Saturday, December 2, 2023

Singlespeeds and Solitude – Motorbike Snob NYC


Autumn is within the air. The season is converting in earnest. The golf green scuzz has vanished from the outside of the lake, which is now glassy and displays the ferliage this is juuust at the verge of exploding like massive popcorn kernels into the intense hues of fall:

As ever, I’m grateful that I are living in a spot the place I will be able to simply vanish right into a sun-dappled…smartly, “wonderland” is just too robust a phrase, nevertheless it’s a real wooded area with exact trails, and it’s proper out my again door:

Strictly talking, you aren’t intended to journey right here, however strictly talking you’re no longer intended to do a lotta stuff, and right here and there you’ll to find little kicker ramps which I steer clear of as a result of I’m a suspension-free “woosie:”

Although relaxation confident I’m MAN sufficient to move the Fetid River Of Sludge:

I noticed the Suspension-Unfastened Woosies open for Fetid River Of Sludge on the previous Ritz in 1986, it was once an implausible display.

There are different wonders in those woods as smartly, such because the web site the place a meteor struck the earth in 1896:

Simply kidding:

At hire I believe I’m kidding–I do not know what brought about that crater-like melancholy so perhaps it was once one thing cosmic in spite of everything.

Anyway, citing singlespeed mountain motorcycles the previous day were given me within the temper to journey one. Whilst this motorbike is nearly un-photographable because of its monochromatic colourwhey…

…it’s in truth an Engin, and I will be able to’t reward it extremely sufficient, most probably as a result of I lack no longer best the metaphors however the compulsion to wantonly combine them:

That web site is to writing as this web site is to pictures.

In fact, we’re all other, and that’s why the sector is so wealthy and colourful, like the fall leaves. Some have some way with phrases, others are extra visually vulnerable. Some folks see an deserted Citi Motorbike at the Brooklyn Bridge and alert the media:

Whilst a few of us see the very same motorbike at nearly the very same time and determine, “Fuck it, that’s their drawback:”

All of it is a roundabout approach of claiming some individuals are assholes, and if you happen to’re no longer positive who I imply, I’m regarding Jörs Trüli.

What an asshole. No surprise I at all times journey on my own.

That’s the Colnago Bititan, by means of the best way:

Each time I see a motorcycle from Vintage Cycle that I’ve since returned I am getting nostalgic for it. However no less than it received’t be lengthy ahead of I am getting some extra of that leaf motion.

In the end, talking of people that file deserted Citi Motorcycles, this was once a little bit of a letdown:

Disturbing, sure. Silly, positive. Standard NYC DOT half-assery, completely. However terror?

I dunno about that.


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