Why do people think that ownership of a decent bike makes somebody a crap rider!
The Flying OxMember
Its not jealousy at all it is a dig suggesting your bike is vastly superior to your level of skill /you dont need a bike that good for your standard of riding
I imagine it is true of many cyclists.
And a great many car owners.Posted 4 years ago
And a great many pc owners.
And a great many house owners.
etc., etc., etc.GEDAMember
I most often think of buying new stuff when stuck in the office and it is cold and raining outside. If I am on my bike then thoughts of buying stuff do not come into my head.
Consumerism is a very strong influence that makes you buy stuff you do not really need. Hence people thinking that the 6 grand they paid for a bike is worth it when in fact, for example, there is not that much difference between a second hand good nick prophet for £600 and say a Santa Cruz Bronson for more than 3 grand. I have an old prophet and it is really not going to be that much worse than the Bronson.
If you have it I would say save it for a rainy day when you are old.Posted 4 years agoGolfChickMember
I think what people dont realise it that you might as well spend the money cos you cant take it with ya! Those few quid will not improve your standard of care when it comes to old and any decent family would rather see you enjoy your money than inherit a bit! If its what you enjoy doing who gives a monkeys how much you spend on it!Posted 4 years agob rMember
for example, there is not that much difference between a second hand good nick prophet for £600 and say a Santa Cruz Bronson for more than 3 grand. I have an old prophet and it is really not going to be that much worse than the Bronson.
Says the man with an old Prophet rather than a new Bronson…Posted 4 years agoGEDAMember
Yes but I can still go faster than lots of people and if you believe spending loads of money will make you go faster and have more fun you are gullible and stupid. Give you money away for all I care but you are just falling for marketing BS in my opinion.
If I got a Bronson how many seconds faster am I going to go and how much more fun is it going to be? To tell you the truth I would rather work less hard, take more holidays and ride my bike more.Posted 4 years agodobiejessmoMember
I dont think that.What i do think is that alot of people are over biked.Why take an 6″ travel bike on a canal towpath or say the verdeerers trail down the FOD.Alot of wasted energy.Same goes for trail riding you see guys out on the lanes with KTM 400/450cc can control or use the power and wonder why people pass them on 250cc machines and are having more fun.Posted 4 years agorighogSubscriber
I don’t know how this could even happen. Surly one rides with people of ones own class. For Example a stumpjumper rider would never consider riding with someone with a bike acquired from Halfords, and of course a rider of a boutique brand would never turn a wheel with the Stumpjumper owner. One of course can change riding class by buying a more expensive bike and moving up.
Alternatively you could just ride whatever f… bike you have with your mates, fall off a lot and talk about in the pub afterwards Like what I do.
One thing I will say, I know one bloke with an expensive bike that sits in the garage unridden, but I know a heap of people with cheap bikes that never see the light of day.Posted 4 years agoesher shoreMember
could not care less what other people are riding, whether they are going fast or slow on cheap bike or expensive bike is not my business
what does bother me (as a bike mechanic) is when people buy pro-level bikes (carbon fibre frameset, Shimano Dura Ace, Zipp wheelset, high end finishing kit) and treat it like total shit, never clean or maintain and just run it into the ground.
Not from being so hardcore that their high mileage prevents any maintenance, but because they just cannot be bothered and do not understand what their money has bought
then seemed surprised / wonder why their bike does not work, or the hub is damaged and they are facing a massive bill.
its sad really..no bike deserves that treatment, whether cheap or expensive!
I don’t ride the “best bike” on the road, have a Specialized Tarmac with Shimano 6700 Ultegra and Hope road wheels, but certainly keep it well maintained which means it rides beautifully and costs less money to keep runningPosted 4 years agoShackletonSubscriber
I don’t have a problem with people buying expensive bikes, whether they can ride it well or not. What boils my piss however is people who assume that because my bike is 10 years old I am a rubbish rider. Which I guess implies that they assume that you have to have a new, shiny, expensive bike to ride well.Posted 4 years agoadjustablewenchMember
Do people really worry about what other people think of their bikes and riding ability – surely personal satisfaction is the main concern
Luckily when my bike got pinched when I was 13 – my dad found me and my brother matching Moultons
They may have been something in smalled wheeled geek circles but they were the most uncool bikes for teenagers in the mid 80’s (so uncool that someone stole the cheap combination lock I used at school – but left the bike!)
But I still rode it every day as being on two wheels was far more important than other peoples opinions and still is to me now.Posted 4 years agobubsMember
I never understood why anyone would care about what bike someone else is riding (unless they were racing). My bikes have got “better” as I have got older but my riding skills have got worse as I now ride less and take fewer risks. I don’t care if i am on my knackered singlespeed or my boutique bike – it’s just good to get out.Posted 4 years agosurroundedbyhillsSubscriber
It’s an odd phenomenal this big bike shite rider. I ride a second hand giant reign 0 love it to bits and don’t think about anyone else unless they a. have fallen off or b. are pussy footing down the trail in which case I just wait and give them some room. Live long and ride proper.
I do worry though about people riding inadequate bikes usually from Argos or halfords as I fear they will hurt themselves.Posted 4 years agoI_AcheMember
There are some massive chips on the shoulders of some posters on here. People earn money so let them spend it how they want. They are doing more for the economy than all of us that only buy secondhand parts.
My fs is much more than I need for some of my riding but at other times it isn’t enough. Should I spend more money buying a 29er and a DH bike so I always have the right bike or should I just make do? I’m confused.Posted 4 years agomrblobbyMember
What boils my piss however is people who assume that because my bike is 10 years old I am a rubbish rider. Which I guess implies that they assume that you have to have a new, shiny, expensive bike to ride well.
Conversely I’m sure it can be equally annoying for someone to be on an expensive shiny new bike and have people assume that they’re new to riding and have just gone out and spunked a load of cash on something they can’t ride properly!
I really couldn’t care less what other people choose to spend their money on, or whether they’ve somehow “earned” the right to buy such items. If you think otherwise you should probably get out and ride more.Posted 4 years agopsychobikerMember
Surely its all about people enjoying themselves, if I had the money I would have a 5 grand bike, I dont, however I do have a bike I really enjoy using. If you spend a lot on a bike and enjoy using it great, why not its your money. I prefer to see people riding than care a less about what they are riding.Posted 4 years agodavosaurusrexSubscriber
I never understood why anyone would care about what bike someone else is riding (unless they were racing). My bikes have got “better” as I have got older but my riding skills have got worse as I now ride less and take fewer risks. I don’t care if i am on my knackered s
inglespeed or my boutique bike – it’s just good to get out.
Is that my old boutique bike bubs? How are you getting on with it now?Posted 4 years agoEuroMember
I’m more concerned about guys with fairly nice bikes, who have have earned them, but don’t always take advantage of available free time to ride them. What’s all that about?
As for decent bike – crap rider? Don’t care. Attitude to riding said bike though, is a different fish bucket.Posted 4 years ago
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