When The Chips Are Down

When The Chips Are Down

The weekend is upon us, which means it’s time to ride, and you’ll be pleased to know I’m already several steps ahead of you:

I may not have any “flip chips,” but I do have a kickstand!

Speaking of flip chips, further to yesterday’s post a commenter shared a video showing that the process of flipping them is actually pretty annoying–at least on the Allied Echo:

Which has them both fore and aft:

The effort hardly seems worth the measly one (1) centimeter, and in fact I’m willing to bet almost nobody actually uses these things. I mean, come on, we’re talking about cyclists here, most of us can’t even be bothered to change wheels. We all know how it works: first you buy a second pair of tires for certain types of rides, next you convince yourself you need a second wheelset for those tires so you don’t have to deal with changing them every time you want to use them, and finally you convince yourself you need to build a second bike around that wheelset to save even more time. See, we all understand that having to switch wheels before a ride is like having to remove a complicated garment before a sexual encounter–in both cases, you just want to be able to grab and go.

Also further to yesterday’s post, I mentioned that one day we’ll be able to change our tire pressure while riding, and another commenter informed me that’s already a thing, too:

Amazing, what’ll they think of next?

Actually I’m not sure I want to know.

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