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Is naming your bike uncool? Does uncool matter?

Old 05-19-14, 08:09 AM
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Is naming your bike uncool? Does uncool matter?

Actually I don't much care if it's uncool. But I've never done it, and am considering it.

An "old English 3-speed" is the subject for me, a 52-year-old Phillips which I've owned since new while giving it the minimum of care, and frankly it hasn't needed much, everything's still pretty much original except a few spokes, tires, bearings, and seat.

As a 13-year old when Dad bought it for me, I had no interest in naming it (him?). Now, as I have been riding it more (and skinny-tire bike less) in my old age, I've been considering naming him.

Something British maybe, an old-school name the British are not embarrassed to give a boy, but should be? Here goes:


"Binkley".

What do you think?? And if you care to "out" yourself, have you named your bike? What?
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Old 05-19-14, 08:13 AM
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FWIW, Binkley sounds a lot like Bilenky, a great association but perhaps misleading. Of course you'll know the difference.

Our tandem carries the name Emily because the original owner(s) named it that and my sweetie insists on continuing the tradition. The rest of my bikes? No names at this time. Just "the ..." The Bianchi is sometimes "the black snake".
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Having a name is not too bad, I guess. Telling other people that your bike has a name, is bad.
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Oh, you mean like my American bike, Melissa? Or my French bikes Adrienne and Stephanie? Or my Dutch bikes Inge and Annemieke?

Yeah don't do that.
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Old 05-19-14, 08:32 AM
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It's uncool and no, it doesn't matter.
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Old 05-19-14, 08:51 AM
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You mean like calling my Raleigh Competition, "Antler" (it has Velo Orange Crazy Bars...and it makes the bike look like a deer with antlers)

Or my Raleigh Super Course, "Super-C"

Or my Raleigh Port Townsend, "Blingy" (it has a lot of polished stuff on it)

Yeah...don't name your bikes...and...don't tell a soul!

My wife has also named our cars!!!!

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Old 05-19-14, 08:53 AM
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I don't name my inanimate objects. But that's just my preference.
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I named my huffy road bike "Huff-Puff" due to its bulky frame and general inability to climb up any hill effectively. I haven't named either of my other bikes. I do however pronounce my Motobecane [Moto-be-ka-ne] to make it sound Italian. My main goal there is just to irritate other cyclist with my fredy ways
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Just my opinion, but naming your bike something intentionally silly is cool, but naming it trying to be sexy or cool or tough or impressive is, well...silly.
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Old 05-19-14, 09:47 AM
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For me, a name just kind of happens. Or it doesn't. I've never consciously made the decision to name a bike (or guitar, or car), but some end up with names anyway. Usually odd names like Scratch or The Beast... I've never named one, say, Fred.
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Had enough trouble naming my kids. Bicycles around here will always be, "the tandem", "the white Olympia", "the other white Olympia", "the foldie", etc.

My daughter has named all her bikes. Her much-loved Lejeune track is named "Tomato Frog" because of its color. Her around-town Viner is named "Stanley" for reasons unexplainable.

I had a vacuum cleaner once named Aspiradora.
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Is naming your bike uncool? Does uncool matter?

I've not named any of my bikes. But, one of my riding buddies calls my Trek "Pinky".

I don't mind.
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Old 05-19-14, 10:13 AM
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Oh I forgot to add... "The Murder Wagon!" It's a tiny camping bike that feels like riding a child bike but is very enjoyable, and also has some serious gear problems that sometimes cause the pedals to go freewheel in both directions. A friend named it "The Murder Wagon" after attempting to ride it across Amsterdam and having the drive fail in the middle of Van Baerlestraat and the Overtoom intersection. He almost died and the bike was thereby christened.
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Old 05-19-14, 10:24 AM
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Having never achieved "cool" to begin with, "uncool" seems irrelevant so waddaell. Yes I name bikes when the name occurs to me. It started with naming tractors (Edgar and Alfred) and then motorcycles (surprise: one is named Prowler). Often I would have to ride a moto for a year or more before the name occurs to me. So far the Cannondale R600 is just "yellow bike" and the Raleigh Professional Mk IV is Bailey. When it was taken down to the frame it would ring like a bell when I tapped it with a pencil. "When will you pay me? Say the bells of Old Bailey".

I name these things so it's easier to talk about them with my family who is not going to remember which of em is the 1995 Trek ZX7000. A name is simpler. Primarily it helps me keep from taking myself TOO seriously. A bit of silliness is a good thing. I meet too many folks these days who are a bit too serious (a friend says "they have their hair wound too tight").

Besides, if you're going to be a character it takes practice and deliberate weirdness, eh?
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I usually simply refer to my bikes as 'The (insert make or made here) . . .' However, I have jokingly dubbed my mystery-model Bottecchia 'Arcana'. Does it really matter? I don't think so.
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I call my Schwinn "The Schwinn", my Trek "The Trek" and so on.

(OK, sometimes I refer to my stately old Raleigh as "Sir Walter," but not out loud , in front of other people.)
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All my bikes are called "bike", except Sandra, who's called Penelope.
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I am not sure if bikes are inanimate objects, but our fleet is named. Daisy, AstroBoy, Chicke, Amtrak, Mrs. Beasley........But to answer the start of this thread, The three speed should be named Trevor.
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Originally Posted by nolatom View Post
Actually I don't much care if it's uncool. But I've never done it, and am considering it.

An "old English 3-speed" is the subject for me, a 52-year-old Phillips which I've owned since new while giving it the minimum of care, and frankly it hasn't needed much, everything's still pretty much original except a few spokes, tires, bearings, and seat.

As a 13-year old when Dad bought it for me, I had no interest in naming it (him?). Now, as I have been riding it more (and skinny-tire bike less) in my old age, I've been considering naming him.

Something British maybe, an old-school name the British are not embarrassed to give a boy, but should be? Here goes:


"Binkley".

What do you think?? And if you care to "out" yourself, have you named your bike? What?
Yes, it's uncool.

No, it doesn't matter.

How about "Phil?" or "Ashton" if you want to go more Brit?

What name did you pick?
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Old 05-19-14, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
I don't name my inanimate objects. But that's just my preference.
+1 I name all my cats, but have yet to name any of my bikes. I don't really name my cars either, but will occasionally refer to my Sprinter wagon as "Big Red", because it is big and red.
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@ Nolatom - how about "Basil" (pronounced the European way)? Besides doesn't matter what people think. My Surly CC is "Leonard" (Linnar if he was in Scandanavia), Sekai Bigfoot is "Mineral" (tough & color), Motobecane Grand Jubile is "Bruno" (Popular French name in '74-'75), Nishiki Riviera Mixte is "Jingles" (think bell that makes a sound over every bump & crevice). So you see, even bright, wonderful folks name their bikes. It's all the rage!
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Old 05-19-14, 01:31 PM
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@ non-fixie - you have a bike named Sandra who goes by Penelope? I like Sandra - that's a fine name.
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I'm naming my bike "un-cool".....
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