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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