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Some people just don't get it.(7 posts)

Some people just don't get it.laffeaux
Feb 28, 2003 1:32 PM
This is a real ad that appeared today on a local classifieds web site:

Need Inexpensive Road Bike Handlebars
I have an older Cannondale racing bike that I use for workouts. The other day, the handlbar snapped while I was riding. I need a replacement but I don't want to spend a lot. A used set is fine as long as they are funtional.


I'm not sure it takes a genius to understand metal fatigue. I think if I had a set of bars break while riding, the last thing I'd want is a cheap used set to replace them with. Why tempt fate a second time.
do you?climbo
Feb 28, 2003 1:46 PM
used but functional and inexpensive is what the ad says. I don't see why that is tempting fate. I have used bars at home lying around that I put on old fixed gear bikes etc. Doesn't mean they are going to break. Used could be 1 month old or 50 years old, both are "used".
do you?laffeaux
Feb 28, 2003 2:14 PM
Given the choice between spending $20 on a brand new set.

And taking a set from a complete stranger, where I don't know if they have 1 ride or 1,000 rides on them, I'd say $20 is the cheaper option.
do you?climbo
Feb 28, 2003 4:18 PM
seems like very little to be that worried about. some dude posts in the local classifieds expecting to get a new bar really cheap and you feel the need to post here and tell him to get a clue? He might not have any idea how much things cost, or he does and thinks that $20 on sale + shipping is more than a second hand one for $5 or $10 from a local person and he doesn't care that mush if it's not brand new and in safe condition.
"mush" - freudian slip?czardonic
Feb 28, 2003 5:25 PM
". . .he doesn't care that mush if it's not brand new and in safe condition"

He might gain a new appreciation of "mush" if his "new to him" bar fails. $20 plus shipping is still cheaper than new teeth. Then again, having already survived one "snapped" bar, maybe he's working on a system.

Not trying to pick on your spelling by the way. No offense intended.
"mush" - freudian slip?climbo
Feb 28, 2003 8:10 PM
just because we may think a new bar is the solution doesn't mean everyone does. How many people do you see riding bikes with old, old stuff on them, lots. Plenty of people ride beater bikes and cannot afford $30 bars every 2 years. My point was, that this was an ad that nobody knows anything about and it had to get posted on here like the guy was an idiot. You know nothing about his/her situation. OK, if this was a question on the forum, that's a different situation, why do people have to post stupid questions? Why not reply to the ad help out instead of posting it up here, it's all meaningless.
Spot on correct laffeaux (nm)makalu
Feb 28, 2003 6:36 PM