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Glory Days – Bike Snob NYC


It is a weblog about bikes, and as such I do my greatest to not hassle you with my private non-cycling affairs–until in fact they straight impression the publication of this weblog. So it’s for that motive I point out to you already know we’re having some work accomplished on our residence. I gained’t hassle you with the specifics of this work, however I’ll say it’s concerned sufficient that we’ll be staying elsewhere for just a few days, and if anybody asks we’re completely not putting in an enormous scorching tub within the residing as a result of that might be in opposition to constructing guidelines and we’d by no means do this, now would we?

After all we wouldn’t.

All of that’s to say that within the coming days I could also be preoccupied with the enormous scorching tub we’re not putting in so if I’m much more remiss than regular that’s in all probability why.

Anyway, if you’re getting ready your property for a staff of laborers to not set up an enormous scorching tub in your lounge, you need to transfer a bunch of stuff round that you simply haven’t touched in years, and each time I do this I come throughout the one factor I ever gained on a motorcycle:

I understand I in all probability ought to have included one thing for scale, however relaxation assured it’s fairly formidable, which is why I’ve but to put in it on the hood of my automobile, and right here’s what it represents:

I don’t bear in mind what 12 months it was or which BMX league I used to be in after I gained that (there was the ABA and the NBL on the time), although I do bear in mind each flip and berm on that observe, and I even discovered video of it from precisely after I would have raced there, although I’m pretty sure none of these youngsters is me:

I’m undecided whether or not it’s comforting or disturbing that 35 years later I’m nonetheless driving one-speed bicycles on Lengthy Island, and I suppose in a profoundly unhappy method I’ve been futilely chasing that trophy round for many years:

Eh, no matter, private development is for “woosies“–although in my protection a minimum of I’m additionally driving a grown-up bike now:

I’ve been fairly proud of the “mountain bike” tires on the Platypus, and I even used the bike for a little bit video challenge on Friday:

That’s Terry Barentsen‘s filming bike lurking behind the ‘Pus, and right here’s the place we wound up:

Clearly that claims “Staten Island Fertility Clinic,” so you’ll be able to in all probability guess that this video shall be a deep dive into what occurs if you spend an excessive amount of time soaking in large lounge scorching tubs and driving bikes with leather-based saddles.

Right here’s the view from the fertility clinic, by the best way, it’s nearly sufficient to take your thoughts off what they’re doing to you:

Nearly.

I additionally made a while over the weekend to go to River Street:

Often it’s teeming with Freds on the weekend, however on this explicit day there have been few in proof, so both there was some huge Fredly experience occurring someplace that I wasn’t conscious of, or else all of the newly-minted Pando Freds hold up their bikes as soon as the temperature drops under 50 American Freedom Levels.

Most likely a little bit little bit of each.

Talking of “private development,” despite the fact that I exist in a state of arrested growth I’m a minimum of conscious that my physique is slowly falling aside, and one side of that is that my tolerance for drop bars is more and more diminished. Sure, I nonetheless get pleasure from them, and sure I can and do nonetheless experience them for hours at a time, however my palms aren’t terribly blissful afterwards, and I generally really feel like they’re step by step turning into claws. Definitely this can be an indication that I ought to change my place on my street bikes to higher replicate the truth that I’m now not a younger park racer, but it surely’s loads simpler to only experience a motorcycle with bars like this as an alternative:

Bars with beneficiant back-sweep make me sigh audibly with reduction, like I’m sliding right into a scorching tub, and at present I even caught myself desirous about placing one thing like this on the Eye of the Tiger bike:

However that’s harmful, as a result of when you begin swapping bars then earlier than you now it you’re rebuilding the entire bike.

That’s the way you wind up with a scorching tub in the lounge.

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