RoadBikeReview.com's Forum Archives - General


Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )


Where did the self-esteem and "I don't care what the world..(25 posts)

Where did the self-esteem and "I don't care what the world..eschelon
Jul 24, 2003 6:28 AM
thinks attitude go these days? I've noticed just about every other day, there is always a new thread about "should I be 'allowed' to wear this or that or is it taboo or against etiquette to do this. Now, mind you, I've always grown up being told that the only time a question becomes stupid is when you don't ask...but come on. Team Coast blew up yet, I still wear their cool yellow and black jersey with my Litespeed bike...I see people wear jerseys on the club rides that says in clear print "team lard a55" and I snicker at them silently...it doesn't matter folks!

Actually, it's the eccentric dorks on my club rides that I appreciate seeing the most...well maybe not the most, cause I sure do enjoy seeing them tight buns on 'dem ladies...oh yeah, "how you 'doin?"...err, before I go deeper into depravity, I better stop...but, to continue, it's these guys I love seeing in the group rides because you can clearly see they have their stuff together...it's about the bike and the love of doing it...and they do it while bringing a smile to my face...I like goofy stuff.
re: Where did the self-esteem and "I don't care what the world..eschelon
Jul 24, 2003 6:28 AM
you can be an eccentric poser tooColnagoFE
Jul 24, 2003 6:37 AM
I mean being goofy for goofinesses sake is kinda a pose too.
case in point....cruisin and posin'ColnagoFE
Jul 24, 2003 6:43 AM
me and the missus pre-cruise...i'm thinking of riding like this on an organized century one of these days though with the single speed i think i'd have to pick a fairly flat one.
I really like that time trial helmet :-) nmDave Hickey
Jul 24, 2003 6:51 AM
That would work for the Shorefire in DE this August (nm)joekm
Jul 24, 2003 10:21 AM
You definitely should.Humma Hah
Jul 24, 2003 2:11 PM
Avoid the Death Ride for now. Good cruiser centuries include the MB1's NSA-OCE, the Amtrack, Seagull, and Tour de Palm Springs. Possibly the Hotter'n'Hell Hundred. I've done Solvang but it was getting a bit hilly for a SS cruiser.
I totally agree.................Dave Hickey
Jul 24, 2003 6:36 AM
If someone judges me by what I'm wearing, I don't want to ride with them anyway.
it's tour time; the board is overflowing withJS Haiku Shop
Jul 24, 2003 6:39 AM
3-month a year cyclists. give 'em a break. they'll go away in september.

btw, i have $1500; what's the best bike?
I'd say for the money and value to be had...eschelon
Jul 24, 2003 6:41 AM
I would get a nice ultegra Fuji bike...check out their website...I am considering on getting one next year, if I don't have huge funds for a flashy bike...it would be ideal for racing and other stuff...I probably wouldn't baby it like my Litespeed...but nevertheless, I would love it almost as much.
campy is best though and steel is real (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 24, 2003 6:45 AM
Steel is Real...I really really frickin hate that cliche. nmeschelon
Jul 24, 2003 6:52 AM
more subjects I wish I'd never see again...ColnagoFE
Jul 24, 2003 7:24 AM
1. 6/4 vs 3.25 TI
2. Which bike for $1500?
3. Campy/Shimano wars
4. Anything to do with Freds
5. Aluminum, Steel, TI, CF...which is best?
6. the endless Liberal/Conservative wars on Non-Cycling Forum
yet another spouting opine from the conservative right (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 24, 2003 7:29 AM
Best bike for $1500? That's easy...Dave Hickey
Jul 24, 2003 6:46 AM
I borrowed this pic from the photo gallery.
No downhill bike allowed in road bike forum.. nmQubeley
Jul 24, 2003 9:39 AM
Good price point! You'll get Ultegra, withOldEdScott
Jul 24, 2003 6:47 AM
a free Dura-Ace upgrade if you whine.
best bike by far...mohair_chair
Jul 24, 2003 6:53 AM
Fixed gear, extremely low maintenance, stiff and stable platform. Plus, you still have $650 leftover for beer. I might upgrade the fork to carbon and the headset to King, and maybe thinner tires, but this thing is read to win Paris-Roubaix.

Newbie questionSpecialTater
Jul 24, 2003 8:52 AM
The tour is almost over and thus my riding for the year. What's the best way to store my bike? Should I deflate the tires?
the new faveJS Haiku Shop
Jul 24, 2003 9:05 AM
is to store it in an ebay auction and get another one next july. ah, disposable income.
I dress primarily for comfort, but I do have a few little rules.dzrider
Jul 24, 2003 6:57 AM
Once the handle bar bag goes on for brevets, I ride in Asics cool-max t-shirts that I find far more comfortable than any cycling jersey I've owned. If I were handy enough to sew pockets on the back, I'd wear them all the time. I have a few silly rules about what I won't wear, but have no interest at all in whether or not others share my foibles.

1. I will wear anything that I'm given for free or get for less than $5.00 at a thrift store unless it advertises something or somebody I find offensive. I'm hard to offend.

2. I don't advertise bikes that I don't ride. Wearing a Colnago jersey would make me feel like a 14 year old kid with a Harley T-shirt.

3. I don't wear shorts with a broad stripe around my butt.
I would if I found them at a thrift store but that hasn't happened yet.

4. I would never wear more than 1 item per team kit. Not that I've ever owned a team kit, but if I found one at a thrift store I doubt that I'd wear the whole ensemble at the same time. Then again if they looked good with my shoes, who knows?

5. No skin suits without a shirt over it!
It comes from usterry b
Jul 24, 2003 9:39 AM
There is a history of such threads on the board with a mix of results - we generally collectively say "who cares" but that opinion is often countered by those that post talking about "fat Fred/Poseurs riding expensive bikes that I pass while riding my $100 clunker." I think a newbie would be confused if they read all the threads.

secondly, there's what goes on in the outside world - couple of nights ago I was out riding and I happened to have on my Rabobank jersey and some wise-ass rides by me in the other direction and says (to his riding partner) "oh look, there's Erik Boogard." I laughed, but you can imagine that someone newer to the sport might have thought they'd broken some unwritten rule.

Like any passionate sport/hobby there are a lot of knobs out there who, through their own inadequacies, feel the need to mock others. It's been a part of every organized activity I've been involved in, and it's often much worse than organized sports where mouthing off about someone's looks might get your faced jammed in the dirt. I used to be a pretty intense birdwatcher, and you cannot believe how ugly the average bird watching dweeb can be when it comes to the finer points of the third retrix on a first season juvenile Rufous Hummingbird.

Simply, I think people new to the sport feel comfortable asking the questions and expect they'll get a safe answer (since no faces and names are available.) We should support that, and make it easy. Once people get that reassurance, thick skin starts to grow and they become just as capable at thumbing their nose at the world as most of us are.
Good points.kjr39
Jul 24, 2003 9:51 AM
Thick skin is required for every activity as there are a good deal of knobs around. I think that like everyone, I started out being self conscious about what was the right and wrong things to do, but thankfully, I have very little humility, so that didn't last long.

Now, when presented with a knob with an attitude, I reply with a good loud, "F.U.!" That seems to do the trick.
I am the patron saint of "I don't care."Humma Hah
Jul 24, 2003 11:44 AM
Cruiser with fenders and platform pedals.
MTB shorts
Usually ride in my work clothes.
It's not only cyclists...fractured
Jul 24, 2003 6:32 PM
In fact, I think cyclists, generally being an older bunch, get rather little of this.

It's teenagers, which thankfully I am no longer one of... Somewhere between the ages of 12 and 13 they become too cool for anybody. The boys dress like rappers, and the girls dress like... well skanks. It ain't pretty.

Usually you can ignore them, because they purposefully strive to look like everyone else does. It's the anti-trend kids that are really annoying.