Would you say anything?
I do mention it to people, in a polite non-patronising manner.
Probably 80% are thankful (just made their life much easier – seat height + gearing = pedal efficiency!), 10% say they prefer it that way (fair enough I say), 10% get arsey.
You do it a lot then? I’d get arsey, I know what I’m doing and I don’t need some smart arse rocking up and telling me to make adjustments to suit what he considers to be right.Posted 4 years agothegeneralistMember
I always have the ‘should I say something’ dilemma when I see a bike with forks on back to front.
Yup. Pointed out to some woman in the park that both her kids’ bikes had the forks on the wrong way round. She wasn’t convinced so I asked if she didn’t think it odd that the brakes were behind the forks. She said her husband fitted them. I then suggested that the kids were finding it tricky to ride as the angles/rake etc were all wrong (without using those terms)
She was intrigued but not 100% convinced as her husband had set it up.
At which point it becomes quite tricky to suggest that maybe she should put less stock in what her clueless husband says about bikes and either take them to the LBS or devote some logical thought to the process and decide for herself how they should be set up.
minefieldPosted 4 years agotheflatboyMember
I would point out if it’s something potentially dangerous that the person / child wouldn’t realise, and have corrected the backwards fork for someone as well. I don’t mind if people get upset about it, I’d rather risk it than see something I know is potentially dangerous and not mention it.Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
If I had been the other rider and you could have spotted what’s wrong with my road bike position I would have bought you lunch!
I expect I am not normal in this regard or others.
So if you see a tubby bloke on a grey Biamchi with some incongruous white Scott forks and think you know what I have got wrong then please feel free to point it out.Posted 4 years agosq225917Member
I was riding to work this morning and this guy behind had been wheel sucking me for ages, i kept flicking my elbow to tell him to come to the front but he never took his damn turn, i laboured on and on into the headwind making it more obvious by rocking about and pushing a massive gear, only a tool couldn’t have noticed I was making such a mock effort.
He pulled up alongside me eventually, after we turned out of the wind, said morning and then pi55ed off.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Riding over to a mate’s house one evening, I caught up with a guy on a nice, but badly set up road bike who was making pretty heavy going of it. Given that I was just wearing casual shorts and only going about 3 miles, I didn’t say anything. For all I knew he could be just finishing a double century or something. Anyway, we got chatting and he confessed that his knees were killing him, he was just trying to get home.
Of course, that gave me the opener to suggest that his saddle looked a little low and if he raised it a bit, his knees might not hurt so much. He was very grateful, asked a few questions about saddle height etc and said thanks.
But without that opening opportunity, I’d have kept my mouth shut. Nothing worse than someone coming along and offering unsolicited know-it-all advice.Posted 4 years agonick1962Member
I heard a bus behind me and he kept beeping his horn but wouldn’t overtake so I just ignored it.When it eventually did overtake ,he opened the doors and told me to check my back wheel.A bungee cord had come off my pannier and was dangling perilously alongside my back wheel ,mech and chain.If only I hadn’t already called himm a d888head 😳Posted 4 years agoRscottMember
Id probably be a bit ungreatfull and annoyed then go home and try the advice in embarrassment but of course never admit that.
I got a road bike, but having gone from riding jump bikes to dh bikes to a HT, i have no idea if im riding it right or not, my saddles probably to high my stems probably to long my bars are probably to low.Posted 4 years agogrumMember
Used to see loads of people (possibly most people) on the cycle path to Morecambe with their saddles far too low.
Where did that thing come from about you should be able to get both feet on the ground while sitting on the saddle? Must have put thousands of people off cycling for good.Posted 4 years agoantigeeMember
at the BMX pump track I usually wait until I’m offering some wipes and band aids before I suggest that standing up going up the bumps will help keep enough speed to stop the kid falling over sideways and cheese grating back down
out and about no – unless obviously dangerous like dangling clothing or stand left downPosted 4 years agoRoter SternMember
A friend of mine got a bit arsey with me for removing the plastic caps they put over the ends of the wheel axles to stop them going through the cardboard when the bike was boxed from the factory. Even after explaining what they were for he insisted I put them back on.Posted 4 years agozbontySubscriber
I tried to advise my ex gf to not ride in the big rim all the time (mtb). She did’nt listen. Infact, if she (rarely) ever saw me in the big ring she’d call me a hypocrite!
Years ago at Afan car park a German chap came running over from miles away to point out my disc was the wrong way round. Who knew? Been like that for months and i did’nt die.Posted 4 years agoWeaselMember
For over a year I’ve seen a guy cycle past me in the morning while I walk to the station, he’s in too low a gear and weaving all over the place, then freewheels until he can start pedaling again. I feel like shouting out change gear every time he’s wobbling past.
Then one morning we arrived at the station the same time…and I actually know him. I’ll have to find a way of asking him if the gears work on his BSO.Posted 4 years agoGary_MMember
If you look like you know what you’re doing, why would anyone need to suggest something?
mmm just a thought but perhaps the person doing the suggesting didn’t have either a clue what they were talking about or had no idea that that I was very very comfortable on my commuter. But of course they probably read about bike fit on the Internet and knew exactly how I felt whilst riding my bike. Had he managed to pass me I could have course critiqued his bike fit but he couldn’t manage that.Posted 4 years ago
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