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The Bicycle and the Sweet Shop

In New York City on 9 January 2011 at 12:39 pm

“It was my first term and I was walking home alone across the village green after school when suddenly one of the senior twelve-year-old boys came riding full speed down the road on his bicycle about twenty yards away from me. The road was on a hill and hte boy was going down the slope, and as he flashed by he started backpedalling very quickly so that the free-wheeling mechanism of his bike made a loud whirring sound. At the same time, he took his hands off the handlebars and folded them casually across his chest. I stopped dead and stared after him. How wonderful he was! How swift and brave and graceful in his long trousers with bicycle-clips around them and his scarlet school cap at a jaunty angle on his head! One day, I told myself, one glorious day I will have a bike like that and I will wear long trousers with bicycle-clips and my school cap will sit jaunty on my head and I will go whizzing down the hill pedalling backwards with no hands on the handlebars! Read the rest of this entry »

Wish List Addendum

In New York City on 14 December 2010 at 2:26 pm

I’m midst exam (literally. I have the DOJ Horizontal Merger Guidelines and a half-written analysis of a potentially problematic merger sitting in front of me as I write) but I figured I owe it to Justin, our reading public, and anyone looking for the perfect gift to give/ask for to add a little something here.

I’ve never used velcro-straps on my pants (I prefer the old “tuck in sock” or “roll one side up like a thug” method) but I would otherwise heartily endorse Justin’s list. Considering the numerous pants with a chewed up right cuff and socks covered in grease marks I have owned, I should probably endorse the straps, as well. Nevertheless, I have a few items to add. Read the rest of this entry »


In New York City on 6 June 2010 at 2:40 pm

Bicycling has numerous benefits over other modes of transport, including the ability to do it without a licence of any sort.  The down side of this is that there  is no barrier to entry to any yahoo who wants to ride in the same place that I do, so streets and bike paths inevitably fill up with riders with very little idea how to ride and no concept of cycling etiquette. I’d like to take this opportunity to educate our readers on the topic. Read the rest of this entry »

Bike Summer!

In New York City on 19 May 2010 at 1:30 am


I am writing an update from work, having successfully navigated the numerous detours on the bikeway in southern Manhattan. I put my bike back together last night, my brakes are present enough to foreclose the possibility of gaining any street-cred among the fixie crowd, but effective enough to only slow me gradually.

Problems encountered on the ride: Read the rest of this entry »

Potholes Update: The Squeaky Wheel Gets Tarred

In New York City on 22 April 2010 at 12:28 am

See the original post here.

Success! DOT workers on Amsterdam told me that they were patching the potholes to make the street temporarily safe; a resurfacing crew should be out shortly to tear the thing up and lay new asphalt.
This cheers me a little, as I fully expected at least another two or three phone calls.

Ghostly cyclist already making use of swift repairs


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In New York City on 15 April 2010 at 4:55 pm

One of my most frequent gripes about this city is potholes. I like to complain, so potholes have competition (weather, taxes, litter, people), but they’ve jumped to the top of my list because Amsterdam, where it runs by my place, looks like this.

Tore up.

Those are cobblestones that G.Washington threw at K.George when fighting for our freedom

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