The past is the hitchhiker we have no choice but to carry with us. Take yesterday’s ride: my Trek 2300.
Most of the air in the tires was compressed last week.
The rear hub is 21st century but in service to an idea from the 19th: the single-speed drivetrain. Remove the rear wheel, flip it over to use the cog on the other side of the hub, and it’s yet another 19th-century drivetrain: the fixed gear (no coasting, no way, no how).
The seat post is from the 70s. The headset, crank arms and frame are from the 90s. And the engine has been in continuous use since 1960.
The future is unrepresented here, but shows up on every ride as that day’s destination.
Of course every time you reach a destination, you’ll notice it has its thumb out. Seems unnecessary.
Every place, everyone, everything ultimately rides for free.
Until you forget.