Also, in the decades since I last bought a new bike (my previous bike was a low-end Cannondale that was abandoned on a friend’s porch), carbon fiber has taken over the world and so now every single tightenable thing comes with a very specific torque spec. Even things nowhere near any carbon fiber. Even things that come with their own proprietary wrenches that are not torque wrenches. It’s goofy.

Also, in the decades since I last bought a new bike (my previous bike was a low-end Cannondale that was abandoned on a friend’s porch), carbon fiber has taken over the world and so now every single tightenable thing comes with a very specific torque spec. Even things nowhere near any carbon fiber. Even things that come with their own proprietary wrenches that are not torque wrenches. It’s goofy.

Buy a bicycle on the Internet. The first time it is shipped, FedEx “loses” it. Its replacement arrives with a rear tire that will not hold air. My takeaway: do not buy a bicycle on the Internet. @velotricebike will you please respond to my email about this tire situation? It was this flat when I unboxed it and it won’t hold air for more than a few hours.

Buy a bicycle on the Internet. The first time it is shipped, FedEx “loses” it. Its replacement arrives with a rear tire that will not hold air. My takeaway: do not buy a bicycle on the Internet. @velotricebike will you please respond to my email about this tire situation? It was this flat when I unboxed it and it won’t hold air for more than a few hours.

OK, it has been a long time since I have bought a new #bicycle — can anyone tell me what this sticker is trying to say? Like, excessive use of the valve stem? Excessive use of the rim? Of the bike itself? I get it that ass-covering is very much a thing, but even given that, I’m flummoxed.

OK, it has been a long time since I have bought a new #bicycle — can anyone tell me what this sticker is trying to say? Like, excessive use of the valve stem? Excessive use of the rim? Of the bike itself? I get it that ass-covering is very much a thing, but even given that, I’m flummoxed.