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    Great guy poululla's Avatar
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    Who is better, you, or your bike?

    Whilst giving my two cents in the the thread about average speed, I stumbled on the thought, - do I deserve the bike I am riding on? Do I do it, and its components justice? If my bike could talk, would it be proud to have me as a rider?

    I am not always sure. How about you and your bike?


    The facts:

    Bike: GIANT TCR ZERO ( 2002), Campagnolo Record 10 Speed Carbon
    Me: 400-650km a week: Can do a sub 2 1/2 hour 100km solo.

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    NOT a weight weenie Hunter's Avatar
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    I look at it this way if my frame and component choices were any less it would fall apart underneath me.

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    It's only a hill. Weasel's Avatar
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    Ha, good question. I spent so much money and time upgrading my MTB into a sleek racing machine, that the only thing I have to upgrade now is.....

    me.

    Bike: Steppenwolf Tundra, Rond Quake CP, full XT, ceramic 517s and Hugi 240 hubs etc.

    Me: 150lbs (skinny git), 350-400km per week.
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    If you want spectacular results, you have to know how to treat your bike badly.

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    It's the fight in the man Rich's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Weasel
    Ha, good question. I spent so much money and time upgrading my MTB into a sleek racing machine, that the only thing I have to upgrade now is.....

    me.
    I feel this way a little too...hmmm, when can I get a few ti leg pins from???

    Rich
    Making New Zealand a safer place :)

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    Well, let's see...I've got my lower-end comfort bike, a bit clumsy, slow and unmaneuverable with the leather seat and the big saddlebags....

    Then there's me, a bit clumsy, a bit slow and unmaneuverable, with the rapidly-becoming-leathery...um...and the big...er....

    Let's just say we seem to be made for each other.

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Is this a trick question?

    Some days I wonder if I deserve or do justice to my Raleigh R600 that is now my commuter.
    Other days I really question my need for my Litespeed. I don't race, I'm overweight, I'm a cold or rainy weather wimp, and I've been known to make excuses. Then I remember that my wife bought the Litespeed for me (What a sweetie :angel: ) so it doesn't matter if I deserve it or do justice to it. It was a gift.
    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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    Originally posted by RonH
    Is this a trick question?

    Some days I wonder if I deserve or do justice to my Raleigh R600 that is now my commuter.
    Other days I really question my need for my Litespeed. I don't race, I'm overweight, I'm a cold or rainy weather wimp, and I've been known to make excuses. Then I remember that my wife bought the Litespeed for me (What a sweetie :angel: ) so it doesn't matter if I deserve it or do justice to it. It was a gift.
    want to send the Litespeed over here?

    I can definitely put it to good use heh heh

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    I would definitely say Poululla deserves his bike. I am impressed by the numbers. Ditto, Weasel.

    Me, I ride a 1983 Trek 760 (racing model). Reynolds 531. Suntour Superbe components. 10kgs. A sweet old bike. No rust. Got it for my 16th birthday. Entered my first criterium a week later. We've covered a lot of miles together.

    I still need a good 3 hours + to tackle 100km. At the moment, my 250+ km a week are on ice due to an Achilles Tendon injury.

    But, I will soon be getting a new bike. And, it will be hot. Will I deserve it? Absolutely. It is going to be my present to myself when I finish my Ph.D. dissertation (we historians take a long time).

    So even if I can't ride right now, I am writing like hell.

    Cheers,
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    I bought a tough and reliable out of bounds kona roast. Doesn't liks distances but likes drops and technical riding. Enjoys being beaten up on extreme drops and laughs every time it runs down a steep descent.

    Me - I love out of bounds riding with some technical. Drops I am still working on. Distances suck I prefer short power spurts over a good long ride any day. Steep rocky descents sends my stomach into my throat and I enjoy pain every now and then.

    I don't push the bikes limits but I am getting there.

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    bike: trek 5200

    last ride: 19 miles @ 12.4 mph

    Physiotherapist has advised to put no stress on my knees. It gets boring .

    I'm thinking of buying the full postal team kit so everyone can at me as they pass.

    :irritated:

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    I am a lonely visitor RegularGuy's Avatar
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    All of my bikes are better than me.

    They don't drink. They don't swear. They never complain. They never have an uncharitable thought toward their neighbors. They don't even care that I am not the fastest rider in the pack.

    I don't deserve them. I am not worthy of them. But I love them.

    Religion is a good thing for good people and a bad thing for bad people. --H. Richard Niebuhr

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    Life's Too Short urbanking's Avatar
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    I'd say me and my bike are pretty even, i might be able to go for a bit of a better bike, but not until it brakes, then i'll upgrade. So to answer hte question, i'd say i am prob a little better than bike.
    Live To Ride, Ride To Live!!

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    Be more like Muir hillyman's Avatar
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    Me and my bike are one.I treat my bike like shes human and Crow treats me like I'm made of steel.Hey wait...maybe I'm not getting the better treatment out of this deal?... Ah well, love is hell.
    The mountains are callung and I must go

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Originally posted by KennethToronto
    want to send the Litespeed over here?

    I can definitely put it to good use heh heh
    Thanks for the "offer" but I'll just live with my guilt.

    I do try to take good care of both bikes. They stay in a comfortable spot in the living room next to the fireplace when I'm not out riding.
    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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    My bike is a better lover.
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    although her parts are a little outta date, the shimano 600 is still mint.. it just took me to London, Ontario from Toronto (235km on highway 2) no probs at all. I felt comfortable on it and i didnt feel like i was doing too much work at all. This is the first major ride on my road bike and so far im impressed

    my mountain bike.. i race with it and it hasnt broken yet, so it must be the bike for me.

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    If my bike could talk:
    "what the hell is wrong you - GET OFF ME - How would you like it if I jumped on your back, dragging you all over the place, all the while dripping dripping sweat all over your body. Get a life. Wait a second, thats a 9 foot droooop!!!"

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    I got a mean machine(Bike), I got myself a mean looking man, I guess its me :confused:
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
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    5,082km in exactly 3 months (to this day). I think I've done my bike justice.
    "I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
    "We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
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    the soldier is the weapon. that is to say, the weapon is the will of the soldier to close with and kill the enemy. those things that cut, dig and go bang are tools.


    the rider who is willing to give his all, to continue to strive despite the pain, makes the difference.

    excelsior! ever upward and onward!

    ad astra per merde et aspera

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    Going uphill, my bike would get no-where without me. But going downhill my bike always seems to beat me to the bottem. :confused:

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    It didn't hurt that much. Ouch !'s Avatar
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    Both my bikes are entry level standard.

    Kona Blast

    Giant OCR2

    And they are both better than me, so it's pretty safe to say I don't think I'm very good on a bike.
    Life can be Beautiful, you just have to look.

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    Who is better? According to Flann O'Brian in The Third Policeman:

    "The gross and net result of it is that people who spend most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them, and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who are nearly half people and half bicycle"

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    Considering we spend gobs of $$$$ squeezing the last gram our of some component, I may well be worth billions !!!

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    I'd say I do my bike justice. There is no way I touch the abaility of my Fox Forx, being that I live in southern MI

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