It’s not about the hardware

Jay's dinosaur of a bikeYou rode like the wind! Even on that dinosaur of a bike.”

That’s what a man told my son last weekend. My son just finished the Copper Triangle, a very challenging 80‐mile race up and down three Rocky Mountain passes. The comment was made by a man who had a multiple‐thousand dollar bicycle. Jay’s Mercier (less than a year old) cost all of about $350. Jay was able to complete the course with a significant margin over the fancy‐bike man.

It’s all about the rider — and not the bike. This concept applies to just about anything. A true artist can make an amazing painting with house paint and dime store brushes. Many wanna‐be artists spend thousands on supplies, only to produce paintings that are only seen in their own living rooms.

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3 Replies to “It’s not about the hardware”

  1. I was thinking exactly this today as I was riding my 30 yr/old Miyata road bike. My bike rarely gets credit or blame from me for our performance.

    I had lunch yesterday with a fellow filmmaker who tries to get his students out of gadget‐envy and into great storytelling. It’s so easy to focus on the toys and avoid the real, deeper issues.

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