Monday, January 14, 2013

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Dip It In Mud

Monday, January 14, 2013
posted by Gern Blanston on the Surly blog.

 The bike as it stands today is largely unchanged from the bike of yesterday (or the day before that or the day before that) and there is a very good reason for that.  It works really really well. A bicycle is a piece of technology that you can dip in a giant bowl of mud, pull it out and immediately start riding; you don’t even have to wipe it off first.  Try really hard to think of another piece of technology that you could do this with.  Sure they make things all fancy and waterproof now, but a bike doesn’t even need that.  It’s an incredibly simple piece of machinery that operates incredibly well, even without any kind of maintenance.  Think of the bikes you see out there on the road: covered in rust from head to toe, not just the frame, but all the moving parts as well, and people just ride them down the street like that.  It’s true that that kind of bike doesn’t operate as well as an even occasionally maintained machine, not to mention one that has regular maintenance but it operates none the less and it will get you where you’re going.

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