Saturday, July 15, 2006
The tread of a bicycle's tire looks so reassuring when viewed close-up. It's beefy and chunky, and it's difficult to imagine it losing its grip on the ground below.
Which is a good thing. Because the couple of square inches of rubber that connect a cyclist to the road are the difference between a smooth ride and disaster. I rely on my tires - and the rest of my machine, of course - to get me home safely so that my kids can come tumbling out of the house to play with my bike's bell and use the water bottles to water the flowers in the garden.
To the uninitiated, it's just a tire. To everyone else, it's so much more.
Your turn: Can you think of any other otherwise-simple products that mean more to us than is immediately apparent? Why is this so?