Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Neverender

If it's any consolation, I hate when I miss days. Not sure what happened yesterday—other than when I finished writing roughly 3,500 words on Kobe Bryant scoring 61 points against the Knicks I was sort of burned out. And it was snowing. Tonight I head back to the Garden to witness LeBron. And I'm sure I'll be writing something on that. The fun never stops.

It seems like winter never stops either. And while I'm not sure what Punxsutawney Phil said regarding the next couple of weeks, I'm guessing it wasn't good (and surprise, it wasn't). So here we are. Stuck in winter. Sometimes I feel like I should just climb into a Tauntaun until spring. It's reached the point where I have to make a point to look at my bike every so often just to make sure it hasn't crumbled to rust.

It's not exactly prime time for new product releases, either. Other than seats. Seats, seats and more seats. (Can someone explain to me what a "Lo-Bolt" is? Is it seriously just a shorter bolt?) See enough of this stuff, and you start to feel like you're just re-living the same day over and over again.

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44 comments:

G.S.GUCCILIFE said...

Kobe speaks perfect italian,and im not kidding you....

s63bmxr said...

Hot Water Music never gets old. So fucking awesome.

cran-dull said...

read this on some website:
So, over on SPRFLS JPR let out that these days he’s spending most of his time designing “gay stuff like adult commuter bikes,”

then JPR commented on the same story that quoted him and had this to say:
"I’m really excited about these commuters, especially from a personal standpoint. I’ve never even sat on one of the BMX completes."

bottom line is that JPR appaerntly gets excited by "gay stuff" haha

not that there's anything wrong with that.

the wask said...

That was a clever little groundhog day reference at the end there. verrrry clever.

John Paul said...

The gay comment was in reference to what I assume BMX kids will think of these bikes.

I've heard a BMX kid say girls riding bikes is gay...

www.thetakeonlife.com

Anonymous said...

I heard Schwinn Tattoos are all the rage in the gay scene. Way to stay ahead of the times.

Anonymous said...

those snafu seats are grotty. but why expect anything else from snafu?

John Paul said...

Man, I can't believe it's taken so many years for someone to point out that Schwinn tattoos are indeed, gay. Please don't further ruin my day and tell me Bad Boy Club tattoos are gay as well.

Anonymous said...

you're both gay

Loop said...

Re: The commuters.

Not really in to mens' frame but the ladies' frame with the twin toptube and looptail is sweet.

They look like the sort of bikes that are crying out for coaster brake.

Commuter chic

Josh said...

I continue to be surprised that someone, somewhere continues to find JPR's comments (on anything) noteworthy or relevant enough to print.

John Paul said...

Some of the things I say are at the least slightly relevant due to the fact that I work at a bike company.

This sentiment coming from a guy who wouldn't buy an FBM complete because we couldn't make the effort to put a Wurlitzer sprocket on a model.

They haven't been made in a couple of years and it would add probably 50-75 dollars to the retail cost of the bike.

g. edward jones, jr. said...

"read this on some website"

Heh.

Mystic Negro - Doin' this shit for almost three years. Gettin' respect for almost none.

John Paul said...

mystic negro and fbm, irrelevant and un-noteworthy

Josh said...

First JPR, you obviously pay much closer attention to what I say than I do to you.

Second, you're absolutely right. I must be out of my mind as a consumer to expect a respected bike company to put a single brand name part on a $520 complete. Funny, for 30 bucks cheaper, Subrosa somehow manages to toss on a few of TSC parts and still stay in business. And no, in my opinion, "Nice" is not a brand name. "Nice" is a insult. The sprocket is a symbol; apparently you struggle with thinking in the abstract.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't the FBM Marauder have TSC tires?

Anonymous said...

Ha ha. Also, the brakeless one has Tioga tires and Animal pedals.

brien said...

The Exocutioners have Odyssey pedals and KMC chains. The Heathens have Tioga tires. Depending on which model Marauder you get, you'll be getting either Tioga or TSC tires. The brakeless version comes with Animal pedals. Warlords have Sun rims and Fly tires.

Almost every complete bike is spec'd with some type of aftermarket part from another company. Do you really think the Shadow Conspiracy's stuff is much different than any other Taiwanese components coming out? That Wurlitzer sprocket was made in the US and it makes no sense to spec an American made part on a Taiwanese complete. We The People has a "Salt" line for their completes, so I suppose you're condemning them as well, huh?

Russ said...

The Marauder should come with a 45t with a bolt-on guard.

Anonymous said...

I'm just glad my bike is dialed enough for the coming apocolypse

Anonymous said...

is josh on drugs? appears to not be thinking too clearly

yourinn said...

coheed!

Josh said...

I certainly apologize for speaking in generalities; I will be more specific in the following post. I failed to consult DansComp before making my comment (Not that anything recently from Tioga or a set of plastic Hamilton’s changes my view).

I was speaking directly to the fact that none of the FBM completes use any FBM parts. To dismiss the idea of putting an American made part (from a company who has built themselves on a small-time, made "right here at home" vibe) on a Taiwanese complete as not "making sense" to me is un-inspirational.

No, the Shadow Conspiracy's stuff is not different from another Taiwanese company except for the fact they are a company that have stood a relative test of time and hold respect within the BMX community. This is what separates them from the "Nice" and "Salt" brands of the world, which in my opinion are created solely to create the illusion that you are getting an upgrade that you really aren’t.

Fit completes in the same price range have a few Fit parts on them. Subrosa and TSC are nearly indistinguishable so they use their parts. Hell, Eastern uses Eastern parts, and DK uses DK parts. Regardless of any of this, when I made the original comment surrounding FBM's completes that JPR spoke of, I was implying that I feel that a company with the heritage of FBM would have been better served to stand out from the pack if they were going to toss their hat into the complete game. What is more SPRFLS than settling to be another drop in the sea of mediocrity?

steve said...

thats pretty much how i felt when fbm dropped these. disillusioned(typo?) what going on with you crandal?

Anonymous said...

McGoo should do the BMX world a favour and kill himself.

Anonymous said...

josh, the fit parts on fit completes are made in taiwan. the eastern parts on eastern completes are made in taiwan. they aren't after market parts either. what you're saying make no sense. it's only branding. so the parts on fit's completes are branded fit, the parts on fbm's complete are branded nice, does that make the fit parts better somehow? if the nice parts said 'fbm' on them, would that make you happy?

steve said...

what about low-msrp WTP's have salt and high-msrp WTP's have eclat. does this really break those molds mentioned above? or just make a new mold?

t.f.a. said...

who wants moldy parts?

Stephen said...

BMX...

We sold our soul for Wok And Roll.

Anonymous said...

Josh Says: "No, the Shadow Conspiracy's stuff is not different from another Taiwanese company except for the fact they are a company that have stood a relative test of time and hold respect within the BMX community."

Any catch this one?

Josh said...

Anonymous 10:35:

No, the Fit parts such as the FAF tires and ECCD seat are not simply generic parts with Fit logos on them, so what I'm saying actually does make sense. Neither are Eastern's Stealth cranks or Medusa sprocket. These parts existed prior to when they were released on the Fit and Eastern completes and were sold on their own. Yes, the "Fit" bars and forks on the completes are just generics with added logos but that is not what (at least I) am speaking of.

I can accept the dishonest honesty of labeling generic components as Fit, or DK, or Stolen, etc. I just think that it is taking it to another level when a bike company expects me to feel as though they are doing me a solid by providing a "Nice Jenkem" stem on my new FBM complete.

You actually do a standout job of supporting my point. There is nothing special about "Nice" components; they are the same generics used on any number of other completes. FBM/Nice are the only company that I see that not only have the balls to name them something different, but then sell them online at the same cost as quality/proven alternatives. Example: on Dans you can get an S&M Redneck XLT for LESS THEN the Nice stem.

This may seem silly, but if the top of the line FBM complete instead had a Crown Royal stem, I wouldn't even have this argument.

Superfly said...

JPR has done for BMX what Rick Rubin has done for Hip Hop. Ok, not exactly but he's done more for it than anyone talking shit about him on the internet. When I was 13 I had a photo of him and the rest of the P.O.W.'s on my wall.

http://superbmx.com/res9.jpg

∆∆∆ JPR pic ∆∆∆

Anonymous said...

This Josh guy has a screw loose.

John Paul said...
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John Paul said...

“First JPR, you obviously pay much closer attention to what I say than I do to you.

Second, you're absolutely right. I must be out of my mind as a consumer to expect a respected bike company to put a single brand name part on a $520 complete. Funny, for 30 bucks cheaper, Subrosa somehow manages to toss on a few of TSC parts and still stay in business. And no, in my opinion, "Nice" is not a brand name. "Nice" is a insult. The sprocket is a symbol; apparently you struggle with thinking in the abstract.”

Your statement was about the company I work for and the project I work on, it was ridiculous, making it easy to remember. Subrosa frame, fork and bars are manufactured in China, the bikes are assembled there as well. The cost reduction at retail ends up being around 5-7% over Taiwan manufacturing and assembly. Nice is, in reality, a brand. To spec an American made sprocket on a $500 complete bike would take sacrifices, the most likely being a hi-ten or maybe, maybe a tri-moly frame. Even funnier than Subrosa spec’ing TSC parts is FBM spec’ing them as well on a comparable bike. To add, yes, you are out of your mind. To me having an American made sprocket on a $500 complete would symbolize I was the worst product manager on the planet.

John Paul said...

“This may seem silly, but if the top of the line FBM complete instead had a Crown Royal stem, I wouldn't even have this argument.”

This proves you are lunatic. The Crown Royal and Jenkem proprietary aftermarket stems are made by the same fucking vendor. Silly, indeed.

Anonymous said...

Your problem with FBM doing Nice seems way off base.

Scary Ellis said...

you could have done what GT used to do and have a foreign made imitation spec'd on the completes but never let the customers know there are two versions. most customers never knew the difference, thought they were getting high-end U.S. made parts on $200. completes, most never had problems with the sub-par quality and GT never got heat for it. hell, their 1980's Taiwanese parts are still going for a decent price to all those old school restoration kooks that can't quite afford the U.S. counterpart. but i suppose you want to be little Mr. Integrity and tell your customers the truth over there, huh. Gary Turner would never approve of that.

Anonymous said...

Josh has just catapulted into the douche stratosphere.

Anonymous said...

biggest douche in the universe award?

Anonymous said...

Didn't JPR used to work for Schwinn/ XS? Isn't that along the same line as FBM/ Nice?

Anonymous said...

does crandall own nice?

Josh said...

"This proves you are lunatic. The Crown Royal and Jenkem proprietary aftermarket stems are made by the same fucking vendor. Silly, indeed."

Precisely. That's why it was silly. That a product made in the same place but with FBM's name on it somehow seems o.k to me. I was taking a shot at my own often subjective irrationalities.

Anonymous said...

Give up, man. You've lost your argument.