It's just riding bikes...

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A ranty blog about random bike related things. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily reflect those of Escape Bike Shop and may or may not cause offence/exasperation/surprise. Read on at your own risk. :)

It's interesting working in the bike industry, we get to work with products we love and see cool stuff as it develops and comes to market...

Recently though, it strikes me that much the same as fashion, things seem to come round in cycles (sorry)... The eighties perm hasn't quite made it back yet (fortunately) but the ripped jeans, neon clothing and Ra-ra skirts have all been here before...

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The point of my ramblings is this: A host of press releases over the last few weeks featuring spy shots of suspension forks for road, sorry - gravel bikes - and bikes being made to multi task and be jack-of-all-trades made me think "we've been here before". Doesn't anyone else remember these? Or is it just us old school, bike shop workers?

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The was a whole host of roadie suspension forks before...they are just better now! The Specialized Roubaix is a great example with "Future Shock" suspension that actually does work - and is possibly the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden...  http://www.escapebikeshop.com/2017-roubaix-elite.html

Then I got to thinking about types of bikes and the irrelevance of it all...

Do everything bikes? We all had them when we were kids - didn't we?

Didn't we used to just ride bikes? It didn't matter - and we didn't know what their intended use was, we just rode bikes up and down the street, off road, up the woods and fired ourselves off sketchy home built ramps no matter what wheel size, with drop bars, on choppers, or bmx, or kid's bikes with bar brakes (remember those?) without ever a thought to drop our seatpost or whether our tyres were tubeless or not. I guess that was the benefit of being kid's - it was just pissing about on bikes with your mates - and, it was fun!

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Technology has rampaged on, manufacturing quality has improved and we went and got older - earned some money, then society drove us into a consumer state where we must have the newest, fastest, lightest products...

Society's failings aside, I do love the tech - the crossover technology from aerospace, motorsports and manufacturing which allows us to ride harder for longer, more comfortably or ride more technical terrain. But maybe we have got a bit too absorbed in it all and perhaps forget sometimes that it is meant to be FUN!

My remedy is this - get your riding buddies to dust off those 90s rigid mountain bikes in the garage with rim brakes and no suspension, or buy a clunker off fleabay and give it a fettle to make it safe-ish...

Go ride them, on mass - your whole group - there is nothing quite like the feeling of riding that (inappropriate) bike on your regular MTB trails or in friends field with a sketchy ramp, a bbq and a few beers or a group of mates racing bikes on a home made slalom course...you'll all be on piles of crap with rubbish brakes and ripped saddles as you joust each other off, see who can ride up "that" or down "that" and you'll have a laugh! Probably best not to do this though...

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Yes, buy in to the tech. (it keeps me employed for a start)

Yes, get in to new products - there's some amazing developments happening!

Yes, have a fancy road/Mountain/gravel bike.

Yes, do get involved in events.

But most of all have fun - remember - it's just riding bikes!

I probably could go off on many a tangent for days on end, I'll save the drugs in cycling for next time...

'til then.

Paul