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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-18-08, 07:44 AM   #1
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lending bikes?

am i the only person who has serious reservations about lending bikes to people? maybe it's just that i don't like other people on my stuff, but i've never lent bikes out before.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:46 AM   #2
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Old 04-18-08, 07:47 AM   #3
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Being that I only have one bike, I probably wouldn't lend it out for more than just a quick spin. I've obsessed waay too much over finding one and getting the right parts for it. It's kinda stressed me out because I have this charity ride in 20 days and it still needs a new cog and I don't really know what I'm doing.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:47 AM   #4
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one time I was out west and borrowed nathan fabians bike to do some sweet tricks. He was hating at first but when I pulled a natty fab he respek'd it.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:53 AM   #5
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i would probably lend out my girlfriend before i lent out my bike. most likely she would be cheaper to replace.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:55 AM   #6
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one time I was out west and borrowed nathan fabians bike to do some sweet tricks. He was hating at first but when I pulled a natty fab he respek'd it.
Sadly, most people on this forum are too young to remember Nathan Fabian.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:57 AM   #7
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Sadly, most people on this forum are too young to remember Nathan Fabian.
It's too bad, because he really was the best thing to come out of it all.
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Old 04-18-08, 08:02 AM   #8
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What? I have no problem lending out bikes... In fact we keep at least 3 working guest bikes here at the house at all times.. granted, they don't usually get to ride our #1 and #2, but we have two great working single speeds and two sweet paperboy bikes for them to choose from. often times this is a great way to get lazy sods interested in pedaling on a regular basis. share the love Bward.
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Old 04-18-08, 08:06 AM   #9
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It's too bad, because he really was the best thing to come out of it all.
Really was. Anyone still have that original pic?
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Old 04-18-08, 08:11 AM   #10
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I will not lend out my 2 main bikes, but I have let people us my other bikes if they want. I usually end up letting complete stranges us them. No issues so far.
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Really was. Anyone still have that original pic?
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no.
i used to let my girl ride my bob jackson, but after she saw how thoroughly i would check it when she'd get back, she realized that it wasn't worth the stress it caused me.
she rode my y-foil once and put it down.
never again.
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Old 04-18-08, 08:50 AM   #13
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I have certain bikes that will never have another person on the saddle, there's two that I let people use. Those kind of only exist so people won't touch my other bikes. I don't like people touching my things.
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I only let two people ride my bikes other than me, one of my road cycling buddies, and my less experienced, but trustworthy best mate.
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this real pretty girl tried out my bike yesterday but went up a hill and didn't know how to slow enough to come down so some dude i don't know rode it back to me

i was not bothered
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Being that I only have one bike, I probably wouldn't lend it out for more than just a quick spin. I've obsessed waay too much over finding one and getting the right parts for it. It's kinda stressed me out because I have this charity ride in 20 days and it still needs a new cog and I don't really know what I'm doing.
Harris cyclery or cambridge bicycle.....lots of cogs
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You can eat my food, drink my beer, and smoke my.... but you cannot ride my bike.
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Old 04-18-08, 09:45 AM   #18
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All my friends that ride fixed all know how to ride really well...sooo I'd trust my bike to them just for that reason. I do a lot more lending than borrowing, though, mostly cause they all have better bikes than me.
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Old 04-18-08, 09:49 AM   #19
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In my opinion, having multiple bikes and letting other riders/potential cycling enthusiasts/house guest use them is one of the most enjoyable parts of being an avid cyclist. Out of my three bikes (Giant Bowery with both brakes, 1960's Schwinn Continental conversion with no hand brakes, and a 1970's Free Spirit road bike converted to coaster-brake), all except the Bowery have spent significant amounts of time being ridden by people other than myself.
After my girlfriend's brother had his bike stolen, I left the Schwinn conversion with him for a little over a month after we visited her family one weekend. After riding that bike about 10 miles a day for a few weeks straight he succumbed to the brakeless fixed-gear fever and is now scouting around for frames to use with a wheelset I'm going to be able to pass along to him.
The coaster-brake bike is mostly used by people hanging out at my house who want go for a ride on days with nice weather and don't have a bike of their own or didn't bring their bike over. Many of the people who have ridden it don't do much cycling and tell me how much they enjoy the simplicity/smoothness/quiteness of the ride when compared to what they remember riding a bike being like, which was usually casual city riding on a Wal-Mart mountain bike with under inflated tires and improper fit.
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i was at a small party and some dude asked me if he could "try out the track bike." i said no, but he came back with "cmon DUDE i'm not gonna steal it" which made me even more like "uhhh **** no"

i didnt think he was gonna steal it. i just spent too much damn time building it up the way i want for some dumbass at a party to **** around on it in the dark and screw it up. even one scratch resulting from me letting someone else ride it/try it out would piss me off. not so much the scratch itself, but the fact that it probably would have been prevented from me just not letting anyone ride it.

later on i remembered that i ride clipless and that i could have used that as my reason for saying no, but decided that's a cop out. i just didnt want anyone else on my bike.

my dad used to tell me that if you lend somebody something, and it comes back broken, it's no one's fault but your own.
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am i the only person who has serious reservations about lending bikes to people? maybe it's just that i don't like other people on my stuff, but i've never lent bikes out before.
I try to keep a dedicated lender on hand. It's great when you have out of town guests and have to go work. Just give them the bike, a map, and tell them to have fun.
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If someone I know needs/wants to use a bike, I'll let them ride my coaster-brake townie. I built it as my beater/rain bike, so I don't really worry about it. And chances are if they need to borrow a bike they're not familiar with fixed gear, and might hurt my bike (or themselves, I guess).
The one that's for making with the fastness only sees one rider.
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Old 04-18-08, 01:21 PM   #23
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Any of the bikes I own I'm basically willing to led to people that I know, especially if I'm riding with them. Most of the people I know have trouble riding em because of size, but as long as I know the person, I dont much care if they ride my bikes.
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"can i ride your bike erik?"
"i dunno. can i **** your girlfriend?"
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"can i ride your bike erik?"
"i dunno. can i **** your girlfriend?"
I think I just found my new answer for that very question.

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