The Paceline Podcast #15

The Paceline Podcast #15

The Paceline continues to chase the road disc controversy. Padraig has some additions to his post “The Debacle.” We have reactions from manufacturers. They are in a pickle. USA Cycling clarifies road disc and stateside racing. And we give rim brakes one last look. Maybe they can put a stop to the disc wave.

Fatty nominates a safe word for cycling. His proposal is to have a word that is universally understood. When the word is blurted out, everyone knows to stop what you are doing on the bike. Fatty’s word is just something he came up with. If you like it, great. If not, nominate one of your own in the comments below.

A new GPS bike computer with an old-style look makes into our gear segment. We talk to the the mind behind Omata. He explains why, during this time of digital, he went with an analog read out.

Going 1x and wondering what to do with that front derailleur? A small bike manufacturer has some suggestions and yes, one includes a bottle opener.



Show links:

Padraig’s take on the road-disc reversal

Bike makers respond to UCI’s full stop on disc brakes


Front derailleurs recycled


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  1. Quentin

    I might be the target audience for the Omata if not for the price tag. I still use a $30 computer (with wires around my front brake cable a la Greg Lemond in 1986) to measure speed and distance. I’m not interested in cadence, heart rate, or power. I currently track my rides using my phone and have considered getting a newer computer so I can combine everything into one device. The Omata fits the bill perfectly and looks great, but being the kind of guy who is using a $30 computer, that might just be too big a leap for me.

  2. cycloscott

    Just not really seeing it for the Omata. But like Quentin above, I’m almost certainly not the target market. I want to know my power, cadence and to a lesser degree, my HR. Speed means less than nothing to me. But it has “the pretty” which will certainly go a long ways with a certain segment.

    Honestly, if I wanted an analog view of how fast I was going, I’d rather buy this:

  3. Chris

    I’m struggling with the need for a cycling “safe word”. In those “certain kinds of intimacy” in which someone needs a safe word, I understand that it’s because that person is not in control of their situation. If you’re on a ride and you’re getting shelled, or it’s windy, or whatever else reason you may have for wanting to stop, just stop! You are fully in control of that situation! Nothing except your ego or propensity to capitulate to peer pressure is preventing you from going back home/to the car/to the café.

    That being said, I can envision one scenario where a “safe word” may be helpful: Tandem rides.

  4. Michael Hotten

    Quentin and Cycloscott
    Thanks for listening. You guys are right, the Omata is not for the data-driven. It puts looks first. The data you desire is recorded but most of it is not known until the post-ride upload. Rhys did tell me that they are considering models that display power instead of speed but the limitations of an analog readout would still leave you with one large dial and two smaller ones.

    Love your safe word. Fatty may need to reconsider. Blunderbuss? What the $*[email protected]?

    1. Scott

      As an engineer, I always prefer function over form. I see something like the Omata and it just oozes “pretty” with very little function. Let’s be honest, how useful is speed as a measure of a ride? Maybe on a flat, well-paved, trail that’s completely wind-protected it might serve some purpose. Ergo, next to zero functionality. Oh, but it looks cool, so it’ll probably sell quite well. And it comes with that adorable story of how 18mph is the perfect speed for seeing the countryside. Old-man rant over: Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!

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