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    Do you post differently here?

    Historian's thread on head and heart got me thinking...

    I've been watching the road forum more as I now have a full road bike, and have started to post some.

    Here's the thing -- I kind of like the snarky side of that forum, and have started to get into it. But I wouldn't do it here. Feels like our job is to encourage people into this great sport and share our knowledge. Sort of kinder, less competitive.

    Am I the only one?
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    Nope.

    The Roadie forum is all about banter and ribbing. There are some who take it way too far, but for the most part it's not much different than guys just hanging out talking trash on a basketball court, softball field, or a pool table.

    I very much appreciate and enjoy the amiable atmosphere here though. It'a like a refuge.

    I'd talk more smack to Beanz if I could come close to backing it up though, lol.

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    As a total noob "i dont even know what noob means!) this is where I have been made to feel welcome.

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    Senior Member adrien's Avatar
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    Ha!

    It's actually on of his posts that got me thinking.

    (Roadie attitude on) I'd like to make it clear that I have a regular double, and ride it up the hills just fine. (attitude off)

    I also should tell you guys that I'm kinda worried about running out of legs going up hills...
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    I vary the posts based on the forums, and spend most of my time on the C & V forum. The C & V is all about educating and encouraging riders to buy, restore and ride vintage bikes. And the subforum on valuation is all about flippers sharing their opinions.

    I occasionally visit the mechanics forum, looking for answers to problems I am having, and sharing opinions/answers with others.

    I am a former clyde, and will pass through this forum sharing opinions on buying bikes (I will almost always recommend buying used, I am pretty predictable in that regard).

    I avoid the road forum. Its not my thing.

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    C&V almost never gets confrontational. It does at times but mostly it's another shared interest community that helps each other.

    It's my other regular hang out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrien View Post
    Historian's thread on head and heart got me thinking...

    I've been watching the road forum more as I now have a full road bike, and have started to post some.

    Here's the thing -- I kind of like the snarky side of that forum, and have started to get into it. But I wouldn't do it here. Feels like our job is to encourage people into this great sport and share our knowledge. Sort of kinder, less competitive.

    Am I the only one?
    I don't think I post differently in different forums, but I try to abide by the differing rules, both written and unwritten, in each group. The Road Forum seems to be less heavily 'moderated' than C/A, both from 'above' and by individuals posting there. Here the group of posters is, for whatever reason, polite, and so the moderators haven't had to enforce what could be called a "tea party" atmosphere. Thank goodness for that! Besides, online arguments frequently descend to name calling, and who wants to start calling folks "fat" in a Clydesdale forum? I recall some phrase about stones and glass houses.

    The unwritten rules are as important as the written ones when posting. In the Road Forum, it's OK to talk smack. In the Touring Forum, you have to accept that many posters are highly left-wing, and centrist or right criticism will be censored - there's a reason it's called the People's Republic of Touring. Here, it's understood that many, if not most, riders are NOT racing, so the testosterone flows at a slower speed and we get into fewer arguments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
    I'd talk more smack to Beanz if I could come close to backing it up though, lol.
    Mr. Beanz is my better in cycling, and perhaps other ways as well, so I won't patronize him by talking smack. And since I don't know who I will meet who will prove my better, I try not to patronize anyone by talking smack. Save you, of course.

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    People Republic of Touring

    Well said.

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    I don't talk differently in the road forum, because i'm afraid to post. However i enjoy the road forum more than the clydes forum because it is so much more active. The smack talk is also hilarious as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesspal View Post
    I don't talk differently in the road forum, because i'm afraid to post. However i enjoy the road forum more than the clydes forum because it is so much more active. The smack talk is also hilarious as well.
    In that case, look up the thread about the young man and his girlfriend breaking up because she objected to his wearing bike shorts that showed off his 'bulge.' It ran for a dozen or more pages, and it featured some of the funniest comments I've seen on Bike Forums. My favorite was the post comparing the angry couple's profanity-larded text messages to the correspondence of Elizabeth Barret and Robert Browning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
    People Republic of Touring

    Well said.

    Even further Left is the Car-free Forum, where most threads are discussions of oil prices and cars. I had to leave after someone explained his novel theory that a collapse of the US economy would be good for cycling because bikes would be cheaper. Nonsense is like toffee - a little goes a long way, there's no need to feast on it as each meal.

    The closest Touring came to that nonsense, aside from the recent "B*k*ng f*r *b*m* puff-fest, was the claim that churches were public property.

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    What I like about the C&A forum, in a small part, at least, is that I rarely have to put on the Admin Hat in here, and if I do, it's usually just a matter of a gentle PM reminder, unlike some of the other forums, where I have to don 5 layers of nomex and body armor, just to do my job.
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    Well you do a good job Tom!

    I like the C/A forum since it's relatively nonconfrontational... plus you don't have the p---s waving that I've experienced on other forums. I think most people here realize that it's a struggle to lose weight... and as mentioned above, good luck to the person that runs in here calling people "fat". I'm sure it would awaken the sleeping giants of the forum and people you didn't hear from in a while would definitely respond.

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    Most of my posting is in C and A. I do post differently in here, but not how you would expect. In here, if I think of some smart#$$ response to someone, like say, oh I don't know, Mr. Beanz maybee... I go ahead and throw it out there. I do it because I know he has a good senese of humor and a little good natured ribbing only makes it more fun in here. People for the most part in C and A know that the jokes are in fun. The comments tend to be pretty mild here too. I enjoy some humor from time to time. I see in other forums people are attacked for everything from bad grammer, to accusations of racism that appear totaly baseless. Some people just like to pick fights on line with strangers for some reason. I'm glad they don't hang here much. The other thing I do differently here, is try to encourage people. I like to post a "good job" in a thread where someone is talking about starting to ride, or their weight loss. It helps that we cheer each other on in here. At least it helps me, so I try to pay it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Mr. Beanz is my better in cycling, and perhaps other ways as well, so I won't patronize him by talking smack. And since I don't know who I will meet who will prove my better, I try not to patronize anyone by talking smack. Save you, of course.
    Yea, it's a fine line when and when not to talk trash. I feel I need to somehow "know" someone in order to do it, and even then it depends on the personality of the person.

    Being that we're all there with no one else around except us most people would be horrified at the "culture" of my work place, lol. There are two "authority" figures there and the rest are hourly production folks. We have a great time without crossing too many barriers.

    I'm pretty easy going and don't mind a bit of banter.

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    I like both forums with maybe a slight edge to the roadie side as it's a little more lively. The clyde section to me almost seems like a beginers corner of sorts. I'm all for beginers of coarse as I was there three years ago. About the only ones I don't look at are bike mechanics as I use to be a mechanic and hate working on things I just like to ride them I hate fixing them. And recumbent forum and this is were my roadie comes out I just plain hate those things. Oh and I would like to think I respond the same no matter were.
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    Mostly I post here, Commuting, SS/FG, Long-Distance and Foo.

    I don't frequent the road cycling forum because I haven't got an ounce of racer in me. I'm a big, slow, long-distance rider. I stay out of the fixed-gear fashionista threads on ss/fg, and I don't post any differently on the other forums than I do here on C&A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Even further Left is the Car-free Forum, where most threads are discussions of oil prices and cars. I had to leave after someone explained his novel theory that a collapse of the US economy would be good for cycling because bikes would be cheaper. Nonsense is like toffee - a little goes a long way, there's no need to feast on it as each meal.

    The closest Touring came to that nonsense, aside from the recent "B*k*ng f*r *b*m* puff-fest, was the claim that churches were public property.
    I couldn't get far reading the car free forum, even though I agree enough with the idea of being car free, that I am. They never seem to get to how to operate car free in a car oriented society. Not trying to dis another forum though.

    You tend to post in a group in such a way as to the character of the group, a friendly and casual group, tends to get friendly and casual remarks. So yes, I do post differently in different groups.

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    I post in a number of different forums, but only if I have something that adds to the discussion or need to get info. This is my favorite because members tend to be more positive and about helping each other. I'm a clyde for life, even if I can get back down to 10% body fat. I'm down 15lbs and have 65 to go.
    This is where I come to be inspired. Being a long time road racer and off and on touring cyclist, I also spend a lot of time in those forums, which are quite opposite, but only in the type of snarky, we know what you want and need kind of way. One is all about building the best, the other about building the cheapest, but niether is ever about what works for the poster. Not so here.

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    Well I hang out mainly in the "Classic & Vintage" forum because I have a passion for old bikes, specifically Italian road bikes. But I also like to hang out in this forum because I'm a 'clyde' too, and can relate to a lot of the problems my overweight brothers and sisters go through in their bike riding and training.

    The "Road Forum" I pretty much stay out of, eventhough I'm a 'roadie' with two classic road bikes. That forum is loaded down with too many adolescents for my taste, and often find myself rather 'perplexed' because I cant follow their line of humor. (that is, when they're not bashing each other.) Personally, I dont like that, so I stay out of 'Romper Room'.

    The other forums I dont have much of a problem with.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Mostly I post here, Commuting, SS/FG, Long-Distance and Foo.

    I don't frequent the road cycling forum because I haven't got an ounce of racer in me. I'm a big, slow, long-distance rider. I stay out of the fixed-gear fashionista threads on ss/fg, and I don't post any differently on the other forums than I do here on C&A.
    It seems the C/A forum, kind of like Fifty Plus, has more introspective posts than others.

    Slightly off topic and I hope I'm not violating any rules here, how many forums do people read, presumably skimming the threads, and reading the interesting ones? Since I subscribed this July, I myself read: Introductions, Northeast and Great Lakes Regional, A&S, C/A, Commuting, Fifty plus, Living Car Free, Long Distance, Road Cycling, Touring, Training and Nutrition, Winter Cycling and General Cyling Discussion. I rarely look at some other Bike Forums, and Foo. I check BF about twice a day to keep up.

    I'm looking for useful information and/or interesting discussions. Bicycling is so much a part of my lifestyle, that it is interesting to see so many posts that bring up things that prompt me to reply. I also enjoy posting to others in areas geographically familiar to me: Michigan, Boston and sites on my one cross country tour from LA to DC.

    In response to the original question, "Do you post differently here?," my answer is no; I post the same to all forums.

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    50+ and C&A are definitely mellower forums, and I think there's not much variation in the way I post in the forums I read: General Cycling, Women's, 50+, C&A, and Southern California. Once in a while I'll poke around in Touring and R&F, but mostly as a time-killer.
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    I post in the 50+, C/A, General Cycling and Bicycle Mechanics. Don't really post differently. Feeling a bit guilty that I'm a blood-sucking newbie, but you gotta start somewhere. Road forum is interesting to browse. I had no idea that the TDF wanna-be subculture was so widespread. That's youth for you.
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    I don't post differently. My posts here and in the TX forum are "me"--that's to say, my personality. I read the commuting forum for tips and info but very rarely post there anymore because of the tone that some of the threads take.
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