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BSNYC Half-Assed Vacation Crap Rundown! – Bike Snob NYC


Because the 12 months winds down, actual web sites does product round-ups, vacation present guides, and many others.

This isn’t an actual web site.

As a substitute, right here’s a half-assed take a look at some stuff I’ve been driving and carrying.

Earlier than that although, inasmuch as it’s the vacation season, in case you’re seeking to give cash away in a bike-themed trend to assuage your cumulative guilt for the 12 months, I might counsel one or each of the next worthy recipients (numbered merely for sake of group, not choice):

1) Star Monitor Biking

Star Monitor is the youth biking program at Kissena Velodrome. It’s nice, which I do know as a result of my older son is in it. Donate right here.

2) Journey Up Grades

Journey Up Grades runs a children’ biking summer season camp and another applications, and you’ll donate right here. It’s additionally nice, which I do know as a result of my son did the camp final 12 months. Additionally they had a fundraiser at a Trek retailer in Manhattan this previous weekend, which I stupidly didn’t share with you beforehand, however which I did attend with the household. In so doing, we received a pair of Speedplay pedals…so possibly I’m not so silly in any case, since in case you’d been there you may need gotten them as an alternative of us:

I’ve by no means tried Speedplay pedals, however my older son was very excited, so it appears like I’ll must set them up for him…although apparently he can’t use them for competitors:

I used to be puzzled by this warning, so I attempted to be taught extra about it from their web site…which I couldn’t discover, as a result of apparently I’m the final individual to be taught Wahoo purchased Speedplay like three years in the past. Anyway, I’m undecided what the purpose of a non-racing clipless pedal is, nor am I certain why a pedal with a chromoly axle wouldn’t be capable of face up to the trials of competitors, so I’m going to go forward and assume Speedplay labels their entry-level pedals like this as a way to scare folks into upgrading to the $449.99 titanium model as quickly as doable:

I guess they significantly cut back ankle fatigue.

Talking of ft, again in like October or one thing, Pearl Izumi despatched me a pair of Quest highway sneakers in addition to a pair of Canyon flat pedal sneakers:

Each sneakers are cheap as bike-specific footwear goes–$100 and $125 respectively–and since taking supply of them I’ve been carrying one or the opposite for nearly all of my driving. Nevertheless, with winter arriving in earnest that’s about to vary, since these are each gentle and breathable and I’ll be spending extra time in hotter sneakers. Given this, it appeared like a superb time to replace you on what I take into consideration them, and what I take into consideration them is that they’re each nice–and I’m not simply saying that since they despatched them to me. Actually, they’re each extraordinarily comfy, and I’m going proper to them with out even excited about it. Excessive-end highway sneakers are all about stiffness, which is silly if you consider it, as a result of how stiff does a shoe actually have to be? In the meantime, the Quest sneakers are lots stiff with out being unyielding, which implies you don’t must purchase titanium cranks to cut back your ankle fatigue drawback. The rubber heel can also be implausible and has saved my ass a number of instances. (I can’t let you know what number of instances I’ve practically busted it on my slippery basement ground after coming dwelling from moist highway rides in different sneakers.) As for the Canyons, they’re gentle and comfy each on and off the bike, they’ve acquired a helpful elastic loop within the tongue to stash your laces, and whereas saying they give the impression of being cool could be a stretch I’m by no means offended by their appears. After all I’ve solely been utilizing each since October so long-term sturdiness continues to be a query, however thus far I’ve had no issues with both and there’s actually nothing I don’t like about them.

Having mentioned all that, now that temperatures have gone under freezing I’ve been carrying thes:

I’ve additionally made some modifications to the Eye Of The Tiger Bike, inasmuch as it’s the good winter all-’rounder and I count on to be spending extra time on it:

For instance, I’ve fitted it with clipless pedals once more, since these winter boots have cleats on them. Additionally, I’ve given it the Nitto Mark’s Rack that was on my Homer. I really like that little factor, because it’s gentle and unobtrusive however facilitates little errands by permitting you to do stuff like carry a lock (see above) and cease for bathroom paper (see under):

And since winter requires a sturdy tire, I did just about the alternative and threw on some ninja slippers:

I acquired these tires for Christmas two years in the past now, although I haven’t used them since incurring a puncture awhile again and deciding they’re a bit to light-weight for the place and the way I trip. Actually, I hadn’t even repaired the puncture till now, and as I did I marveled at how skinny the casings had been (and these aren’t even the “extralights”), and the way tiny the little sliver of no matter was that triggered the flat:

There was as soon as a time I scoffed at individuals who acquired hung up on stuff like body tubing, since I used to be satisfied that it was largely tires that knowledgeable trip high quality. Since then, I’ve modified my view, and now scoff at individuals who get hung up on tires. I nonetheless consider tires are massively essential, however I don’t suppose they’ll remodel a motorcycle all by themselves. I imply sure, going from actually skinny to actually fats tires (for instance) will remodel a motorcycle in that it’ll permit you to use it otherwise, however assuming stuff just like the tread and dimensions are roughly related the final word arbiter of how a motorcycle rides goes to be the body and the elements and the supplies, geometry, and many others. thereof. (Particularly these titanium cranks, which cut back ankle fatigue!) Definitely a “nicer” tire will get you nearer to creating the bike really feel the perfect it could, however after driving a number of totally different bikes with a number of totally different tires I’ve come to the conclusion that tires don’t basically alter a motorcycle’s character, excessive examples equivalent to large variations in quantity however.

The Rene Herse is a really good tire, particularly on terrain like this, the place it feels all floaty and grippy in the very best method:

Although it releases its grip like a child with a foul handshake as quickly as you ascend or descend one thing like this:

That is by no means a criticism of this explicit mannequin of Rene Herse tire, which isn’t particularly huge and is actually a slick:

And which nonetheless has a number of traction in any other case, little doubt as a result of its much-vaunted “supple” casing.

However about that entire “supple” factor…

I don’t know what the most recent considering on rolling resistance is, and I don’t actually care. Nevertheless, I do care about “really feel,” and regardless of the present supple tire craze I really choose a agency tire after I’m driving on pavement. I don’t need to really feel a lot in the best way of flex after I’m cornering or climbing, and as I’ve famous earlier than however am too lazy to seek out the place, driving these tires on the highway makes the bike really feel kind of muted and anesthetized, prefer it’s on Vicodin. I get persons are into that as of late, nevertheless it’s not what I’m after.

After all, the answer to that is to run them at a better strain, which I did on my final trip. Nevertheless, then you definately utterly lose the entire “floaty and grippy” feeling on grime, which is the perfect factor about them. Possibly it’s a query of getting the strain juuust proper, however I do suppose different much less unique tires do a greater job of driving persistently each on- and off-road with out the rider having to micro-manage the strain, and I’m wondering if in that sense a stiffer, much less “supple” tire is in reality a bonus for a lot of riders. These tires are additionally fairly tough to seat correctly, and on one hand I like how thorough and informative Jan Heine is on the topic, whereas on the opposite I marvel at his conceitedness in blaming it totally on the rim producers and never his personal fussy tires.

Largely although I understand I’m only a Rene Herse tire individual. I do suppose that you simply’re doing quick 100-mile gravel rides some kind of tubeless Rene Herse setup (or different Panaracer variant) might be as near good because it will get. However for a dirtbag like me who’s encountering all the pieces from hardpack grime to clean pavement to piles of glass, and who doesn’t fuss over his tire strain, and who prefers grab-and-go to topping off sealant and massaging tire beads into place, I’m higher suited to a…much less mental tire. The Schwalbe Marathon Supremes I’ve been utilizing on my Homer (and with which I changed the Gravel Kings that got here on the bike) are dimensionally just like the Natches Go, very well-made, moderately gentle, and trip fairly properly whereas on the similar time being extremely sturdy and puncture-resistant. However they’ve acquired a reflector strip as an alternative of a tanwall, and are subsequently deeply uncool.

Nonetheless, I’m having fun with the tires and the cool issue, so I’ll maintain driving them till such level as I’m not having fun with them anymore.

Lastly, as for different stuff I’ve been utilizing, I don’t know if Pearl Izumi sells this vest anymore (in that case I can’t discover it on their web site) however I put on it on a regular basis:

You possibly can put on it with a jersey, you possibly can put on it with a sweater, or you possibly can put on it with an “insulated driving shirt” as I’m right here:

I’ve additionally been doing a lot of driving within the MUSA pants from Rivendell, and my son additionally wore a pair on our final mountain bike trip:

So there you go, loads of stuff to spend your cash on, or not, no matter works for you.

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