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Island Hopping – Bike Snob NYC


This was behind a peewall paywall, now it’s not:

You’re welcome, you low cost bastards.

Talking of garvel, Mazda is harnessing its superior advertising and marketing energy with their newest advert marketing campaign:

The video options some garvel driving:

In addition to the riders marveling at how being contained in the automobile feels identical to being exterior in nature, and the way they will even examine on their bikes by the sunroof:

Driving on garvel roads whereas admiring your bikes on the automobile is completely going to be the following large factor. They’ll name it “garvel driving.” And positive, I do know what you’re considering: “Driving on garvel roads has been round eternally, it’s referred to as rally racing, duh.” Nicely, if they will create an entire new style of biking that’s principally simply watered-down street and mountain biking on a neutered hybrid, then why can’t they create an entire new style of driving that’s simply non-competitive lukewarm rally driving in a automobile with an computerized transmission, local weather management, and an entire suite of security options?

In the meantime, you’re uninterested in listening to about it by now, however I took yet one more trip on the Pink Meh-Strosity as we speak:

Usually on a Friday I desire to level my bike in a northerly route and depart town, nevertheless it’s vital to hone your city biking abilities from time to time lest you develop mushy. In any case, you don’t wish to wind up like that teddy bear:

Additionally, since assembling the Faggin I’d incurred no fewer than three (3) flats; in reality, excluding brief check rides up and down the road, I hadn’t but accomplished a single trip on the factor with no puncture. So I knew I couldn’t contemplate the bike “completed” till I’d had a minimum of one flat-free trip:

Clearly the bike referred to as for extra sturdy tires. I’d resolved to not spend cash on it, however this morning I remembered I had pair of “city” tires someplace in my tire pile, and after some digging I used to be lastly capable of finding them:

They have been the tires that got here on my Milwaukee manner again in 2015:

Which now belongs to my son:

Although as quickly as he outgrows it I’m taking it again.

Anyway, as I discussed yesterday, the streets are teeming with unregistered motor scooters lately, although a lot of them sport novelty license plates:

When you see “Brandon” on a pickup truck you understand it’s a political assertion, however on a scooter within the Bronx it might go both manner:

As soon as once more I wound up on Randall’s Island, although as we speak I seen one thing that both I’d missed or that merely hadn’t been there yesterday:

The field (technically a repurposed drawer) contained candles, and there have been cash on the statue’s ft:

It confronted North Brother Island–the place, as I’ve talked about earlier than, the Basic Slocum ran aground in 1904. I all the time ponder this after I go to, and the presence of the shrine lent the scene extra poignancy. To not go all bizarre on you, however between the dour historical past of this spot, and its present views of Riker’s Island, and the airships screaming into and out of LaGuardia airport, and its pure significance because the confluence of a number of water our bodies, the entire place feels imbued with a sure energy that, if nothing else, calls for a specific amount of reflection and respect.

Certainly, earlier than leaving, I erected a short lived shrine of my very own:

And insomuch as I made it dwelling with no single flat, I hereby contemplate the bicycle duly christened.

Now I can lastly go trip one thing else.

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