Saturday, February 24, 2024

No Longer Supported – Motorbike Snob NYC


Additional to the day past’s submit, and digitization laying waste to humanity, do you ever get the sensation that you simply’ll sooner or later be pedaling via a blighted hellscape of bricked Vanmoofs and inoperable Hen scooters?

Yea, the time shall come when these kind of cursed mobility firms shall pass bankrupt. Severed from their deserted apps, those infernal contraptions shall now not serve as. Far and wide, legions of the possessed shall fall face first upon the pavement as their conveyances fail:

And on this present day simplest the real believers–those that journey human-powered bicycles–will probably be spared. Smugly, we will survey the panorama with perverse pleasure as we pedal in best circles anyplace we make a selection. The clipless, the toe-clipped, and the flat-pedaled alike shall have a good time in combination and forged apart their meaningless variations. The Roadies shall dance with the Retrogrouches. The Bikepackers shall lie with the Gorgeous Godzillas. Metal and crabon shall now not conflict; as a substitute it will probably be solid in combination into frames of extraordinary energy and a featherbed journey high quality, laterally stiff and ceaselessly compliant. The Time-Touring Unfashionable-Fred shall in the end go back from the Planet Tridork, and a Nice Peace will reign for one thousand years:

Or one thing.

However sure, the times when it’s good to stay a system going simply so long as you have been in a position to battle off the rust are disappearing within the rearview replicate, as now they’re all “sensible” and as such want to be hooked up to a central mind:

Fuck it, I’m purchasing a Plymouth:

Thankfully for cyclists, there are nonetheless choices for the ones people who refuse to relinquish the simplicity of yesteryear:

The Homer began lifestyles as an upright rambler:

However it’s since developed right into a type of be-fendered recreation roadster and I will have to say it excels in its present guise. It feels relaxed but speedy and lightweight on its ft, and between the lengthy wheelbase, the huge equipment vary, and the drop bars, hitting the climbs if truth be told feels excellent–you simply roll over that crumbling highway floor and stay downshifting apparently endlessly with that silky-smooth friction shifter such as you’re sinking right into a thick down bed quilt.

It truly makes you surprise what all that fancy trendy highway motorbike tech is for, roughly like while you drink a tumbler of cool, refreshing water and sweetness what the hell the purpose of alkaline water is:

I admit I additionally didn’t know who Andrew Jackson used to be once I noticed this truck, and within the means of studying I got here throughout this video of him driving inconsiderately in Tokyo:

He’s an outstanding rider and I did my very best to revel in it, however I saved anticipating him to collide with a pedestrian on the ones little aspect streets, which made me frightened:

However no less than he used to be dressed in a helmet.


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