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Feeling The Friction – Bike Snob NYC

The opposite day I discussed horses, which prompted some horse-related commentary within the, uh, feedback:

It is going to most likely shock you to be taught that I don’t personal a horse. As a member of a horse-free family, I’m inclined to agree that big skittish flatulent four-legged shitbags are maybe accorded a bit extra latitude and indulgence in twenty first century society than is warranted. On the similar time, as somebody who’s obsessive about bicycles I acknowledge that: a) Folks love using horses as a lot as I like using bikes; and ii) Loads of individuals suppose cyclists are flatulent two-wheeled shitbags who don’t belong on the general public right-of-way both. Additionally, with regard to that first level, I’m more and more inclined to be tolerant in the direction of my fellow obsessives, no matter whether or not I occur to suppose their specific obsession is cool or lame, baneful or benign. Automobiles, vehicles, boats, private watercraft, weapons, blowers, fashions, hemp handicrafts, baking, accumulating Star Wars motion figures… For each one among these items there are not less than hundreds of people that, in the event that they weren’t allowed to partake in them, can be deeply saddened and perhaps even disinclined to stand up within the morning. As people we’re tasked with sharing a planet whereas concurrently partaking in our weird indulgences, and whereas it’s not at all times straightforward it’s kinda vital, even if you happen to suppose that, say, using round on the again of an enormous pet with the brainpower of a squirrel marries the obstinate recalcitrance of being Amish with the grotesque entitlement of driving an $80,000 SUV and parking it within the bike lane.

Tedious philosophical musings apart, as not less than one commenter identified, it’s value noting that in lots of locations horse house owners have outsized affect over native land use issues and the like. That is fascinating, as a result of if you happen to actually give it some thought, regardless that the motorcar successfully ended the reign (pun meant) in America of the horse as a beast of burden (Amish, legislation enforcement, and sure different individuals excluded), the Horse Foyer might be way more highly effective than the Automotive Foyer on a per capita foundation. As for the suggestion within the feedback that horse house owners be required to scrub up after their animals, I definitely take no specific pleasure in using over or close to horse manure, however I’ll gladly take over canine crap, which is everywhere in the goddamn place, and is one million occasions extra disgusting:

For that matter, I additionally suppose it’s ironic that society typically has much less tolerance for cyclists than for canine house owners. Each canine and bikes are kind of ubiquitous, each could be annoying to non-owners, and each do often hurt harmless bystanders. Nevertheless, even probably the most staunch bike-hater must admit they’ve nearly by no means walked by way of the feces of a bicyclist, so that you’d suppose we’d not less than be a little bit increased on the totem pole. (Am I allowed to say “totem pole?”)

Transferring on (“Giddyup!”), I can’t consider the DEA didn’t intercept my newest bundle from Rivendell:

That isn’t some kind of opiate (not less than so far as I do know). It’s in truth a tin of kind of an all-purpose thread-locking compound and leather-based therapy that Grant Petersen makes himself, and it carries the sharp pine scent of a thousand air fresheners:

I’ve printed books, flown in personal planes with since-disgraced professional cyclists, and even met Eric the Chamferer, who personally made me a saddle. However I by no means felt like I’d truly arrived till Grant personally despatched me a tin of Previous Man Petersen’s Thread Locker, Arthritis Remedy, And Basic Wellness Salve.

Anyway, one software for these items is to maintain the mounting bolts of the Silver2 shifters from loosening throughout use, so in that sense it’s form of an artisanal Loctite. As I add these shifters to increasingly more bikes, I discover that typically they appear to need periodic tightening, and typically they don’t. (For instance, I haven’t needed to contact the bolts on my Homer in years, however I’ve needed to comfortable up the one on my RockCombo right here and there.) Additionally included within the bundle have been different odds and ends to form of “hop up” your Silvers, corresponding to brass washers to offer them an aesthetic improve:

And wing bolts to ratchet up (pun additionally meant) the “Frankenstein stylish” impact:

I ought to interject presently that I’m turning into deeply obsessive about the Silver shifters. One cause for that is that they work very well and are very satisfying to make use of, however one more reason is that I like to tinker with bikes and the sheer simplicity and cross-compatibility of the issues means you possibly can set up them and experiment with them very simply. So upon opening this bundle I figured it could be enjoyable to strive them out on the Normcore Trek, partially as a result of I assumed the bike might use a little bit customization, and partially as a result of I used to be inquisitive about how the Silvers would work as downtube shifters. So I eliminated the 105 downtube antennae:

And put in a set of Silvers, wing bolts and all:

The bras and the steampunk look is kind of at odds with the entire bonded aluminum vibe, however the washers do match the rivets on the saddle. I additionally put in this sticker (lower from a bigger sticker) to cowl up a big paint chip:

It’s considerably ironic due to the bonded aluminum and the BioPace, however it’s form of not because the bike’s from 1989 and remains to be completely serviceable.

To date I haven’t had time for greater than a check trip up and down the road, however to this point so good:

They really feel a lot nicer than the 105s, and I occur to love the seems:

Simply suppose: in lower than every week I put an Ultegra derailleur on a C-Document bike, and I put Rivendell shifters on an aluminum trek.

I remorse nothing.

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