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April 30, 2022, 8:26 a.m. -  Andy Eunson

Words and sayings sure have a lifespan. Just like fashion clothes. Guys in suits that make them look like Pee Wee Herman. What’s next? Ties that double as a bib and Tiajuana flares? Words certainly become overused and we need new words to make us sound unique and cool. I going to resurrect words and sayings from my youth. No guff eh. Like a bear. Far out man. Some words need to stop being used though. Custom is one that bothers me. I see people selling so called custom bikes. An off the rack frame hung with off the shelf parts is hardly custom. A frame built to my dimensions with different tube lengths and angles is custom.  Or upgrade. I replaced the black plastic pedals with plastic pins to purple plastic pedals with plastic pins.  Referring to a bike as being playful needs to stop too. It’s a toy. Of course it’s playful.  Some of this descriptive words are a bit like the Marzocchi girls in adds. Over the top and kind of ridiculous. Kind of like the movie Idiocracy. Short stays are playful. It’s what we crave. Why not move the bb forwards a bit and maintain the same wheelbase but have weight more centred? BMX out back, DH out front. It’s what we crave. Thus goes the circular logic.

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