Well here is a BD bike that has been ridden. Got it a year ago and have put on 2400 tough miles. I'm a 210lb rider and like to mash up the hills. Love the bike. Rides as comfortably as my Steel Raleigh Super Course. I replaced the Shamino 550 wheels with Velocity Areohead rims with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. The wheels rock. Replaced the cheap saddle with a Specialized BG Alias.MB1 said:
Why not?fran2537 said:baylor, why bother posting? did you add anything constructive to the discussion? amazing--you can tell all that from that lousy picture? must be some sort of bicycle savant.
Folks, i get it--some people dont like BD. my understanding--or should i say misunderstanding was that this section of the forum was to discuss MB not merely vent the respective spleens of those who don't like BD---with a passion that is surprising since none of them ever seem to have actually done business with them--just seem to dislike the way they do business. fair enough, but why do you feel the need to harangue those who don't share your opinion? how about some examples of BD's alleged bad faith and double dealing? absent that--take a deep cleansing breath and move on.
i am tired of the snipes and criticism. all started with a newbie member to the forum expressing his opinion and then watching the BD bashing begin each and every time. did i over react? maybe--but i wonder how the negative posters would react if to their next post the first reply out of the box was to call them a liar and then a constant stream of thinly veiled.
especially funny--after following the sound advice of the moderator on "how not to be a shill" 1. post fotos 2. post ride reports--the first response was another personal criticism. clearly there is no winning with this group.
thanks to those who posted intelligent and helpful comments.
baylor, I'm in. But before I put that second foot into the brew I'd like to know just exactly how you know that BD is sending in shills. This "history" you write about should be easily verifiable so go ahead and post it here, would ya? I think it would make for some very interesting reading, if you catch my drift.baylor said:Why not?
They say that they are paranoid based on BD's history of sending in "shills" (I actually had only heard that word before in connection with eBay) with fake user IDs. .
Fran2537, I'm sorry you got sucked into this problem. The BikeDirect shill problem is very real...Just yesterday, the CEO of BD posted under the user name bikesdirect. His post was very well written and he seemed to answer a lot of questions. There is one small problem.....His internet IP is the same as a well known BikeDirect shill that was banned a couple of week ago. Does that mean that the CEO is a shill? Who knows..maybe he as posting from a work computer but someone at BD has/is posting as a shill.........fran2537 said:. if you have some impartial observer feedback--share it. again, real examples of bad behavior by BD.
Dave, that is so interesting. Actually his post wasn't that well written. There were tons of grammatical errors and misspelled words. But no matter, what matters is that you have identified him as shill in your latest shill hunt. That's way cool. You also mention that the poster's ip address is the same as a shill from a couple of weeks ago. This is my point exactly. You, or the web master, knows my ip address. You know that I'm posting from about as far away from BD central as is possible and yet you post this troll the other day:Dave Hickey said:Fran2537, I'm sorry you got sucked into this problem. The BikeDirect shill problem is very real...Just yesterday, the CEO of BD posted under the user name bikesdirect. His post was very well written and he seemed to answer a lot of questions. There is one small problem.....His internet IP is the same as a well known BikeDirect shill that was banned a couple of week ago. Does that mean that the CEO is a shill? Who knows..maybe he as posting from a work computer but someone at BD has/is posting as a shill.........