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    I find it interesting how many pictures I see on here where the chain is on the biggest chainring and the smallest cog. Am I supposed to believe that these people are so fast that they stop and start in the hardest gear ratio possible? I guess some people just feel their bike looks better this way, so they take pictures accordingly. I had never really thought about it until the first time I had posted a road bike on velospace, and one of my friends said "you should've taken the picture with the chain on the big chainring, it looks cooler that way!". I'm not picking on people who do it, but I just saw another bike posted on here like that and figured I'd mention how it intrigued me.
    • CommentAuthorwes m.
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2009
    After having checked to make sure that neither of my geared bikes fall into this category I am prepared to comment. I guess its not all that strange that people pose their bikes on the highest gear for their glamour shots. I find that way less odd than triatheletes custom mixing their gatorade to match their frame color and people having what appear to be professional photos of their track bikes

    I'm betting that someone is going to claim that big chainring small cag is the proper way to store your bike, chain flex or something.
    • CommentAuthorgreg
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2009
    I only ride 54x12 on my road bike, mashin with a freewheel is awesome!

    But seriously, I ride a geared cross bike and I spend most of my time in the small ring
    I'm just about always in the small ring, short of a long downhill that I actually get over 30mph. The main reason I'm ever in my large chainring is because I've shifted over enough and the chain is rubbing otherwise. My around town geared bike only has the one front chainring on it, which is a nice change.
    • CommentAuthorsfbee
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2009
    I'm not sure if it's frowned upon or not, but with I tend to favor the tougher gears when riding my geared road bike. I know I'm probably not being as a efficient as I could be, but I haul ass and am comfortable with it. The only exception is when I hit some particularly nasty head wind, in which case I might knock it down a notch
    • CommentAuthorOtto Rax
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2009
    They might not ride exclusivley in it, but I tend t stop in it. You said "start and stop in this ratio". start? sometimes. stop? oh yes. Alot of people, myself included, tend to give it their all on the last portion of their ride. I try ot exhaust myself as much as possible when getting home, and that usually results in a big ring/small cog finish. Maybe that's the reason? maybe...? I hope people don't put their bike in a specific ratio for photos. That goes beyond lining up the pedals and valve stems 'just so'
    There is nothing wrong with posing your bike how you think it looks best. This is bike porn people. The better the pics the more we like to look at them. I apperciate the small details. For instance- when the tire logo is lined up with the rim logo. Its just a small detail that says "I am a complete fucking bike dork". And I like bike dorks.
    • CommentAuthorOtto Rax
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2009
    i get a charge out of the little things people do wrong, and then i realize how nerdy i am. i wish i could look past the small stuff
    Posted By: hardsole5280I apperciate the small details. For instance- when the tire logo is lined up with the rim logo. Its just a small detail that says "I am a complete fucking bike dork". And I like bike dorks.

    Small details? Lining up the tire logo is the law. That's no small detail in my book.
    What about all those idiots who ride with their quick release upside down so the name is backwards.or even worse- the endcaps on their handlebars are upside down. Or the worst of all- people who install their Oury grips with the name pointing the wrong way!?!? Do these people have any self respect?
    • CommentAuthorOtto Rax
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2009
    valves not in line with tire logo = bush league
    • CommentAuthorstevieg
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2009
    You just made me run & check my quick release levers. I love bike porn rules!
    • CommentAuthorAaron C
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2009
    Posted By: Otto Raxvalves not in line with tire logo = bush league

    tire logo opposite valve stem for the win.

    Posted By: hardsole5280Or the worst of all- people who install their Oury grips with the name pointing the wrong way!?!

    with all components that have ambiguous orientation i have a little conversation with my self, "should i be able to read the logo while riding or should it be readable while looking at it from the front"
    After long sessions of trial and tribulation, I have concluded the proper position of Oary grips is to have the logo facing straight forward. If anyone disagrees, the topic will need to be discussed in a new thread.
    Some of you care entirely too much about this shit.

    More power to ya I guess.
    Really dude? Um, this is a joke. Much like spending time and money on converting a Schwinn Letour. But I guess you don't think that is funny either eh?
    It's not a far stretch of the imagination on my part, no need to be a cunt.
    Your on a bicycle forum, so yeah, your going to talk to people who are really into their bikes. A stupid comment like "some of you are way to into this shit" is gonna get a stupid reply. So don't get all butt hurt when it happens.

    You're cute. Not butt hurt. I hope you have some sort of happiness in your life. You seem... tense. Want a back rub? I'll get the cocoa butter.
    • CommentAuthorgreg
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    Get a room you two

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