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Did You Name Your Steed?

Old 05-25-07, 02:28 PM
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Did You Name Your Steed?

I was just wondering if anyone, other than myself, has a tendency to name inanimate objects that they love? Have you named your bike or bikes? What did you name it/them?
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Of course I name inanimate objects and give them anthropomorphic tendencies

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The Overgrown "Dust Buster"
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Old 05-25-07, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Of course I name inanimate objects and give them anthropomorphic tendencies
You shouldn't anthropomorphise bicycles -- they hate that.
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I didn't name my bike, but it has a name. It is called the batmobile. Totally mat black and a really sleeper till you look closerly and start seeing very nice components and hydralic brakes...
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My Specialized Roubaix is named Aubrey which means "rules the elves".
My Miyata Sportsrunner ATB is named Miya which means "sacred shrine".
My Trek T1 Fixie is named Roisin which means "little rose".
My Specialized Tri Cross Comp Triple is named Angharad which means "beloved;much loved".

I love my bikes and thus I anthropomorphise them by naming them.
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I named them ALL:
The Bike (Atlantis)
The Other Bike (Rambouillet)
The Singlespeed (converted Trek)
The Mountain Bike (Cannondale)
The Bridgestone (old MB, now a beater)
and The Folder (Downtube).
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No.

I have a Surly Cross-Check that I call "the Surly".

I have a Lemond Sarthe that I call "the Lemond".

But then, I also have two cats that I call "Big Cat" and "Little Cat" and a Toyota Tundra pick-up truck that is known as "The Mighty Tundra".
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Originally Posted by JumboRider
I was just wondering if anyone, other than myself, has a tendency to name inanimate objects that they love? Have you named your bike or bikes? What did you name it/them?
I named my bike Excelsior, after the Longfellow poem:

The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,
A banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

His brow was sad; his eye beneath,
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,
Excelsior!

In happy homes he saw the light
Of household fires gleam warm and bright;
Above, the spectral glaciers shone,
And from his lips escaped a groan,
Excelsior!

"Try not the Pass!" the old man said:
"Dark lowers the tempest overhead,
The roaring torrent is deep and wide!
And loud that clarion voice replied,
Excelsior!

"Oh stay," the maiden said, "and rest
Thy weary head upon this breast!"
A tear stood in his bright blue eye,
But still he answered, with a sigh,
Excelsior!

"Beware the pine-tree's withered branch!
Beware the awful avalanche!"
This was the peasant's last Good-night,
A voice replied, far up the height,
Excelsior!

At break of day, as heavenward
The pious monks of Saint Bernard
Uttered the oft-repeated prayer,
A voice cried through the startled air,
Excelsior!

A traveller, by the faithful hound,
Half-buried in the snow was found,
Still grasping in his hand of ice
That banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

There in the twilight cold and gray,
Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay,
And from the sky, serene and far,
A voice fell, like a falling star,
Excelsior!
 
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Sir Historian,
Did the poem become known to you prior to the the chess problem, or is the reverse true? I have always related the poem's subject with Sir Lancelot, though this was not the intent of Longfellow. The fact that man strives to the perfection of his ideal to his eventual destruction is a strong theme.

You do not intend to die frozen to your bike in the alps only to be found by a slobbering St. Bernard with a cask of rum about its neck?
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Old 05-25-07, 10:22 PM
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Well, I have not yet received my pale blue steed, but I have christened her Jumbo 'the Mother Trucker'. Jumbo after the famous elephant.
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I have named both my bikes
My sport bike, is Lilith. She sucks the life out of me.
My commute bike is Ethel. She is strong and sturdy and carries it all.
Here is me and Lilith.
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Originally Posted by keithm0
You shouldn't anthropomorphise bicycles -- they hate that.
The irony in this comment is exquisite in it's subtlety. +1 on that alone.

It so happens that I also agree with the comment's substance. Velomorphising (or cyclomorphising, if you prefer) humans is the better practice. For example, you don't have legs, you have "wheels". Your "saddle" is sore from hours in your bike's saddle. Your "handlebar handles" may ache from the road vibration, but it's the "top brackets" on either side of your "anthro-computer" that really bear the brunt. And don't forget your "Downtube" -- it can get pretty stiff after hours in the drops. Almost as bad as the numbness in your "pedal interfaces".

And if you get really good at it, you might get a walk-on part in Transformers 2. Maybe...

As for me, it's not that I don't name things I love -- I had an old prelude (1st gen) named Bud. He and I got along great. But I haven't named any of my guitars, though I've flirted with the idea. And my bikes also all remain nameless, though some have developed genders.
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Originally Posted by JumboRider
Sir Historian,
Did the poem become known to you prior to the the chess problem, or is the reverse true? I have always related the poem's subject with Sir Lancelot, though this was not the intent of Longfellow. The fact that man strives to the perfection of his ideal to his eventual destruction is a strong theme.

You do not intend to die frozen to your bike in the alps only to be found by a slobbering St. Bernard with a cask of rum about its neck?
I knew the poem before I discovered Sam Loyd's chess composition. I was drawn to the name because of a certain likeness between the protagonist of the poem and myself. Most notably, everyone tells him "don't do it" and he does it, which mirrors all the negativity I received, both from myself and others, when I began to lose weight. "Middle aged men don't learn to ride a bike." "Fat people can't lose weight, they are helpless victims." Etc, etc. I do hope to avoid his fate!

Also, Excelsior, in Latin, means "ever upward." I thought naming the bike that would encourage it when it came time to climb hills. Sadly, it doesn't appear to be working.
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian
I knew the poem before I discovered Sam Loyd's chess composition. I was drawn to the name because of a certain likeness between the protagonist of the poem and myself. Most notably, everyone tells him "don't do it" and he does it, which mirrors all the negativity I received, both from myself and others, when I began to lose weight. "Middle aged men don't learn to ride a bike." "Fat people can't lose weight, they are helpless victims." Etc, etc. I do hope to avoid his fate!

Also, Excelsior, in Latin, means "ever upward." I thought naming the bike that would encourage it when it came time to climb hills. Sadly, it doesn't appear to be working.
That's not the bike, that's the motor! You'll get that down too, Neil! The strides (or pedal strokes) you've made have my utmost respect, as does your attitude!

Very appropriate attitude in your name choice, and I love the literary bent!

It also reminds me of a Bullwinkle short from between the cartoons! (Did you ever notice how ADULT the humor was on Bullwinkle?)
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
That's not the bike, that's the motor! You'll get that down too, Neil! The strides (or pedal strokes) you've made have my utmost respect, as does your attitude!

Very appropriate attitude in your name choice, and I love the literary bent!

It also reminds me of a Bullwinkle short from between the cartoons! (Did you ever notice how ADULT the humor was on Bullwinkle?)
Yes, and how awful the puns were. :-)
 
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