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To the jerk who told me I have a "nice Huffy"


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IT'S A $500 DIAMONDBACK HYBRID!

Besides, I am not ashamed to admit that I was once the proud owner of a Huffy mountain bike. I rode that 40 lb. beast every day for 10 years and I had to deal with pretentious snobs like you on a regular basis. If it wasn't for my Huffy I wouldn't have the calf muscles of a god, or the backbone you obviously lack.

Last year I rode my "inferior" Huffy mountain bike in Three State Three Mountain Challenge. I not only kept up with the other riders, I also passed many of them (including the guys on the tricked out Trek road bikes) and I can attribute this solely to my willpower and not the size of my wallet.

The difference between a great cyclist and an amateur cyclist is this: a great cyclist invests most of his time and energy increasing his muscle strength and willpower, an amateur cyclist invests most his time and energy buying the latest and greatest cycling gear. Lance Armstrong on a Huffy would beat Joe Wannabe on an UltraLite any day. So why don't you get your skinny butt of your crutch, ahem, fancy bike, and give yourself a REAL challenge for once?

Why do so many cyclists carry this elitist attitude? Nothing is ever good enough for you people. I'm sorry I don't fit into your social circle because I'm too poor to afford a $5,000 bike and hundreds of dollars worth of gear. There are days when I have to decide between buying FOOD and buying TOOTHPASTE. Do you know what that's like?

I ride my bicycle because I have no other form of transportation. I could easily become bitter because I don't own a car, but instead I chose to embrace cycling and become the best cyclist I can possibly be. Cycling has now become an inseparable part of my life. Growing up, I was never an athlete, but because I chose to maintain my positive attitude I am now in the best shape of my life. I am even training for my first triathlon - something I never thought would be possible, something that wouldn't have been possible, without my Huffy. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have the bike that I have now because it was given to me through the generous donations of friends and family members.

It's pretty sad when you own a $500 bike and still get made fun of for looking "cheap".

/rant

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Geesh, seriously?

 

I remember kids at school teasing me about my Huffy back in grade school.

 

Adults really do this??

 

Original Post by raychelc:

Geesh, seriously?

 

I remember kids at school teasing me about my Huffy back in grade school.

 

Adults really do this??

 

No. Adults don't.

Original Post by kelrantymus:

Original Post by raychelc:

Geesh, seriously?

 

I remember kids at school teasing me about my Huffy back in grade school.

 

Adults really do this??

 


I'm pretty sure the elite triathletes laughed at my ancient road bike with no aero bars....

They laughed at me a plenty but I didn't care. I was doing the ironman races for my own amusement not theirs. I never see them except for when we stage the bikes any way. They are at the front wave and are always gone by the time I finish any stage.

Original Post by kelrantymus:

Original Post by meta15:

Original Post by aczinder:

Original Post by meta15:

This is weird.  I didn't realize this was a zombie thread because it showed the original post as today's date on my iPhone.  WTH?! 

(((Meta))) iPhone tricked you!

I feel so deceived!   ;)

And I'm guessing she probably finished that triathelon already.  :) 

One can only hope!!!

Yeah, possessed phone, who's gonna believe that...oh wait, sorry....

Don't think that everybody who spends astronomical amounts on a bike is an "elitest". My 17 yr old son practically lives on his bikes(he has several). When he isn't at school, his part time job, or doing homework he is out riding his bike(and hard). He spends ALOT on his bikes, not to be better than the next guy but because he needs them to stand up to the abuse. My wife and I bought him a descent mountain bike for a Gr 8 graduation present, and he rode the crap out of it with never a problem(while his friends less expensive bikes were always broken). I will agree that he likes to have nice bikes, but that isn't the driver and he never brags about them.

   Don't think I'm harping, because I'm not. I loved your post. Kudos to anyone who can enter a MB Race and finish it.

   Keep riding!!

The thread...it lives! Laughing

Original Post by fade_the_great:

The thread...it lives! 


Hi!   Sorry..  was about two years late with my reply.    ;)

 

Original Post by fade_the_great:

The thread...it lives! 

"like"

Original Post by fade_the_great:

The thread...it lives! 

So how's the Diamond Back hybrid? Give us the 2 yr review.

Original Post by alibsam:

Original Post by fade_the_great:

No one is making fun of me on caloriecount. This is something that happened to me on my ride home yesterday. I was waiting at a stoplight when some guy rolled down his window and said "nice Huffy" in a really sarcastic tone and then laughed as he drove away.

He's probably just a jerk. Don't assume he knows anything about bikes. Who cares? I had a really cute cruiser bike that cost me 160,000w (about $150) and it was the greatest bike ever. If you like the bike nothing else matters.

^This X 2.  As long as you like your bike, you're Golden!

I just bought a $500 hybrid about a month ago, myself (A Marin).  First time I had ridden a bike since the 80's.

One of my coworkers races and spends a great deal of money on his equipment.  He just had a bicycle custom made for him with some special pro frame that cost $10k just for the frame... $17K total for the entire bike.  That money would actually buy my wife the car that she has been asking for some years now.  When he describes it, my eyes kinda glaze over as I don't understand half of what he is saying, but it's curious, nonetheless.

But I'm really loving my little $500 hybrid.  It looks nice.  It's getting me back in shape and I'm losing weight and I'm participating in cool events.  I am using it to commute to work and I will also be participating in the Tour de'Cure in the Sacramento area next month; peddling for a cause... Diabetes. 

Haters are gonna hate... don't let it get to you.

 

Original Post by brian_:

Original Post by alibsam:

Original Post by fade_the_great:

No one is making fun of me on caloriecount. This is something that happened to me on my ride home yesterday. I was waiting at a stoplight when some guy rolled down his window and said "nice Huffy" in a really sarcastic tone and then laughed as he drove away.

He's probably just a jerk. Don't assume he knows anything about bikes. Who cares? I had a really cute cruiser bike that cost me 160,000w (about $150) and it was the greatest bike ever. If you like the bike nothing else matters.

^This X 2.  As long as you like your bike, you're Golden!

I just bought a $500 hybrid about a month ago, myself (A Marin).  First time I had ridden a bike since the 80's.

One of my coworkers races and spends a great deal of money on his equipment.  He just had a bicycle custom made for him with some special pro frame that cost $10k just for the frame... $17K total for the entire bike.  That money would actually buy my wife the car that she has been asking for some years now.  When he describes it, my eyes kinda glaze over as I don't understand half of what he is saying, but it's curious, nonetheless.

But I'm really loving my little $500 hybrid.  It looks nice.  It's getting me back in shape and I'm losing weight and I'm participating in cool events.  I am using it to commute to work and I will also be participating in the Tour de'Cure in the Sacramento area next month; peddling for a cause... Diabetes. 

Haters are gonna hate... don't let it get to you.

 

This video should help clear things up.

Original Post by trh:

This video should help clear things up.

That is awesome!

You could be kicking back with your homeboys.  :) 

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