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There’s No Escape – Bike Snob NYC


Additional to yesterday’s put up and the newest bike I’m fussing over, Faggin continues to be very a lot a going concern:

Moreover, not like the numerous storied bike manufacturers that get purchased and bought and now exist principally in identify solely, Faggin continues to be a household operation the place they’ll even welcome you in for espresso:

Jerzyluca of Jersey Cycles will verify this to be true, having had the Faggin household espresso expertise himself.

As for the bikes, you’ll be able to see on their web site that they’re doing trendy stuff:

However they’re additionally nonetheless making traditional stuff:

I occur to be keen on the traditional stuff, however I like that they do all of it.

It’s very comforting to know Faggin are nonetheless doing what they do, as a result of so long as they’re it means it’s additionally attainable that someday I may order one, go there to select it up, after which journey it round Italy for 3 weeks. I wouldn’t even pack any biking garments, both, as a result of in addition they promote gear, so I’d simply get the matching package and go full Faggin fanboy:

Alas, I don’t see any new bike fantasy holidays within the fast future, however within the meantime no less than I can dream–and a few bar tape for my present bike is definitely attainable:

In fact, I must also keep in mind that as a once-relevant semi-professional bike blogger I’ve already gotten to expertise the kinds of abroad biking dream escapes most individuals don’t get to get pleasure from till they’re too outdated to get pleasure from them. For instance, in 2014 I obtained to participate in L’Eroica (the unique one, in Tuscany), because of the nice folks at Brooks:

These have been the heady days the place you can take a humble manufacturing facility employee, flip him right into a meme, and journey the wave all the way in which to the Strade Bianche:

I’m fairly certain Brooks want to faux all this by no means occurred as a result of at this time they’d in all probability get torn aside on social media for the revelation that Eric “The Chamferer” leveraged his fleeting Web reputation to be able to reap the benefits of younger ladies, nevertheless it’s solely by acknowledging the previous that we are able to transfer ahead. Or one thing.

Anyway, sadly any “content material” I generated from the journey seems to be misplaced within the mists of time, as a result of so far as I can bear in mind I did a full-write up on it for the Brooks weblog, which now not exists. My very own put up additionally appears to point I took video of the journey with a seatpost-mounted digital camera, although I don’t know the place that went both. (The digital camera or the video.) Alas, all I’ve are my very own glad recollections of using an overgeared bike on filth roads and stopping in medieval villages the place I by some means managed to gorge myself on bread with out breaking out in hives.

And naturally I additionally obtained to go to Switzerland for 5 days of climbing mountains, consuming lavish dinners, and sleeping in posh resorts:

Flying to Switzerland, climbing mountains, consuming lavish dinners, and sleeping in posh resorts taught me three essential classes I’ll always remember:

  • I’ve been and proceed to be extraordinarily lucky
  • I might very very like to return to Switzerland someday for extra climbing mountains, consuming lavish dinners, and sleeping in posh resorts
  • Fuck bikepacking

However whether or not I return to Switzerland subsequent 12 months, subsequent decade, or by no means, each time a motorbike arrives from Traditional Cycle it turns my common routes into a bit of mini-fantasy trip, and even when I can’t journey a model new Faggin round Italy, when it comes to pure biking enjoyment, using a beat-up one round New York is shut sufficient.

Then once more, it may be fairly powerful going round right here. For instance, the Smugerati are nonetheless upset that when it rains there are puddles:

In 2021, New York Metropolis took the daring step of closing a whole lane of the Brooklyn Bridge to vehicles and turning it right into a two-way bike lane. This was an enormous deal and a serious enchancment over having to share a picket walkway with throngs of vacationers. So naturally ever since then town’s cyclists have been complaining bitterly that it it’s generally a bit of moist after torrential rains:

I’d say “Cry me a river,” however for one factor it’s a trite expression, and for an additional if somebody takes me actually it may type a puddle and we wouldn’t need that.

In the meantime, chances are you’ll bear in mind “Phil Walkable,” the man who has it in for Valley Stream:

Properly, I’d favor to not bear in mind him, however Twitter gained’t let me neglect, and now he’s pining for a 91% tax charge:

Cautious, Phil. Pointing at stuff randomly and attributing favorable outcomes to it’s a silly and harmful enterprise. You realize what else we had in 1950? Legalized racial segregation. What a beautiful time!

I do see even Phil has had it with the motor scooters within the bike lane, although:

I proceed to be amazed that after all of the indignant politicians and parked vehicles and acts of sabotage the factor that’s lastly going to undo New York Metropolis’s bike lane community as soon as and for all is these silly motor scooters.

Lastly, talking of feeling protected, Rivendell is taking over Massive Helmet:

[Via Rivendell]

So may we see a Rivendell helmet someday?

My foremost concern is that this might result in Retrogrouch Danger Compensation, reminiscent of leaving canvas baggage unbuckled and elevating quill stems above the minimal insertion mark. 

As for whether or not threat compensation is definitely a factor, I don’t know, nevertheless it certain looks as if the individuals who do the dumbest stuff are sporting helmets:

I actually don’t get the entire descent porn factor, I actually don’t.



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