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Old 02-11-10, 09:19 PM   #1
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Transformation 1969/Now

I just watched "The Transformation Age" by Cringley.
It starts out with an amazing teaser on bike technology referring back to 1969.

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Yup, gadgets and technology. I struggle with the concepts of what all this technology is doing to our society just about every day. But I am on the computer typing away right now. And when I take a bike ride I carry my cell phone and thats it. I really dislike bike computers, GPS, ipods, and the rest. One of the reasons that I ride a bike is to get away from all that stuff. Its good to be "out of touch" for a while.

Cool video clip and historical reference though.
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not so sure about the rest of it, but my own transformation from my birth in 1969 to present sure has been radical!
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Then why is he still riding around on a bicycle?? He should be flying around in a jet-propelled backpack if you believe that technology has so transformed our lives! Yeah, the bicycle is a carbon-fiber bicycle and certainly nowhere as durable as a 1960s steel bicycle, at least, regarding the frame, but I'm cool with that -- the carbon fiber, that is. The racing bicycle hasn't changed that much since the early 1900s. Mountain bikes are way cool, too, and they have evolved a lot IMO. Still, I don't see how an iPod changes the bicycling equation very much except to get you smacked up for not paying attention to traffic!
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I got the cell phone in case of emergency, and a digital cyclometer because I'm a mileage junkie. I can do without the rest, and I can especially do without the iPod or any other music player (mp3, CD or cassette). I prefer to listen to the environment around me, and will be ready for that car that's about to overtake.

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Then why is he still riding around on a bicycle??
I noticed that his bicycle could FLY INTO THE AIR... wheeeeeeeeeee
so he has got some very high tech stuff.

I don't even bother with a cell phone.
When I was a sprite, we would tour with canteens for water, saddlebags, pieces of rope instead of bungees... and a pocket full of quarters. IF things got dicey
we'd use a little cleverness (MacGyver) and employ the generosity of strangers. Since I'm not biking in the desert, I can usually sort it out. I also carry a few tools.
I just don't care for too much gadgetry. I feel unemcumbered.
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