The wrong way to use bike technology

In my last podcast I mentioned a book called From Good to Great. In it the authors looks at what it takes to go from being an average company to being a great one, although he also used several sports analogies because of the direct ties between achieving greatness in two fields. One of the most striking things to me was how in both cases the use of technology was a good indicator of whether companies were on a good path or not.

In the book they pointed out how great companies would use new technology to accelerate progress that was already there while others would use technology to stimulate progress. In other words, one group was experiencing good results and used technology to make them even better while another group was dead in the water with no idea of what to do and used technology to try and get things going again.

This principle also ties in to how a lot of riders are told to use technology to improve their ride. They are not encouraged to follow a good training program and/ or take a skills course, instead they are fed a steady dose of technology to stimulate progress. It is no wonder that when the progress stops they look to technology to get the ball rolling again.

If you’ve stalled out in your progress as a rider you don’t need a lighter bike, bigger wheels or more travel. Odds are you can’t really push your current bike to its limits – you’re holding it back!

Do some stretching, start using one of my training program and visit sites like www.betterride.net, www.bikeskills.com and www.leelikesbikes.com to find out more on skills training. Don’t fall into the mind trap of thinking that your equipment really matters that much. It has its place but it is at the end of the improvement equation, not at the beginning of it.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Andrew Pratley says:


    I’m going to go a step further (and a little off topic) and suggest that I see the biggest downside of the (constant) focus on technology is that we lose perspective on why we began riding – that is because it is incredibly fun and rewarding. I highly doubt anyone rode a great bike on their first ride, and even if they did it would be nothing on what is available today.

    I’ll be the first to say I’ve spent $1,000s more than I ever planned to on various bikes and related equipment and whilst you get the initial rush of excitement, unless the purchase helps with the overall experience it is waste of money (and your time). Ever since I started riding my hard tail I wanted a dual suspension bike simply because they were better – I didn’t have he skills to ride them then (and maybe I still don’t!) In the end what made me buy a frame and rebuild my bike was the soreness in my lower back from rides. Now that I own a second hand dual suspension frame and few new snazzy parts, I look at the new Yetti ($13,000AU) and think how cool it would be to own that one day, but I also realise I’d get a lot more out of spending that money on two overseas riding trips. We remember the experience in the long run, not the hot the bike.

    I can not agree more with your statement “Odds are you can’t really push your current bike to its limits – you’re holding it back!”

    I’m really liking your website and perspective. In a couple of weeks I’ll take the plunge and sign up for your course.


    Reply • June 26 at 7:14 pm

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