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Flying Off The Deal with (Or The Hook) – Bike Snob NYC


It’s been just a few years now since I’ve paid shut consideration to the skilled bicycle racing, largely as a result of I don’t have the time. Nonetheless, I used to be vaguely conscious that the Strade Bianche race was arising this weekend, and so at one level throughout some sofa time I punched up the outcomes on my cell phone and noticed that Tadej Pogačar simply rode away from everyone with like 80 Euro-Miles to go:

Furthermore, he completed with a smile on his face and sufficient time to hoist is bicycle heavenward in celebration:

Plus, earlier than the race, he principally informed everybody this was precisely what he was going to do, and so they nonetheless couldn’t cease him.

And to assume I rode behind him for like three minutes:

I actually am wonderful.

Talking of professional racing, part firms are nonetheless pretending hookless rims aren’t utterly silly:

Previous to final Thursday’s submit I knew little to nothing about hookless rims; since then I’ve discovered sufficient to conclude that this can be the dumbest pattern in bike tech to date this century. Simply contemplate the follow-up to that video I posted on the finish of final Friday’s submit:

In case you don’t have time to observe, principally this man’s tire was blowing off the rim in a burst of white jizz like a porn star with untimely ejaculation, and the upshot is that the edges are out of spec by some tiny quantity that’s however enough to permit this to occur. Because the video notes, the bicycle trade pushing hookless rims is identical bicycle trade that can’t make an built-in backside bracket work since they’ll’t hit the exact tolerances obligatory for it to not creak–however positive, go forward and belief them to depart off the factor that holds the fucking tire on, as a result of theoretically it really works simply so long as all the pieces is completely good. And it’s doubly ironic when you think about that, a minimum of earlier than thru-axles took over, you couldn’t even purchase a bicycle with out fork security tabs–and but no person’s stopping Zipp and no matter brobag firm bought this man his wheels and all the remainder of them from promoting folks hookless rims, go determine.

All that however, I noticed some hypothesis within the feedback final week as to this man’s marital standing, and I’m fairly positive it’s secure to conclude that anybody utilizing a crabon crank as a door deal with is unquestionably not married:

So sure, hookless rims are ridiculous, however a minimum of the professional biking pundits are centered on what issues:

Yeah, sorry, the time to talk up was like three a long time in the past:

Almost a century of insouciantly-worn caps ruined by Large Helmet. You reap what you sow.

Properly, they are saying it takes an enormous man to confess when he’s been flawed, and along with being an ideal bicycle owner able to holding Tadej Pogačar’s wheel for nearly the complete period of a gaggle trip rollout, I’m additionally absolutely able to proudly owning as much as my very own errors. For instance, I used to be studying a transcript of this podcast:

In it, they’re discussing the heavy days of the ‘Rona freakout when everyone was hoarding bikes and bathroom paper, and it made me bear in mind how on the time I wrote this:

Properly, right here we’re 4 years later and the bike trade is outwardly a large number. Clearly we should always have informed simply informed the transient Pando Cyclists to fuck off, that there are solely sufficient bikes and components left for us actual riders, and that they need to go take up jogging or one thing. Certain, it sounds harsh, however maybe had we finished that the bike trade can be in a greater place at the moment, and firms wouldn’t be making an attempt to save cash by producing hookless rims.

I additionally surprise if I used to be flawed about e-bikes. In 2018 I mentioned town ought to cease cracking down on them. Properly, I’m not saying the cackdown wasn’t misguided essentially, however I’m saying it’s 2024, e-bikes are now burning down town, and by some means the answer to that’s publicly-funded charging hubs:

I’m undecided how this addresses of substandard e-bike batteries immolating folks within the night time, however I do surprise if it’s prolonging an issue which may in any other case simply kind itself out:

I hate motor scooters after they’re within the bike lane and on the sidewalk, however I believe they’re incredible when ridden on the street the place they belong. So if supply persons are shifting to them then perhaps that fixes all the pieces. Give it some thought:

  • They purchase gas-powered scooters, that are sensible for deliveries in addition to for private use
  • They register them with the DMV*
  • They trip them on the street the place they belong**
  • The elevated variety of motor scooters has an general safety-in-numbers impact since New York Metropolis motorized vehicle visitors will not be dominated by automobiles
  • The tip

*[Yes, that requires effective enforcement.]

**[Yes, that also requires effective enforcement.]

Downside solved.***

***[Assuming there’s effective enforcement, so…okay, fine problem not solved.]

Sadly, within the meantime, they’ll maintain propping up e-bikes for business use on the idea that they’re going to avoid wasting the planet and we’ll all should sidestep battery storage lockers:

I do know, I do know, “What about fuel stations?”

Properly, a minimum of I can wash my bike at a fuel station:

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