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Spatial Consciousness – Bike Snob NYC


Among the finest issues about residing in a giant metropolis is that no person’s egocentric in relation to utilizing public house:

The Division of Sanitation has marked this bicycle as “derelict,” and the proprietor (or not less than I’m assuming it’s the proprietor) is none too happy:

Nicely, I’m afraid I’m going to must aspect with the town right here, as a result of for those who’re storing a clearly unrideable bicycle in addition to a number of spare tires on a tree pit you’re principally simply littering:

In fact the actual irony (aside from the truth that the DSNYC appears to be advantageous with the Raleigh behind it) is that it’s completely advantageous to retailer your massive SUV simply inches away:

“Oh, however that SUV doesn’t look derelict,” it’s possible you’ll be tempted to level out. Nicely, I can guarantee that getting the town to take away an deserted car is more durable than getting a cat to take a seat on command:

However I suppose it’s all too simple for me to really feel contempt for the tree pit bike parker when I’ve not solely an assortment of advantageous bicycles that get to stay indoors, but additionally quick access to locations the place, for those who squint and plug your ears, you may delude your self into considering you’re deep within the forest:

The Platypus might be the bicycle that integrates most seamlessly into my home life. For instance, this morning I attended an occasion at my youthful son’s college, and I wished to experience afterwards. There was as soon as a time once I may need returned house and altered clothes and bikes so as to take action. However with the Platypus you experience to the occasion, then after the occasion you get on it and also you simply hold driving:

It’s very a lot at house in each city and nation, however finally it needs to tempt you away from city and into the nation:

You can set it up for commuting or one thing, however while you’re on a motorbike like this you need to hear the sound of birds chirping and gravel below foot tire, not horns and sirens:

By the way in which, lots of people ask me, “How do you make such compelling video?” Nicely, an important factor is I by no means, ever neglect to show the digicam off after I’m carried out taking pictures my daredevil driving scenes:

Additionally, I by no means draw back from a superb cockfight:

I do not know if these two birds have been combating or fucking, and within the animal kingdom I’m undecided there’s a lot of a distinction.

The opposite query individuals ask me quite a bit is, “What do you retain in that big-ass bag?”

Nicely, there’s just one factor extra fascinating than watching individuals experience slowly, and that’s studying about what they hold of their saddle baggage. So let’s open ‘er up:

An important merchandise in there often is the Tex-lock:

No, it’s not referred to as that as a result of it’s from Texas, it’s referred to as that as a result of it’s manufactured from textile or one thing. This makes it mild and simple route by your varied body elements, plus it received’t scratch them. I don’t know if it’s as sturdy or stronger than a heavy chain lock, and to be sincere I actually don’t care. The rationale I prefer it a lot is that that is the bike I take advantage of not solely when working errands, but additionally once I’m driving round with the household. So not solely do I’ve a lock with me on a regular basis, however it’s additionally a lock that’s lengthy sufficient to lock all 4 of our bikes if essential. In the meantime, it’s fairly mild given how lengthy it’s, so I can simply go away it in there with out enthusiastic about it. (I feel you get a reduction on it for those who use the code “BSYNCFANCYPANTS,” however I wouldn’t swear to it.)

In fact I additionally carry instruments and sundries:

And right here they’re:

As at all times I’ve additionally obtained a procuring bag in case I cease on the retailer, and since there aren’t any Walmarts in New York Metropolis that is truly unique:

It’s additionally at all times good to have a set of lights, simply in case:

I imply I do not know in the event that they’re charged or not, however hopefully if I want them I’ll get fortunate:

Oh, and a tube:

Simply as I do not know whether or not or not the lights are charged, I additionally do not know whether or not or not this tube will maintain air. Worst case is I simply patch it…assuming the glue within the patch kits hasn’t dried out, that’s. Or possibly I may simply put the Tex-lock within the tire like a kind of Cushcore issues.

Lastly, I’ve obtained a bungee twine:

Since you by no means know while you’ll want a tow.

Even with all that stuff there’s nonetheless loads of room within the bag for incidentals–and naturally I’ve additionally obtained the basket:

Snug, succesful, and stylish; it’s all the pieces I’m not.

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