I like to receive comments and email from readers, so I it is not my intention to pick on anyone, but something in a recent email struck me as funny. I got a message from a reader who said he likes the blog, but not all the “impractical toy bicycles” that I have been posting lately. He suggests that I should stick to proven designs (read racing bikes) and cited a few examples. Huh? How can you refer to transportation-oriented bikes like the Coasting concept as toys? I hate to break it to you dude, but your $4,000 Orbea is really just a toy. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that; I have a few high-end bikes that are primarily toys too. I really enjoy my expensive toys, but bicycles can be much more than just that. I think bikes are a great transportation solution, so I just thought the choice of words was ironic. Like I said, I am not picking on just one person. Since I started this blog, I have received several emails from readers who take issue with the variety of bikes that I post. In response to a filigreed plastic basket that I posted a while back, Robodobo jokingly left this comment:
“You are probably the only guy alive that is equally excited about a pink bike basket as a Cervelo P3 Carbon.”
Funny comment, and maybe it is true, but I don’t really think so. This blog is about bicycle innovation, so I try to cover all kinds of bikes and bike products. I have said before that I love road racing and fast bikes, but I don’t consider my blog to be the absolute best source for the latest race oriented road (or mountain) bike products. Khabar bike and the tech section of Cyclingnews are both excellent sources for that kind of information. I think most readers enjoy the Bicycle Design blog as it is, so I plan to continue posting whatever bike products catch my attention. Some posts will be about the latest, fastest, and lightest racing components and others will be about new products that are geared toward commuters or beginning cyclists. The more bikes out there the better, right? I think so and I am pretty sure that most of you agree. Now I have to run. I have an aerodynamic floral basket that I need to get mounted to the front of my time trial bike.
One more thing; if you live in Dallas, TX, don’t miss this event at the Design Within Reach Studio on McKinney. The folks from Uptown Cycles will be there Thursday evening to discuss bicycles designed for transportation. Sounds like fun. If any of you attend the discussion, drop me a line to let me know how it went.