Why Haven’t I Ordered My Wednesday, Yet? Part 1

The Surly Wednesday comes with, “front and rear thru-axles”.

What the heck is a Thru Axle?? This DiyMountainBike.com web page, What is the difference between a Quick Release and Thru Axle? answered my questions.

In the early 90’s I raced triathlons on a DaVinci time trial frame. This bike had style and class. It was fast, responsive, and reliable, at least as reliable as a skinny tired road bike could be. It also had quick release hubs, NOT THROUGH AXELS, because Campi hadn’t invent one.

Tullio Campagnolo (26 August 1901 – 3 February 1983) invented the quick release hub out of personal frustration with the standard hubs in 1923. Campanolo was having a day of it on his ride up the passo Croce d’Aune. Back then, you had to flip your wheel around to change gears since each side had a single sprocket. Unbolting and reinstalling the wheel was a pain, especially with cold, wet fingers. Changing gears should not be difficult and physical pain painful.

A must watch video re-enactment: How Hard Did Cycling Used To Be? [Modern Cyclist, Retro Bike, Classic Climb] on GCN’s [Global Cycling Network] YouTube channel. Ollie, the reenactor describes the results of his mid-climb gear change as, “Positively Magical.” #scarcasm. His new rear cog was a single tooth larger.

Tullio Campagnolo’s invention would remain standard bicycle hardward for 80 years, so why would a bike manufacturer BRAG about using inferior, non-Campi-based designs? Who do these Fat Bike people think they are?

Time to take a step back and follow my own Rule #1, “Don’t doubt the engineer until you have a look at his plans.” At least try to grasp the problem he is attempting to solve before you pretend an understanding greater than his. This DiyMountainBike.com web page answered my through hub questions.

Positively Magical.

Part 2 (Tubes or Tubeless?)

[sonnet] Into the Dark

Into the dark I walk before the sun
has set her feet upon the coming day.
I am her progeny, her brightest son,
my head held level with each newborn ray.
Each rhythmic step extends a foot to span
an emptiness unseen, each step an act
of faith that solid Earth awaits, that Man
in time will once again confirm as fact
the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.
On muffled owlish wing a stream of thoughts,
as distant rumbling thunder, answer laud
to life's unending, questing astronauts.
Against the dark auroral lights are seen.
Against the silence ringing steps do glean.

Paul Guernsey, © 2020

The Etiquette of Walking Downwind

Before I left home in 1977 to become an exchange student in Sweden, Mom gave me a book of etiquette. There was a paragraph on sidewalks, and on which side men and women should pass. The man was supposed to pass on the street side to protect the woman from splashes from the road or other traffic related dangers.

But these days, the Wuhan virus presents a potentially more ominous threat. The question of etiquette has become, “Who should walk downwind?” Should men still wear the role of protector, despite the virus’ apparent propensity to be more dangerous for the male gender?

My answer, “Of course we should.” Etiquette is based on tradition and culture and civility. It never went out of style for a man to open a door for a woman. It was never about weakness vs. strength. Etiquette has always been a matter of Respect, as well as a prepackaged set of solutions to a myriad of potentially confusing daily human interactions, like this one. Civility. Respect. Some things are more import even than our own health.