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Came across some SS/FG riders today...

Old 04-10-09, 01:18 PM
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Came across some SS/FG riders today...

....they actually looked as if my 3x9 Tiagra system is from another planet. Though I thought their bikes actually looked pretty cool, I won't be paying too much attention to them.
What does annoy me, is that they actually seemed to be trying to look as disgusted as possible.

I mean, if I buy a VW Golf, and you don't like it, you won't be bothering me with it either, would you? Why is it that a bike that I like (sorry... LOVE) disgusts them so darn much?
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Old 04-10-09, 01:31 PM
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But did they wave?
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Old 04-10-09, 01:34 PM
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Absolutely not.
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Is tehre a point to this thread, other than to incite some sort of argument?
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I don't know. Why does it bother YOU so much?
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More important than the killjoy comments: did you drop them, or did they drop you?
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FWIW - 3x9 Tiagra IS from another planet. .....



....in the garbage constellation......near the poop nebula, in between craptasticon and cheapasstium-9.

....it's a planet full of freds.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
FWIW - 3x9 Tiagra IS from another planet. .....



....in the garbage constellation......near the poop nebula, in between craptasticon and cheapasstium-9.

....it's a planet full of freds.
Meaning..... ?


I'm just saying, they seem to be disgusted by anything other than SS/FG. And I would like to know why.
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Elitism comes in many forms...
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I think it's because the girl jeans squeeze off all circulation to their naughty bits.
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It's actually OK because I stopped riding my FG last year to help balance out the force.
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Originally Posted by FreddyV View Post
Meaning..... ?


I'm just saying, they seem to be disgusted by anything other than SS/FG. And I would like to know why.
You probably should have asked them
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It wasn't this guy, was it?

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Unless he moved to the Netherlands, it's not him.

Just trying to understand. I have the feeling Psimet2001 could elaborate a few things though...
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you need to learn how to trackstand (w/ a freewheel).

then they'll respect you.
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Originally Posted by FreddyV View Post
I'm just saying, they seem to be disgusted by anything other than SS/FG. And I would like to know why.
When I'm on my fixed gear I get nasty looks from road bikers, when I'm on my road bike I get nasty looks from fixed riders, when I'm in lycra and a jersey I get nasty looks from commuters and hipsters, when I'm in jeans and a sweatshirt I get nasty looks from the guys in lycra and jerseys, and some people don't care and just seem happy to see another person out on a bike.

What's it matter really?
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I would make fun of you for driving a VW golf.... unless it was a vr6.. but prob even then.
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Originally Posted by FreddyV View Post
Unless he moved to the Netherlands, it's not him.

Just trying to understand.
I have the feeling Psimet2001 could elaborate a few things though...
Psimet can elaborate on a lot of things. Much to the annoyance of anyone around who isn't completely obsessed with cycling....

...but in this case Psimet is only taking pot shots from the peloton....and resorting to discussing himself in the 3rd person much like pcad.
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Now that I think of it, I got dropped by a FG rider yesterday. I was going 19-20 mph at the time, so I think he was hauling ass at 23 or so.
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I rode my fixed gear to work yesterday. I hated myself for it.
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Let's hijack this thread and turn it into a "Why is it that there are so many stories about being dropped by a FG rider?"

I've certainly seen a lot of them here and it's happened to me at least 2x that I was aware of. My theory is that they are forced into anaerobic riding more often than spinners, so their legs get beefy and make them stronger on the flats. Could also be that a lot of them use it for all transportation so they just ride more than the avg person.

Thoughts?

Edit: "they're legs" wtf?

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Originally Posted by FreddyV View Post
I won't be paying too much attention to them.
best idea in this thread.
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Let's hijack this thread and turn it into a "Why is it that there are so many stories about being dropped by a FG rider?"

I've certainly seen a lot of them here and it's happened to me at least 2x that I was aware of. My theory is that they are forced into anaerobic riding more often than spinners, so they're legs get beefy and make them stronger on the flats. Could also be that a lot of them use it for all transportation so they just ride more than the avg person.

Thoughts?
my theory is that they're drunk most of the time, and therefore don't know the limits of their own strength.
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Originally Posted by Ratfish View Post
Let's hijack this thread and turn it into a "Why is it that there are so many stories about being dropped by a FG rider?"

I've certainly seen a lot of them here and it's happened to me at least 2x that I was aware of. My theory is that they are forced into anaerobic riding more often than spinners, so they're legs get beefy and make them stronger on the flats. Could also be that a lot of them use it for all transportation so they just ride more than the avg person.

Thoughts?
I've built some major leg muscle from riding fixed most of the last two months, when you ride you really are forced to keep riding no matter what the terrain. Hills I would normally drop a few gears and ride comfortably at 70-80rpm I'm forced to go all out to keep myself at 50-60, if I drop below that I can't really get going again. Sure I feel like Hell at the top, but I blow past geared bikers on the way up.

I think most of the time it's an illusion though because they ignore all stop signs/lights and just keep going
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Pop a bar spin on’em next time. That’ll show’em.

Dude, it’s the same thing in everything in life. I rode sport bikes. Got nasty looks/no waves from Harley’s. I had sports cars. Issues with truck dudes. I have a Toyota truck. Attitude from ‘merican 40” mud-bogger 20” lift tough guys. I’m Asian. Friction with various other races. Bottom line---who cares? There will always be people that are too cool or intolerant of anything else than what they see through their blinders.

Let it be and ride.

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I've built some major leg muscle from riding fixed most of the last two months, when you ride you really are forced to keep riding no matter what the terrain. Hills I would normally drop a few gears and ride comfortably at 70-80rpm I'm forced to go all out to keep myself at 50-60, if I drop below that I can't really get going again. Sure I feel like Hell at the top, but I blow past geared bikers on the way up.
Hey, OT, what is your gearing? I'm also in SLC. Just curious.

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