You Wanna Medal Or A Monument? – Bike Snob NYC


Not too way back I discussed that for years now I’ve been unwittingly using proper previous not solely a ghost practice station however a monument to Accomplice conflict veterans. Properly, yesterday morning I discovered myself in that very same spot as soon as once more. So I figured I’d go take a look at the monument:

Even I, a strident bicycle owner, typically really feel self aware about displaying as much as sure locations by bicycle. I suppose this the ability of cultural conditioning–one way or the other arriving at a cemetery on a diminutive bicycle is inappropriate, but arriving in a gas-guzzling Cadillac is respectful. “Will I be turned away?,” I questioned absurdly to myself. Rehearsing the change in my head, I went on to clarify to the imaginary safety guard that I used to be merely there to go to the monument to the individuals who bravely fought to protect the Confederacy and the establishment of slavery, although it occurred to me that this may most likely go over much more poorly than the bicycle.

“Ah, no matter, I’m carrying black, I’ll be high-quality,” I finally determined–although whereas I preserve that the bicycle is on no account disrespectful, it’s troublesome to make the identical argument for the shorts:

The monument is the largest obelisk within the joint, and I’ve observed it earlier than, although till studying that plaque I simply figured it was for some wealthy man or one thing:

Right here’s the inscription:

In response to a doc on the City of Greenburgh’s web site, the monument commemorates “40 Accomplice veterans
who got here to New York after the Civil Conflict and have become nicely revered residents within the New York Metropolitan Space:”

Whereas I’m not a kind of individuals who have left Twitter in a huff, do I exploit it so much much less now than I used to, principally as a result of I spotted it was principally simply making me irritable. One of many extra irritating points of Twitter is what individuals seek advice from because the “tradition wars,” and also you’ll see individuals saying stuff like, “America is headed in direction of one other Civil Conflict!” This nearly sounds believable till you cease Twitter for a number of days and understand how silly it’s–and it appears much more silly whenever you’re standing on the grave of somebody who fought in and survived the precise Civil Conflict. It’s not that historical past can’t repeat itself; it’s extra like historical past doesn’t repeat itself in a approach that’s handy to individuals’s Twitter narratives, and oddly we’d all most likely all be happier if we spent much less time our telephones and extra time graves and monuments. Graves and monuments put issues in perspective, whereas social media solely distorts them.

I suppose the whole lot appears tinged with the supernatural whenever you’re standing in a cemetery, nevertheless it was troublesome to not really feel as if the place of the solar at this second was extremely vital one way or the other:

It was just like the monolith in 2001:

And regardless that it’s a very totally different film, I wanted I had my Employees of Ra with me:

I used to be particularly aggravated with myself for leaving it at house since I used to be even using a motorcycle with a pump peg.

Alas, with no hope of discovering the Ark of the Covenant, I continued my journey, which took me previous one other cemetery I journey by very often:

I questioned if this cemetery additionally contained any monuments that may make some individuals at the moment really feel uncomfortable, similar to a mausoleum full of people that married their underage first cousins.

Truly, we’ve got the same memorial right here within the Bronx:

You’ve acquired to know your literary historical past and/or your New York Metropolis landmarks for that one.

As for the bike I used to be using, it was the Normcore Bike:

Whereas the bike has been operating very properly for fairly a while, now that it’s my major highway bike (in the interim) I felt it wanted a little bit one thing additional:

And so I modified the tires:

Whereas fairly gentle and (ugh) supple, I’d discovered these tires to be a bit dainty for on a regular basis use, and so I put them on my elder son’s observe bike since there’s so much much less damaged glass on the velodrome. (I imply we’re speaking Kissena so in fact there’s damaged glass, there’s simply much less of it’s what I’m saying.) Nevertheless like a moth to the cliché I can’t assist myself, and so I figured I’d strive them on the Normcore Bike, and I gotta say the bike instantly felt sooner:

Although as quickly as I get a flat I’ll begin railing in opposition to supple tires once more, as a result of that’s what individuals like me do once we’re not complaining about change on the whole:

The actual fantastic thing about the Normcore Bike is that it’s simply as house within the countryside as it’s locked to a chainlink* fence:

*[Don’t worry, it wasn’t locked to the actual chainlink part.]