Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bicycles Old And New

Hello!

It's been a wild 24 hours of hot and wild cycling action here at BSNYC/WCRM/TT headquarters--hot because it's been like 90 degrees every day, and wild because yesterday I did this:


And today I did this:


The first top tube pictured is of course that of the Drysdale, which I review in detail in a forthcoming Outside column.  Pending that, I'll just say I've really fallen for this thing in a big way, and it's kind of becoming my daily driver (for road rides anyway):


If your'e wondering why the elegant Silca frame pump is not on the bike, it's because as I sat down to take this photo three riders approached me and asked to borrow it.  I proffered it immediately, and what do you know, it's not compatible with a Presta valve.  (I guess all the cool kids must have used Woods valves back in the '50s.)  Anyway, I was happy to find out the easy way, and not the hard way, which would have been far from home with a flat and child pickup time rapidly approaching.

Thank you, wayward Freds.

Anyway, so much do I enjoy the Drysdale that I've even grown sort of fond of the whole shoe/pedal arrangement.  While I started out riding road bikes in sneakers and crappy plastic toe clips like any other nascent Fred, clipless pedals were already the standard when I got "serious" about it, so prior to the Drysdale I had no experience with old-timey cleats and straps.  (At L'Eroica in Italy I used these, which aren't the real deal.)  Now though I'm pretty much used to them, and loosening the toe strap in anticipation of having to put a foot down has already become second-nature.  (Though I'm still bound to fall over sooner or later.)

As for the ride on the Jones, I squeezed that in this morning while my phone was being repaired at the Apple store.  Hey, I'm not crazy about malls, but sometimes having one immediately adjacent to your favorite riding spot is incredibly convenient:


Say what you will about Apple, but they earned their trillion-dollar market cap today by giving me an excuse to ride.

Speaking of the Jones, yesterday I shared my first impressions of the Saris SuperClamp EX, and in that post I wrote the following:

Now though axles are getting fatter and wider, and with a 150x15mm front thru-axle on the Jones there's no adapter currently existing that's going to get this thing on my fork mount roof rack:

Well, Jeff Jones himself subsequently wrote in to let me know that indeed there is:


This doesn't meaningfully alter the calculus that resulted in my procuring a hitch rack, but it is very good to know, and if you're in a similar predicament and want a relatively inexpensive solution well there it is.

And finally, I'm famous...in Canada:


Here's the story:


I contributed virtually nothing to that otherwise solid report, but hey, I'll take it.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Possible Podium Posting???

Chazu said...

Any problematic toe overlap on the old-timey bike? I suppose I should wait for the Outside review.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Chazu,

Nope!

--Tan Tenovo

bad boy of the south said...

Nice speaking part,tan.next stop,Hollywood.

Sore Thumbs said...

Aww dang. I thought something was wrong when I didn't see any comments.

Chazu said...

Thanks, it was difficult to determine from the first photo.

Good video. The only thing missing is you getting Cat 6'd in the bike lane by a Fred in stretchy clothes.

Queue the helment fear mongering...

1904 Cadardi said...

Regarding your choice of vehicle: as someone living in the most mountainous of the square states I didn't realize other cars were actually sold. It sure seems like there are two types: trucks and Subarus.

Also, whether you like them or not, toe clips still suck.

and to add to the frivolity said...

Read the article and am late to the podium ceremony.

Threw some old peddles (ya know, the ones I used when I was 12) on the old cx bike and turned it into a good commuter steed(though now I need fenders).

Nice to get rid of the "clip-clopping" sound as I do errands.

Leather Toast Wrap said...

Toe strap buttons are pretty nice, you should order a pair.
Sometimes getting the strap through them is horrible, but they really help make cinching-up easier. You could also use a short bolt and acorn nut.
But PLASTIC!

pbateman is ready to nap now said...



i like this old bike review stuff.

do you not have other old bikes in your stable? and by old timey i mean basically anything before about ..lets go with 1993. just would have figured you'd have some old 80's stuff laying about in your dungeon.

been trying to get my sweet ass old raleigh back in rotation but the brakes won't clear 28mm ..about .5 off and i had some old weinman's and some dia compes but neither are recessed nut.

and guess that's the end of my brake story. they can't all be winners.




HDEB said...

Es caliente en Manhattan

Anonymous said...

Cinelli Chrome Plastic!

Anonymous said...

Bikesnob going full retro grouch. Expecting trolling outside articles on the superiority of 1" threaded headsets, how indexed shifting is for noobs, the finer points on nailing cleats to wooden shoes, how brakes are too powerful these days.

What is going on with your MTB cleat position. Someone really needs to teach you how to set up a bike.

BikeSnobNYC said...

pbateman,

The only cool pre-90s stuff I would have would be BMX stuff, but it's all long gone.

--Tan Tenovo

Anonymous said...

pbateman,

He has this sick hot pink FAGGIN lugged road bike, that he has threatened to build up, and would be, by far his coolest bike.

Matt said...

Hey Snob...is all that "Vision Zero" stuff really working? I don't seem get that sense here. However there IS the possibility that all along you are just being snarky and "extremely critical", and things really are improving. In the video your mayor says that right now the streets are the safest they've been since cars were invented. That's a pretty bold statement if true. Pretty sure I'd still be VERY afraid to ride a bike in your city...I wonder: do the stats cover what percentage of cyclist injuries and fatalities are tourists? I'd guess they'd be MUCH higher just due to the lack of understanding/knowledge of how to ride in THE big city.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Matt,

Statistically the mayor's statement is true. The one group of users for whom deaths have gone up however is cyclists. (Though this may partly be a function of the huge increase in cycling over the past 10 years.)

Stats aside, the improvements to the infrastructure here are sweeping and dramatic. There's still plenty to complain ab out, but the positive changes to the streetscape over the past 20 years are absolutely incredible.

--Tan Tenovo

Pist Off said...

I guess I’m not a road bike guy, really, but the old steel frames ride great. I don’t miss clips or cleats ever, even though I’ve done the learning curves for all options. Toe clip overlap... I know many better riders than me who get along fine with it, but man I hate it. It screws up my flow on trails, and I have a hard time owning any bike that can’t easily handle a bit of singletrack. I think I’m gonna sell my old RB-T sport tourer as it’s too much sport and not enough tour, and the toe overlap kills me. It sure feels good at race pace though.
Also, you don’t seem very Tan.

leroy said...

Is that photo of the Drysdale on High Bridge?

If yes, have you checked out the Hall of Fame of Great Americans on the Bronx Community College campus a few blocks north (around Sedgwick Ave. and W. 181st St.)?

I've ridden past, but haven't stopped. It looks interesting.

If that's not a picture from the High Bridge, then my question: Mr. Drysdale was the Clampetts' Beverly Hills banker, any connection?

Anonymous said...

I prefer to carry my bikes in the back of our station wagon. It accommodates all axle sizes and brake types, and I don’t have to worry about forgetting that they’re on the roof when I drive into the garage or about being rear-ended by someone trying to read the down tubes.

Hee Haw the barista said...

ADPT ORDI

Anonymous said...

"There's still plenty to complain about", you say?

For some, more than others:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/08/australian-cyclist-deaths-surge-and-road-safety-strategy-failing

Charlie said...

I enjoyed the CBC report including your role. I must admit to paying a great deal of attention to what appeared to be the Workcycles bike. I hope the Canadians were good to you. For former allies, they are pretty good people!

ClevelandYeah said...

We now know who will play middle age Albert Brooks if there is ever a biopic made.

Die free said...

Toronto a backwater? Who'd thunk it.

Stormy Daniels said...

Two crotch shots in the stills in your blog and another moving crotch shot in video. Would you like to make a movie with me?

Joe McNamara said...

That time when you see the local radio personality in person and the face doesn't fit the voice.

Some guy from upstate said...

Please o please show up at the next CRCA race on the Drysdale wearing a wool jersey. And you can still complain about not having enough bottle cage mounts.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Joe McNamara:

There is an old saying in film and television:

"You have a face for radio."

1904 Cadardi said...

@wishiwas

It should continue: "And a voice for print"

Chazu said...

So I had to go to transalt today to get some content. ("content" is a euphemism for "opioid," obviously.)

I don't currently reside and/or ride in NYC, so I don't want to get stabbed for commenting over there. (oh, wait...)

That's a jaw-dropping bike lane video over there. What could be better than getting doored by a cop parked in a bike lane?

Wolfing Hour ride today: 5:30am-ish, I'm fredding down a country (flyover rube?) road, and I see a bit of high speed tailgating taking place between motorists headed in the opposite direction. Really? You need to tailgate someone who is already breaking the speed limit by what appears to be approximately 20MPH? At 5:30 am?

I suppose they had to get to their job on time, 200 miles away. Or else they'd lose their job, and then wouldn't be able to make their car payment, thus losing their car and becoming unemployable, because they're totally car-dependent. Land of the Free, and all that.

Late Stroke Bob said...

Q How many Freds does it take to find a Presta pump and inflate a tire?

A Apparently more than 3

Sammy said...

Hey Snob, how do you fit in the time to write this blog while also playing Tom Wamsgans on HBO's "Succession"?

paulb said...

Leroy, I grew up across the street from that campus when it was NYU and it was the jewel, or a jewel, of the west Bronx. Thinking about it now just makes me miserable.

paulb said...

I realize Grant Petersen can seem a little eccentric with the mile-long chainstays on his current bikes and the avoid-carbs-at-all-costs diet recommendation and I wish he'd revived 650a and left 650b in obscurity, but he's always insisted there's nothing wrong with those older bikes.

Skidmark said...

@Paulb- 650a (590mm), and 650b (584mm) are pretty close in diameter and used similar tire widths (afaik 30-38mm). What is your preference for the 650a based on, for my curiosity?— thanks

paulb said...

Skidmark, because there are tens of thousands of old 3 speed bikes still in use with 650a wheels whose owners love them and who would enjoy a bigger selection of tires (this includes me) and 650a would have served as well as 650b for the new bikes Grant wanted to build. Or so it seems to me.

DaveD said...

Freds will turn up their noses at an actual pump, unless of course, they've run out of little compressed gas bottles.

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