Friday, March 9, 2012


A picture is worth a thousand words.  I took this picture in Ata Cycle a few weeks ago and have come back to it in my mind a couple of times since then. Not that this was an Inkblot test or anything but being a self confessed bike snob I was, at first glance, certain that theses two bicycle saddles personified obvious and vastly different lifestyles, priorities and perspectives of the people using them, but now I'm not so sure. 

Being certain all the time is a mistake, I think, because the more I thought about this example of the two saddles the more common ground between them I found and I became less certain of my initial certainly.  (make sense?)  Anyway, the point is I was wrong. 

To begin with; a) both saddles go on a bike that,  b) presumably somebody wants to get out and ride.  These two elements, in and of themselves, are basic and pretty linear.  Other similarities are that both saddles facilitate exercise, fresh air, freedom, fun transportation and the speed sensation.

One could argue that the only meaningful difference between them is the degree to which they apply; meaning that the people using them want the same things in a general sense but are just on different goal trajectory or perhaps they even have the same goals but are just at a different point in the same process.  It's all good.

Peace & roll strong

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