Sounds of Change

Technology can be hard to escape these days.especially if its beeping in your jersey pocket. I was warming up in the parking lot at the velodrome, where the weekly world championship has departed every Sunday at 10 a.m. for decades. Around here, no other ride has more tradition. Just a few years ago I saw a former pro win the thing with toeclips and down – tube shifters.
It was 9:58 —at least Id set the clock on my Garmin properly —when I finally silenced the pinging. An hour earlier, right before I slipped on booties laminated with Windstopper fabric and saddled up on a test bike with electronic shifting, I had synched my GPS with a mapping app that has social – media capabilities. I was deliberately trying to see the sport through an early adopters eyes, and I was about to be late for the ride.
Luckily, I forgot about all these gizmos once we rolled out. I was simply pedal – ingand gauging where the wind was coming from and talking to Andy about craft beer and enjoying how embrocation heats up an hour after you apply it. There was one moment when I shifted into the big ring, and its hard not to pause at the unnecessary yet miraculous precision of an electronic front derailleur, but then I went back to spinning circles and surveying fallow cornfields and talking to the guy we call Goat about the escalating demands of youth soccer and, as always, wondering if I could hang when the ride turns offSchool Road and into a race.
You dont really need high – tech wonders to enjoy moments like this. But as long as youre not prone to going overboard —after all, we live i n an era in which you can train with two power meters to triangulate your wattage with your rolling resistance and drag coefficient —technology can be fun or even transformative without screwing up the essence of what makes the sport so beautiful.
This kind of digital innovation is coming to BICYCLING, too. The magazine youre holding, for instance, is the first weve produced to work on the iPad. This is especially exciting for subscribers, wholl be able to view this and all forthcoming issues for free on their tablets. In addition, weve created our first e – book original: an anthology called The Best of BICYCLING. Now anyone who has a Kindle or an iPad or a Nook can kick back with the most memorable stories ever to appear in the 50 – year history of this magazine. Im really excited about how BICYCLING will jump on these platforms to share even more stories and images that capture the power of riding abike.
Back on my big Sunday ride, a crosswind did not materialize to expose the cracks in my off – season fitness. The chatter halted and the pack blasted by a Mennonite buggy and pulsed like it was alive. I would later upload and examine my GPS file on Strava, so I can say with certitude that I d id not have a stray daydream for exactly 28 minutes and 10 seconds. What happened in the last two minutes of the unsanctioned race is fuzzier: It got really hard, I had a good wheel, I lost a good wheel, I got back on, I sprinted as hard as I could, I felt the lactic burn of my average – ness, and I coasted across the line with 10 or 15 riders in front of me. My station in life reconfirmed.
On the bright side, the Garmin suggests that I burned almost 2,000 calories, while Strava tells me that I averaged 30.3 miles per hour for the last half – mile and thatonly four other registrants have logged a time faster than mine. This sounds far more exciting than sitting up and finishing 14th, so I am willing to pursue this early – adopter business for a while longer.

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