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Old 12-31-20, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
To echo some of you and to add my own...

Mustache bars
I'm not a fan of handlebar mustaches either.
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Old 12-31-20, 09:59 AM
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Forgot to mention: loud freehubs! I don't know why newer freehubs sound so loud and plasticky. I miss one of my early shimano hubs that was nearly silent while coasting. Nothing worse than hearing the angry swarm coming from your rear axle!

Chris King would like a word with you.
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Old 12-31-20, 10:04 AM
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Yes. Easily the most overrated bike part of all time. Sure, they are super high quality and look great. But so is a Tange Levin for 1/7 the cost.
I agree with you.
There products are great I am sure but
way way over hyped.
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Old 12-31-20, 10:09 AM
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Hub logos not visible from the valve hole.

Hub logos "upside down" when on the bike.

Big and/or bright tire logos.

The existence of valve caps

The existence of non-removable valve cores

Having something other than hex heads and slot screws on a pre-1960 bike
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Old 12-31-20, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by bazil4696 View Post
And the word "tire" isn't spelled "tyre"
Well that depends if you’re speaking or writing in English or American English.

Tyre is the correct spelling in English and most forms of international English where as Tire is mostly a North American and Canadian spelling.

It’s not wrong if it’s the correct spelling for the nationality or location of the poster.

This applies to numerous other words too, I’m not even going to dare bring up how I tire of the fact that US bikes get made from Aluminum and European and Asian ones get made from Aluminium, even if they are painted nice colours...Oops! ;-)

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Old 12-31-20, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Chuck M View Post
I'm not a fan of handlebar mustaches either.
Consider them love handles. Changes perspective
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Old 12-31-20, 12:09 PM
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Also, loud freehubs. I want the sensation of silently flowing over the road. Flying.

The "swarm of angry bees" takes me right out of it.

All of my younger riding pals feel the opposite. They actually want loud freehubs.
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Old 12-31-20, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
Also, loud freehubs. I want the sensation of silently flowing over the road. Flying.

The "swarm of angry bees" takes me right out of it.

All of my younger riding pals feel the opposite. They actually want loud freehubs.
The good thing about loud freehubs is that you can use them as a substitute for a bell. I used to encounter a lot of people walking or "leisure cycling" in the middle of the bike path on my commute to work, and you can then just slow down a bit, let the freehub coast a little to make yourself known and then pass as the person(s) kindly move out of the way. I always feel a little obnoxious when I use a bell unless absolutely necessary, plus it usually make people startled and unsure which side to choose etc.
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Old 12-31-20, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
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Dogs on retractable leashes. More accurately, owners of dogs on retractable leashes.
I'd wager that this is closer to a universal "thing that bugs me".
I would extend it a bit to include "folks who have the leash, but are walking their dog along the MUP without the leash connected to the dog's collar".

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Old 12-31-20, 01:59 PM
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Hub logos not visible from the valve hole.
........
to digress from the thread a bit....
when did this become a thing?
I don't recall anyone mentioning it in the 70's, 80's, and probably the 90's.
Was it a regional thing, or did it take the invention of the internet to spread this bit of OCD to the world's cycling community?

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Old 12-31-20, 02:06 PM
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People faster than me and people slower than me (to paraphrase George Carlin: everyone faster than me is a maniac, and everyone slower than me is an idiot.)
I knew a guy who used to say: Everyone slower than me is a lazy slacker who doesn't train enough, and everyone faster than me is a cheater on drugs.
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
Also, loud freehubs. I want the sensation of silently flowing over the road. Flying.

The "swarm of angry bees" takes me right out of it.

All of my younger riding pals feel the opposite. They actually want loud freehubs.
I just like loud hubs, with Chris King being my favorite. Plus, as another poster stated, they are great on MUP's for letting people know you coming up on unsuspecting pedestrians.
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Old 12-31-20, 02:13 PM
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Riders with clip in road shoes walking into convince stores.
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Old 12-31-20, 02:21 PM
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Straight-blade forks.

Meh. Just meh.
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Old 12-31-20, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Riders with clip in road shoes walking into convince stores.
Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Straight-blade forks.

Meh. Just meh.
It is why I like to ride around, shopping at my local convenience store in my unicorn, straight-blade fork with Chris King headset.



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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
to digress from the thread a bit....
when did this become a thing?
I don't recall anyone mentioning it in the 70's, 80's, and probably the 90's.
Was it a regional thing, or did it take the invention of the internet to spread this bit of OCD to the world's cycling community?

Steve in Peoria
(but I do it now, on the rare occasions that I get to build wheels)
I haven't a clue when this became a thing, sorry. But if they didn't properly build a wheel back in the day, then shame on them.
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Old 12-31-20, 03:00 PM
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Hub logos not visible from the valve hole ... and "upside down" when on the bike.
Agree, but backwards rim labels are far worse, because they're so much easier to see. And if the rear rim label is backwards, I have to mount the front backwards to match.

If I put the front skewer lever on the drive-side, it balances all this out.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Agree, but backwards rim labels are far worse, because they're so much easier to see. And if the rear rim label is backwards, I have to mount the front backwards to match.

If I put the front skewer lever on the drive-side, it balances all this out.
Yes. Forgot that one. Rim labels must be read from the drive side.
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Originally Posted by amedias View Post
Tyre is the correct spelling in English and most forms of international English where as Tire is mostly a North American and Canadian spelling.
Tire/Tyre is an interesting case. Whereas most spelling differences in English words started as English and got modified to be American, tire was the original spelling and the Brits modified it, probably to distinguish it from "tire" meaning weary... which was interestingly enough, originally spelled "tyre" in ye olde England.

But if we're expanding this whinging thread to include spelling issues - apostrophe abuse really irritate's me.
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Spelling that bugs me:
Campagnola
Peleton
Grouppo
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The French use too many vowels.
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I was bugged by the tire direction from this bike.


...
Bought just as a project/flip, so I planned to remount the like-new Gatorskins. The tire labels matched, but were substantially different looking on each side of the tire, with a larger, uglier, yellowy label on the other side. However, the tire direction was the opposite on each tire. So, if I mounted the directions correctly, the labels wouldn't match up.

To hell with direction! The tire labels must match!
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
I haven't a clue when this became a thing, sorry. But if they didn't properly build a wheel back in the day, then shame on them.
I have a 27" steel front wheel presumably built by Raleigh with the valve hole one spot past the next parallel pair of spokes. I had another 26" front wheel where the hub logo was 120 degrees from the valve hole. I ended up rebuilding that one. I don't consider the hub logo through the valve hole convention to be anything more than a sign of attention to detail.
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People who feel compelled to tell you what gearing is adequate for you. "Nobody ever needs xx low gear, you might as well get off and walk."

Using groupo or even gruppo or grupo. I guess I could possibly tolerate it for a Campy group, but a Shimano or Sram "groupo"? C'mon man!

Not lining up the tire label with the valve stem. My wife even agrees with me on this.

Steed, although "stable" doesn't bother me. Never said I was rational or consistent.

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The French use too many vowels.
The Polish don't use enough.
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