Is the definition of cool what you find fun? What impresses your peers? Or what impresses the opposite sex?
I'd say what the general public / society, perceives as cool - and I think in fairness, when mountain biking first came to the public's attention, probably how it was perceived.
If it needs explaining to them, it ain't cool - which is why modern-day mountain biking ain't cool.
If it looks like a group of nerds discussing Star Trek on usenet, in the early 90s, then it ain't cool - which in fairness, is probably what most people would think about a group of aging cyclists / mtb-ers discussing it on retrobike.
I'm just saying...
It's not, Cool is my perception. Not what other tell me is cool.
Though you'll see the cool wall is here to tell you what is cool, but not me. You're luck, I have to think for myself
That's not what I'm saying.
I'm not saying it's for other people to tell us / them / whoever, it's merely a communal "take" on something.
I'm sure the nerds discussing Star Trek on usenet in the early 90s, thought it was cool, too, doesn't necessarily make it so, though.
Minority groups selectively deciding what makes something cool means precisely zero, outside of that minority group - whereas at least Clarkson's take was at least paying lip service to what society in general would opine (even if it was really just his opinion).
Something truly cool, has some ubiquitous nature that needs no explanation to non-enthusiasts.
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