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    What I would do different

    My third year as a spectator at the Sea Otter Classic.
    I was able to catch a race or two and buy a few goodies along the way.
    Over all it was an enjoyable experience and I'll definitely go back next year.
    But if I were running the event and someone asked what I would do differently:

    #1...I would move all the bike sponsors away from the main entrance.
    Sure it's great seeing all the new products/bikes but it seemed to be a hassle
    for contestants coming in and out for repairs and spectators just trying to walk through.
    I would definitely move bike vendors closer to the rear and I would also add
    a separate rear entrance for those riders needing repairs.

    #2...It would also make sense to have roped off paths along the outside of the
    event for those competing. Again, cuts down on traffic and also helps those
    competing save time and energy.

    #3...And what's up with spectators bringing there own bikes...what's the purpose?
    This has always been a pet peeve of mine. It's bad enough spectators have to dodge
    contestants moving in and out but the added non-competing bike traffic doesn't make sense.
    Or at least walk your bikes.

    #4...I'd also like to see similar products closer together. It would help when trying to
    compare product and bike prices.

    Anyway, just a thought and I know there will be those that have suggestions or complaints
    about my ideas.
    08 Trance X2

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    Yeah, Im with you on # 3, show off kids wheeling, & in groups peddling through the crowds.
    Lotsa close calls.

    My 3rd. yr. as well, otherwise, great event.

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    #3 is a great one.
    Why idiots bring their own bikes I'll never know.
    If you're not competing leave them at home.
    Makes for less traffic for those walking and for those competing.

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    Idiot here!

    Love it!

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    The point is "There is no reason to bring a bike unless you're competing"...period.
    What's the purpose?
    It's not all that practical.
    The event isn't that big where you can't walk.
    You're causing unnecessay traffic.
    So yes...you are an idiot.
    Don't be selfish, leave your bike at home so others can enjoy themself.
    No one gives a shitt that you ride a bike or can ride a bike.
    And it's bad enough punk kids are doing it but adults...lol
    Grow up and have respect for those that compete or want to watch.

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    Right on Bro!

    See ya next year, on my bike.

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    I hear ya TK but I wouldn't call them idiots. Maybe confused and misguided are better words.
    And I wouldn't call it a celebration of bicycles. It's an actually event and people are competing.
    But I can understand that some people can't compete and they just want to be a part of the event in
    someway, so they bring there bikes. But in all actuality they're just in the way.
    Luckily not everyone brings there bike or it would be a mess.
    08 Trance X2

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    Hilarious.

    Wannabe posers pretending to be serious racers whining and getting butt hurt over some folks "in their way" on bicycles.

    You wouldn't know serious racing on two wheels if it came up behind you with 50 horsepower and punted your poor elitist asses into the cheap seats.

    If you did you wouldn't be crying about this. Pathetic.

    And Taco*****, you're nothing but a crybaby behind a keyboard. All I can do is laugh at your pathetic assumptions and far from cogent argument. A junior college critical thinking course would treat you well.

    Bottom line, it's allowed. Don't like it, take it up with the authorities and get the rules changed. Until then I'll be on my bike, cheering on the cool folks and laughing the rest of you that don't get it. It's a race, festival and "celebration of the bicycle" all rolled into one. Get over it.

    Talking **** and making assumptions is fun now isn't it?

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    Sorry TakoKichi but you were right, they are idiots.
    08 Trance X2

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    Hmm...I was under the assumption that pretty much everyone on a bike was entered in some sort of race that weekend. It seemed that at least 80% were even dressed in race gear bec. they were about to race or just finished...

    Am I wrong? Toka: What percent would you say were not competing that were riding bikes thru the venue??

    I raced, but chose to walk the venue because it is much easier to chat with the vendors sans bicicleta...

    Fidster: You are getting all ticked off...not necessary. Sea Otter sends out a survey to all entrants. I am sure this has been addressed already if anyone actually cared...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TakoKichi
    The point is "There is no reason to bring a bike unless you're competing"...period.
    What's the purpose?
    It's not all that practical.
    The event isn't that big where you can't walk.
    You're causing unnecessay traffic.
    So yes...you are an idiot.
    Don't be selfish, leave your bike at home so others can enjoy themself.
    No one gives a shitt that you ride a bike or can ride a bike.
    And it's bad enough punk kids are doing it but adults...lol
    Grow up and have respect for those that compete or want to watch.
    I always bring the MTB. I love riding the XC trails and others out on the Ord. You need to chill a bit man, relax don't be so uptight. Maybe if you brought your bike and went for a nice long ride out on the trials before going into the expo you would see things different. Oh and yes i'm a 40 year old man

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    I'll keep this "obvious spectator bikes should not be aloud" thread going.
    And my opinion is from both views...competitor and spectator.
    Although my answer is the same...keep your spectator bike at home.
    There are races going on and you're in the way for real riders.
    If you want to "celebrate" the event respect those that are there to compete...period.
    And for those idiots that insist on bringing bikes...walk them and be respectful of others !!!
    Plus no one cares that you have a bike...we all have bikes...geez

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    Quote Originally Posted by TakoKichi
    I'll keep this "obvious spectator bikes should not be aloud" thread going.
    And my opinion is from both views...competitor and spectator.
    Although my answer is the same...keep your spectator bike at home.
    There are races going on and you're in the way for real riders.
    If you want to "celebrate" the event respect those that are there to compete...period.
    And for those idiots that insist on bringing bikes...walk them and be respectful of others !!!
    Plus no one cares that you have a bike...we all have bikes...geez
    Did you get the SOC survey sent to you via email? If not, request it. There is a spot to write complaints on it...

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    I commented on a couple of different surveys.

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