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Old 07-31-10, 04:47 PM   #1
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Do you name your bike/s??

When I first started working in Engineering I was outside and working year roud and quite literally freezing my ass off the whole time and there is a poem by Robert Frost called the Cremation of Sam McGee, and while I was frezing I would recite this poem to myself to help keep my mind off the pain. Anyways in the peom there is a ship frozen in the ice in the Arctic that the Cremation of Sam McGee took place in and I was calling my bike a boat because I have gone from lightweight built for speed, to racks and addons galore for touring so I decided to name her the "HMCS Alice May" from the poem, I added in the royal honours to the ship because the peom saved me from freezing to death a few times myself LOL

Anyone else name their ride?
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Old 07-31-10, 08:12 PM   #2
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I would no more name my bikes than I would name my arms and legs. They are just a part of me. Fortunately, these parts are easier to replace when they wear out or are stolen than my other appendages would be.
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I would no more name my bikes than I would name my arms and legs. They are just a part of me. Fortunately, these parts are easier to replace when they wear out or are stolen than my other appendages would be.
Some guys name their... oh nevermind.
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LOL some guys name their girlfriends....oh nevermind. LOL
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I used to do car shows with a truck I had fixed up, people would ask what kind of truck it was and I said if the company that built the truck were paying me to say so I would answer that LOL
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I don’t normally name my bikes. However, the day I picked up my Surly LHT, a two year old boy lost his battle with cancer. So I named it in his honor.

Oh, and 'The Cremation of Sam McGee’ ‘was written by Robert W. Service. Not Robert Frost. Not to mention that Robert W. Service wrote that, while working in Canada.
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Oh, and 'The Cremation of Sam McGee’ ‘was written by Robert W. Service. Not Robert Frost. Not to mention that Robert W. Service wrote that, while working in Canada.
Robert Service used the name of a real person in that poem. Sam McGee later moved to southern Canada. He lived in my community for a number of years and McGee Street is named after him. He was buried — not cremated — in Alberta.
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No, but my wife named her '78 Peugeot "Geraldo II" because like Geraldo, it was better in the 70s. Until this week, when we finally picked up the restored bike from the bike shop and it is as good as, maybe better than new.
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I'll need a name for my S2 when it arrives... I just haven't thought of one yet.
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I don’t normally name my bikes. However, the day I picked up my Surly LHT, a two year old boy lost his battle with cancer. So I named it in his honor.

Oh, and 'The Cremation of Sam McGee’ ‘was written by Robert W. Service. Not Robert Frost. Not to mention that Robert W. Service wrote that, while working in Canada.

Sorry my bad I knew that was Robert W Service, my mind was just operating on standby at the time, I can recite it word for word, he was working in and did a lot of work in the Yukon at the time and it was always one of my favourite poems simply because I can relate with old Sam McGee.

Robert Frost wrote `The Road Not Taken`, yet another classic that I think riders can relate to.
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I sometimes refer to my touring bike as The Mule, since it shares a few important characteristics with mules. It's a good beast of burden. It's dependable. It's versatile. And while it shares elements of horses (fast road bikes) and donkeys (mountain bikes) it is neither of those things. It's in a class of its own. In a little more than four years, I've logged around 20,000 kilometres on The Mule.
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No harm, GC. More people probably recognize Robert Frost's name anyway. If they even read poetry. However, having an aunt (who is a retired teacher), in Edmonton, I had the difference drummed into me.
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No harm, GC. More people probably recognize Robert Frost's name anyway. If they even read poetry. However, having an aunt (who is a retired teacher), in Edmonton, I had the difference drummed into me.
While on those cold days if I wasn't reciting that poem to keep my mind off the cold I was singing the fishheads song so I am not overly scholastic myself LOL
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Robert Service used the name of a real person in that poem. Sam McGee later moved to southern Canada. He lived in my community for a number of years and McGee Street is named after him. He was buried — not cremated — in Alberta.

I did not know that but I am not surprise Robert W Service spent a lot of time up in the Yukon writing during the Gold rush and would have had hundreds of stories to tell, from gold rushers that really had no experience in the Arctic circle. Last year I moved to Grande Prairie for the winter, I got a job as an Engineer there had 2 weeks notice, so I packed and caught the first flight up, got up there and they said it would be two mor weeks, next thing I know oil was down to $0.34 a barrel and everything just shut down, I ended up spending 4 months up there, never did start the job I had, did a few other small jobs and came back to Ontario. then oil went back up over 0.80 and all the business came back but I was happy being back home by then, I was offered the job again but decided I needed to turn it down.
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While on those cold days if I wasn't reciting that poem to keep my mind off the cold I was singing the fishheads song so I am not overly scholastic myself LOL
"Fish heads, fish heads. Rolly polly fish heads. Fish heads, fish heads. Eat them up. Yum."

I haven't heard that one in a few years.
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I'm too serious to name some aluminium tubes...
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Mine is called "Maman Truckeuse", an adaptation in French of the name I first found for it in English which, as I learned later, was quite inappropriate in its original version.
It is a Surly LHT frameset +++.
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