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Old 07-29-08, 11:28 AM
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Response to ReachHighers Walmart-Story

Hi all,

I usually lurk around this forum, but when this story showed up on ******, I felt that something needed to be said about it.

In a shameless attempt to get some traffic, I left the reply on my blog:
http://hypocriticalcyclist.blogspot....t-is-evil.html

I would appreciate any comments and feedback. Thanks.

NOTE: I've pasted the full text below, for those of you that are anti-blog

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Old 07-29-08, 11:29 AM
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Do these shameless blog promotion posts piss anyone else off or is it just me?
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Old 07-29-08, 11:33 AM
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If you want I can just post the content here:

Yesterday a post on bikeforums, Wal Mart is Evil so I took off my clothes ,was linked yesterday on Fark, the front page of ******, and most notably on the Consumerist.

For the benefit of those who didn't read the post, an altercation occurred between the cyclist and Wal-Mart management, on the grounds that she:

"couldn't bring it in because they sell bikes in the store"


She then responded by taking off her jersey, after she was informed that it was also an item they sell.

I really don't have much to say about the incident. The world needs a little confrontation and rebellion now and then. I wasn't there and I don't profess to have a superior sense of judgement.

What did bother me was the hordes of comments everywhere it was linked to and posted, expressing blind distaste and hatred for a company composed of literally millions of people, and thousands of individual stores, each of them unique (as unique as a Wal-Mart can be anyways).

My point is that, as human beings, we seem to have a tendency to put a face on something that is to big for us to understand, be it a race, religion, country, or way of life.

It seems to me to be a defensive mechanism, one that makes it easier to fight a war, stage a protest, or win an argument.

For example, which of these sounds more heroic or appealing?

Defeating the enemy in battle....
or killing a father of three in the name of war?

Standing up against an evil coorporation ...
or ruining the day of an overworked, underpaid individual to prove a point?



Again I'm trying not to judge the situation, just the way that it has been framed, as a "victory against the man" so to speak.


It disturbs me that we, as cyclists, can commit ourselves to such a hasty generalization, yet balk at the fact that motorists and the general public make the same generalizations in relation to us.

The list of these common categorizations is long, so I won't list it here, anyone who rides a bicycle on a regular basis knows what I'm talking about.

My point is that we shouldn't be fighting fire with fire, stereotype with stereotype.

Instead, as others have done before us, lets try to make a change on an individual basis, one small thing at a time.

I'll use myself as an example. I ride my bike to work (almost) every day. By that very simple act I am increasing awareness and interest. Without any protest or action, a well made, properly secured bike rack has been placed at my workplace, for my benefit, in a secure, busy location where cameras and staff that know me and my bike are present. I couldn't ask for a better place to leave my bike.

Yet several months ago I could have made a stand. The new store that I am now working in was being set up , and for a few days I brought my bike (which was also $600) into the store and left it in the break room.

I never received a single complaint, but due to the small and crowded nature of the break room I moved my bike outside, as a courtesy to my co-workers.

A few weeks later I had a bike rack, a lot of friends, and questions from others on how to get started commuting.

Yet I took absolutely no action, besides riding to work and having some common courtesy.

I think the cycling community as a whole should take this to heart, and keep in mind that thought for the individual and a little common courtesy can go a long way.

So move over and let a car pass you when it's safe, participate in (or start your own) critical mass, and park your bike outside once in awhile when it would make things easier for you and everyone else.

And above all remember the individual, be it someone you work with everyday or a stranger you will never meet. A little respect and kindness goes a long way towards making a change that we can all get behind.

sorry to piss anyone off. I know that clicking on links is hard

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Old 07-29-08, 11:39 AM
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Bravo! Very well said.
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Old 07-29-08, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by scottbot84 View Post
I really don't have much to say about the incident.

I'm trying not to judge the situation

Wrong on both counts.
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Old 07-29-08, 11:43 AM
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did you perchance not read the title of the blog?

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Old 07-29-08, 11:53 AM
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Ya I read the title.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:06 PM
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so you're wanting to point out something about me that happens to be included in the title of the blog.

I don't profess to be a great writer, so take that to heart please.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypocrisy
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Old 07-29-08, 12:11 PM
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What's this "we as cyclists" crap? GMFB!
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Old 07-29-08, 12:16 PM
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well you don't have to be, its just easier to refer to the community as a single entity.

Again probably proof of my own hypocrisy, since thats one of the things that my post speaks against.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by scottbot84 View Post
so you're wanting to point out something about me that happens to be included in the title of the blog.

I don't profess to be a great writer, so take that to heart please.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypocrisy
I'm not flaming you amigo, just giving some constructive criticism.

Writing takes practice, and you're doing that by running the blog. Good on you. The two recommendations I have for professional writing are:

1. Say what you mean; mean what you say.

You didn't do this, so it weakens your writing. You said you didn't have a lot to say, but then you had a lot to say. You said you don't want to pass judgement, then you passed judgement. So why should a reader believe you? You sound confused and/or melodramatic.

2. Make every word precise, accurate, and supportive of your thesis.

You asked for comments and feedback (unless of course you didn't mean what you said...!), there's mine. Hope it helps.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:29 PM
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That read more like a writing exercise than an editorial.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:33 PM
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Godalmighty, this stupid event-that-probably-didn't-even-happen is going to become the Commuting forum's Flying Dutchman, isn't it? Oughta be dead, but no, it just keeps sailing the seas...
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Thanks HOV for the comments, they are indeed what I asked for. As you've pointed out I could use a little practice. One self criticism I have is a tendency to be a little wordy, which probably comes from writing exercises in HS and College.

again thanks for the comments, hopefully I didn't come off as being too defensive.

Also I would like to point out that I meant to criticize the response to the actions taken, not necessarily the actions themselves. If my feelings came out during my post, it turns out that I'm only human.

Still I'm sure major edits could certainly be done.

Now if you could excuse me, I have to go to work until 10.
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This is beyond ridiculous.
I'm going to find a few friends that are in construction and when home depot refuses to let us drive our forklift through their store we will strip down to our boxers as a form of protest.
Either that or never open a thread about walmart again. Whatever is easiest.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:40 PM
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could be worse, at least the forum is getting attention of some kind. If one person reads a more appropriate post and chooses to get involved in cycling it will be worth it.

Now i really do have to goto work.
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Can we get ReachHigher's WalMart stripping escapades a separate forum or something? You know, so there's room for the ReachHigher fanfiction and people passing off stock footage as their new idol?
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Originally Posted by scottbot84 View Post
could be worse, at least the forum is getting attention of some kind. If one person reads a more appropriate post and chooses to get involved in cycling it will be worth it.

Now i really do have to goto work.
This forum has enough traffic as is. Though I am sure internet brands would agree with you.
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
Do these shameless blog promotion posts piss anyone else off or is it just me?
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sorry to piss anyone off. I know that clicking on links is hard
Honestly I don't know if the shameless blog promotion or the followup cut and paste of the blog entry with the "_______" comment quoted above at the end is worse.
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
Can we get ReachHigher's WalMart stripping escapades a separate forum or something? You know, so there's room for the ReachHigher fanfiction and people passing off stock footage as their new idol?
wait, wait

*wipes tear from eye* Ohh, that's rich! The way things are going, it'll probably happen. ReachHigher Fanfics Hahaha!!
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Originally Posted by J.C. Koto View Post
wait, wait

*wipes tear from eye* Ohh, that's rich! The way things are going, it'll probably happen. ReachHigher Fanfics Hahaha!!
Someone somewhere on the internets is writing one right now!
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Originally Posted by J.C. Koto View Post
wait, wait

*wipes tear from eye* Ohh, that's rich! The way things are going, it'll probably happen. ReachHigher Fanfics Hahaha!!
And of course, what follows that?

...ReachHigher slash.
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scottbot84,
I agree that you can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. Modeling the behavior, being open to questions, being considerate of others are the kids of things that win the hearts and attention of others. Ultimately, whether you persuade others to ride or not, your positive behavior makes it safer for all of us. When people in cars/SUV's to look upon us favorably and not with anger, we are more likely to get some road courtesy.

I'm not so sure that Critical Mass is about honey, though. Too many incidents in the news. Plus, they are deliberately interfering with the flow of traffic, which could create some scary situations and really bad press in a true emergency. ...One of the comments I read on a blog about it lately was about how "Critical Mass is such a rush," etc. in response to the recent incident in Seattle. It seemed like the guy was getting off on the confrontation part of it. Not good. Several years ago, I was in a van tour that ended up crossing the path of Portland's Critical Mass. The driver joked around about it while we waited, and it all seemed like a good-natured way to make a point. I'm worried that it has evolved into something more negative over time.
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Well, whoever kept asking for it finally got a photo of ReachHigher.



It seems to me she's wearing her helmet a little too far back on her forehead?
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They just spent half a page on the fact that the photo is a stock photo.
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