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Old 04-07-2012, 08:24 PM   #1  
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I just had to throw my old mountain bike away...poor thing was so worn out...

Time to buy a new one I guess...
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Man, I put 20 miles in on mine this morning. I was getting passed by dudes twice my age, almost thrice my age. But, in my own defense, the gears are all kinds of jacked up since I used to do a boat load of trail riding and crashed more than once. It's time to switch it up for one of them fancy road bikes, all skinny and fast and stuff. That's where paycheck number one will be going after recurrent.

Copperhed51, where's he at? I need his advice.
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I can never forget being passed in a 10K run by a fat guy. And this was back in the high school days when I was running cross country and track. Then there was the time I got beat in a 5K by a girl who had to be roughly 12 years old.
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Carl...PM me if you want to talk road bikes....
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Same here!

My crap-tastic road bike will have to be retired sometime this summer...first thing I'm going to reward myself with is a new mountain bike.

Thinking Trek this time instead of Giant.

(Definitely thinking Trek for the road because the local shop hold sale items for me.....because I'm a G)
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Will do, when I have the ca$h.
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Noooooooooo... I have years working in the cycling industry and they are everything that is wrong with the industry. Them and the big S. We should start a bike thread though.
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I have years working in the cycling industry and they are everything that is wrong with the industry. Them and the big S. .
Can't be Specialized?
I've nothing but the best to say for my road bike from them...
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HAWAAAAAAA???????

I'm still a relative newcomer so any advice would definitely help!

I've checked out a couple FUJIs and Diamondbacks (random note....Sport Chalet out here has them...with upgrades....which was shocking) and they don't seem half bad either.

All-in-all I just don't want to make the awful choice I made back in 2008 road bike wise (won't even mention the brand out of embarrassment).
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Maybe he meant Schwinn?
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:looks at bike in the garage:

:shudder:

Worst $500 I've ever spent in retrospect.

Still put 3500 miles on the bastard and it's still ridable...I guess it served it's purpose.
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Nope Specialized. They bully bike shops into taking everything they sell and to drop all their other brands. Then they sue other smaller companies for patent infringements while stealing other company's technology. Lots of bad juju...

And this is related to Trans States because...um...the management...and um...whipsaw. We should resurrect one of the bike threads. It was my life before flying.
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We all make mistakes in life. Who has two thumbs and made the same mistake? Yeah...
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That's not cool. Bullies suck. From what little I know about bikes, I was thinking Giant. But I have a lot of research to do before then, this is just the beginning.



We talk about what we want here! : D But you right, we should take it to a thread for everybody.
This thread was born in the Trans States thread but we decided it'd be good to put it out there for everyone to add to.

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Old 04-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #2  
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Thread made!

Also in... We regional kids need to stay in shape!!!!
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Big fan of my Specialized Allez. Good thread! Lots of the flight instructors I work with are into biking of some form. I'm still trying to crack in to the road bike thing but it's been a lot of fun. I've learned that I'm really out of shape. ...blame it on the job.
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I'm laughing now but I got passed by more than one guy who looked like that this morning.
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Big fan of my Specialized Allez. Good thread! Lots of the flight instructors I work with are into biking of some form. I'm still trying to crack in to the road bike thing but it's been a lot of fun. I've learned that I'm really out of shape. ...blame it on the job.
I used to have a Specialized Allez sport when I first started out. I'd love to have one now despite my dislike of the big S. Sold my bikes to pay for a couple ratings. Worth it...I think?
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..sigh, specialized has done a lot for advocacy, supporting trails, and many other causes within cycling. Yes, they protect their work like any company would. There were a few spec. employees a while back that came up with an idea for a bike frame that was rejected by specialized, but the problem was that they came up with it using company resources and presenting it as "work" within the company. The company then owns said idea and even if they decide to not produce it, they own the rights to it. Those employees tried to start their own company producing the frame idea. Specialized goes after things like this, as would most businesses. There were some other issues with names of products, and yes some of these things sounded like they went a little too far, but again, they've done a lot of good for the cycling community.

Specialized was also partnering with Fox when Stratos was trying to sell their Inertia-Valve idea, except that Stratos tried to cover the patent under an obscure off-road motorsport patent, while Fox protected it under a cycling patent, and Stratos imploded at the same time due to many many other issues, but Fox and Specialized get some of the blame for this, despite Stratos simply being poor/inept at protecting their work. Stratos imploded around this time due to improperly machined crowns that were far thinner than they were supposed to be, seals that were out of spec due to a change in suppliers and dropping the ball, other issues that ruined the perception of the company, mishandling R&D and poor/no product development, and many many customer service aspects.

I used to work in a shop, and ANY of the big companies are just as good/bad as the next. Giant, Trek, Specialized, etc. I got lots of stories of each one of these copying or borrowing someone else's ideas and making only minor changes that are questionable from a patent point of view (patent lawyers are gold for these companies).
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Only time will tell.
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This thread was born in the Trans States thread but we decided it'd be good to put it out there for everyone to add to.

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Thread made!
Most efficient thread ever in the history of APC, well done sir, well done

I'm still riding my 2004 Trek 5500 & telling myself I'm going to race again someday. I guess a more realistic goal is not look like the guy in Hawk's post. Yikes!
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..sigh, specialized has done a lot for advocacy, supporting trails, and many other causes within cycling. Yes, they protect their work like any company would. There were a few spec. employees a while back that came up with an idea for a bike frame that was rejected by specialized, but the problem was that they came up with it using company resources and presenting it as "work" within the company. The company then owns said idea and even if they decide to not produce it, they own the rights to it. Those employees tried to start their own company producing the frame idea. Specialized goes after things like this, as would most businesses. There were some other issues with names of products, and yes some of these things sounded like they went a little too far, but again, they've done a lot of good for the cycling community.

Specialized was also partnering with Fox when Stratos was trying to sell their Inertia-Valve idea, except that Stratos tried to cover the patent under an obscure off-road motorsport patent, while Fox protected it under a cycling patent, and Stratos imploded at the same time due to many many other issues, but Fox and Specialized get some of the blame for this, despite Stratos simply being poor/inept at protecting their work. Stratos imploded around this time due to improperly machined crowns that were far thinner than they were supposed to be, seals that were out of spec due to a change in suppliers and dropping the ball, other issues that ruined the perception of the company, mishandling R&D and product development, and many many customer service aspects.

I used to work in a shop, and ANY of the big companies are just as good/bad as the next. Giant, Trek, Specialized, etc. I got lots of stories of each one of these copying or borrowing someone else's ideas and making only minor changes that are questionable from a patent point of view (patent lawyers are gold for these companies).
The one that gets me is NoTubes and Roval.

I plan on getting this:

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