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Two For One – Bike Snob NYC


Once we final met I’d outfitted my artisanal singlespeed mountain bike with a “dinglespeed” drivetrain, and shortly after doing so I headed out for a experience:

My testing floor for the brand new configuration was the so-called (by me) “Trails Behind the Mall.” To get there by way of the grime I can use the Previous Croton Aqueduct path, however the barely extra direct means (or not less than it feels extra direct) is the paved South County Trailway, as pictured above. It’s additionally a great testing floor for the dingle, since a paved path with solely minimal elevation achieve is strictly the type of place you want you had a much bigger goddamn gear.

As I discussed yesterday, the place I dwell is sort of handy for driving to the experience; the trail that turns into the South County Trailway begins just about proper throughout the road from me, and the Trails Behind the Mall are fairly near the Trailway too, although it does contain a brief stretch of bike-unfriendly street:

However not less than there’s a motorbike restore stand:

A number of years in the past now the Metropolis of Yonkers put these items in every single place. A few of them have been in wise places (alongside the South Nation Trailway for instance), however this one particularly is not sensible as a result of I’m fairly positive I’m the one one that ever rides a motorbike by means of right here. I wish to assume they have been following my Strava, noticed I usually come this fashion, and put it there only for me, nevertheless it’s extra probably the state gave them cash for bike infrastructure, they purchased a bunch of motorcycle restore stands, they usually ran out of concepts for the place to place them–sort of like whenever you dwell in an condo with a tiny kitchen and may’t discover a place for all of the roach traps:

In fact with the roach traps you’re taking the excess and transfer onto the toilet, however with the bike restore stands you simply stick them on random sidewalks and allow them to rust:

Cash nicely spent.

Anyway, the mall behind which the Trails Behind the Mall lie itself lies atop a terrific ridge, or a hill, and is actually known as Ridge Hill. From the bike restore stand you begin climbing, and earlier than lengthy you’re in retail Shangri-La:

The Dick’s Sporting Items represents the mall’s northern frontier. Then behind it’s a little sidewalk the town most likely made the builders construct:

This sidewalk results in an unassuming gate, which is actually a again door to Sprain Ridge Park, the formal title for the Trails Behind the Mall:

Clearly for the experience to the paths I’d been in my “huge” gear. So was it an enchancment? Nicely, I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I wasn’t nonetheless wishing for a much bigger gear on the South County, however I used to be wishing for one lower than I often do, an that’s value one thing. However now I used to be on the trails, so I undid the skewer and moved the chain over to the decrease gear, which took round 10 seconds:

There was a little bit extra slack within the chain than there had been within the larger gear, nevertheless it definitely wasn’t extreme, and was most likely so much lower than I often have:

If something I feel individuals are likely to over-tension their chains, and so long as it’s not falling off it’s often simply advantageous.

Temperatures have formally hit freezing round these elements so the paths are precisely the place you need to be on a motorbike. The Trails Behind The Mall have loads of difficult rocky sections, and in the event you like gears and suspension you possibly can definitely justify them each right here, however the portion of the park closest to the mall is conveniently single-speed pleasant:

Whereas the bigger transit gear was solely a modest enchancment, the decrease path gear was a extra considerable one, particularly on rocky rises:

And sure, I needed to come again for the cellphone:

The chain didn’t shake itself off on the best way down, both, so it formally passes the strain check.

As all the time, the bike was nice, and the gearing had gone from “tiny bit excessive” to “good:”

Exiting the park, I returned the chain to the bigger combo:

As soon as once more, it took only a handful of seconds:

Whereas a slight enchancment on the flats and gradual ascents, the transit gear was in fact negligible when heading downhill:

In all although I’d say the dinglespeed is a hit: it’s two gears for the value of 1 (assuming you have already got the elements, which I did), and even when I by no means trouble to maneuver the chain I wouldn’t discover the extra cogs have been there. One thing like a 36×16 for the “street” gear would make a extra significant distinction, however I don’t assume I’ve a 36-tooth chainring, and so there endeth the seek for which means. If I would like extra gears than this I’ll experience a motorbike with a derailleur, downside solved.

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