> no groms no blasters Wrote:
> who wants to waste a thousand dollars to do a dumb hobby that sucks
> where you just hang around with a bunch of fogies when you could be
> outraged at something on tumblr
yeah its kinda true, mopeds has gotten harder and more expensive since we started, used to be you could get a pretty decent bike that ran with a carb clean for $200 all day long. nowadays its harder to find them and they are more fucked up when you do find them.
i just got my cousin into it this summer, it was interesting, we had a lot of fun drinking beers and doing a full ground up vespa build, but its way different from how i got into it.
i get that its popular for people to bitch about millenials being lazy and having their noses in their phones and not wanting to do real life shit, and i don't totally agree with that but from my experience mentoring high school kids building a vintage motorcycle race bike there is definitely a thing where the current crop of teenagers would rather experience life through social media and live vicariously through a few curated 'influencer' type people who just go around and set up good lookin' instagram shots, rather than going out and doing that shit for themselves.
its not much worse or different than at other times though, you look at how many people played video games when i was a kid vs. fucked with mopeds and minibikes, shoot think about skate videos how many people watched vhs skate videos instead of actually skating.
i guess the phone thing just makes it more pervasive nowadays, and the constant 'feed' of social media means you're not gonna get bored after watching a VHS tape and go outside, there is more dumb shit to look at coming into your phone every minute.
i dunno, i'm pretty ok with moped army just being this goofy little thing that happened for a few years and now its just a bunch of old farts getting together to relive the 10 years of glory days, if that is what is going to happen. mopeds weren't popular from 1980-2008 so i don't see anything shocking about them fading back into obscurity.