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So much resistance to change

Old 01-10-23, 12:54 PM
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So much resistance to change

What is it about the cycling community that is so resistance to change, and have such narrow minded attitudes. You can go back to 1934 when bents were banned from racing, because just one guy was winning all the races and time trials. Or maybe further back to about 1890 when the "safety bike" superseded the penny-farthling. Then come forward to the middle 80s when click shifting came out, most roadies claimed they would never use it. Also in that time frame mountain bikes were scoffed at in the beginning. Closer to this time frame, disc brakes were roundly put down, and some made it sound like in a crash, riders would be slashed so bad they would never ride again!!!! And lastly the huge out cry against bikes and trikes with electric motors. IMO almost all these things I have mentioned are huge advances, because it makes bikes better, easer to use for more people, safer, and increases the number of people that cycle.

Then we have the question of just who is a cyclist. The really hard core claim that unless you ride a $5000 bike, and have $500 kit you really are not a cyclist. IMO ANYONE that pedals a 1, 2, 3, or a 4 wheel machine is a cyclist. That includes little Susie and her sidewalk bike with training wheels.

So what are the thots of others on the forum???

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Old 01-10-23, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent
Blather blah blah.....

So what are the thots of others on the forum???
My thots in easy to understand pictures
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Old 01-10-23, 01:11 PM
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I am having a hard time thinking of the name of that poster who says that all the new stuff is worthless, just a corporate cash-grab ....

Also, he is the only guy saying that one isn't a "Real" cyclist if one isn't one a high-priced bike in expensive kit. No one else says that.

These are not questions ... they are bait.

I will make popcorn.
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Old 01-10-23, 01:12 PM
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E-bikes = Mopeds.
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Old 01-10-23, 01:14 PM
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I'm really hard core but I can't afford a $5K bike or a $500 kit.
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Old 01-10-23, 01:27 PM
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Old 01-10-23, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent
So what are the thots of others on the forum???
I think you need some new material. Your act is getting really old and boring.
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Old 01-10-23, 01:48 PM
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OP, I agree completely
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Iíd like to try a tadpole.

That said, even if I like it I donít see a recumbent as replacing any bike for what or why I ride bikes.
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Old 01-10-23, 01:57 PM
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My favorite bike is a near $5000 ti custom that is inspired and ridden like the race bikes of 120 years ago. Same gear train and soon, same tires. (Well, skinnier, lighter and synthetic but the time honored construction. Sewups. Fix gear. Kit? Well, the leather topped traditionally cleated shoes now cost me $300, not $80 so I"m approaching your $500 for the kit.

I never left the DT friction shifter (except to go back a few decades).

Fix gears - simple and as pure as it gets. DT shifters - simple, very reliable and nothing to change out when changing drivetrains. Cable brakes simply work. Cheap, reliable, no check needed after a long period of disuse. (Light, aero and better looking also. Faster, easier wheel changes. Easier sharing wheels among bikes. Stuff you'd expect from newer and better.)
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Originally Posted by rydabent
The really hard core claim that unless you ride a $5000 bike, and have $500 kit you really are not a cyclist.
No. They don't. This is a fabrication that you regularly put out there, but isn't actually based on facts.
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Old 01-10-23, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by big john
I'm really hard core but I can't afford a $5K bike or a $500 kit.
I'm looking hard at a bike that costs just $4999 which comes in just under the OP's trigger warning price.
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Old 01-10-23, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent
The really hard core claim that unless you ride a $5000 bike, and have $500 kit you really are not a cyclist. ??
Name one single person who has ever claimed this ever?
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy
I'm looking hard at a bike that costs just $4999 which comes in just under the OP's trigger warning price.
You can't be serious...


...unless you spend at least $1 more.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Name one single person who has ever claimed this ever?
Rydabent.
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My thot is that bent ryders are not cyclists.
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Originally Posted by epnnf
OP, I agree completely
You take that back!
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Old 01-10-23, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy
I'm looking hard at a bike that costs just $4999 which comes in just under the OP's trigger warning price.
Who do we see about getting that amount changed? I think close should qualify you, kinda like horse shoes or hand grenades.
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The first thing that comes to mind with recumbents is an old man walking hunched over with a cane.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
You can't be serious...

...unless you spend at least $1 more.
I'm rarely serious....
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Rydabent.
The hard part would be to come up with another one.
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Originally Posted by rydabent
The really hard core claim that unless you ride a $5000 bike, and have $500 kit you really are not a cyclist.

This is total nonsense.
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy
The hard part would be to come up with another one.
PeteHski only asked for one.
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Originally Posted by rydabent
The really hard core claim that unless you ride a $5000 bike, and have $500 kit you really are not a cyclist.
Originally Posted by msu2001la
This is total nonsense.
Yeah, everyone knows it's at least double that amount.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
Yeah, everyone knows it's at least double that amount.
Totally unrelated story (which means it's probably perfect for this thread)...

Years ago (early-2000s), the owner of a LBS got a call from an insurance adjuster regarding a claim by one of their customers for replacement of a damaged high-end bicycle. The insurance adjuster refused to believe that ANY bicycle could possibly cost more than $1000.
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