Happy birthday to my friend and blog-contribution engineer, Michael Diaz.

Some interesting thoughts from Guitar Ted this morning….

“My thoughts are not whether this is “good” or “bad”, per se’, but rather, just what does this say, if anything, about mountain biking? Is it really “mountain biking” if we cross the line to electronic shifting, or have we sold our souls to a “digital devil“? Where does it stop?”

“Does mountain biking become something less when we start to decrease the human power element, if electronic shifting even does that to any degree?”

Read the post here.

By the way, saw a new El Mariachi build over on Gnat’s blog this morning – Great looking (and riding) bike, and it doesn’t have electronic shifting.