What are your unpopular cycling opinions?

Yeah, I know a lot of factories in Taiwan are still hand making frames, so I dunno why the folks at the handmade festival are using that term to differentiate their stuff?. I know many commercial metal bikes are hand-welding, but these robots are probably really good at welding and could do a better job than I could with the TIG right now. I worked as a brazer making heat exchangers, and I thought about going into framebuilding but I couldn’t handle dealing with picky cyclists all day everyday. I became an ironworker/welder instead. I still ride carbon bikes though, and those are definitely hand made.

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Custom frames are like the gluten free diet of bike production.

It’s a fantastic solution to a problem most people don’t have.

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I think his video quality is quite good from a scenery capturing and ride perspective, but I do find him kind of hilariously annoying. Seeing him photo bomb an interview with Isabel King (on Delaney’s channel?) was a classic.

Also, “I’m blind in my left eye right now because of a concussion, but that’s OK. I’m used to it - your boy used to do MMA” or whatever is easily the most memorable line on cycling Youtube I’ve heard.

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The current recipe thread is why so many people don’t like cyclists; someone makes a joke and every cyclist has to over-analyze it, explain why the OP is wrong and argue their mundane opinion :cry:

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Right? I thought it was a pretty good analogy for a problem that’s brought up again and again here and on the podcast and lot of places. But it’s not a perfect model for all of training so we must correct it!

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Same reasons restaurants all advertise “Homemade pie.” Words are meaningless :smiling_face_with_tear:

Ha I was thinking the same thing. The forum is almost becoming painful to visit because it’s just a bunch of arguing about why someone is wrong. The Keegan posts are the same. Nobody can be happy he’s a good bike racer because he’s not “world tour” or from Europe I guess. Can’t we just let the dude be good and dominate how he wants?

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Mechanical shifting sucks

Come at me now :grin:

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This reminds me of mine: the vast vast majority of people who claim that electronic is “far superior” to mechanical shifting had poorly setup mech setups. :stuck_out_tongue:

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The need to think about 5+ batteries in preparation for longer rides sucks. :wink:

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The only benefit of mechanical is not having to charge batteries every once in a while (hence why I use it on some bikes)…other than that I’ve recently learned that it merely takes a (new) cable not running well into the housing to significantly impact shifting quality apparently…so I’ll stick with my contrarian view on mechanical groups :stuck_out_tongue:

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I’ve known more people lose front / rear / all shifting with electronic gearing in the last two years than ever with mechanical shifting (that wasn’t a cable tension tweak to fix).

And in the worst case that a cable snaps, it’s pretty simply to jerry rig the rear derailleur to be stuck in a sensible gear rather than the 11 cog with mechanical.

Battery life is one thing but there seem to be an extra class of technical gremlins with Di2 & AXS. Mainly Di2 cables getting cut when people remove and replace their seatpost on a trip, but also general water ingress seem to be a problem for some.

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Mechanical vs. Electronic is the Tubular vs. Clincher of yore.

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Tubular tyres may not be faster but are much nicer to ride than tubeless as well as lighter and safer.

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Can certainly guess his unpopular opinion of electric shifting

Joe

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It’s a matter of taste.

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Partially thanks to him, I switched to Red etap (I was looking for any excuse to switch at that time, really for no good reason).

At any rate, I don’t own any electronic shifting bikes anymore and don’t have any plans for electronic in the future. In fact, I’m trying out single speed next year.

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This seems to have popped off again, particularly in the NBA. It’s an unpopular opinion apparently, but the fact remains:

American’s, your national series (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, triathlon, gravel, whatever) are NOT a World Championship.

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Wait. You’re telling me Arnold might not be the fittest man in the entire Universe?

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