This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dumb and Dumber!

      I'd really like to think that technology has made some progress.  It has.   The wheel is important, electricity used to be cool until it became an environmental problem, micro chips changed society forever, but those are only small parts of the Roomba.   The robotic vacuum is the pinnacle of technological innovation.  It cleans my house three or four times a week and doesn't bitch about it; versus my doing it (maybe) once and whining like a baby the whole time.
      So I'm no retro grouch demanding regression to woolen underwear,
 but the Vyron remote controlled seat post strikes me as over the top.

Think about it, this gidget will adjust the saddle height by remote control.  Why?  I read the article by Leonard Zinn.   I still don't know why.  I assume there are people willing to pay 3-500 dollars for a seat post which adjusts in motion for some reason other than his riding buddies don't have one.
We know it's a game changer (0 wires!!), but what game?  
        Of course, I have the nerve to question electronic shifting and everybody knows it's the wave of the future.  Anyway, I assume it is all part of the integrated improvement of cycling for the masses. Next we will get  adjustable crank arms to automatically provide leverage for the terrain as we ride with our gear selection controlled by power meters adjusting for the pre-ordained route provided by Garmin,
 to maximize the energy output we witness through our Recon Jet glasses

 coordinated  by a cell phone app which will also dictate our leisure time
 eating habits to better develop and control our recreational output.

Or, just say screw it, ride our bikes around a bit and have a beer.


  1. HI, I'm not a mountain biker but if I were I'm told I would want a dropper seatpost. The idea is to be able to raise and lower your seatpost on the fly as trail conditions demand. IE: when your flying down a technically demand bit of trail its best to scoot your weight back over the rear tire, this of course is easier when the saddle is lowered.

  2. This isn't related to your post, so sorry about that. I just saw an article in NYT about a terrible crash near you that killed 5 cyclists and wanted to check in. Are you okay?

    1. Thanks for your concern. I was not involved,but at this point I don't know who might have been.