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    Why Hors Category painted on bike

    There is a graphic design in my Bianchi bike Hors Category. What I understand HC is a climbing classification that signifies an extremely tough climb.

    But why such a permanent design painted onto my bike. Surely it doesn’t mean the bike can climb HC without any effort from the rider right?

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    It means above or beyond category. It is of course derived from the TdF nomenclature for climbs, but there is no mountain in the words themselves.
    Great bike, the Oltre. Means above, beyond, past, over. In Italian. So you have a bike named beyond in the beyond category range of Bianchi bikes...

    Btw that size sticker that says "please remove" on it must come off.
    They do anything just to win a salami in ridiculous races. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me. It was the illest of times, it was the dopest of times. And we looked damn good. Actually the autobus broke down somewhere on the Mortirolo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbwh View Post
    It means above or beyond category. It is of course derived from the TdF nomenclature for climbs, but there is no mountain in the words themselves.
    Great bike, the Oltre. Means above, beyond, past, over. In Italian. So you have a bike named beyond in the beyond category range of Bianchi bikes...

    Btw that size sticker that says "please remove" on it must come off.
    Tls for explanation.

    Abt the frame sticker, I knew you said it with pun intended. But wonder why the manufacturer stated "please remove". What harm it has by not removing? Isn't it serves as evidence of frame size to the next buyer. No, I'm not removing.

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    It's a load bearing sticker, don't remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by novetan View Post
    Tls for explanation.

    And the frame sticker....No, I'm not removing.
    I bet you also leave the Pentium stickers on your computers, and the HD Display! stickers on your TV bezel.

    The only sticker that stays on my frame is the shop sticker. I do like knowing the history of a bike, and what shop it was sold out of, just for the nostalgia/history of it. Frame sizings (especially S/M/L) are pretty arbitrary, and can be measured later if needed. Warning stickers also come off.

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    My young daughter thought it stood for "Holy Crap" [that's a big hill]. That's our running joke now when there's an HC on a stage of something I'm watching.
    Altitude Retriever corrects the altitude in your My Tracks tracks and GPX files. Bummed out by how far off the GPS altitude is on your device? Let the Altitude Retriever fetch for out.
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    If it climbs well, why not?

    Also, that's a small bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    If it climbs well, why not?

    Also, that's a small bike.
    Maybe it's 47 inches, hence the HC description?
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    Quote Originally Posted by novetan View Post
    Tls for explanation.

    Abt the frame sticker, I knew you said it with pun intended. But wonder why the manufacturer stated "please remove". What harm it has by not removing? Isn't it serves as evidence of frame size to the next buyer. No, I'm not removing.
    if you OR the 'next buyer' need a sticker to confirm frame size, yeah...you should leave it on.
    i work for some bike racers...
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    oh, those belong in another forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikesOfALesserGod View Post
    Maybe it's 47 inches, hence the HC description?
    47 inches would be a VERY large bicycle. Or were you referring to something else being 47 inches?

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    For a minute I thought that was advertising your dating preference, but I see it's spelled differently.
    ... 'cuz that's how I roll.

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    I'm pretty certain that if you need to ask such a question, you probably have no business riding such a bike.

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