Illustration courtesy Troy Gonzales.
Between ham-fisting my way through my day to day duties here at the Black Market, and simultaneously uprooting my life, I found some time to pen a post which will assuredly promise to meh-xcite and underwhelm.
Without further adieu, let’s get down with business.
There is a fellow who resides out in the Midwest who goes by the name of Mark Savery;
Photo poached from Shawn Lortie.
I first met him when we were on the NORBA circuit together in the mid nineties and he was filling tech support duties with Manitou suspension. For being a young man, (you know, like somewhere between thirty to fifty) he has been riding and racing the bicycles for a shockingly long time and has seen a number of technological ‘advancements’ come and go. In all of the time I have known him, I’ve never seen anything phase him. That is until I came across his recent Twitter feed. He begins;
I can’t even start a rant about disc brakes on cross bikes because it’s so stupid I don’t even know where to begin
1. The bike will be heavier regardless. Light bikes accelerate quicker.
2. The extra weight will be in the rotor which adds to rotating mass which is even worse.
3. It won’t help with mud clearance because the last time I checked the bike still has a bunch crap around the bottom bracket.
4. Most cross courses are generally flat so the amount of time you actually spend on the brakes is minimal.
5. You can bomb whatever descent you want with disc or rim brakes but you still on have 33mm of rubber keeping the bike upright.
6.You’ll always be limited by traction.
6a. Do you (can you) late brake a file tread?
6b. I’d rather be fast on 90% of the track than fast on 10% of it.
7. People can’t bleed their mtb brakes. Let’s try to do it around bar tape and lever hoods
8. I’ll throw you a bone here. Pad wear.
I think I’m tapped out. It’s just getting stupid, like disc brakes.
After hearing an individual from Gates touting the benefits of a belt drive choose ‘and you don’t even have to lube it’ as one of their main supporting arguments of their ‘technology’, nothing the bicycle industry comes with in order to make money off of suckers will surprise me.
I’m sure that our shared opinion won’t be a popular one, and that’s fine. I don’t have to ride your bike and you don’t have to ride mine, and at the end of the day, the more money people throw into the bike industry, the better off all of us in, or even on the periphery of it will fare. Plus with the implementation of this technology, the legions of hood descenders will be all the more hilarious;
Clip courtesy of Plattyjo.
For regular readers, last week we saw numerous references to the World Championships of Single Speedering’s past. This week, thanks to Nic, we will see one regarding its future;
“As you probably know, SSWC is in South Africa this year. You may not know that it is at Spionkop, in KwaZulu Natal, the site of a particularly pointless and tragic battle during the Anglo Boer war of 1899 to 1902. These graves are at the summit;
The whitewashed stones are defensive barriers the British troops built because the ground was too hard for trenches. They were in the wrong place.
The trail from here down to the Tugela river is a happier thing.Think about coming along.”
These images make a lump well up in my throat for a number of reasons. Some are because I’m moved by the intensity of the history that they portray, and some are because I would like nothing more to see this beauty with my own two eyes.
Then some are just because I am an emotional train wreck right now. I haven’t made my way overseas in any direction for a number of years, unless you count wading into the Pacific. There is little I would enjoy more than sharing some time on a bike with friends in a distant land. My calendar is marked and my appointment at the sperm bank is made, though I doubt that visit will net me much more than fifty cents and a sympathy card.
In news of parties of a more domestic nature, Mike from Maximo Supremo residents The Banjo Brothers sent me an announcement regarding some upcoming tomfoolery going down in Portland East;
Will you be joining us?
I can promise you a matching seat cover if you can make it to the party. And, Banjo Eric and I will be driving the shuttle bus all night…Bada bing, bada, boom.”
It’s always a good time in MPLS, and this one promises to be no exception. If you are in the neighborhood, put on your best finery and get down.
Besides today being the last day in which you can place orders for the brand new and amazingly kickass AHTBM speedcycling suit, I have recently taken delivery of a brand new and equally awesome thing, of which you are sure to want at your home;
That’s right, it’s the lovely and talented Chölië once again lending her prowess as a model, donning the newest of the new Chuey Brand AHTBM winter cycling cap.
These wool, black on black screened hotnesses are sure to go quickly. As a matter of fact I’m wearing two at the same time right now. Act fast or spend your days looking like a schlub with cold ears.
Having little explosions come out of them also can remedy this problem, but I wouldn’t recommend it.