domingo, abril 2, 2023

Who’s Your Godfather? – Bike Snob NYC


Additional to yesterday’s publish, I used to be unable to return the pad to its provider regardless of your useful recommendations, and so I simply stole the pads from this brake as a substitute:

They’re a bit narrower so the little arm thingies stick out a tiny bit, and I may most likely repair it with an additional washer or one thing, however I’m not gonna trouble as a result of they work nice as is:

Along with being narrower, the brand new pads are additionally for much longer than the stubby originals (“Stubby Originals” appears like a bar band), which suggests they lengthen previous the fork:

Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless sufficient clearance for them to open all the way in which as soon as they’re adjusted, and to get the wheel out, so it’s not an issue in apply:

In reality the Stubby Originals used to juuust graze the fork, which is why there’s a bit patch of paint lacking, and little doubt after a number of hundred million stops they’d have worn the steel away fully and despatched me crashing to my loss of life. (I’m no metallurgist, however at my present mileage I estimate this is able to have occurred someplace across the 12 months 2136.) Additionally, the longer pads and the fork basically work collectively as a “third hand instrument” while you’re adjusting the cable pressure, which proved to be quite handy. So in the long run it labored out properly, and all I must do now’s resist the urge to maintain tinkering with this bike, as a result of it’s lastly in an excellent place and the rest I do to it may solely make it worse. I do reserve the fitting to maintain making an attempt to get that pad within the holder although, though Paul from Traditional Cycle now tells me it seems to be and older variant and also you have been supposed to exchange each the pad and the holder. Anyway, it’s the type of factor I can preserve futzing with absent-mindedly with whereas I’m watching TV–form of like a Rubik’s Dice for bike dorks.

In different Fred information, I’ve been sporting the Pearl Izumi Quest highway footwear since October*:

*[For rides on road bikes, obviously. I haven’t been wearing them every day since October, that would be silly.]

I like the whole lot about them, they’re holding up nice to this point, and if you wish to journey a motorbike outfitted with clipless highway pedals I can’t see why you’d need or want something greater than this cheap “entry degree” shoe.” And as you possibly can see, they even accommodate my possum socks:

I’m performed with shoe covers at this level in my life. If it’s chilly I simply put on actually heat socks, and if it’s too chilly for that I simply journey in common footwear. Bike-specific chilly climate gear begins getting ridiculous after awhile, and at a sure level as a substitute of getting a bunch of various bike outfits for various temperatures you’re method higher off simply having a bunch of various bikes.

I imply highway driving is simple in the summertime when all you want is a jersey, a pair of shorts, and perhaps a $100 pair of footwear. However for the value of an full Assos winter ensemble, why not simply put on your common garments and construct your self a Rivendell with flat pedals for when it will get chilly for like the identical cash?

It’s no marvel the Assos Man is half bare:

By the way in which, the Quests are simple to stroll in as highway footwear go, and I even climbed a fence in them right this moment:

The explanation for this was that I noticed a heron, and naturally I’m nearly pretty much as good a nature photographer as I’m a bicycle mechanic:

It’s right here, in case you’re questioning:


Possibly someday I ought to get a correct digital camera.

Talking of Delta brakes, they’ve beguiled me with their over-engineering, however Jobst Brandt didn’t like them:

It’s humorous how one can need somebody’s approval though you’ve by no means met them, and Jobst Brandt has at all times been a kind of folks for me. Right here’s what he needed to say about Delta brakes:

There’s in fact no rational argument for utilizing Deltas over a a lot less complicated rim brake, however is what he’s describing actually an issue? All rim brakes want periodic adjustment, however it’s simple to see and really feel when you want to do it, and it quantities to little greater than the flip of a barrel adjuster or the changing of a pad. (My latest Delta brake escapade however, although that’s much less of a design downside and extra of a “useless dodo” downside in that pads and stuff for these brakes are actually exhausting to search out.) I assume the Delta will carry out in another way relying on how worn the pad is, however in apply it doesn’t appear to be an issue. In the meantime, as a basically lazy individual, a teeny little pad tucked away in a caliper that requires common inspection and provides you no indication that it’s sporting till it’s gone kinda freaks me out. As for discs, apparently Brandt didn’t suppose they’d catch on for highway bikes:

In fact, no one else actually thought they’d catch on for highway bikes both, since just about no one was asking for them–definitely the racers weren’t, anyway. (Different folks needed discs as a result of they eradicated the issue of sub-par braking on crabon rims, which was ironic since these folks didn’t have to be utilizing crabon wheels within the first place. And even that was most likely much less about poor braking and extra about monied Freds not wanting to vary brake pads once they switched from their “coaching” wheels to their “race” wheels.) And naturally in the long run the rationale bike producers have been capable of overcome the obstacles Brandt describes is that they may construct extra substantial forks and dropouts with out an extreme weight penalty…through the use of crabon. And we all know how he felt about that:

I take into consideration the Kestrel disintegrating spookily just about each time I journey it. And but I journey it anyway. More and more I consider highway driving normally and the Kestrel particularly the identical method I do about consuming: harmful and silly to construct a way of life round it, however completely tremendous moderately. Like the rest, it’s all about realizing when to stop.

As for Brandt, he’s been again within the biking zeitgeist currently. There’s this upcoming ebook, which I posted about just lately:

“Get together Tempo” Russ of Path Much less Pedaled is portray him:

And he just lately popped up on Prolly’s weblog, the house of fake-thenticity in biking:

The explanation you hear about Brandt a lot as of late just isn’t as a result of persons are bored with bullshit and advertising and marketing in biking; if something there’s extra of it than ever. No, the reason being that there appears to be a notion he’s the prototypical gravel rider, and in reality the folks making that ebook even name him the “godfather of gravel:”

Kind of like they have been calling Neil Younger the “Godfather of Grunge” for awhile:

If you consider it, “grunge” and “gravel “are fairly related, in that they’re each advertising and marketing phrases for issues that have been by no means new. (Driving bikes on dust roads and taking part in rock and roll with out sporting make-up and hairspray respectively.) And if you consider it much more, Jobst Brandt is principally the reverse of gravel. I imply give it some thought:


Gravel: Huge tires, low strain, tubeless, boutique corporations that ascribe mystical qualities to their casing and tread patterns…

Jobst Brandt: Rode skinny Avocet clinchers with no tread always, although he did as soon as seal his tires with milk.


Gravel: How low are you able to go? 12-speed Eagle digital clutch derailleur blah-blah-blah, rear cogs greater than your giant chainring…

Jobst Brandt: Rode the Swiss Alps yearly in like a 50-13.


Gravel: Get together tempo, no gatekeepeers, no limitations to entry, welcoming new riders, serving to new riders, no attacking within the feed zone, yadda yadda…

Jobst Brandt: I do know extra about bikes than you, and in case you’re a second late to the rollout then powerful shit.

Actually the one factor “gravel” about him is that his identify has only a few vowels. In reality, I’m fairly certain Jobst Brandt embodied the whole lot right this moment’s gravel-flavored tastemakers and influencers declare to oppose.

No marvel I’ve at all times preferred him.


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