Dear Mr Patterson,
So, Mr.Patterson, thanks for helping my wife install your internal crank invention, the Metropolis Patterson crankset, on my Soma Saga. And also thanks for the parts that you sent her. What a wonderful invention! As a semi-old man who mostly likes to ride around our retirement park and also doesn’t like too many complications in my life, it was nice to find this crank. Most of the park we winter in is level, has lots of twists and turns and stop signs. Old men pull out of driveways unexpectedly. So I quite like the simplicity of having just a simple shifter that makes one significant jump in gearing at any time. I always at least slow down in intersections, and each time a quick downshift is at my finger tips. My wife put a little H and L on the levers just so I don’t get too confused in my old age. This simplicity of shifting lets me keep my primary attention on the road and what’s going on around me. If someone pulls out of a driveway and I have to make an immediate stop, I don’t bother worrying about downshifting beforehand. I can always do it after stopping. This seems like a simple thing, but not paying attention to shifting during maneuvering makes my biking so much more enjoyable. Of course, when I’m out of the park and on rolling terrain, bike paths, and such, I do use my more nuanced rear cassette shifter oftentimes, but almost always my front crank shifting is my go-to first choice.