems like I should fornicate what 'Vernon' and 'myself' are saying, but there is no such choice offered.

Aqualung said...

Ahoy me fuckos. In times like these I’d steer clear of wondering what popular teenage lasses is wearin’. Savvy? Everyone done lost their sense of humor. As much as it pains me old soul, I look away from the yoga pants, sport tops, etc a for some lost soul accuses me of perversions. The helmets are a deal breaker anyway.

Anonymous said...

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Die free said...

As soon as the rain stops I'll get riding again... Dam October monsoon, it's been 3 days and I think my dog is starting to talk to me

JLRB said...

SNOB for mayor

Knüt Fredrikkson said...

If your dog has almost convinced you that you need to "lure more Parisians into the saddle", the you should see about having him fixed right away. Maybe even send him away to doggy day care for a week or two...

Anonymous said...

Considering our recent discussion of regional trails, is Sprain worth the drive from the New Paltz area? I'm not looking to get my ass kicked, I'd like to just enjoy some twisty flow. And, considering our exhaustive discussion of rigid vs. suspension, which rig should I bring?

janinedm said...

It was busy, while I've been off doing work! Anyway, deepest apologies and all that. I reacted out of worry that we were on a collision course with a new Ted situation where it just starts with incomprehensible comments but then develops into full-blown thread cancer. But mojo-whatever is right, I am not the police. Maybe the seemingly obtuse comments will become charming and I messed with the natural evolution of the vibe.

Anyway, people can tell me to fuck off. I bike in 10 midtown-NY rush-hours a week, I hear those exact words or something to that effect at least once or twice a month and say those words a couple of times a week. Y'all can call me out whenever it feels right. I mean, I'll probably ignore it but, like Jerry Orbach said in Dirty Dancing, "when I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong." I will say that Leroy's dog hit a nerve, though.

And dop, I can't tell you what the girls of my self-esteem hit squad would wear. That's part of the perniciousness. As soon as you get your mom to buy you a jean jacket, they're all wearing those Adidas floral bombers.

leroy said...

Dear Mr. Die Free - If my dog didn't ride for three days, he'd stop talking to me.

Which is odd because usually the problem is getting him to shut up.

Ride loquaciously all!

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 9:29am

I love Sprain but that seems like an awful long way to go. Stewart sounds like what you're looking for, and it's much closer. You could go either rigid or sprung there.

--Wildcat Etc.