Thursday, February 4, 2010

More Stupid

As a follow-up to my previous post (and topics of this magnitude deserve a lot of follow up), Adam recently posted the following groundbreaking video. Who knew that Adam's background in videography would pay off in such a huge way:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sometimes I do Stupid Things

I was talking to a co-worker about all the number of bikes lining my garage, and he got a little hung-up when I got to my Felt Nine Solo single speed. He couldn't figure out why anyone in their right mind would chose to ride such a a silly contraption, and that doing so was stupid. The following conversation ensued:

Me: Well, by having a single speed, it forces you to push harder, so it makes you faster.

Him: Then why not just pick a gear on your Superfly that matches your single speed gear and not shift? Wouldn't that accomplish the same thing?

Me: Yeah, technically it would. But there's something nice about how simple and straightforward a single speed is. Fewer moving parts, you know.

Him: It's not like bikes are that complicated to begin with. Even a bike with gears has to be one of the simplest machines around.

Me: [trying to think up another good reason to ride a single speed...]

Him: Well, at least a single speed is lighter than a bike with gears since it doesn't have the cogs, chainrings, derailleurs, and shifters...

Me: Um, Yeah... except that it isn't. My geared bike is 3-4 pounds lighter than my single speed.

Him: [shaking his head at me...]

Me: I guess you're right. Single speeds are stupid. And sometimes I like to do stupid things.

Look how "simple" the eccentric bottom bracket on my single speed is!