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  • A observational theory
  • Premier Icon hairylegs
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    On the few occassions I sell my soul and visit a trail centre I have decided that the more the bike costs and the more expensive the vehicle it comes out of is in direct proportion to the amount of time the bike isn’t actually ridden! 😀

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Are you having ago at me there?

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    I’ve observed that the more inverted snobbery people display, the more likely they are to be unpleasant people to spend time with.

    oh 😀

    😉

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    AN!

    Premier Icon Gary_M
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    the more expensive the vehicle it comes out of is in direct proportion to the amount of time the bike isn’t actually ridden

    You must have hung around the car park a long time to come up with that theory, you should have counted the tax discs whilst you were there.

    People spending money on things they want shocka.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    You had to sell your soul? Normally only costs me a bit of diesel and a pasty from the garage.

    Tsk, trail centres, eh?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    You must have hing around the car park a long time to come up with that theory.

    Maybe he was counting tax discs.

    Premier Icon hels
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    Badly expressed and I disapprove of your bitterness, but it does seem logical, Jim. People who work hard have more money to spend on shiny things and less time to spend with the shiny things. People who live out of their 1985 Nissan probably have more time to ride their bike.

    Premier Icon legend
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    jam bo – Member
    You had to sell your soul? Normally only costs me a bit of diesel and a pasty from the garage.
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    Parking charges these days innit!

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Good point. £4.50 for a double espresso last time I ventured to Haldon.

    Premier Icon hairylegs
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    Damn … my obsession with tax discs is out in the open!

    Inverted snobbery indeed?! …. but Jambo, a pasty? … the food police are onto you!!

    Premier Icon aracer
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    racist

    Premier Icon yunki
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    Badly expressed and I disapprove of your bitterness, but it does seem logical, Jim. People who work hard have more money to spend on shiny things and less time to spend with the shiny things. People who live out of their 1985 Nissan probably have more time to ride their bike.

    that’s patent twaddle of almost the same pomposity and ignorance as the OP isn’t it?

    Premier Icon Richie_B
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    Its not just trail centres sit in the Woodbine Cafe in Hope for any length of time and you will see the same.
    (Sadly during the course of my studies I too have transformed myself into a lardy ***. The moral is don’t think about things too much)

    Premier Icon hels
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    Duh yunki.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Inverted snobbery indeed?! …. but Jambo, a pasty? … the food police are onto you!!
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    Welcome to Devon…

    Premier Icon hairylegs
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    Richie B … thanks for your support!

    Ignorant and pompous … moi? Nah …. go read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

    Premier Icon cubist
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    Maybe there’s also an element to stages of life people are at? I am in my late 30’s have a young family and a good job which I work hard at. Thus I have a nice car, a relatively expensive bike but limited ‘me’ time due to the aforementioned family and job.

    The lack of time makes a local trail centre ideal as its an efficient way to get a ride in outside of family and work time.

    Not everyone can bugger off into the wilds for the whole weekend even if they wanted to.

    Premier Icon hairylegs
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    Jam bo … don’t pasties come from Cornawll

    …. lights blue touch paper and stands back!!

    Premier Icon centralscrutinizer
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    What about people with cheap cars and expensive bikes, where do they fit into the OP’s stereotype hierarchy.

    I’d like to know how I’m perceived 🙂

    Premier Icon robj20
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    My take on it is.

    The amount of time you spend caring about what other people are riding = how much your are jealous.

    What about people with cheap cars and expensive bikes, where do they fit into the OP’s stereotype hierarchy.

    I’d like to know how I’m perceived

    I think i fall into that one with a Mk1 Ford Focus and a SC Nomad.

    Premier Icon legend
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    centralscrutinizer – Member
    What about people with cheap cars and expensive bikes, where do they fit into the OP’s stereotype hierarchy.
    I’d like to know how I’m perceived

    As a thief.

    HTH

    Premier Icon yunki
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    Ignorant and pompous … moi? Nah …. go read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

    Do I really have to..? Again..? I didn’t enjoy it a great deal 25 years ago, I suppose I might now 😕

    Premier Icon hairylegs
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    Cubist … I totally get you. At least you ride!! It’s the guys who bugger about the whole day pimping their bike in the car park that started my theory off.

    Don’t get me wrong, I drive a nice car (won’t disclose for fear of abuse and ridicule :-)), but the other day I was down at Swinley, parked next to a guy fettling a very, very expensive bike. Went off for a ride around both the blue and red routes and came back to him still tinkering and posing around the car park on a spotlessly clean bike (so he obviously hadn’t been anywhere. Went for a cup of tea to return to see said bike been loaded back into car!!

    I’ve seen similar. Llandegla being one of the best places to observe such behaviour. Mind you any centre with a large infra-structure is good, but go somewhere like Penmachno and it’s a different story … just honest riders as there’s no audience there!!!

    Premier Icon njee20
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    How are you assessing from seeing people’s bikes and their cars how much they get ridden?

    Are you correlating cleanliness/condition with use? Whenever I see a battered bike I don’t think “wow, that person rides a lot”, I think “wow, that person shouldn’t have nice things”.

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    hairylegs – Member
    Don’t get me wrong, I drive a nice car (won’t disclose for fear of abuse and ridicule :-)), but the other day I was down at Swinley, parked next to a guy fettling a very, very expensive bike. Went off for a ride around both the blue and red routes and came back to him still tinkering and posing around the car park on a spotlessly clean bike (so he obviously hadn’t been anywhere. Went for a cup of tea to return to see said bike been loaded back into car!!

    I call bull shit! Or his bike was broke.

    Premier Icon robj20
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    If people want to buy nice bikes and not ride them, what’s wrong with that? They’re putting money into our sport and helping to keep trail centres going without causing any wear and tear.

    Sounds like we should be thanking them.

    Premier Icon njee20
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    I call bull shit! Or his bike was broke.

    +1, either way not sure why it’s your job to critique OP? Jealousy I assume.

    Premier Icon benji
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    Trail centre bingo is where it’s really at.

    Usual bingo card consists of a Yeti, Ibis Mojo, Orange 5, and the riders in fluoro pyjamas/potty helmets, etc.

    It’s all a bit of fun, at least everyone is out riding, and bike shops stock a plentiful supply of things to tempt the pennies out of our wallets.

    Premier Icon amedias
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    but the other day I was down at Swinley, parked next to a guy fettling a very, very expensive bike. Went off for a ride around both the blue and red routes and came back to him still tinkering and posing around the car park on a spotlessly clean bike (so he obviously hadn’t been anywhere. Went for a cup of tea to return to see said bike been loaded back into car!!

    Sure he wasn’t fettling it before loading it into his car after having been for a ride and cleaned it?

    Or any number of other reasons he could have had to leave that you don’t know about.

    Anecdotal anecdote is anecdotal.

    Premier Icon Euro
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    Yeah OP, you’re a liar and a jealous.

    I was out for a ride with a group of mostly unknowns and one of them stopped at every the top of every climb to adjust the air pressure in his shock. He also adjusted the pressure at the bottom of each descent. He complained a lot and blamed his suspension for his poor riding. I didn’t notice how clean his bike was. Am i jealous, lying, both or neither?

    Premier Icon legend
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    He probably set off after you did, rode the red, then the blue and was cleaned up and ready to go home before you were even finished

    Premier Icon hairylegs
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    The amount of time you spend caring about what other people are riding = how much your are jealous

    nah …. you’ve got it all wrong.Don’t do jealousy

    What about people with cheap cars and expensive bikes, where do they fit into the OP’s stereotype hierarchy

    You’re a rider … with right priorities

    Premier Icon moshimonster
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    I have decided

    why? To make yourself feel better presumably.

    Premier Icon njee20
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    nah …. you’ve got it all wrong.Don’t do jealousy

    And yet here is this thread…

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    njee20 – Member
    How are you assessing from seeing people’s bikes and their cars how much they get ridden?

    Are you correlating cleanliness/condition with use? Whenever I see a battered bike I don’t think “wow, that person rides a lot”, I think “wow, that person shouldn’t have nice things”.

    +1 – how do you know from your car park observations how often a bike gets ridden?

    And how do you know how much it costs?
    How would you be able to tell that my £3k carbon FSR started out life as an alloy FSR that I paid substantially less than RRP for, that subsequently got warrantied for the carbon version…..have had quite a few snide comments (probably from people like yourself) while riding about the cost of my bike.

    And how would you know that my mate’s £3k carbon Haibike was bought direct from Raleigh (he works for them) and so he paid a fraction of the RRP?

    Premier Icon moshimonster
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    Here’s another theory for you (also made up of course):-

    Regardless of what bike they are riding or what car they turn up in, most riders are actually pretty shit – but have a good time

    Premier Icon hairylegs
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    “Yeah OP, you’re a liar and a jealous.

    ouch … some people are just no fun. Looks like I’ve touched a few nerves here!!

    Premier Icon moshimonster
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    Looks like I’ve touched a few nerves here!!

    No, I think you’ve just made yourself look like a jealous **** – even though you insist you aren’t

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