Get over yourself. The thing about biking is getting from point A to point B. If it's not, you're doing it wrong. However, getting from point A to point B is a mostly solved problem - do your groundwork and plan, before you even set off. For another 9, have something to refer to when the route doesn't match your plan. It's worked for centuries.
"Cadence", sheesh, I almost feel embarassed to have never had a road-going vehicle with more than 2 wheels in my 3 decades of adult life. And you wonder why Critical Mass Porto Alegre happened?
Ahh.. the typical /. lack of empathy or imagination. Here's some situations that you clearly can't be bothered to think of:
- You've moved to a new city, or are going somewhere in a city that you haven't been before. Most people cannot memorise a whole city street plan.
- You've found yourself in a section of the world where you really don't want to stop (lots of traffic, or the locals don't look too friendly).
- Why should I plan, do groundwork? We don't have to! We have the technology! For a technology site there's a massive luddite community on here.
- Fine, you don't like 'cadence', how about 'momentum'. Going up a long hill, tired, then stopping is a massive ballache since you lose all the speed you had.
Lots of things have worked for centuries, doesn't mean we can't do them better.