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View Poll Results: Who is more evil?
Bikes Direct: They ain't no Motobecane!
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7.81%
Rivendell: They made fun of my lycra!
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Wal*Mart: Greeters in vests scare me!
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56.25%
A pox on all of 'em!
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Rivendell vs. BikesDirect vs Wal*Mart Death Match

Old 11-25-07, 05:28 PM
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Rivendell vs. BikesDirect vs Wal*Mart Death Match

Who is more evil? The little company that picks on roadies, the dude that pretends to be defunct bike companies or the corporate behemoth? Discuss 'till you puke. It's the Ultimate Troll Fest! Enjoy or ignore.
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Bikes Direct: o.k., so they claim to be companies that no longer exist. there's a lot of that going around.
Rivendell: heck, i make fun of my lycra.
WalMart: pure, undiluted evil. duh. haven't you seen the South Park episode?
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Well at least Rivendell sells something decent...the others

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When you buy something from Wall(evil)mart its usually **** disguised as what you want to buy, also pure EVIL.
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Originally Posted by linux_author View Post
Nah, it's just an attempt to consolidate the constant flamewars on these subjects so we have only one thread to ignore.

It'll probably fail, but it's worth a try.
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
I always wondered what happened to the hall monitor/crossing guard dweebs from elementary school.

I now have an answer.
Excellent! Maybe this WILL become an unavoidable time sink for trolls!
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Old 11-25-07, 08:14 PM
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I kinda like the Rivendell bikes. Petersen's close-minded attitude, not so much.
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Doesn't bikesdirect have to purchase the rights to the brands he uses? brands get sold all the time. There is no pretense at walmart. it is what it is. but rivendell, well, bikes built by elves...? that just ain't 'merican, s'all i have to say.
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I don't think Whale-Mart is evil, per se, but given the average girth of their clientele, I find it distasteful from an aesthetic and health perspective. Their stores also tend to be overly crowded.

I rarely shop there, but I might ride my bike there this evening to buy the new Eagles CD.


FWIW, I remember when Whale-Mart first expanded to the small towns in the South. They prominently featured "Made in USA" on most of their products, and appealed to Cold War era patriotism...now, try and find anything in their stores that wasn't made in China.
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
I just love that kind of idiotic thinking.

The ole "I disagree with you so you must be a troll" idiocy is always good for a laugh.
I'm sorry, I missed the part where one of us was disagreeing with the other. Care to point it out?

And the "you're a dweeb, nyah, nyah" comment shows the heights of erudition! Yeah, you showed me!
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WalMart DOES have the new Eagles CD.
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My position, and i am sticking by it! :

Love Rivendell! Go Elves! Go Unamericanism!!

BikesDirect, dunno much about them but sounds fishy, doubt i'll ever deal with them.

Walmart, Scum, Satanspawn and Truly Unamerican, unless you consider China a far Flung US province of your idea of Freedom and justice for all involves destroying small business and utterly exploiting employees.
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Careful! bikesdirect.com spends lots of money supporting bikeforum.net, and has been know to threaten posters with banishment for speaking ill of them.
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
I just love that kind of idiotic thinking.

The ole "I disagree with you so you must be a troll" idiocy is always good for a laugh.
Almost as good as "You gored my sacred cow--PERSONAL INSULT!"
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Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
Careful! bikesdirect.com spends lots of money supporting bikeforum.net, and has been know to threaten posters with banishment for speaking ill of them.
Who or what is "bikesdirect.com" and why should I care?
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Whats the big deal about Rivendell? they charge an arm and a leg for obsolete steel frames just like the ones that I pull out of dumpsters all the time. And if the guy that makes them wants your opinion he'll give it to you.... like the one about clipless pedal systems having no advantage whatsoever over platforms. gimmie a break!

They all make and shell *****, at least wal-mart price their abominations accordingly.
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Bikes Direct gets my vote (even though I think it is a pretty decent company if you don't buy into the website hype: The only entity that is not completely forthcoming with it's customers. An unknowing buyer might be fooled into believing that he is actually buying the same bike on which the hour record was achieved. Moreover, representing a no--name frame as having the retail value of a name brand is dishonest. The generic market gets lower prices because the market value of an unknown brand is less. Simple.

WallMart: Super big, super aggressive business plan (but we all know what we are getting)

Rivendell: They don't even begin to pretend to appeal to everyone; and they are up front about what they are doing and believe in.
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Rivendell might make fun of lycra but they sell some equally-silly clothes of a different sort.
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Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
Who is more evil? The little company that picks on roadies, the dude that pretends to be defunct bike companies or the corporate behemoth? Discuss 'till you puke. It's the Ultimate Troll Fest! Enjoy or ignore.
I'm going to make this the perfect storm, and ask if it is ok to carry firearms while vehicular cycling in a Critical Mass ride on a WalMart Bike purchased from BikesDirect?
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Originally Posted by john bono View Post
I'm going to make this the perfect storm, and ask if it is ok to carry firearms while vehicular cycling in a Critical Mass ride on a WalMart Bike purchased from BikesDirect?
Yes...but, only if your bike is equipped with a Brooks saddle, and a leather Rivendell holster.
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I'm going to make this the perfect storm, and ask if it is ok to carry firearms while vehicular cycling in a Critical Mass ride on a WalMart Bike purchased from BikesDirect?
BikesDirect is buying the rights to sell Huffy-branded bikes. It's unclear whether they will sell them for $10 or $1000.
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Originally Posted by SSP View Post
Yes...but, only if your bike is equipped with a Brooks saddle, and a leather Rivendell holster.
And you lube your chain with 10W-40.
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