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Some things are simply better. That is, they are considerably better for being considerMine is not quite as smooth as this, but a lot cheeper! ably simpler.

A few months back I converted an old road bike into a single speed – it only has one gear – which I use for my 14 mile round trip commute each day. It’s lighter and has fewer parts that might break or wear out; it’s efficient and fast and cheaper to maintain and set up; it’s actually great fun to ride and not having to think about changing gear means you have more time to enjoy the ride and focus on not getting wiped out by a bus.

Once I realised I didn’t need 2 gears, let alone 18 or 24 (Manchester is fairly flat) I was free to liberate my cycling experience from unnecessary but I really need this? complexity, weight and expense.

But the principle carries over to other areas of life. All my gadget lust at the moment is directed towards the new wave of low cost ‘ultra-portable’ laptops. The don’t do very much (relatively), but they do the basics very well, have low power consumption and don’t cost much (sub £200).

In times of rising fuel and food costs, I think consumers will become better at working out what they really want to pay for, and what they really want to be lumbered with. Are you paying for and carrying around more gears than you need?