This just dawned on me this morning while I was in the shower. Or taking a shit. Can’t recall. Either way I was naked.
Last week we listed off the items you could buy for the same amount as that monstrosity of a Specialized Bicycles e-bike: $9,500. The loudest argument I’ve heard thus far for e-bikes is about “access”. Access to hard trails that people normally wouldn’t be able to ride. Old guys who don’t have the legs anymore. Moderately disabled people who can’t climb that hard. “It simply amplifies your output.” “It’s turning on new riders and adding to the growth of cycling.”
Okay. Fine. You’re not wrong. But for a cunt hair under $10K? That’s the price of access? I don’t have the time and patience today to find cheaper models. But I’m sure they exist, so feel free to enlighten me. But it seems ridiculous to preach about trail access and bringing new riders in for the price of a light duty truck.
For years I’ve been the butt of many a friendly joke about being a runner. It’s okay, plenty to make fun of there. But I’m here to say some of those people are hard as nails. No coasting during a marathon. You want to rest? Okay, you just come to full stop. No shifting either. Downhills are nice but better warn your knees. You’re new to running? Awesome! Entry fee is a $75 pair of shoes and whatever clothes you’re comfortable in. Too old? Just run slower. It’s cool, we’ll wait for you. You’re handicapped? We’ve got wheelchairs for you.
But I’ll be long dead before you see an electric wheelchair welcomed to toe the line in Boston.
Peace be with you,