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Do you buy things just to be a little different?(12 posts)

Do you buy things just to be a little different?Bulldozer
Sep 4, 2003 12:34 PM
When you buy things for your bike, whatever they may be, do you look for things that aren't what everyone else has? Do you go with Campy when all of your friends ride Shimano? Do you buy a little-known frame rather than the run-of-the-mill Trek/Specialized/Cdale? Do you buy a jersey simply because you've never seen anyone else wear one?

I find myself doing this all the time. The kicker is I have no really sane reason why. For instance, I bought a Sram XO derailleur for my mtn bike rather than XTR (glad I did). I also bought my frame (Giant XTC DS1) because they were brand new and there weren't others out there (yet). I usually buy my jerseys when I'm visiting other areas so that I can find things that nobody around here has. Is it a sickness? Does anyone else know what I'm talking about?
Sep 4, 2003 1:01 PM
I basically buy the same high end but proven/durable/non-gimmicky stuff everyone else does but then I keep it longer and/or use it til it wears out so it eventually what I have left looks non-conformist and retro.
Just a littleMR_GRUMPY
Sep 4, 2003 1:04 PM
The only things that I can think of, that are off the norm, are my chainstay protector which states "Your Bike Sucks", and my stem, which has a Sponge Bob, Square Pants sticker on it.
this is rampantPmbH
Sep 4, 2003 1:48 PM
in the mountain bike scene... A new bike or part comes out, and it's the hot ticket for the moment, and everyone buys it... Except for the people who get something different just to say, "hey look at me, I didn't jump on the bandwagon". There's a fair bit of Blur and 5-Spot bashing in this manner.
re: Do you buy things just to be a little different?Akirasho
Sep 4, 2003 1:54 PM
... I bought my MET Strad and 5th Element cuz everyone else has a Ghisallo or Pneumo...

... yes, sometimes I do...

Be the bike.
No, I just try to keep up with the Jones... Just kidding!Fez
Sep 4, 2003 2:15 PM
But I never think about buying something just for the sake of being different. If you hang around bikers all the time, or if you are in the bike industry, nothing seems unique.

However, all of my stuff seems pretty exotic or unique to friends who are just occasional cyclists.
re: Do you buy things just to be a little different?MShaw
Sep 4, 2003 2:22 PM
That would be me. I purposefully avoid buying things 'cause everyone else has it. For example: for several years I was running Sachs Ergo. Then I upgraded to 9sp and didn't know you could make the Sachs shifters 9sp. Oh well.

Don't get me wrong, I still run D/A STI, XTR, and Shimano hubs, but I'd rather have Mavic or Suntour Superbe components.

I have a pair of serious "frankenbikes" in my cross bike and my new mtn bike, so am in no risk of going "normal."

Sep 4, 2003 4:13 PM
For whatever reason it bothers me to use the same equipment that everyone else does. I could never buy a Trek, Dale, or Litespeed, not because they are not good bikes but because there is a sea of them out there. I bought my Torelli and Marin (both with Campy) in part because they were good bikes but also because I don't know anyone else that owns one.
Sep 4, 2003 4:16 PM
I've always been a little different, as a person. As I've gotten older, I've come to embrace it. I enjoy being a unique person, and having things that are also a little unique somehow makes them all the more mine, and reflects my individuality.

A motivating factor behind my bike selection was the rarity of Pinarello's in my area... much less any of the same model and paint scheme.

Yeah, I like to be different.
Only if they're not the latest thing...The Walrus
Sep 4, 2003 4:24 PM
...the more "obsolete" or outdated something is, the more I'm likely to find it appealing. I've been running myself ragged lately looking for purple anodized parts for one bike--just scored a Cook Bros crank that will be the crowning touch. I guess I just enjoy the looks of disgust that I get when I show up with one of my freakshows.
Sep 4, 2003 6:20 PM
Don't feel bad or anything about it: EMBRACE IT.
(especially when other people notice your bike)
If they can't handle it, they're snobs.

You have chosen not to blindly follow everyone else's most popular choice. Like I said before, if you want to own a bike for posterity, better to have it unique.

Personally, I have a very eclectic mix of bike parts. Firstly, lately I've avoided using shimano.

You want different: check out this link:

I think I'm going to buy their brakes.

NOTE: For some reason if you select english first, then go to the next page & click "supertype" it doesn't work (yet the "Miche" link next to it works OK). BUT if you chose italian language first then click "supertype" it will go to the next page & you can re-select english & it works!

What dou you all think of that, eh?
BTW I think it's pronounced "mikay"

As consumers, we have to encourage those idiosyncratic manufacturers, buy buying their stuff - to ensure they don't go out of buisness - & so they can continue to make highly unique things.

Personally, with the ugly durace crank coming out, I think potentially, people will opt for something else.
100 percent the opposite....Steve_0
Sep 5, 2003 3:22 AM
I dont buy anything for my bike, ever (excepting tires, chains and cogs, obviously).

I dont want to be just another lemming that associates cycling enthusiam with consumerism.