At the end of my three part series on “The Evolution of Frame Design,” I suggested I was “Thinking outside the box.”
A little self serving I suppose; certainly less than humble, but I had just spent over a week writing the three articles.
It had caused me to dig deep into my memory bank and reflect on what I had achieved over the years building bicycle frames.
I was feeling pretty damn good about myself; about my career, and about the series of articles I had just written.
In my pumped up feeling of self importance, I came up with what I thought was a good finishing line, when I included the “Outside the box” idea.
I should have known better. There is always someone who will piss on your corn flakes.
The only comment the final article gathered as of midnight on Tuesday, two days after it posted, was a comment that suggested I was not even close to thinking outside any box.
Why? Because I didn’t even consider….. wait for it…..Recumbents.
WTF Mr. Bent Rider or whatever you signed your name as. I can’t remember now, because after giving the matter much thought and with no further comments appearing, I deleted it as being totally irrelevant.
Because as well being able to toot my own horn on my own blog, I can also delete comments. Something I rarely do by the way, unless it is something rude and obnoxious.
Not that this particular person was rude and obnoxious, because he wasn’t. But he was being a smart ass, and a smart ass who rides a recumbent is the worst kind.
Did you not read the articles? It was about road racing bicycles. It didn’t include BMX bikes, mountain bikes, and it sure as hell didn’t include recumbent bikes.
I spoke about sprinting and climbing out of the saddle, something you can’t do on a recumbent. Probably that design’s biggest drawback, because riding out of the saddle is the conventional bicycle’s form of overdrive.
The other drawbacks are the legs are pedaling in a slightly elevated position meaning that the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the muscles.
On a recumbent bike the drive is at the furthest possible point from the rear wheel, whereas on a conventional bike the drive is at the closest possible point to the rear wheel. These aspects alone tell me the idea is not worth pursuing further.
There are recumbent websites and forums where you can dicuss ideas with other like minded people; this is not the place.
Please take your phsychoceramic ideas elsewhere.