Racing shorts and foundations

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Racing shorts and foundations

I don't know about where you live but here in Boulder, Colorado, most every bike rider looks like they're getting ready for the Tour de France. Is all that expensive gear effective? Does the money spent on high-tech racing clothing noticeably improve performance? If you look at the marketing pitch on this gear it reads something like: "our gear is designed to be lightweight, aerodynamic, and breathable reducing wind resistance and improving speed and efficiency.

The ultra-light materials provide UV protection, temperature regulation, and improved muscle support." All this sounds wonderful but I wonder if for the average bike rider, it isn't like adding an acoustic isolation base to a Bose radio and hoping for better sound? This isn't a rant about high-fashion bicycle clothing.

No, actually it's just me trying to keep things in perspective. How many times have people tried to upgrade their system's performance by adding an expensive tweak when what they really need to do is get the basics right? Foundations matter.

  • Is your AC power foundation solid?
  • How about your loudspeakers?
  • Setup?
  • Power amplification?
  • Room?
For the few who can bike faster than anyone in town, it might help to get some aerodynamic clothing. For the few whose HiFi system's fundamental foundations are solid, it probably makes sense to add a few tweaky flourishes. For the rest of us, a strong foundation is where you start.
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