Saturday, March 2, 2024

Reducing It Shut – Motorcycle 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 price range 29er:

It’s exhausting to stay them immediately. 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 in fact phase with it, however you’re welcome to make an be offering on the rest you spot right here–and that incorporates the cat:

You by no means know, you could 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 grew to become out he was once additionally fairly interested in the price range singlespeed of all issues. I used to be a little bit shocked by means of this, and requested if we was once positive he wouldn’t like to figure out a deal for its fancier counterpart, however the middle needs what it needs, and now I’m happy to record the motorbike and its new proprietor live luckily in combination in northern California:

[Nic from Nor-Cal]

As he has knowledgeable me, the motorbike’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 no longer best has Nic attained the generic singlespeed mountain motorbike of his desires, however this humble motorbike conceived by means of me years in the past in inner most Brooklyn is now playing a 2d existence and can now are living out the rest of its days roaming the huge terrain of the other coast:

[Another Nic pic]

And now that I take into accounts it, this motorbike is in reality extra unique than it kind of feels, for Nic is rolling at the global’s best final pair of Tan Tenovo handbuilt wheels nonetheless in life, which makes this motorbike actually one among a sort. In reality, having a couple of Tan Tenovo handbuilt wheels is like having one among actor Pierce Brosnan’s artwork:

In each circumstances it’s no longer what we’re identified for, but we’re additionally no longer fairly as unhealthy at it as you’d suppose we’d be, even supposing the result is a little bit wonky and no longer actually as much as skilled requirements.*

By way of the best way, I must notice that this motorbike is totally disc-ready, and on this case I feel Nic must believe making the conversion, since that manner the edges received’t put on out and he can maintain 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.]

Shifting on, Bicycling experiences that Paris is a “cyclists’ paradise:”

Partially as a result of they’ve were given over 100 streets closed to motor car visitors:

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

[Spotted by a reader in Paris]

You’ve actually were given to realize how additionally they minimize down the brake levers:

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

[Caption this.]

After all, additional to the day before today’s submit about rime breaks, a commenter identified that Ritchey continues 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 motorbike wankery:

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

To avoid wasting 80 grams:

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

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


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