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Old 06-24-02, 08:16 PM
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The Cycling community.

With all the threads about Bike Snobs(which I contributed
to), Phreds, Rude and inconsiderate cyclists
I just wanted to share my thoughts about cyclists in
general and an example.
A week ago I sent an e-mail in response to an
ad on CampOnly
After exchanging a few e-mails the seller and I agreed
on a price and shipping.
Today I received the parts, all of them in
better condition than described, with some additional
bits thrown in (3 sets friction shifters, NIP ergohoods).
what really got me, I haven't sent the check yet.
The seller said to check the stuff out, then send a check
if I want the parts.
Talk about trust, he shipped this to someone he
doesn't know, addressed to a post office box.
My sense is that as a whole Cyclists are trusting,
generous, all around good people.
It really makes me proud to say I'm a member
of that kind of community.

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Old 06-24-02, 08:34 PM
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I guess he got a trusting feeling after the emails you shot back and forth. Most cyclists you come across are pretty cool, that's true.
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Old 06-25-02, 06:00 AM
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Yeah that is true RacerX.
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Old 06-25-02, 06:41 AM
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The cycling community is full of great people...
Now, send the check.
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Old 06-25-02, 06:58 AM
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well, i think cyclists as a whole are the nicest, most friendly and generally good people of about any group of people.

sure, maybe i'm biased b/c im a cyclist, but in all the other 'groups' of simliar people i've ever been in, i have not experienced as much good.

most cyclists will stop and help other cyclists, pedestrains, motorists when motorists speed by with their windows up...

or maybe it's just b/c most cyclists are also pedestrains, car drivers, etc. when others are not also cyclists...

and when not cycling, i am often surprised when i meet someone really great and mabye half the time later i find out he or she's a cyclist too...

the snobbery of cycling is small and i think less than in most other sports or hobbies (uh, golf, skiing, cars, etc)
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Originally posted by nathank
well, i think cyclists as a whole are the nicest, most friendly and generally good people of about any group of people.
That certainly has been my experience also!

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Old 06-25-02, 02:49 PM
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A wise person once said that a snake on a bicycle is still a snake. The cycling tribe has its share of bad eggs, boneheads, stupid and inconsiderate people. Riding a bike does not make one good.

For the most part, I try to be the kind of cyclist I wish others were. I ride responsibly on trails and in traffic. I try to be polite and helpful to other cyclists. I try to give something back to the sport that has given me so much. I keep in mind that when I am on a bike I represent all cyclists.

I have met a lot of great people on bicycles. They are my tribe. They are my friends. And mostly I enjoy their company.

As for the snakes, they are beneath notice. To paraphrase Bill and Ted: Be excellent to each other and ride on!
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Lotek, your story reminds me of a scene from "The Untouchables," (o, no!) in which a older beat-cop (Sean Connery) stops a federal agent (Kevin Costner) and questions him because he's carrying a gun (concealed in his coat.) The agent says it's ok because he's a federal agent, so the cop lets him go.

"Wait a minute, you are letting me go without checking my identification? I said I was a federal agent, but how can you be sure?"

The cop replies, "Who would claim to be that, who was not?"

So, maybe there are subtle ways that cyclists check each other out that cues them in on whether they can trust each other, or red flags that signal caution. Maybe it's the parts you bought, or something you said.
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So put an extra $5 on the check and tell the guy thanks and have a beer on me.
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Personally, I think the only honest, trustworthy, affable bicycle riders are members of these forums. All others are....

Can't bring my self to say it.

It's too embaarassing.


FREDS!

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Originally posted by lotek
With all the threads about Bike Snobs(which I contributed
to), Phreds, Rude and inconsiderate cyclists
I just wanted to share my thoughts about cyclists in
general and an example.
A week ago I sent an e-mail in response to an
ad on CampOnly
After exchanging a few e-mails the seller and I agreed
on a price and shipping.
Today I received the parts, all of them in
better condition than described, with some additional
bits thrown in (3 sets friction shifters, NIP ergohoods).
what really got me, I haven't sent the check yet.
The seller said to check the stuff out, then send a check
if I want the parts.
Talk about trust, he shipped this to someone he
doesn't know, addressed to a post office box.
My sense is that as a whole Cyclists are trusting,
generous, all around good people.
It really makes me proud to say I'm a member
of that kind of community.

Marty

I know exactly what you mean. I have been wheeling and dealing Campy Nuovo/Super Record parts back and forth with a guy on Long Island for almost a decade now, and we have never met. He is as honest as can be. It's always a pleasure to find someone like that. Cheers!
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You can add cycling product manufactures to the lists of great people.A few years back I saw a add in the back of Bicycling magazine for combo drop-barends https://www.newkbike.com/pr.htm .I called and was sent a catalog but there wasn't a address to sent a check to.I called again and they told me they would send the bars to me and if I liked them to send a check to the address they gave me.A few days later I got them in the mail,loved em,and sent a money order out.The company was out of California and I'm in Illinois.Thats GREAT cycling people!
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My wife and I do a Saturday morning ride 3.5 miles uphill from our house to a Bagel Shop for a cup of coffee a V8 and a bagel before we set out on our longer ride.

The first time we did this we were the only obvious cyclists in the place. Soon 2 friends of ours decided to join us each Saturday.

Now it seems there are a dozen bikes sitting outside the window while we are having our breakfast snack. In every case and on every trip all of the cyclists have a nice chat with each other.

We don't ride together. We don't really know each other. We just chat briefly about how the ride is going. We also obviously look over each other's equipment.

In short. It is just plain pleasant to visit with other cyclists anytime, even strangers.

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The best thing going in the cycling community is this site, the other sites like it and the people in them. I've been riding for several years now but because nobody I know takes any interest in cycling, I've been 'on my own' as far as learning about mechanics, etiquette, the do's and don'ts and so on. In other words, locked in a permanent state of Freddism. I think I've learned more about cycling in the past few months since I've been here than an all the years I've been riding combined. I have only YOU and everyone else here to thank for that, and I do thank you all. I know this sounds like a goofy sentimental moment but this is all true. In our banter here, we may overlook the fact that we're really helping each other all along the way, giving our best advice and opinions for the ultimate end of letting everyone become a better, safer and more informed rider. I appreciate that. And, as was mentioned, there are some bad eggs in the community, but the good eggs and their good deeds outweigh any damage done by those scoundrels.

So, in all sincerity, I tip my hat to everyone in this forum and everyone in the cycling community.
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So, in all sincerity, I tip my hat to everyone in this forum and everyone in the cycling community.
I will definitely second that!! I ask for a training schedule and presto I've received one from chicago and one from Japan...that is just too cool.

I see nothing but respect and honest communications....Hey, maybe it is the bikes!
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