Thursday, November 2, 2017

Field Trip, Everybody!

That's right, today's post is over at the Brooks Blog, where I've finally chronicled the sub-epic ride that was the BSNYC Pre-Fondon't!



Immerse yourself in its lavish photos and prose, but get your feet off of Old Man Brooks's sofa while you do.

Oh, and also, look what I got in the mail yesterday:


No, not the cat, but I did box her up and send her to Jones with the return shipping label they so graciously provided.

I can't wait to install them, but with a trip to the Philly Bike Expo in the offing I'm afraid I might have to.


***Edit***

Hey, look at that, my Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Philly Bike Expo is on Bike Rumor, whaddya know?



Anyway, see you back here tomorrow, and in the meantime I remain,

Yours Truley,

Etc. and so forth,


--Wildcat Rock Machine


36 comments:

Dirk Montero said...

You are aware that you have to grow a ZZ Top beard before you can mount those Jones bars, right?

Dirk

Anonymous said...

OMG, podium! My sad life is now complete.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Scranus.

Schisthead said...

Looks like it was a lot of fun.

I'd walk up that a few times for more chances to ride/crash down it.

bad boy of the south said...

A hero ain't nothing's but a sammich!

BamaPhred. said...

So the cat is a “her”. I was so hoping it was named Fritz.

Anonymous said...

Any women on that ride or was it a total sausage fest? BTW, if the next DON'T is a DirtDon't, I'm there.

N/A said...

A little hike-a-bike is good for the soul. And scranus.


Nice ride report, Wildcat.

bad boy of the south said...

Meant..nothin'.oil well.

JLRB said...

Damn you and your endless reading assignments

Anonymous said...

I’m a little disappointed that the bar you stopped at in that last picture wasn’t at the corner of Seaman’s and Cummings.

paulb said...

If I was waffling whether to ride up to the Bx for a glass or two at the Bx Brewery this afternoon, I am waffling no longer. Those comfort stations on Randall's Island with roofs like an IHOP are a lifesaver.

McFly said...

Wow them bars are already attracting some pussy. Maybe it's the multiple positions option.

With great power comes great responsibility.

leroy said...

My dog read the Brooks piece and assures me my bike doesn't make my butt look big, it must be something else.

Ride safe all!

Healment Nazi said...

You and one other hapless soul were apparently the only non-helmeted riders on that ride.

Anonymous said...

Knee pads and a suspension fork? I may have to bring my enduro rig and a full face if the next one is on dirt.

Christopher Murray said...

Nothing about the you know what that happened right in you know where? Are we skipping it on ideological grounds? I don’t get it.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Chrisopher Murray,

Honestly no idea what you mean, but if you’re referring to the terror attack I’ve got a piece in the Washington Post today.

—Wildcat Etc.

HDEB said...

Well-written, thoughtful and spot-on article in the Washington Post!

Old Timer said...

Huh? What?

N/A said...

Nice article in the Post, WC. I enjoy the snark as much as anybody, but I also like your serious pieces.

To help my peeps here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/11/02/terrorists-dont-scare-city-cyclists-we-already-have-to-deal-with-cars/?utm_term=.e72e9fd5095a


Also, I'm glad you New Yorkers that post here are OK. Well, as OK as you all get.

Anonymous said...

Nuther vote for the Fondon't on dirt. I'm scared as hell to ride the war zone you call your city streets.

GreySpoke said...

You'll like the H-bars

Mr. Doom said...

Alt bars are nice on the wrists and great for touring. You usually need a longer stem with them btw. I prefer regular old wide MTB bars for DH, burly trails and snow riding but most of the time

bad boy of the south said...

Well written piece in the Washington Post. Write on! Also ride on!

BikeSnobNYC said...

Mr. Doom,

A longer stem would have been my assumption but Jeff Jones said I should go as short with the stem as possible so I'll follow his recommendation. Longer rides was definitely my motivation for wanting to try these; my off-road rides are getting longer these days and the standard bars are not cutting it for that kind of riding. Anyway I'm excited to try them.

--Wildcat Etc.

Christopher Murray said...

Thanks for the reply. I wasn’t sure if you didn’t want to talk about it so as not to give the terrorist the attention he was obviously seeking. If that was your reason I wanted to be respectful. Headed to the WaPo now.

dancesonpedals said...

A tale that grew in the telling.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Spot on commentary in the Washington Post piece.

Sorry I missed the BOOMB Pre-Fondon't, hope to make the Fondon't if/when it happens!

Unknown said...

Wildcat, not one mention of a terrorist attack on a bike lane in your town? It seems bike-newsworthy, talk about it.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Unknown,

In case you didn't take time to peruse the comments, I've written about the attack in the Washington Post.

--Wildcat Etc.

Anonymous said...

Your opinion piece on the WA is spot on. While the events on Tuesday were without a doubt terrible I have come to feel that calling acts like this terror instead of just what they are, murder, only divides us and enables haters. And on a side note the article's comment section is a real hoot.

leroy said...

Dumb question re excellent WAPO piece, do you have to subscribe to see/leave comment? If no, then how can I get into comments?

I have a bet on percentage of comments that fall into the category of bikers are scofflaws who don't wear helmets or pay road taxes.

Anonymous said...

Pretty much anyone who has ever ridden a bike across their city even once recognizes the truth of the Washington Post piece.

I rode to a concert with my kid on Nov 1st and it was true. While I was hyper-aware of the usual traffic mayhem that turns what should simply be a chill, easy way to get some place and get some exercise into a kid who sits at school way too much into an exercise of constant vigilance, I didn't think about "terrorists" once. Yet, actually at the concert, sitting quietly in my thoughts, I couldn't help dwelling on the Pulse and Las Vegas incidents. I guess I've better assimilated, accepted and adapted to the onslaught of destruction from cars than guns at this point.

JLRB said...

Leroy - Don't read the comments! You are, of course, correct in your assumption. But your dog will probably win the bet.

Snob - So glad you brought up the Michigan ass that plowed into a group ride (probably could have dug out a few other similar murders) - sadly it was one of the first things that came to mind when I heard about the 'terrorist' in the Home Depot truck - how many 'domestic terrorists' do we have doing the same thing on a regular basis?

It's a fucked up world.

leroy said...

Dear Mr. JLRB -- Too late. My dog read some of the comments to me. He even left a few replies of his own.

You know, ordinarily, I don't like it when he leaves surprises where they can be encountered unexpectedly, but I think he gets a pass this time.

Heading home now. Heading down the West Side Highway path. Again.