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Old 04-01-13, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Yes, I believe Reynolds did specify that five-three-one is the "proper" way to pronounce it, but not many people care.
Just one more reason to prefer Columbus

Is 753 7-5-3?
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Old 04-01-13, 05:04 AM
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I always refer to it as 5-3-1. Sounds good.
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I could pass as a bike snob if I had less enthusiasm for bikes, any bikes, I guess.

I fixed a few clunkers for locals this weekend, and I have to say, I felt the same rush when I was testing them in the neighborhood as I do on any bike I manage to fix properly. I race the neighbors' mutts, speak to the kids who are out on their bikes/boards/scooters/Barbie Jeeps, etc. and generally have a pretty good time for the few minutes it takes me to make sure the bike is right.

Plus, it's nice to bring new life to a pair of old bombs, a Ross and a Varsity. I cleaned and polished and lubed and adjusted and got rid of all but one of my 27" tires and tubes, so it was a good two hours.
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Old 04-01-13, 06:40 AM
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While I appreciate quality, If the motor is- how shall I say- lacking, you'll still be slow. Then again, I'd rather be slow on a real nice bike than slow on a crappy one. (my current bikes are semi-crappy, and motor needs a tune-up)
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Old 04-01-13, 09:03 AM
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No, I'm definitely NOT a bike snob. What drives me up the proverbial wall is Bike Shop snobbery.

A few years ago I went into the local suburban bike store (a local chain store that will remain nameless) and was put off with the snob attitude of the sales staff because I am not riding the latest CF or Al Wunderbikes. They looked at someone who rides vintage steel bikes like I'm a homeless street beggar, and not worthy of their time. When I said I was looking for common repair parts for my '75 Fuji (actually the jockey pulleys for a SunTour rear derailleur), the smug salesguy said he'd have to ask someone in the back. I overheard the conversation in the back room as they mentioned 'some old guy looking for parts for an ancient pile of crap'. I said VERY LOUDLY so that everyone in the store could hear very plainly that "while I may be older, my hearing is just fine!" I left and have vowed to never go back.

Sadly, there are not a lot of bike shops in my area, and none are worth a spit. They either have that 'superiority' complex going on or the prices for little things like cables or brake pads are outrageous and the selection sucks. Quality 27" tires? Forgeddaboutit!! Rather than waste my time at the LBSs, I'll garbage-pick bikes off the treelawns, hit garage sales, buy cheap complete quality bikes off Craigslist, or use online sources.

Yeah, I am looking for diamonds in the rough to flip to feed my habit, so maybe I'm a bit of a snob.

BUT, this 'old guy' is also gonna keep his 'ancient pile of crap' going as long as I live - just out of spite!
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Old 04-01-13, 09:37 AM
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Totally unacceptable behavior on their part. But of corurse you did know going in that there is no such thing as a common repair part for a 35+ year old derailleur. Especially not at a chain bike shop.

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Old 04-01-13, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Yes, I believe Reynolds did specify that five-three-one is the "proper" way to pronounce it, but not many people care.
BIKE SNOBS CARE!!! sometines they just don't realize it yet. I give them more Snobbery! than they try to put on me. Then I go into the history of 5-3-1 being used in Jaguars's sub frame OH BOY they seems to perk them up.

Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Wha'? I weighted our Peugeot frame .
You could be perfectly right on that I am waiting...
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Old 04-01-13, 03:24 PM
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With a bike this ugly, how could I be a bike snob?

If anything, I'm a reverse snob, which is just as bad as a regular snob.

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Old 04-01-13, 03:27 PM
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Where did you get that tiny trailer that fits so nicely on your rack?
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Old 04-01-13, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by jjvw View Post
Where did you get that tiny trailer that fits so nicely on your rack?
Heh. I'm not very good at shooting pictures. I try, but sometimes I give up.

I use the trailer for cargo. My daughters are 24 and 21 years old now.
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Old 04-01-13, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by jjvw View Post
Where did you get that tiny trailer that fits so nicely on your rack?
He tows his mini kegger on it for those long, hot summer rides.....
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Originally Posted by kc0yef View Post
Wha'? I weighted our Peugeot frame .
You could be perfectly right on that I am waiting...
Frame, fork, eccentric (captain's) BB - 14.5 lbs.
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Old 04-02-13, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
With a bike this ugly, how could I be a bike snob?

If anything, I'm a reverse snob, which is just as bad as a regular snob.

I see a diamond in the rough...
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Old 04-02-13, 09:43 AM
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Tiagra brakes are going on my Woodrup, and DiaCompe BR-101's stop my Simplon 4-Star like a charm — so I guess I'm not a bike-snob.

Twenty years ago, I arrived in Japan after borrowing money for airfare to get to my job in Tokyo. I found/scrounged some rusty tools, acquired an old black mama-chari, bought some grease and took the whole thing apart and put it back together outside the door of my tiny apartment. I loved tooling around on it for two years until some rectum stole it. By then I had enough Yen to buy a new Trek.

A bicycle is a bicycle — perhaps the most elegant transportation ever invented if you count up the factors. And even the more humble ones can work very nicely if you preen and groom them. We do get spoiled as we work our way up the food chain. But, today I found myself riding my wife's mama-chari (using an especially long seatpost), and I was quite content sauntering around with the cargo and basket groaning with groceries.

Duh ... if I had the dosh, I'd have a frame crafted in Keisei tubing to my specifications by one of Tokyo's remaining icons of frame building — and then mount a jewel-like component group on the result. But not cuz I'm a snob.

I like iab's comment — you're a snob if you are looking down on others.
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Old 04-02-13, 01:38 PM
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I'm not a bike snob in that I don't consider a person to be less of a cyclist just because he rides a lower/less expensive bicycle or has less bicycle knowledge. However, I am a bicycle snob in the sense that I consider cyclists more conscientious that people who only drive cars, vans trucks, etc.

Several years ago I had a female Greenpeace canvasser come to my house looking for donations. I politely refused, explaining that we had already donated an allocated amount of our discretionary income to our preferred charities. I attempted to close the door but she held it open and became very aggressive, trying to shame me into a donation by stating that I didn't care about the environment. Noticing a strange automobile sitting at the curb, I enquired whether it was hers and she said "Yes, what's that got to do with anything?" I was getting PO'd and replied,"Well, I guess I'm doing a lot more for the environment than you are because I don't own a car or even have driver's license. I walk or bicycle everywhere. If you truly cared about the environment as much as you say you do, you'd get rid of that monstrosity and do the same!" Her jaw hit the porch faster than I could slam the door in her face.
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Several years ago I had a female Greenpeace canvasser come to my house looking for donations. I politely refused, explaining that we had already donated an allocated amount of our discretionary income to our preferred charities. I attempted to close the door but she held it open and became very aggressive, trying to shame me into a donation by stating that I didn't care about the environment. Noticing a strange automobile sitting at the curb, I enquired whether it was hers and she said "Yes, what's that got to do with anything?" I was getting PO'd and replied,"Well, I guess I'm doing a lot more for the environment than you are because I don't own a car or even have driver's license. I walk or bicycle everywhere. If you truly cared about the environment as much as you say you do, you'd get rid of that monstrosity and do the same!" Her jaw hit the porch faster than I could slam the door in her face.
That's good stuff right there.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Several years ago I had a female Greenpeace canvasser come to my house looking for donations. I politely refused, explaining that we had already donated an allocated amount of our discretionary income to our preferred charities. I attempted to close the door but she held it open and became very aggressive, trying to shame me into a donation by stating that I didn't care about the environment. Noticing a strange automobile sitting at the curb, I enquired whether it was hers and she said "Yes, what's that got to do with anything?" I was getting PO'd and replied,"Well, I guess I'm doing a lot more for the environment than you are because I don't own a car or even have driver's license. I walk or bicycle everywhere. If you truly cared about the environment as much as you say you do, you'd get rid of that monstrosity and do the same!" Her jaw hit the porch faster than I could slam the door in her face.
A lot more class than the "Naw, sorry, I'm saving up for a yacht for when the floods hit"
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Component snobbery is just a function of experience IMO. As people ride more, they see the limitations of low level gear and crave better stuff. I think people tend to justify spending more money on when they ride more since they "earned it" whereas people who are just casual or occasional riders are okay with lower level stuff since they don't use it particularly hard or often. Thus people equate high end gear with high end riders, and low end gear with...well, Freds. But of course, you know what they say about assumptions. Here in NYC, if you ride through Central Park on any warm Saturday day, you'll see droves of people riding bikes that are hugely disproportionate to their skill level. I wouldn't for a second look up to them just because I'm riding an older heavier frame than their Cervelo because I know that once there's a incline they all just go to the small ring and call it a day. Then again, on older "classic" bikes, I don't think this applies since A) you're generally not looking for the latest and greatest anyways, and B) a lot of people riding steel roadies (myself included) see them as their cruising and relaxation bikes so top notch componentry is even less of a focus.
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