Spatial Consciousness – Bike Snob NYC


Among the best issues about dwelling in an enormous metropolis is that no person’s egocentric on the subject of utilizing public house:

The Division of Sanitation has marked this bicycle as “derelict,” and the proprietor (or no less than I’m assuming it’s the proprietor) is none too happy:

Effectively, I’m afraid I’m going to should aspect with town right here, as a result of if you happen to’re storing a clearly unrideable bicycle in addition to a number of spare tires on a tree pit you’re mainly simply littering:

After all the true irony (other than the truth that the DSNYC appears to be high-quality with the Raleigh behind it) is that it’s completely high-quality to retailer your giant SUV simply inches away:

“Oh, however that SUV doesn’t look derelict,” you could be tempted to level out. Effectively, I can guarantee that getting town to take away an deserted car is tougher 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 high-quality bicycles that get to stay indoors, but in addition quick access to locations the place, if you happen to squint and plug your ears, you possibly can 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 faculty, and I needed to trip afterwards. There was as soon as a time after I may need returned dwelling and altered clothes and bikes so as to take action. However with the Platypus you trip to the occasion, then after the occasion you get on it and also you simply maintain driving:

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

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

By the way in which, lots of people ask me, “How do you make such compelling video?” Effectively, crucial factor is I by no means, ever neglect to show the digicam off after I’m accomplished capturing my daredevil driving scenes:

Additionally, I by no means shrink back from an excellent cockfight:

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

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

Effectively, there’s just one factor extra fascinating than watching individuals trip slowly, and that’s studying about what they maintain of their saddle luggage. So let’s open ‘er up:

An important merchandise in there would be the Tex-lock:

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

After all I additionally carry instruments and sundries:

And right here they’re:

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

It’s additionally all the time 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 would like 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 perhaps I may simply put the Tex-lock within the tire like a kind of Cushcore issues.

Lastly, I’ve obtained a bungee wire:

Since you by no means know whenever 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:

Comfy, succesful, and fashionable; it’s every thing I’m not.