Bad Advice, Here on STW?!?

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  • Bad Advice, Here on STW?!?
  • Premier Icon DezB
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    Examples??

    xcgb
    Member

    I’ve had pretty good recommendations on here, just gotta take a balanced view

    Why do you care so much?

    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 ?

    xcgb
    Member

    You mean gems like this?

    If you listened to most of the advice on here you would never get fitter, it’s like half the riders I know who haven’t progressed in years but who are going to enter that next event when they lose weight/get fitter etc.

    fourbanger
    Member

    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.

    d45yth
    Member

    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!

    druidh
    Member

    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.

    It does rather frustrate me to see folk churning out the same old advice.

    Conti Vert Pros? 😉

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I find the advice on here pretty good on the whole (for bike bits and for life in general).

    Pretty much any (interesting) topic gives you a wide variety of opinions and experiences, which I find more useful than one reviewer’s opinion in a magazine.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    My advice is to take it all with a pinch of salt.

    druidh
    Member

    Yes CF – I was thinking Conti Vert Pros at the very start of this thread too 🙂

    cynic-al
    Member

    There is some utter crap talked here.

    But mostly it’s differences of opinion – which I suspect the OP is confusing with right/wrong – unless he knows EVERYTHING?

    FunkyDunc
    Member

    What type of salt?

    AntLockyer
    Member

    road tyre pressure advice is one example.

    But mostly it’s differences of opinion – which I suspect the OP is confusing with right/wrong – unless he knows EVERYTHING?

    Any amount of observation would surely make it obvious to you that everyone who has ever posted on STW knows EVERYTHING?

    Premier Icon chakaping
    Subscriber

    What type of salt?

    Saxa is brilliant, use that.

    I haven’t tried any other salt though.

    nealglover
    Member

    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 ?)

    Nicknoxx
    Member

    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.

    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.

    Premier Icon easygirl
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    Saxa is rubbish
    I put it on a snail last week and it totally melted it, not using it again, never said on the tin beware this product melts snails

    Salt and snails, you say?

    I had some for dinner the other day. Sea snails, that is.

    Top nommage.

    FunkyDunc
    Member

    Were you going to eat the snail, hence your dissapointment?

    hilldodger
    Member

    it makes me wonder why some people offer their advice when they obviously have no clue.

    My internet “rule of thumb” is that soundness of advice is inversely proprotional to post count, and OT posts carry an exponential weighting…..

    ….empty vessels and all that 😆

    slimjim78
    Member

    about 30psi

    scuzz
    Member

    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 own
    😀

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    Looking like you have some ishoos capn. You might want to consider winding it back a touch.

    scuzz
    Member

    Looking like you have some ishoos capn. You might want to consider winding it back a touch.

    Shh! The more he does it, the more I can cry ‘Teh Ironings!’

    deanfbm
    Member

    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.

    ell_tell
    Member

    Can I be the first to say, Skoda Octavia?

    xcgb
    Member

    Nah mondeos are where its at dont you know nuffink

    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.

    yunki
    Member

    it’s like wannabe film critics..

    ‘oh no that’s shite/great’

    usually based on whether or not Bruce Willis is starring… those twunts need a poke in the eye.. get a proper job FFS

    Premier Icon woody74
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    On STW you are asking peoples opinion on things, so funnily enough it differs. If you then take this as advice then thats your issue. If you think you are getting professional advice on STW for things like dealing with ticks then your an idiot. Ring NHS direct!!

    rewski
    Member

    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.

    rockshock reverb
    mud x
    spesh control storms
    pedro tyre levers
    endless craft ales/pubs
    exposure flash/flares
    tubeless tips
    local routes
    books – two wheels on my wagon
    films – ride the divide

    I generally ignore the Rapha snobs and riding tips, unless it’s from professionals 😉

    Premier Icon DezB
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    No examples then.
    Pointless.

    d45yth
    Member

    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.
    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…).

    kudos100
    Member

    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.

    d45yth
    Member

    DezB – Member

    No examples then.
    Pointless.

    DesB, If I wanted to argue with folk over their recommendations, I would have done it in the original posts. I’m not going to start naming people or pointing to what they’ve said…I should have commented at the time.

    d45yth
    Member

    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.

    Premier Icon nedrapier
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    This salt nonsense is all marketing BS. If you really knew anything about tasting, pinching, or chemistry, you’d know it’s really all the same stuff. 🙄

    :Awaits flaming from Saxa fanbois and welsh rock salt niche-mongers:

    rewski
    Member

    I’m not going to start naming people

    just name the product recommendations, then we can choose to agree or not, you did start it.

    Premier Icon unklehomered
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    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.

    cynic-al
    Member

    There used to be a great “BS of the week” thread covering this topic, it was barred by the mods…

    rewski
    Member

    bought some salt from the salt flats in normandy once, wow.

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