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Following on from the "poseur" thread.........(8 posts)

Following on from the "poseur" thread.........GileyD
Nov 8, 2002 9:10 AM
....is there such a thing as a bad bike?

I tend to sneer at cheap bikes (by cheap I mean the supermarket- Walmart to you US guys?- MTBalike that weighs about 35lbs and is a monument to Hi-tensile steel and plastic).

Then again I know this is just bike snobbery and at least these contraptions get people off their backsides and out riding, hopefully to the extent that they get well into it and upgrade to better kit, putting money back into the bike industry.

So are ALL bicycles by default good??????
" Guns don't kill people, people kill people."MXL02
Nov 8, 2002 9:14 AM
yes all bikes are good. It's the riders that are sometimes suspect.
re: Following on from the "poseur" thread.........Allez Rouge
Nov 8, 2002 9:22 AM
"So are ALL bicycles by default good?" you ask.

Hmmm. Good question.

Given your conditions, that any bike that gets someone off the couch and out onto the road is doing SOME good, I suppose the answer would have to be Yes. Then again, I've ridden a couple that were so evil handling, so eager to pitch me off into the weeds on a tricky descent, that the damned things were lucky I didn't have an acetylene torch handy when I got back to the house.

But exceptions like that aside, I'd still say YES. Some bikes may be newer and fancier, but even the most road-weary beater is A Noble Thing, in my book.
Yes, visit someplace where bikes are not recreation, but...Scot_Gore
Nov 8, 2002 9:23 AM
...part of the transportation system. My experience was in China. I think you'll find that the cheap, K-mart quality bike is the vehicle of choice when you ride it everywhere, in all weather, for all purposes (including moving day), and park it in public.

my 2 cents.

Scot
All bicycles are good - only moving do they have a soulAllisonHayes
Nov 8, 2002 9:32 AM
Ode to a Bicycle
Pablo Neruda

and waiting at the door,
the bicycle,
stilled,
because
only moving
does it have a soul,
and fallen there
it isn't
a translucent insect
humming
through summer
but
a cold
skeleton
that will return to
life
only
when it's needed,
when it's light,
that is,
with
the
resurrection
of each day.
Bravo!Spunout
Nov 8, 2002 10:06 AM
Good post Alison.

Bicycles must be ridden, not hung, posed, or purchased merely to be looked at.
lovely, thanks.. (nmsg)dotkaye
Nov 8, 2002 10:55 AM
dependsScottland
Nov 8, 2002 2:48 PM
A few years ago I bought Wal-mart's MTB and went to the national forest to check it out. It was my first time mountain biking and I was excited. I read so much about it in mags and on the net. But...The bike literally disassembled under me while going 40mph downhill. The wheel almost fell off, one spoke broken, the rear brake cable broke. The seatpost sunk all the way down so I was hanging in the air etc. Scary.
So then I decide to buy little better bike. Not cause I have anything aginst wal-mart but the above-mentioned reasons.