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Seeing The Gentle – Bike Snob NYC


Till now I’ve resisted temptation, however even the chaste amongst us ultimately succumb, and so I need to confess to you that I’ve now tasted the forbidden fruit.

I commuted on my Rivendell:

I don’t imply I rode it within the metropolis, which I’ve accomplished loads of occasions. I imply I rode someplace within the morning, left it for awhile whereas I did stuff, after which rode it again dwelling within the night:

This may increasingly appear foolhardy, however I’m no dummy, and I gave that pigeon 5 bucks to observe it for me.

Anyway, I haven’t used the Rivendell on this capability because it was model new and I used to be so excited that I used it to trip to my radio present (RIP):

I’m utilizing no fewer than 4 locks there, in case you depend the little locking zip-tie thingy on the saddle.

However sure, after yesterday’s grocery retailer journey I noticed it was time to come back to grips with the truth that, like Kramer within the bathe, the Homer is the place I actually wanna be:

And naturally I’ve come to this conclusion nearly instantly after reworking the Eye of the Tiger bike into one thing approaching the right commuter, go determine:

However, whereas not but absolutely outfitted for this kind of driving, the Homer guarantees to be higher. A few of this can be a easy matter of parts; for instance, as a lot as I like these previous filth drops, they’re simply not as cozy as a pair of standard drops with chunky Campy-style brake hoods. Nevertheless, the largest distinction is how rather more secure the bike feels with a heavy-ish bag on it, which I assume is basically as a result of Homer’s borough-spanning wheelbase:

[The front wheel’s in Brooklyn, the rear wheel’s in Manhattan.]

That is most noticeable when driving up and down hills or over pace bumps. I’ve obtained cheapo racks on each bikes, and I’m utilizing the identical bag with the identical load, however the Eye of the Tiger Bike feels extra wobbly underneath these circumstances, whereas the Homer is extra composed. In fact, you may definitely argue I’m bringing that wobbliness on myself by not loading the bike evenly, however it’s not just like the Eye of the Tiger bike is “Holy shit I’m gonna die!” wobbly or something like that, it’s simply that the Homer handles it higher. I additionally marvel if having the ability to preserve a lighter contact on the bars as a consequence of this stability is contributing to my hand-related consolation much more than the totally different bar and hood configuration is, however who is aware of…and, on the finish of the day, who actually cares, both?

In fact, to be a real commuter the Homer nonetheless wants a pair issues (ahem FENDERS), however it does have that dynamo-powered headlight:

I suppose if I used to be actually doing it proper I’d add a dynamo-powered tail gentle, however for now I believe one thing like this Arclight is greater than enough:

And not at all am I retiring the Eye of the Tiger bike from commuting responsibility. Nevertheless, I do sit up for exploring this new chapter within the Homer’s life, in addition to my very own.

Talking of driving within the metropolis, the habits of my fellow bicyclists can at occasions be vexing. For instance, right here’s the method to the Manhattan Bridge bike path. There’s a visitors gentle right here, and when it’s not in your favor it’s as a result of drivers are coming off the bridge. They’re additionally popping out of a curve, so that they don’t have lots of time to react to anyone working the sunshine–but regardless of this, as quickly as there’s even the slightest hole within the visitors, everybody runs it anyway:

This was a reasonably benign instance, and I usually watch individuals roll proper in entrance of oncoming visitors in a way that leads me to imagine they now not need to dwell. Now, I’ve run loads of lights in my day, however why run this one? It’s only a dumb-ass place to take action. Why not simply hang around and watch the world go by? And even when we permit for the truth that a savvy bicycle owner can run it efficiently, that doesn’t excuse the opposite 5 or ten idiots who invariably observe them.

By the best way, the driving force who honked at them nonetheless had the sunshine, and it solely began to show when he was already within the intersection:

No matter, it’s not my downside.

One other factor I’ve seen lately–and I point out it not as a result of I discover it vexing, however just because I discover it noteworthy–is that increasingly more individuals appear to be portaging canine:

See?

I don’t know if it’s because individuals really feel safer on bikes lately, or as a result of extra individuals have canine, however I see it at the very least as soon as per trip within the metropolis, which suggests it’s formally A Factor–and one I’m completely positive with, not like pushing a canine in a stroller. Yesterday night I yielded to a pedestrian with a stroller, considering it was a child, however as they crossed I then realized the stroller contained not a child however a canine. Had I identified that I’d by no means have stopped.

However after all by far essentially the most vexing facet of contemporary life within the bike path is the proliferation of e-motorcycles:

Right here’s one such doofus who, after tearing by means of the vacationer visitors across the Intrepid at excessive pace, stopped and eliminated his helmet to absorb the setting solar:

Between this and the man on the brakeless monitor bike with gravel bars I could lastly have to go away city.

However, on a spring night this beguiling, all is forgiven…at the very least briefly:

By the point I reached the George Washington Bridge the solar had set on our collective sins:

And my beacon of self-importance shone brightly:

Little question it received’t be lengthy earlier than all of the bike path visitors is motorized and I’m only a quaint pedal-powered relic, like that Little Crimson Gentle Home sitting beneath the Nice Grey Bridge:

Honk all you need, I ain’t shifting.

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