ok, so i've been thinking about this topic for a while, privately. to me, biking is a vital alternative not just to cager culture, but to many non-self-sufficient means of living, many of which fall under the over-generalized heading of "capitalism," i suppose. meaning, capitalism is about accruing property and absolving yourself of the production of energy, etc, in order to reap the benefits. its a bit highminded, but it works, somehow.
now, a lot of bikers are anarchists, activists, etc, especially us critical mass-ists, who aim to reject much of bourgeious material culture in favor of some sort of collectivism. despite this, of course, the twist is that bikes ARE material, and if you love your bike, your are displaying some sort of materialistic impulses about something that is, after all, just a product, and is never as valuable as friendship, love, knowledge, etc (or at least, thats what i'm basing this rant on).
so, how do we reconcile many of these communitarian impulses with our love of bikes? and on that issue, how can we possibly accept owning more than one bicycle? shouldnt' we just own one, run it into the ground, and buy another? yet i find myself "coveting" bikes and recently bought a second one, a piece of sh1t $30 old seventies bike, but nonethless a material product. i'm feeling guilty because i ostensibly reject this premise.
does anyone else have any thoughts about this? am i a raving moron, or just a hypocrite?