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Old 09-02-07, 07:19 PM   #1
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Post of the year.

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I'm so confused...

If I take the old Columbia MTB that was my daughters out for a ride, I am an accident waiting to happen.

If I take my Fuji track bike out for a ride, I am a skilled rider, and a hipster?

When I take my Litespeed Ghisallo out, I look down on all other riders if they are not roadies?

When I take one of my good MTB's out should I hate roadies? Wear dreadlocks? What?

If I take one of my beaters out with my street clothes I am now a Fred. Why do roadies lie to me about technical info on new road bikes to impress me?

When I take Bailey in the trike do I not know anything about good road bikes? That's what people say.

If I am on my touring bike with panniers do I have to go camping?

Clearly there is no possible way I can ride on a bike path and then ride in the road with traffic. It must be one or the other.

If I get on a different bike, I am part of a different sub culture? ......WHAT ?
You can tell something about me from what I wear that day on a bike....... WHAT ????


I have learned from the internet that I can't be me on a different bike, ride in a different place, or wear different clothing on a bike. I can't exist. I guess I have to kill myself.
So elequently yet wittingly put. Jon and bailey gives it.. 2 thumbs and a paw up.

I had to post this because well.... I think it's important to remember that we're all cyclists. For me, I try to remember that no cyclist is better than the other, and just because one person is on a cruiser and another is on an expensive road bike doesn't make anyone better than the other, or more knowledgeable than the other. I wanted to post this.. well because I have received some snide remarks from people about my road bike on the forum, and off while I was riding it. People think because a person dresses a certain way, or their bike doesn't look a certain way, they are just posing. Well... it's not true. Not everyone has to conform to what ALL cyclists think is normal, or OCP, or whatever. It's all about the ride, not the "ride" if you get what I'm saying. Not all roadies have a 10 year olds figure from behind, just like not all mtbikers are hippy, grudgy, crazy, sombiatches. Just because a person rides a kmart bike, doesn't mean they don't know anything. So let's all try not to judge people because of how they roll. Na'mean?

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Old 09-02-07, 07:25 PM   #2
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Jon, I for one think your road bike is the coolest damn thing ever. I ride in either shorts or jeans, and the only Lycra I own is a very loose-fitting motocross jersey.
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At least you aren't being called a snob because you had to have a custom bike. Trust me. I tried as hard as I can to be frugal on my spending. Especially since I didn't really have the money. I only got the frame material I did for two reasons. For my back (not too harsh like that dang Specialized) - and because since I knew it would be my only roadie - the durability.
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Jon, I for one think your road bike is the coolest damn thing ever. I ride in either shorts or jeans, and the only Lycra I own is a very loose-fitting motocross jersey.
Thanks man. I actually relish in the fact people knock it. Though, I really wanted this thread to be more about the general idea of the OP and less about the fact some people "think" my bike is gay. I use that term very loosely, they just don't have a knack for beauty.
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At least you aren't being called a snob because you had to have a custom bike. Trust me. I tried as hard as I can to be frugal on my spending. Especially since I didn't really have the money. I only got the frame material I did for two reasons. For my back (not too harsh like that dang Specialized) - and because since I knew it would be my only roadie - the durability.
Siu, you worked for your bike. Same with you, Jon. You deserve nice bikes, both of you!
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At least you aren't being called a snob because you had to have a custom bike. Trust me. I tried as hard as I can to be frugal on my spending. Especially since I didn't really have the money. I only got the frame material I did for two reasons. For my back (not too harsh like that dang Specialized) - and because since I knew it would be my only roadie - the durability.
Well, are you a snob?

Your bike says nothing about you and you don't need to justify anything about it to anybody.

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Thanks man. I actually relish in the fact people knock it. Though, I really wanted this thread to be more about the general idea of the OP and less about the fact some people "think" my bike is gay. I use that term very loosely, they just don't have a knack for beauty.
I have to admit that the only thing you ever did to your bike that really bothered me was dig the brifter into the sand.

That was hard to take.
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Siu, you worked for your bike. Same with you, Jon. You deserve nice bikes, both of you!
Thank you Crank. You're a cool kid.


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Well, are you a snob?
Your bike says nothing about you and you don't need to justify anything about it to anybody.
Oh, and by the way. If i ever see converse all stars with an SPD interface, you'll be the first person I send the link to!
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I have to admit that the only thing you ever did to your bike that really bothered me was dig the brifter into the sand.

That was hard to take.


I can't believe you actually remember that. I, even forgot. Wow.
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You find it, and Ill use it!

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I take comfort in knowing that I'm the same person no matter what kind of bike I'm riding, or whether or not my clothing style "matches" the bike. If no one else sees that, oh well, 'tain't my problem.
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At least you aren't being called a snob because you had to have a custom bike. Trust me. I tried as hard as I can to be frugal on my spending. Especially since I didn't really have the money. I only got the frame material I did for two reasons. For my back (not too harsh like that dang Specialized) - and because since I knew it would be my only roadie - the durability.
Ya know, Siu, if the snob thing bothers you, there's a very nice person in WI that would take very good care of your ride.
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I can't wait to get home and get a deal like Stacey is always raving about. I need me an old Varsity frame for ten bucks. Then I'm gonna build it like Jon's, only more frugally.
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I take comfort in knowing that I'm the same person no matter what kind of bike I'm riding, or whether or not my clothing style "matches" the bike. If no one else sees that, oh well, 'tain't my problem.
*Tee hee!*


He said "taint".
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I was wondering how long that post would take.

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Great post Jon, 2manybikes, and Bailey! You are absolutely right.

Siu, you are NOT a snob. Whoever calls you a snob is probably insecure and jealous.
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I take comfort in knowing that I'm the same person no matter what kind of bike I'm riding, or whether or not my clothing style "matches" the bike. If no one else sees that, oh well, 'tain't my problem.
That's why you r teh awesome.

because you look like a hippy and hippies are awesome. I love how bikingshearer wears a wool jersey, and I'll wear cutoff sweats, and you wear cotton shirts, and Siu sports the funkay tying job on the converses. Norcalers 4 life!

*throws up affiliation*

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Ya know, Siu, if the snob thing bothers you, there's a very nice person in WI that would take very good care of your ride.
Not sure if you were here or lurking at the time but there was another poster (not a Fooster, that's for sure) that went on accusing me of being that way. When she herself kept bragging about how she got the best bike ever at below cost.
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Not sure if you were here or lurking at the time but there was another poster (not a Fooster, that's for sure) that went on accusing me of being that way. When she herself kept bragging about how she got the best bike ever at below cost.
Ok, Siu, I gotta know. Who the hell was that? And exactly how many times do they need "the look" from The Guadfather?
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Not sure if you were here or lurking at the time but there was another poster (not a Fooster, that's for sure) that went on accusing me of being that way. When she herself kept bragging about how she got the best bike ever at below cost.
Wasn't around then. Obviously she wasn't a real Fooster. Real Foosters have to wipe the druel off their keyboards when they see the beautious Moots.

*Pammy wipes chin*

You just keep ridin' the hades outta that thing and keep that smile on your face!




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Thanks Pammy. And Crank. ((hugs))
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Not sure if you were here or lurking at the time but there was another poster (not a Fooster, that's for sure) that went on accusing me of being that way. When she herself kept bragging about how she got the best bike ever at below cost.
I can't speak to her motivation, but with the small increments in sizes available, there are many who believe custom sized frames are unnecessary.

Trek, while sponsoring Postal, was very public about tour riders all riding stock geometries. It works for their business.

You spent a bunch on your bike. It was your choice. It was your money. It's now your enjoyment.

What else matters? Ride it with a smile on your face and don't worry about others.
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It wasn't just a bike of different size.

The head tube was made taller. The chainstay was made longer. The top tube was made sloping. Head angle is different than stock. All made with the help of the custom fitter, my dr and the builder.

In years past I could never ride road.

My first ride on a road was a demo at a Specialized dealer. I was in pain after 10 minutes and it lasted 3 days. My first ride on my bike after I assembled it was four hours. I still have yet to experience pain.
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It wasn't just a bike of different size.
Now that I reflect on this, I may have my stories confused.

This was in your response to being bewildered by how other roadies seemed to be treating you, IIRC. She was off base, anyway. I don't think I have seen her post since.

I don't have any quarrels with how you arrived at your lovely bike. It would be none of my business anyway (that was more to my previous point). But it's good to hear how well it's working out.
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