More riding less spec’ing…
As a free thinking group of folks we seem to have avoided many of the pitfalls of mainstream marketing but spend a lot of time discussing parts. Cost of, quality of, etc. This wouldn’t be bad, but I don’t get the impression that any of us are far from high levels of Ramen consumption and yet we spend small fortunes on parts that are perhaps a few percent better than cheaper parts.
That isn’t to say they are all bad, but for every IRO there is a Suzue.
Like the man said, its better than Meth, but we seem to be spending a lot of time hot-rodding our bikes. It’s a way to participate when you can’t ride but I can’t help but feel it increases the same kind of consumption we try to avoid.
Fer example, Phil hubs and Chris King headsets are great and you are paying for greatness. But are they worth it?
Track front wheels, Track specific cranks and other overly specific stuff is great for aesthetics but rarely necessary.
The Surly Steamroller has a great geometry but a Taiwanese bike of 4130 steel, on a decent size production run should not be $430.00.
At our recent Critical mass there were loads of college kids with cobbled together beater bikes having just as much fun. I know I am faster, but I also know that little of that is the bike. I can build a great conversion bike for very little, and it will look ****ing cool.
So, why do I pursue fancy parts, scour CL, rack up a tab with the neighborhood LBS?
Anyone want to join in?
For the sake of full disclosure this author has a golem-like love of his 1977 Cuevas-built, all Italian, Paris Sport track bike, so he understands and needs support.