Tuesday, November 20, 2007

What bikes could have been

I work with all sorts of technology. As the last 5 years have gone by, newer (not always better)applications have been written and rolled out. Over the last 20 years, computers have grown by leaps and bounds. Just imagine if the cycling industry would have grown at the same pace as computers have. Here are some of the good and bad possibilities that we could have had by now.

1. Right in the middle of a long ride you would just crash.
2. Every year a company upgraded a model, you would have to learn how to pedal again.
3. Your disc brakes would randomly lock up, making your productive ride come to a screeching halt.
4. At some random point, your bike would stop working. As a result you would have to deflate your tires, then pump them back up. That would fix it for some reason.
5. Someone would make a bike that never got flats, always had a clean chain, and never had to be tuned up. However, only hippies would ride them.
6. You would have to squeeze the brakes, in order to start pedaling.
7. Once you stopped riding, a message would come up and ask you "Are you sure you want to stop riding your bike?"


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