Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Chopping It Shut – Motorbike Snob NYC


Till lately, I used to be the landlord of the cheap singlespeed 29er:

Oh, wait, that was once the pricy customized singlespeed 29er. That is the finances 29er:

It’s onerous to stay them instantly. Or no less than it was once. Now, after The Nice Bicycle Purge Of 2024, I now not personal both of them.

Do you know the entirety in this weblog is probably on the market? It’s true. That doesn’t imply I’ll if truth be told phase with it, however you’re welcome to make an be offering on anything else you spot right here–and that incorporates the cat:

You by no means know, it’s possible you’ll get fortunate.

All of that is to mention that again when I used to be assessing my holdings a reader reached out to me. Unfortunately, negotiations over the cat fell via:

However because it became out he was once additionally reasonably focused on the finances singlespeed of all issues. I used to be a little bit shocked by way of this, and requested if we was once positive he wouldn’t wish to determine a deal for its fancier counterpart, however the center desires what it desires, and now I’m happy to file the motorcycle and its new proprietor reside luckily in combination in northern California:

[Nic from Nor-Cal]

As he has knowledgeable me, the motorcycle’s playful nature has transported him again to his BMX days:

[Pic by Nic]

And I to find the entire thing extremely transferring, as a result of now not simplest has Nic attained the generic singlespeed mountain motorcycle of his goals, however this humble motorcycle conceived by way of me years in the past in private Brooklyn is now playing a 2d lifestyles and can now reside out the rest of its days roaming the huge terrain of the other coast:

[Another Nic pic]

And now that I consider it, this motorcycle is actually extra unique than it sort of feels, for Nic is rolling at the global’s simplest final pair of Tan Tenovo handbuilt wheels nonetheless in life, which makes this motorcycle in point of fact considered one of a type. Actually, having a couple of Tan Tenovo handbuilt wheels is like having considered one of actor Pierce Brosnan’s artwork:

In each circumstances it’s now not what we’re identified for, but we’re additionally now not reasonably as unhealthy at it as you’d suppose we’d be, even though the result is a little bit wonky and now not in reality as much as skilled requirements.*

By means of the way in which, I will have to word that this motorcycle is absolutely disc-ready, and on this case I believe Nic will have to believe making the conversion, since that manner the edges received’t put on out and he can keep those uncommon round-ish treasures precisely as I constructed them eternally.

*[I’m being self-deprecating, unlike Brosnan’s painting those wheels turned out fucking great.]

Transferring on, Bicycling reviews that Paris is a “cyclists’ paradise:”

Partly as a result of they’ve were given over 100 streets closed to motor automobile site visitors:

Although if that’s the case and there’s all this room for motorcycles then why do the cyclists of Paris nonetheless want to lower their bars down such a lot?

[Spotted by a reader in Paris]

You’ve in reality were given to comprehend how additionally they lower down the brake levers:

You don’t continuously see that sense of proportionality and a spotlight to element outdoor of a Pierce Brosnan portray.

[Caption this.]

In any case, additional to the day past’s publish about rime breaks, a commenter identified that Ritchey remains to be promoting a motorbike with rim-squeezers:

Which I point out for the reason that bickering about downtube shifters within the feedback on that BikeRadar is vintage motorcycle wankery:

As for why Ritchey didn’t come with downtube shifter bosses, I’m guessing it’s almost definitely for a similar reason why they gave it an built-in headset:

To save lots of 80 grams:

As well as, Ritchey’s proprietary solid and machined instantly 1-1/8in head tube is 80g lighter than a typical head tube, in line with the logo. 

Additionally I’m beautiful positive there’s a real legislation towards striking downtube shifters on a motorbike with an built-in headset.


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