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Old 01-21-08, 05:15 PM   #1
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Why You Love The Bike You are With

OK--the threads re: why this that or the other bike
or bikes are the ones you want are really fun. I'm
still waiting for that Somec. God, are you listening?
Somec, here stat.

Seriously. Lusting after bikes is a perennial pastime but
I think we all need to take a moment of silence and appreciate
the bikes we have. Not a "post your bikes" bike porn thing--
but rather than indulging in desire, something I do quite a bit,
indulge in gratitude. Every bike can be a gift to you, from
the universe.

I love my bikes. They are made in Taiwan and Japan. There are
others like them but these are mine. Their lugs and welds are
at thing of beauty. I vow to apply framesaver or LPS to keep
the rust away, amen.
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Old 01-21-08, 05:50 PM   #2
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I do admit that the only bike I ever got rid of was an Orbea Airplane, which I replaced with a steel road frame, not to make this a steel vs. aluminum thread. I love all of my bikes for different reasons: lugged and TIG welded, threadless and threaded, multi or single speed, the memories associated with their scratches, how they ride...I can (if I actually had the time) just look at each and every one of them for hours and not get bored. I am constantly thinking about things to do to make 'this' or 'that' perfect....I think I have a sickness.
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Old 01-21-08, 06:21 PM   #3
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I have 12 complete and 2 in progress. When the bike I'm riding matches the terrain, or the mood, I love that bike more.......at that time. Next day, another place, another mood, a different bike,
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Old 01-21-08, 06:49 PM   #4
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I've got just the one bike. I love her. She gets me to and from work and all the places one would use a car in town, I can load tons of stuff on it, pull a trailer, and put her on public transportation if it's too far for me to ride. She's also very comfy and fun to ride.
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Old 01-21-08, 06:51 PM   #5
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not to make this a steel vs. aluminum thread.
I was just reading Sheldon Brown and he says that frame design is more important
than frame material in terms of ride characteristics :-)
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Old 01-21-08, 06:54 PM   #6
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Well, I love my Allez because it's my Ferrari powered by pedals and my Schwinn Passage because it's a sweet old US Made lug steel touring bike.

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Old 01-21-08, 06:56 PM   #7
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I have 7 bikes. None of them are jealous of each other. I can ride the hell out of one on Saturday and hop on another Sunday. I don`t have to talk to my bike after I ride it. My bike is never in a bad mood and I don`t have to hold it either.My bike doesn`t mind when I get smelly and sweaty or even if I pass gas on it, the bike never utters a single word. I love my bikes.
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Old 01-21-08, 06:58 PM   #8
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My Cross-Check rocks! It is my commuter bike, my errand bike and my long distance bike. I like it so much that I gave my old bike away. That's right! Gave it away for free. My bike was fitted to me and adjusted just-so, to dissappear under me like a breeze. I can spend hours and hours on my bike in total comfort... or I can gear it up and hammer a couple of miles at 23-25mph like I did this afternoon on my way home.
Plus, it just looks really cool.
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Old 01-21-08, 07:01 PM   #9
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+1 If I had to slim down to one bike my CX would be the keeper. Its my favorite, swiss-army bike.
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Old 01-21-08, 07:03 PM   #10
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i like all my bikes, but i only love one.

and i've not been on it in over a year.

but i will never, ever get rid of it.
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Old 01-21-08, 07:13 PM   #11
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I was just reading Sheldon Brown and he says that frame design is more important than frame material in terms of ride characteristics :-)
lol...don't get me started, sonny!!
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Old 01-21-08, 07:28 PM   #12
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why I love my current MTB

no derailleur
no derailleur
no derailleur
no derailleur
no derailleur

disc brakes

full suspension

and did I mention
no derailleur
no derailleur
no derailleur
no derailleur
no derailleur

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Old 01-21-08, 07:30 PM   #13
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sorry for the picture but I felt it needed illustration with a bike very similar to mine own
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Old 01-21-08, 07:32 PM   #14
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I love my Univega. It floats over bumps like an air mattress yet can still take a curve faster than I'm willing to try. It has fenders, a bag, lights, a bell, and lots of old parts, yet it is silent over bumps. And most importantly, it is comfortable and versatile. I could ride it for days and stare at it for hours. I like all of my bikes but this one is special.
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Old 01-21-08, 08:19 PM   #15
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I don't love my bicycles as much as people think... but I really have some affection for all the wonderful people I know who ride them and the people I have yet to meet.

They also become repositories for so many good memories and if there is any bike love it is because of the roads and trails we have travelled together.

The best journeys always include the best of friends.
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Old 01-21-08, 08:52 PM   #16
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Right now I love the bike i'm with because it is the only thing seperating me from freezing to death while out on a ride this time of year.
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Old 01-21-08, 09:08 PM   #17
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I cheat on all my bikes, but I love them all. I'm courting 2 more right now ..
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Old 01-21-08, 09:11 PM   #18
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My bikes understand that we are "just friends" and are ok with the fact.
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What's up with all the bike related threads you've been starting in Foo?

I'm one bicycle away from eternal contentment. Honest.
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I happened across a bike store in College Station, Texas and saw this beautiful red Trek 330. It was love at first sight. I bought the bike then and there. It was my first real road bike. I loved the way it felt. It was stolen off my apartment balcony and replaced with a Trek 1000. I have not been without a Trek road bike since that day. I have ridden other road bikes, but I just love the way Treks feel.

A year or so back I stumbled across a Falcon of England Europa at a garage sale. It was Reynolds 501 tubing, and I had been thinking about a steel bike, so it was meant to be. I paid $10 for her. More money than I like to think about later, she is sporting full Shimano 105 drivetrain, Mavic Open Pros laced to Ultegra hubs, and a nice leather saddle. She has a very plush ride and is slowly becoming my ride of choice, to the point where I might have to invest in brifters instead of DT shifters.
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Old 01-21-08, 09:29 PM   #21
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What's up with all the bike related threads you've been starting in Foo?

I'm one bicycle away from eternal contentment. Honest.
I hope they aren't too OT. Foosters are interesting people--
diverse. I like hearing from all y'all about bikes.
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Old 01-21-08, 10:51 PM   #22
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I love all my bikes. Two in particular are my favorites to ride, but oddly enough are the two I ride the least. Hmmm....

My most expensive bike is also not my "favorite"....but I love it nonetheless. I feel very very fortunate to own the bikes that I do. They are all special to me in some way.
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I have 3 and love them all for different reasons.

They are all black and grey. They are all aluminum.

The full suspension is my favorite right now.

I will own more bikes someday.
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I love my RANS because it is comfortable, can carry my groceries or luggage and has the potential to be fast. It just needs a better motor. Oh, It is also different from most of the bikes around here.

I love my Burco because it rides so nicely while still being a very practical commuting bike.

I love my Humber because it is a superbly comfortable and stylish bike for cruising around on. Now if only the rider was as stylish.

I only like my Healing fixie at the moment, even though it a lot of fun to ride and very different. It needs a stem extender and for the Brooks to break me in before I will love it.

As I slowly fix/restore my other bikes so I will enjoy them as well.
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I have 2, love them very much
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