Monday, September 9, 2013

Tradition and Technology

Cycling and baseball are my two favorite sports. I love how both are fundamentally simple, but also offer rich complexity and nuance. Both have long, storied histories with tradition, culture, and etiquette. But cycling also has a technological component. In fact, tradition and technology are two of the strongest drivers in road cycling.

I love and hate the core technological component of cycling. The new developments are exciting and create constant opportunities, but they also create obligations to keep up, not only with your training, but also your equipment. It can be a real financial burden. And cyclosport is by no means immune to some of the more obnoxious practices of other manufacturing industries: planned obsolescence, arbitrary model years, incompatible and propriety components, etc.

So I'm not sure what to think about electronic shifting, integrated seat posts, and road disc brakes. Of course, I should probably spend less time reading sport/industry blogs and more time spinning pedals because, at the end of the day, it really isn't about the bike.