• Posted by Lar on Monday, Mar 29th, 2010

Snobby and Ricky Come Out of the Closet

Oh noes! Jared just got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and fell down. So loud! Of course I woke up. He’s fucking 6’4″ tall. The noise was like a redwood crashing down in our apartment. He’s having some inertia issues. I am a little worried. Furthermore, he disobeyed my order that he should not imbibe while on antibiotics. Today is the end of his run and he couldn’t hold out. It’s the second time he’s toppled over in 2 days. He says that he sort of blacks out and falls. After being abruptly awakened from stage 4 NREM sleep, I found myself pondering upon the revelation of the Snob. I couldn’t fall back asleep and now here I am on the laptop.

I guess the identity of Bike Snob NYC is not so secret in NYC cycling circles, and I’ve seen articles in the past by people attempting to identify him at certain events by triangulating their angle with the angle from which photos appear on BSNYC. Plenty of people have known who he is for some time, but nobody wanted to be that guy to out him.

Now his identity and full name are being made public in several articles circulating the interwebs.

NYTimes post
Cycling Reporter post

Despite the fact that I pretty much knew what he looked like anyway, I feel like my whole world just got rocked. It was always apparent from certain interview photos and even some of his own photos on the blog that he is a white dude with brown hair of average height, it is still a shock to see his face. It feels like the end of Star Wars when you get to see Darth Vader. Of course you’ve been waiting to see his face, but when you finally get to see it you realize that that the mask makes the man. For some reason it disappoints me to see that he has bicep tattoos and a tribal looking flame tattoo on his calf.

It is a bit of an anticlimactic outing. I was expecting something a little more grandiose. I mean, geez people. It’s a big deal for some of us! Can’t you at least allow him to out himself? You let Ricky Martin do that! Stupid NY Times. Perhaps he is going to be slightly perturbed about this post.
Update: I am correct. Snob was decidedly irked by the NYTimes move and said, “I also want to un-thank and revile the Wall Street Journal’s rival newspaper, which got wind of the article just before publication and attempted to execute a last-minute “cockblocking” maneuver yesterday wherein they ran some half-assed piece of their own.

I always thought that the proposed BSNYC book was a joke and that he would just stay anonymous, but apparently the Snob’s promises to reveal himself this May were genuine. If he was already going to come out in a month anyway, why did they feel the need to publish this article? Well, now I’m just as guilty for facilitating in his outing to the 5 of you who read my blog.

Then I found this new article, which includes the face shot, so he is ok with it happening now after all.

Seems to me that the that NY Times was being petty and wanted to be the first to reveal him. It’s obvious that the Times didn’t clear it with Snob first. They used a photo of him sitting in a puddle from last year, and the article barely says anything other than his full name as well as linking to his wedding announcement in 2001. That’s sorta bad form in my opinion, but I suppose that is how journalism works. Sure am glad I didn’t pursue that route. Back in ’06 when I had a future, I was accepted to University of Maryland’s graduate program for Journalism. It’s a damn good thing I decided to become a bum instead, or I wouldn’t be around here wallowing in the trenches.

I like how some of the usual suspects from the BSNYC comments section show up in the NYTimes comments.

“what a bunch of stoopid yankees and ifen you dont likes it you can kiss my grits

any country feller will tell you that snobby is going gaitering

the fact that hes using his feet instead of diving in and using his hands meens he just aint quite gots the hang of it

snob, since i is standing up fer you kin i gets a free copy of your book and have you sign it

my girlfriend jolene wure would like it
— red neckerson”

While the Times post was not at all informative, I did learn a few new things about Snob from the WJS article:

-His name is Eben Weiss

-Initially, he even hid his secret blogger identity from his wife.

-He is expecting a kid in May

-He had a brief stint as a bike messenger

-The big one for me. He is a retired literary agent and his wife is an editor. He now writes full time. I was under the impression that Snob was still employed in the publishing industry, which I suppose he technically is but from a different angle. Now I am beginning to understand how he has the time to churn out such masterfully crafted posts every day. It is still demoralizing to compare the mud puddle of WIABIS to BSNYC’s ocean of cynicism and sarcasm.

I selfishly just can’t help but think of the potential implications of the news. How is he going to get away with his spy photography for blog fodder? It could have a serious impact on my daily reading material. I just hope that Snob can continue Livin’ La Vida Loca and that angry hipster mobs don’t cramp his style.


  • Last modified by Lar on Thursday, Apr 1st, 2010


  1. Apr 1st, 2010 @ 6:41pm

    i just posted a link on dc today about this. i am gonna add your post to that little link on dc, if you don’t mind, since you have the entire 411.

    i knew he was jewish tho. i am too, and we would always talk jewish holidays together.

    not sure how this will affect his blog. the book might be the end of bsny. knowing who he is takes away some of the charm. he’ll propbably get a writing gig for some cycling company and make big $$.

    • Apr 1st, 2010 @ 7:29pm

      Hey Judi yeah thanks for the link!

      Wait you’ve talk to him?

      I think BSNYC will prevail, but it is a little different now. I wonder if people will start hassling him at all.

  2. Mar 31st, 2010 @ 12:53pm

    This is the location of Ricky Martin’s next bike race/concert. BSNYC is going to cover it for the NY Times. http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-53335.html

    nailhead tom
  3. Mar 30th, 2010 @ 7:54pm

    I missed the part about Ricky Martin joining a gay bike racing team. Who is sponsoring them?

    nailhead tom
    • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 9:45pm

      Joe Blow pumps.

    • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 11:11pm

      Team Malta Goya….or was it Jumex

  4. Mar 30th, 2010 @ 5:31pm

    I guess it was too much to ask that he be an out-of-work longshoreman named Vinny with a high school education and seven kids.

    • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 7:27pm

      was wondering where you’d been E!

  5. Mar 30th, 2010 @ 3:39pm

    We couldn’t actually believe that BSNYC was going to live in some perpetual “Groundhog Day”, could we? That plunkng out his extremely well-done blog was going to be the be-all and end-all of his life? Nah, he wants to take another plate at life’s buffet, just as we all do. Good luck to him, as one of the highlights of the internet explosion, he’s probably got a bright future.

    nailhead tom
    • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 9:44pm

      you have a point. i think the guy was probably getting tired of trying to hide himself.

  6. Mar 30th, 2010 @ 11:11am

    Runkeeper is looking for a software engineer. They are currently in Boston but work over “virtually” over the web.

    • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 11:32am

      thanks for lookin out tom!

    • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 11:10pm

      is this one for Lauren?

  7. Mar 30th, 2010 @ 7:42am

    Kind of a let down snobby. Hope his book does well though. I’ve a feeling his low key weekend cyclocross days are over.

    • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 7:52am

      oh gosh. i feel bad for the guy. that’s going to get annoying real fast.

      • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 8:14am

        you must be an early bird andy. i was barely finished writing the article when you commented.

        • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 8:52am

          My super power is insomnia. I also like how today’s post is evolving. It’s like watching the artist at work.

        • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 8:55am

          i just peed my pants a little. “artist.” ha. ha.

        • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 8:56am

          did you also notice how jared got an inch shorter?

        • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 9:15am

          Actually I assumed when you said “He’s fucking 6′4″ it was code for something like “rocking the mic” or “crunked up”. Seriously though, he needs to get those teeth fixed. He’s starting to sound like my grandpa, pre-death.

        • Mar 30th, 2010 @ 9:24am

          oh i see that in my sleep deprived delirium that was written a little unclear…i was trying to give his actual height, but as far as i’m concerned, his specific measurement is just really fucking tall, or that’s how i process it when i’m standing a foot below him. his bikes are like giraffes and take up a lot of space in the house.

          i know. i’m very worried about the teeth. so much so that it’s prompting me to consider a donation tab on the blog. now you know i have to be desperate!