What were the 2010’s like for you, as far as bikes go?
For me, the good:
-got into cargo bikes, which has really made things better in my life.
-kept riding road bikes a lot, it really is my favorite format of bike and cycling.
-lots of things, from better fabrics (Thermoroubaix), to better tires (road tubeless), and better saddles (anything 150mm and not overpadded) made cycling better. On the same front, holy hell good components are cheap now - the 6800 group in particular was actively surprisingly good.
-not as many group rides/events as I’d like.
-road riding is great, but left to my own devices I’ll ride the same 25-40 mile route every day for years, which is a little Jack Torrance.
-roads seem even less safe than ten years ago, which if you’re commuting with a kid on board seems all the more obvious
- I don’t know if I got older or bike media got dumber and coarser, but geez between the 55 year old bloggers oafishly doing sponcon and the millenials who communicate entirely via emojis in IG comments, there’s not a lot of smart, critical writing about bikes. Besides here, of course, we are all geunises
-this was the decade of dirt riding, and it’s not really my thing. watching trendlets come and go without feeling engaged by them is interesting, though.
-the electrification of the bicycle and informatization of the cycling experience. I use strava as a replacement for the spreadsheets and pen and paper ride journals I used to keep, but beyond that, no power metering, no robot shifters for me. Cool if people are into them. I still don’t know if Zwift is a noun or a verb?
-everything is a hybrid now, but somehow also very task-specific?
-the expansion of the custom bike market: love that there are now a billion people who make frames, don’t love the corny luxury product bRaNd ExPeRiEnCe that inheres in a lot of the custom framebuilder world