Thursday, August 2, 2018

You Can't Spell "Science" Without a Gratuitous Silent "C." Think About It.

When it comes to reviewing bicycles, you'll hear a lot of "laterally stiff" this, and "vertically compliant" that, but not a lot of HARD SCIENCE--which is why I, in the name of the very hardest of sciences, went for another ride today.

Sadly, I don't have any photos from that ride as my phone died, so here is a picture of my cat:


So what made this ride scientific?  Well, I undertook almost exactly the same route as I did on Tuesday, when I used the Drysdale:


Only this time I used the Renovo:


I said my phone was dead, remember?

Okay, fine, here's a picture of the Renovo taken on a different occasion in my lavish photo studio:


Anyway, this is where the SCIENCE comes in.  See, in comparing the two rides via a certain social networking app for Freds and Fredericas we can see that astride the Drysdale I set a PERSONAL RECORD on this formidable 141ft snow-capped mountain:


Whereas today, at the helm of my wooden Fred chariot and upon the very same lofty summit, I made it up in...the exact same time:


Therefore, given all this scientific data, we can objectively and decisively conclude the following:

Riding bikes all day while everyone else is working is awesome.

Who knew?

20 comments:

Matt said...

It's good that you take the time to explain the science to us Tan...thanks so much! (most of it is way over my head)

pbateman should have known wider is also a bit taller said...

i bet your cat doesnt believe in silent C's does he?

that is some pretty weird science you conducted and the results seem a bit questionable:
https://goo.gl/images/xEN6ry

i'm looking outside and it still hasn't rained today which is freaking me out a bit as by now it should be tropical with scary lightning.

think i may go take my rb2 out for a spin since i still dont have my rb1, and i also can't ride my raleigh team since as it turns out...28mm tires are not just wider but they are a bit taller too and the front tire is rubbing my old timey non-disc brakes by just a tiny little hair...

Jake said...

You blinded me with sCience!

Fourhourerection said...

First loser!

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Billinrockhill said...

Does this mean it's actually not about the bike?

Serial Retrogrouch said...

...you forgot to mention that, despite which Fred chariot you were riding on, scientifically, you still suck.

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

There's no such thing as anthropomorphic bicycle change.

Although it's promoted by the biased cycling media.

vsk

Chazu said...

You own a cat, a ceiling fan, AND a lavish photo studio?! Do you also wear a monocle whilst riding?

bad boy of the south said...

rain,rain,rain,hard rain,lightning bolts,rain.i'd say something about felines and canines but i won't.

Fourhourerection said...

Just as an aside, the Jones bars I’ve installed on my single speed steed need a longer stem. Got the reverse goofy tiller effect.

bad boy of the south said...

wishing the US west and large swaths of Africa,gentle soaking rain.they surely need it.
i'm sure nany other places need it as well,but that's all my little brain can muster for now.

1904 Cadardi said...

"Riding bikes all day while everyone else is working is awesome."

Thanks for reminding me I don't get to do that. Now if you'll excuse me I have to mute my microphone so they can't hear me on the con-call I'm ignoring to read BikeSnobNYC.

Seriously questioning my sanity said...

Hot and humid here even in the office as I cat 4 my way through emails - will I have the stamina to venture out on the fred sled after today's desk dwelling? I doubt it. That's why I enjoy living vicariously through Snobby - he gets to ride while we toil.

bad boy of the south said...

Many...meant many.yeesh!almost as bad a speller as djt.i said almost.

wishiwasmerckx said...

I read that Geraint Thomas's great-great-great-great grandfather helped haul bluestones from the Welsh quarry to Stonehenge in the English countryside.

Impressive.

JLRB said...

I only go to work for the commute - not quite as good as your lavish lifestyle.

Pbate - front breaks are for whoosies

HDEB said...

177 beats per minute with a max speed of 15mph -- TMI

Beck the biker said...

This manner of vintage bike adulation is all the rage with the BQ crowd.

DaveD said...

Mr. Tenovo,
If you create a whole bunch of private segments from the entrails of your Strava plots, you can turn virtually every ride into a dizzying collection of "achievements", worthy of numerous kudo-faps. I scored a KOM today on a segment I created a couple years ago (that actually ends inside my garage). This may be an "overactive bladder" trend indicator, as I really was in a hurry to get home...