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Old 05-17-07, 03:20 PM   #1
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Anyone in VA know this tool?

Is this representative of mountain biker attitudes in the DC area?

Why would a bike shop want to employ somebody with attitudes like this?

From this morning's district extra Dr. Gridlock column:

"Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I strongly oppose cyclists sharing the road with motorists. It is not only unsafe, but inconvenient for drivers.

Cyclists tend to act as though the rules of the road don't apply to them, and as though they possess the same presence on the road as automobiles. It is amazing that there are not more cycling-related fatalities in our area. Cyclists belong on paths, and nowhere else.

Before you chastise me for being anti-cyclist, I would like you to know that I am an avid mountain biker who rides more than a thousand miles a year, and I have been an assistant manager at a local shop for years.

I do not believe that I or any other cyclist should be sharing the road with cars. It's unsafe and irresponsible.

Dean Nguyen"
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Old 05-17-07, 03:24 PM   #2
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..avid mountain biker.. ..more than a thousand miles a year..

..assistant manager..
That says it all.
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Old 05-17-07, 03:32 PM   #3
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It is not only unsafe, but inconvenient for drivers.

Cyclists tend to act as though the rules of the road don't apply to them, and as though they possess the same presence on the road as automobiles.

I do not believe that I or any other cyclist should be sharing the road with cars. It's unsafe and irresponsible.

Dean Nguyen"
he could have at least listed some sources or examples. irresponsible? pfft.
anyone else wanna sock this guy in the face?
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Old 05-18-07, 03:20 AM   #4
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I would like you to know that I am an avid mountain biker who rides more than a thousand miles a year,

Dean Nguyen"
That's "avid"? lmfao
Dean Nguyen = turd.
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Old 05-18-07, 04:39 AM   #5
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Was the title supposed to read "This Fool?"
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I live here in Northern Virginia and think it is completely unsafe to take my bike on the road. One reason I have not ridden my road bike once this year. The drivers around here are impatient and distracted cell phone using a-holes.

BTW, who stops for stop signs on their bike
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Was the title supposed to read "This Fool?"
It could also have been the title, but I think he fits in the category of Tool quite well.

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Old 05-18-07, 06:49 AM   #8
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I live here in Northern Virginia and think it is completely unsafe to take my bike on the road. One reason I have not ridden my road bike once this year. The drivers around here are impatient and distracted cell phone using a-holes.
I see where you're coming from. NoVA suffers from acute crappy traffic planning in general, and yeah, you do have your fair share of lame high-speed roads, but I do all of my riding in DC and MD. Impatient and distracted cell phone using a-holes abound all over the DC region, trust me. Get out a bike map, plan a less-travelled route, ride, take the lane when necessary. You'll be fine. I do it 5 days a week.
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Find out what shop has an assistant manager named Dean Nguyen and forward the article to the manager/owner.

And then post it for all cyclists to see and avoid.
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Find out what shop has an assistant manager named Dean Nguyen and forward the article to the manager/owner.

And then post it for all cyclists to see and avoid.
Why? So cyclists can punish everyone else that works with him who are trying to make a living to support their families. Ridiculous.
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Boycotting is a legitimate means of redressing grievances. If he sells out a large part of the cycling community wholesale, then that part of the community should respond by not giving the shop he works for business. The shop can then either fire the problem or go out of business. At either length, the problem is solved.

As for people associated with this tool having to feed their family: Ever heard of cutting off your nose in spite of your face?
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My point is this is not the viewpoint of the shop. If it was, they would have gone out of business a long time ago.

It's the view of one asshat who is certainly not an avid mountain biker.

Would you boycott some company like "Specialized" if some moron that was an assistant manager in one of there warehouses made the same remark?
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My point is this is not the viewpoint of the shop. If it was, they would have gone out of business a long time ago.

It's the view of one asshat who is certainly not an avid mountain biker.

Would you boycott some company like "Specialized" if some moron that was an assistant manager in one of there warehouses made the same remark?
If the shop is made aware of this tool's comments and they choose to ignore it, they do so at their own peril. If they straighten him out or fire him, they're to be commended.
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My point is this is not the viewpoint of the shop. If it was, they would have gone out of business a long time ago.

It's the view of one asshat who is certainly not an avid mountain biker.

Would you boycott some company like "Specialized" if some moron that was an assistant manager in one of there warehouses made the same remark?

Then it would be in the best interest of the shop and its customers, to no longer employ this asshat.
Sometimes ownership gets caught up in dollars and cents, and needs to have a problem pointed out to him.

By the way, as far as I am concerned, this applies to every company trying to get my business, Specialized and Cannondale included. All my bikes are either one or the other, but if I have a bone to pick, and they didn't care, I wouldn't patronized them again.
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All of this would be assuming that the DC Post actually got it's facts right and the letter was legit. I certainly do not believe everything I read in that paper.
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Agreed. My opinion was formed off the information as it was presented.
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amm, what wvxc said.

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I would tend to think that the assistant manager is merely suffering from beltwayitis, and that his thought processes might just clear up if he left the area immediately. It seems there are a lot of folks inside the beltway who share these a**h** traits on one topic or another...
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All of this would be assuming that the DC Post actually got it's facts right and the letter was legit. I certainly do not believe everything I read in that paper.
This wasn't a piece of reporting, this was a published letter sent in to "Dr. Gridlock", so there aren't really any "facts" to get straight. I fail to see any satirical intent in the letter at all. I totally could see someone sincerely believing this. To give the benefit of the doubt, it could be that the letter was redacted and some satirical cues were dropped.

I know of three bike shops in Springfield. He definitely doesn't work in one of them. The other two are Performance bikes and Hudson Trail Outfitters.
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