Go Back  Bike Forums > Community Connections > Regional Discussions > Northern California
Reload this Page >

Carbon Lust and the NorCal Steel Contigent Explained

Notices
Northern California Northern California

Carbon Lust and the NorCal Steel Contigent Explained

Old 11-29-12, 10:28 PM
  #1  
Lanceoldstrong
Family, Health, Cycling
Thread Starter
 
Lanceoldstrong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Concord, CA
Posts: 1,590

Bikes: Roubaix S-Works, Univega Gran Turismo

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Carbon Lust and the NorCal Steel Contigent Explained

I crashed hard on my bike and was knocked unconscious for a few days last summer.
The conscious mind was not there to filter out revelations from the vast human collective subconscious.
During this brief window when the doors of perception were opened I discovered an ancient secret.

The Secret Origin of Carbon Lust

The Annunaki were an ancient race of technologically advanced aliens.
Their technology depended heavily on carbon for the nano technology that was essential to all of their mind blowing inventions.

They were so ancient and had been advanced for so long that they exhausted their worlds supply of carbon resources.
They had long known carbon had amazing properties for transportation technology. They had used it to master time and space.
Their nano probes were sent across the galaxy looking for a new exploitable world rich in carbon.

They found the Earth when the planet was home to only a few tens of thousand of competing primates in the African grasslands.
The short stature and small brains of these primates made them poor candidates for the slave force the Annunaki knew they would need to extract our planet's vast stores of carbon.

The Annunaki began using their nano technology to genetically engineer the small primates they found. They made them bigger and smarter and much, much stronger for hard work. The first prototype was an enhanced primate but it turned out to be to reclusive in nature and painfully shy. This genetically enhanced species was too hard to socialize to make good slaves. They were turned loose to fend for themselves and are known to us as Sasquatch or Bigfoot.

The next attempt at nano genetic manipulation by the Annunaki used members of the genus hominid which eventually produced the modern human species.

We worked in the Annunaki carbon mines for a thousand years before the dawn of history. This produced a profound imprint on us as a species. We remember our interstellar overlords and look to them in the various religions that look to a sky god or gods.

The other legacy of the Annunaki genetic nano design of our DNA is an embedded desire for carbon. We were bred to look for it, find it and desire it so we would look keep looking for it.

This is why diamonds, made of carbon, and of course carbon fiber bicycles are thousands of times more expensive than their real intrinsic worth. We are hard wired to crave them, admire them and acquire them.

Northern California has long been known as a hot bed of revolutionary thought,free speech, individuality and nonconformity. Now a few brave iconoclasts here rise as a strong fringe contingent of cyclists that buck the ancient genetic paradigm. They fight back against the programing in us to lust for carbon. They escape the bondage of carbon.
Support your local fringe element and their subversive insistence on steel.

Last edited by Lanceoldstrong; 11-29-12 at 10:50 PM.
Lanceoldstrong is offline  
Old 11-29-12, 10:43 PM
  #2  
treadtread
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 1,266

Bikes: 2012 Specialized Sirrus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I'd love to get a nice steel bike. When I bought my Sirrus for commuting, I didn't understand bikes well enough to venture into the used bike world - and there are no steel bikes to be bought in an LBS for ~$500. Next one perhaps!

Nicely written.
treadtread is offline  
Old 11-29-12, 10:50 PM
  #3  
JoelS
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Near Sacramento
Posts: 4,886
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I very much like my nee steel bike. The frame is very stiff with excellent power transfer and handling, yet still soaks up the rough pavement. It's everything that CF is, but it's steel. How cool is that? The Annunaki would have removed me from the population for my blasphemy.
__________________
-------

Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.
JoelS is offline  
Old 11-30-12, 02:43 PM
  #4  
bikingshearer 
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 3,811

Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1978 Eisentraut "A," mid-1960s Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 1961 Bianchi Competizione (an Eroica bike), 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa (also an Eroica bike)

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 36 Times in 22 Posts
My subversive pro-steel activities have now been spread across the world for all to see. I can now look forward to capture and torture by carbon fiber-boarding. Good-bye, cruel world. I'll try not to rat out any other devotees like bigbossman or MarkoPolo.

Oops.

But even we Steelies carry within our frames the inherent contradiction that is the seed of our own destruction. After all, steel is made with iron and - wait for it - carbon. What? Our frames are made with carbon? Soylent Green is people? Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father? My God, where does it end? Where does it end?
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline  
Old 11-30-12, 03:19 PM
  #5  
gpelpel
Senior Member
 
gpelpel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Posts: 2,544

Bikes: Time RXRS, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
After all, steel is made with iron and - wait for it - carbon. What?
Do you mean my carbon frame will some day become a steel beauty? Or worse a rusty steel anchor?
gpelpel is offline  
Old 11-30-12, 04:47 PM
  #6  
DiabloScott
It's MY mountain
 
DiabloScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Mt.Diablo
Posts: 8,962

Bikes: Klein, Merckx, Trek

Mentioned: 58 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2547 Post(s)
Liked 410 Times in 243 Posts
Carbon steel bikes are like 0.5% carbon.
Scandium bikes are also about 0.5% scandium.
Not sure what the mass ratio of carbon is in a CFRP bike.
DiabloScott is offline  
Old 11-30-12, 05:38 PM
  #7  
gpelpel
Senior Member
 
gpelpel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Posts: 2,544

Bikes: Time RXRS, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Carbon steel bikes are like 0.5% carbon.
Scandium bikes are also about 0.5% scandium.
Steel bikes are only 0.5% steel??? What's all the fuss about?
gpelpel is offline  
Old 11-30-12, 06:22 PM
  #8  
rebel1916
Senior Member
 
rebel1916's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,084
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 24 Posts
Steel is dangerous. I wouldn't ride a steel POS. I value my life to much. I saw a steel frame fail catastrophically recently, and it was NOT a pretty sight.
rebel1916 is offline  
Old 11-30-12, 09:58 PM
  #9  
Lanceoldstrong
Family, Health, Cycling
Thread Starter
 
Lanceoldstrong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Concord, CA
Posts: 1,590

Bikes: Roubaix S-Works, Univega Gran Turismo

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
Steel is dangerous. I wouldn't ride a steel POS. I value my life to much. I saw a steel frame fail catastrophically recently, and it was NOT a pretty sight.
Do I detect irony, waiting for results...

Good thing I put the meter on it.
Lanceoldstrong is offline  
Old 11-30-12, 10:30 PM
  #10  
3alarmer
Friendship is Magic
 
3alarmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Big Tomato
Posts: 18,908

Bikes: old ones

Mentioned: 259 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18610 Post(s)
Liked 2,138 Times in 1,570 Posts
Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
Steel is dangerous. I wouldn't ride a steel POS. I value my life to much. I saw a steel frame fail catastrophically recently, and it was NOT a pretty sight.
Did it simply fold up, like one of those wire basket shopping carts, or did it assplode, like one of those bicycle bombs ?
3alarmer is offline  
Old 12-01-12, 07:03 AM
  #11  
rebel1916
Senior Member
 
rebel1916's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,084
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 24 Posts
It asploded. As steel is prone to do.
rebel1916 is offline  
Old 12-01-12, 09:25 AM
  #12  
FrenchFit 
The Left Coast, USA
 
FrenchFit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 3,757

Bikes: Bulls, Bianchi, Koga, Trek, Miyata

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 361 Post(s)
Liked 21 Times in 14 Posts
Lanceoldstrong, write a SciFi paperback and then start a religion, (you might want to add in something about a volcano, up to you). Until then, stand on a street corner and offer IQ tests. I hear there is real money in this...
FrenchFit is offline  
Old 12-01-12, 02:22 PM
  #13  
MarkoPolo
I'm your huckleberry...
 
MarkoPolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Northern Cal.
Posts: 296

Bikes: 90's Tommasini Prestige, 2004 Seven Alaris, 2005 Trek Pilot 2.1;

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
"Once giants lived in the earth, Conan. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they took from him the enigma of steel. Crom was angered, and the earth shook. Fire and Wind struck down these giants ... but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of steel and left it on the battlefield. And we who found it are just men - not gods, not giants, just men. The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan. You must learn its discipline. For no one, no one in the world can you trust - not men, not women, not beasts ... this you can trust." - Conan's Father from the film "Conan the Barbarian."



MarkoPolo is offline  
Old 12-01-12, 07:09 PM
  #14  
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 10,832
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
Did it simply fold up, like one of those wire basket shopping carts, or did it assplode, like one of those bicycle bombs ?
It burned up, fell over, and sank into the swamp.
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman
bigbossman is offline  
Old 12-03-12, 12:17 PM
  #15  
bikingshearer 
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 3,811

Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1978 Eisentraut "A," mid-1960s Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 1961 Bianchi Competizione (an Eroica bike), 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa (also an Eroica bike)

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 36 Times in 22 Posts
Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Carbon steel bikes are like 0.5% carbon.
Hey, I've already made up my mind and was on a roll. How dare you try to confuse me with facts.
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline  
Old 12-06-12, 08:34 AM
  #16  
BlastRadius
Direct Hit Not Required
 
BlastRadius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: San Bruno, CA
Posts: 6,193

Bikes: Leopard DC1, Ridley X-Fire, GT Zaskar 9r

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
It burned up, fell over, and sank into the swamp.
"huge tracts of land"
BlastRadius is offline  
Old 12-06-12, 01:56 PM
  #17  
bikingshearer 
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 3,811

Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1978 Eisentraut "A," mid-1960s Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 1961 Bianchi Competizione (an Eroica bike), 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa (also an Eroica bike)

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 36 Times in 22 Posts
Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
"huge tracts of land"
"You got my note!"

"Well, I got a note . . . "
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline  
Old 12-07-12, 06:43 PM
  #18  
t4mv
ES&D
 
t4mv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Roadieville, USA
Posts: 1,377

Bikes: 3Rensho, Merlin XL, Melton custom, Michael Johnson tandem, Look 481SL, Pedal Force RS

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by MarkoPolo View Post


Boy, that sure is purrdy... If this wuz the '70s, them tangs would be filed to a point... I sure miss the '70s.
t4mv is offline  
Old 12-07-12, 06:50 PM
  #19  
RaleighSport
Hogosha Sekai
 
RaleighSport's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: STS
Posts: 6,670

Bikes: Leader 725, Centurion Turbo, Scwhinn Peloton, Schwinn Premis, GT Tequesta, Bridgestone CB-2,72' Centurion Lemans, 72 Raleigh Competition

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 12 Times in 11 Posts
I like steel, but I just happen to work for the other aliens.
RaleighSport is offline  
Old 12-07-12, 11:55 PM
  #20  
Red Rider
Don't mince words
 
Red Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Vacaville, CA
Posts: 6,971

Bikes: '16 BH Quartz, 2017 Calfeecustom carbon tandem, Fuji D6 TT bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I embrace any bike-shaped substance. If it's a bike, it's all right.
Red Rider is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
surgeonstone
Road Cycling
352
11-02-16 10:21 AM
johnnyace
General Cycling Discussion
27
10-30-16 08:56 AM
Doctor Morbius
General Cycling Discussion
91
08-14-15 11:04 AM
bikemig
Road Cycling
144
07-30-14 04:33 PM
IcySmooth52
Road Cycling
84
01-20-13 07:22 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.