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Old 11-02-06, 10:31 AM   #1
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things I dont know, but get scared to ask.

There are always things we just dont know and we just go along cause we are afraid to ask,
so Ill start cause not knowing is bugging me.
what is the relation between Starbucks and cyclists?
Im totally missing the joke here.
people make jokes about the relation of those two, what is it?
Like superdex also has Starbucks is my kickstand.
anyone care to explain?
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Old 11-02-06, 10:32 AM   #2
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Poseur bikers like to hang out at coffee shops.

Starbucks is the ultimate poseur coffee shop.

Hence, extreme poseur bikers hang out at Starbucks.
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Old 11-02-06, 10:33 AM   #3
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Starbucks is evil.
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I always wondered why singlespeeds are so attractive, and why people think that ss mtbing puts them into a category above everyone else. I'm referring to a thread in the mtbing forum that lasted about 8 pages where ss folks basically acted like they are better for being ssers.
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Old 11-02-06, 10:34 AM   #5
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yep - saab has it right.
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Old 11-02-06, 10:35 AM   #6
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ohhh we dont have a Starbucks here.. so I guess Im missing the poseur hang out!
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Oh cummon.

Do they put up a big pretense? Sure. Is their product sub-standard to the elite coffee consumer? Probably. Does that make them evil? I don't think so.

Starbucks is to coffee what Microsoft is to computing. Sure, it's easy to call them the big evil megacorp that's ruining your life, but they both played a pretty pivotal roll in bringing things to the average joe, even if they had to be watered down to accomplish that.
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Starbucks is evil.
While I am not a fan of their coffee, the Starbucks phenomenon is quite interesting. It's somewhat the opposite of Wal-Mart.

Starbucks moves into a community, charges a lot MORE for their drinks, and still runs the competition into the ground. I think what people like about them is the consistency from store to store. They, along with Dunkin' Donuts (the blue collar Starbucks anymore) are kind of the McDonalds of coffee. No matter where you are, you know you're going to get basically the same service, quality, and reputation. And maybe some wi-fi.

That's overly simplistic, but I find it interesting. People will pay extra for consistency.

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Old 11-02-06, 10:38 AM   #9
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ohhh we dont have a Starbucks here.. so I guess Im missing the poseur hang out!
Downtown Portsmouth and also in Kittery across from the Trading Post. Of course, I just go to Dunkin Donuts.
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starbucks is like the wallmart of "cool". it's everywhere and yet tries to feel like part of the local community.

i recently learned that our little convience store in my work building was forced to sign a "non-competitive" agreement with starbucks before they moved in. the guy had been there years before starbucks even showed interest in the place. so, to stay where he was, he had to agree not to sell coffee anymore.
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That's overly simplistic, but I find it interesting. People will pay extra for consistency.

Discuss.
IMHO, the average Starbucks consumer is also paying premium for what they interpret to be a premium, "cool" experience. Which is exactly why other people, who want to seem even cooler and more premium, seem to take so much joy in putting Starbucks down. I mean, if those people think something is cool, and I think it's dumb, I must be WAY cooler than them!
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Old 11-02-06, 10:43 AM   #12
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Downtown Portsmouth and also in Kittery across from the Trading Post. Of course, I just go to Dunkin Donuts.
I shall check out the portsmouth location on saturday morning! Ill go in full gear waering a # from one of my race, making them all scared that they missed one!
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IMHO, the average Starbucks consumer is also paying premium for what they interpret to be a premium, "cool" experience. Which is exactly why other people, who want to seem even cooler and more premium, seem to take so much joy in putting Starbucks down. I mean, if those people think something is cool, and I think it's dumb, I must be WAY cooler than them!
stop!!!!! here's another one I wanted to ask!
what is IMHO??????
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In My Humble Opinion.

if you don't want to be humble you can just use IMO.
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Old 11-02-06, 10:44 AM   #15
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stop!!!!! here's another one I wanted to ask!
what is IMHO??????
In my humble opinion

IMO= In my opinion

anyone have any wisdom to share on the ss culture?
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In my himble opinion. People who are trying to sound cool while they're posting on internet forums use it to cover up the fact that they're stuck up and egotistical.
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IMHO, the average Starbucks consumer is also paying premium for what they interpret to be a premium, "cool" experience. Which is exactly why other people, who want to seem even cooler and more premium, seem to take so much joy in putting Starbucks down. I mean, if those people think something is cool, and I think it's dumb, I must be WAY cooler than them!
Oh yeah, I forgot one point.... Starbucks spikes their $3+ drinks with pure uncut Afgani heroin. I mean, there has to be a reason people at work get the shakes around 9:30 am and then suddenly are calm after their visit to the Starbucks...
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can't help you, BDG! i don't even like coffee... much less want to stop long enough to order and drink something like that on the ride! (rides are for RIDING not stopping for hours at rest stops/coffee shops!)
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I shall check out the portsmouth location on saturday morning! Ill go in full gear waering a # from one of my race, making them all scared that they missed one!
Market St. across from the church where they're replacing the steeple.
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can't help you, BDG! i don't even like coffee... much less want to stop long enough to order and drink something like that on the ride! (rides are for RIDING not stopping for hours at rest stops/coffee shops!)
I'm with you! coffee taste like coal. I'd prefer hot cocoa or some gatorade. Plus sitting for an hour at a coffee shop is my idea of boring.
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anyone have any wisdom to share on the ss culture?
I understand you are not riding due to a broken derailer? If you rode singlespeed you wouldn't have that problem.

I don't know why you haven't done a quick conversion so you can hit the trails. I would have.
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OK since you guys know me enough not to judge and this is my chance..
here's one more, but.... please be respectful, one straight answer,
why cant mormons have coffee?????
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...I think what people like about them is the consistency from store to store...
+1 - especially knowing that where ever I go, If I really don't fancy the local restaurants, starbucks will be mostly the same(98% of the time)

Out of all I've tried - Kuwait City had the biggest portions and the best quality, Bern the most expensive by a long, long way

That said until I can take my bike into the shop they're not on my list of stops while cycling.
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IMO= In my opinion

anyone have any wisdom to share on the ss culture?
Pheard, I think its just like any other culture out there. Like messagers, they don't really hang with other crowds outside of theirs.

I date a SS, he is not the kind of person you mention. But I will tell you he is tough, can ride hard and is VERY strong. But he is very humble individual. He has done some tough races out there. I think you might have a few jerks out there and that gives people like you a bad taste. My bf has his SS friends that he rides with but he will never turn down a ride even if its with a gearie. But don't complain when your bike breaks

There are always a few guys/gals out there that ruin the good taste sort to speak for others. I'm sorry for that.
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OK since you guys know me enough not to judge and this is my chance..
here's one more, but.... please be respectful, one straight answer,
why cant mormons have coffee?????
I think it's Mormon = No Caffeine.

That eliminates a lot of fun drinks. No Red Bull for You, Utah!
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