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The Prodigal Fred – Bike Snob NYC


For all my derision relating to street bikes and the concomitant clothes and niknaks, I have to admit it’s all the time been there for me. “It’s hangers that dress you, hangers that feed you!,” yells an enraged Dave Whiteman at his unappreciative, angst-ridden son within the film “Down And Out In Beverly Hills.” (I can’t discover the clip.) Equally, street using has all the time sustained me, whether or not I care to acknowledge it or not:

You’ll be able to take into account the picture above my penance within the type of public humiliation for forsaking and/or ridiculing my inherent Fredliness. See how the jersey strains to include my increasing midriff?

What is going to fail first: the 35 year-old plastic body, or that seam? The suspense is killing me.

Anyway, I believe I’ve been using a street bike–not only a street bike, however the similar street bike–each day this week. It’s because:

  • I’ve been “busy” (comparatively talking) and street bikes provide good bang for the buck. (Extra distance in much less time;)
  • It’s been fairly sizzling, and path using includes mugginess and mosquitoes, whereas on a street bike you possibly can higher regulate your temperature like an air-cooled motor;
  • I’ve been dorking out on C-Document and the Shifting of Champions this week, so as a substitute of flitting from bike to bike like I normally do I’m kind of sticking with the theme.

Additionally I nonetheless actually just like the Vengeance Bike–although not sufficient to pay $65 for a classic Kestrel catalog:

Plus, it’s too current. I flip my nostril up at ’90s Kestrels, they simply don’t have the soul of the originals:

No, no matter when and the place they have been manufactured, Kestrels are the bicycle of alternative for hairy-legged Freds with bulging midsections, and I now understand that, once I skilled my defining second all these years in the past, I used to be being taunted by my future self:

Talking of taunting, the New York Submit’s Twitter took a thinly-veiled dig on the Tour de France Femmes:

After all whether or not it’s males or girls the mainstream media solely cares about biker races when folks crash (or cheat), but it surely appears fairly clear the subtext of this specific tweet was, “Har har, they tried to have a giant bike race for ladies and look what occurred.” Predictably the Twitteroni ran with it:

And so forth.

As a grizzled semi-professional bike blogger I don’t actually care about what anyone has to say about something any extra. Amazingly, Bike Twitter continues to be searching for stuff to get upset about, however my very own days of skating round with no stick are lengthy behind me, and if Steve Cuozzo desires to write down a column about how individuals who experience bikes sucks, or some random individual tweets about how they need they might run a biker off the street, or no matter else is getting the Smugness Mafia’s blinky lights all fired up, I can not make myself care:

Nonetheless, it’s bizarre how ugly folks can get relating to girls and the Tour de France. A pair years in the past I wrote an Exterior column about how they need to run a males’s and ladies’s race on the similar time, and I obtained possibly the ugliest piece of hate mail I’ve ever acquired:

Granted, it was a refreshing change from Bike Twitter getting mad at me for not caring about local weather change or no matter they’ve written me off for, and at my age it was oddly flattering to be mistaken for a millennial, however nonetheless…wow:

Bike racing apart, I used to be just lately occupied with the state of the Web, and it appears to me relating to content material and discourse we’ve gone by means of the next distinct phases:

  • The Age Of Marvel: Keep in mind when the Web was largely simply phrases, and also you’d learn Sheldon Brown, or Jobst Brandt, or all these different newsgroup characters? It was a revelation. Data, perception, erudition… Additionally, there was porn.
  • The Age Of Snark: That is round once I began my weblog. The Web went from exuberantly sharing info to skewering and ridiculing every little thing. I’m ashamed to say I performed my half. Additionally, there was porn.
  • The Age Of Thoughts Management: Censorship, Large Tech operating interference for presidency and vice-versa, de-platforming, reinventing language, everybody upset about every little thing, everybody hating everybody else, and many others… Extra porn than ever although, so there’s that.

I don’t know what the following period will convey, and albeit I’m not wanting ahead to it. It could possibly’t be good. At the very least there will probably be porn although, we might be positive of that.

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