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I don't think we're contributing enough.(5 posts)

I don't think we're contributing enough.MikeC
Jul 18, 2001 1:45 PM
I've noticed that we'll get into endless "conversations" regarding the merits of various types of bikes, components, gear, etc., but we often don't post our experiences as a proper review.
Then we rail at newbies asking a "first time" question!
For example, it's hard to believe it, but there are NO reviews of Sidi Energy shoes on the site, and I know that several of us use them. I suppose we get more gratification when we hang our opinions out on the Board, and those responses start rolling in...
I agreeDog
Jul 19, 2001 5:47 AM
I've done quite a few, and check them out almost every time before I buy something new.

Good thing about the reviews, as opposed to posting in the forum, is that you don't have someone jumping all over you for your opinion, not that it would ever happen here. Opinions there are supposed to be based upon actually using the product (imagine that), rather than hearsay, rumor, or emotion.

Yes, more people need to do them.

Another though on product reviewspeloton
Jul 19, 2001 8:01 AM
Maybe we should get rid of the reviews that come from people that check that they have only ridden the product once or tested it. What could you possibly have to say about a product if you only used it once? It seems that many of these reviews also are to the effect of "I used (Campy/Shimano/Trek/Litespeed) once and it sucks because (Shimano/Campy/Colnago/Merlin) is better."

I try to only post reviews of products that I have used for at least 1000 miles so that my reviews can be a little more informed. A lot of positives and negatives that I have found about different products were found over the long haul.
Jul 19, 2001 8:51 AM
Yes, certainly more time with something can give you a better reference, especially if your initial impression is good, but you encounter problems later.

However, if a product is awful from the begining, for example, a saddle that hurts like hell, really no need to do further testing. If a tire blows off the rim the first 5 times it's pumped up, I'm not going to keep trying.

Sometimes a month of use can be valid. If I ride my bike 250 miles per week, including a double century and some road races, I think that's enough info. If, on the other hand, I've taken a spin around a parking lot, I'd be hard pressed to agree that's valid info, unless something went seriously bad, like the frame cracks.

So, I don't think you need a thousand times. But, just consider the reviews for what they are worth. As long as people are honest in stating how long they've tried something, just take it for what it's worth.

I agreecycleguy
Jul 19, 2001 5:54 PM
I also agree. The review section is one of my favorite sites on the web. I check it everyday. A great place to hear other riders sharing their passion or lack of on a wide range of products. Even if I will never be in the market for some of them. Only wish I was able to buy more stuff myself to add to them.