New Exterior Column! And Garvel! – Bike Snob NYC


In my newest Exterior column, I try and make sense of aggressive garvel racing:

Sure it’s behind a “paywall,” sure it should finally not be behind a paywall, no I don’t care if you happen to’re irritated that it’s behind a paywall, and no I don’t reach really making any sense out of aggressive garvel racing–and neither do the racers themselves, apparently:

Jeez. Both you’re thirsty otherwise you’re not. Is that this a motorbike race or an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm?”

Talking of garvel, I’ve determined that garvel bieks are at present essentially the most boring type of bicycle. I imply they’ve solely been a factor for lower than 10 years and there are already so many indistinguishable variations on the identical sleep-inducing them that no person can inform them aside anymore. So now they only lump all of them collectively and name all of them the “finest:”

There actually shouldn’t be 28 iterations of any kind of bicycle. Give you one thing else, for chrissakes! Even Cipollini himself has gotten in on it:

I imply if you happen to’re going to purchase a garvel biek why on earth would you purchase it from Cipollini of all individuals? That’s like ordering pasta at a diner. Anyway, everybody is aware of Cipollini would by no means go wherever close to garvel as it will keep on with his oily torso:

And I don’t even wish to understand how the “MyCipo customized paint program” works.

Additionally, make certain to not confuse the perfect garvel bieks with the finest cyclocross bikes, as a result of they’re TOTALLY DIFFERENT:

See, garvel bieks have longer high tubes and shorter wheelbases. Or possibly cyclocross bikes have shorter wheelbases and steeper head and seat tube angles. Or possibly one or the opposite has roughly path. No, wait, it’s the underside bracket top. Or one thing. I dunno, can we discuss one thing else?

Okay. One thing else? Like what?

One thing fully completely different from garvel bieks and cyclocross bikes–like endurance highway bikes!

Not like garvel and cyclocross bikes, that are quick drop-bar bikes that may deal with quite a lot of terrain, endurance highway bikes are quick drop-bar bikes that may deal with quite a lot of terrain:

Obtained it?

Aw, fuck it, I’m shopping for a Rivendell.

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