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Old 04-02-07, 05:28 PM   #1
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Is your bike a "he" or a "she"? or neither?

Are folks here as fanatical about their bikes as car owners about their rides, to the extent that the bikes are not referred to as "it" but as he/she? And if so, then I have the following question:

Are bikes universally regarded as either male or female, or does it actually depend on the bike/individual? For example, do women call their bikes "he", but men call their bikes "she", or if you have more than one bike, are some referred to as "she" others "he" - ie/ MTB is a "he" but the road bike is a "she"?

Just wondering if there is a widely accepted usage that I am missing, and don't want to be making an embarrassing mistake if I name my bike "Annie", but it turns out all bikes are considered "he".

Yes I know, too much time on my hands, but certain questions can only be answered in forums such as this, right?

Also, with the anonymity of the net, I can avoid embarrassing myself at the LBS with this question

I know the easy solution is to just refer to the bike as "it", but I really do like my bike and it somehow feels wrong to refer to him/her as it!
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Old 04-02-07, 06:00 PM   #2
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I've seen people refer to their bikes as everything you've listed and more
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Old 04-02-07, 06:01 PM   #3
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I refer to mine as the "red" one, the "green" one, the "old blue" one, and the "new blue" one.....its a bike for crying out loud not your wife......

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Old 04-02-07, 06:05 PM   #4
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Let me check under the saddle first and I'll get back to you.
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Old 04-02-07, 06:44 PM   #5
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Mine are more like dog breeds. The touring bike, for example, is a herd dog: Lively but loyal and responsive. All the rest are old mutts
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Old 04-02-07, 07:36 PM   #6
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I lifted up the back end and didn't see anything, so I'm guessing it's a she...
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Old 04-02-07, 08:26 PM   #7
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Mine are more like dog breeds. The touring bike, for example, is a herd dog: Lively but loyal and responsive. All the rest are old mutts
That's an interesting way of thinking about them, all the more so since one of mine is a Kona Dawg. I would guess it's a border collie...not too big, a little mangy looking, not afraid of tough trails or bad weather).

My Trek hardtail is a mutt: Part Labrador Retriever, a couple parts various smaller breeds (aftermarket parts). Mild-mannered and dependable. Plays very well with others.

I generally think of both my bikes as masculine, because they're both mountain bikes and therefore play rough and get dirty. If I had a road bike, it would probably be feminine.
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Old 04-02-07, 08:30 PM   #8
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Any piece of machinery you love is a female.
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Old 04-02-07, 08:46 PM   #9
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if you take your cue from the french
it is La Bicyclette, which is feminine.
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Old 04-02-07, 08:55 PM   #10
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Now that you mention it, I do tend to think of mountain bikes as male and road bikes as female.
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Old 04-02-07, 08:57 PM   #11
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I think of my bikes as being the Titanium one, the Steel one, the Aluminum one, and the Carbon Fiber one.
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Old 04-02-07, 09:29 PM   #12
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Any piece of machinery you love is a female.
Even if one is female herself?
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Old 04-02-07, 09:32 PM   #13
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Even if one is female herself?
Of course, it's a parental love.
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Old 04-02-07, 09:57 PM   #14
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I think of my bikes as being the Titanium one, the Steel one, the Aluminum one, and the Carbon Fiber one.
No cast iron?
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Old 04-02-07, 10:52 PM   #15
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great responses, guys

I guess since the French and their Euro. counterparts use the feminine for "bicycle", I have my official answer.
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Old 04-02-07, 11:21 PM   #16
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Mine is male. I think him of the way I'd think of a drinking buddy (I named my flask too ) or a faithful horse.
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Old 04-03-07, 02:39 AM   #17
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Mine's a "he". His name is Big Jim Slade. I love to ride him. Am I gay?
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Old 04-03-07, 02:56 AM   #18
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Of course, it's a parental love.
Good answer, although that doesn't necessarily make all the bikes female...

Some of mine are named after the colour: the "Dusty rose mixte".
Some of mine are named after the source: one of my bikes came from fellow member ChilliPepper, and it's a beautiful red, so naturally, what else could I name it? That's right, it's "ChilliPepper".
Some are named after the maker's model: my Specialized Dolce Elite, fondly known as "The Dolce".

But I don't really think of the bikes as male or female. They do all have names, though .

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Old 04-03-07, 05:26 AM   #19
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mine was a he but found out he liked being a female more so now it's a she.
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Old 04-03-07, 05:29 AM   #20
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My bikes are all "it"s...

I refer to them by general descriptions, depending on the circumstance. In one situation, I could refer to one as the "singlespeed" to differentiate it from the "27-speed". Or it could be "old" vs "new". Or "black" vs "green". Or "Crescent" vs "Surly". And so on, ad nauseam.
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I think it depends upon how many bikes are in the stable. One or two, those can be male or female. By the time you've got seven or eight--they're like children, you'll be lucky to remember all the names, never mind what sex they are.

Or, if you were like me mum, she would call for us thus: DaMarAnnElizJenniPhillip.

Until she hit upon the correct child .

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Old 04-03-07, 06:41 AM   #22
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Wow. The last time I anthropomorphized my possessions I was 11 years old and named my guitar "Wolfgang". (Note: this was in 1972, long before Eddie Van Halen was a blip on the music industry's radar, much less a father.)

My bike is an inanimate object. It's not "gender neutral", it's completely gender-less.
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Old 04-03-07, 07:11 AM   #23
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I guess since the French and their Euro. counterparts use the feminine for "bicycle", I have my official answer.
In French, a bicycle is masculine if you call it "velo" and feminine if you call it "bicyclette".
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Old 04-03-07, 07:21 AM   #24
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None of the above...it is my bike .
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Depends how Tough I am finding the hill. 15% with a headwind and it gets called something unprintable here.
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