Yes, Kasparz. It may be completely shocking to you, I know, but not everyone who rides thinks of themselves on the Pro Tour.
But let's go over your complaints, one by one, shall we?"Bars are too high, no human being in their right mind would be able to ride like this."
Are you this person? No, you are not. Maybe they have a back problem? Maybe they prefer comfort? Maybe they aren't you. Shocking, I know, but there are about 7 Billion people in the world that are not you, and each person - yourself included - is unique.Lightweight non aero wheelset for long rides?
You've never done a Maverick level ride, have you? Have you even done a ride longer
than 200miles in one go? Aero is nice, but 200+ miles leaves a lot of variable in terrain, and more importantly weather. The Hoodoo 500 race in Utah, for example, can start off perfectly calm. 12 hours later you'll be battling 30mph sidewinds... they may stop, they may come back, either way you're out there on your own unsupported for 500 miles. Do you really want to fighting sidewinds all day or would you rather have reliable, consistent performance variables under your control?SPD pedals for long rides?
Yes. Walkable, durable, cheap. Get over it.Does long rides include dismounting every 100 metres?
No, but you may find yourself stopping to change a flat on the side of the route which can be mud, lava rock, stone, sand, who knows. Again, go out and do one of these rides before you start bitching about them.Saddle that has been designed to eliminate any possibility to have a grandchildren?
Wow, you really are thinking only about yourself, huh? Each person has their own saddle interests and comfort levels, have you not learned that already?
I personally hate Brooks saddles. Some people love them, especially people who use their bikes for touring... like touring the PanAmerica road from Alaska down to Cape Horn. Guess what? They have kids.What part of that isn't a freak?
I suppose if you were to ride it we can then point at your face of disgust, then call it a freak. But otherwise it's fine. It may not be YOUR personal "wanna be Pro Tour" cup of tea, but it's someone else's very capable ride and it's very purpose built. Unfortunately you can't see the purpose and have no experience in those types of purposes so....?
I don't ride downhill bikes, the ones with massive front and rear shocks, incredibly small gearing and needing heavy body armor for safety. But do I call them freaks? No. They're purpose built and I respect them for what they are. Do I desire riding one? Nope. Do I salut the riders I see riding them? You bet. Do I salut the companies that make them? Yes, definitely.
Freaks? Those are mish-mashes of stuff, non-purpose built. Using a TT frame for mountain biking, for example, would be a freak bike.
Finally, just for context since you're in Latvia and we're a backwards country that still uses an Imperial measurement system:
500 miles is ~804km. That's a race, Kasparz, unsupported
. Good luck out there.
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