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TimArchyLime
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More and more I'm coming to the realization that she is an elitist of the highest order (despite her constant tirade against others who she claims are elitist). Transportation bikes must be purpose built and have proper bags. Road bikes must be high quality and hand built (I think her feelings against aluminum road bikes stem less from her perceived discomfort and more from her fear of being seen on a mass produced, mid-range off the peg spencer). And now cross bikes have to be light weight race bikes. Nothing except the perfect spencer will do.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 06/19/2011 - 23:14
curiousincident
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otherwise it would not be a lovely bicycle

Sun, 06/19/2011 - 23:18
GrandmaJordan
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TimLOKOed wrote:
More and more I'm coming to the realization that she is an elitist of the highest order (despite her constant tirade against others who she claims are elitist). Transportation bikes must be purpose built and have proper bags. Road bikes must be high quality and hand built (I think her feelings against aluminum road bikes stem less from her perceived discomfort and more from her fear of being seen on a mass produced, mid-range off the peg spencer). And now cross bikes have to be light weight race bikes. Nothing except the perfect spencer will do.

Agreed. She needs to read that Surly blog entry posted a page back.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Sun, 06/19/2011 - 23:24
JUGE FREDD
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tarckeemoon wrote:
Has anyone told this co-habitant dude people ride "off road" with 32s?

Also that he could swap the tires out in 5 minutes instead of spending a solid hour removing and reinstalling fenders?

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Sun, 06/19/2011 - 23:35
rauce
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Anybody have an idea of how the Co-habitant attached that cateye to the lowrider boss on that Surly

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:45
ryker
Mon, 06/20/2011 - 11:37
littletinyfish
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TimLOKOed wrote:
More and more I'm coming to the realization that she is an elitist of the highest order (despite her constant tirade against others who she claims are elitist). Transportation bikes must be purpose built and have proper bags. Road bikes must be high quality and hand built (I think her feelings against aluminum road bikes stem less from her perceived discomfort and more from her fear of being seen on a mass produced, mid-range off the peg spencer). And now cross bikes have to be light weight race bikes. Nothing except the perfect spencer will do.

THIS is what has been bugging me about the whole thing. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but this is precisely it.

/thread

this was a big deal a hundred years ago when everything sucked balls ---match avatar

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 13:50
Larry Winget
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littletinyfish wrote:
TimLOKOed wrote:
More and more I'm coming to the realization that she is an elitist of the highest order (despite her constant tirade against others who she claims are elitist). Transportation bikes must be purpose built and have proper bags. Road bikes must be high quality and hand built (I think her feelings against aluminum road bikes stem less from her perceived discomfort and more from her fear of being seen on a mass produced, mid-range off the peg spencer). And now cross bikes have to be light weight race bikes. Nothing except the perfect spencer will do.

THIS is what has been bugging me about the whole thing. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but this is precisely it.

/thread

I don't completely agree with that take. It's still some first world problems shit though.

http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/06/handful-of-rust-bicycles-as-waste.html

I dunno. To me it kind of strikes me as the same kind of thing that happens with vintage guitars and amps. Some people like em' for the don't-make-em-like-they-used-to factor, some like em' for the elitist snob/collector shit, and some spend shitloads of money on new gear made using the same techniques. Some people collect shitty weird old department store guitars for whatever reason.

Ultimately what matters is what you *do* with what you have. All this fetishizing seem to have become a part of it, and yet it's really not. It's a separate parallel activity that you can choose to participate in or not.

Being a n00b at bikes often means being a n00b at the world of associated bullshit. I think most people who "get into" bikes buy a ticket to the world of bullshit at some point because most other people who are "into bikes" hang out there, and there are many sub-worlds (road nazis, Rivendorks, etc...) to choose from.

If you are blogging about cycling (regardless of your experience) or posting on tarckbike.com you are firmly in the world of bullshit. It's certainly possible to ride the shit out of barely functional spencer and know next to nothing, but the people who do that if you asked them probably would not call themselves "cyclists".

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 20:37
anomaly

Capitan save a hoe up in this bitch.

She is a cunt.

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 00:19
Toast
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tarckeemoon wrote:

I don't completely agree with that take. It's still some first world problems shit though.

http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/06/handful-of-rust-bicycles-as-waste.html

This is so fucking dumb.

She makes no claims about the actual durability of mass spec vs. custom bikes -- just that one "looks" cheap and disposable.

Also this little gem:

Quote:
When an object is meaningful to us and takes time to save up for, we value it more.

Is basically an extension of Stockholm syndrome. Or, perhaps a better comparison is with the hazing that goes on for members of sports teams or fraternities. We don't want to think that we've wasted our time/money, so we subconsciously delude ourselves into thinking more highly of whatever we've already invested ourselves into, whether it's an object like a bicycle or some sort of club affiliation.

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 11:26
NOVELTYNAME
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its just a fucking bike
get over it

"Folks want options!"

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 11:59
obnoxious child

Bitch has Stockholm syndrome lol rite

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 13:15
yonderboy
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Trollonocle wrote:
Bitch has Stockholm syndrome lol rite

You're the Co-Habitant, aren't you?

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 13:39
pixieshatintruck
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i like reading this thread it bringz lulz
but i haven't looked at that girls dumb blog in like a month
i dont have time to care

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 14:01
akasnowmaaan
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By identifying things that I own as worth having, I prove my taste and sensibility to the world!
By embracing a world that is not mainstream, yet still wholly practical, I place myself firmly in a place of having eclectic, yet still societally acceptable, tastes!
By positioning myself as a newbie, I can effortlessly deflect any criticism that comes my way while still maintaining my position of superior taste in all other things!

I am unassailable in my position of vulnerability!
I am criticism-proof in my position as an arbiter of taste!
I am an artist in my pursuit of practicality!

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 15:04
NOVELTYNAME
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it didnt happen/i dont believe it
unless it's blogged

"Folks want options!"

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 15:04
TimArchyLime
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akasnowmaaan wrote:
By identifying things that I own as worth having, I prove my taste and sensibility to the world!
By embracing a world that is not mainstream, yet still wholly practical, I place myself firmly in a place of having eclectic, yet still societally acceptable, tastes!
By positioning myself as a newbie, I can effortlessly deflect any criticism that comes my way while still maintaining my position of superior taste in all other things!

I am unassailable in my position of vulnerability!
I am criticism-proof in my position as an arbiter of taste!
I am an artist in my pursuit of practicality!

Wonderful! Pretty much sums up her entire blog.

Now she's feeling guilty for liking her "paceline" rides so much. She thinks she's alienating her audience and is going to somehow let them down by talking about non-utilitarian cycling. Of course, all of her commentors come to her rescue and do everything they can to convince her that she's god's gift to cycling and has single handedly brought hundreds into the fold.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 16:08
Larry Winget
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TimLOKOed wrote:
akasnowmaaan wrote:
By identifying things that I own as worth having, I prove my taste and sensibility to the world!
By embracing a world that is not mainstream, yet still wholly practical, I place myself firmly in a place of having eclectic, yet still societally acceptable, tastes!
By positioning myself as a newbie, I can effortlessly deflect any criticism that comes my way while still maintaining my position of superior taste in all other things!

I am unassailable in my position of vulnerability!
I am criticism-proof in my position as an arbiter of taste!
I am an artist in my pursuit of practicality!

Wonderful! Pretty much sums up her entire blog.

Now she's feeling guilty for liking her "paceline" rides so much. She thinks she's alienating her audience and is going to somehow let them down by talking about non-utilitarian cycling. Of course, all of her commentors come to her rescue and do everything they can to convince her that she's god's gift to cycling and has single handedly brought hundreds into the fold.

The cynical part of me thinks the whole paceline riding thing is a way to spice things up for the readers and create some drama (and of course some fresh opportunities for consumption/borrowing-related hand wringing).

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 16:27
TimArchyLime
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She's said in the comments that she is in the process of selling several bikes in order to buy a road spencer. I think thats cool, but I'm skeptical. She's made a huge change in position in very a short period of time. Two months ago she was terrified of skinny tires and was convinced that heavy bikes were somehow sturdier than light bikes. More recently she's perpetuated the idea that carbon is fragile and undependable. It smacks of someone who is too impulsive to get into anything for the long-term.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 16:47
GrandmaJordan
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TimLOKOed wrote:
akasnowmaaan wrote:
By identifying things that I own as worth having, I prove my taste and sensibility to the world!
By embracing a world that is not mainstream, yet still wholly practical, I place myself firmly in a place of having eclectic, yet still societally acceptable, tastes!
By positioning myself as a newbie, I can effortlessly deflect any criticism that comes my way while still maintaining my position of superior taste in all other things!

I am unassailable in my position of vulnerability!
I am criticism-proof in my position as an arbiter of taste!
I am an artist in my pursuit of practicality!

Wonderful! Pretty much sums up her entire blog.

Now she's feeling guilty for liking her "paceline" rides so much. She thinks she's alienating her audience and is going to somehow let them down by talking about non-utilitarian cycling. Of course, all of her commentors come to her rescue and do everything they can to convince her that she's god's gift to cycling and has single handedly brought hundreds into the fold.

Oh jesus christ.

There are enough "patina and high heels" spencer blogs out there already without her handwringing about letting down her audience by writing about things with some actual substance. Her blog still isn't for me, but I'd much rather read about her forays into paceline riding than endless ruminations on refusing to compromise "personal style" for the sake of cycling.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 17:08
Orc
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TimLOKOed wrote:
She's made a huge change in position in very a short period of time.

Not that short of a time; it's been easily seven-eight months since she started showing signs of being infected with the dread roadie disease. And it's certainly more interesting reading than the "oooh, look at this expensive hipster accessory I found!" that was the usual line of commentary there.

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 17:28
TimArchyLime
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I don't know how long she's been talking about it, but it's been less than two months since she first borrowed the road spencer and now she's liquidating the carefully curated collection that she's spoken so highly of. I guess it also shows that she still thinks of bikes as a commodity to be traded when it becomes convenient. I would have thought that someone who loves her bikes as much as she claims to would have more difficulty selling them.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 17:42
timberland boots
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TimLOKOed wrote:
She's said in the comments that she is in the process of selling several bikes in order to buy a road spencer.

FS: 40 pound city spencer, only stored outside in the rain (as it was designed to be). 850 dollars or best offer. Some cosmetic rust on chain, cables and hubs.

Anal Beads Al-Qaeda Ball Gag NAMBLA

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 17:47
Larry Winget
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TimLOKOed wrote:
I don't know how long she's been talking about it, but it's been less than two months since she first borrowed the road spencer and now she's liquidating the carefully curated collection that she's spoken so highly of. I guess it also shows that she still thinks of bikes as a commodity to be traded when it becomes convenient. I would have thought that someone who loves her bikes as much as she claims to would have more difficulty selling them.

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 17:48
TimArchyLime
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touche

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 18:10
JUGE FREDD
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It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 18:51
cookietruck
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lulz

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 23:27
biek

fucking cyclingWMD is like the spencer version of godwin's law

pappaheugwang wrote:
u mad bro?

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 23:40
littletinyfish
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^Ha!

I'm surprised we've gotten this far without tackling the spencer Snob.

That said, the preface to this Friday Quiz is funny as fuck (but I'm a Beagle guy):

this was a big deal a hundred years ago when everything sucked balls ---match avatar

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 00:43
mander
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Yesterday's snob was totally great also. but this thread is about hating on blogs that suck.

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 09:50
aerobear
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Yeah.. spencer Snob is still clever and I respect him for turning his blog into making a living. He's had some low points, but overall everytime I get bored and head over there to read it, I still enjoy it.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:18
dougtruck
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he and i share the same views on that retarded firefly commuter with di2

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:38
NOVELTYNAME
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that you would rather buy a minivan than that spencer?
i mean sure, you can live in a minivan but your street credibility will be judged by how many stick figures you have on the rear window

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:54
gusmore

dougtruck wrote:
he and i share the same views on that retarded firefly commuter with di2

"The world's most expensive Specialized Sirrus" brought me actualols.

[quote=johnnyraja]In Mexico they call that position "el gringo boracho"[/quote]

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:55
Larry Winget
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miguelaron wrote:
that you would rather buy a minivan than that spencer?
i mean sure, you can live in a minivan but your street credibility will be judged by how many stick figures you have on the rear window

Ugh. Those make me want to projectile vomit.

I read that article Snob referenced.

http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-06-20-bicyclings-gender-gap-its-the-economy-stupid

No, it's not the economy. It's that other shit you mentioned about women as a rule (right or wrong) having more limited time and more responsibilities at home, and having a greater role in child care and hauling kids around.

While the first commenter comes off like a smug douchebag I understand where he is coming from.

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 13:43
akasnowmaaan
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miguelaron wrote:
that you would rather buy a minivan than that spencer?
i mean sure, you can live in a minivan but your street credibility will be judged by how many stick figures you have on the rear window

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 13:52
Bamfs01
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haaha that one's awesome

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 14:05
Rentable Faxmachine
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Are re-enactment riders anti-lube? I saw a woman riding an Atlantis in Boulder today, and I could hear her chirping chain over traffic noise, my truck's radio, etc.

And then there's this:

Looks like it could benefit from a good lubing, unless the shop wants it back with a worn chain (or worse).

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 15:13
Sneaky Viking
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what the fuck? are you trying to say you can tell from that picture how lubed her chain is? that shit is not even in focus.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 15:20
Rentable Faxmachine
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I'm saying that the chain/cogs look dirty (read: gritty) enough that I'd be willing to bet she doesn't lube it. Remember, she's the one that thinks it's acceptable to store bicycles outside in the rain.

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 15:25
Larry Winget
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Reasonable Facsimile wrote:
I'm saying that the chain/cogs look dirty (read: gritty) enough that I'd be willing to bet she doesn't lube it. Remember, she's the one that thinks it's acceptable to store bicycles outside in the rain.

You're really reaching.

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 15:27
Orc
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miguelaron wrote:
that you would rather buy a minivan than that spencer?

A minivan has fenders and a place for carrying your lunch.

And you could probably park it outside and have a fighting chance of it still being there when you leave work in the evening.

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 15:57
oogens
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is the fixie king still blogging?

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 06:20
curiousincident
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doofo wrote:
pretty sure that timlokoed has a little crush

even as grumpy as he is this seems disproportionately "charged"

lol, i think this more than anything else has been what i've been trying to put my finger on during the course of this thread.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 07:53
cookietruck
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tim really knows how to impress his e-sexual interests

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 15:15
JUGE FREDD
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It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 17:33
FIXIE STAR
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lol @ thinking danica patrick is a talented driver

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 17:37
Petr5
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Sneaky Viking wrote:
"Your spencer sucks and we have a team of biased experts to pseudo-scientifically test that hypothesis, all in blue shirts."

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 17:38
Larry Winget
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What the world needs is more people who understand how to use an apostrophe.

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 17:40
JUGE FREDD
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It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 19:26

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