In my last post I talked about Fashion Faux Pas in the cycling world. In this blog I would like to address Faux Pas of the actual bicycle. Again, like in my last post none of this really matters. Riding your bike is what you should be worrying about, whether or not you are ‘guilty’ of any of these. Your bike is YOUR bike and it is to YOUR personal likings.
I am only going to address a few faux pas here.
Triangle Frame Pack
The triangle frame pack has been a long time accessory in the cycling industry. It fits in a nice place on your bike and is out of the way. So why is it a faux pas? Some people consider it an old, out of date accessory and an eye sore. Functionality is great but the only real reason someone would need one is if they really preferred it over a seat bag or for more cargo space. Though a lot of us wouldn’t use it, it is still an accessory that is available in today’s cycling industry.
Bento Box on a Mountain Bike
The Bento box is a great product used mostly on triathlon bikes, but has recently spread to all road bikes. It is quite handy in its placement on the bike for a quick feed to keep up your energy. It has even been seen on mountain bikes. I personally don’t see the purpose of it on the mountain bike due to the vigorous and bumpy ride the mountain biking offers us. Seems like it would be a hassle. Many MTB riders also use a CamelBak and often stop for a break to soak up the surrounding nature and all its glory. On a longer ride or for someone who is in it for the long grind and doesn’t stop to smell the flowers, it could be a nice accessory… on the smoother parts of the trail.
Bike Racks on Road or Mountain bikes
Bike racks are essential for a lot of riding types, such as touring, commuting, or any type of longer travel. Its when you take your road or mountain bike to a race with the rack(s) still attached. People might make a comment about them or they may not. Using them in aggressive road riding or mountain biking isn’t the greatest idea for many reasons that seem like common sense. If you use them often and ride aggressively often and just don’t want to take them on and off all the time then fine, but you might be found explaining yourself more than you’d like to.
Bar ends on riser bars
Many people do this. And some bar ends work fine on a riser bar. Having bar ends for different hand positions in a long climb can be quite helpful. Having an extreme case like the picture above, however, can draw some unwanted attention. People might find it goofy looking and not particularly helpful. Bar ends faded years ago from mainstream mountain bikes when riser bars improved the fit and ergonomics of mountain bikes. Hopefully most people will understand that not every one’s anatomy is identical to their’s and that some people require a more upright handlebar position to others, and also don’t want a riser bar that is borderline chopper style. The raised bar end is a nice solution for them. This may be a faux pas that many people have not heard of, but it is real, unfortunately. Do your worst is what I say.
Again, in conclusion faux pas shouldn’t effect your desire to ride. A more comfortable position or more accessible accessory is much more important than the mindless banter of a narrow minded biker. Keep doing what your doing if it works for you.