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To Market, To Market – Bike Snob NYC


At simply over a 12 months older than the Platypus, and having undergone some modifications since I first acquired it, the Homer is now just about precisely the bike it desires to be:

And sure, that is an all-Rivendell weblog now. However don’t fear, it’ll be a Softride weblog once more quickly sufficient:

Watch out what you want for.

Anyway, as I’ve talked about, I get pleasure from using the Homer a lot I’ve been contemplating participating it extra for commuting responsibility so I can spend much more time on it. Nonetheless, being as happy with the bike as I’m, I’ve been reluctant to additional add any sensible accoutrements to it. Alas, my resolve buckled like an under-tensioned wheel yesterday once I actually felt like using it, however I additionally wanted to choose up a number of issues from the grocery store. So I put an affordable Nashbar rack on it and grabbed one other one of many luggage Two Wheel Gear just lately despatched me:

To date I’ve been utilizing the Pannier Backpack Convertible 2.0 PLUS (I believe), and with no less than 150-ish miles on it thus far I’ve been more than happy with it. (Although thankfully I’ve but to check its water- resistance.) This bag is the (I believe) Magnate Pannier Messenger Backpack:

Like the opposite one, it’s convertible–however this one turns right into a backpack or a messenger-ish bag with an across-the-chest strap, relying in your temper.

And sure, I do know I’m taking over treasured rack area with my capacious saddle bag:

However I would like the stuff that’s in it, and I can’t put it on the bars as a result of the cables are in the way in which:

Clearly if I had been utilizing the bike in a full-on commuting capability I wouldn’t depart a saddle bag on there in any respect–or a pump, for that matter:

I don’t know if anybody would steal an previous Zefal pump, however I additionally don’t need to discover out, since I hear they’re being discontinued. Little doubt the body pump will quickly go the way in which of the rim brake, and the fast launch, and the mechanical shifter…although perhaps meaning I don’t want to fret about it getting stolen anymore since there received’t be anybody left who is aware of what it’s. Most individuals suppose utilizing a pump as an alternative of a CO2 is like hand-cranking a automotive or dialing a rotary telephone as it’s.

Oh, and talking of motorcycle theft, on Friday I shared my concept that perhaps thieves are skipping over common bikes in favor of e-bikes. Effectively, that could be, however there’s no less than one gravel-specific confidence man at work in New York Metropolis:

His alias is “Anthony Restic” and he has some…distinctive traits:

Right here’s a composite sketch:

Don’t let him close to your bike, and if he makes an attempt to promote you a White Industries crankset use an Immobulus spell and alert Hogwarts safety.

As for the pannier, it’s wider than the backpack one I’ve been utilizing, however after some preliminary adjustment I had no downside with heel strike:

Although have in mind the chainstays on the Homer are fairly lengthy, and I’d wish to see the way it works on the Eye of the Tiger Bike earlier than formally declaring it heel strike-free.

There are many supermarkets inside strolling distance of my dwelling, however on this case I used to be on the lookout for an excuse to go for a trip, so I left town limits and went all the way in which to this one:

It’s recognized everywhere in the world for its flavorful meat:

After all, being a grocery store in the US, there isn’t any bike parking*, however I didn’t let that cease me:

*[Certain Whole Foodses excepted.]

Eradicating the bag, I had a alternative between backpack mode and messenger mode, and since velocity was of the essence I went with the latter:

The dangerous factor about supermarkets like that is that there aren’t any bike racks as a result of no one cares your bike, however the benefit of supermarkets like that is that you should use a flimsy lock as a result of no one cares about your bike:

My bike safe and my convertible messenger bag throughout my again, I entered the grocery store:

Someplace in a room with a two-way mirror (or is it a one-way mirror?) a safety guard noticed this picture, straightened up in his chair just a little bit, and leaned in direction of his monitor:

As for me, I salivated as I surveyed this cornucopia of commerce:

There’s a lot in addition to meals right here to beguile the bicycle fanatic. For instance, when you’re a weight weenie, you possibly can see how a lot your Goat Gloves weigh:

They weigh precisely this a lot:

I don’t know what meaning, however I do know the sight of my filthy gloves on that scale ought to function a reminder to at all times wash your produce.

When visiting a grocery store by bike, you at all times must be cautious to not exceed your portaging capability. On the similar time, it is best to at all times get juuust a litle bit greater than you suppose you possibly can handle, because it’s essential to problem your self, and it forces you to be artistic. After getting what I wanted I thought-about many further objects, such because the gluten-free Oreos:

The dwell lobster:

The Boston fern:

And any variety of flavorful meats:

Finally although I went with the bathroom paper:

The whole lot else match neatly and discreetly in my pannier, and I’d wager the dwell lobster would have been fairly completely happy in there as nicely:

However as any frequent bike shopper is aware of, it’s at all times essentially the most embarrassing merchandise that have to be carried essentially the most conspicuously:

By the way in which, it took me a number of tries to safe it, however finally working the bungee twine over and round each the bathroom paper and the pannier proved to be the simplest methodology–and doubtless helped additional stabilize the bag within the discount.

As soon as I used to be glad that the bathroom tissue wouldn’t jettison itself, I continued my trip:

I admit I felt self-conscious using round with a dozen rolls of bathroom paper on my bike, however then I remembered that everyone makes use of it…nicely, apart from this man:

Feeling higher about each my cargo and myself, I extended my return journey by taking in a number of the Bronx River Greenway:

There have been the standard derelict shared scooters and bikes:

Plus the occasional beginner try at pathway beautification:

However none of this stuff might undermine the exuberant fantastic thing about spring:

Certainly, so completely happy and assured was I that I even took in my favourite little riverside path, bathroom paper be damned:

A clean-up crew was at work–they had been even cleansing out the river itself–and for a second I had a glimpse of what the Bronx should have regarded like again within the nineteenth century when it was rural and bucolic:

Little doubt I might have relished visiting it on my abnormal:

We certain are coddled at present, what with our security bicycles and our splinter-free bathroom paper

Generally we overlook how good we’ve it. However I’ll wager utilizing nineteenth century bathroom paper after which using a penny-farthing (or vice-versa) would remind us actual fast.

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