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Old 01-08-07, 08:08 PM   #1
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What do you like most about YOUR bike?

We ride so many different kinds of bikes, newer and older, conventional and unconventional etc., I thought it might be fun to hear why people really like their own particular main squeeze. So what are the top two or three things you like most about the bike you ride most often?

What I like most about my current bike, a 2004 Giant Cypress SX, is that it's all dialed in and fits me like a glove; that while there's nothing fancy about it everything works and keeps working easily, and I like the color -- black. Oh, and I like that it's all paid for, of course!
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Old 01-08-07, 08:56 PM   #2
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It never gets a headache no matter how much I want to ride.
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I like that I owe it a lot more than it owes me.
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Old 01-08-07, 09:12 PM   #4
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It rides like new, has the simplicity of old school and isn't so pretty that the average bike thief will look at it!
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Old 01-08-07, 09:17 PM   #5
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I like how it worships me as a god.

Oh, did you say bike or dog?
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Old 01-08-07, 09:22 PM   #6
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I like how mine responds to the whip.
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Old 01-08-07, 09:32 PM   #7
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I like how mine responds to the whip.
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Old 01-08-07, 09:50 PM   #8
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In no particular order: I like that no one else has one quite like it. I like that I got to pick the color (dark charcoal gray - it looks understated and classy and timeless). I like that I put it together myself, including building the rear wheel (okay, except for installing the headset). I like that the frame is only ten years younger than I am (1967 v. 1957). I like that it rides smoooooth and comfy with zero twitchiness and yet is nimble and easy to handle on a descent and not at all "dead" feeling. I like that it is lugged steel. I like that I rescued the frame from years of not being ridden. I like that it is more fun to ride than I ever imagined. And, God help me, I like having people look at it and saying, "hey, that's really cool - how old is it?"

Okay, I'm a little vain. So sue me.
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I like to look at my bike leaning up against something....it has so much potential and gracefulness of form. So simple and elemental an object, yet so full of promise and past life. I like the way it feels as if on rails, like a well edged ski, on a downhill turn (women in my life should have been so steady).

In short, the bike is a mirror of some of the best parts of my self.

And the only complaints I get is when I cross the d*mned chain (!) or the rear tire skids a bit if I'm being foolish.
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My bike knows I suck regally as a rider, yet it has never tried to run away to a better rider. It's always there for me, except when I trash, through no fault of mine, the front der, or mangle the brakes, or forget to lube the chain for three months (it's a mountain bike), or the time I couldn't figure out how to take off the dang cassette even though I had all the proper tools. If there were bikes in Doestyevsky's Russia, he would have made one the heroine in "Crime and Punishment". I suppose.
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Old 01-08-07, 10:02 PM   #11
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I like mine because, even though I suffer mightily on the climbs, when I get to the top and point it down I know it will be capable of going as fast as I dare take it and then some.
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Old 01-08-07, 10:09 PM   #12
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I've had a hybrid bike for years, and got a road bike about 18 months ago. On the road bike I just feel fast. Now, I perfectly well aware that ther is no definition of the word in which I really am fast, but hey, that's how it feels.
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Old 01-08-07, 11:06 PM   #13
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It's lighter than I am. It's faster than I am. It's prettier than I am.
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Old 01-08-07, 11:33 PM   #14
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I like that mine is a one-of-a-kind, it is carefully, and lovingly put together by my hubby.
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Old 01-08-07, 11:40 PM   #15
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Ribby's been my faithful companion for 14-1/2 years and tens of thousands of miles. Every part of her is dialed in to exactly what I want. She carried me on every century ride I've done. She looks like a bike. She has nice lugs.
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Old 01-08-07, 11:44 PM   #16
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The seat, no weight on my hands, my neck not curved up to look ahead. The feeling of effortlessly gliding along.

Oh wait, that's not my bike yet. I test rode it this morning, and just e-mailed the dealer back on his quote and told him to order it. We'll find out the wait time from the factory.
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Old 01-09-07, 04:10 AM   #17
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I like the fact that it will "get up and dance."
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Old 01-09-07, 04:20 AM   #18
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I like the fact it never complains and is ready whenever I am.
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When Cat and I go out for a ride together she purrs, to let me know she loves it too.

What do I love about her?

Rohloff gears.

Smooth changing , when moving or not, the next gear is always the one I need, and the change is immediate.

Her matt black finish, and masking taped body, mean she is does not look like a desirable object for others to take her away from me.

She even lets me bring along BOB for a threesome.
I don't need to shower before I ride her, and she doesn't complain when I ride other bikes.

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From the first day before heading to seminary, to summer days when schedules are less hectic and time for 50 mile rides are possible, to yesterday when only an hour on the trainer could be found, my first Schwinn has served me very well.
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Old 01-09-07, 06:29 AM   #21
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I like when I take my '98 Lemond into the shop, several different mechanics have said, in one way or another, "I love that bike. It is one of the best made."

I like it being absolutely quiet as I pedal along.

I like that it consents to me riding it, when it deserves a lot more.

I like the now funky Lemond yellow color scheme that is becoming "retro." This is not a shy, retiring gray bicycle. And I need to take a better picture!


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Old 01-09-07, 07:34 AM   #23
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In addition to being extremely comfy, it's fast, fast fast! When I was much younger, I could draft like a madman and average 18 mph on a 50 to 80 mile ride. With this baby I've done 23 mph solo for a century, and 21+ mph is common. My times on really hilly routes are still about the same as on my old upright, so the free speed doesn't apply to hills; but everywhere else it's a monster. The bad thing about it: I can't train with my buddies anymore; they can't keep up.

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My S-Works Roubaix is as close as I'll ever get to a Ferrari. I also like that it doesn't take gasoline to make it run.
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It makes me feel young again when I ride.
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