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Old 10-10-18, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by jasnooks
Would you feel offended if somebody called your bike a piece of crap?
NO, because it runs off(by) me ......

LIKE WATER OFF A DUCK'S BACK. Just LET IT GO !!!! Reduces tons of stress.
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Well if you get offended just drop em.
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Old 10-10-18, 06:36 AM
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I don't get offended by people's opinions, I think it's more important they can have one.
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Originally Posted by jasnooks
Would you feel offended if somebody called your bike a piece of crap?
No... because some of my bikes are pieces of crap compared to high end road and mountain bikes on the market. Most of my bikes are entry level, but they work for me. That's all that matters.
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Seems like most say that they wouldn't feel offended. I guess I'm in the minority. I don't get all upset and let it ruin my day, but I do feel offended.
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I do think that's your fault. Offence is taken, not given.

But I don't think it's about being an emo and needing to harden up. It's far more simple than that - it's your bike, not theirs. Everyone has different ideals.
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Out of all of my bikes... my 29er Trek X-Caliber 6 with Suntour fork gets the most compliments. And it's the bike I paid the least amount of money for. Go figure.
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I would be, unless the bike is from the 80s, rusted, cracked, doesn't shift and has no brakes.

Anyone who has the nerve to call anyone's bike "crap" has issues.
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Originally Posted by KraneXL
Well if they word it like that the intent to offend is pretty much obvious. On the other hand, there is something to be said for constructive criticism. In that case, a negative comment could be intended to improve the condition or circumstance.
Absolutely, and I think we should strive to allow ourselves to be open to it because that's one important way to grow. But I also think it's pretty obvious sometimes when someone is being offensive as opposed to offering a critique.

One helpful thought is to remember that offensive behavior almost always comes from people who are not at ease with who they are or how their life is and are trying to fill a void by being hurtful towards others. Centered people just don't have any need to behave that way and see such behavior as lessening themselves.
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet
Absolutely, and I think we should strive to allow ourselves to be open to it because that's one important way to grow. But I also think it's pretty obvious sometimes when someone is being offensive as opposed to offering a critique.

One helpful thought is to remember that offensive behavior almost always comes from people who are not at ease with who they are or how their life is and are trying to fill a void by being hurtful towards others. Centered people just don't have any need to behave that way and see such behavior as lessening themselves.

Well, YOU would say that.

Just kidding, really..
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Originally Posted by livedarklions
Well, YOU would say that.

Just kidding, really..


Well.. at this advanced stage of decay I may not always get it right but I do feel I know which way I'm supposed to go. I consider that an accomplishment!
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Originally Posted by jasnooks
Would you feel offended if somebody called your bike a piece of crap?
Why? Is your bike a piece of crap? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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I think I'd be more upset if someone tried to tell me an actual piece of crap was a bicycle.
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Road the Tour de Palm Springs a couple years ago.
At the start , guy says "you’re really gonna ride that bike a 100 miles.”
Made sure he knew when I passed him.

was riding my Sirrus Carbon elite.

Not much bike knowledge out there.



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Many of you guys (the ones taking this seriously) are amusing.
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At lunch today, I was told that serious cyclists only ride disc brake bikes. I was about to be offended but then just wondered... is that true?
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Originally Posted by 68venable
At lunch today, I was told that serious cyclists only ride disc brake bikes. I was about to be offended but then just wondered... is that true?
Depends.
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My coolest bike was a steel frame I had painted fire engine red, except the carbon fiber weave abound the BB and start of the chainstays which stayed black. "TEAM DUMPSTER" was painted in white block letters on the DT. "Jessica" on the top tube. The bike was a no-nonsense road fix gear. Felt like a race bike. Stiff, quick race steering. For this guy who once raced and had the bike that fit like magic, this bike was a blast! Most fun bike I had n 20 years, by a ton.

The fun part of that bike was the cost breakdown. More than half was the paint job. More than half the rest was the seat. ($110 Terry Fly, same seat I put on all my good bikes.) Frame, $20. Carbon fiber? Well I learned early on that both chainstays were about to break. I had a scrap of CF weave, Gudgeon Brothers boat building epoxy and the skills and tools from years of building fiberglass boats. Rest of the parts? I had some wheels, pedals, bars and stem. Had to buy misc stuff that brought the $20 frame to $105 total.

That bike got (well beyond!) its share of praise, But I knew its brand "TEAM DUMPSTER" was real. That frame had been (obviously) hit by a SUV or so. Frame was dented, the fork trashed plus the chainstays I learned about later. Got it as an "as is" sale at the local alternative bike shop. (No test ride, no returns.) She got her name when I heard a clean and sober woman talk of her journey through addiction. When she talked of expecting to be found the next morning in a dumpster many times for her behaviors, it clicked. (As she spoke, she was remarried with a child by that marriage and was not just back in touch with her ex and father to her first kid, the two families moved close by and now shared custody easily with the child being a full member of both families. As much of a rejuvenation as my wrecked frame saw.)

I rode Jessica for a few years and about 8000 miles but stayed out of the hills, knowing what the frame have been through. I knew I needed to retire it before it broke under me so I ordered a custom inspired by Jessica and patterned loosely after it. Same road/steering feel, much higher BB (this is a fix gear and I ride 175s) and a super dropout that allows me to ride any cog without a chain change. Also with a frame of my favorite material - ti with a steel fork.painted the same fire engine red. "Jessica J" on the top tube. (This bike, like the first, is a woman, a race horse; wild if I am not gentle with the steering, smooth as butter if I am. And it is as stiff and strong as I will ever need.)

So my cheapest bike inspired one of my most expensive and funny thing is, the cheap one looked fancier. And to this thread topic: what others think of either of these bikes is non of my business and concerns me zero. I just ride them (well just Jessica J now) and put up with the tired muscles from the ear-to-ear grin.

Ben

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Old 10-10-18, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclintom
Why? Is your bike a piece of crap? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
i don't think so.
All my riders are well maintained, quiet, reliable, and they serve their intended purpose well.
They are all inexpensive also.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Many of you guys (the ones taking this seriously) are amusing.
Thank you
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Originally Posted by jasnooks
i don't think so.
All my riders are well maintained, quiet, reliable, and they serve their intended purpose well.
They are all inexpensive also.

Has anyone actually called them crap?
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Originally Posted by jasnooks
Thank you
You are most welcome.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions
Has anyone actually called them crap?
My bikes specifically, no, not that I know of at least
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Originally Posted by jasnooks
i don't think so.
All my riders are well maintained, quiet, reliable, and they serve their intended purpose well.
They are all inexpensive also.
If you are reasonably satisfied with your ride and it fulfills your needs that simply ignore what someone else may think. These are the sort of people that are buying new bikes so that they can get hydraulic disk brakes that are heavier, more expensive, less reliable and have more aerodynamic drag. But hey dude - IT'S NEW!
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Originally Posted by 68venable
At lunch today, I was told that serious cyclists only ride disc brake bikes. I was about to be offended but then just wondered... is that true?
May I remind you of the Wal-Mart back-to-fronk fork topic, with the disc and caliper on opppsite sides of the front wheel...

That said, i'm no fan of rim brakes, but then I recognise they have their place.
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