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    feros ferio John E's Avatar
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    What does your bicycle say about you?

    Forbes has run a series of articles on "what your car says about you" and "what your car selection says to the opposite sex." It then talks about target demographics and markets for everything from Dodge Vipers to minivans, Bentleys, and Audi RS4s. Could/should we try to assemble a similar gallery for bicycle ownership? Of course, we'll have to factor in the N+1 rule ...
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    The best one I read about what a car says about you was: Owning a Volvo says...."I'm afraid of my wife".

    For you Volvo owners, it's a joke

    Now back to the OP's thread
    Wiggy wiggy scratch yo yo bang bang

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    Tell Forbes that I don't care. That will send them into a financial tizzy.

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    I'm not sure, but I suspect it isn't kind.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    My bikes all say the same thing about me : he loves us!
    And you know that notion just crossed my mind.

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    They all say " he loves to ride"
    "If there are no cigars in heaven, I shall not go." -Mark Twain

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    It would be more interesting when the bike and the cars are matched up, but not bikes alone.

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    My bikes say: Rust never sleeps.
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    Both Forbes and the Wall St. Journal have been covering the bicycle industry pretty well over the last year or so. Forbes had a article about Scott Bicycles which was pretty interesting. What does that say about me that I like bicycles and subscribe to both publications?

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    Mine says "You're a wimp." Why else would I have a triple on a titanium bike?

    But I'm a bling-loving wimp.

    Or is that a win-loving blimp?
    Zero gallons to the mile

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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    My bikes say the following:
    Cannondale Mountain Bike converted to skinny tire commuter:
    "This guy is either homeless, has a DUI, or is some weird health nut who rides in the rain"
    What I wish it said: "What a great guy! Saving the planet and staying in shape that the same time."

    My Kestrel RT700:
    Another 50+ dude on a great carbon bike he'll never fully tap the potential of. He should lose a few pounds and quite thinking about the bike."
    What I'd like it to say:
    "Wow, who is that amazing fast guy on that rolling piece of art? What a stud. He must be at least 30 years old."
    WANTED: Not a darn thing. I've got it all. Life is good.
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    mine says, "the rider of this bicycle is tres cool!"

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    Mine don't say anything. Bicycles can't speak.


    What my bicycles represent to the other sex?

    He's not a couch potato, but if he doesn't have a car, then he's either too cheap to spend money on me or a loser who lost his license or can't afford a car.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I don't know what they say to other people but to me they say "let's go ride".
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Why, oh Why me?
    "Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." Louis L'Amour

    There are two types of road bikers: bikers who are faster than me, and me. Bruce Cameron - Denver Post

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    Apparently, according to the guys in the road forum, my bike says that my car is a Subaru or Volvo, and my computer is a Macintosh. Both true.

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    To the Carbon Crowd here in S. Cal my bike says: He really is a Fred
    To the people driving cars on the road: Oh great, another cyclist slowing me down.
    F Thomas

    "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by solveg View Post
    Apparently, according to the guys in the road forum, my bike says that my car is a Subaru or Volvo, and my computer is a Macintosh. Both true.
    Hummm. My car is a Subaru, and my computer a Mac. Does that match my bikes?
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    Squirrel solveg's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Hummm. My car is a Subaru, and my computer a Mac. Does that match my bikes?
    You'll have to ask the road guys. Personally, I'd say no. I think the Rivendell is the third part of the trifecta of what they consider to be "Practical Cult Member".

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    My bikes: 83 Nishiki Sport and 2006 Felt-F-80 Road Bike.
    What car do I drive?
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    My bikes: 83 Nishiki Sport and 2006 Felt-F-80 Road Bike.
    What car do I drive?
    I don't know! The theory is some kind of Roadie Juju! I'd send you the link, but the thread is about 148 pages long....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Hummm. My car is a Subaru, and my computer a Mac. Does that match my bikes?

    What your car says about you

    Acura Integra - I have always wanted to own the Buick of sports cars

    Acura NSX - I am impotent

    Audi 90 - I enjoy putting out engine fires

    Buick Park Avenue - I am older than 34 of the 50 states

    Cadillac Eldorado - I am a very good Mary Kay salesman

    Cadillac Seville - I am a pimp

    Chevrolet Camaro - I enjoy beating the hell out of people

    Chevrolet Chevette - I like seeing people's reactions when I tell them I have a 'Vette

    Chevrolet Corvette - I'm in a mid-life crisis

    Chevrolet Cavalier - Absolute LEGEND!

    Chevrolet El Camino - I am leading a militia to overthrow the government

    Chrysler Cordoba - I dig the rich Corinthian leather

    Datsun 280Z - I have a kilo of cocaine in my wheel well

    Dodge Dart - I teach third grade special education and I voted for Eisenhower

    Dodge Daytona - I delivered pizza for four years to get this car

    Ferrari Testarossa - I am known to prematurely ejaculate

    Ford Explorer - I will not be caught dead in a mini van

    Ford Fairmont - (See Dodge Dart)

    Ford Mustang - I cant afford a Camaro

    Ford Crown Victoria - I enjoy having people slow to 55 mph and change lanes when I pull up behind them.

    Geo Storm - I will start the 11th grade in the fall.

    Geo Tracker - I will start the 12th grade in the fall.

    Honda del Sol - I have always said, half a convertible is better than no convertible at all

    Honda Civic - I have just graduated and have no credit

    Honda Accord - I lack any originality and am basically a lemming.

    Infiniti Q45 - I am a physician with 17 malpractice suits pending.

    Isuzu Impulse - I do not give a damn about J.D. Power or his reports.

    Jaguar XJ6 - I am so rich I will pay 60K for a car that is in the shop 280 days per year.

    Kia Sephia - I learned nothing from the failure of Daihatsu Corp.

    Lamborghini Countach - I only have one testicle

    Lincoln Town Car - I live for bingo and covered dish suppers

    Mercury Grand Marquis - (See above)

    Mercedes 500SL - I will beat you up if you ask me for an autograph

    Mercedes 560SEL - I have a daughter named Bitsy and a son named Cole

    Mazda Miata - I do not fear being decapitated by an eighteen-wheeler

    MGB - I am dating a mechanic

    Mitsubishi Diamante - I don't know what it means either

    Nissan 300ZX - I have yet to complete my divorce proceedings.

    Oldsmobile Cutlass - I just stole this car and I'm going to make a fortune off the parts

    Peugeot 505 Diesel - I am on the EPA's Ten Most Wanted List

    Plymouth Neon - I sincerely enjoy doing the Macarena

    Pontiac Trans AM - I just cant get it right

    Porsche 911 Turbo - I have a three inch penis.

    Porsche 944 - I am dating big haired women that otherwise would be inaccessible to me

    Rolls Royce Silver Shadow - I think Pat Buchanon is a tad bit too liberal

    Saturn SC2 - (See Honda Civic)

    Subaru Legacy - I have always wanted a Japanese car even more inferior than Isuzu

    Toyota Camry - I am still in the closet

    Volkswagon Beetle - I still watch Partridge Family reruns

    Volkswagon Cabriolet - I am out of the closet

    Volkswagon Microbus - I am tripping right now

    Volvo 740 Wagon - I am frightened of my wife
    "Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer

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    My bike says I'm a middle-aged, above middle-income bike shop owner's dream come true.

    But too cheap for a true custom bike.

    (07 Madone 5.2 w/Kysyrium ES, Deda bars and stem, Selle Italia saddle, Speedplay pedals and Obama 08 stickers covering up the Disco logos.)

    (Oh, and like HRC, I have one testicle to spare.)
    "I can't believe we still have to protest this crap." - courtesy, Johnny Monkey

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    My bikes don't talk, and neither do my cars. One of my cars made the list above ('97 Miata), the other one didn't (Honda Insight Hybrid). Thought for sure the Prius would make the list though . . .

    Prius: You really wanted an Insight, but got tired of waiting for Honda to make more!

    Just kidding.

    Rick / OCRR

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    What all of my bikes say about me:

    I really wish that lard @$$ would lose some weight!!!
    Slow Ride Cyclists of NEPA

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    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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