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New Exterior Column! (And Extra Bar-Hopping.) – Bike Snob NYC


To Whom It Could Concern,

Firstly, I’ve received a brand new column within the Exterior, and it’s about the way to handle all of your bike crap:

As somebody who often buys bike components solely to later uncover I already had the half I wanted sitting underneath a pile someplace, there’s in all probability no person much less certified than me to present you recommendation on this space. In reality, this morning I spent a few half hour rummaging by all my very own bike crap in search of a single bolt–and failed, by I did discover about 1,000,000 different bolts, all of which turned out to be ineffective for the duty at hand. Nonetheless, if you happen to want somebody to present you permission to throw away your outdated internal tubes as an alternative of patching them, I’m your man:

Talking of spare bike components, my newest match of cockpit tinkering left me with a disembodied Tosco bar:

So over the Thanksgiving vacation, emboldened by turkey and spirits, I threw conference to the wind and put it on the Jones:

Till somebody presents me with proof on the contrary I’m going to go forward and declare I’m the one particular person on the earth using a Jones bike with out some sort of Jones bar:

I like the Jones Loop Bar, and have been utilizing varied variations since 2017 when Jeff Jones himself despatched me one. (Jones is after all a significant operative within the biking trade’s small however disproportionately highly effective anti-suspension cabal, and he reached out to me after studying this.) Nevertheless, I additionally love the beneficiant sweep of the Tosco, and since it will be a straightforward swap (and since I’d already partially Riv-ified it with a friction shifter), I figured I would as effectively give it a strive:

My first impression upon hitting the path was that the Tosco bar is kind of well-suited to the bike’s rambling nature. As you possibly can see, it has far more sweep than the Jones bar, and even with the longer stem it comes again fairly a bit additional:

As such, it’s supremely snug, whereas additionally providing a lot of leverage to hoist the ample rear finish of the bike over obstacles. Jeff Jones designs his bikes to be ridden in an upright place, and on this respect the Tosco enhances it properly. Nevertheless, the very fact the Tosco comes to this point again is a little bit of a legal responsibility as soon as the path will get steeper and the turns get tighter…

…although to some extent this may jut be a matter of getting used to it and adapting my “approach,” to the extent I’ve a way. (An excellent longer stem may also assist, after all, although at that time it in all probability makes extra sense to return to the bar for which the bike was designed.)

Regardless, to this point I’m having fun with the Tosco on this bike sufficient that I’ve no instant plans to uninstall it–although I’ll very effectively return to the Jones bar ultimately, so I’m not doing something drastic like chopping the steerer tube:

As an alternative, I’ve put in a single crabon spacer to offset the surplus weight.

While you’re using a motorcycle with a gallon of sealant in every tire, each gram counts.

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