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Old 08-06-16, 06:20 PM
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Questions that don't need to be asked

While on a ride today, I got to thinking: Various recent threads and my general cranky nature made me ponder questions that often get asked on this forum that really shouldn't be. What I mean by that is, if you really think you want to have a C&V bike or participate in discussion of C&V bikes, there are just some questions that shouldn't be asked. For example:

--Are modern CF or Alu bikes faster than steel C&V bikes?
--Are modern CF or Alu bikes lighter than steel C&V bikes?
--Should I ask my wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend/significant other before I buy this bike?
--Will steel bikes wear out?
--Should I sell my father's/mother's/grandfather's/grandmother's old bike?

What am I missing?
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Old 08-06-16, 06:26 PM
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Is this too nice to ride? (The odds are astronomically low)
Is this bike worth $100 <poster knows answer already>?
How'd I do on this purchase? <poster knows answer>
Does anyone else not like ____, or think ______ is "overrated"?
What's the best bike ever?
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Old 08-06-16, 06:31 PM
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Is steel real?
Which bike is better? (the blue one is always best)
Which groupset should I use?
What pressure are you running?
Are fat tires faster than skinny tires?
How should I remove this rust?
Will I get my money out of this?
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Old 08-06-16, 06:34 PM
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I have one...though not really a question.

Found my Grail! <production 80s bike>

One of the worst...

Where should I look for vintage bikes/how should I sell this bike?
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Old 08-06-16, 06:34 PM
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The decal says Reynolds, so isn't it aluminum?
If the company is out of business, doesn't that make my bike rare and collectible?
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Old 08-06-16, 06:46 PM
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Why is my meticulously restored Period-Correct C&V racing bike geared too hard for me to ride?
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Old 08-06-16, 06:48 PM
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Why are people asking all this questions?

This is an open forum, I feel like anyone could ask anything. Don't really understand why it would bother anyone.
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Old 08-06-16, 06:53 PM
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What's the best chain lube?

(Pay no heed to nlerner, Pawlus. He's just a cranky old bastid...as he freely admitted)

...which makes toovus
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Old 08-06-16, 06:55 PM
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Old 08-06-16, 07:15 PM
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Are old bikes or new bikes better. It's obvious, new bikes look like girl bikes. Lol.
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Old 08-06-16, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Pawlus View Post
Why are people asking all this questions?

This is an open forum, I feel like anyone could ask anything. Don't really understand why it would bother anyone.
Well, I didn't actually mean naive or newbie questions--everyone has a learning curve, some steeper than others. I meant questions that are completely contrary to the whole idea of owning and riding a classic and vintage bicycle. For instance, I just don't understand the need to compare C&V to new production with new technologies. That just misses the point entirely.
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Old 08-06-16, 07:49 PM
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For instance, I just don't understand the need to compare C&V to new production with new technologies. That just misses the point entirely.
What is "the point?" I keep my C&V bikes because they all offer their own unique feel, I find them fun to ride, and I like how they look. Those points seem plenty good to me, and comparing my Miyata 710 to my Emonda ALR and observing that I can climb slightly faster on the latter hardly invalidates what I enjoy about the former. If anything, I feel like comparing my bikes makes them all more interesting, modern and vintage alike.

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Old 08-06-16, 07:59 PM
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Is this a good deal?

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At least the shipping is free.

I never understand how ebay stores like that can have a power seller status.

On topic, basing this on myself, there are some enthusiasts who know a bit, enough to do our own research, but sometimes are genuinely stumped on something that may seem mundane to a lot of posters here.

but the best are the few over the years that read like this.
"Hello, I have my uncles blue bike with wheels and am wondering what it could be worth"
With no picture and poor spelling.
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Old 08-06-16, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
What is "the point?" I keep my C&V bikes because they all offer their own unique feel, I find them fun to ride, and I like how they look. Those points seem plenty good to me, and comparing my Miyata 710 to my Emonda ALR and observing that I can climb slightly faster on the latter hardly invalidates what I enjoy about the former. If anything, I feel like comparing my bikes makes them all more interesting, modern and vintage alike.
You're thinking about this too hard.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
While on a ride today, I got to thinking: Various recent threads and my general cranky nature made me ponder questions that often get asked on this forum that really shouldn't be. What I mean by that is, if you really think you want to have a C&V bike or participate in discussion of C&V bikes, there are just some questions that shouldn't be asked. For example:

--Are modern CF or Alu bikes faster than steel C&V bikes?
--Are modern CF or Alu bikes lighter than steel C&V bikes?
--Should I ask my wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend/significant other before I buy this bike?
--Will steel bikes wear out?
--Should I sell my father's/mother's/grandfather's/grandmother's old bike?

What am I missing?

OK - in order -- I will address

1) Yes- in certain instances --- for a lot of everyday riding around - not really

2) - Yes - most definitely -- except for outlier circumstances -- as in, A full gas Serotta with tubulars and downtube shifters may still be lighter than a $600 sport oriented aluminum bike --- but in general, the new stuff is pretty light

3) -- No -- (but again-depends on personal financial circumstances a bit -- if your on a college student budget, might wanna work it in with the misses before you are late on another necessary bill

4) given reasonable care, a steel bike will not wear out - the components will

5) Depends -- my impulse is to say no -- but if it wasn't an important part of their life, why would it be an important part of yours?
If it was a treasured machine that resulted in a lot of miles and memories for your relative -- then maybe keep it running and do an occasional ride with it to celebrate their memory
----- If it was just a bike that your relative bought after being inspired by a LEmond or Armstrong TDF win - then rode twice and used it as a coat rack from then on --- then call me, I might could use the parts
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Originally Posted by Pawlus View Post
Why are people asking all this questions?

This is an open forum, I feel like anyone could ask anything. Don't really understand why it would bother anyone.
Get off of @nlerner's lawn!

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Do you smoke weed before, during or after your bike ride?
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Do you smoke weed before, during or after your bike ride?
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Old 08-07-16, 07:12 AM
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Get off of @nlerner's lawn!

After seeing some of the responses to this thread, I've paved over my lawn and rented out the space to local Hare Krishnas.
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I love the ones with a box store bike and they want to know how to improve it or make it faster..... why, I was that guy, lol
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Yes.
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