Or trying out a recumbent:
Then so be it.
For I am nothing if not a Renaissance Fred.
(Also, when Grant Petersen tells you to ride a recumbent you don't argue about it, you just do it. Unless you want to get stabbed with a lug.)
Anyway, it was in this ecumenical spirit that this past weekend I rode from one end of the cycling rainbow to the other:
It all began on Friday when I donned a suit, unfurled a Brompton, and waded waist-deep into smugness at the Transportation Alternatives Bike Home From Work Party:
The @bikesnobnyc is roaming around the @transalt party in a fancy suit with his Brompton. Prepping for the #BWCUSA? pic.twitter.com/OkiiHrRk0P— Brompton Bicycle USA (@bromptonusa) May 19, 2017
Actually, now that you mention it, I think I very well may register:
After all, what better way to celebrate Father's Day than by totally humiliating myself? Sure, by the looks of things I fall far short in both the sartorial and fitness departments:
But some simple upgrades may be all I need to win the race, and to that end I'm trying to decide if I should go with the crabon trispokes:
Or else the paired 16-spoke setup:
Most likely I'll just bring both and make the final decision based on race day course conditions.
So if you go to the Harlem Crit and you see someone in a suit with a Brompton sticking a moistened thumb in the air be sure to come by and say hello.
(Though generally speaking I'd advise against approaching strangers wielding moistened thumbs.)
Yes, with the addition of some sweet, sweet crabon I can transform my Brompton from this genteel circus bike:
To this slightly less genteel circus bike:
And in the process forever consign my dignity to this:
Oh and speaking of today's Bike Forecast post, here's the uncensored version of the note I left on that SUV:
So if your money was on "fuckstick" as the censored word I'm afraid you lost the bet.
Then yesterday I went from smugness to singlespeed when I partook in the "Singlespeedapalooza" race for derailleur-challenged mountain bicycles at Stewart State Park:
("Weed Road." Heh heh.)
And as you can imagine it wasn't pretty:
Well, I'm only getting slower, but I do have a fancier bicycle:
And I also got a really good number:
As for the race itself, it was the most fun I've had on the bike in awhile, even though we had to share the park with these people:
There will be kennel club activity throughout the weekend using live and blank ammo. We have contacted them, and there is a mutual understanding that we both have a permit to be in there and must respect each other's event. If you are pre-riding, and during the race bump into one of the kennel participants, be courteous and cautious as they may be driving from one location to another. This is just one of the many hurdles in dealing with Stewart.
Who were kind enough to remove some of the course markings, which as I understand it resulted in the lead riders getting totally waylaid. (Fortunately I was nowhere near the lead riders and managed not to get lost.)
Then after the race I ate pork:
In all it was a thoroughly well-rounded weekend of making bike.