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Bling is in the eye of the beholder

Old 12-17-07, 09:32 AM
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Bling is for losers. Losers walking around Home Depot trying to get noticed with Zipp PowerTap wheels.

But bling is good: it generates a never-ending stream of almost-new not-quite-blingy-enough bikes and parts on eBay for those of us who actually ride.

Keep on blinging.
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Old 12-18-07, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by adam View Post
I'd like to hear their version of the story:

"so I'm standing in line at Home Depot and this guy asks how much his bike wheel costs. I say $40. Some other guy says $200. He tells us it's worth $1700. I think I saw him going into Walmart next to ask people in line there as well".

I was walking into a walmart once carrying a trispoke (I was looking for a magnet to fit in the stem hole) and was stopped and informed that I wasn't allowed to carry in returns without a receipt. In the greeter's defence I'm not sure his eyesight was good enough to tell that it was even a wheel in my hand. I simply informed him that Walmart did not sell that model wheel.
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Old 12-19-07, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Zouf View Post
Bling is for losers. Losers walking around Home Depot trying to get noticed with Zipp PowerTap wheels.
1.) If I wanted to get noticed with my Zipp PowerTaps, the last place I'd do it is at Home Depot on a snowy Monday night. Obviously the people there didn't even know what the object in my hand was.

2.) 'Bling is for losers'? Um...no. Bling is for hedge fund managers, rap stars, pro athletes, and those who generally have so much more money than your average bike weenie you can't even count it.

The application of the term 'bling' to cycling is preposterous.
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On a snowy December night, I took my newly purchased Zipp 404 Powertap SL wheel to Home Depot; I needed to replace the hub batteries and needed a larger wrench and some special batteries, I wanted to be certain I could remove the plastic hub cap while I was at the store. .
Saris makes a plastic tool to remove the hub cap. Everytime I send my PT back for service, they send one of them back with it. Took me awhile to figure out what the hell the thing was.
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Old 12-19-07, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
That last sentence would go right before the 'Priceless' tag line in the Visa commercial.

It's awesome to see that MASTERCARDS millions of dollars in marketing are going to their biggest competitor in pcads mind.


100s of commercials for mastercard = millions of dollars
100s of spoof commercials for mastercard = free advertising
hearing pcad refer to the priceless commercials as Visa commercials = priceless

P.S. I used to work for mastercard. Awesome company to work for.
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Old 12-19-07, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Dynamic View Post
every generation gets dumber anyway
You must be old
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Old 12-19-07, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by qw1a View Post
Business-casual is the way to go, with 30-dollar dress shoes

In any case, my bike is my most expensive posession (excluding real estate).
You should be fired from your job for ownly wearing 30 dollars shoes.

P.S. I'm a shoe snob.
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Old 12-19-07, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post

The application of the term 'bling' to cycling is preposterous.

good call. Cyclist seem to refer to bling as the best stuff. In the real world (where rap stars live and define bling), bling is rarely the best or most usefull items.

Examples:
Lamborgini - not even close to the best performance car for the money
Hummers with 24in wheels - hummers were made for offroad where those wheels would be worthless


we seem to think that a Look is bling when in fact it's the exact opposite. Put something on a Look that is shiny and slows it down and you can call it bling.
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Old 12-19-07, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by AbsoluteZ3RO View Post
Put something on a Look that is shiny and slows it down
Every sweaty bikeforums reader fits that bill.
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Old 12-19-07, 11:55 AM
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When SWMBO complains about the little bit of money I spend on bike stuff, I just show her what a new bass boat costs.
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Originally Posted by AbsoluteZ3RO View Post
You should be fired from your job for ownly wearing 30 dollars shoes.

P.S. I'm a shoe snob.
Not a spelling snob though.
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Old 12-19-07, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by adam View Post
Not a spelling snob though.

awesome
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
This is my angle on this: By April of 2008 I will have been back on my bicycles for 3 solid years. I will have spent $15K on bike stuff. I lost 30+ lbs., and got my life, happiness and health back. That last sentence would go right before the 'Priceless' tag line in the Visa commercial.

I wonder how much a heart attack would cost my family in lost income and health care expenses? I'm 50 now. Guys my age who sit on their asses drop dead of heart attacks every day.

Bike crap may be overpriced, but if you actually ride your bike, it's a total friggin bargain.
My 50 year old brother-in-law is a super successful investment banker type. As far as I know he gets no real exercise and he just underwent angioplasty on his tubes. Unbelieveable. Anyway, when I see him over Christmas, I'll mention the beauty and benefits of cycling.
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Old 12-19-07, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
are you kidding? ripped jeans cost more than new ones.

I believe the proper term is "distressed." "Broken-in" is also an acceptable term. I call them "POS overpriced jeans that you have to pay extra for to have them in that condition only to understand that they will fall apart in less than a year and then you will have to buy more." The marketing folks at J. Crew, The Gap, et al, didn't think my term for the jeans would be a success in the sales dept.
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Bling correlates poorly to actual performance, but strongly to people's yearning for acceptance and self esteem. Bling means little to those that understand this.
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Bling correlates poorly to actual performance, but strongly to people's yearning for acceptance and self esteem. Bling means little to those that understand this.
I don't get it.
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Originally Posted by ChunkyB View Post
I don't get it.
Allegorically - what are the performance differences between:
* $4,000 Rolex versus $40 Casio?
* $120 designer jeans versus $25 Levis from Walmart?
* $35 Tanqueray versus $8 Gordons?
* $240k Ferrari F430 versus $45k Corvette?
* $30 200g AL seat post versus $130 140 g carbon seat post?

For 99%+ of people there are no performance differences...the only differences are in the degree of bling. Why do people buy bling? It's only to feel good about themselves....for a while.
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Originally Posted by sced View Post
Allegorically - what are the performance differences between:
* $4,000 Rolex versus $40 Casio?
* $120 designer jeans versus $25 Levis from Walmart?
* $35 Tanqueray versus $8 Gordons?
* $240k Ferrari F430 versus $45k Corvette?
* $30 200g AL seat post versus $130 140 g carbon seat post?

For 99%+ of people there are no performance differences...the only differences are in the degree of bling. Why do people buy bling? It's only to feel good about themselves....for a while.
ummm, it was a joke. You said "Bling means little to those that understand this.", so I was pretending that I didn't understand it. Maybe it's too early in the morning to be sarcastic.
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Originally Posted by ChunkyB View Post
ummm, it was a joke. You said "Bling means little to those that understand this.", so I was pretending that I didn't understand it. Maybe it's too early in the morning to be sarcastic.
Pardon me...my mistake. Happy holidays!
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Pardon me...my mistake. Happy holidays!
HAHA. I think I should be the one apologizing for my lame joke. Happy Holidays to you too. I finished my last final (of my undergrad career) last night around 9, so the holidays truly will be happy now.
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Originally Posted by ChunkyB View Post
HAHA. I think I should be the one apologizing for my lame joke. Happy Holidays to you too. I finished my last final (of my undergrad career) last night around 9, so the holidays truly will be happy now.
CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! For me it was in 1978 (olde farte).
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Guys my age who sit on their asses drop dead of heart attacks every day. .
fixed.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
This is my angle on this: By April of 2008 I will have been back on my bicycles for 3 solid years. I will have spent $15K on bike stuff. I lost 30+ lbs., and got my life, happiness and health back. That last sentence would go right before the 'Priceless' tag line in the Visa commercial.

I wonder how much a heart attack would cost my family in lost income and health care expenses? I'm 50 now. Guys my age who sit on their asses drop dead of heart attacks every day.

Bike crap may be overpriced, but if you actually ride your bike, it's a total friggin bargain.
and the pcad speaks the truth. i could not agree more. later.
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Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
and the pcad speaks the truth. i could not agree more. later.
Baloney. Only some bike crap is overpriced. One can stay in great shape by riding without spending a lot and we all know it.
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^^^ yeah, 15 grand in 3 years for happiness and health is cheap. i know people that spend significantly more than that on booze and they have neither.
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