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Old 06-05-21, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Okay so do you feel we should get rid of it? We only had it live for an hour.
Absolutely, any dilution of the secret sauce here will be to the detriment of it all.

Our ability and willingness to embrace so much diversity can be very hard to come by, this will be/is messing with a very good thing that is also very hard to come by.

All that being said, I am glad that you and the powers that be are here and doing what you do, no small task, Tx.

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I guess Mr Bike Forums has to ask himself how many members he is willing to lose by banishing content to a Siberia sub-forum on the hopes it may someday grow big enough to serve a real purpose and support itself
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I think we should have a poll to have a poll.
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WOW. So much weeping and gnashing of teeth all of a sudden.
I have only been here since 2014, so a relative noob I guess. And this is the only "social media" platform I can stomach. I can't count all the major and minor changes that have been made here by admin and IB. One example that comes to mind is when a relatively obscure subforum called "General Cycling" was way down at the bottom of the list and somebody had the brilliant idea to move it right up to the top and it became the powerhouse that it is today. Who here doesn't realize it is all about thread traffic and eyeballs on ads that keeps this place on the interwebz. I have no opinion on this brifter drama as I am hopelessly doomed to 5 speed friction low end bicycles but I can rest assured that Admin can make any changes they see fit and teh biek forooms will be here for the rest of my life

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I think we should have a poll to have a poll.
And now we do.

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Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
It seems like too many folks are getting hung up on semantics and nomenclature.
No, apparently the primary person hung up on semantics is Wildwood , and not "too many" others.

The intent behind the structure and division of any online discussion forum should strive to bring together like-minded folk. The early brifter-era road bikes certainly have a place here in C&V, but I can imagine the deluge of C&V posts tend not to draw in as many folks with interest exclusive to that 'era' (if I may call it that).
One may say the same for high wheelers, or for bone shakers or for 3 or 4 speed pre-war bikes, or pre-war bikes in general, Schwinns, boom bikes, Italian bikes, French bikes, Japanese bikes, bikes with chain stay mounted brakes, Russian bikes, Croatian bikes, bikes with center pulls, Romanian bikes, bikes with toe clips, Indian bikes, English bikes, Harley Davidson bikes, constructeur bikes, single speed bikes, sport touring bikes, or klunkers, or Raleighs or Canadian bikes or Merkx bikes, bikes with cheap tires, or bikes with flat bars, or bikes made by other companies other than what they're branded with, or bikes with clipless pedals, or touring bikes or pretty bikes, bikes with long chainstays racing bikes or bikes with turkey wings, or aluminum bikes, or bikes with cantis, bikes with short chainstays, or bikes with bags, or ugly bikes, or bike with drop bars, or bikes with braze ons, or bikes with stem shifters or bike with reflectors or Takaras, or lugged bikes, or fillet brazed bikes, or bikes with racks or welded bikes or clean bikes, or bikes without bottle cages, or bikes with sidepulls or dirty bikes or... It's ******g nonsense. The premise of this forum is:
This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.
7/8/9/10 speed bikes get just as much traction as any other bikes- more than any high wheeler thread. But apparently, they're not drama princesses.


I personally agree that the new forum (or sub-forum, wherever it gets placed) is a worthy experiment, whose success might be judged by how much special interest it draws from that crowd.
You can believe that, but in the meantime, that siphons those bikes away from people who would otherwise look at them. Either intentionally or unintentionally. I will tell you that I would NEVER gotten the hair up my ass to upgrade any of my bikes to 10 speed if not for the people here. I would NOT have gone looking specifically for upgraded bikes. I would not have my favorite bike.

Regarding semantics, I've experienced enough of that on classic vintage car forums, where heated discussions occur with disturbing regularity over what should and should not qualify as 'spirit of the original'.
Once again- this is is counter to the interests of a large population of the viewers and posters within this forum- as many, many people have "upgraded" their "vintage" bikes- hence the 'retro roadies.' By the removal of that thread by administrator and moderator staff, that means those bikes are NO LONGER WELCOME HERE. I'd venture to say the VAST majority of the regulars and visitors of this forum are not purists.

Here's my 2c:
  • I agree with some commenters above that road bikes from the 90s and 00s are somewhat orphaned currently.
    No more so than anything else- these bikes and those components are valued and inherently a part of of the C&V forum.
  • It should not be assumed that qualification for the new forum also disqualifies from the old forum. I enjoy the fluidity of the various sub-forums-- 80s component topics on mechanics forum as well as C&V, vintage touring topics on the touring forum as well as C&V, commuting... you get the gist. In the end, it's all subjective and situational.
    It clearly is- if a thread has to do with bikes with 7/8/9 speed drive trains- it is being moved to the "appropriate" forum. Meaning it is no longer here, and therefore no longer welcome here, thus no longer qualified to be in the C&V forum.
  • A 1983 Univega Specialissima with brifters is C&V, and having brifters does not suddenly transform it into a 1999 Klein. Brifters would be just another component I might upgrade on what is otherwise a C&V bike, big deal. And if I do, I logically expect to continue posting about that bike here.
    That is not what is happening- Look at the RetroRoadies thread.
  • Perhaps we ought to rename the new forum to avoid confusion with what qualifies. How about "early brifter-era road bikes", or something like that?.
  • For the sake of continuity, with the understanding that the new sub-forum might be experimental, I say leave old threads where they are, unless some compelling reason arises.
    The entire premise is... well... stupid. Indexing is a much better dividing line. And that would be about as stupid.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
No, apparently the primary person hung up on semantics is Wildwood , and not "too many" others.

One may say the same for high wheelers, or for bone shakers or for 3 or 4 speed pre-war bikes, or pre-war bikes in general, Schwinns, boom bikes, Italian bikes, French bikes, Japanese bikes, bikes with chain stay mounted brakes, Russian bikes, Croatian bikes, bikes with center pulls, Romanian bikes, bikes with toe clips, Indian bikes, English bikes, Harley Davidson bikes, constructeur bikes, single speed bikes, sport touring bikes, or klunkers, or Raleighs or Canadian bikes or Merkx bikes, bikes with cheap tires, or bikes with flat bars, or bikes made by other companies other than what they're branded with, or bikes with clipless pedals, or touring bikes or pretty bikes, bikes with long chainstays racing bikes or bikes with turkey wings, or aluminum bikes, or bikes with cantis, bikes with short chainstays, or bikes with bags, or ugly bikes, or bike with drop bars, or bikes with braze ons, or bikes with stem shifters or bike with reflectors or Takaras, or lugged bikes, or fillet brazed bikes, or bikes with racks or welded bikes or clean bikes, or bikes without bottle cages, or bikes with sidepulls or dirty bikes or... It's ******g nonsense. The premise of this forum is:


7/8/9/10 speed bikes get just as much traction as any other bikes- more than any high wheeler thread. But apparently, they're not drama princesses.


You can believe that, but in the meantime, that siphons those bikes away from people who would otherwise look at them. Either intentionally or unintentionally. I will tell you that I would NEVER gotten the hair up my ass to upgrade any of my bikes to 10 speed if not for the people here. I would NOT have gone looking specifically for upgraded bikes. I would not have my favorite bike.


Once again- this is is counter to the interests of a large population of the viewers and posters within this forum- as many, many people have "upgraded" their "vintage" bikes- hence the 'retro roadies.' By the removal of that thread by administrator and moderator staff, that means those bikes are NO LONGER WELCOME HERE. I'd venture to say the VAST majority of the regulars and visitors of this forum are not purists.
  • No more so than anything else- these bikes and those components are valued and inherently a part of of the C&V forum.
  • It clearly is- if a thread has to do with bikes with 7/8/9 speed drive trains- it is being moved to the "appropriate" forum. Meaning it is no longer here, and therefore no longer welcome here, thus no longer qualified to be in the C&V forum.
  • That is not what is happening-
  • The entire premise is... well... stupid. Indexing is a much better dividing line. And that would be about as stupid.
I think you’ve entirely misunderstood the larger point I was making, and perhaps I was unclear. I was not asking for this change, nor do I prefer the semantic choices made. The chosen point of division is clearly very subjective and means different things to different people. I indicated that if the need for this is so great, it might be worth a try. What can I say, I try to keep an open mind. And in the event it’s a foregone conclusion, I suggested ways to minimize restriction and disruption to the existing community. Your ire is misdirected— I’m not in charge here.

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Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
I think you’ve entirely misunderstood the larger point I was making, and perhaps I was unclear. I was not the one advocating for this change, nor do I prefer the semantic choices made. The chosen point of division is clearly very subjective and means different things to different people. I indicated that if the need for this is so great, it might be worth a try. What can I say, I try to keep an open mind. And in the event it’s a foregone conclusion, I suggested ways to minimize restriction and disruption to the existing community. Your ire is misdirected— I’m not in charge here.
I was merely addressing your points- I understand that breaking apart a post does have a tendency to look confrontational... My anger is clearly focused on someone else. I'm pretty sure if I hit "send" on the post I have prepared- it won't be good.

My primary concern is that this arbitrarily creates a divisiveness that was not present until June 2nd.

C&V has historically been an overwhelmingly welcoming and positive community. This change figuratively and literally says to longtime contributing and financially supporting members that their bikes no longer belong here.

(BTW- I missed an important point in my reply to you- your 83 Univega would not belong in C&V- as evidenced by the removal of the Retro roadies thread.)
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My primary concern is that this arbitrarily creates a divisiveness that was not present until June 2nd.

C&V has historically been an overwhelmingly welcoming and positive community. This change figuratively and literally says to longtime contributing and financially supporting members that their bikes no longer belong here.

(BTW- I missed an important point in my reply to you- your 83 Univega would not belong in C&V- as evidenced by the removal of the Retro roadies thread.)
No worries and agreed on all your points. I was unaware until your mention that retro roadies thread had been moved— what a poor choice. Moderators are going to have to make some metaphysical decisions on what makes a c&v bike. Apparently it all boils down to the shifting mechanism employed. Yikes!
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Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
No worries and agreed on all your points. I was unaware until your mention that retro roadies thread had been moved— what a poor choice. Moderators are going to have to make some metaphysical decisions on what makes a c&v bike. Apparently it all boils down to the shifting mechanism employed. Yikes!
Not if we have anything to say about it, and we should if the poll tells us anything.

I really don't understand how a sweeping faux pas was enacted without more input from the rank and file, do we learn nothing from our day to day exploits here.

I realize that I am relatively new here compared to many but I truly relish and appreciate every interaction, assist, dig, slight and all else, this change will dilute the work we accomplish here.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
you mentioned this was a present. Did you keep the gift receipt? We'd like to return it.
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So, is this the new place for C&V resto-mods as in the Retro Roadies thread?
I hope not. Many of the Retro Roadies entries are 10 sp in the first place. As little sense as it makes to have a 7,8,9 forum in the first place, (what about 8 speed shifting, and what about twist grips, bar ends, DT ratchets, and thumbies? Will stem shifters go into the Dark Forum?

Makes no sense to me, and artificial distinctions are not something we need.

If you want to focus on restorations, how about "Classic and Vintage," "Modernized/Restored Vintage," and "Vintage Internal Gear Hubs?"
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Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
No worries and agreed on all your points. I was unaware until your mention that retro roadies thread had been moved— what a poor choice. Moderators are going to have to make some metaphysical decisions on what makes a c&v bike. Apparently it all boils down to the shifting mechanism employed. Yikes!
I don't want the Mods to decide on such a thing unilaterally. I would like to see an Ad-Hoc Group of Honorary Greybeards (AHGHG) given a case of beer and a Zoom link, to talk together and see if a consensus on definitions and diversity can be reached. One principle should be Don't change anything more than is necessary.

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I don't want the Mods to decide on such a thing unilaterally. I would like to see an Ad-Hoc Group of Honorary Greybeards (AHGHG) given a case of beer and a Zoom link, to talk together and see if a consensus on definitions and diversity can be reached. One principle should be Don't change anything more than is necessary.

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Did you just unilaterally decide on who gets to be part of AHGHG? 😬
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Did you just unilaterally decide on who gets to be part of AHGHG? 😬

No, I did not. I unilaterally thought of a way to go forward and have shared it with C&V.

Did my suggestion make you think of anyone specific?
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No, I did not. I unilaterally thought of a way to go forward and have shared it with C&V.

Did my suggestion make you think of anyone specific?
Perhaps we should set up a committee to discuss who gets to be on the committee? Sort of like a poll on whether we should have a poll. Can’t get too much of a good thing, you know?

Of course, I am being entirely facetious in this and my previous comment. All this silliness makes my head hurt, that case of beer won’t last me long. (We each get our own case, right? ...right?)

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I think you’ve entirely misunderstood the larger point I was making, and perhaps I was unclear. I was not asking for this change, nor do I prefer the semantic choices made. The chosen point of division is clearly very subjective and means different things to different people. I indicated that if the need for this is so great, it might be worth a try. What can I say, I try to keep an open mind. And in the event it’s a foregone conclusion, I suggested ways to minimize restriction and disruption to the existing community. Your ire is misdirected— I’m not in charge here.
I agree, and am also not in charge here.

I'd like to see the people who requested it to make a posting which "sells" the idea. Siu's post seems to mainly to say "Looky here, we did this for you because you asked!" I would like to see why it is seen as a good idea and what is the improved vision for how CV works, that is enabled by this new idea. If I understood that I might even get on board, or at least cheer the train as it passes me by!
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am also not in charge here.
If I were in charge, my first order of business would be to fix your avatar.



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Are the mods just totally ignoring this thread? Maybe my 10 speed Mondonico will get their attention.

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Two points:

1) My preference would be not to have the early brifter forum. I think the ne forum creates an artificial divide. I would prefer a return to how it was set up up to now, In the aternative, I would prefer what has been st up as a forum is made a subfourm or sticky in C&V, please.

2) Everybody, please lighten up. This is not the end of the world, whatever happens. And especially, please lighten up on the Mods. I have little, if any, special insight into the Mod world but I do know that (a) they are not paid, they do this as a service to the bicycling community, and (b) this was done with good, not malicious, intent.

The Mods tried to do something nice. Some of us don't think it works. So say "no, thank you" and maybe ask politely (key word here - "politely") to change back and move on. There are posts here that sound to my ear as though some folks think this was an evil plot aimed at them personally. I'd bet good money that is not the case. I am also quite certain that every one of us has, at some point in our lives, tried to do something nice that went sideways and had a negative unintended consequence. So politely say "no , thank you" like our mothers taught us, politely ask the change be undone or for what you would prefer to see, and stop acting as though the Visigoths are at the gates. Please.
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Are the mods just totally ignoring this thread? Maybe my 10 speed Mondonico will get their attention.

After we're done with this thread topic I'll have to show my two Mondos again.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
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I dare ya to do that dance for five solid minutes in the middle of the concours at Eroica CA 2021. In fact, I double-dog dare ya.
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Originally Posted by krakhaus View Post
Are the mods just totally ignoring this thread? Maybe my 10 speed Mondonico will get their attention.

So no big deal here, fabulous lugged steel, rock solid foundation of Classic and Vintage regardless of how many speeds that matters not.
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