Bike Snobs 2...New Question and Blog by the Pudgy Peddler

Discussion in 'The Bike Cafe' started by abnersbikes, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. abnersbikes

    abnersbikes New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have been recently taking notice of the bike snobbery that occurs on rides and I posted a blog segment on it and I got so many responses to it I did a follow up Bike Snobs 2 today ...However I am wondering what you think of these guys and how you deal with them or am I completely off base for feeling this way?
    Pudgy Peddler
    Read the Blogs at the link below.
    http://www.pudgypeddler.blogspot.com/
     
    Tags:


  2. BHOFM

    BHOFM Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2010
    Messages:
    582
    Likes Received:
    33
    I have seen more snobs on this site than I met on the streets and
    trails.

    I am heavy, 220, down from 280 last year. I ride a WalMart Schwinn
    Aluminum Comp with street tread tires.
    I have had folks riding high $$ bikes stop and visit and give me lots
    of encouragement.

    In fact when I started riding seriously last May a gentleman on the trail
    one morning stopped and showed me the best seat position and we
    rode together for a while and he pointed out I was trying to run in too
    high a gear and not shifting often enough. After these pointers my
    average picked up and my distances nearly doubled. He rides a
    custom carbon fiber Tri bike, under 14 pounds and over $10K.
    He ran the Boston marathon and the New York marathon this
    year and has raced in Europe several times.

    It is about being out there and doing your best, not what you
    wear or ride. It is about having fun and getting in shape. It is
    about cycling! It is about 126 miles in under ten hours. Not
    a record, but I am damn proud of it! I started in May last
    year struggling to do five mile in five hours with ten rest stops.

    Last week I did an 65, 85, 45, 63 milers and it felt great!
     
    pantlesspenguin likes this.
  3. davereo

    davereo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,639
    Likes Received:
    70
    IMO you are a snob.
     
  4. jhuskey

    jhuskey Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    10,605
    Likes Received:
    341
    I prefer to be addressed as Sir Snob.
     
  5. abnersbikes

    abnersbikes New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    Snob yes ...maybe...but your opinion means little to me cuz I am looking down my nose at you...You Peasant muuuu-ahahaha (a sinister better-than-you laugh)
     
  6. davereo

    davereo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,639
    Likes Received:
    70
    I agree my opinion means nothing to you. On the other hand you are the one who has a problem Stereotyping. Bike Snob and now Peasant. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/nonono2.gif
     
  7. 64Paramount

    64Paramount Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,640
    Likes Received:
    34
    Are you refering to the pudgypeddler site?
     
  8. blazingpedals

    blazingpedals New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2004
    Messages:
    394
    Likes Received:
    3
    Are you still mad because I passed you last weekend without waving?
     
    danfoz and davereo like this.
  9. abnersbikes

    abnersbikes New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    YES AND NOW I WILL CRY A SILENT TEAR FOR ALL THOSE MISSED SMILES, WAVES AND FRIENDLY GESTURES WE COULD HAVE SHARED!
     
  10. BrianTX

    BrianTX New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ha ha ha ha. There are jerks everywhere, in any sport, etc. In my very limited experience, the overwhelming majority of people I ride by are very nice. I'm no bike snob, but I have to admit my best cycling buddy is a bike snob, and he's still my buddy. When he says something about my bike, I just give him a good gig back. Usually something like...well my $500 walmart bike just dropped you a while back...lol. Have fun and don't worry about what the next guy thinks.
     
  11. danfoz

    danfoz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2011
    Messages:
    2,432
    Likes Received:
    92
    Bike snobbery it's less about what you ride, more about your perception of others based on your own personal feelings of what they should be riding. I rode on enough crap when I was 17 making minimum wage. Ride what you want, and let other's ride what they want - problem solved. Like PP mentioned on the blog, it's attitude that causes the problem.

    Edit: touched up my post here and there to come off sounding as little like a snob as possible /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif
     
  12. Stuartm9999

    Stuartm9999 New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2011
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
  13. grandamn

    grandamn New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2011
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    1
    When I first started out (4 weeks ago) I had the same mindset
    http://www.cyclingforums.com/forum/thread/484559/newbie-wondering-why-so-many-cyclists-seem-snobby-shopping-list-training-question

    then after I purchased a Bianchi and I was bit by the bike bug on my first ride
    [​IMG]
    [SIZE= medium]This was more cruising that serious riding but I realized what a huge difference the weight decrease made. You can see everything was better but the energy use was less. That’s when I realized a saying I always heard growing up "Use the right tool for the right job". These guys that go over a 100 miles aren’t supermen. Not discredit anyone but it is much easier with a lighter bike, shorts with padding, etc. By spending money on light good quality parts seems to enable you to go faster, father, for less energy. If you asked me two months ago if I could ride a bike for 50 miles I would tell you "hell no" especially being a smoker. I guess Newtonian Physics is actually true, It just sucks it’s so damn expensive.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= medium]PS Just an update I will be participating in that ride to Montauk on June 18th. I know I can do it.[/SIZE]
     
  14. YosemiteGirl

    YosemiteGirl New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2011
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    1
    I'm only a snob when it comes to safety....it totally weirds me out when I see no helmets and riders with no lights at night. I don't say anything (out loud) but it gets really loud inside my head :)

    we've all been at that stage in one sport or another...there is always someone better than, or worse than, your ability. I have other sports that I am very good in, so being low man on the cycling pole doesn't bother me. I'm pretty oblivious, so I don't even notice half of it. Except for the guy in the racing kit that tried to pass me on the inside on a sharp curve in the pouring rain that almost took me out (sheer luck for me, he went down), I have had pretty good experiences over the past 4 weeks since I started. Lots of super fast experienced looking guys passing me on the bike paths, clearly marking me as green/new with a smile, wave, and a "keep it up!"
     
  15. danfoz

    danfoz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2011
    Messages:
    2,432
    Likes Received:
    92
    My FCN... scored a -1 before the test was even over /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
     
Loading...
Loading...