Told I need to get new bike.

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steel42
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Told I need to get new bike.

Postby steel42 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 21:03 pm

I don't want to name and shame the club, because everyone else was really nice and very accomadating. This was my first time on a club run and have only been on the bike from mid may. When I arrived at the meeting point this individual introduced himself and started asking me about my experience, distance covered and max and average speed, thought this was fine as probable trying to decide what group to set me off in. On telling him my info he looked my bike up and down and walked away without saying anything. The ride was carried out and I really enjoyed myself until we got back to the meeting point. When we finished the guy went straight over to the lead rider and started quizzing him on me, then walked straight over looked me and my bike up and down and said, you need to get a new bike, what that cost you? Probable not even £300. I was shocked. Does this happen a lot or did I just turn up at the wrong club.

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby Wirral_Paul » Fri Jul 12, 2013 21:11 pm

He sounds like a complete and utter to$$er!! Ignore the pompous idiot. The only people who get any stick in my club are those who ride tyres so worn that they puncture twice per ride, or those who dont look after their bikes and have loads of mechanicals (irrespective of £300 or £6000 bike

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby mattv » Fri Jul 12, 2013 21:20 pm

That's not the right way to go about it at all.... Some people think a bike has to be more expensive to keep up on a club ride. Is it definitely not because it is in need of a service? Or dramatically the wrong size? Judging by the fact you finished the ride without being dropped I would guess he is just being a bike snob.

steel42
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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby steel42 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 21:21 pm

That's what I was thinking, shame to not go back because of one idiot, tho I did get my first puncture inside 5 miles of setting off, might get some new tyres

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby nochekmate » Fri Jul 12, 2013 22:00 pm

Ignore him. Keep going to the club (or find a new one if this is a general attitude on their rides) and in time you will hopefully even have the satisfaction of leaving him in a trail of dust behind you - you might then wish to remind him of the cost of your bike! :wink:

Upgrade your bike as and when you wish to not when others think you should!

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby Mikey23 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 22:02 pm

He could have been the proprietor of the local bike shop...

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby elderone » Fri Jul 12, 2013 22:16 pm

Why cant you name and shame?If I was in this club I wouldn,t want to be represented by such a knob,or even associated with said knob.
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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby The Real Radioactiveman » Fri Jul 12, 2013 22:30 pm

drop the cnut and watch him cry inside
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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby fluided » Fri Jul 12, 2013 22:33 pm

We have two guys turn up on mountain bikes with slicks, I say good on them you need to enjoy yourself in a club and not be judged, the guy sounds like a complete d**k

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby NewTTer » Sat Jul 13, 2013 05:49 am

I would venture that this is total fabricated nonsense.

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby markhewitt1978 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 08:30 am

If you weren't holding them up then no problems.

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby Bozman » Sat Jul 13, 2013 09:04 am

We all need a new bike but being told that you need one is a different matter.
I would personally use that as an excuse, tell the other half that the bike isn't quite up to the job, the club have suggested that it would be in my/our best interests to purchase a new bike.

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby high tower » Sat Jul 13, 2013 09:34 am

This is a shame as it can take a fair bit of courage for some riders to join a club. First day nerves, 15 to 50 new people to meet and maybe having a lack of confidence in their riding ability or fear of being dropped.

And to compound all that Knob opens his mouth and has a go, wound not happen at my club and if it did Knob would be told to shut up or join another club.

Glad to hear the others had a warm welcome for you, if it had been me I would just pulled him aside and told him that your not interested in his opinion and to keep his mouth shut. In a friendly manner of course. Nip it in the but so to speak.

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby kayo74 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:06 am

Get your own group together. Club are like cults my way or no way.

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby themekon » Sat Jul 13, 2013 13:45 pm

NewTTer wrote:I would venture that this is total fabricated nonsense.


I don't know why you think this. I know of a certain club member who told a newcomer that unless he was dressed in the apropriate kit he would have to ride off the back, The lad just wanted to wear tracksuit bottoms and a teeshirt.

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby iPete » Sat Jul 13, 2013 15:15 pm

NewTTer wrote:I would venture that this is total fabricated nonsense.


This.

But I am curious if it has a triple, then fair enough. :wink:

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby HebdenBiker » Sat Jul 13, 2013 16:37 pm

Reminds me of my first time going to a cycling club when I was about 14, on my 5-speed "racer" and wearing a tracksuit. I walked into the clubhouse, everyone looked me up and down, then someone came up and told me "this isn't a youth club, son". I left.

I blame that man for the fact that, now I'm 37, I'm not riding the TdF this week :D

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby steel42 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 18:14 pm

Think I'll take everyone's advice and ignore him. I don't want to name and shame because everyone else in the club were fantastic, from giving me a new tube to explaining why I got a flat, they just couldn't help enough. Plus the guy isn't in my group so only have to interact with him at the start and finish.

steel42
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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby steel42 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 18:16 pm

But I am curious if it has a triple, then fair enough. :wink:[/quote]

Yep I have a triple :oops:

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Re: Told I need to get new bike.

Postby iPete » Sat Jul 13, 2013 18:50 pm

Glad to hear everyone else was nice! As for the triple comment, don't worry just tongue in cheek..


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