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Old 08-18-10, 07:34 AM   #26
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I've had friends offer to lend me their bikes to try them out. I've always said no - I just can't imagine how I'd feel if something happened while riding it.
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Old 08-18-10, 07:48 AM   #27
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I lend out my mountain bike, no problems with that, it only cost me $250 and the fit is much less important than my road bike. My road bike however... I'm a bit more picky with that, I'm about to go on a ride with my best friend whose looking into getting a new bike this weekend. Going to mark the current location and then lower the seat and let him try out my CAAD9-5 before he wastes his money on another mountain bike.

Most people wouldn't be able to ride my 9-5 anyways, I have fairly long legs, they would never reach the pedals.
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Old 08-18-10, 08:44 AM   #28
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That sounds like a challenge Clifton! I'll bring a cup.
There's quite a few guys here (haven't seen many of them post recently, tho) who could make my bike look like a kiddie toy if they stood astride it.
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Old 08-18-10, 09:44 AM   #29
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I have no problem trading bikes with someone I know and we are riding together. I'm not to sure about letting one out of my site though. The only one that I wound have a problem letting someone change the settings on is my road bike, since I had it custom fitted, and I would hate to try to get it back again if it got messed up.
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I've let friends borrow my car and though no one has asked I would let them borrow my bike as well. Of course in either case I trust them to be responsible, if I didn't the answer would be no. I would think that letting someone borrow a bike for a ride would be a good way to spread the message so to speak.
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No problem as long as they don't adjust anything. It took forever to get my bikes "just so" and I wouldn't want to have to go through all that again.
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Old 08-18-10, 11:30 AM   #32
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Ride it to try it, sure... ride it to use it - get your own bike But, above all, do not adjust anything~!
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I have actually loaned out my mountain bikes and road bike to others, obviously close friends. It's just a bike. If it gets broken I'm sure my friends will fix it.

I was fortunate enough to have friends loan me their bikes to try out. I bought my Lemond Zurich after riding a friend's Buenos Aires and I bought my Superlight after riding another friends Superlight. Thankfully they were kind enough to indulge me and hopefully I am doing the same to others.
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Lessee...

My fixie is a 64cm with about 6.5" of post showing, and a nice tall B17 perched atop.
My brevet bike is a 62cm CX frame (higher posture) with about 7" of post showing and a B17 Imperial
My utility cruiser is a 25" MTB frame on 2.2" tires (adds another 2" of standover) with a humongous post and B17

If anyone thinks they can swing a leg over one of my bikes without crushing their marbles, they're welcome to give one a try.

You're on!

2 of my bikes are 68cm so far borrowing a bike has been a non-issue for me.

However, I like to fix old bikes for a hobby, so I always have one around as a loaner if someone wants to ride. I have given something like 20 bikes--mostly bike shaped objects--away thus far to friends & family hoping to share the joy that riding has brought me and maybe get some more riding partners. It hasn't really worked yet, but I'll keep trying.
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Old 08-18-10, 03:38 PM   #35
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There's quite a few guys here (haven't seen many of them post recently, tho) who could make my bike look like a kiddie toy if they stood astride it.
I don't think I'm in that club. I'm only 6'3" and I only ride a 60cm frame...a cup or some other safety device would definitely be in order.
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I guess I would under certain conditions. When I worked at a group home the kids asked me all the time if they could ride my bike(s). With them the answer was NO! These were 14-20 year olds and I knew they were reckless and couldn't afford to pay for anything if something happened. Plus some of them would leave with one bike and show up with either another bike, or nothing at all with no explanation of what happened. Needless to say some were JD's.

However when I was in the market for a new bike, a total stranger I met at a Coop in Ithaca let me ride his Surly CC. Also the owner of a LBS let me ride his personal Tricross when I was looking as well. I appreciated both of their gestures and would probably return the favor to others if they wanted to ride either my LHT or Jamis exile.
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Old 08-18-10, 04:56 PM   #37
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Years ago when I had just bought my Masi, my wife's cousing asked to try it out. He was a samll time racer and had lots of experience. He took a short ride and when he was done came to a skid stop and promptly fell over. No damage but I WILL NEVER LEND MY BIKES TO ANYONE EVER AGAIN.
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Old 08-18-10, 08:17 PM   #38
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this is a secret benefit of clipless pedals. then n00biez don't ever ask to ride
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Lessee...

My fixie is a 64cm with about 6.5" of post showing, and a nice tall B17 perched atop.
My brevet bike is a 62cm CX frame (higher posture) with about 7" of post showing and a B17 Imperial
My utility cruiser is a 25" MTB frame on 2.2" tires (adds another 2" of standover) with a humongous post and B17

If anyone thinks they can swing a leg over one of my bikes without crushing their marbles, they're welcome to give one a try.
I've got a 67cm, TT at about 37 inches. You're on!

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I mostly ride solo these days, so this doesn't come up. I also ride an early 1980s Ciocc with down tube mounted friction shifters - I suppose the lack of modern "brifter" index-shifting is a bit intimidating for some.
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Old 08-19-10, 01:03 AM   #41
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I only let my family member ride my bike. But none of them like cycling anyways...
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Old 08-19-10, 01:29 AM   #42
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If they are close enough friends. Yes, I would.. Maybe not my more expensive road bike however. A trusted friend. I'd look forward to a group ride with trusted friends..
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Yes, I've let other people ride my bikes. Sometimes it is fun to swap bikes with a riding partner for a few miles, especially if your riding buddy has a new toy or gizmo that you want to check out.

It's not a big deal, the bicycle can be fixed or replaced if something happens to it. I'd be more concerned about my friend if he crashed or was hit than I would about my bicycle.
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I'm curious more as a matter of etiquette, than anything else.

Probably none of us would let a stranger ride our bike. Would you swap with a friend on a ride? With an acquaintance on a group ride? A non-cyclist friend you meet at the park?

This doesn't come up very often for me anymore, since I got clipless pedals.
I loan them without issue. I'd even loan the best ones in my fleet...the Moots and the Dean. I just got my winter commuter bike

back from my summer intern. I loaned it to him so that he could get out and see Colorado as well as enjoy his summer here.

I've loaned my summer commuter

to a co-worker so that her father could go ride with her. Why not? I've got other bikes I can use and if I can help other people out, it makes me feel good. It's not like they will contaminate the bike?
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Old 08-19-10, 08:54 AM   #45
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To people I don't know so well, no, not a chance, unless a very close friend or family could vouch for them, and even then, depends on the bike.

This bike, sure:



This bike, yeah ok:



This bike, no way, nobody, not for a minute, no exceptions.

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...*snip*...This bike, no way, nobody, not for a minute, no exceptions.

Well no wonder, looks like you could put an eye out with that saddle ;p
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Well no wonder, looks like you could put an eye out with that saddle ;p
Nah, if they're right for you, those SMP saddles are really comfy. Even the pointy looking carbon fiber one up there.
(they are so not right for me, tho...)

OiS - How are those Aeolus wheels working out for you? VN reviewed the Aeolus 9 (CF tubie) against 5 other pairs and they got solid mid-pack overall rating, mostly because they're a bit heavier than the others. But, that also made them the 2nd stiffest of the group, which I would assume makes them a better Clyde choice. Curious if all the deep section Bonnies run similarly.
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I hate to let others ride my road bike (cruiser's OK though). I hate even more to ride other people's bikes.

Back in 1983 or '84 my younger brother had just finished building his pride and joy road machine. I'll bet he had fewer than ten miles on it when he said "Give it a try." I clipped in (remember, this is 1983) and proceeded down the road. Still within full sight of my bro and (thankfully) still in the small chain wheel I lifted the front tire over a big diagonal crack in the pavement in the country road we lived on. Imagine my surprise as the wheel rolled on without me as the forks lifted off of the skewer (did I mention this was 1983 - these were straight dropouts). Still clipped, in my full weight and momentum landed on those brand new forks, turning them into a shiny chrome pretzel. Fortunately (for the bike) my head, neck and back took the brunt of the rest of the fall as I wound up on my back, bike in the air, and still clipped in.

My bro was furious. I was furious. He insisted that I owed him new forks for wrecking his. I insisted that he owed me the skin missing from the back of my neck and my back for not tightening the quick release properly (I suspect that that funny washer next to those new fangled 'exposed cam' quick release was sideways and at some point rotated to the correct orientation, causing the whole thing to go slack).

We didn't speak of it 20 years. We laugh about it now, but it was ugly at the time.
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I let my dad ride my bike with normal shoes atop the Look Keo's we are about the same size and he wanted to see what it was about, a shorter friend of mine tried it out too...

I would swap bikes with someone if I was curious on that frame and if it fit me.

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