I got a private email asking me why I'm so negative and that's somewhat puzzling to me.
In fact I'm POSITIVE about nearly everything.
I'm positive that Jonathan Page with a cyclocross bike from 1980 could win at the nationals from any of the stateside competition (granted good health) using the best cyclocross bike in the world today.
I'm positive that buying a new super-duper bike won't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Your riding ability is what it's all about and not the latest fad component.
I'm positive that the technological mythology is bad for cycling in general though perhaps good for bicycle manufacturers. I'm not against technological improvements but let's not pretend that every improvement since good clincher tires hasn't been tiny incremental improvements that you can find justifications for only on a race course.
I'm positive that Joe Average can get a 1980 Schwinn World and convert it to be a fun riding cyclocross bike without EVER using a single carbon component. And I object when he comes on here and is told that he has to have Brifters, high Zoot wheels and a lot less weight on the bike.
I'm positive that there's absolutely nothing wrong with Richy Rich showing up on an Empella all carbon bike with all carbon wheels and the $120 tubulars. And I'm equally certain the the guy on the Schwinn World is going to have just as much fun and that if he's a stronger rider he will beat Richy in the sprint.
I'm positive that mythology works against cycling and that we need to have all sorts of positive attitudes that tells us that putting BETTER BEARINGS in the bottom bracket and the wheels are things that are cheap, easy and VERY effective while having the world's most expensive bike isn't.
I'm positive that 1500 gram wheels that cost double what that Schwinn World cost new aren't an advancement but a racing trick that should have been limited to the racing world and somehow has been worked into the recreational world and far too often described as "necessary".
The fact is that the ONLY thing I'm negative on is the idea that bicycling should be some sort of egotistical, overly expensive and exclusive boys club.