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tommyrod74 jamessmurthwaite's article
May 11, 2022 at 18:49
May 11, 2022
1,300 Watt Sprints - Vlad Dascalu's Power Data Shows How Fit You Have to Be For a World Cup XC Podium
@aaronjb: I’ve ridden with Bob Roll. Hung over, he would wipe the floor with you on a road bike.
tommyrod74 henryquinney's article
May 4, 2022 at 9:28
May 4, 2022
The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: 10 Editors' Clipless Pedal Setups
The newest Look SPD-compatible pedals are great. Better platform than XTR (talking XC pedals here, not platform SPD boat anchors, though Look makes those, too), better durability, and better bearings.
tommyrod74 henryquinney's article
Apr 28, 2022 at 12:20
Apr 28, 2022
Henry’s Waffle House: Mountain Biking is Getting Too Easy
I had a well-written post all set about how I disagreed with a basic point of yours before I reread what you wrote and realized you had come around to the same conclusion as me anyway. That will teach me about assumptions as well, I suppose.
tommyrod74 sarahmoore's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 15:51
Apr 20, 2022
Road Cycling Digest: Gravel Fork Face Off, MVDP to Race Giro d'Italia, New Bike Tools, & More
@DylanH93: I’ll add this as well, and then I will leave it alone… Sure, I recognize that I am privileged, but like anyone else here I’m sure I don’t look at myself as being born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Honestly, the people I know who were born into riches don’t see themselves that way, either. Everyone thinks of themselves as a self-made man or woman. We all stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us; some of us were lucky to have tallerr shoulders to stand on. There is no changing that, now or in the future. I just think we all would benefit if the sport or a little more affordable, even those of us with plenty of disposable income.
tommyrod74 sarahmoore's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 15:47
Apr 20, 2022
Road Cycling Digest: Gravel Fork Face Off, MVDP to Race Giro d'Italia, New Bike Tools, & More
@JLantz: Also, I hope I’m being really clear that I’m not doing anything remotely like bike shaming. I own some very expensive bikes myself and I have seen many talented writers who were exceptionally fast on far more common rigs.
tommyrod74 sarahmoore's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 15:45
Apr 20, 2022
Road Cycling Digest: Gravel Fork Face Off, MVDP to Race Giro d'Italia, New Bike Tools, & More
@DylanH93: I get what you are saying, but it’s not like I’m asking people here to give up what they worked hard for and give it to somebody else. I’m just saying how much better off the sport would be if everything were less expensive – we’d have more people riding, and a lot more talent in the ranks of competitive racers as well. Everyone would benefit from the sport being a little less expensive. That doesn’t denigrate anyone’s hard work or invalidate their dedication to pay for things. This reminds me a little bit of the argument against student debt forgiveness… It’s the idea of I had to borrow and work hard and suffer, so why shouldn’t everybody else? Well, the point is that you shouldn’t of had to do that either. Society in general would be better off if higher education or subsidized in someway. Similarly, we all benefit from the sport being a little cheaper.
tommyrod74 sarahmoore's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 12:46
Apr 20, 2022
Road Cycling Digest: Gravel Fork Face Off, MVDP to Race Giro d'Italia, New Bike Tools, & More
@thedevilwearsrapha: I'm not arguing awareness, I'm arguing access and affordability. Knowing that kitesurfing exists doesn't mean anything if I can't afford the gear. And while that's a good example of a sport outside the means of many (most) people, I personally feel that cycling should be more egalitarian. Pointing out that many people face challenges in affording the sport isn't pigeonholing nor discounting them. Some of them can overcome the challenges. Many can't. It's reality. You don't see it the same way, and I'm OK with that. I'm not trying to convince you. You're trying to convince me I shouldn't wish the sport was more accessible; I think that's invalid. In any case, as I said above, I'll find ways to help locally.
tommyrod74 sarahmoore's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 11:13
Apr 20, 2022
Road Cycling Digest: Gravel Fork Face Off, MVDP to Race Giro d'Italia, New Bike Tools, & More
@thedevilwearsrapha: Even if those things don't care about your age, gender or race - and I implied exactly zero of those things above as factors - they do care about socioeconomic status. I worked hard for my nice things, too. It was easier to do so because I didn't have to worry much about very basic needs like shoes to wear or food to eat when growing up. If your uncle owned a print shop, and you could afford to use your earned money to buy a mountain bike instead of helping your family pay rent, then I'd assume it's most likely that you didn't have to worry much about those things, either. I swear, it's like some of you have a congenital empathy deficiency. Yes, I had it harder than the kid I know who has 2 S-Works bikes at age 17. Yes, I had it a lot easier than many people did. I recognize both of these facts and simply wish that more people had access to the sport. It's amazing and fun but also expensive, even at the entry levels. Surprisingly, empathy isn't incompatible with general principles of capitalism or your idea of a work ethic.
tommyrod74 sarahmoore's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 10:22
Apr 20, 2022
Road Cycling Digest: Gravel Fork Face Off, MVDP to Race Giro d'Italia, New Bike Tools, & More
@L0rdTom: That's all definitely true, and good point. I still believe that historically it's been a (relatively) tough sport to get into and that it would be great if more people had access to it, though maybe there isn't much to be done to help, except on the local and personal level.
tommyrod74 sarahmoore's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 8:02
Apr 20, 2022
Road Cycling Digest: Gravel Fork Face Off, MVDP to Race Giro d'Italia, New Bike Tools, & More
@commental: Wow, seems unnecessarily harsh. Thanks for reminding me that life isn't fair, otherwise I might have forgotten. I don't think it's beyond the scope of this discussion to point out that a sport that's always had high barriers to entry seems to be getting more and more that way as prices increase, even though posting here doesn't help the issue. I feel that trying to make life more fair where possible is a worthwhile endeavor. I'm on the lucky side of the socioeconomic scale, and I recognize that while my hard work factored into this, I'd be kidding myself to think that's all it was. A lot of it was who my parents were, how I appear to others, and what country/state/city I was fortunate enough to be born in. I could have very easily been less fortunate. You're correct, however cynical you may be, in that opining here does little good, except maybe to make others aware of just how fortunate we are. I'll engage more locally in helping young cyclists to help. I won't, however, go with the "I've got mine, life isn't fair, too bad for you" attitude I sense from you.
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