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View Poll Results: What interests you the most?
High end road bike 53 51.96%
High end Mountain bike 24 23.53%
Track bike 11 10.78%
Restored antique 21 20.59%
Fixed or Single Speed conversions 25 24.51%
Interesting beater bike 24 23.53%
Nice touring bike 36 35.29%
A bike with a pet in a basket or a trailer 12 11.76%
A trike 7 6.86%
Tandem 8 7.84%
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Old 09-26-06, 11:31 AM   #1
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What do you like?

What type of bike interests you the most? What would want to see on the road or talk about? I only had ten choices so add in whatever I left out. Any type or even a sub catagory.

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I am fascinated by ALL bicycles!!

BTW - you missed out recumbents, and by "trike" I'm not sure if you meant recumbent trikes, like my father's Cattrike ... or trikes, like the adult sized tricycles which the British ride the PBP on.

You also missed "triplettes" like the triplette that was ridden on the PBP in 2003.

And most importantly, you missed "sport touring" bicycles like MACHAK!! Machak is not a racing bicycle and is not a touring bicycle ... he's a sport touring designed for long distance events like randonees and also light touring (although I've done some pretty heavy touring with him).
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High end MTB - I'm currently turning my ex-touring Trek 4300 into a "mid level" MTB

Touring bike - my 4300 has served me well but I just ordered my Surly Cross Check swiss-army-bike for touring and commuting purposes

Fixed and/or beater... now I've put some decent money into my MTB and am getting a really good alternative I'd love to have a fixie conversion to work on - as a winter project, cheap around the town ride, and for fitness. And I want to be cool like the messengers

I like em all that's why I bought a Cross Check
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I don't know, 2manybikes, if you have ever been or wish to go to Paris-Brest-Paris, but it really opened my eyes to the variety of human-powered machines that people can ride long distances. The check-in and start on the soccer ground at the Gymnaise des Droits de l'Homme in St Quentin en Yvelines were virtual smorgasbords of bicycle delight. Pretty well whatever you could think of was there: Fixed gear, singlegear, folders, tandems, triples, recumbents of all sorts, row bike, kickbike, Leitra HPV, exotic brands, mundane brands... the field was awash with drool. Note that one or two of these pictures have been pilfered from others, and therefore I am claiming fair dealing for educational purposes
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I love my road bike as I like to go fast and see a lot of territory. I'd also love to have a nice touring bike so I could see even more territory. And lastly, since I'm addicted to stage races like the TdF and the history of the races and bikes, I love to see restored antiques.

But all bikes are good. I have to get myself a commuter/beer run bike and a fixie with bullhorns. Maybe a lowrider for cruising the neighborhood.
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I am fascinated by ALL bicycles!!

BTW - you missed out recumbents, and by "trike" I'm not sure if you meant recumbent trikes, like my father's Cattrike ... or trikes, like the adult sized tricycles which the British ride the PBP on.

You also missed "triplettes" like the triplette that was ridden on the PBP in 2003.

And most importantly, you missed "sport touring" bicycles like MACHAK!! Machak is not a racing bicycle and is not a touring bicycle ... he's a sport touring designed for long distance events like randonees and also light touring (although I've done some pretty heavy touring with him).
I need another poll with ten more choices. What 10 should they be?
Then 10 more after that. I started with a partial list of what I own.
What extrememly unusual bikes have you seen in all your travels?
Since Machak belongs to you it deserves it's own catagory~ Bikes ridden more than a million miles.

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Leitra HPV
Did you get close to it? What do you think of it?

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I need another poll with ten more choices. What 10 should they be?
Then 10 more after that. I started with a partial list of what I own.
What extrememly unusual bikes have you seen in all your travels?
Since Machak belongs to you it deserves it's own catagory~ Bikes ridden more than a million miles.



Did you get close to it? What do you think of it?
I think that is it in the picture. The owner/rider camped just around the corner from where we were. I remember that the rider was kind of... not exhausted... but probably tired after the event, and said it was a bit too heavy to go 1200km like that. I also gather that in the heat of the day, the cockpit was somewhat warmer than other riders were experiencing. As you can see, it was entirely enclosed, although there were some air vents.

Basically, it is a fibreglass shell, and is hinged at the front so it lifts up for the rider to sit down inside. Other than that, it seemed like a normal recumbent trike underneath.

Now if you want impressive... the Cheetah trike was it for me. This was a speed machine just standing still. Highly crafted indeed. In the trio of trikes together, you'll also notice a red tandem recumbent in the background.

As I said, a smorgasbord. I think there also was a guy on a 1930s vintage bike (maybe even much older) and he finished easily within the time limit.
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2Many you want me to play, you have to as well. No fair ticking EVERY option when you asked for "the most".

ARRGGHH !!! My own poll and I did it wrong !!!

How does all this computer stuff work anyway?

OK.........my first look at the poll. So did you !
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Anything with an internal geared hub, preferably English S-A hubs...then utility and long haul tour bikes. I like all bikes but those are the ones that really catch my interest. Face it carbon weenie wonders are a dime a dozen (so to speak) but a real nice 1960's Raleigh Superbe only comes along once in a while.

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1High end commuter bikes -- Utopia, Ant, etc.


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Interesting beater bikes, especially frankenbikes that have evolved over years of trial and error.
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I like all sorts of bikes though I'm very much partial to "do it all" bikes like mountain bikes or cyclocross bikes. And for some reason frankenbikes and utility bikes catch my eye a lot too. Maybe that's why my rockhopper has turned into a frankenbike.

Though my absolute favorite type of bike are cruisers, particularly the ones with full fenders, a big ol' light in the front, a rack in the back, and white walled tires. Nothin' better in my book. If I had a practical use for a cruiser, I'd most definantly get one.
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Sport touring, commuting bicycles. Dutch bikes are beautiful to my eye, so are old school tour de france bikes. I also think those Scandinavian fully enclosed velomobiles would be loads of fun.
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OK.........my first look at the poll. So did you !

Sorry. Couldn't resist. I'm really a roadie at heart so the uber hawt go fast bikes are my fav. Not that I don't lust for bikes in just about every flavor.
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I checked the high-end road bike option, but I'm primarilly a fan of high-end classic lugged-steel road bikes. You know, the stuff from the mid-60's to the mid-80's and the stuff since then that carries on the tradition, the kind of stuff pictured on Classic Rendezvous. Aluminum and carbon fiber just don't give me the same goose-pimply feel I get from looking at a nicely built steel frame. Fillet brazed is also way cool, TIG-welded less so. And I have never been able to get into the industrial-chic look of mountain bikes, especially as the amount of suspension increases. Names like "De Rosa" and "Paramount" and "Della Santa" get my adrenaline pumping. Names like "Stumpjumper" and "Judy" just never have. Probably my loss, but there it is.
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You forgot recumbent so I chose nothing.
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I need another poll with ten more choices. What 10 should they be?
Then 10 more after that. I started with a partial list of what I own.
What extrememly unusual bikes have you seen in all your travels?
Since Machak belongs to you it deserves it's own catagory~ Bikes ridden more than a million miles.
What have I seen? Hmmmm ....

Just to name some off the top of my head:
-- racing bicycles of all shapes, sizes, materials, and prices
-- mountain bikes of all shapes, sizes, materials, and prices
-- fixed gears and single speeds
-- antique bicycles, ranging from a Hollingsworth(?) to various Ordinaries (Penny Farthings).
-- a new Penny Farthing being ridden by a guy riding around the world.
-- touring bicycles
-- sport touring biycles
-- recumbents of all shapes, sizes, and materials ... two of which I had the opportunity to ride
-- tandem recumbents
-- trikes (the recumbent kind)
-- tricycles (the adult kind)
-- a triplette
-- lots of tandems (I own one)
-- a bicycle that an elderly man on the PBP made from scratch
-- other bicycles acquaintances of mine made from scratch
-- choppers and other alternate bicycles ... there were several of that sort of bicycle in Winnipeg, and they used to cruise around the parks
-- several unicycles ... my uncle has a unicycle, and there's a place near where I live now that sells them. The owner's kids ride up and down the street on them. That place also sells Catrikes and has an array of old penny farthings! Very interesting place.

And not a bicycle, but a part of one ... a friend of mine has made the gears for one of the participants in the HPV competitions on the Salt Flats ..... you know the ones where they try to set speed records with HPVs? Well, the competitors in those events can't just buy a chainring from Nashbar, they need something really big. My friend is a machinist and he showed me a chainring that he made for a friend of his ...... the thing was HUGE!!
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I enjoy riding my hybrid the most. I like riding most bicycles, but this one is my favorite to ride even if it is slow.
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I have a mid range MTB at current but saving up for a road bike soon so chose the hign end road bike.
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Another vote for recumbents. I still like looking at a nice road bike, I just don't want to ride them!
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Have learnt over the years that a bike that can handle in the manner you want to ride it is the best to get. Mainly mountain biking and if anything- Aggressive offroad Tandem will be my choice. Already have one that works, but it is a miracle that I am still biking- let alone tandem riding. If I was going to get a tandem- then it had to be a good one- It had to handle like a mountain bike, Take the punishment of a mountain bike, and do as much as a mountain bike. One of my mates had an offroad Tandem and I borrowed it. It was awfull. Forks were like a pogo stick- Show it mud and it clagged up with mud around the fork and stays and suddenly became 20lbs heavier and even gentle uphills and it lost grip. Perservered and got a Dale MT 2000. Good basis to start and just kept adding bits to it. All I want now as my dream Tandem is one that sails up hills, but I think taht will take a bit more work down the gym to get that.

Then- I occasionally like to take a few gentle rides up our local MUP's with a few neighbours. A steep head angle on a road bike is not the ideal bike for this sort of riding- very slow and after a few pints. Have aquired an old Raleigh touring bike that is ideal. And being an older bike- Can be left in the shed over winter and it will still be ready for the spring rides without a major rebuild.
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And not a bicycle, but a part of one ... a friend of mine has made the gears for one of the participants in the HPV competitions on the Salt Flats ..... you know the ones where they try to set speed records with HPVs? Well, the competitors in those events can't just buy a chainring from Nashbar, they need something really big. My friend is a machinist and he showed me a chainring that he made for a friend of his ...... the thing was HUGE!!
Did the speed record rider already do his ride? Do you have any photos of the bike?
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Oh yeah, and don't forget the couch!!!!!!!

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I saw this about three years ago, and it is sensational. A must-get item in any true cyclist's life
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