I think we need a biking bulls@@t alert function. It appears that this has slowly crept in in recent years. At first it just appeared to be journalist speak to pack out reviews as the same old thing got rehashed every year. However it seems to have seemed to have infiltrated normal everyday riders thoughts that it makes them faster/better, or am I just being miserable?
Examples of biking bulls@@t
Pedals - the old flats/spd (depending on the latest fashion) make me quicker more skilled in the rocks/ups/downs which every fits = bulls@@t no they don't unless you are a pro who rides every day but it helps explain why you have more pairs of shoes than the wife when asked gotta have every eventuality covered
Bar width - I just went from 720 to 740mm and I have so much more control = bullish@@t - no they don't they are no different but they look good
Super duper short stem - I have reduced my stem by 10mm and I can now defy gravity on the downs = bulls@@t - no you can't you are no quicker but you can at least tell yourself your bike looks cool
Wheel size - I am so much quicker on my 650 than my is 26 = bulls@@t - you only think you are quicker to justify blowing £3000 you didn't have on a new bike you didn't need
Latest super groupset - I am so much quicker as the cranks are stiffer and it is so quiet = bullish@@t - can you really tell the arms are stiffer maybe if you are a pro otherwise no just tell yourself this so you don't think about the £1000 you wasted
These are just a small number of the examples of biking bulls@@t out there. We need to stamp it out because I keep falling into the trap of believing it and spending a small fortune on stuff that makes no difference and wastes time which I could be using to enjoy just riding!