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Do you cheer for your bike brand?

Old 11-17-17, 08:30 PM
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Do you cheer for your bike brand?

Just curious if you tend to have a preference for your bike brand when watching bike racing. I mean we all have our favorite riders but say there is a break away with 4-5 riders who you aren’t that familiar with. Do you tend to root for the rider who is riding your bike brand more often that the other riders? I have had a preference for the Bianchi rider except for the years Bianchi really wasn’t represented. Now I have just placed and order for a Canyon so I guess I am going to be watching Katusha and Movistar more now.

It’s totally a form of confirmation bias. Are you guilty too?

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Old 11-17-17, 08:54 PM
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Hmm...

I've got a two Fujis, although given the late-90s Fuji bankruptcy, the 1979 one and the 2016 one are practically made by two different companies.

I've got two Treks.

I've got one Specialized, but it's fairly unrecognizable. As in, this is a Stumpjumper:



I've got a Miyata and a Bridgestone, but I'm not confident that they have very much representation in the pro peloton...

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I'm not sure who I should be rooting for. Perhaps Trek, since my only modern road bike is a Trek with the Trek Factory Racing paint, which is sort of like Trek-Segafredo.
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Old 11-17-17, 09:06 PM
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No, I already gave them my money. They should be rooting for me.
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Old 11-17-17, 09:42 PM
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Yep. Go team Dimension Data!
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Old 11-17-17, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
No, I already gave them my money. They should be rooting for me.
Nice. Well said.
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Old 11-17-17, 10:15 PM
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I never root for carbon bikes.
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No. I cheer for the team, yes; for the individual rider, yes. But I cannot say I ever cheered for a bike brand. I leer and look at the bikes lusftully, maybe. Heh-heh.
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Old 11-17-17, 10:46 PM
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Yep. Go team Dimension Data!
I just interviewed one of your engineers.
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Old 11-17-17, 10:51 PM
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No I don't.
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Old 11-17-17, 10:55 PM
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Oh yeah, I almost forgot.....go Trek! Back in the Lance Armstrong days the team was known to ride Trek branded Litespeeds.
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Old 11-17-17, 11:23 PM
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No, I don't watch races so no cheering.
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Old 11-17-17, 11:34 PM
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Kind of. I ride a c&v Team Fuji and a newish Ridley fenix, so I tend to notice the teams that ride those brands.
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Old 11-18-17, 05:27 AM
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I have absolutely no idea what the pros ride ... just that they ride whatever they are given to ride. Sponsorship and all that.

But in a breakaway, there's usually a the representative from a team I like.
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I don't have any other basis on whom to root for yet, so I do cheer on the team that happens to ride the same brand as I do.
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Old 11-18-17, 09:09 AM
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I don't own one, but I wanted one, and I did sort of root for Lotto Soudal because their Ridley Helium was the most beautiful bike in the peloton. Other than that, the brand of bike the cyclists are riding isn't something I pick up on unless it's how they refer to the team, and even then I don't always make the connection. The only way a rider or a team will catch my attention will be based on what they do, or their apparent attitude, like Hirt or Landa making headway all by themselves, Pantano's and Chaves' electric enthusiasm, or the inimitable, unmissable bobbing style of Zakharin. I have a general understanding of how teams work, but at their most visible as such, e.g., protecting their contender or controlling the pace, they're actually the least interesting to watch. I couldn't tell you what brand of bike any of them were ever riding, I could only tell you what color jerseys they were wearing. I may be disappointed to learn they're riding a brand I don't like, but if they happen to be riding Giant (the only brand I own that's represented), it doesn't make much difference.
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Old 11-18-17, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
Other than that, the brand of bike the cyclists are riding isn't something I pick up on
Maybe for me with the Bianchi, the Celeste just stands out, at least it did to me, and I picked up on it more. Ill
Have to see how the next season goes and if I find myself noticing and doing it.
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Old 11-18-17, 10:04 AM
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Ive been looking for someone riding a Miyata, original Fuji, or original Schwinn and keep striking out.
The riders on those bikes must just be at the back of the pack. Yeah, thats it.
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Old 11-18-17, 10:32 AM
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Any teams on Merlins? As for basketball, I always route for the team that's wearing Nikes, because I have a pair of them too.
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No. I have a Guru steel road bike, Masi Gran Criterium S road bike and a Colnago World Cup CX and I love each. But, cheer for the brand? No.
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No. I don't think there is anything inherently better or worse from one to the other. They all make very good bikes. They all likely have customers that love them and customers that are pissed as hell for some reason.

I do like to see brands and teams with a strong tie to the USA showing well just as I wish USA riders to do well. Though they are usually a small part of those I'm pulling for as not a lot of USA riders are in the grand tours and few other cycling events I watch.

I'm expanding my viewing or different cycling events, Cyclo-cross being one I'm starting to gain interest in.
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Old 11-18-17, 03:52 PM
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I don't have my own bike brand---but if any of you want to start a bike company and name it after me, get in touch.
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Old 11-18-17, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr View Post
Maybe for me with the Bianchi, the Celeste just stands out, at least it did to me, and I picked up on it more. I’ll
Have to see how the next season goes and if I find myself noticing and doing it.
I can see that.
Oh, it just occurred to me - I like Segafredo - I remember them having the most amusing commercials, so if none of the riders in a race were interesting, I'd root for them. I just wish they weren't teamed up with Trek.

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Old 11-18-17, 09:12 PM
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Team and rider, yes. Bike brand, no. But I do like to see a good performance from the brands I own.
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Old 11-19-17, 06:00 AM
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Sagan, because he's a amazingly talented character...I used to follow Spartacus but I was amazed at how strong he could ride at the end.
Specialized has sagan editions that are like the character, colourful.
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Old 11-19-17, 08:42 AM
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I enjoy Taylor Finney's tweets and videos from the last TdF. He rides a Cannondale for Cannondale, and I ride a Cannondale, but I don't think that matters. If he started riding a Specialized I would still enjoy him.
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