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One Robust Nut – Bike Snob NYC

Additional to yesterday’s publish, my different Rivendell is an A. Homer Hilsen (there’s a bumper sticker for you, Rivendell), and that too has advanced over time, going from twee nation rambler to barely much less twee city workhorse:

And no, I couldn’t dwell with the orange pedals anymore:

On Monday I discussed how we’re all cyclists right here, and as such we needs to be comfy talking frankly amongst ourselves. In that case the context was Jeremy Vine, and how one can be completely pro-bike and but nonetheless imagine he’s a whole putz. Equally, after my commute yesterday, I submit that it doesn’t make you anti-ebike to say they are often actually fucking annoying. There are quite a lot of them in New York now. Loads. Overtaking you, chopping you off, charging full-speed into busy crosswalks…which is why it’s amusing to learn one thing like this:

I used to imagine this myself, however that was earlier than the e-bikes took over. The way it’s doable to journey round New York Metropolis now and are available to the conclusion that persons are having a tough time accessing e-bikes is, frankly, astonishing. It’s like sitting on a bench in Central Park and coming to the conclusion that we have to put pigeons on the endangered species listing.

After all I notice that is hopelessly curmudgeonly, and that I’m lumping “e-bikes” collectively within the precisely the identical reductive approach that folks complain about “bikers,” however what do you count on from somebody who’s driving a motorcycle like this?

I ought to tweak the saddle place only a teeny bit, however I admit that I haven’t executed it but as a result of on these previous Tremendous Report seatposts you’ve bought to actually get in there to entry the 2 bolts:

I feel I can in all probability handle if I discover the correct wrench, although there’s at all times the excitingly costly world of classic Campagnolo instruments:

It’s loads to pay for one thing you may use as soon as each ten years. However then once more can you actually put a worth on scranial consolation?

Talking of the Cervino, it nonetheless exists as a Nishiki mannequin…at the very least in a single market:

I’m undecided which market it’s, however they speak like this:

In any case, that is maybe probably the most unremarkable bicycle I’ve ever seen–aside from the seatpost, which has extra setback than a New York Metropolis bike lane mission (you recognize, as a result of they’re at all times encountering setbacks…sorry):

As an growing old semi-professional bike blogger who hasn’t been related since 2009, I do know a factor or two about fading manufacturers, and Nishiki is actually one in all them. To place that context (and never for prurient causes, the quilt however) I wished to search out the 1982 catalog by which the Cervino I’m at the moment driving would have appeared:

(By way of Traditional Cycle)

Alas, I couldn’t monitor it down on-line, and the closest I got here was the 1983 catalog, which incorporates their reply to the nascent all-terrain bicycle craze, the “Bushwacker,” the title of which was little question impressed by the reception amongst bike store staff to their 1982 catalog cowl:

Nishiki caught with the Bushwacker for fairly a number of years, although the mannequin didn’t age gracefully:

Although in that very same market with the consonant-happy language at the very least it appears to have survived into the modern-ish period:

However right here in america of America–the referee with outstretched arms that retains Canada and Mexico from combating each-other–Nishiki now exists as a model title unique to Dick’s Sporting Items. There’s now not a Bushwacker, since publicly asserting that you simply bought a Bushwacker at Dick’s will get you arrested in at the very least twelve states, however they do have a gravel bike. I can’t embed the promotional video for it, however you’ll be able to see it right here:

Mainly it consists of a helment disclaimer:

In addition to knowledgeable demonstration of “Resting Gravel Face:”

Then the 2 driving buddies talk about the gravel they’ll be driving on:

After which veer off into tall tales and large fish tales:

“I swear, the chunks of gravel have been THIS BIG.”

Then they experience:

They don’t specify what the “different tough terrain” could be, however presumably the Alamosa can be rated for sawdust, twigs, sticks, pebbles, marbles, seashells, pottery shards, and the sun-bleached bones of deceased animals and people, making it a high quality selection for driving something out of your native trials to far-flung archaeological digs.

In all it’s a video as unremarkable because the bike, however it’s refreshing that they acknowledge there’s no purpose for inner cable routing past appears:

I’d like to see the look you’d get it you went to a Dick’s and requested them to route your inner cables for you.



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