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I was recently reading the May issue of Urban Velo when this paragraph of the Editor's Statement made me think of MTBR and the constant threads about not liking types or bikes/riders.

Breaking down the artificial barriers between cyclists has emerged
as a subtle running theme in this issue. Whether it be commuter and
racer, mountain and road, geared and fixed, there always seems to be
someone pointing out our differences as cyclists before looking at the
far more striking similarities. The old man on the rail-trail and the kid
riding a wheelie ultimately have the same reason to smile. The bikes
may be different, even the motivations to ride, but the fun on two
wheels is just the same.

By Brad Quartuccio
 

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There's no way around it...

There's a group of MTBRs in my area who ride light weight XC oriented bikes and they look with disdain upon my circle of riding pals because we are all riding 5 and 6" full suspension trail bikes. Seems it's in some peoples nature to dislike someone because they choose to do something different then them:rolleyes: .
 

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Ricko said:
There's a group of MTBRs in my area who ride light weight XC oriented bikes and they look with disdain upon my circle of riding pals because we are all riding 5 and 6" full suspension trail bikes. Seems it's in some peoples nature to dislike someone because they choose to do something different then them:rolleyes: .
there's nothing wrong with that.

ineterests seperate groups.

groups compete for resources.

it would not be natural at all for groups with different interests to hold each other in the highest regards.

edit--oh I missed the word dislike. well there is some of that going on--I try and stay neutral but you wont find me hoohahing macs, ipods, downhillers, free riders, urban riders, huckers blah blah
 

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i like all bicycles and all people that ride them. any style. although i hold the hardcore DH guys the highest only because i want to do that kinda riding one day when i skill permits it
 

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prejudice not racist

im serious google that ****
Prejudice implies preconceived notions about those that are different than you.
If you have a preconceived notion that DH'ers all have a deathwish, that is prejudiced.

Racism is a dislike, period, for a certain group within a network. "I hate all DH'rs and they all can die and make the world better." Thats racist. I don't need to use google. I am smart enough to already know. I use google for spelling queries... and rarely, porn.
 

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Unless you want to broaden "race" to include different styles of bicycling then racism deals specifically with dislike of an ethnicity based on heritage or ancestry. I hardly think it applies to a road biker disliking a mtbr.
Then again we are arguing weak semantics, off topic.

I've only run into XC and road bikers in my neck of the woods. I haven't really sensed any hostility from the road bikers but maybe they're muttering just under their breath.
 

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I am across an ocean from most of you guys, and I don't see the big barriers.

I remember watching a local DH race and one of the strong XC riders was thinking aloud about the feasilbility of riding the rough course on his skinny bike. (I think he could, I am not quite up to it)

That same guy got himself a cyclocross bike and apparently had a blast giving a CC race a shot (until his left crank fell off)

When there's a road race in town, you'll definitely find mountainbikers watching (and saying riding fast in a tight pack would scare them ****less).
 

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Can't we all just get along?
The way how people behave on internet forums, then obviously not. :confused: In my mind, sure we can. Does it really matter if I ride light xc bike, my neighbor road bike, and my friend 7" fully? After all it's still just bike and we all like to ride it. Maybe I'm a bit biased, but I get impression (even here on MTBR) that for quite few people, the only proper cycling is freeride. Everything else is worth less, or it doesn't even count as cycling (road cycling in particular). I don't see point why this would be like this. Personally I don't care if someone rides road bike, SS, heavy DH bike or 8kg xc race machine. Cycling is, and should stay, just cycling, no matter what bike we use, and what trails we choose. Sure we are different as human beings, and I shoot enough cycling to know what's mentality of xc/road racer and some DH racer, but does it really mean, we should hate each other?
 

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If roadies would just stop giving us ammunition, maybe we could all get along...

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?p=1593613#poststop

for the record, I ride non-racey XC (I like to cruise through the singletrack) and road. If I had the cash and a nearby place, I'd do DH too. and bmx and cross and tandem and recumbent and fixie and tricycle and hobbyhorse and bone shakers and unicycle (ok maybe not unicycle)... but ya get the point, bikes are just fun, people tend to (or need to) specialize based on restrictions like time, cash and terrain
 
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