Monday, December 11, 2023

The Mists Of Time Are Swirling In An Hourglass Of Blended Metaphor – Motorcycle Snob NYC


Autumn by no means has a foul hair day–even if the elements is rainy and foggy it seems unbelievable:

On the other hand it’s additionally dropping that hair, and in every other week or two it’s going to be bald:

After all autumn additionally approach Halloween, and I’m going as anyone twenty years more youthful through using a fixie:

That creaking isn’t the ground bracket; it’s what’s left of my cartilage.

When you’re on the lookout for your individual last-minute Halloween gown, I humbly counsel combing my archives for inspiration. Sadly for you, the Diminutive Frenchman is taken:

Having been claimed–if now not owned outright–through Paul Johnson of Vintage Cycle:

[Photo: Jamie Amador]

I imply certain, it’s essential at all times do the Diminutive Frenchman x Jobst Brandt “collabo:”

[Image by BKJimmy]

Which you’ll in finding it at Spirit Halloween proper subsequent to the “Alien Retaining You” costumes:

And naturally as Paul strikes a chord in my memory there are many different choices from which to select:

Talking of Vintage Cycle, I’m after all their Previous Crap Check Pilot:

And it’s a accountability I take extra critically than some other, which is why I’ve been logging as many miles as imaginable at the Nishiki Cervino:

[Yes, it can gravel. Tubulars are the new tubeless.]

This Viner-made bicycle is so uncommon it makes the Rock Combo (of which, no less than in line with legend, best 500 have been made) look like a Surly Pass-Take a look at when put next:

And between the 2 motorcycles I in finding myself making an allowance for beginning a choice of extraordinarily uncommon bicycles bought through extraordinarily mainstream firms–and once I say uncommon I imply as a result of best only a few have been ever made, now not as a result of they made shitloads however all of them fell aside:

Sure, I had one, and sure, it fell aside. All of them did–despite the fact that extremely right here’s one on eBay with a kind of bonded Shimano cranks:

Now that’s residing at the edge.

Anyway, I’ve an extended historical past of ironic accumulating. As an example, as a early life I had an ironic baseball card assortment made out of my brother’s cast-offs and primarily based completely at the avid gamers’ names:

I couldn’t care much less about batting averages and ERAs, but when, say, a participant’s final title used to be Beard but he used to be clean-shaven (in an technology when just about each and every self-respecting ballplayer had no less than a moustache) then so far as I used to be involved that used to be a keeper. Unfortunately that assortment is misplaced within the mists of time, but when I may create a motorcycle assortment consisting of extraordinarily uncommon motorcycles from extraordinarily dull firms it will start to fill the void in my center. As for which motorcycles the ones could be, I don’t know, exactly as a result of they’re so uncommon–I imply I didn’t know in regards to the Rock Combo or the Cervino earlier than Paul despatched them to me both. So I’m open to tips. After all there are motorcycles just like the XO-1, however that’s extra of a “cult” motorbike, which is an entire other factor, and Bridgestone isn’t just about boringly mainstream sufficient, anyway. And in case you’re questioning, there are not any X0-1s on eBay, however there’s an X0-2:

Most likely anyone will step up and provides it the alt-bike Birthday party Tempo remedy.

Anyway, talking of the Cervino, in the beginning I wasn’t loopy in regards to the top-mounted shifters, however now they’re considered one of my favourite issues in regards to the motorbike. No longer best do I hardly ever even hassle to make use of my left hand to shift the entrance, however every so often I even shift the entrance and rear on the identical time:

I suppose new motorbike tech isn’t all dangerous in spite of everything.


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