As mine's a 59cm fixie w SPDs, the question has never been asked.
“Next time you're in your car, at 80 Kilometers per hour, strip down to your underwear and jump out. That's what it's like to crash in a professional bike race.” - Jonathan Vaughters
It's a bike, so yes I would let someone ride it. Of course, I don't have a $10,000 Pinerello or anything like that. ;-)
Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive anyway.
No one asks, but I probably would. I like biking and want to get others involved. Most people see my bike and ask when I have to return it to the museum.
I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!
I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.
I have two situations where I would let someone else ride my bikes.
1. my wife is an "auntie" to a bunch of Hawaiian college kids here in Omaha. I put a bunch of flat pedals on 4 of my bikes and let them ride around for fun.
2. I have offered my best friend try out my bikes to see what the differences are, but he has never taken the offer.
I don't tend to lend my bike to others since I noticed they don't take care of them as well as I would. My Eisentraut and carbon Giant are never lent out.
I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
Normally I do not allow anyone to ride my bike. My nephew and I were out riding the other day and we swapped bikes (we are both about the same height) for about 5 minutes just to compare. Other than this one time I don't like others riding my ride.
@ Seattle Forrest - Apologies in advance for the slight thread hijack!
Good luck with your SMP!
Sorry, now back to the original topic!
One of the key reasons I would not want to lend my good road bike to anyone is that it is just not worth the risk. It is not a cheap bike, so if they damage it, they may have a hard time affording to have it fixed, and even if they could afford it, may have ill feelings about it because of the amount. Then if they didn't pay for any damage, that creates bad feelings. Given that I would not even consider lending this to anyone but a very good friend, I would then not want to risk a good friendship if something did go wrong.
As for the other bikes, I would be ok with someone lending them because they don't mean as much to me, can easily be replaced, or damage covered easily by a friend if there was damage.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.*~Robert Collier
I do not have the ~$280 to replace my Schwinn S25 with another one (if I could even find one now...it seems the Target near me doesn't carry them anymore), nor do I have the technical skill to custom-build my own.
Sure. All my bikes are just bikes; fixable or replaceable. I've dropped most of them at one point or another so a few scratches wouldn't bother me. My younger brother kept my mountain bike (Felt Q720) for a couple months before he picked up a bike of his own. I'm always trying to get people to ride the tandem (Cignal Melbourne Express) but I think a lot of folks are scared of it. My other bikes include a Raleigh Detour Deluxe and a BikesDirect fixed gear that switches between drop bars with a 7-speed IGH and townie bars as a FG or SS.
2008 Jamis Satellite
1996 Trek ST 120
1983 Miyata 710
It seems like a lot of you know something I don't or have had negative experiences lending. I would lend out my bike to anyone I know well and who seems sensible. If there were something I was worried about it I'd ask them to be careful. In weighing the probability of damage (fairly low) against the cost of a remedy (moderate at worst) I'd lend.
To me, bikes are for riding. Sure, I'd let a friend use my bike. Now, taking it home, that depends on the friend...RJ
I loaned my mountain bike to my roommate once so we could do some off roading instead of the coast. I went on the tandem with my gf and he took my bike. He crashed and broke his femur half way through the ride. Haven't loaned one since. The feeling of guilt was horrible because he never road mtn biked and it ended of his racing career. He healed eventually, and all our rides were on the road after that.
On the other hand, I've switched bikes with friends on a ride for a few minutes, to compare. I don't really love doing it, and probably won't with my new carbon bike. And I'd probably lend my old aluminum one to a friend in a real pinch, although I still put it to good use.
Don't believe everything you think.
I always get asked what's it like to ride a recumbent trike. If the person isn't too tall (I have a short boom), I'll offer a try. I've had lots of takers. There's only one person I probably won't loan my bike to again and that's my teenaged daughter. I went to ride it reccently and discovered that the left clip was missing the strap, and the right clip was missing altogether.
I let my brother take my bicycle out all the time. He is a trucker for a living and lives on the other side of the country. About one or twice a month he gets a run out this way and is here for a few days so its not uncommon for us to grab a couple of MY bikes and head out on short trail rides and such.
My brother dont look nearly as bad shape as myself (i am 6' 270lbs, he is 6'1" 240lbs), But on the trails i can actually ride a bit further without tiring as much. Our few trial rides this summer has him shoping for a bike himself to mount to the back of his truck so he can get some exercise no matter were he stops.
Now motorcycles HELL no they for my ass only LOL.
My Bicycles: Giant Boulder SE, Giant Seek 1
My cheater bike: 2010 Honda CBF600SA
It depends on the situation. Judgement is required, I don't have a set rule but generally I'll let people ride my wife's bike.
The great Confucius said that he would
rather be a profound political economist than chief of police.
I've swapped bikes several times with friends comparing frames, groups, etc. Not a problem. Then again, I don't own any late model, high dollar bikes!
Faster than a sundial.
I'd only consider allowing somebody to ride my good bike if:
A - they are a paid professional that I have asked to repair my bike for purposes of repair testing only;
or B - I am sleeping with that individual.
Since I ride a 54cm girl's bike, nobody in category B would be interested. However, my 2nd bike is a 58cm men's model ...
I let friends and family take my bikes out.
"Ride lots." -- Eddy Merckx