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  • Henry, for John Henry, railroad/steel hammer guy

    7 26.92%
  • Angelina, psychotic lover of James Bolivar diGriz in Harry Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat"

    3 11.54%
  • Daneel, for R. Daneel Olivar from Isaac Asimov's awesome novel "The Caves of Steel"

    2 7.69%
  • Hildy, the hero/heroine fro John Varley's crackalicious novel "Steel Beach"

    14 53.85%
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    What should I name my Randonee?

    My Novara Randonee is mostly broken in, and it's time to name it. I've got a few candidates for a name. Which one do you like, and tell me why! I'm willing to entertain other suggestions.

    The bike has a steel frame, front and rear Tubus racks, and a B-17 Brooks saddle. It's first major ride was a tour from Pittsburgh to DC. (It was brand new then, and replaced a MTB commuter/touring rig.) Here's a picture before I added the Brooks:

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    Gertrude

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    I went for Hildy...

    To be honest, I know nothing of the characters cited except for John Henry, but Hildy seems to roll off the tongue better, and seems to sound suited for a touring bike.
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    I'm also partial to female names. I have guitars named Kate, Millicent, and Sid (the only male name).
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    I named my touring bike Janeane and if you ever run into her and tell her why, I'm gonna have to hurt ya.

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    Hildy, Angelina is too long and would probably be associated with the actress. Quick questions about your setup: read about some tour flats - what kind of tires are you running now? What kind of panniers did you choose? How do you like that bike rack for stability?
    I think its SOP to name vehicles female names?

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    Angelina, simply because I loved Harrison's Sleepery Jeem.

    My tour bike is named, "The Pig"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sumguy View Post
    Hildy, Angelina is too long and would probably be associated with the actress. Quick questions about your setup: read about some tour flats - what kind of tires are you running now? What kind of panniers did you choose? How do you like that bike rack for stability?
    I think its SOP to name vehicles female names?
    I'm running the stock 700 tires. Rear panniers are Ortlieb rear rollers, front are Banjo Brothers grocery panniers (I'll probably replace them with Ortliebs when they die).
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    I'm running the stock 700 tires. Rear panniers are Ortlieb rear rollers, front are Banjo Brothers grocery panniers (I'll probably replace them with Ortliebs when they die).
    After a little research I haven't found too many bad things said about the stock Vittoria Randonneur 700x32C tires, which I'm also sticking with. I was considering Schwalbe Marthon Plus tires if I didn't find anything good to say about the Vittorias, but so far the reviews have been mostly positive. I like those reflective sidewalls.

    Edit: By the way... that's a good lookin' bike right there. I vote for Hildy.

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    Eleanor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    Eleanor!
    As in Rigby or Roosevelt? I like the name, but what's the connection?
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    As in Rigby or Roosevelt? I like the name, but what's the connection?
    Now I have that song stuck in my head...

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    How about Randella, oh wait I think she was an LHT Wannabe

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    As in Rigby or Roosevelt? I like the name, but what's the connection?
    The song "Mrs. Robinson" had two working titles, one of which was "Mrs. Roosevelt".
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    Bubba?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    As in Rigby or Roosevelt? I like the name, but what's the connection?
    Eleanor is a character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel This Side of Paradise. She is intelligent, dark, and mysterious. She has darked, bobbed hair and quotes poetry aloud during thunderstorms.

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    Christine. Saddle by Brooks. Soul by Satan.
    Ride a bike. It makes your legs stringy, and less tasty to our Kanamit friends.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    I like Hildy. "Riding the hills with Hildy!"

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    Different strokes, but naming bikes seems a little weird to me. I wonder how many touring riders do that? I am not really knocking it but I can't say I get it either.

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    Sophia III. Elegant name reminiscent of the indomitable steel tank from Baster Master.


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    Sleipnir from Icelandic/northern mythology. Odinīs magical eight legged steed.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleipnir
    Last edited by pedalwhirl; 08-28-08 at 05:43 PM.

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    or maybe "Hyper Mega Super Turbo" Your mileage may varie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sumguy View Post
    Hildy, Angelina is too long and would probably be associated with the actress. Quick questions about your setup: read about some tour flats - what kind of tires are you running now? What kind of panniers did you choose? How do you like that bike rack for stability?
    I think its SOP to name vehicles female names?

    I have the same bike. Love it! Vittoria Randonneur are awesome, just went through my first set with NO flats. I've take the bike down the OR coast with no problems. Just replaced the Randonneurs with Vittoria Randonner Cross 700x28c.....so far these tires are living up to the Vittoria name. I use Ortlieb pannier too - they are bomb proof. The stock rack worked flawlessly, no dents, cracks, nothing.....and strong. I was carrying about 45-55 lbs on them.

    I think you should name your bike "George" Why? Because you love your bike so much I just thought of "I love to love and squeeze you....and call you 'George'". That's my 2 cent.

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    Hildy sounds good, lightweight and narrow in the front end and a wide and beefy in the rear. "Nice rack...Tubus rack!"
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    As they said in Garfield, "What's the point of naming something that doesn't come when you call it?" But that didn't stop me from naming two of mine. You've got to put the name on it, too.

    "Widowmaker" (a horse name)
    "Vladraug, The Bike Which No Mortal Rideth". This is so instead of saying "I'm going to ride Hildy to the 7-11 for some Pepsi", you can say, "Behold! I ride Vladraug, The Bike Which No Mortal Rideth, to the VII-XI for some Pepsi!" Sounds cooler that way. Practice your Piccard voice for saying it.
    "The General". A famous locomotive.
    "Old 97". Another one.
    "Cleetus"
    "Lil Dogie", so you can sing the song while you ride.
    "The Goobermatic" or "The Goobernator"
    "The Plasmatic"
    "Maybelline" (from the Chuck Barry song)
    "A Bike With No Name"...ride it through the desert
    "Ironsides"
    "The Carpathia"- a ship that came to the rescue.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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