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Poser question re Simoni's bike(16 posts)

Poser question re Simoni's bikeelviento
Apr 16, 2003 1:11 PM
Would you dare to ride such a bike if you can buy it for a decent price, say under $3K? I am asking partly because it's a PINK bike, and partly because it's actually ridden by the Giro winner, so both creates pressure when you are on the road.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3604289041&category=7298

BTW, Telekom's pink doesn't look that horrendous. Agree?
Wouldn't buy it to ride..TJeanloz
Apr 16, 2003 1:25 PM
I think riding it is about the ultimate poser move out there. But that's just me. I'd consider buying it as a collectable, but that's about it.

This has nothing to do with the color -- it's the provenence that makes it unrideable.
do or do not, there is no try.sievers11
Apr 16, 2003 1:28 PM
You don't ride a bike like that as your main bike or to commute. I don't even think it would be that stylish to race on, you would totally look like a rich poser.

A fine machine like that one should be relegated to nice days and the ocasional club ride. I would say the most stylish way to use such a bike would be to bring out for a century. Be carefull though, don't get the whole giro winning outfit...a total dork move. But you could get the outfit, but don't wear with the matching bike, the bike could be displayed with the clothing...and perhaps that would be the best idea...display the bike as part of your collection.
re: Poser question re Simoni's bikeHardtail
Apr 16, 2003 2:06 PM
Thats a wonderful collectors item but I would only ride it on occasional fun rides centuries etc. Bikes are made to ride and should be ridden at least once in awhile. That does deserve to be well taken care of tho'
Pure, unadulterated poserpmf1
Apr 17, 2003 4:17 AM
IMO, bikes are made to be ridden, like cars are made to be driven. Collecting either makes no sense to me. So if you had it, you'd certianly be tempted to ride it. Personally, I'd feel so silly riding something like that. Not because its pink, because its someone's bike. Kinda like wearing the KOM or the World Champion jersey.

I saw a guy on a Postal Trek with full Postal gear along the bike path at a rest stop last week. It was really hard to keep a straight face. I almost asked him for his autograph, but resisted.
Never go to the Tour then...teoteoteo
Apr 17, 2003 4:56 AM
Because everyone wears there favorite team kits. Just like in the NFL on gameday. You'd be asking for autographs and trying to keep a straight face all day. The worst was a group of Swiss riders on Ventoux last year. Those damn Phonak kits had too much white and it was very hot. The sad thing was the boys could hammer, unlike many of the kitted U.S. bretheren.

Given the choice I'd take pink kits and bikes all day. Just please no Phonak....
Never go to the Tour then...Macho Man Savage
Apr 17, 2003 5:28 AM
The whole poser question is just so tired. I can't believe people still waste energy talking about it. Ride what you want... where you want... how you want... it's no one's business but your own. What never ceases to amaze me is that people make such a stink about what other people ride. I mean who cares - it's not your money, or your business?!

Rant over.
Ah come on ...pmf1
Apr 17, 2003 7:51 AM
lighten up. Seriously -- doesn't it make you smile to see some guy on a replica bike in full team gear down to the socks?
Ah come on ...purplepaul
Apr 17, 2003 8:07 AM
So this whole discussion is about trying to avoid someone's sardonic smile?

I agree, not worth worrying about. I think the real posers are the ones who involve themselves in what other people do.
Ah come on ...Macho Man Savage
Apr 17, 2003 11:42 AM
The only thing that makes me laugh is people who wear any team gear at all. I mean you're giving free advertising to companies and paying for the privilege. You're paying them - not the other way around! Just makes you a sucker - not a poser - in my opinion.
Ah come on ...purplepaul
Apr 17, 2003 11:48 AM
The only time it makes sense to wear team clothing, unless you happen to like it, is if you get a discount. Hammer Gel sells their Voler bibs for under $40. I'd consider wearing them for that.
supporting sponsorsDanoK
Apr 17, 2003 11:52 AM
I wear team gear for two reasons:
1) I live in Europe and get it for much less than the ripoff prices in the USA. Very good quality stuff at very good prices.
2) I like to support sponsors of my favorite sport. Why not give them some extra advertising exposure for their commitment to my favorite sport? Might just make them continue or increase their sponsorship if they see how often their name is out being displayed on the road.

I think I'd be a sucker if I paid $70+ for some ugly-ass, over-priced jersey from Colorado Cyclist. As long as I can a first-rate quality set of pro-team bibs and jersey from European shops, I'll happily look like a poser to you.
Poser thing aside ...pmf1
Apr 18, 2003 4:21 AM
Its not that the guy is wearing a USPS jersey. Its that he's wearing a USPS jersey, and USPS shorts and USPS socks and a USPS helmet, and riding a USPS bike.

I've got some jerseys from Europe (and they are a lot cheaper), but I don't go out of my way to buy every matching accessory.

Its not that it matters what anyone else wears, its just kind of funny to see someone go to the extremes of buying EVERY matching accessory.
Maybe it's just me, but....scary slow
Apr 17, 2003 9:35 AM
why do we waste so much time critiquing what other people ride or wear? Isn't the point to get out there and ride. Seems to me this whole elitist attitude is what keeps people away from the great sport of cycling.

If you want to buy Simoni's bike and ride while wearing the full team kit, then who really cares. If you want to buy it and hang it on your wall than that is your prerogative.
Simoni's bikemapei boy
Apr 17, 2003 2:52 PM
Buy it. Ride it. Try not to crash it.
I'd NEVER, but no problem if some other dude does...geeker
Apr 17, 2003 3:42 PM
Not to my personal taste (and it's way too small), but I don't pay attention to other people's bikes and gear. I used to swear I'd never wear team kit, but recently bought a couple of Santini Tacconi Sport bib shorts (never tried bibs before) from worldcycling.com, because the price was only $19.95. I like 'em (color isn't too loud) and will get more if/when I can find similar prices ;)