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A Farewell to Friends

Old 09-08-05, 09:34 AM
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A Farewell to Friends

For the first time in a while it is a dark, wet morning. My legs and body in general need the rest anyway, so what the heck....no ride today.

Maybe it's the weather...
Maybe it's my mood...
Maybe it's the season getting long in the tooth now...

I'm not sure, but I find as I look at BF today that it certainly isn't what it used to be.

I read a thread about hating all the poseur posts. Heck I remember when that was supposed to be fun.
I read nasty responses to a post I left from the previous day.
I have been seeing several posts talking about a quote, "meaner tone" on the forum.

I miss seeing posts from the old schoolers, people that I sort of felt like I was friends with even though I never met them. I notice hardly any posts from Rad and Patriot, the founders of OCP, but providers of good solid information here prior to that when I first joined way back when.

I feel like it has run its course now, so I guess I'll be dipping out for now.

Thanks for listening when you did. I learned a lot here when I first started visiting.

Ciao

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For crying out loud, you need to ride with people. Do group rides.

Originally Posted by Hipcycler
For the first time in a while it is a dark, wet morning. My legs and body in general need the rest anyway, so what the heck....no ride today.

Maybe it's the weather...
Maybe it's my mood...
Maybe it's the season getting long in the tooth now...

I'm not sure, but I find as I look at BF today that it certainly isn't what it used to be.

I read a thread about hating all the poseur posts. Heck I remember when that was supposed to be fun.
I read nasty responses to a post I left from the previous day.
I have been seeing several posts talking about a quote, "meaner tone" on the forum.

I miss seeing posts from the old schoolers, people that I sort of felt like I was friends with even though I never met them. I notice hardly any posts from Rad and Patriot, the founders of OCP, but providers of good solid information here prior to that when I first joined way back when.

I feel like it has run its course now, so I guess I'll be dipping out for now.

Thanks for listening when you did. I learned a lot here when I first started visiting.

Ciao

Hip
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A community turns into whatever its dominant members allow it to. There were always curt, wise remarks as long as I've been here (shorter than you), but the friendlier spirit of most made those things stick out as red herrings.

Would be sorry to see you go, Hip. Online communities always change over time; one of the motorcycle forums I use to frequent lost several members and a great deal of life in the process. If more of the good, dominant posters had stuck around, I can't help but think things would have stayed the course.
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Old 09-08-05, 09:47 AM
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such is the ebb and flow of a community. Hip, good luck in your next ITT (yeah, I know you'll do one) and keep on riding--
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Don't stay away too long. Been on here for years, Sometimes I have taken breaks for a month or so. Kind of take it for what it is now. In a month or two it will be completely different, but the trolls will always be there if not in different flavors. The way people deal with them will change too. I think it's a cyclical thing.
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Old 09-08-05, 09:50 AM
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Hip, sorry you're feeling this way, but do come back soon. It'll mellow out after a while as I think this forum goes through cycles. And I think, it's just experienced a huge growth spurt so the old schoolers may not be as visible -- they are still posting, though. Not to worry. You're stories, progress reports and generally pleasant demeanor are greatly appreciated by me and others.
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If you are a true cycling junkie...you'll be back. This forum represents both the good and bad side of the sport. Does beg the question...are cyclists a bunch of self absorbed egotistical jerks preoccuppied in one up'ing their fellow enthusists? The poseur mentality supports this...but maybe the poseur thing is benign and just a bunch of geeks...most likely the latter...how the community outside cycling perceived them...in spite of how cool or elitist they feel about themselves...lol. Their numbers certainly underscore this...guys dressed up in clone or is that clown outfits riding bikes make up a very small percentage of the vast majority who enjoy the pleasure of riding a bicycle. There is a lack of uninimity on this board due to how diverse the demograph is...old and young...newb and experienced cyclists...all different kinds of bikes made out of all different kinds of materials...Shimano versus Campy...blah blah blah...certainly contributes to the rancor and some would say spice depending on your perspective. Agree...the tone on this forum is at times too much to take. The flp side is there are a great many good if not entertaining people here and I count you among them.
Cheers Hip,
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I think Patriot and I can certainly relate to what you are going through Hip. In the last 6 weeks, we've alll taken much more of a back seat when it comes to hanging around here.

The truth for me is, life continues to get more complicated and I struggle to find time to do everything I need and want to. And, while I still monitor the boards for things that catch my eye, less and less stuff actually does. Given the choice, I would rather ride and work on my bikes than spend time here. I personally have been working on a pseudo roadie for my son and it's been a challenge - I can't wait to get it finished and share it with the group here.

Bottom line is - it is cyclical. Although my current participation is at a low point, I think it will drift in and out without disappearing completely. I think guys like Lotek and Khuon, among others, have already gone through this and have found their own personal balance.

I hope for all of us that you find yours and that it includes some level of participation here. Take care friend.

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Go and do whatever your heart tells you to do my friend. Have a good trip down the next road.
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You've done the forum equivalent of overtraining. The only way to fix it is to get some rest time in.

Enjoy the rest, my man. Hopefully you'll be back soon because I enjoy your posts.
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Old 09-08-05, 10:52 AM
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the old guard changes. i've been through it. no, these forums aren't what they used to be. the influx of new members from the kryptonite failure and lance's drug accusations have brought in new elements not previously seen.

a small % of riders want to be this interactive to begin with. an even smaller portion spend the time to do so.
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Old 09-08-05, 11:28 AM
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Never hurts to take some time off, but I highly recommend the Ignore List. There are a few posters that I simply don't want to read, which makes everything else a lot more enjoyable.

I'm still learning and meeting good people from this forum and I've introduced my wife to riding, in part, through this forum. Whether it's the STP, metrics in PA, or just small group local rides BF'ers meet here and do the one thing we're all supposed to enjoy - ride. There's still a lot to be gained even if there's some chaff to wade through.

But if you want to take a break, have a good one and come back soon. We'll always have funnel cake and state fairs.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad

Bottom line is - it is cyclical. Although my current participation is at a low point, I think it will drift in and out without disappearing completely. I think guys like Lotek and Khuon, among others, have already gone through this and have found their own personal balance.

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Exactly what I have been feeling about this place, which is why I have drifted off for the most part. Its not really goodbye though for me, its more like until next time. Finding the balance is key.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
The truth for me is, life continues to get more complicated and I struggle to find time to do everything I need and want to. And, while I still monitor the boards for things that catch my eye, less and less stuff actually does. Given the choice, I would rather ride and work on my bikes than spend time here. I personally have been working on a pseudo roadie for my son and it's been a challenge - I can't wait to get it finished and share it with the group here.

Bottom line is - it is cyclical. Although my current participation is at a low point, I think it will drift in and out without disappearing completely. I think guys like Lotek and Khuon, among others, have already gone through this and have found their own personal balance.

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Couldn't have said it any better. These things are cyclical, but at the end of the day, this still remains the best board out there, including non cycling boards. Some are nicer but don't get much traffic, some have high traffic but don't say much worthwhile, while this forum seems to have a good balance. I never take it personally, try to weed out or ignore what I'm not interested in, and participate when I have time.
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I wish you the best hip. Be it a day, a month, a year or more before you return - I hope life treats you well and that the road a head of you is smooth. I haven't been around too long, but yours will be a name that I will miss seeing around the boards.
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Thanks Hip for all your unbridled enthusiasm and good humour. Your passion was infectious so it will be sad to see less of you around. Who knows, maybe we may see an energised hip in the spring (its spring here already yahoo).
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Hip,
I felt we were on this weird wavelength, the two of us... I hope you come back soon.. Work, weather and a crash as if yesterday might force me to take a break too...
Later.
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damnit, skinny and hip. SMITE ME ALL MITY SMITERRRR!!!!!
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to steal a line or two from a favorite commercial of mine..
hip... if you go, unicorns will disappear and the easter buny will get whacked. stick around. ignore the idiots like me if we really bother you that much.

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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
For the first time in a while it is a dark, wet morning. My legs and body in general need the rest anyway, so what the heck....no ride today.

Maybe it's the weather...
Maybe it's my mood...
Maybe it's the season getting long in the tooth now...

I'm not sure, but I find as I look at BF today that it certainly isn't what it used to be.
You paint a very poetic picture though hip...reminds me a little of this popular one:

"I am closing my fifty-two years of military service. When I joined the army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all my boyish hopes and dreams.

The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good-by."

- Gen. Macarthur
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Hip, i will truely miss seeing your posts, and i hope that sometime in the future you decide to come back.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
I'm not sure, but I find as I look at BF today that it certainly isn't what it used to be.

I read nasty responses to a post I left from the previous day.
I have been seeing several posts talking about a quote, "meaner tone" on the forum.
This is what happens when Darth Vader's account gets disabled....This place goes to ****. Darth Vader crushed rebellions daily and brought order to bikeforums.net (even if it denied you of certain freedoms)

A flicker of that red lightsaber squelched arguments faster than anything around here. Sometimes he used the old Jedi Mind trick and people just argreed for no reason sometimes too. LOL!

RIP Darth Vader https://www.bikeforums.net/members/darth-vader-24343.html

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It's all MY FAULT!!!
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It's all MY FAULT!!!
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I know it's meant to be a humorous, but I really am kinda bummed out Hip is leaving. I hope he just takes a much needed rest and just finds a balance in the forum.
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