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    Forum posts from people who donít actually ride mountain bikes??

    I donít encounter it often, I think itís a little wierd, but do you ever wonder about people posting anonymously to a enthusiast forum like MTBR?

    Honestly, unless you know a person in real life, how can you know if they really are what they say they are?

    Itís like playing a part, you study the lines, learn the material, then just repeat what everyone else is saying.

    Kinda like ďChuckĒ, the forty year old obese white guy who lives in his parentís basement, whose online persona is a teenage girl.

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    Busted.

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    There are people in every sport that are super fans and gear nerds... Wouldnít surprise me at all if there are those posting here that have a bike or three parked in the garage just for looking at.

    I suspect there are a few posters giving a lot of advice as if they are riders of respectable experience and ability... of which they are not.

    The interwebs is a crazy place, but so is the world these days I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Kinda like ďChuckĒ, the forty year old obese white guy who lives in his parentís basement, whose online persona is a teenage girl.
    you say that like its weird or something.......
    always mad and usually drunk......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    I donít encounter it often, I think itís a little wierd, but do you ever wonder about people posting anonymously to a enthusiast forum like MTBR?
    Maybe it's because I've been around too long, but when communication on the 'net took off, I never understood the use of screen names. Why the secrecy? In my eyes, EVERYONE is anonymous if they aren't using their real name. Used to be, using a fake name was considered deception and meant you had something to hide.

    Does anyone here on MTBR actually ride bikes? Or maybe MTBR only has two or three members and we're all talking to ourselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Kinda like ďChuckĒ, the forty year old obese white guy who lives in his parentís basement, whose online persona is a teenage girl.
    I am a live and let live guy, but don't be a Chuck. Nobody likes a Chuck

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    Guess I can say I'm a guy that comments but does not currently ride off road and haven't for a year and a half. Turned my mountain bike into a commuter. My recreational rides are on pavement now. It's crazy, but it works for me. Just no time to get off road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
    I am a live and let live guy, but don't be a Chuck. Nobody likes a Chuck
    I'm offended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
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    Is it a requirement to post around here?

    Kind of funny, there was a thread on dirt jumps and this guy was giving tons of advice on the subject but then not long after in a different thread that same user claimed to not even hit jumps due to fear and a lack of skill. Its the blind leading the blind around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I'm Jim!
    Beer, Jim? I'm buyin.
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    It's a related point, but on occasion, posters (including seemingly experienced riders) offer up pretty absolute gear advice when it later becomes apparent that they have had little to no experience with it.

    Not only do we not know who someone is, but we also have no idea whether a legitimate basis exists for their opinion. Not really shocking news, but it's something I try to bear in mind when reading things that are not consistent with my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Whalenard is my real name, Mr. Whalenard.


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    pronounced how?
    like hwa-le-nard. emphasis on the 3rd syllable? sounds french.

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    Well, there are a few folks over on the XC Training sub who offer little advice to up-and-coming inquisitive racers other than 'just ride your damn bike!...it's not complicated!'

    So, there's that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    I donít encounter it often, I think itís a little wierd, but do you ever wonder about people posting anonymously to a enthusiast forum like MTBR?
    On a similar front, when I was a young man - I used to be endlessly perplexed by guys who were in the industry...their crowd was the same as mine, shop rat vagabonds... and they were fanatical bike and gear collectors but seldom rode. Like barely. These were 1+1=3 moments for me. Basically, I thought they were, for lack of a better word, poseurs. But as I've aged, I've softened my view. There are people who are crazy inspired by the tech/gear angle - they see something in the mechanics and form that make their eyes twinkle. And well, there's room for everyone in cycling. Grannies on basket bikes, sleek razored racer boys, grizzled bearded old timers who make their own parts, whatever and the collector is part of crowd. Not my thing mind you but they are getting something out of it and that's great.

    I was watching a moto Enduro race in Germany the Getzen rodeo... the track and event is put on by a local club, a complete passion project that has taken off and is now on the international stage and get this - none of those guys ride. They just love the sport - like soccer of US football fans. Still boggles my mind a bit as participation seems to me to be the best way to enjoy a sport/activity - but their energy and work creates a rad event and I guess that's their contribution to the overall landscape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Mega View Post
    On a similar front, when I was a young man - I used to be endlessly perplexed by guys who were in the industry...their crowd was the same as mine, shop rat vagabonds... and they were fanatical bike and gear collectors but seldom rode. Like barely. These were 1+1=3 moments for me. Basically, I thought they were, for lack of a better word, poseurs. But as I've aged, I've softened my view. There are people who are crazy inspired by the tech/gear angle - they see something in the mechanics and form that make their eyes twinkle. And well, there's room for everyone in cycling. Grannies on basket bikes, sleek razored racer boys, grizzled bearded old timers who make their own parts, whatever and the collector is part of crowd. Not my thing mind you but they are getting something out of it and that's great.

    I was watching a moto Enduro race in Germany the Getzen rodeo... the track and event is put on by a local club, a complete passion project that has taken off and is now on the international stage and get this - none of those guys ride. They just love the sport - like soccer of US football fans. Still boggles my mind a bit as participation seems to me to be the best way to enjoy a sport/activity - but their energy and work creates a rad event and I guess that's their contribution to the overall landscape.
    Now that you mention it, I too have encountered lots of industry guys who are stoked about bikes, but not about biking. My LBS was headed in that direction. Thankfully, they reversed the direction and now employ numerous semi-sponsored riders. I never could fully relate to the non-riding gear heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by be1 View Post
    pronounced how?
    like hwa-le-nard.
    Nailed it, heavy on sounding out the h.
    I believe it's Gaelic and that's pronounced, well, never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Nailed it, heavy on sounding out the h.
    I believe it's Gaelic and that's pronounced, well, never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Nailed it, heavy on sounding out the h.
    I believe it's Gaelic and that's pronounced, well, never mind.

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    I thought the accent was on the "ale".
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    I never thought to question whether some MTBR users ride, but it has crossed my mind to question some of the MTBR users that do ride.

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    I went hiking many years ago up in the high Cascades and there was a group of gents and ladies at the trailhead discussing their latest REI gear. I assumed that they were ready to hit the trails. When my friend and I got back from our four-hour hike, they were still there gabbing about gear. Completely clean, so no way that they actually hiked anywhere.

    While we were changing out of our boots, they all got into their Range Rover and left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I thought the accent was on the "ale".
    That's what I always assumed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Nailed it, heavy on sounding out the h.
    I believe it's Gaelic and that's pronounced, well, never mind.

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    Whoa, seriously? This entire time I thought it was a reference to whalesí testicles. This changes everything.

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    as far as i'm concerned, it's still whale testicles and will be forever...


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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I thought the accent was on the "ale".
    Not from my clan, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Not from my clan, unfortunately.

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    the letters spell Narwhal Ed...so i'm going with that
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    What does it mean to "get narwhaled?"

    "We went out last night and totally got narwhaled."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    the letters spell Narwhal Ed...so i'm going with that
    N'ed for short?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    I went hiking many years ago up in the high Cascades and there was a group of gents and ladies at the trailhead discussing their latest REI gear. I assumed that they were ready to hit the trails. When my friend and I got back from our four-hour hike, they were still there gabbing about gear. Completely clean, so no way that they actually hiked anywhere.

    While we were changing out of our boots, they all got into their Range Rover and left.
    I have wondered if there is a forum version of this going on... People (or bots) put here by our corporate overlords to push a brand or vendor. Or perhaps some of the notorious posters who just seem to stir up the muck. Could they be here to drive up the post count to push up the volume for advertising purpose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    N'ed for short?
    Or ďnarred?Ē

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    You have cabin fever huh Ben?
    Nah, I ride year round, even in the snow if I gotta, heading out shortly with a buddy.

    It just strikes me as wierd that someone would read the forums and ďgather upĒ knowledge, then repackage it as your own. Perhaps we all do it to a degree, but I think most folks at least test this knowledge in real life.

    I suppose itís not that different from watching professional sports, commenting on how it should be done, without having ever played the sport ...

    There are more than a few Chucks out there, the internetís created the opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    I'm really just here for some entertainment. Most days this place doesn't disappoint.
    for me its masturbation, and l concur
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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    I'm really just here for some entertainment. Most days this place doesn't disappoint.
    Though traffic really has slowed down, sign of the times, changes in how people access social media, or folks shifting to other forums ...

    There have been some entertaining moments 🙄
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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerVernon View Post
    My only foray into internet LARPing was pretending to be a middle aged female cat rancher on Experience Project. It went pretty badly; I recommend just being yourself.
    Wait, thatís a real thing?

    Damn, I need to get out more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Though traffic really has slowed down, sign of the times, changes in how people access social media, or folks shifting to other forums ...
    Yeah, there are highs and lows. I typically only log on while I'm at work(my boss doesn't trip), Tue-Sat. Saturdays are usually pretty slow. MTBr has some characters. I like you guys, even the jackasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiThundrrr View Post
    I have wondered if there is a forum version of this going on... People (or bots) put here by our corporate overlords to push a brand or vendor. Or perhaps some of the notorious posters who just seem to stir up the muck. Could they be here to drive up the post count to push up the volume for advertising purpose?

    Just because you're paranoid don't mean they're not after you.
    You're onto me. I'm just here to promote my dropper post powered beer dispenser, the "Dropbeer".

    It's a wonderful product. Whenever you lower your post, it compresses a load of beer from a special holder through a tube and into your mouth.

    I'm holding a holiday special for all you MTBR members, only $19.95 (+$82.36 S&H) if you order before midnight. Give the mountain biker in your life a very special holiday gift this year.
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    So where is the new hip, hot, trendy place to discuss mountain biking?

    I actually have a bike I do NOT ride. It's a show piece like car collectors who have a car they don't drive. All I do is polish it and keep it beautiful. All the colors match. Even the chain is white. And the Bike company has since dissolved so it's now a limited edition.

    (I ride a LOT on other bikes.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    You're onto me. I'm just here to promote my dropper post powered beer dispenser, the "Dropbeer".

    It's a wonderful product. Whenever you lower your post, it compresses a load of beer from a special holder through a tube and into your mouth.

    I'm holding a holiday special for all you MTBR members, only $19.95 (+$82.36 S&H) if you order before midnight. Give the mountain biker in your life a very special holiday gift this year.
    I'll take two.

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    Well, In my mind i dont want everyone on the interweb to know exactly who I am. There's some weird bastards out there. The way see it, its like talking to someone trailside that you dont know. You dont neccessarily give him/her you details and they don'y neccessarily want them.

    I know some dudes on the trail only as there nick names. Whose that? "Oh thats thumper or rusting or big Jim". I dont need to delve any deeper until rusty/thumper or bug jim make the next step into my riding group.

    The same goes for talking to dudes on here. Lets share some info/inspiration etc, But you dont need to know who, where I don't need to know where you. Should we need to take it to the next level share some more specific details then we'll do that through private message etc.

    I think its also beneficial to limit your actual online presence for employment reasons also.

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    Well said big rusting thumper, or do you go by Jim?

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    Been visiting here ~mtbr~ for years and mostly to learn and get entertained. Was ten years in for biking and having a mtn bike but really, very much noob and new to Colorado from Michigan in '93, joined up here in 02 or 03.

    I've enjoyed/enjoy the site (members here) and information, tested lots of what I learned or advice given and really have no idea who anyone is or what they 'really' do or know.
    Reading, trying and testing things and having other means to verify or check against, I've done a pretty fair job of staying out of trouble and hadn't considered the validity of most things that made sense to me or worked. I am certain along the way I ignored certain advice or questioned things when it seemed wrong or needed clarification though.

    Most research or purchase considerations I've made related to bikes or bike stuff comes from here and I have not been disappointed there either. I am not fast to pull the trigger, so much of what I learn is researched and verified to some degree.

    Eg: I probably went from reading about the latest bikes and looking at costs to considering getting something newer and actually shopping and buying one in about 2.5 years or under 3 years anyways. That bumped me from a 2002 bike to a 2016/17.

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    "Before you criticize, you should walk a mile in their shoes. You'll be a mile away from them and you have their shoes"

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Well said big rusting thumper, or do you go by Jim?

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    Oh lordy thank you for that, haha! I frowned a bit when I read that part of the post and your reply made me literally lol (which I try not to do, usually with great success) at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    We're all Picard's socks, dear reader.
    what? I am a Star Fleet officer. OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Busted.

    Any other suspects?


    Sometimes I wonder about this too.
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    Lol, this goes beyond just forums. Same can be said for groups controlling trail networks. I've also seen it on municipal/regional cycling committees where some of the most vocal members don't even ride a bicycle.
    broadcasting from
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    build trail!

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    Beer included?

    Dark I assume...

    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    You're onto me. I'm just here to promote my dropper post powered beer dispenser, the "Dropbeer".

    It's a wonderful product. Whenever you lower your post, it compresses a load of beer from a special holder through a tube and into your mouth.

    I'm holding a holiday special for all you MTBR members, only $19.95 (+$82.36 S&H) if you order before midnight. Give the mountain biker in your life a very special holiday gift this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob View Post
    There was that one guy recently, but he's gone now.
    yup...there was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plummet View Post
    I think its also beneficial to limit your actual online presence for employment reasons also.
    google watches you poop, or so it is said...

    i am shekky everywhere i go but a long time ago on this forum, i was mikeb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    google watches you poop, or so it is said...
    Is it on the cloud? I ask because I don't recall when I last poo'd. This would prove to be quite handy!


    I've been bachman or some form of bachman as per "online presence" since the early 1990's.
    On various forums or sites I've been trumped by other bachman types so I've added characters or numbers still retaining bachman within.

    Meet up's-
    On a few occasions from forums type relationships, I've met a few folks along the way including two riders somewhat local that I'd join up with to do some full or most of day motorcycling in the mountains, canyons or back road adventures.

    Did a few meet-up's for local bike rides with bigger groups and hung in there on/off for a couple of years.

    On one occasion, met up with a guy from car forums traveling through this area moving from CA to NY with is fiancť or new wife (can't recall). We were on a sports car forum for years always blathering on about the 350/370z or Infiniti's version of it, mods and turbo's etc....
    His whole persona could have been fake but I did see his car, some girl he claimed was wife or fiancť and we did have decent food ...
    "Before you criticize, you should walk a mile in their shoes. You'll be a mile away from them and you have their shoes"

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