Theodicy is said to mean “vindication of God,” in Greek, but really it is an attempt to justify gearing systems on bikes. It is better not to think of this as a defence of gears but as a way to show that if gears exist, then they are compatible with evil happening; gears do not resolve the problem of evil; they possibly just cause pain and suffering.Continue reading “The Theodicy: An Attempt to Vindicate Gears”
I have finally put my money where my mouth is and started to put together little parts kits to make your voyage into tracklocross that little bit easier. I don’t even want you to buy a new bike; if you have an early 90’s MTB, then you could be on an easy and cheap street to build your first tracklocross beast.
Alfred Jarry is responsible for modernism; without him, we might not have had Dadaism and surrealism. Much more importantly, though he loved to ride around Paris on a fixed gear bike and use pistols to keep people out of his way, truly a great way to get about. He may be best known for the play Ubu Roi, but he wrote a book called The Supermale, which deals with a 10,000-mile cycle race and, as far as I am concerned, inspired Le Tour de France, which appeared the year after the book came out.Continue reading “Alfred Jarry – The Supermale of Tracklocross”
Gustave Flaubert was one of those writers who can make the most mundane parts of our existence seem like we are part of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie; he truly was that good, like Predator good. His debut novel is the book that many aspiring writers wish they had in them; it is Madame Bovary. In it, there is a character that reminds me of the average GCN viewer.
I used to write a blog about goings on in the bike trade and being salty about it, which is pretty easy as the bike trade is a horrible place. I got bored after a couple of years, as essentially, it is like shooting fish in a barrel. It was too easy; a trade that thinks adding another cog is progress is probably still in nursery school education, which is not to bad-mouth toddlers.Continue reading “Being Salty About the Bike Trade”
In 1875, The Russian Messenger brought us a serialised version of one of the greatest novels ever, or so The Guardian tells me. They brought us Leo Tolstoy’s “Анна Каренина”. The novel is famous for dealing with the many issues of human existence, and it focuses on the affair between Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky. Due to the scandal of their affair, they had to leave St Petersburg and live in Italy, which sounds awful if you ask me. Eventually, they returned to Russia, which was an appalling idea. Apologies for any spoilers here.Continue reading “Anna Karenina – Tracklocross Love”
We are rapidly heading towards the best time of year for tracklocross, at least in the northern hemisphere. Trails will get muddy, much sliding will happen, people will discuss pumpkin spice, and Danzig will come out of hibernation. Scarfs will be back, woolly hats will be on, and a lovely thick jumper will make sense. Let us then look at the tyres that will best help your tracklocross riding.
Before we begin, as usual, none of the links to tyres below are affiliate links; these are my opinion.Continue reading “The 5 Best Tracklocross Tyres of 2023”
The other day we looked at the start of the Western tradition of philosophy. In it, we discovered how Socrates was highly influenced by riding fixed gear bikes offroad. A pastime he called tracklocrossος. Now we are going to jump a few years and land in the continental philosophy years. As someone living in Britain, I feel worried about discussing continental ideas. If I vanish mid-article, please know the Brexit police have taken me away for re-education.Continue reading “The Philosophy of Tracklocross – Part 2”