An Equal Opportunity Offender


Monday, March 7, 2011

My own shortcomings

One, among the many, things that I have not mastered within this bicycle oriented fuck fest, is the ability to educate someone on how bad their ideas are. Especially when those ideas are obviously regurgitated from a sales brochure or sales rep. Instead of being able to smile and engage the person in a meaningful conversation, I tend to smile and just let it go for fear of embarrassing or offending said person. Outside of a formal store setting,  I can do this but not with out some expletives and most likely alienating whomever I am speaking with.

Case in point, today a young, youthful couple entered the store for no other reason than checking it out because they were into bikes, which I guess is a good thing. I engaged them in conversation but was quickly at awe at how well this kid could regurgitate sales brochures. I just nodded and smiled and answered his questions. The whole time I was talking to him I wanted to point out the fallacies of the ideas coming out of his mouth but I couldn't figure out how to do that professionally. So I didn't.

The other hard part is when the fallacy being spewed happens to be about a bike that you sell. So, if you were to correct said incorrectness, you would be putting down something that could be in your best interested to not put down.

I guess this is why I am a better mechanic than salesman and why I have never sold a Santa Puzz...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fuck you ScRAM!

To those of you out there that prefer SRAM products, I ask you why?

I'm not going to get into the warranty thing, or how many "known issues" this shit has, I just want to point something out.

I put a full XTR group on my Enduro a month or two ago and have been trying to get ride of the SRAM group that came with it. The group is barely used and is high end stuff. If you were to buy it at retail the parts would go for $1500. Unfortunately, you can buy just about any SRAM product that you want, at below cost on the internet. And I'm not just talking about a few sites, I'm talking the market is completely flooded with this crap.

Case in point, you can get a set of Elixir CR for $159, the set retails for $450. Cranks, forget it.

I just want to point out, that all of you who have called me a hater, may want to consider this fact. I'm apparently not the only person out there that doesn't want this shit. Everyone is selling something that is ScRAM... In the same time that it took me to get extremely frustrated looking at SRAM brake prices, I searched for Shimano. There is only one set of M980 brakes for sell and they are at retail. Everything else is an older model and still holding a descent price.

Fuck you SRAM!