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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Bike snobs

    I just got home from my weekly trail ride with my 15 year old Mongoose Maneuver DX 3.1 (1998). I figured that Iíll ride it as long as it can while saving for the mountain bike that I really like. As old as my bike is, yes it is heavy and yes it doesnít have a suspension fork but it still is able to handle my local trail.
    However, there are bike snobs every time I hit the trail. Some, you can read from their looks and others would whisper to others ďthat is not a real mountain bikeĒ or something like that. At first I ignore them and enjoy my ride, now itís getting annoying because itís happening every time I hit the trail. Now I feel like holding my passion until I get a real mountain bike. I know I should not be affected by what other people say but now I do.



    This is not my bike, but this is what it looks like.

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    Screw 'em. Ride that thing!

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    Did you have fun riding?

    ... that's all that matters.
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    Bike snobs

    I say ride it! Nothing is worse than being smoked by someone on a 15+ yr old bike when your riding a higher quality bike.... (You can guess how I know this) while not a snob, I got luck and fell into my current bike which I do not yet deserve. Otherwise I would be with ya riding a 20+ yr old bike.
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    I'm still riding my 13 year old FS URT (yes URT) with the V-Brakes (yes, V-brakes) and I know the snob look already. It ranges from contemptuous ("Ewww keep that away from me") to sympathy ("Poor guy...I have extra crackers just in case you're hungry) ") to thankful ("Thanks for making my bike look good beside yours").

    As long as it doesn't make sounds like creaking joints, ghost shifting, crunch shifting, BB knocking and brake grinding, you can pretty much bike under the snob radar.

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    Not surprised you get comments riding that pile of junk.

    As said above,let them say or think whatever they like.
    My other fork is a ''righty"

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    The best payback sometimes is dropping them on a hill or better yet, starting a friendly conversation while dropping them on a hill. Kill them with kindness and ride the hell out of that Goose!

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    I love seeing guys (and girls for that matter) riding older, sometimes beat-up bikes on the trails. Shows a passion for the sport that a lot of bike snobs will probably never have.
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    I remember the time when this guy showed up for a ride:



    He was the most skilled rider of the bunch we had that day, and cleared the pile of rocks where all the rest of us had to walk.
    I don't think that is what he usually rides on trails, though.

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    Why should cycling be any different from any other hobby or activity? What you don't know is they were eyeing your bike thinking that they would love to make an SS out of it. lol
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    Quit being so sensitive...what do you care what other folks think? If you are happy riding your bike, ride your bike. Like it or not, cycling is a gear-driven sport and lots of folks are passionate about their gear.
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    Did you here people making comments about your bike, or is that just what you think they were doing? Most people don't give a damn what someone else is riding, unless you show up on a group ride on a bike that looks like it is just ready to break. Maybe you are just a little too self conscious about your bike.

    I think this board needs a place for people to go whine about other people..... definitely not a passion post.
    Just circles turning circles....

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    Man don't even let those tards eat at you. I am riding a GF from 98, and have been traveling living off my rig since 2004 in Europe. Broke everything at least twice by now but the frame. Just last year I started shopping around for a new rig and still have not bought one yet.

    Just have fun, if these tards get in your way then blow through them, if you hit someone then **** happens.
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    I don't think you were getting the "bike snob" look, I think you were getting the "that dude's going to kill himself because his stem and seatpost are way above the minimum insertion line" look.

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    That "look" was concern for your safety and well being.

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    bugger em, as long as you are out there and having fun that is the most important thing.

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    Bike snobs

    Whiner passion? Man up and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    Whiner passion? Man up and move on.
    Sorry OP, but i sort of agree with mbmb65...

    On a related note, I see threads similar to this one occasionally on this forum and i sometimes wonder; are other riders really ****-talking these "crap" bikes, or are the owners of said bikes a little paranoid what others think?

    I know there are *******s out there, but i can recall soooo few in my brief 5 years of singletrack riding, and i havent run into anyone trash-talking really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88 View Post
    I know there are *******s out there, but i can recall soooo few in my brief 5 years of singletrack riding, and i havent run into anyone trash-talking really.
    In fairness to the OP, this happens "every time I hit the trail." Which makes one wonder....

    "Hey, what do you think of my bike?"

    (group of riders at trail head): "Uh, cool...Ride hard, man...."

    "You know what you're looking at? This is a Maneuver DX three-point-one. Mongoose. Guess what year?"

    (group) "Uh...don't know, man. Looks kinda ol--"

    "YOU GODD*M SNOBS! EVERY TIME I HIT THE TRAIL...."

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    I still have my 91' Trek 830 Antelope. It was collecting dust for a few years because of a broken shifter. Then one day I spent $30 fr a ss conversion kit. Best money spent mt biking. I had a few comments but most of them old school with many mentioning that they used to have that bike or similar one. Many wished they never got rid of theirs.

    Remember one ride at Long Cane (SC) and yes I was the slowest rider but at the end of the ride two of the riders realized I was riding not just a heavy rigid bike but also a single speed. Earned some respect from them that day.

    I d have two other bikes now besides the Antelope but i still take her out some times. Ride your own ride and have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    I don't think you were getting the "bike snob" look, I think you were getting the "that dude's going to kill himself because his stem and seatpost are way above the minimum insertion line" look.
    As soon as I saw the OP's photo, I thought hopefully he buys a new bike that fits.

    As far as riding an old beat up bike and passing a new bike: I think I provide this joy to some guy that rides a mid 90s Trek, wears a yellow jersey, and pedals his biggest gear at about 50 rpm. I live near a park with a bunch of single track trails. The park also has an 8 foot wide gravel hiking trail that circles a lake. After I ride the single track, I leisurely ride around the park on the hiking trail. Nearly every evening, said guy passes me (i ride a rip 9 rdo). I imagine it brings hims joy as he passes me.

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    I can't speak for you but I'm going to ride what I want and if others don't like it that's cool because I'm not asking them to pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianW. View Post
    I still have my 91' Trek 830 Antelope. It was collecting dust for a few years because of a broken shifter. Then one day I spent $30 fr a ss conversion kit. Best money spent mt biking. I had a few comments but most of them old school with many mentioning that they used to have that bike or similar one. Many wished they never got rid of theirs.

    Remember one ride at Long Cane (SC) and yes I was the slowest rider but at the end of the ride two of the riders realized I was riding not just a heavy rigid bike but also a single speed. Earned some respect from them that day.

    I d have two other bikes now besides the Antelope but i still take her out some times. Ride your own ride and have fun.
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    Wow, that's an impossibly long crank arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundam168 View Post
    Wow, that's an impossibly long crank arm.
    It is the original 180mm. Same as my other bikes. Might be the angle of the shot.

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    Some of those people are prolly looking at your kickstand.
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    beat em up
    Calmer'n you are.

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    in life you neednt worry what others think, chances are you'll never see them again.

    I kind of like the fact your making use of an old bike as opposed to chucking it, I take my old 1990 Swchinn Moab hardtail out sometimes, I get a massive sense of job satisfaction from still using her.

    One of my riding partners has an old steel raleigh too, weighs an absolute ton but its great its still in use in my eyes.
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    I have been riding 20+ years. My bike is expensive enough for me to be embarrassed admitting just how much i spent on it.

    If i saw you on that bike at the trail head or even a mile down the trail i would assume you were doing one of your first real mtb rides. I wouldnt say **** to you, why would i? Everyone starts somewhere.

    If i saw you 8 miles deep plugging away i would have nothing but admiration for you. I would still assume you were relatively new to mtn biking. I might piss you off by passing you at a good clip... but there would be no crap talking about your bike.

    If YOU passed ME on the trail on that bike? THEN you would get an ear full from me. I would follow behind you cheering enthusiastically until your bike disintegrated underneath you. I would stop and tell you how bad ass you are and make sure you were ok, help you fix your bike if i could, give you a high five and ride off into the sunset with a great story to tell my friends.

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    Throw it away and buy a violin.

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    People are people.

    Ride what you can afford and don't let it trouble you too much. Riding is about having fun. Don't let someone else take that from you.

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    Bike snobs

    I too say ride and enjoy and do what makes you happy .
    Those of us that can't leave things alone would pull that kick stand and reflectors off..:but too each their own.

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    Yea, screw them. Just enjoy ridiag!

    When I see someone on a FS "Wal-Mart/Target" bike, I just think awesome... you know what a mountain bike is meant for... tear it up yo.

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    I am a bike snob who sometimes thinks that about some bikes, but I don't say anything about the bike if the person riding it is anywhere near. Are you sure they are saying stuff about your bike?

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    A blue bike?!! yeah I would tease you. Blue is the slowest color on the trails.


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    Not if I"m there
    Calmer'n you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    A blue bike?!! yeah I would tease you. Blue is the slowest color on the trails.


    Ride hard and have fun.
    I have a blue bike too, and it is a 2013 Cobia.

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    Don't listen to em. Ride it till it falls apart!
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    I wish I had my first MTB to ride once and a while, a few yours older than yours , still fun to ride, that's all that matters.


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    I'm sure it couldn't be any worse than these Tibetan bikes...

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    I'm sure it couldn't be any worse than these Tibetan bikes...

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    You mean "Chinese bikes"?

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    I have a surfers perspective on equipment: it's all about the ride, not what you ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    You mean "Chinese bikes"?
    Yup. Made in China, used in Tibet.

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    Know the feeling.....
    I ride with Troy Lee Upper Body protection and an '04 Cannondale 26"er...

    get comments about the body protection (have a job that wouldn't allow it, cannot afford time off work with broken ribs)

    I LOVE my Cannondale ( would love a 29'er, but I ride to the fullest on my 26'er and can't see buying a new bike if I love mine)

    Like the first response, I say "screw em"
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    Our riding group ranges from $10k worth of cannondale, to my Trek EX9, to a couple of guys that ride older GT's and what not they bought used for $50 to a guy that rides an old, worn out, Next from Walmart. The guy riding the next from Walmart is faster than me on $4k worth of top of the line bike, with all upgraded componentry. Our group is not judgmental of other bikers with lower grade bikes than ours. That's stupid!! We want to see other guys coming out and getting a feel for the ride, getting good, then deciding it's worth spending car money on a bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundam168 View Post
    Yup. Made in China, used in Tibet.
    Thats how the Chinese are able to catch and kill the monks so easy. They sold them the bikes.
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    The more I ride, it is about doing more with less. Get really good on your old bike, and you will be miles ahead VS being a novice on a 5k$ bike.

    I ride a 18yo rigid Marin, now with 1x8 gearing, and have a blast. You can always invest in new tires, and stripping uneeded parts off. It will feel like a new bike, even if you only spend $100.


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    Its 90% rider and 10% the bike. Anyone who cops an attitude or thinks they're superior hasn't been riding long or isnt a good rider themselves. I find the most kitted out guys are usually the ones with the least skills, so I wouldn't worry what people think as you will never see them again. We all start somewhere, and i give more props to somebody who would ride a beater bike on a singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpnc2001 View Post
    Know the feeling.....
    I ride with Troy Lee Upper Body protection and an '04 Cannondale 26"er...

    get comments about the body protection (have a job that wouldn't allow it, cannot afford time off work with broken ribs)

    I LOVE my Cannondale ( would love a 29'er, but I ride to the fullest on my 26'er and can't see buying a new bike if I love mine)

    Like the first response, I say "screw em"
    Well damn. With that get up, I reckon you deserve a little ribbing.

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    The only 'bad' bike is one that isn't ridden.

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    " yes it is heavy and yes it doesnít have a suspension fork "

    that's when you call them wimps for needing a light bike with suspension

    A post I made on one of the FJ Cruiser forums about Jeep owners but the same principle applies..

    " I don't care what you drive, just as long as you help my ass out if I need it. Because ethics and morals are what defines ones self, If you happen to be a Jeep, Hummer, dodge or[enter manufacturer here] and tell me my FJ is a piece of crap, when I'm driving past you on the trail and you are broken down I just might be the only one left to pull your ass out. Now I could be an a$$, laugh at you and keep on driving but there is no integrity in that. Morals would have me dragging your broken car off a mountain and ethically won't be making fun of you in front of your face for being a tool earlier in the day. So, always be kind because you never know who it might be saving you. As far as the topic at hand, I like the comfy ride my FJ provides over my buddies Wranglers and Charokee and It gets slightly better gas millage. As far as capability regrading say the top ends of the Wrangler, Xterra and FJ, you have to base each vehicles capability as they come off the showroom floor because anyone with 2 hands and mechanical skills or a pocket full of money to pay someone can modify a vehicle to go to their desired locations. For the Wrenglers (both 2 and 4 door) compared to the xterra, and FJ, the only off the showroom floor model that is more "capable" would be the Rubicon models. As for the other top end 4x4 optioned I believe each are as capable as the other and each brings their own strengths and weakness to the trail and the road that takes them there. "
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