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1985-10-04 | Memory | Bike Racking

Across the street from TESC there was a guy that rented Rhys part of his living room. Rhys kept himself warm with a high wattage incandescent lamp that doubled as light. I forget the guys name, but he told me once a story about a bike rack he designed. He proposed a simple design to the city, and it got implemented, but, what he didn't know was that another group of people was going through all of the various considerations of bike racks, and he missed one of them that was important. His point was that the slow progress of a formal treatment of requirements was often preferable to the cowboy quick solution. This was in 1985 or so, long, long before the mostly opposite idea of Bike Shedding existed. I can see both sides, and in various scenarios they both have their use. Regardless, it is still kind of funny that I was lectured on bike racks with a mostly opposite lesson than bike sheds.