The Play’s The Factor – Bike Snob NYC

As I proceed to reside within the midst of an ongoing sizzling tub set up undertaking, my day-to-day affairs are in barely extra disarray than standard. Nevertheless, restricted time and frigid temperatures present me with an ideal excuse to nip over to the park and trot round for a bit bit:

Such forays will not be, strictly talking, authorized, however inasmuch because the First Commandment by which I reside my life is “Thou Shalt Journey,” I’m beholden to defer to God’s regulation over man’s regulation. Anyway, when it’s Nineteen American Freedom Levels out I’m definitely not bothering anyone, the bottom is frozen strong, and it appears silly to not take pleasure in one in every of my favourite sounds, that being the crunchy sound of icy snow beneath high-volume tires:

Additionally, it beats driving on the street, the place you’re extra more likely to hear the squishy sound of moist rodent:

That rat actually ought to have been sporting a helmet.

In the meantime, final week I discussed my try and get rid of the play from the rear hub of the Eye of the Tiger Bike:

Properly, I rode the bike twice over the weekend, and I’m sorry to report it’s now bought extra play in it than The Full Works Of William Shakespeare:

I’ve lengthy been contemplating upgrading this bike to Shimano Hyperglide compatibility to avail myself not solely of the broader cassette compatibility but in addition the improved shifting, and this was exactly the excuse I wanted. “A wheel, a wheel, a kingdom for a wheel!,” I cried to Paul at Traditional Cycle, and it appears as if one or maybe even two could also be forthcoming. This makes me exceedingly blissful, because the RockCombo has confirmed to be a great winter all-rounder.

Within the meantime, I’ve additionally bought one other small undertaking within the offing:

Not too way back, Passchier, a maker of bamboo handlebars, requested me if I’d prefer to strive some, so I replied within the affirmative. After they arrived, in gentle of my latest flat pedal pivot, I assumed it could be enjoyable use them as an excuse to alter the vibe of my singlespeed mountain bike considerably. The orange is admittedly considerably “flambullient” for me, however it appeared like it could go along with the bars, and anyway a bit colour by no means damage anyone, besides after all when it has.

I’ll allow you to now once I’ve bought all the things buttoned up, and we’ll see whether or not it makes the bike look whimsical or like a corny Halloween nightmare.

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