Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 4th, 2017: You Look Marvelous

Well, autumn keeps hitting the snooze button:

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Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

Sunrise: 6:56am

Sunset: 6:33pm

But that doesn't make it any less spectacular a day to ride to work--or walk to school:

There are few places more chaotic than a school at drop-off time and sadly I don't see that changing too much tomorrow.

I suspect we'll still ride, but maybe we'll park down the block and walk the rest of the way to get in the spirit:


Meanwhile, on Monday I mentioned the new bike lane on E. 133rd Street in the Bronx:

Well, a tipster informs me it is already full of cars, with 311 calls yielding no results.  Streetsblog also has an in-depth story.

And in Williamsburg, a truck driver critically injured a cyclist yesterday:

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Sounds like a classic right hook:

Both the rider and driver were heading north on Bushwick Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. when the bright yellow truck turned right at Grand Street and hit the bike, NYPD and FDNY officials said.

And hey, would you look at that:

The driver remained at the scene, but was later placed in handcuffs and arrested for driving with a suspended license, police officials at the scene said. 

Suspending a license doesn't mean a thing when all you really need is the key.

That's not to say there aren't rays of hope out there:


Who among us hasn't fantasized about being a bike cop at one point or another?

I'm sure it wouldn't be long before the power went to our heads and we started parking our police bikes at Citi Bike stations or whatever the bike cop equivalent of placard abuse would be.

Moving on to sartorial matters, the New York Times did a nice little story about on-the-bike style for men:

With the subways faltering and Citi Bikes expanding, biking is now an established part of New York City’s commuting culture.

But there’s a conundrum: How do you bike to an office job without looking like a messenger all day?

Wait, without looking like a messenger?  But I thought messengers are always on the cutting edge of fashion!


What's that?  You need to wear a shirt to work?  No problem:


As for the story, it had some good tips, such as keeping your bag off your back:

Additionally Mr. Lightman wears a cycling cap under his helmet, to help with the dreaded helmet hair. He places his backpack in his bike’s front basket, as opposed to wearing it on his back, to avoid unseemly sweat.

(Pro tip: to avoid helmet hair, don't wear a helmet.)

Wearing appropriate fabric:

Mr. Villalba also advises against a backpack (he has been using a cross-body bag lately) and to think about fabrics. He prefers linen in the summer and breathable merino wool for the rest of the year.

And of course riding slowly:

The best advice may be Mr. Lightman’s. “You don’t have to ride fast,” he said. “I do the nine miles, but I’m cruising, I’m not going for a personal best.”

I wholeheartedly agree.

I'd also add to all that the importance of position.  Bars that allow you to sit upright keep you cooler and more comfortable and don't stretch your clothes at the seams.  Plus, while I haven't conducted a scientific study, I tend to find pedestrians react much better to you at intersections when you roll up on upright bars.  Conversely, when you're hunched over your cockpit you can give the impression you're going to run them down.

Plus, the story left out the most important fashion accessory of them all:


Without fenders, the only thing between the filth on the street and your wardrobe is, well, nothing.

You can even take it a step further with a chain case:


But now we're just getting crazy.