Great writing and pedals…

I read, a lot. I love to read. How­ev­er most of my read­ing is work relat­ed and I spend quite a bit of my time read­ing tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments, trade jour­nals, con­tacts, poli­cies, legal doc­u­ments and the like. When I get an oppor­tu­ni­ty to read just for the sim­ple plea­sure it often has noth­ing to do with any­thing. Or I become immersed in read­ing about some top­ic of inter­est which becomes just as dif­fi­cult to pull me away from as my work often is. I also read a lot of blogs. I can­not begin to express how heart­bro­ken I am at Google killing off Google Read­er. Read­er was a pow­er­ful vehi­cle that would save me end­less amounts of time search­ing for and read­ing through my one hun­dred plus blogs that I fol­low. But I digress.

I am drawn to good writ­ers like moths are drawn to a flame. When I find a writer that I like I fol­low them close­ly. I go back and read their pre­vi­ous bod­ies of work. It is dif­fi­cult to pin­point exact­ly what ‘kind’ of writer I like. I just know it when I see it. Fre­quent­ly it is unin­ten­tion­al. Mean­ing that the author is not try­ing to elic­it the attrac­tion to their work, it just hap­pens. Their style must be one that cap­tures my inter­est or my imag­i­na­tion. A style to res­onates through me and makes me want to read more. This type of writ­ing pro­vides me with a wel­come escape from the some­times banal writ­ing and doc­u­men­ta­tion that I spend so much time immersed in.

When it comes to sub­jects the writ­ing does not always have to be about a sub­ject or top­ic that I am great­ly inter­est­ed in for me to be drawn in. My inter­ests vary great­ly and there are only a few top­ics that I am tru­ly pas­sion­ate about. But, when the great writ­ing and one of my pas­sion­ate top­ics col­lide, I am hooked. This does not hap­pen often but when it does, all the bet­ter.

One such pas­sion­ate top­ic, as if you did not already know, is cycling. Any­thing cycling, the rid­ers, the cul­ture, the dra­ma, the con­tro­ver­sy and def­i­nite­ly the gear. I have been called a gear hog and I can say with all hon­esty that includes cycling gear. I love it. I love using it. I love the antic­i­pa­tion of a new piece com­ing in the mail or find­ing some item that I sim­ply can­not live with­out. How­ev­er, there are a few items of cycling gear that I do not often have an open mind when it comes to change. One of those items is ped­als.

My Look ped­als are ten plus years old and still going strong. I have con­tem­plat­ed replac­ing them many times but I have yet to find a ped­al that tru­ly piques my inter­est. I’ve looked at Speed­play, Shi­mano, new­er Looks, Time, pret­ty much any­thing that comes up in my search­es I look at in depth. I just have not been com­pelled to iden­ti­fy a replace­ment. One of those, “If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it” sit­u­a­tions I sup­pose.

Dirty Looks


So by now you are scratch­ing your head won­der­ing what in the hell these two sub­jects are doing togeth­er. Let me explain. See­ing a top­ic pop up in a blog that I usu­al­ly skim across and don’t read in any depth, I read the post. I was some­what ashamed that I until now I have neglect­ed read­ing the posts as it was one of those sit­u­a­tions I men­tioned above where the author’s work cap­ti­vat­ed me. I enjoyed his per­spec­tive, I enjoyed his sense of humor (big bonus) and when I was done, I am now con­sid­er­ing the exact ped­als that he reviewed. Although, for now I’m keep­ing my Looks…just in case. I will also have to wait until an upcom­ing move to anoth­er city is com­plete. So you can say that it is on my to-do list.

I know that you are won­der­ing, what post is he talk­ing about, who is this tal­ent­ed writer, where can I see more. His name is Patrick Brady and goes by the pen name of Padraig. I hard­ly ever pay atten­tion to real names vs pen names and have no opin­ion on them either way. I do keep track of the authors I like and also keep track of the authors I do not like. The for­mer so I don’t ‘skim’ over an arti­cle if one pops up and the lat­ter so I make sure I pass on and don’t waste my time. If you read Patrick’s…er…I mean Padraig’s bio you will see that he chose his pen name ear­li­er on in the pre­de­ces­sor blog so as not to dis­tract the read­er by who the author was and allow them to focus on the work. Under­stand­able. You can read more if you like over at Red Kite Prayer.

As for the ped­als? They are Ritchey WCS Ech­e­lon ped­als. I think they are worth a try and when I get around to doing so, I will let you know my impres­sions here. Unless I set the spring ten­sion too tight and knock myself into obliv­ion while try­ing to unclip with­out falling over.