27 October 2011 - 12:29Devices
I was reading Guitar Ted’s blog yesterday about the “perfect cell phone for cyclists”, and he brought up a few really good points. Everyone’s needs are different, but I feel that that device already exists. Love them or hate them, the iPhone is about the best thing going out there. If you read through the post, G-Ted’s idea of a perfect cycling phone is essentially an old flip phone, which does a pretty good job of being a phone. He also brings up the point that he uses other peripherals, such as a bike computer and camera.
But what if one device had all this?
There are apps for all of that. OK, so the camera on the iPhone is not the greatest, but I do like the fact that I have access to everything I need to make sure my business is running smoothly with the sweep of a finger. I have done countless deals while I have been out of the shop thanks to that little device. I can tell people where there orders are, answer important emails, order products or even pay bills. I can listen to my tunes.
Some would argue that bringing all this hoohaw along with you on a ride goes against what riding is really about. For some it is about being away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. I do like being away from it all, but would not be able to get very far if I lived within a rigid structure of free time/work time. I work all the time so I can be free all the time. Over the years I have adapted my schedule to take my advantages when I can, knowing that I really only need to be around the shop during delivery and pick up times. Technology is a wonderful thing, it allows me to still steer the ship remotely.
I wouldn’t be able to do it with a phone like Dicky’s…
I’d even go so far to day that my iPhone is probably one of the most important tools in my kit.