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    Show me your favorite bike!!

    As long as we're looking at "Beaters" we may as well check out our "Favorites" too.

    When ever I'm going for a long ride, or a Group Ride, or any ride where I may be looking for speed.....The Easy Racer's Tour Easy is my bike of choice from my current fleet.

    Though I bought her as a used bike, she's in great shape and she fits me like a glove. Even though I was wearing jeans and cowboy boots when I test rode this bike, it was obvious that the bike and I were destined to be as one.

    I love the low center of gravity and eagerly attack and accelerate through right angle turns just because it's so much fun. I have never been as "At Home" on any machine as I am on this one.

    Please allow me to present "The Big Black Bike"


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    Here's my favorite. It'll be 10 years old next month. Happy Birthday.
    We bonded in the summer of 2003 when I was unemployed and had lots of time to ride.

    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 (5) "Racing Edition"

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Jeez, that's like asking which of your kids is your favorite. I love 'em all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Jeez, that's like asking which of your kids is your favorite. I love 'em all.
    I feel the same way as Dan. I have only three road-type bikes: older steel racer, modern carbon racer, oldest steel tourer. Each is optimized for its intended purpose. When switch and ride any one after a period of neglect, I say to myself, "this is great! what a nice bike." All fit properly, all are supremely comfortable. Each performs differently.

    If you held a *** to my head and made me choose, I couldn't do it truthfully. I really like the touring bike... a lot. It just feels wonderfully comfortable, like a pair of shoes that are perfectly broken in.

    I love the steel racer. It reminds me of my teen years back in the 1970s.

    The carbon bike is fun and fast, very light, modern... It's probably not my favorite, though.

    I guess I didn't answer the question...

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    Does it have to be a bike that I actually own?
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    OK, my response goes along the lines of - Questions: What's your favorite beer? Answer: The one in my hand. So, what's my favorite bike? The one I'm on at the time.

    This is actually just an excuse because I don't currently have a good photo of my favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Jeez, that's like asking which of your kids is your favorite. I love 'em all.
    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    So, what's my favorite bike? The one I'm on at the time.
    I was thinking that yesterday on the ride to work--the one that I'm on. They're all fine bikes.

    The Portland--2006 Trek Portland, the only bike I currently own that I bought new. Shown here with its winter fenders and studded snow tires.


    YellowBike--2000 Trek 1000--heavily upgraded.


    Blue Steel--1999 Schwinn Peloton, TIG-welded Reynolds 853 steel in crit geometry makes me giddy on every ride. Currently awaiting return of its components.


    Jeeves--1996 Litespeed Classic, currently wearing Blue's components. New wheels are backordered until April. Everything else (mainly Ultegra 6700) is in a box waiting for the new wheels to arrive.
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    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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    Tough question. I really like all of my bikes. Up until last August I could have easily answered that Ribby, my Bridgestone RB-1, was my favorite bike. she was my soulmate for 18 years until a car driver decided something else was more important than paying attention while driving and veered over into the shoulder where I was riding and destroyed my bike and came close to destroying me.
    The bike I got to replace her, Betty, a 2011 Specialized Roubaix Expert, is too new to have that kind of place in my heart, but it sure is a sweet ride.

    Ribby (R.I.P.)

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    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    GURU Photon with SRAM RED.jpg This is my GURU Photon, currently my best climbing bike, so that makes it my favorite.

    It's SRAM Red with a SRAM mountain bike cassette (11-32) and SRAM XX rear (also mountain bike) derailleur. Bars and stem are FSA, pedals are Dura Ace.

    Rick / OCRR

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    cool bar tape on the yellow bike.
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    This is what I'm currently riding. You should ask this question again in a month or two when everyone will again post up different pics of their favorite bike.


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    It brings me pizza!
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    [QUOTE=NOS88;12340069]OK, my response goes along the lines of - Questions: What's your favorite beer?

    The next one
    "If there are no cigars in heaven, I shall not go." -Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    OK, my response goes along the lines of - Questions: What's your favorite beer? Answer: ...
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    I have had this one since college, it brings back sweet memories when we ride.

    oldschool areodynamic brick

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    It really is the one I'm riding but for this week I'll nominate this bike:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    I have had this one since college, it brings back sweet memories when we ride.

    Excellent!

    Now, if I must, I must:


    GunnarJuly2008 by a glass darkly2008, on Flickr

    This is my Gunnar Street Dog. I took this in July of '08. I have since replaced the headlight with an Ixon IQ. Not that the Cateye was that bad, I'm just a headlight geek.
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    My current ride

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    This is the one that's been getting the most miles for the past several years:


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    Well, for the first time, both my "beater" and my "favorite" bikes are "brand new"! So here's the favorite, Sun EZ-Sport AX, like being in a Cadillac convertible, cruising down the interstate, SWEET!
    Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
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    The bike on the bottom is my favorite ... The TriCross Comp is fun also.


    My current favorite bicycle is an XC Comp. It great on the trails, but lock out the suspension, add some
    slicks, and it's a road bike capable of easily climbing any Rocky Mountain pass... even with me on board
    If I could have only one bike, this would be it !


    But my all time favorite means of propulsion are my Salomon skate skis. Yesterday, skating a black run at Frisco Nordic.
    (Day 48 this season)
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    I ski'd [say-how do you spell that?] once- practically killed myself. I water ski's a number of times, but then there was the lack of boat condition that put an end to that. I do this:

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    It's always somewhat difficult if you have more than one, out of the three the Steelwool Tweed is the current favorite. I like the relaxed position a lot and it gets me out more often on longer rides.




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