I went on Amazon.com yesterday to purchase a bag for my bike. I’d like to take my cell phone and an emergency tire kit with me when I ride.
I logged in, looked around for a minute and decided on a cute $6 black bag. Easy right? Except Amazon.com has an awful feature that says, ‘Customers who bought this item also purchased these items’ and then displays pictures of the items.
…A Bicycle Cable Lock
Uh, I guess I need that. I don’t want my bike stolen. And I stuck it in my online cart.
…A Planet Blinky Light Set
Well, if I bike near dusk, I need to be safe. Sure, I need that too. In the cart it goes.
… A Schwinn Bike Computer
I really need to know many calories I’ve burned, the speed I’m traveling at, the distance I’ve gone, and the temperature in Singapore.
… A StowAway Bicycle Seat Bag
One in front is nice but two is always better
…A 115 Decibel Bike Airhorn
My greatest goal in life is to burn out a horn in my car and now Amazon is telling me that I can be just as obnoxious, annoying, and horn crazy on a bike? I am soooo disappointed with myself. Had I looked into this earlier, I would have started biking YEARS ago.
I kept clicking and Amazon kept suggesting items I simply couldn’t live without. Given enough time, the front of my bike would look like the cockpit on a 747.
Then Amazon said, ‘Customers who purchased your item also purchased… a bike motor.’
Well yeah! That’s because we now have 75 extra pounds of accessories! How else are we supposed to get around?
Frustrated, I clicked ‘Checkout’
Let’s see. Bike $150. Accessories $285.
Realizing I had approached dangerous territory for my Visa… I deleted the cart.
I’m hanging a grocery bag from my handles.