Ride IQ: Technologies
Patents of the Peloton
82“He broke the color barrier, as a course of survival but there are things about Taylor that many people don’t know, like he was an inventor. He came up with an idea for a unique wheel and other bike components like the outrigger stem. He was a pioneer not only as a cyclist but as an engineer.” John Howard, Olympic Cyclist on Major Taylor
Our final day pondering riding with intelligence concerns an end-use application of intellect in the form of cycling-related technologies. We who are closest to the end-use know best what’s working and what isn’t with a particular technology. Necessity is the mother of invention and we are a group with needs!
Speed is what most of us need more of and many developments of engineering propose to improve it. Some of these innovations and inventions have been driven by rider ingenuity and inquiry. There’s no stupid question in figuring out ways to get faster.
We’ve been blessed in recent years with incredible gadgetry. The powermeter has single-handedly revolutionized training methods and theories. By allowing all of us to become a rolling lab, it has increased information, made data widely available for discussion creating communities who collaborate around its use and analysis, and democratized the opportunity for everyone to track progress. What used to be a function for the few involved with national teams or well-funded programs of monitoring due to its expense is now available to the 83masses.
So our technologies are one more proof of cyclingdom’s street-wise nature. Not all of us are capable of mechanical engineering or technological invention, but we can all imagine and meet with others who know about such things. Tasty versions of energy bars were born from someone fed up with nutritious but not delicious race fuel. Perhaps in one unique thought, a new device can be designed. So really this isn’t our final day pondering cycling-related technologies.
Prayer for Cycling Technologies
“Streetwise people…on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits.
I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials,
so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.” 84Luke 16:8
We know focusing on material stuff won’t save us, but it may increase comfort and performance. We ask for creativity and technological innovation.
Ponder Is there a product that could (lawfully/ethically) enhance cycling experience? Affirm I imagine it, so it may be up to me to create it! Watch for new inventions to come from the peloton.
82“Unveiling of Major Taylor Statue Worcester, MA on May, 2008: A Major Monument,” by Alan Cote News feature, May 27, 2008 www.cyclingnews.com
83By masses, understand I mean cycling’s emphasis in prosperous economies. I’m aware of poverty that makes even riding the simplest bike unattainable.
84The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson