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Basic Cycle Thursdays Sneak Preview Version! – Bike Snob NYC


Like dockless bike share and electrical scooter share earlier than it, gas-powered motor scooters appear to be reaching the “deserted within the weeds” part:

Not solely that, however extremely I didn’t see any on the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday!

In fact the Brooklyn Bridge usually isn’t as unhealthy because the Manhattan Bridge, however the motor scooters I did see had been within the automotive lane, together with one man who was FaceTiming (or equal) whereas driving and virtually bought taken out by an Uber driver.

Nonetheless, I’m not getting my hopes up, and as normal by the point I bought again to the Bronx it was motor scooters and wheelie-ing filth bikes in every single place.

As for me, I used to be on my major commuting bike, which has reached its “dialed in” part:

The attain is now excellent, and as a lot as I really like Brooks saddles the plastic one is healthier for normal city use because it’s simpler to take care of within the rain. (Plus I don’t actually miss the scranial suspension properties of the Brooks once I’m largely driving on pavement.) Sure, I’m not loopy in regards to the orange pedals, however you’ll see I’ve at the least matched them with my water bottle. Not solely that, however my shirt by chance matched the body:

And my sneakers even largely matched the pedals!

You roadies ain’t bought nothing on me.

I’m nonetheless utilizing the Two Wheel Gear pannier/backpack factor too, and I prefer it very a lot, though I by no means actually put it in backpack mode anymore:

Awhile again (and I’m too lazy to seek out the place) I discussed that as quickly as I had a chance to check its waterproofedness I’d let you recognize. Nicely, this previous Friday I bought caught in a kind of loopy summer season downpours and I’m happy to report my pc and all the things else in there stayed dry. I additionally had one other alternative to check it yesterday night…

…once I found that the bag had efficiently been focused by a hen:

So with out even emptying it first I caught it proper within the sink as quickly as I bought residence:

And I even went at it with a scrub brush:

There was just a bit little bit of water intrusion, however be mindful I used to be working a faucet proper over the zipper. (The bag additionally comes with a rain cowl, by the way in which.) Actually, solely this doc bought appreciably moist:

On the finish of the varsity yr some fool driver (I notice “fool driver” is redundant) ignored the crossing guard as my youthful son and I had been crossing the road to his bus cease, and when the crossing guard known as her out on it she defined that she “owned these streets,” was bored with being delayed by youngsters going to high school day by day, and insisted she “didn’t must cease.” Naturally, an argument ensued. So I’ve been carrying round this visitors code primer I put collectively ever since within the hope that she tries it once more and I can have my “Jerk Retailer” second:

So yeah, the bag can deal with the rain is what I’m saying.

Shifting on, shortly after I offloaded the bouncy bike onto some poor sucker awarded the Softride to a fortunate new proprietor, the most recent check bike from Basic Cycle arrived!

Whereas I’m not but able to reveal the bike, the bundle additionally contained the uncooked supplies for what I’m declaring to be the twenty first century’s first-ever Friction Shifter Shoot-Out (say that 10x quick)!

This concept comes from the twisted thoughts of Paul of Basic Cycle, and my activity might be to check every one in all these derailleurs on a friction drivetrain and see which one works finest, bringing YOU one step nearer to curating the fashionable friction drivetrain of your desires.

Right here’s a slideshow of the check topics:

Step proper up and place your bets.

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