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    I love cleaning my bikes. It's like therapy to me. Nothing better than grabbing the bike to go for a ride and having everything clean, shiny, lubed and perfectly adjusted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    I believe that "brifter" is not a lame word.
    Only bruttholes and shiftheads think it is.

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    I like listening to music while I ride - with earbuds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2deep View Post
    I wear cocoons over my prescription glasses in the summer.
    I had to look that up. Never heard of those before. I wear prescription sunglasses.
    Have you ever been to Electric Ladyland?

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    I usually have my front skewer lever on the right side of the bike.
    That seems to really freak out some people especially mechanics.

    I'm right handed and mount the bike from the left so I just find it easier on that side when putting on the wheel right before getting on the bike and fail to see why it matters at all which side it's one.

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    I run all my seat post clamp slots 180 degrees from the seat tube slot and I'm ok with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    I wear prescription sunglasses.
    i just bought some for the first time from zennioptical.com. just select 80% grey tint for your prescript glasses, and you're set. pretty inexpensive way to do it.
    Yossarian: don't worry. nothing's going to happen to you that won't happen to the rest of us.

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    My mostly retrogrouch / Grant Peterson inspired opinions:
    1. Bike weight under 20 lbs doesn't matter. Weight weenieism is a bizarre, counterproductive and pointless obsession.
    2. Aero wheels and aero frames make zero difference in the real world.
    3. Internal cabling sucks.
    4. The most important component to spend a little extra on: the rear hub.
    5. Fendered steel rando bikes look much better and are much cooler than the latest aero carbon race bike. (Don't get me wrong, I love a carbon racing bike, but my heart belongs to high end rando stuff).
    6. Bar lower than saddle positions are actually far more comfortable for long rides.
    7. The idea that bottom bracket "stiffness" improves "power transfer" or "efficiency" is hogwash. It's a personal preference thing, nothing more. Front end stiffness is much more important as it makes a big difference in how a bike handles.
    8. You can ride 90%+ of dry gravel events on a road bike with 25mm tires.
    9. Expensive sunglasses and helmets are a complete waste of money. Expensive shoes and clothing are not.
    10. The cup and cone hub is superior in every way to the sealed bearing hub.
    11. Fatbikes are a ton of fun for summer trail riding.
    12. No show running socks work best for hot summer riding.
    13. Wedge "aero" seatpost clamp designs are stupid and awful.
    14. Tubeless is not ready for prime time in any application over 35 psi.
    15. The idea that shoe sole stiffness contributes to "efficiency" is also hogwash.
    16. Flat pedals are a perfectly viable option for almost all road cycling.

    My non retrogroach opinions:
    1. Hydraulic disc brakes are awesome and worth the maintenance trouble.
    2. Through axles are superior to QRs in every way.
    3. Drop in headsets and clamp on stems are much superior to threaded steerers and quill stems.
    4. 1x with a narrow-wide chainring and clutched RD is the only way to go for an MTB and can be great on the road. Every RD should have a clutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    16. Flat pedals are a perfectly viable option for almost all road cycling.
    I am keen to this.

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    All rides should start at 0:dark30 The silence is golden.

    If you are 7 minutes late you get left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    My mostly retrogrouch / Grant Peterson inspired opinions:
    1. Bike weight under 20 lbs doesn't matter. Weight weenieism is a bizarre, counterproductive and pointless obsession.
    2. Aero wheels and aero frames make zero difference in the real world.
    3. Internal cabling sucks.
    4. The most important component to spend a little extra on: the rear hub.
    5. Fendered steel rando bikes look much better and are much cooler than the latest aero carbon race bike. (Don't get me wrong, I love a carbon racing bike, but my heart belongs to high end rando stuff).
    6. Bar lower than saddle positions are actually far more comfortable for long rides.
    7. The idea that bottom bracket "stiffness" improves "power transfer" or "efficiency" is hogwash. It's a personal preference thing, nothing more. Front end stiffness is much more important as it makes a big difference in how a bike handles.
    8. You can ride 90%+ of dry gravel events on a road bike with 25mm tires.
    9. Expensive sunglasses and helmets are a complete waste of money. Expensive shoes and clothing are not.
    10. The cup and cone hub is superior in every way to the sealed bearing hub.
    11. Fatbikes are a ton of fun for summer trail riding.
    12. No show running socks work best for hot summer riding.
    13. Wedge "aero" seatpost clamp designs are stupid and awful.
    14. Tubeless is not ready for prime time in any application over 35 psi.
    15. The idea that shoe sole stiffness contributes to "efficiency" is also hogwash.
    16. Flat pedals are a perfectly viable option for almost all road cycling.

    My non retrogroach opinions:
    1. Hydraulic disc brakes are awesome and worth the maintenance trouble.
    2. Through axles are superior to QRs in every way.
    3. Drop in headsets and clamp on stems are much superior to threaded steerers and quill stems.
    4. 1x with a narrow-wide chainring and clutched RD is the only way to go for an MTB and can be great on the road. Every RD should have a clutch.
    You have an interesting 50/50 mix of genius and complete lunacy. It was a good read nonetheless, I'll bet your fun at parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Scorcho View Post
    All rides should start at 0:dark30 The silence is golden.

    If you are 7 minutes late you get left.
    Get left at 7minutes, not five?

    Your kinder gentler side is showing.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Get left at 7minutes, not five?

    Your kinder gentler side is showing.
    I'll give a guy 5 minutes. Maybe he had an emergency growler to take care of or he could't find the right socks. But I can only be so lenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Scorcho View Post
    I'll give a guy 5 minutes. Maybe he had an emergency growler to take care of or he could't find the right socks. But I can only be so lenient.
    Is he gonna hafta share that growler?
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    My mostly retrogrouch / Grant Peterson inspired opinions:
    1. Bike weight under 20 lbs doesn't matter. Weight weenieism is a bizarre, counterproductive and pointless obsession.
    2. Aero wheels and aero frames make zero difference in the real world.
    3. Internal cabling sucks.
    4. The most important component to spend a little extra on: the rear hub.
    5. Fendered steel rando bikes look much better and are much cooler than the latest aero carbon race bike. (Don't get me wrong, I love a carbon racing bike, but my heart belongs to high end rando stuff).
    6. Bar lower than saddle positions are actually far more comfortable for long rides.
    7. The idea that bottom bracket "stiffness" improves "power transfer" or "efficiency" is hogwash. It's a personal preference thing, nothing more. Front end stiffness is much more important as it makes a big difference in how a bike handles.
    8. You can ride 90%+ of dry gravel events on a road bike with 25mm tires.
    9. Expensive sunglasses and helmets are a complete waste of money. Expensive shoes and clothing are not.
    10. The cup and cone hub is superior in every way to the sealed bearing hub.
    11. Fatbikes are a ton of fun for summer trail riding.
    12. No show running socks work best for hot summer riding.
    13. Wedge "aero" seatpost clamp designs are stupid and awful.
    14. Tubeless is not ready for prime time in any application over 35 psi.
    15. The idea that shoe sole stiffness contributes to "efficiency" is also hogwash.
    16. Flat pedals are a perfectly viable option for almost all road cycling.

    My non retrogroach opinions:
    1. Hydraulic disc brakes are awesome and worth the maintenance trouble.
    2. Through axles are superior to QRs in every way.
    3. Drop in headsets and clamp on stems are much superior to threaded steerers and quill stems.
    4. 1x with a narrow-wide chainring and clutched RD is the only way to go for an MTB and can be great on the road. Every RD should have a clutch.
    I agree with all of these except #15.

    And I'll add one that probably grates the wrong way against others - I wear my sunglasses inside the helmet straps. I'm not saying that's the right way to do it, but that's the way I do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    My mostly retrogrouch / Grant Peterson inspired opinions:
    1. Bike weight under 20 lbs doesn't matter. Weight weenieism is a bizarre, counterproductive and pointless obsession.
    2. Aero wheels and aero frames make zero difference in the real world.
    3. Internal cabling sucks.
    4. The most important component to spend a little extra on: the rear hub.
    5. Fendered steel rando bikes look much better and are much cooler than the latest aero carbon race bike. (Don't get me wrong, I love a carbon racing bike, but my heart belongs to high end rando stuff).
    6. Bar lower than saddle positions are actually far more comfortable for long rides.
    7. The idea that bottom bracket "stiffness" improves "power transfer" or "efficiency" is hogwash. It's a personal preference thing, nothing more. Front end stiffness is much more important as it makes a big difference in how a bike handles.
    8. You can ride 90%+ of dry gravel events on a road bike with 25mm tires.
    9. Expensive sunglasses and helmets are a complete waste of money. Expensive shoes and clothing are not.
    10. The cup and cone hub is superior in every way to the sealed bearing hub.
    11. Fatbikes are a ton of fun for summer trail riding.
    12. No show running socks work best for hot summer riding.
    13. Wedge "aero" seatpost clamp designs are stupid and awful.
    14. Tubeless is not ready for prime time in any application over 35 psi.
    15. The idea that shoe sole stiffness contributes to "efficiency" is also hogwash.
    16. Flat pedals are a perfectly viable option for almost all road cycling.

    My non retrogroach opinions:
    1. Hydraulic disc brakes are awesome and worth the maintenance trouble.
    2. Through axles are superior to QRs in every way.
    3. Drop in headsets and clamp on stems are much superior to threaded steerers and quill stems.
    4. 1x with a narrow-wide chainring and clutched RD is the only way to go for an MTB and can be great on the road. Every RD should have a clutch.
    Man, you are so right!

    Each of the issues you bring up are worth a thread by itself.

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    All group rides (actually all events) should have a unusual advertised and actual start time. 7:23 or 5:17 implies that the organizers mean business. Times like 7:30 or 5:00 grant license to the inconsiderate to be late.

    The age old axiom "better never than late" must be enforced.

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    Yep, marketing BS.
    "Why I oughta..."

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    Ooh, I've got a couple:

    1. Any person complaining about an uncomfortable saddle is riding on an ill fitted bike.
    2. Most people are riding on ill fitted bikes
    3. Most people ride with their saddles far too far back, those people usually complain of
    4. bars lower than seat does not need to = numb hands and pain, but your seat does need to come forward
    5. if your seat is anything other than close to parallel with the ground, you're doing it wrong
    6. photo-chromatic lenses are superior to any other tint. you can wear them from noon to sunset and under tree cover, and some even at night.
    7. hydraulic discs all. the. way.
    "That pretty much sums it up. I'm 43 and my max is ~178-180. If that HR chart was mine or Froome's, we'd be on the verge of death. But for you it probably looks like a normal workout." -TLG

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9W9W View Post
    Ooh, I've got a couple:

    1. Any person complaining about an uncomfortable saddle is riding on an ill fitted bike.
    2. Most people are riding on ill fitted bikes
    3. Most people ride with their saddles far too far back, those people usually complain of
    4. bars lower than seat does not need to = numb hands and pain, but your seat does need to come forward
    5. if your seat is anything other than close to parallel with the ground, you're doing it wrong
    6. photo-chromatic lenses are superior to any other tint. you can wear them from noon to sunset and under tree cover, and some even at night.
    7. hydraulic discs all. the. way.
    Nothing bothers me more than a saddle thatís too far forward.

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    1. I like Gatorskin tires.
    2. I'd rather wear relaxed fit bike jerseys than skin tight
    3. I prefer mountain bike shoes and clipless mountain pedals for road bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9W9W View Post
    Ooh, I've got a couple:

    1. Any person complaining about an uncomfortable saddle is riding on an ill fitted bike.
    yep. ill-fitted as in an ill-chosen saddle, other other parameter possibly

    5. if your seat is anything other than close to parallel with the ground, you're doing it wrong
    nope
    Faith is pretending to know things you don't know

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    I think 1X systems and the trend towards these systems is kind of stupid.

    Did front derailers all of a sudden start to suck ?. Iím not even clear on the advantages on mt. bikes, I think it has to do with the chain moving around in really bumpy terrain - downhilling maybe ?, not sure. On road bikes itís just stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpeterb View Post
    Roadies are mostly a**holes.

    Except for me. My sheot donít stank. 😁
    Not all roadies are *******s. But in a bike shop, all the *******s are roadies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpeterb View Post

    Roadies are mostly a**holes.

    Except for me. My sheot donít stank. 😁

    Quote Originally Posted by masont View Post
    Not all roadies are *******s. But in a bike shop, all the *******s are roadies.
    On this site, we call that a thread killer.

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