Thursday, October 15, 2009

Something to think about from time to time...

"Technology has passed me by, and I will forever be at a disadvantage just like my friend Slaughter, who rides a steel bike with downtube shifters and clips-and-straps and won the Derby this summer against a bunch of actual pros and aspiring pros half his age and national-caliber riders from all over the world all on carbon wonderbikes. If he’d had the sense to upgrade to a carbon bike with clipless pedals and convenient shifting, he would have won the Derby by several more feet."

Bike parts are shiny, beautiful, functional and fun, but don't forget that the better rider will be the guy (or girl) who rides the most, complains the least and keeps his head up and off the gadget on his handlebars.

5 comments:

Alison Chaiken said...

But carbon water bottle cages make a big difference, right?

I must confess I bought compression tights, but only because I rode my major race of the year the day after spending the whole day sitting on a plane. I'm not sure if the compression tights are any better than regular tights, but they weren't more expensive, so what the hell.

-p said...

You make another good point. If you can buy something simple that makes a huge difference in your comfort or enjoyment of your favorite sport. Why not? I guess as in everything, moderation is key.

Alison Chaiken said...
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Alison Chaiken said...

I was joking about the carbon water bottle cage.

My pet peeve is out-of-shape riders on tubular tires glued to deep-dish rims engaged in hilly rides. What on earth are they thinking? These guys either roll a tire and crash or blow-out on a steep downhill and crash. People buy tubulars because they think it will make them faster and then they get into real trouble. There were riders from the east coast on deep-dish carbon rims both at Levi's Gran Fondo and on the Tahoe Tour I went on in June.

-p said...

I got the carbon water bottle cage thing. I was thinking that your purchase of tights was well thought out.

A bit of that stuff is creeping into cross this year. Cat C riders with deep carbon rims. In the end, the best legs and coolest head will win, beer will be consumed, and all will be right in the world.