The Life-Sized City Blog: Silly Impulse Buy

I found this in a box in the cellar. For reasons unbeknownst to me I seem to have purchased this ‘cykel computer’ a few years back for the rock bottom price of 20 kroner [€3.00]. One of those classic supermarket impulse purchases of an item I have absolutely no use for. What possible interest do I have in recording my distance travelled, my speed, my whatever else the thing records? Even if I did record it, I have nobody to talk to about it. The other 499,999 other daily cyclists with whom I share the bike lanes certainly don’t give a shit about my average speed or distance travelled - let alone their own. If I showed up at work and said “hey! I just did XX km in XX minutes!” I would be met with strange looks and worried grimaces.So after taking the shot I promptly chucked this Cykel Computer into the trash - the electronics container, of course, so the city can dispose of it properly - and my life is better off for it.

But a shiny, new bell... THAT'S something important AND useful. Hmm. I'll keep my eye out for one.

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