Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby RonK » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:46 am

cyclotaur wrote:One of the reasons some people go bike touring is precisely to occasionally escape the constant buzz, stereotyping and unwanted (for them) social contact of the city.

Quite so - I tour solo, and it's a pleasure to travel independently. I can largely choose who I interact with and when. But perhaps surprisingly, independent travel means I tend to interact far more with the people I encounter along the way - both locals and other travellers - than I likely would on touring with companions.
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby __PG__ » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:20 pm

I don't always understand the attitudes toward 'pro gear'.

Apparently, its OK to go to a game of footy (maybe even kick the footy around with your mates beforehand) wearing a team jersey, but if you go riding wearing a team jersey you're a fred.

I wear my 20-year old pro jerseys with pride :lol:

But I agree that matching gloves/knicks/socks is a bit silly.
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby Dan » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:34 pm

The more retro the jersey the better. Bonus points for fluoro and dutch words with extra w's, j's and z's in them.

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby __PG__ » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:48 pm

I don't buy pro stuff anymore, but when I was a young impressionable teenager, who wouldn't want to buy a Miguel Indurain yellow jersey :D

I've also got a 7-Up team jersey which I got for my 18th birthday. No idea what pro team it was, I just thought the colours were awesome.

Oh, and I did buy Credit Agricole stuff back when O'Grady was riding for them.
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby Dan » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:57 pm

(Goes and starts the 'show us your retro jerseys' thread)
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby wurtulla wabbit » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:11 pm

Dan wrote:(Goes and starts the 'show us your retro jerseys' thread)



not a bad idea and coincidentally, you had 1979 posts, if that's not fate, then I don't know what is ! :P

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Postby Dan » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:22 pm

wurtulla wabbit wrote:
Dan wrote:(Goes and starts the 'show us your retro jerseys' thread)



not a bad idea and coincidentally, you had 1979 posts, if that's not fate, then I don't know what is ! :P


Ah, before I wrote it, I had 1978, which, being my birthyear, gave me that very idea!

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby wurtulla wabbit » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:23 pm

alas, just a pup ! :(

1972 for me ! :cry:

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby London Boy » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:31 pm

wurtulla wabbit wrote:alas, just a pup ! :(

1972 for me ! :cry:

Um, 1962?

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby wurtulla wabbit » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:08 pm

London Boy wrote:
wurtulla wabbit wrote:alas, just a pup ! :(

1972 for me ! :cry:

Um, 1962?

Ooooooohhhhh ancient ! :D

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby cyclotaur » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:33 pm

wurtulla wabbit wrote:
London Boy wrote:
wurtulla wabbit wrote:alas, just a pup ! :(

1972 for me ! :cry:

Um, 1962?

Ooooooohhhhh ancient ! :D

p-fffft .... 8)
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby Percrime » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:47 pm

Children children.

I think cycling is entirely non pretentions. How many real genuinely tough sports can you wind up chatting with current world champs and olympians in? As almost a matter of course?

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby jules21 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:00 pm

i have one of the Ariostea ones and also a superconfex jersey, which is like a skinsuit now - i was really skinny back in 1990. or it might have shrunk.
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby Dan » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:32 pm

Dude! There's a thread for this now.

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Postby boss » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:09 am

Percrime wrote:Children children.

I think cycling is entirely non pretentions. How many real genuinely tough sports can you wind up chatting with current world champs and olympians in? As almost a matter of course?


Most bike-sports (for lack of a better term) are like that.

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby outnabike » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:28 am

Percrime wrote:Children children.

I think cycling is entirely non pretensions. How many real genuinely tough sports can you wind up chatting with current world champs and Olympians in? As almost a matter of course?


If you want to see pretentious, just take up golf. A cyclist cries if he drops his bike, and a golfer thinks nothing of throwing his three grand clubs into a lake. Some times with his car keys still in the thing. :lol:
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby cyclotaur » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:40 am

outnabike wrote:
Percrime wrote:Children children.

I think cycling is entirely non pretensions. How many real genuinely tough sports can you wind up chatting with current world champs and Olympians in? As almost a matter of course?


If you want to see pretentious, just take up golf. A cyclist cries if he drops his bike, and a golfer thinks nothing of throwing his three grand clubs into a lake. Some times with his car keys still in the thing. :lol:

Generalising from the specific - again. I think that's the biggest problem all round, actually (though I've heard some good golf stories over the years .:lol:)

I don't quite understand why some people seem to care so much about what anyone else says or does.
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby Dan » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:03 am

cyclotaur wrote:Live and let live , I say ! 8)


Live and let die , I say ;)

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby boss » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:40 am

Dan wrote:
cyclotaur wrote:Live and let live , I say ! 8)


Live and listen to good music and drink good beer and do fun things!


Corrected that for you haha

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby jules21 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:11 pm

Dan wrote:Dude! There's a thread for this now.

dude, i totally posted in the wrong thread by mistake. what a spin out!

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby RonK » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:28 pm

outnabike wrote:A cyclist cries if he drops his bike, and a golfer thinks nothing of throwing his three grand clubs into a lake.

Like this you mean?
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby Dan » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:30 pm

I saw a middle aged guy practising his wedge approach in the park this morning, and was tempted to ask him why he wasn't out riding o.O

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby Summernight » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:34 pm

RonK wrote:
outnabike wrote:A cyclist cries if he drops his bike, and a golfer thinks nothing of throwing his three grand clubs into a lake.

Like this you mean?


:lol:

What did the bike do? Snapped pedal?

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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby RonK » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:42 pm

Summernight wrote:
RonK wrote:
outnabike wrote:A cyclist cries if he drops his bike, and a golfer thinks nothing of throwing his three grand clubs into a lake.

Like this you mean?


:lol:

What did the bike do? Snapped pedal?

Snapped the chain I think...
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Re: Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?

Postby Summernight » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:13 pm

RonK wrote:
Summernight wrote:
RonK wrote:
:lol:

What did the bike do? Snapped pedal?

Snapped the chain I think...


Bit harsh to throw the whole bike when it was the $40 chain's fault... Although am I right in thinking this bicycle might not actually be his but rather a sponsor provided bike?

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