Thursday, February 19, 2009
I'll be the first to admit that I don't follow cycling news religiously so I was not hip to Shimano's latest silliness, electronic shifting, til my mother-in-law sent me this article from the NY Times. Well low and behold, electronic shifting is now a reality and it will add around $1250 to the cost of a bike. So, let me get this straight...there are actually people out there who are willing to part with over a grand for the privilege of not being able to shift when their battery runs out? What I want to know is who buys this s***?? Yeah, I ride a fixed gear conversion, don't own any lycra or cycling shoes and maybe I might have Luddite tendencies but putting stuff normal people don't need on the market just fuels the whole consumerist thing and doesn't do a damn bit of good for cycling in general. End of rant.