- Bad Advice, Here on STW?!?
Some of the recommendations on here are for
poor or inferior products though,things i personally dont like it makes me wonder why some people offer their advice when they obviously have no cluetheir opinion is different to mine
That sounds more like what you seem to mean ?Posted 5 years agofourbangerMember
STW is OK for technical advice and avoiding bad products (superstar etc) but recommendations normally go like this:
Q “what such and such for such and such?”
A “use this one. It’s really good. I haven’t compared it to any others, but it’s the one I’m using.”
Advice worth what you paid for it on the whole. Unless you’re asking about something I use, then it’s great.Posted 5 years ago
nealglover – Member
Some of the recommendations on here are for poor or inferior products though, things i personally dont like it makes me wonder why some people offer their advice when they obviously have no clue their opinion is different to mine
That sounds more like what you seem to mean ?
Not at all, I’m open to peoples suggestions. I just don’t like it when someone says something is good when it really is not. Bike tyres for example, but that is opening up another can of worms. There are certain products I’ve tried and wouldn’t have given them away to my worst enemy…then I see people recommending the same item on here!Posted 5 years agodruidhMember
It does seem that some recommendations are simply ingrained memes. As an example, the tick threads always come up with stuff about smothering them in vaseline or vodka, burning them with a match etc. All medical opinion has now moved on and careful removal (preferably with a tick removal tool) is now the way. It does rather frustrate me to see folk churning out the same old advice.Posted 5 years agonealgloverMember
Not at all, I’m open to peoples suggestions. I just don’t like it when someone says something is good when it really is not. Bike tyres for example, but that is opening up another can of worms. There are certain products I’ve tried and wouldn’t have given them away to my worst enemy…then I see people recommending the same item on here!
That’s pretty much exactly what I said isn’t it ?
What makes your opinion any more valid than theirs.
They like it (whatever it is) and you don’t.
That doesn’t make it good, and it doesn’t make it bad.
Just means you don’t like, and they do.
(unless you are suggesting they are recommending things they know are shite, just out of spite ?)Posted 5 years agoNicknoxxMember
It’s a public forum. People’s bikes, age, riding style, experience, skills, ambitions, ability and location vary, therefore their opinions vary. Just assume nothing you read on here is gospel and you’ll be fine.
My particular bugbear is people starting new threads without checking that the subject has already been discussed.Posted 5 years agojulianwilsonMember
tyres advice is ‘interesting’ : i think so much of it depends on the mud/roots/etc round your way, (particularly with mud tyres IMHO -trailrakers are rubbish round our way but ace elsewhere in my experience) also the air pressures you put in them, your own weight, use of brakes and suspension settings. What tyre tread you use could be so greatly affected by the all the above: i like to ask people that live/ride locally.Posted 5 years agoscuzzMember
My particular bugbear is people starting new threads without checking that the subject has already been discussed.
My bugbear is people on any forum replying with ‘this has already been discussed’ or ‘use the search function’. But nothing is worse than people who criticise other posters’ replies without adding content of their ownPosted 5 years ago
I really wouldn’t say it’s restricted to STW. There really does seem to be a LOT of men of a certain age who come up with false notions, impart their notions on others aggressively, then fail to accept that they maybe wrong. These notions then get passed around somehow without question.
I work in a shop, it happens quite often, a customer asks about a product or how something works, or what something does, you begin explaining to customer, then “know it all” chimes in with really bad advice, there’s no stopping them once they’ve started. You wait for them to finish, then you’ve got to find a polite way to explain that “know it all” is chatting shite without causing an awkward situation so that the customer gets good info.
Serving these “know it alls” is a joke too, they ask for advice, then proceed to talk over you for half an hour with no intention of listening to a word you have to say.
Out on group rides too, the amount of wives tales you hear is nuts.
I am gob-smacked all too often by the notions based on nonsense parties favour and impart o so passionately.Posted 5 years agomonkeyboyjcMember
same could be said for the magazines – there wa a certain FS 650B in a couple of the mags, which i seem to recall gets a 10/10 in one mag (saying it was the best trail bike they had ever ridden) and 5or6/10 in another – i take all recomendations with a pinch of salt, as said previously you can only recomend baised on your own experance, of which some people have good and some have bad (as with any product).
If I see a post to which i dissagree i’ll generally give my point of view.Posted 5 years ago
Bit negative, examples would be useful. I personally think the opposite, here’s a few examples of good recommendations, and I thank you all for your wisdom.
spesh control storms
pedro tyre levers
endless craft ales/pubs
books – two wheels on my wagon
films – ride the divide
I generally ignore the Rapha snobs and riding tips, unless it’s from professionals 😉Posted 5 years ago
scuzz – My bugbear is people on any forum replying with ‘this has already been discussed’ or ‘use the search function’. But nothing is worse than people who criticise other posters’ replies without adding content of their own
I was making making a statement, I couldn’t care less if it’s been discussed before. I wasn’t really looking for any information as whatever anyone says here doesn’t change anything that’s been said in other threads.Posted 5 years ago
Most new posts I make are on different forums that have the information/specific topics organised better than STW. (MTBR, BearBones Bikepacking, Bike and Bivi et al…).kudos100Member
For technical/wrenching advice it is one of the better sites.
Some of the product recommendations are total nonsense. Quite a few people have no idea what they are talking about, but still offer advice.
Also advice about riding technique is often laughable. Either that or ‘go and see jedi, he walks on water’ as if it is not possible to improve your riding without seeing a coach.
There is a lot of pap, but sift through the crap and there is some useful stuff here.Posted 5 years ago
I’m constantly amazed at the amount of bad advice/recommendations on here! How many of you use the replies on here to help you make an informed decision or just buy/try something because so and so said so?
I know we all have our own opinions and ideas on what products are good and bad. Some of the recommendations on here are for poor or inferior products though, it makes me wonder why some people offer their advice when they obviously have no clue. 🙄
I realise I’m setting myself up for some abuse here but I stand by what I say.Posted 5 years agounklehomeredSubscriber
Is alright, I sometimes poke the internet with a stick when I’m bored at work too… 😉
EDIT: All mass production salt is rubbish, rough crushed sea salt put in natural organic tubes by local natives in the traditional way taught by their ancestors is the only proper salt.Posted 5 years ago
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