brian m. carlson brian m. carlson CyclingWoBloMo version 2 of the GNU General Public License the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License

There are lots of things I really like about my bike.

I know my bike is a precision machine: I trust it. I know how it works: how it turns, how it grips, how it accelerates. I can make it move so smoothly that I can come within inches of a pedestrian—and miss every time.

I can drive a car, but cars are different; they are not trustworthy. You push the pedal, and it does not accelerate. It automatically determines how to direct the power. I cannot drive a car with inches to spare, because I don't know the machine inside and out; it will not always obey me. Thus a car is a useful tool, but it is not something that I can rely on at all times; it is not an extension of me.