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    Your Unpopular (Biking) Opinions

    I'm curious as to your opinions that are outside the norm, weird, unpopular, or otherwise unorthodox in any way, shape, or form as it pertains to cycling. We've got a couple other forums for discussing non-cycling stuff, so please try to keep this thread up on two wheels.

    I'll start:

    I like logos all over things. I grew up in a world watching NASCAR and extreme sports, so having all kinds of logos and stickers makes me feel like a part of that. But, and this is a pretty big but, I only like logos of the parts I use on a bike. I couldn't, in good faith, ride a bike with a SRAM logo stuck to it when I knew that the bike were equipped with Shimano, for instance.
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    Visors on helmets are a good idea most of the time. I didn't realize this until I commuted on the bike - both with and without the visor.
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    I like 'taking the lane' and promoting biker's rights. Some DS don't get it!
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    Fenders.

    Fenders on frames that are designed for proper fender mounting, so the don't have to be make-shift mounted. I don't think that I'd buy a frame that wasn't designed for proper fender mounting anymore, unless, maybe, it was a '70's Cinelli
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    off to a great start.

    think helmet visors look dork AF and detest being referred to as a 'biker'...
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    Roadies are mostly a**holes.

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    i always position the skewer lever on the drive side of the front wheel. i like to see it. with vintage campy, it's so pretty. why hide it? £¥¢€ the non drive-side! it's not good enough for both skewer levers. but please don't put the rear lever on the drive-side. eww. that's just gross.
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    Frame pumps come in handy to whack rabbits who dare to enter the roadway as I approach. It makes me feel like Prince Charles playing polo with the royals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post

    I like logos all over things. I grew up in a world watching NASCAR and extreme sports, so having all kinds of logos and stickers makes me feel like a part of that. But, and this is a pretty big but, I only like logos of the parts I use on a bike. I couldn't, in good faith, ride a bike with a SRAM logo stuck to it when I knew that the bike were equipped with Shimano, for instance.
    I'm pretty similar to that, don't do much stickering these days, but did a lot in my early mtbing days... probably from dreaming to be a sponsored pro... definitely for stuff I use or like (both)
    I also like to wear team bib's similar reason, plus I like bit of colour on my shorts, jerseys not so much (only a little), but all black shorts look terrible IMO
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    Whenever I pass a jogger going the other way, I extend my hand and offer up a "high-five" to see if they reciprocate.
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    bike must have a full sized frame pump anyway you can.

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    I think orange bikes are preferable over red ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craiger_ny View Post
    I think orange bikes are preferable over red ones.

    This is not an opinion. This is a fact.

    Fact!

    Also, Orange bikes are faster than bikes of any other color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    This is not an opinion. This is a fact.

    Fact!

    Also, Orange bikes are faster than bikes of any other color.
    Can confirm, through the scientific testing of my bike ride yesterday. My orange MTB beat my wife's red roadbike up a long incline.
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    White bar tape is stupid, and looks terrible on almost every bike. If you are not a ProTour rider, tubulars are stupid as well. Ti bikes are a waste of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    Can confirm, through the scientific testing of my bike ride yesterday. My orange MTB beat my wife's red roadbike up a long incline.
    You can't argue with science. I have a couple of orange jerseys and they are indeed faster. Sometimes my jersey makes it up the hill before I do

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    Can confirm, through the scientific testing of my bike ride yesterday. My orange MTB beat my wife's red roadbike up a long incline.
    This may have more to.do.with her letting you win so she does not have to hear you whine about it at home

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    Electric bikes are for wimps who are too lazy to pedal the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .je View Post
    Visors on helmets are a good idea most of the time. I didn't realize this until I commuted on the bike - both with and without the visor.
    Assuming you're talking about a sun visor, they're a horrible idea on a road bike. If you have the misfortune to do a faceplant, say from going over the handlebar, the visor will fold, snap like a twig, and shred your forehead. Ask me how I know?

    I pry them off.

    For my unpopular opinion, I will never carry a phone in a jersey pocket. It either goes in a backpack or one of these.

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    I'm a big fan of valve stem lock nuts and caps...

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    Regular drivetrain maintenance. Who has time for that crap?

    I run the same chain, cogs, and chainrings until the chain skips under power. Then I replace everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .je View Post
    Visors on helmets are a good idea most of the time. I didn't realize this until I commuted on the bike - both with and without the visor.
    Yep. Visors are useful anytime, but especially for commuting. Don't care that it looks dork AF.. which they do

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    Quote Originally Posted by dir-t View Post
    Regular drivetrain maintenance. Who has time for that crap?

    I run the same chain, cogs, and chainrings until the chain skips under power. Then I replace everything.
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    Here's my most unpopular opinion:

    Conti GP4000s tires are flat magnets, and don't handle very well when compared to Vredestein road tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    Here's my most unpopular opinion:

    Conti GP4000s tires are flat magnets, and don't handle very well when compared to Vredestein road tires.
    Or Vittoria Corsa G+ tires

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