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    What I haven't seen on this forum? Bike snobbery!

    Maybe a few zealous riders might be insulting if one mentions the word Schwinn or Huffy gets the job done,but I haven't seen it yet. I belong to a couple of guitar forums,and there is no worse snobbery than musicians.I guess as one gets out and rides that is what matters to us "Clydes".

    A while back I remember reading a bike mag and the reporter was doing a story on department store bikes. This certain bike was a Murray street bike,hybrid 10 speed. Funny,because at the time I had that excact bike! He reported how the bike had inadqaqute steering,the brakes wasn't fast enough,the salesman didn't know the product,etc. The trouble was the reporter was used to riding $1500 + bikes and was comparing his to a $89 bike.

    I remember the bike company CEO wrote in the magazine and defended his product.His point was dead on,that the bike wasn't meant for racing,or going downhill at 30mph or stopping on a dime.Rather the bike was meant to go from point A to point B and back to point A again.I couldn't agree more.

    So,if you see a cyclist out there on a Wal-Mart bike or similar store brand,applaud him/her and remember that we all been there before.

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    Don't you know, it's all about the bike?
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    It's part of the reason that this is really the only forum I frequent here. The people here are real and genuine. There is a certain degree of self righteousness in other forums. I see that when just searching on a topic and getting hits in those places.

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    My first bike was a $69 Wal Mart bike years ago -- i wanted to get back into riding but didn't want to spend hundreds and then the fad passes. If a big box store bike gets you out there and then you move to another up scale brand it served you well. At least they are out there doing it.

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    Especially when you are a Clyde like me it can make sense to start out with a get-by bike. If it works out and I actually get into this whole riding thing in a year I may need a different sized bike because of butt padding changes and such.. it would really annoy me to spend $1500 on a bike and a year from now it didn't fit any more, like my jeans..

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    The Clyde forum is great. Good advice, down to earth people, lots of encouragement and genuine well wishes.

    BTW, I own a Tandem from Wal-Mart. It is great bang for the buck. Nothing wrong with any bike that gets the job done.

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    I have a friend who is quite the snob. He owns a number of custom built machines each costing him over $7500... he always makes fun of people riding Wal-Mart "Sledgehammers"... I remind him "but at least those people are out riding!". I can't remember the last time my friend actually rode one of his bikes - they have become his "Prec-iousssss" (and yes he has packed on the pounds lately!). Anyway, it's not the bike, it's the rider and what that rider does. I actually have alot of respect for the Sledgehammer riders; those bikes are heavy and hard to pedal up a trail. The effort is twice as hard... why would anyone make fun of that? I stand and salute that person!
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    I belong to some guitar forums as well and agree that they can be snobbish but I've found that almost any specialized forum has them... but guitarists are right up there at the top.

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    Clydes also understand that the half-ounce you can save with a carbon fiber water bottle cage doesn't make a whole lot of difference compared to the 100+ pounds I need to lose.

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    Good thread!! It is one of the reasons this is my favorite forum on BF. I have a road bike, not a top of the line, but a nice one and suits the type of riding I do and want to do more of. However, I have owned all types of bikes in the past, and enjoyed them all. This is by far the most encouraging forum on this site, with some great non-biased info on almost all subjects. One thing we all have in common is the pursuit of bettering ourselves and an interest in becoming and staying active. In my opinion that is far more valuable than any type or brand of bike, and we can achieve our goals and be successful on any type or brand of bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottStr View Post
    Clydes also understand that the half-ounce you can save with a carbon fiber water bottle cage doesn't make a whole lot of difference compared to the 100+ pounds I need to lose.
    That's why I don't care about the weight of my bikes. I have so much to lose that it doesn't make a difference if my bike is 18, 25ish, 45ish lbs or that new lighter than a wet fart Cannondale.
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    farts are greatly appreciated as long as the other riders are talented and experienced. at the precise moment of release, a vacuum is formed. this is the optimal time for the rider behind you to get as aero as possible and "ride the brown rhino". his face should be within 2-3mm of the anus to receive maximum benefit (reduced drag...duh, its in a vacuum). i have hit speeds of over 53mph in such conditions.

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    I think we all get that it's a lot easier to loose pounds from the engine than it is to lose ounces from the bike. Cheaper too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    I think we all get that it's a lot easier to loose pounds from the engine than it is to lose ounces from the bike. Cheaper too.
    +1
    I dont see the point in forking out hundreds of extra dollars to get the "dura ace" model as its xGrams lighter when Im 90lbs overweight. However, I do ride a carbon bike, not because of the saved weight but because when the LBS brought it out to show me the bike was SO pretty and anything else just did not compare. I had to have it and its been an awesome bike (2010 Spec Roubaix) - yes, Im fickle

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    My wife picked out a bike several years ago from Wal-Mart,a $30 single speed HUFFY! She didn't want one with gears or handbrakes. I've been thinking about getting a single speed cruiser myself for a grocery grabber!

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    Two of my bikes are mid-80s steel frames, and I rescued them from a dumpster. It's tough to be snobby when you're riding something you trash picked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MLKATO View Post
    Maybe a few zealous riders might be insulting if one mentions the word Schwinn or Huffy gets the job done,but I haven't seen it yet. I belong to a couple of guitar forums,and there is no worse snobbery than musicians.
    No. The worst kind of snobbery is among photographers. Now we're having a peeing match to find the biggest snobs.

    The good thing about X-Mart bikes is they'll teach you maintenance. The bad thing is they'll teach you maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
    I belong to some guitar forums as well and agree that they can be snobbish but I've found that almost any specialized forum has them... but guitarists are right up there at the top.
    Agreed. I hear a lot of Fender VS Gibson,Martin VS Taylor,etc. But not a lot of love for the little guys. Inquire about a Wal-Mart First Act and they will laugh you off the forum.

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    Hahaha! I started on a Huffy doing 60 mile rides. That's plenty more that alot of bike snobs I know and have met.

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    There's nothing wrong with Huffys',Mongooses',low end Schwinns',etc. I see more of them out on the road then Treks',Cannodales',and Specializeds'.

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    I think that I may fit into the mold that frequently gets "bike-snobberied" as I am a clyde that rides a road bike that is made more for speed than fat-kid-hauling-capacity. Not to mention it's an internet bike (for shame!).

    Really, I couldn't care less about what bike the other person is riding. To me what's more important is that their feet make the same circular motion as mine; more people should do it.
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    Hahaha, Just don't visit the road bike forum....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cohophysh View Post
    Hahaha, Just don't visit the road bike forum....
    Good advice for so many reasons...
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    Perfect timing on this thread! We're thinking of buying my husband a bike (he's 5'11" 250 or so), and I was wary of being able to buy a strong, adult-sized bike at a walmart-type store. It's just for casual rail-trail riding, no racing or anything (though I suspect he'll sprint from time to time!).

    Also, MLKATO, I just noticed that you're from NW Arkansas! I don't live there anymore, but it's where I call home. Enjoy all the new trails they're building!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyW View Post
    Perfect timing on this thread! We're thinking of buying my husband a bike (he's 5'11" 250 or so), and I was wary of being able to buy a strong, adult-sized bike at a walmart-type store. It's just for casual rail-trail riding, no racing or anything (though I suspect he'll sprint from time to time!).

    Also, MLKATO, I just noticed that you're from NW Arkansas! I don't live there anymore, but it's where I call home. Enjoy all the new trails they're building!
    OK, but there is one thing to bear in mind: the Wally-World bikes are basically disposable. Many times, bike shops won't even touch them. And not because of any real snobbery, but because they really can be frustrating to work on.

    That said, I wouldn't care what bike a friend was on, so long as he or she joined me for a ride...
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    IMHO it does not matter what you ride, just as long as you are riding it and enjoying yourself.

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