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    Quote Originally Posted by ibericb View Post
    The correct answer is Jeannie (Ginger was a bimbo).

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    Outside this little world of cyclists talking to one another, I think by far the most polarizing cycling-related topic is whether *sshole drivers or *sshole cyclists are the major cause of bad traffic interactions. Just read the online comments following any story of a cycling traffic incident. Talk about polarized.
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    Posting in the wrong section on RBR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Posting in the wrong section on RBR.
    And here I foolishly thought it would the improper adoption of the word "brifter".
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    Don't even think about using the word "brifter" in the wrong section of RBR. It is the ultimate Faux Pas. Picking your nose while reciting your wedding vows is a distant second.
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    And here I foolishly thought it would the improper adoption of the word "brifter".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibericb View Post
    The correct answer is Jeannie (Ginger was a bimbo).

    Ok, her too!

    Negative when you get to Rosie O'Donnell but I don't think she's interested anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwiftSolo View Post
    Don't even think about using the word "brifter" in the wrong section of RBR. It is the ultimate Faux Pas. Picking your nose while reciting your wedding vows is a distant second.
    Is there a right section of RBR where the word "brifter" is appropriate and acceptable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ibericb View Post
    Is there a right section of RBR where the word "brifter" is appropriate and acceptable?
    The lounge - I don't think the people who post there come out of their parent's basement long enough to ride, so wouldn't even know what it means. Wait...was that polarizing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibericb View Post
    Is there a right section of RBR where the word "brifter" is appropriate and acceptable?
    SRAM folk don't brifter.
    To date, philosophers have merely interpreted the world in various ways. The point however is to change it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesbike View Post
    The lounge - I don't think the people who post there come out of their parent's basement long enough to ride, so wouldn't even know what it means. Wait...was that polarizing?
    You got 'em w/ the polarizer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesbike View Post
    Wait...was that polarizing?
    Only to those in the Lounge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pittcanna View Post
    If you had to pick the single most polarizing topic in cycling to date what is it?

    I think over viewing the forum here and other places, it has got to be the topic of strava.
    Boutique low spoke count factory vs. hand built wheels.

    Which is also indirectly related to 'weight vs aerodynamic'.

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    Well, "elecdrolic brifters" belong in the "politics" forum--"rim brake manual brifters" in "doping".
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    Is there a right section of RBR where the word "brifter" is appropriate and acceptable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwiftSolo View Post
    Well, "elecdrolic brifters" belong in the "politics" forum--"rim brake manual brifters" in "doping".
    This will probably get cx's shorts in bunch - Harris Cyclery has now adopted "brifter" and is selling them -- "The return of 7 speed "Brifters" !.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesbike View Post
    The lounge - I don't think the people who post there come out of their parent's basement long enough to ride, so wouldn't even know what it means. Wait...was that polarizing?
    Ahem. That would be the Lownje. Moreon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibericb View Post
    This will probably get cx's shorts in bunch - Harris Cyclery has now adopted "brifter" and is selling them -- "The return of 7 speed "Brifters" !.
    This is not a new development. Sheldon Brown used the term unapologetically, and may have coined it himself -- I know his site is the first place I saw it, a loooooong time ago.

    Personally, I think it's a perfectly fine word. But out of deference to curmudgeonly sensibilities I don't use it here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    This is not a new development. Sheldon Brown used the term unapologetically, and may have coined it himself -- I know his site is the first place I saw it, a loooooong time ago.
    The term dates back to pre-2002. The late Sheldon Brown credited Philly area cyclist Bruce French with the origin of the term. French died in 2005 from injuries received in auto accident that occurred while he was driving to a bike ride.

    I share your sentiment - if it was good enough for Sheldon Brown, it's more than good enough for me. But I too avoid it's use here in the interest of community peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ibericb View Post
    The term dates back to pre-2002. The late Sheldon Brown credited Philly area cyclist Bruce French with the origin of the term. French died in 2005 from injuries received in auto accident that occurred while he was driving to a bike ride.

    I share your sentiment - if it was good enough for Sheldon Brown, it's more than good enough for me. But I too avoid it's use here in the interest of community peace.
    It is the most complete and total 'fred' term there is in cycling. No self respecting mechanic or other industry employee would ever use the word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    It is the most complete and total 'fred' term there is in cycling. No self respecting mechanic or other industry employee would ever use the word.
    And no self respecing cyclist would give a flying fck or look to mechanics or industry employees for approval on what terms they use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    Sheldon Brown used the term unapologetically
    Look how that wound up for him.

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    Sheldon Brown credited Philly area cyclist Bruce French with the origin of the term. French died in 2005...
    Note the disturbing pattern.

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    And no self respecing cyclist would give a flying fck or look to mechanics or industry employees for approval on what terms they use.
    It could potentially be helpful if you want to get something repaired or replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
    Look how that wound up for him.



    Note the disturbing pattern.



    It could potentially be helpful if you want to get something repaired or replaced.
    0 for 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    It is the most complete and total 'fred' term there is in cycling. No self respecting mechanic or other industry employee would ever use the word.
    if I'm referring to the unit in relation to shifting, I call it a shift lever.

    if the issue is braking, I call it a brake lever.

    I've never heard a cyclist or a mech call it a brifter.

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    The latest posts clinch "brifter" as the answer to the original question.

    Well done all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    No self respecting mechanic or other industry employee would ever use the word.
    So, by your assessment then neither the late Sheldon Brown, nor the good folks currently at Harris Cyclery, were self respecting.
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    It used to be choice of group-set manufacturer. These days I'd say disc brake vs caliper.

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