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Old 08-20-05, 12:30 AM   #1
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do you let other people ride your bike(s)

i hate it when people ask to 'take if for a spin' or something.
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Old 08-20-05, 12:36 AM   #2
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When people ask me that, I'll respond with, "Can I test-ride your wife?".

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Old 08-20-05, 12:49 AM   #3
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My dad wants to ride my bike but I dont let him. Main reason is because I think he will hurt himself(not because I dont want him to ride my bike). I dont think people are aware that riding a road bike is much more different than riding some mountain bike with big wheels. The handling could get you in trouble.

No one else asked me ?
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My neighbor kids(mostly Hispanics) are always curious about my bike because other grown ups close to them don't ride skinny tire bikes. I'm glad to let them try. But there is one big problem. Their (most of them) legs are still too short and can hardly reach the pedals, so I and another kid have to hold my bike.
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My neighbor kids(mostly Hispanics) are always curious about my bike because other grown ups close to them don't ride skinny tire bikes. I'm glad to let them try. But there is one big problem. Their (most of them) legs are still too short and can hardly reach the pedals, so I and another kid have to hold my bike.
What does their being Hispanic have to do with anything?
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What does their being Hispanic have to do with anything?
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What does their being Hispanic have to do with anything?
What your question REALLY means?

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Old 08-20-05, 01:44 AM   #8
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What does their being Hispanic have to do with anything?

I think he is trying to keep them from sticking a bobblehead Jesus or Virgin Mary to his top tube.
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Old 08-20-05, 04:04 AM   #9
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My dad crashed first time he rode my old 10-speed. He made the mistake of using the flat part of the handlebar, and because his hands were so close together, when he stood up to go faster, he lost balance and fell.
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The first thing I did when I got home with my new Burley was call my husband out to the front yard and say, "Dude, you have got to try this!" I'm hoping to convince him to get a road bike, too, so we can pull some mileage together.
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Old 08-20-05, 06:52 AM   #11
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Damn Danno beat me to it.

Had one taker, but his girlfriend was a pig...

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Old 08-20-05, 07:01 AM   #12
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Only the bike shop mechanincs.
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Of course, I'd let a friend ride my bike. It's just a bike for Pete's sake.
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I let my cousin get on, he rode it for like 2 meters then said "God Damn how do you do it with that saddle" I just "You get used to it" Other than that Nope. Not many people have asked. I think its intimidating for people when they see clipless pedals.
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I do. I have let them do some abusive rides in fact. Why would I stop one of my friends from riding when it is so much fun. 90% of the time they go out and buy something and then I have a ride buddy.
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Old 08-20-05, 12:47 PM   #16
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Only one person so far; I let my friend who has a bike stand and all the tools ride my bike. This is only fair for me using his shop. But damn, his bikes are too big for me to ride.
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Yes, I do. I'm harder on my bikes than most people that would want to ride them would be anyway, I don't think they're going to break anything.

I think if I invested a large chunk of money in a road bike or something, I might be a little worried about people riding it... a MTB or BMX though, I wouldn't be riding it if it broke that easily... if they scratched the paint I might be a little bummed but that's what those bikes are for
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Old 08-20-05, 01:26 PM   #18
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I've loaned my bike to friends who were in from out of town. Of course they had to ride at a time when I couldn't.
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Depends on the person and the situation.

I've definitely lent bikes to some of my riding buds and never given it another thought. I've even lent my beater bike to another friend of Bill W. whom I'd just met and who needed it to ride 20 miles to pick up his car. No way would I lend one of my good bikes to a neighbor or co-worker who just wanted to try it out or who had a bike ride to go on and didn't want to commit themselves to buying their own bike.
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Well, maybe in an emergency, but they can't change any of my adjustments.
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They're welcome to try it, but I have Speedplay pedals. That "little, tiny pedal" stops a lot of friends/ family from asking.
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I only have allowed friends to ride it. One friend tried and could barely hop on to it, he didnt go 2 feet before he finally decided he had enough. My brother has taken it for a few spins around the block, and I will probably allow him to take it for a few more, but I dont think anyone else will be touching it.
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I'd only let someone who had a more expensive bike than mine and who regularly rides to take my bike for a spin. Of course i'll have their bike while they're testing mine.

So far that hasn't come up.
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What does their being Hispanic have to do with anything?
Seems to be relevant to me. We tend to be a vertically-challenged people.

Anyway to answer the OP, no, I don't let other people ride my bike. I tell them that I don't think they'll be comfortable on my tiny little rock-hard saddle. That's usually sufficient.
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Mostly kiddos who wanna touch. Most adults I know are too damn lazy to 'take a spin"
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