When bringing home a new bike, maybe the tone is important

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with his electric mountain bike in the city centre.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Another victim of the N+1 rule

“This is my city bike. I am from Frankfurt and this is my first day riding in Brussels and there are a few mountains here and I need the electric bike. I have about five bikes at home. There is a fixie and a fat bike. The fat bike is one of just 100 made by the same company as made this electric bike. I saw it week after week in the bike shop and finally said I had too have it. I bought it and my wife said, ‘OK’.”

Notes: My wife said, “OK”. Now, try that with a tone of acceptance, then a tone of resignation. Then a tone of sarcasm. Up to you what tone she used. But worth the comparison. We were having a giggle about which one was real.

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