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Old 08-12-10, 07:30 AM
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Why do Mormons ride MTBs?

You know the ones. Crisp, white, short-sleeved, button up shirt with a black tie on a full-suspension MTB. We need to extol the virtues of C&V steel to these fellas. Surely they'd have a much better time on a classic road bike or even a English 3-speed than some department store MTB.
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Oh, I thought it was going to be a joke. Such as:

How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
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Oh, I thought it was going to be a joke. Such as:

How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
How many?
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I've often wondered myself, and have asked several of the missionaries who have been assigned to our ward (yeah, I'm a Mormon). They are told that they need a mountain bike, and gravitate towards the "latest and greatest". That said, I set up one young lad with a rigid framed, steel mtb last fall (with a little help from a BF friend).
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How many?
It's an obscure number. You wouldn't have heard of it.
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Maybe because Salt Lake city is in the Mountains.
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I sold a nice 70's Raleigh Superbe to a United church pastor in downtown Toronto. He used it to visit his parishioners. Appropriate I thought.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
It's an obscure number. You wouldn't have heard of it.
Ha! Nice!
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Originally Posted by KOBE View Post
Maybe because Salt Lake city is in the Mountains.
Poor logic. Mormons are everywhere and when you're riding door to door on pavement a MTB is of no advantage.
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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
I've often wondered myself, and have asked several of the missionaries who have been assigned to our ward (yeah, I'm a Mormon). They are told that they need a mountain bike, and gravitate towards the "latest and greatest". That said, I set up one young lad with a rigid framed, steel mtb last fall (with a little help from a BF friend).
A pair of young guys rode across while I was at a stoplight yesterday, they were not riding the latest and greatest, far from it, the bikes appeared reasonably clean, only front suspension and maybe lower end bike shop models.

Faster to points of contact than on foot.
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Originally Posted by KOBE View Post
Maybe because Salt Lake city is in the Mountains.
Incorrect.
That is like saying Denver is in the mountains.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
Poor logic. Mormons are everywhere and when you're riding door to door on pavement a MTB is of no advantage.
I noticed that the Mormons in our town ride on the sidewalks, even in low traffic areas.
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I noticed that the Mormons in our town ride on the sidewalks, even in low traffic areas.
Same here, even though it is illegal in my town.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
A pair of young guys rode across while I was at a stoplight yesterday, they were not riding the latest and greatest, far from it, the bikes appeared reasonably clean, only front suspension and maybe lower end bike shop models.

Faster to points of contact than on foot.
Fair enough. We're not uniformly rich, and we are encouraged to be "thrifty". The missionaries are directed to use MTBs though.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
It's an obscure number. You wouldn't have heard of it.
LMAO...HILARIOUS!

How many North Carolina indie rockers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
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Twenty-some years ago, when I was living in Idaho, the missionaries all were riding Schwinns, Collegiate I think, with upright handlebars. A few years later in San Jose, CA, it was the same thing.
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Why do Mormons ride MTBs?
Because they are very upright people. They don't ride single speeds due to their penchant for polygamy.
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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
Fair enough. We're not uniformly rich, and we are encouraged to be "thrifty". The missionaries are directed to use MTBs though.
I think it makes sense...MTBs are probably the easiest attainable, easiest to ride, most versatile bang for your buck commuters. I think a lot of us forget that most non-cyclists prefer fat wheels and find anything skinny intimidating. They probably don't have time to find deals on used 3 speeds, so current MTBs are probably the least intimidating entry to cycling for most folks.
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For those that might have a mission abroad, they probably choose mountain bikes for the same reason that a lot of international touring folks use 26" wheels: the availability of mtb sized tires and tubes is much better around the world than 700c road tires.

For the truly urban environment, mountain bikes come in handy as well. They deal better with potholes, stairs, curbs, etc.
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Why do Mormons ride MTBs?
Because the path to god is a rocky one.

Or something...
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Originally Posted by cinco View Post
Because the path to god is a rocky one.

Or something...

I thought the punchline would be something like

"because they're on a mission"


I have 2 nephews, who currently on mission...
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Originally Posted by phillyrider View Post
I thought the punchline would be something like

"because they're on a mission"

I have 2 nephews, who currently on mission...
"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got new mountain bikes, white shirts, dark pants, and we're wearing ties.
Sprint it."
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Originally Posted by cinco View Post
Because the path to god is a rocky one.
Or something...
haha...nice

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How many North Carolina indie rockers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
How many?
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[QUOTE=BrianEugene;11278149]haha...nice


How many?[/QUOTE]

Dude...I don't know, but did you see Polvo play last night?

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