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I Coulda Been A Contender…No I Couldn’t – Bike Snob NYC


It’s Friday! Now after all I don’t have an actual job, however primarily based on what I do know of the office from watching “The Flintstones,” Friday is payday. So when you’re slid on down off the again of your brontosaurus, why don’t you give a few of your hard-earned cash to the Kissena Velodrome?

I’ll be darned if this little crater of camaraderie on the market in Flushing hasn’t captured my desiccated coronary heart. To assume, for years I awakened within the wee hours of the morning to race with a bunch of uptight roadies at daybreak in Central and Prospect Parks, when as a substitute I might have been out right here at a civilized hour with a bunch of affable hipsters. Rather more importantly, the Star Observe program is unimaginable, and over the previous couple of years they’ve turned my elder son into an precise bike racer…which I’ve a sense I’ll come to actually resent them for when he needs a pair of crabon wheels or one thing, however I’ll fear about that later:

And naturally you may donate to my son’s crabon wheel fund right here:

Talking of bikes which have just one gear ratio, having divested myself of my Midlife Disaster Fixie Mark II, right this moment I headed out on my ever-so-slightly-less age-inappropriate Artisanal Singlespeed:

Thank goodness my barely youthful self was silly sufficient to order himself a elaborate customized singlespeed. I’d by no means do such a factor right this moment. Truly, perhaps my barely youthful self wasn’t so silly; perhaps he was extremely considerate and beneficiant soul and knew that barely older me would actually recognize it, what with having to spend all his cash on gasoline to get his elder son the velodrome and all.

Even when you’re outdated and creaky-of-knee, singlespeed mountain bikes (observe to the youngsters: I understand this appears like a gravel bike, however again then we thought-about these mountain bikes, loopy proper?) should not solely numerous enjoyable to experience, however there’s additionally little or no that may go improper with them. In reality, the one downside I had was that my saddlebag saved ejecting itself from the saddle:

This was as a result of I’d jammed a cable lock in there for post-ride consuming functions and the Velcro couldn’t deal with it, so I lastly eliminated the lock and caught it within the pocket of my jorts.

Singlespeeds inherently provide you with little or no to fret about, however I prefer to stay dangerously, in order you recognize I’ve fitted mine with a bamboo handlebar that’s not technically rated for mountain biking:

I proceed to benefit from the virtually decadent built-in flex, although on a singlespeed mountain bike you’ve actually obtained to crank on the bar generally, at which level they begin to really feel a bit obscure. However that’s not likely what the bars have been designed for anyway…nor am I the identical rider I used to be after I was the 183rd BEST SINGLESPEEDER IN THE ENTIRE WORLD:

These have been the times.

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