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Is it just me? Am I too much of a luddite?

Old 08-04-20, 02:25 PM
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Is it just me? Am I too much of a luddite?

Like many of you probably do...on my Facebook feed, one of the frequent ads that I get is for items from CompetitiveCyclist. I admit that I can be a bit of a luddite with certain aspects of the bike. But, I've been riding bikes for 40 years, and I do all my own work on my bikes. I like to think that I at least keep up with changes and advances to the machine, in general. Yet about half those ads I see...I have no idea what the device/component is at first look. I see it and say to myself "What the heck is that thing, and where on the bike does it go." Upon further investigation I discover it's a battery operated tire inflator that fits under the saddle, for example. Is it just me, or do any of you experience anything similar?

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There are people that swear by the battery powered inflaters. Almost to the point where they make you feel deficient for not owning one.
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Anything that's battery operated can't really be trusted...You need to have some type of a back up plan just in case the battery operated gimmick malfunctions or batteries run out.
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you sure that pump was for tires?
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Seems to me cycling technology way behind. Everyone gets excited when they add another cog onto cassette. Really couldn't have done that 50 years ago? A few things we had to wait to get light enough to use on a bike still seem long overdue
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
Like many of you probably do...on my Facebook feed, one of the frequent ads that I get is for items from CompetitiveCyclist. I admit that I can be a bit of a luddite with certain aspects of the bike. But, I've been riding bikes for 40 years, and I do all my own work on my bikes. I like to think that I at least keep up with changes and advances to the machine, in general. Yet about half those ads I see...I have no idea what the device/component is at first look. I see it and say to myself "What the heck is that thing, and where on the bike does it go." Upon further investigation I discover it's a battery operated tire inflator that fits under the saddle, for example. Is it just me, or do any of you experience anything similar?

Dan
Why do you care if you're a luddite? You're old (enough) and if you're reasonably content with what you do, what you have, then just enjoy the ride(s). If you're not content with your cycling life or life in general, then that's another thing entirely and I will refrain from offering any suggestions.
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Luddite? I'm not even on facebook.
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You still not happy with the Industrial revolution?
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Anything that's battery operated can't really be trusted...You need to have some type of a back up plan just in case the battery operated gimmick malfunctions or batteries run out.
Letís hope you never need a pacemaker!
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I don’t get facebook.
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I can relate:

https://silca.cc/collections/frame-p...ooth-mini-pump
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https://silca.cc/collections/frame-p...ooth-mini-pump

Yes, the discerning cyclist needs this. It is a step above and beyond the ordinary out of date pump. Of course this same cyclist will transport their steed to the MUP with a German engineered state of the art high performance race-car like people mover with oodles of power on public roads. Nothing but the best for the discerning cyclist, ya know.
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It's simply not possible to both practice tech and keep up with tech. In the tech industry, any moment you're using tech rather than learning about new tech is a moment your falling behind.

I'd wager something similar occurs in the bike tech world. You can ride them, or you can keep up with advances and trends.

I vote ride.
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Old 08-05-20, 03:31 AM
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Anything that's battery operated can't really be trusted...You need to have some type of a back up plan just in case the battery operated gimmick malfunctions or batteries run out.
Some people never go more than 1 mile from their house. I agree. The only battery operated item I trust on my bike is my cat bike computer and I only use it as a speedometer. If it fails I am in no danger. My pump is manual.
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Click on a few women's lingerie websites, and you'll start getting better popup ads in facebook.
Facebook? Hell. You should see what I get on this site. In fact, I started a thread in User Assistance pointing out that if I posted the types of photos in the ads I see on this site I would be banned for objectifying women. Talk about irony. Seems the forum admins totally missed what I was getting at.

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Like many of you probably do...on my Facebook feed,...................Dan
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I don't get Ads on Facebook.
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Luddite? I'm not even on facebook.
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I donít get facebook.
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What is a Facebook?
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What is a Facebook?
Facebook is that thing my wife and all of her friends use to carry out petty snipes. She wants me to get an account so my family can do the same to me.
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What is a Facebook?

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What is a Facebook?
It's one of the necessities of life...More important than the Sun. Human race could not survive without Facebook.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
https://silca.cc/collections/frame-p...ooth-mini-pump

Yes, the discerning cyclist needs this. It is a step above and beyond the ordinary out of date pump. Of course this same cyclist will transport their steed to the MUP with a German engineered state of the art high performance race-car like people mover with oodles of power on public roads. Nothing but the best for the discerning cyclist, ya know.
They will never replace the thumb!
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It's one of the necessities of life...More important than the Sun. Human race could not survive without Facebook.
Not only that, but this guy needs your personal data! How could anyone say no to this face?

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