Meeting people on the Information Bike Lane

A tweep took exception the other day to something about designer bicycles, saying:

More baloney about “Designer Bikes” (video) Nice to know how we’ve been doing it wrong the past 150 years.

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As a longtime consumer and digester of baloney, fried and otherwise, I felt compelled to click that link and found some interesting European and Asian takes on the two-wheeled wonder, that most elegant of machines of transport – the bicycle. (The term “creative promiscuity” was one I found especially intriguing, though I still don’t know what that means.)

What followed was a good-natured if brief exchange between strangers.

A few days later, I somehow ran across the name Rick Vosper again on the Information Bike Lane and discovered that he has more than a little cred when it comes to bicycling. His Twitter bio doesn’t do him justice.

I had no idea.

OK, so maybe two-wheeled locomotion doesn’t need to be reinvented. Some of my best friends ride Specialized, by the way.

Pedal on.

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5 Responses to “Meeting people on the Information Bike Lane”

  1. 2 Rick Vosper March 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Wow, BJ, thanks for the kind words (I think). I’m not just a curmudgeonly old fart with respect to bicycle design, though. You should see the curmudgeonly things I say about the bicycle business, too.

    The most relevant of which with respect to design is at Skip down the the “But Wait, There’s More” section (sorry, I didn’t use text anchors) for a look at the fact that virtually every cycling innovation in the past 30 years has come from outside the cycling industry.



  2. 3 bjsmith March 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I was being sincere about that – and certainly see nothing wrong with being curmudgeonly. That link doesn’t seem to go where I think you meant it to. Try again? I’d like to read it.

  3. 4 Rick Vosper March 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    No offense taken on the curmudgeonly part (assuming there is such a word) and thanks for the heads-up on the link. Correct link is

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