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    Posers(who's got em')

    The last few times I've been one of my fav. trails I've noticed these guys hanging out in the parking lot. They don't get dirty ,there bikes dont get dirty. There at the truck when we leave and there when we get back. I do see them ride in the parking lot. What gives, does this go on everywhere?
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    We don't get to many to be honest. Most people here ride to some degree. Probably the closest thing is people who have huge big travel bikes for a curb drop, but even then, that is one step in progressiong I am sure we might, but I tend to ride with riders and not track people around me to much

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    Theres a bunch of roadies out here that have full team kit and team bikes etc. I can easily catch and pass then on a 25+ year old bianchi that weighs about 5lbs(atleast) more than their bikes do.

    I haven't really noticed any mtb "posers" as you put it. I don't really consider the roadies I talked about "posers" either, just people with enough money that they can afford to be extravagent. Of course getting passed by a 15 year old kid wearing mtb style shorts and a t-shirt while riding a 25 year old bike has got to be embarrasing(sp)

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    given my level of skill (rather lack thereof) i'm always reluctant to pass judgement on these kinds of people?

    but the other day there was a clearly well-off family of three, mom + dad + kid with spandex all over, super reflective sunnies and high-end giant NRSs, going down this slight 20-35 degree firetrail, pebbly but nothing major. faces all serious and really unfriendly, looked like roadies who think they're hard core mtb'ers just cos they were riding on a non-paved road (geez that must've been really tough).

    what was funny was the kid - with all the high-end gear and equipment, he was actually walking down the trail. hmmm...

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    I'm probably the classic poser - have a pretty nice mountain bike, don't ride it much (but want to) - I spend more time looking at/tinkering with my mountain bike than I ever do riding it (mostly while I'm supposed to be working).

    However, I'm not a poser on the "too much travel" front - 5-6' drops full rigid (not my xc bike however)

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    I don't think I pay too much attention but to be honest the tougher trails here are a bit of a haul to get to for most people so it's unlikely that you'll find poseurs driving to the trailhead and just parking there. People who go to them are there to ride. For the lighter trails, when I ride them, I'm the one who's the poseur who's rolling along crushed limestone paths on a full-suspension carbon fibre bike so I'm probably not one to be judging. When I ride the trails behind my house (The Beav), sometimes I will see a couple of riders on high-end rigs walking on the easy sections but even then I really can't judge. They could be tired after having climbed one of the really steep singletracks from the bottom of the plateau. Actually, one time I managed to get myself lost in these trails and was standing around in the middle of the marsh section trying to figure out which fork to take. Along comes this girl on an oldschool full-rigid DiamondBack who stops and asks me if I was doing okay. Swallowing my pride, I admit to her that I was lost and asked her if she knew the way back to a particular trailhead that would dump me out in front of my house. She told me to follow her and led me out at a pretty good clip and handling the singletrack pretty nicely. I must have definately looked like the poseur that day.
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    OK...no offense man, but if a bunch of friends choose to get together, screw around for 4 hours, then go ride for even an hour who cares? They're doing what they want to do, are they getting in your way? No... Sorry...I just see no point being considered in other's business, it's people like you who look at me pedalling at a measly 5 mph and laugh and think, why does he need a 1200 dollar bike? They're havin' fun doing whatever they're doing...go have yours and quit trying to find problems with other people.
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    *end rant*
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    truer words of never been spoken, right on.
    "long live, long rides"

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    i love people that talk about riding an old bike and passing someone (usually older with a nicer bike) like that means anything. maybe those posers in full team kit are on mile #110 when you passed them on your 4 mile ride.
    if it makes you feel special though by all means,,,

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    I see a lot of people riding around in Regina on dual suspension bikes with huge amounts of travel.... i consider these people to be posers... for those of you who know the topography of the regina area, you will probably agree with me..

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    they're posers b/c they want a FS Bike? :-\
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surferbruce
    i love people that talk about riding an old bike and passing someone (usually older with a nicer bike) like that means anything. maybe those posers in full team kit are on mile #110 when you passed them on your 4 mile ride.
    if it makes you feel special though by all means,,,

    I can tell they are the same mileage(is that even a word?) as me because I'm the one that rides by as they are leaving their house at 8:00AM

    And once I pass, the chase is ON!

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    Guys we're all posers, the real riders are out riding....not on some interweb chat forum thingy. O SNAP!

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    This is hard to say. I have a 2500+ MTB long travel full suspension bike that I use for "free riding" at work. Of course no one sees me taking the huge drops at the local trails...
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjRider04
    Guys we're all posers, the real riders are out riding....not on some interweb chat forum thingy. O SNAP!

    Hehe, ive just come back for tea, then im off out again

    And yes we do get posers around here, we call them townies lol, they usually ride bmx's then, late at night, when they get drunk, they usually beat some poor guy up thats just trying to get home, but i dont care about them, just stay out their way and your fine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    This is hard to say. I have a 2500+ MTB long travel full suspension bike that I use for "free riding" at work. Of course no one sees me taking the huge drops at the local trails...
    I usually try to assume the best. If I saw you I would assume you were using your bike.

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    Ok, I have changed my mind about posers.

    If you want to buy a $5000+ bike and then ride up and down the street with it fine, thats your deal.

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    Hey, I'm happy with my bike, if someone thinks I'm a poser, good for them.
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    mmm Tea....id still be riding up here if it wasnt 30* out right now....and I had my brakes. Either way, my bikes done for the season......Teas good stuff, everyday during the week, coffee on weekends. I guess thats what I get for being 3/4ths british

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    Wait, this whole thread is just a joke and it makes me laugh.

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    Also keep in mind, posers keep the prices down. They buy their high end bikes and help feed the companies just enough so they don't jack the prices up to much

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    I have said it before and IŽll probably say it again but why not just focus on your own ride and stop criticising others. Just think about what is wrong with your own life that you need to criticise others. I probably have way more bike than I really need. I admit it I am a poseur. You are a way more serious cyclist than I am. Now do you feel happy and if not why not?. Maybe then the criticism thing is not working out for you?

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    Its fun critiquing(sp?) people....

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    Quote Originally Posted by royalflash
    I have said it before and IŽll probably say it again but why not just focus on your own ride and stop criticising others. Just think about what is wrong with your own life that you need to criticise others. I probably have way more bike than I really need. I admit it I am a poseur. You are a way more serious cyclist than I am. Now do you feel happy and if not why not?. Maybe then the criticism thing is not working out for you?
    Simple answer...

    Jealousy. Its ironic the best riders I know don't always have the best bikes and don't care. Average riders want the best bikes cause they want to get better and the bike does help at that point.

    Complicated answer...

    Deep seeded need to reduce someone elses possession or ability in order to assist making themselves feel better about their possession or ability. To bring someone else down automatically boosts you up theory ...

    Likely answer....

    Its almost winter time. Most people can't/dont ride in the winter. This is a way of having fun before the endless "how do yyou bunnyhop"..."which bikes should I get" and "what exactly is freeriding" winter seasons REALLY hits. Tis the season

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