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Old 09-08-10, 08:19 PM   #1
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Quik Trip "Bike Guy" Commercial

Anybody seen this TV commercial yet? I can't find a video of it yet but find it kind of offensive. It features a doofussy-looking cyclist taking up a whole lane and holding up an angry, honking line of cars. Funny maybe but not at all flattering to us. Or am I being too sensitive?

Be on the lookout for it. (QT is a convenience store for those who don't have them.)

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Old 09-08-10, 09:13 PM   #2
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Contact the local bike clubs and find out whether they have any plans to act.
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Old 09-09-10, 08:50 AM   #3
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We do not have them here in W Pa. I would contact their corporate people and let them know of your displeasure as a cyclist with the ad. You might note(if you do this) that your group of cyclists stops for a break at their stores and your money is green also. We often have a C store stop on scheduled rides.

You may be surprised how much power the customer has. Here is their web site: http://www.quiktrip.com/ If it is a public company go for shareholder relations to get the quickest action.
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They're protected under the 1st Amendment.

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Anybody seen this TV commercial yet? I can't find a video of it yet but find it kind of offensive. It features a doofussy-looking cyclist taking up a whole lane and holding up an angry, honking line of cars. Funny maybe but not at all flattering to us. Or am too sensitive?

Be on the lookout for it. (QT is a convenience store for those who don't have them.)
No, you're not overly sensitive. I had the same reaction.
And plan to let QT know about it.
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Haven't seen it yet, what time did you see it.
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And it would just be too much if it was used during a re-run of this old sitcom episode.

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Old 09-09-10, 05:30 PM   #8
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The only way to redeem that episode of "Different Strokes" would be to have the old lech led away in handcuffs.
Just a coincidence that he was a bicycle man.
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Oh, I realize that.

BTW, I discovered that series sometime ago when I was looking for a "humorous" video to respond to a thread about the LBS experience. I chose not to use it at that time.

I am in retrospect very upset they used a LBS as a platform for a pedo.

However, the essential problem here in the good ole USA is that riders are viewed as self absorbed, obstructionist twits or genuine threats to the fabric of society.
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However, the essential problem here in the good ole USA is that riders are viewed as self absorbed, obstructionist twits or genuine threats to the fabric of society.
But......we are.

At least I admit it.
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I haven't seen anything in real life that bad, but I've been having problems on the rural roads in my area of late. Most particularly when I'm the 2nd car coming up on cyclists riding in pairs. The one riding on the outside, pulls in and allows the first car to pass, then without checking, pulls back into the road right in front of me. Has happened 3 times in the past 2 weeks. Very scary.

There isn't much traffic out here, so I guess they just don't expect a 2nd car close behind.

Oh, and none of the 3 had a mirror.
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No, you're not overly sensitive. I had the same reaction.
And plan to let QT know about it.
Ah good. Someone else has seen it. I still can't find the video online but will keep looking. Saw it around 9:00 PMish Wednesday evening but have not run across it again. Sorry, I can't remember the network.
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I'm a motorcyclist as well. I had an incident of prejudice at a local gas station where the owner told me I couldn't park "that motorcycle" in front of his store while using the restroom after filling the bike. I asked him why to which he replied "you a$$holes are bad for business." I asked him to repeat to it and he did. I told him he'd regret that.

Fast forward to 4th of July in a town that makes millions on the fireworks,carnival and all that. Picture 300 or so motorcycles pulling into said gas station with each one paying cash for 25 cents of gas (fast reaction times) and waiting around for their associates. Took almost 2 hours. He called the police. They said no one was breaking any laws and nothing could be done. Just as we were leaving I went inside and told him he was right,we are bad for business if we wanna be. I wish I could have taken a picture of the look on his face. You could argue we didn't further the cause but I say he was beyond redemption and deserved losing all that money to the guy on the opposite corner of the intersection. Creative action is the key.
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Hopefully somebody will get it on YouTube soon. I'll withhold judgment until I actually see it, but I'll probably be sending a complaint afterward.
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They're protected under the 1st Amendment.
Not from market consequences.
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Creative action is the key.
I like the way you think!
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I like the way you think!
I really wanted to punch him in the mouth. A moments pause cured that.
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I really wanted to punch him in the mouth. A moments pause cured that.
Good for you. Shows you're getting old... Ooops I mean mature. I mean ethical.
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Oh hell that was almost 20 years ago. Today I'd probably prove him right and dot his eye.
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I see riders that look like that all the time. Let's not prove that we are self-absorbed nylon clad twits, get over yourselves and laugh at a funny commercial. I personally enjoy quick trip in my marketplace and will continue to do so.
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[QUOTE=The Weak Link;11434711]They're protected under the 1st Amendment.

So am I, and any who would like to complain.
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Old 09-11-10, 09:12 PM   #22
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So am I, and any who would like to complain.
Indeed. I do hope people will be on the lookout for the commercial and help me find a video of it to post here. Suppose the commercial was themed "geezer guy" with lots of angry drivers honking and shaking their fists at being delayed by a slow senior driver? I'll bet there would be massive blowback on that. But cyclists seem to have been viewed by the producers as a safe target for invoking a superficial stereotype.

I have not seen the commercial again, by the way. Maybe it was a short test run of it or something.

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The commercial plus comments from the creator can be found here: http://chainringtatt.wordpress.com/2...ting-disaster/
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The commercial plus comments from the creator can be found here: http://chainringtatt.wordpress.com/2...ting-disaster/
Ah Ha! Thanks for posting that! I still haven't seen it again here locally and wonder if they may have pulled it.
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The commercial plus comments from the creator can be found here: http://chainringtatt.wordpress.com/2...ting-disaster/
Thanks for posting this.

Here's the website for Quik Trip; I sent in an email complaining:

http://www.quiktrip.com/QTCustomerFe...dbackForm.aspx

I also complained via Twitter to the agency that shot the ad, they are here:

http://www.richards.com/index.html

...and I left a comment on the agency's FaceBook page.

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