Hyperbole

Mere words cannot convey the many delights of cycling in and around New York City. Even when supplemented by photographs, any attempts to convey the wondrous nature of these environs as experienced via bicycle falls short, like a crumpled-up Post-it® Note [NYSE: MMM181.53 USD −0.025 (0.014%) today] impotently hurled towards a distant wastepaper basket. Granted, the reason for... Continue Reading →

Padding My Account

Today I will be saying farewell to the father-son track bikes I received from Classic Cycle this past spring, for they are packed and ready for their long journey westward: I always carefully document the unpacking of these bicycles so I remember how to put them back in the case when the time comes to... Continue Reading →

End Of An Era

Wow, so this is it, mechanical road shifting is basically over: Shimano’s recent launch of its next-generation Dura-Ace Di2 R9200 and Ultegra Di2 R8100 electronic road groupsets was bundled with a rather unexpected and especially bitter pill: the news that the much-beloved Ultegra mechanical was being discontinued. This is a big, big deal! For years, we've all... Continue Reading →

Fan Letters And Fanny Packs

This morning I headed out for a quick ride to the forbidding Trails Behind The Mall: I was clad head-to-toe in fancy clothing from Vulpine... ...right down to my socks: This sort of merino extravagance is the semi-professional bike blogger equivalent of attending the Met Gala in a dress bearing the phrase "Tax The Rich,"... Continue Reading →

Brake On Through To The Other Side

By way of concluding my tedious post-mortem on my Jones-themed vacation, I feel it is recumbent upon me to address the controversial subject of disc brakes--or, as Craigslist sellers call them, "dick breaks:" Yeah, yeah, I realize that says "Disk breaks" but the seller obviously made a typo. While disc brakes have only recently become... Continue Reading →

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