I am looking to replace the wheels on Froggie and as I am want to do, following some research I posted details of the wheels I was considering and sought advice on them and other possible suggestions at the Australian Cycling Forums (ACF). As I was not interested in ProLite wheels I indicated this in my posting at ACF. I didn’t see the point in others suggesting a brand that did not appeal to me.
It seems choosing to be uninterested in a product is not acceptable to Mr Deon Attard (aka Jacks1071) at Pro-Lite Oz who has filed a “report” at ACF about my posting. His report is quoted verbatim below:
This comment is inappropriate and has board members asking WHY would he say “Other suggestions (not ProLite)?” No reason other than Andrew is a fuckwit and doesn’t like me because I’ve called him out for giving shoddy advice to noob riders on about 20 occassions (sic). So because he doesn’t like me, obviously he wouldn’t want to use our products which is fine by me because I don’t want a fuckhead like Andrew rolling around on our wheels anyway. The cheap shot however was uncalled for and serves no purpose other than to try and discredit the Pro-Lite brand. I thought this was all over and delt with but obviously not… Get a life Andrew – you are fucking pathetic.
I have chosen to post this report by Mr Deon Attard in full as I feel it is important that his views should get a proper airing. I think it is also important that Mr Deon Attard of Pro-Lite Oz be given the opportunity to detail the “about 20 occassions (sic)” where he has “called him [me] out for giving shoddy advice to noob riders on about 20 occassions (sic)” and hence I extend Mr Attard an open invitation to share the details here; if nothing else I would like to correct any bad advice given. Alternatively one can see all his postings via his profile at ACF. Good luck in locating these 20 odd occasions.
I can assure Mr Attard and Pro-Lite International that I will not be “rolling around on [your] wheels”; that I can promise you with 100% conviction.
I am also curious as to whether this is a view held by Pro-Lite International Ltd and hence have extend to them the opportunity to comment.
Update: As promised I offered Mr Steve Fenton, CEO of Pro-Lite International the opportunity to comment on how his company is represented in Australia. I sent the following email to Mr Fenton on February 17, 2010 at 1812:
Dear Mr Fenton
I have recently being subject to, shall we, some interesting commentary by your Australian representative, Mr Deon Attard. I have published Mr Attard’s comments on my blog at http://www.aushiker.com/2010/02/dont-talk-about-the-war-i-mean-prolite with the associated links. I am curious as to whether Mr Attard’s comments are also reflect of your organisation’s and I offer you the opportunity to respond to Mr Attard’s comments and my postings.
At 2143 on February 17, 2010 I received this response from Mr Steve Fenton’s email address. I will let it stand as it is and you as the reader can form your own opinion.
You seem to have a lot of time on your hands and a quick search seems you obviously love to get into this kind of debate which I can only assume is due to something lacking in your life. Maybe you can add train spotting or collecting aeroplane numbers to your daily routine.
Get a life and grow up.
I replied at 2152 and now consider the matter closed.
Dear Mr Fenton
Thank you for your comments. I will happily add them to the website. I am sure potential customers will be happy to be informed about your approach to doing business.
I wish purchases of Pro-Lite wheels all the best with your purchase.