So, spring is finally here. Along with spring come all the “doctors” and “dentists” (a term used actually to make fun of me by my
friends) rolling out their new carbon wheels to the local 1.1 mile loop at the park. I’m a great lover of carbon wheels, and even tubular tires, but I really have to wonder if the benefits of their new tubular wheels are really being put to good use cruising along as far left as possible chatting to their friends at 16 mph.
I guess if they went faster you might not be able to see how carbon their wheels were. Not only this, but I’ve noticed that the more expensive the bike, the shorter the ride they seem to go on. From James observing that at least 1/3 of the Cat 5 pack rolled in on new Cervelos, to my own observation that the Cervelos only seem to do less than 10 laps, as if somehow their accented “e” will catch on fire and turn their bikes back into pumpkins if they exceed 10 miles in a session.
This is basically like taking your Honda Insight powered Ferrari out for a spin at the race track and you can imagine about how cool that looks. Most big cities have a riveting charity ride scene, with most of these dudes riding four abreast, and scarfing down hamburgers after stuffing their face with cliff bars and gu shots starting with the first mile of their Fred century (less than a real century. length is unknown to mortals. Freds live forever and have no souls and eat infants under cover of darkness)
I really just sometimes wonder: Do you like bikes? Or do you like actually riding them?