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Any other "dirtbags" out there?(10 posts)

Any other "dirtbags" out there?no excuses
Apr 16, 2001 8:36 AM
This weekend I flew USAir and read their Geared Up article that included the following definition of a "dirtbag":
A dirtbag, for the uninitiated, is somebody who puts his or her participation in an outdoor activity above all else, at the expense of other parts of what is usually considered a normal life. Think ski bum, but an order of magnitude greater. Dirtbags don't allow work to get in the way of, say, rock climbing, so money is usually in short supply. (Rich kids can't be true dirtbags because their bank accounts get between them and the edge. True dirtbags dismiss them as "trustafarians.") Thus, you may see dirtbags scooping the remains of unfinished meals off of vacated tables at restaurants to satisfy their hunger.
The author bought a $3,000 Mountain bike instead of household items like a drier or dishwasher that worked. While this site might question the mountain bike purchase, the principal is the same.
Question: What household necessity would your wife/husband have spent your new bike money on?
My wife thinks the cracks in our old house's ceiling need fixing and repainting, and that the 18 year old carpet looks shabby also.
Dirtbag - Who Me?Pulver
Apr 16, 2001 8:57 AM
By definition, it would sound as if there is a little dirtbag in many of us. While I haven't eaten off of a vacated restaurant table, there are committments that one makes to cycling where, yes, everything else must revolve! So maybe I am a "mild" dirtbag.

No doubt, there would always be a more sound and sensible way to spend money that went towards cycling expenditures. Kid's college education, paying down a mortgage, etc. Those obligations will someday pass and I don't want to look back years later and say that there were missed oppurtunities with cycling. Life is too short.
On a scale of 1 to 4....Lazy
Apr 16, 2001 9:16 AM
Maybe there are varying degrees of dirtbaggedness. There's definitely some grey area there. Maybe......

1. Upstanding guy who never spends a dime or does anything that could be remotely construed as irresponsible.

2. The normal guy who will splurge every once in a while and may come home 2 hours late without asking permission once a year or so.

3. The cyclist who has at least 85-1000% more money tied up in bikes and equipment than is necessary or would be deemed sensible by any non cyclist.

4. Then comes the total dirtbag as described above.

I think I rate about a 2.75 on this scale out of a possible 4. Oh well, could be worse. I suppose I better get the "well, I could be spending that money on hookers and crack" excuse dusted off and ready to go. LOL
On a scale of 1 to 4....Akirasho
Apr 16, 2001 9:39 AM
Water heater went out over the weekend... New ZIPP wheels arrive tomorrow... nuff said.

Be the bike.
cold showers but FAST ZIP WHEELS - I likeNM
Apr 17, 2001 8:48 PM
Patagonia, and the "Dirtbag Culture"WCC
Apr 16, 2001 9:59 AM
I get the Patagonia catalog, and have recently noticed their campaign (or whatever you want to call it) for the dirtbag culture.

If Patagonia had to rely on unemployed dirtbags to purchase their products, they would be in big trouble. While I admit, the notion of doing nothing other than pursuing outdoor activities appeals to me, I can't think of a way to do it and afford their products.
Yeah, what's up with those Patagonia catalogue people?Jim A
Apr 16, 2001 11:43 AM
Are those Dirtbags? They're a grubby bunch of mostly guys who, it appears, hang out in icy mountains at the absolute far corners of the globe, about as far from Patagonia stores as you can get. Good thing there's mail order. No matter where they are, they look "settled in" like they've been living there for years. Shaving and bathing seem to take second place to climbing, juggling, and fixing their 30-year-old trucks. They climb to insanely scary heights, where they board off, parachute off, cycle off, or just jump off, or sometimes the humungous icicle they're climbing just breaks off and they plummet back down to base camp. We know this because at these insane moments there happens to be a steady person with a camera taking the shot for Patagonia. (The photos are probably taken woman, who too intelligent and impervious to peer-group pressure to jump off anything that high.) I take back what I said about not shaving; I think one time a guy was shaving while dangling from a cliff about 50,000 feet above a glacier.
Ya Mean "Patagucci?"grz mnky
Apr 16, 2001 3:05 PM
I actually have known some people (men and women) featured in the catalog. Yes, they are true dirt bags. Well sort of - they're either trustafarians and can afford it or they're world class in their sport and get the stuff for free (my friends). There is a third possibility - they could be people like us with real jobs (except surfers: real surfers don't have real jobs) and they hit the Patagucci Outlets. Where you can get overstock, seconds, and returns for reasonable prices (40%+ off full-pop retail). BTW - I think that most of their stuff is overrated and have had lots of it last only as long as "normal" stuff and some of it a lot less. I buy it b/c sometimes it is the only sport specific product that I can find. Sometimes they actually do make a superior product. Sometimes.

It seems that the whole pitch of Patgucci is for rich people who are feeling just a little bit guilty about their position and would like to be on the moral high ground. Who the hell else can afford to go Bonefishing in Madagascar wearing this year's latest fashion statement?
re: Any other "dirtbags" out there?Jofa
Apr 16, 2001 3:15 PM
If the bike on top of the car is worth more than the car, then be impressed. Crude, but surprisingly effective: The people with the cheaper cars always rule. Me... they're about evens. Could this be a new poll?...
cars 'n' bikes...Brian B.
Apr 16, 2001 6:35 PM
As an added detail, what happens when the roof rack itself is equal or more $$ than the one bike attached to it? (voided when you put two bikes up there)

And for other interesting comparisons, I recently was chatting with a local bike nut, whose Yakima rack setup alone was easily worth 1/4 the value of his car. Never mind the bike that went on it... pretty cool, I think.

-Brian B.