It’s interesting how often we define things by what they are not.

My bicycle doesn’t have a freewheel, or any way of coasting. It doesn’t have gears. It doesn’t have brakes, or brake levers, or cables.

I’ve found that the easiest way to explain my bike is in terms of it’s differences, or things it doesn’t have.

With a short list of the ways in which my bike differs from most other bikes, you gain a lot of information.

How often do we do this? And is it necessarily a bad thing?

With the understanding that a lack of components doesn’t actually indicate a deficiency, it’s far easier to describe my bike in terms what it lacks rather than what it has.