I’d like to kick this weekend off by posing a couple of questions. These questions are real philosophical humdingers. These are questions that are going to make you tug at your beard (whether you have one or not) and gaze — unfocused — into the sky.
These are questions that — with any luck — will compel you to write clever responses in the comments section.
In order for you to understand and answer these questions, you must first look at this photograph (click to see a larger version):
Now, before I get to my questions, I’d like to point out some important facts you’ll need:
- These bikes are new.
- These bikes are at Walmart.
- These bikes cost $75, each.
- That’s The Runner at the far right side of the picture, wondering why I’m taking a photograph of these bikes.
The Big Questions
So now, armed with the knowledge you need, I would like you to now consider and then respond to the following questions:
- As with anything, the law of diminishing returns applies to bicycle purchases; a $30,000 bike is (probably?) not going to be three times as awesome as a $10,000 bike. But does that law apply in the opposite direction? Which is to say, is a $75 bike only going to be 1% as fun to ride as a $7500 bike? Explain your answer.
- Which would give you more trouble-free hours on a bike: buying one $7500 bike, or buying a hundred $75 bikes (i.e., when one $75 bike breaks you walk away from it and get out the next one)? I’m genuinely interested in your answer on this one.)
- Which would be the more awesome spectacle: one person riding a $7500 bike down the road, or a procession of a hundred people riding identical $75 bikes down the road? This question is mostly rhetorical.
- If we take for granted that a $75 bike is not suitable for most traditional cycling purposes (e.g., going somewhere), what are suitable purposes for $75 bikes? Be creative.
I anticipate your answers with great anticipation.