The Fat is Out of the Bag

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC battles the snow

2 Feb 2016  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

New York City.  The Capital of the World.  A great financial and cultural dynamo hub illuminating the rest of America and beyond.  Birthplace of the skyscraper, hip hip, and the “New York minute,” which is just a regular minute with extra cheese.

When it comes to cycling, however, one could argue our heyday is well behind us.  Madison Square Garden was a Mecca of six-day racing…like a hundred years ago.  New York City’s bike messengers were once iconic…though the style’s been appropriated worldwide, and “Quicksilver” to “Premium Rush” represents a precipitous decline.  Alas, we used to set the pace, but now it comes to “bike culture” we’re playing catch-up.

Consider the whole fat bike thing.  They’ve been riding fat bikes for years out there in “Fargo” country, but New York City’s first-ever fat bike race wasn’t until January 23rd, 2016 in Cunningham Park, Queens:

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A Life in the Year

Long thought unsurpassable, 2015 saw two exceptional mile-eaters take on cycling's Year Record. Jack Thurston looks back at how the oldest and toughest record in cycling was finally broken.

25 Jan 2016  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

In Ancient Greek mythology, Zeus punishes Sisyphus for his avarice and cunning by condemning him to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The notion of punishment by arduous, never-ending and ultimately meaningless toil is not confined to Ancient Greece. In traditional Chinese folklore a miscreant named Wu Gang faces the divine punishment of forever chopping down a self-regenerating osmanthus tree that grows on the moon. The cycling equivalent of these mythical tortures is the Year Record. The thought of getting on a bike, riding for more than twelve hours only to get up the next day and do it all again, and again and again for a whole year makes me shudder. I’d rather fly to the moon with my felling axe.

Sisyphus by Titian

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Chased by Dogs – The Transcontinental 2015

Camille McMillan brings us a tardy piece of reportage

20 Jan 2016  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Just before the start of the Transcontinental, Austrian, Walter Reiterer, In his printed Lederhosen

For a time bike racing had lost its shine for me. I was beginning to resent the bicycle and in particular bike racing. The gloss of the Tour de France, the hyperbole of the spring Classics, Super teams with P.R banality, with brand guidelines, overkill!  

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Koppenberg has lost it’s voice

Angus tackles a famous challenge

11 Jan 2016  |  Posted by Angus Edmond  |  Categories: Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling

The Koppenberg, a legendary cobbled climb famous in the road cycling world is also home to the Koppenberg Cross, one of the hardest on the circuit and also one of my favourite races.

I raced the new Niels Albert cross race in Boom the day before, an impressive little course that uses the same area as the famed Tomorrowland, the worlds largest EDM festival. The landscape wasn’t amazing but they still managed to make a great course out of it. With the Elite men and U23 thrown together we were still only 27 riders on the start grid, giving me a rare spot at the start of the 3rd row. But this was not the important race of the weekend and energy needed to be saved for the Koppenberg.

Having a little fun in Boom :)

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My top rides of 2015

Juliet drops by to deliver her highlights of 2015

6 Jan 2016  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

Like many people, at this time of year I find myself reflecting on what’s gone before, looking back over the past twelve months and reflecting on the moments I’ve particularly enjoyed. As I’m one hell of a lucky lady, there have been a whole load of fun times in 2015, so in no particular order, here are my rides of the year.

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“Deck The Halls With Blah Blah Blah Blah, Yadda Yadda Yadda Ya-Ya-Ya…”

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Goes Shopping

23 Dec 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Monthly highlights, Stories, Urban Cycling

When last we met, my son and I were enjoying a post-Thanksgiving ride just north of the city:

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Don’t Call it a Steed it’s a Liberation Machine

Camille McMillan investigates just what is in a name

15 Dec 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights

My bicycle is a machine, I know you know that, we all know that, but some to like to forget that.  Some refer it to a bicycle as ‘Steed’, some gender them and some name even them!


'Molly Longlegs' by George Stubbs (1762) on display at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

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When Cross Makes You Cry

Juliet explores the pain of the race

8 Dec 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling

“I just don’t understand. That’s the pure definition of masochism if it only feels good once it’s over.”

I’m on the phone to my Mum, telling her how I spent my Sunday afternoon and her suspicions that I’m just a little bit barmy have been ramped up a level. The activity we’re discussing is cyclocross and I’m just done explaining how the day’s race was so hard that I nearly puked and cried. “It just sounds horrid,” she continues. “I don’t know why you would do such a thing.” Rewind a few hours and I was asking myself the same thing.

Cyclocross is a form of bike racing that takes place in the winter months on a variety of predominantly natural surfaces, participants racing as many laps as they can of an incredibly slippery, muddy course with obstacles that might mean you have to dismount and carry your bike. Good bike handling skills are essential and unlike road and crit racing, there’s no drafting or hiding behind your opponents for some brief respite; cyclocross is an all-out solo effort that puts you in the red from the minute you begin pedaling. It’s a brutal, roughly hour-long assault on your body and mind, and one that I wasn’t even sure I was up for.

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Yehuda Moon x Brooks England

The famous comic strip revisits some adventures featuring some classic leather

4 Dec 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc.

We are very pleased to introduce a series of cartoons from the chaps over at Yehuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery to present a series of comic strips featuring some saddles that are very close to our hearts.

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Cold Turkey

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Gets Outsprinted As Usual

2 Dec 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

Down here in Canada’s air mattress we have a holiday called “Thanksgiving.”  Basically, it commemorates how the religious fanatics who are our idealogical forebears were starving and generally failing at life, and so the Native Americans helped us by sharing their harvest.  In return, we gave them smallpox:

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