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Is your bike a he or a she?

Old 08-25-10, 11:34 AM
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Is your bike a he or a she?

Don't even try to tell me your bike doesn't have a personality. If you do think this, rent or borrow a different one. You'll find that some bikes enjoy long rides in the countryside, while others feel at home running between two lines of stopped cars, with their six-inch handlebars. Others demand a rest at outdoor restaurants, leaving you with no choice but to go have a meal until the bike is ready to get on the road again, but, my new one is a nimble free spirit, and doesn't want to be tied down with locks. Bikes are as richly varied as their riders.

But I thought there was a rule about bikes always being (grammatically) feminine ... because boats always are. This doesn't seem to hold up, though, because I've seen bikes referred to as 'he.' And, of course, as 'it.'

So, what's yours? And, is there any particular reason why?
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My bike is a he.

I have named him Fred!
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Old 08-25-10, 12:24 PM
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My bicycle is simply named "Evil" and I tend to think of it as a she.

Besides, it would be a little ackward to explain to my wife if I came home all sweaty and with a sore butt from riding Bob. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
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In the entire Dammit series, not one has been a she... And the three bikes that preceded Dammit were also male. That makes 10 bikes over 39 years.
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I voted "IT". My wife wouldn't bee too keen with me mounting another female and I wouldn't be too keen about a male between my legs.
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It. I don't anthropomorphize my bikes, I find that it gives them an attitude.
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Originally Posted by bautieri
Besides, it would be a little ackward to explain to my wife if I came home all sweaty and with a sore butt from riding Bob. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Would your wife be any happier that you came home all sweaty from your rhythmic motions riding Betty than Bob? I can see this thread is going down hill fast - I could have said something like "Lately I'm having more fun riding my bike than my girlfriend." ( Ahem ... if I said that, it would mean that my girlfriend doesn't have as much fun as I do when she rides my bike. )

Mine's name is Gazelle, and she's a female. But my other bike, I'm not as sure of; it relies more on its strength than its wits or its graceful footing.
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He... (his name is Oscar)

Can I post on these non-Clyde questions if I'm not a clyde?
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Old 08-25-10, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ijen0311
Can I post on these non-Clyde questions if I'm not a clyde?
Sure you can!

I went emeritus quite awhile ago and I still post...the more the merrier
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
Would your wife be any happier that you came home all sweaty from your rhythmic motions riding Betty than Bob?
Probably a little less angry.

I can see this thread is going down hill fast - I could have said something like "Lately I'm having more fun riding my bike than my girlfriend."
It talks back less. Just sayin
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Originally Posted by bautieri
Sure you can!

I went emeritus quite awhile ago and I still post...the more the merrier
You still emeritus despite the forced inactivity?
 
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Originally Posted by ijen0311
He... (his name is Oscar)

Can I post on these non-Clyde questions if I'm not a clyde?
Hey what are you doing here??

Jenn on the Clyde forum!

No really, it's good to see you here.
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My bikes have all been male, since riding horses usually are in literature..... the Lone Ranger's Silver, Adonis' horse in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, the Black Stallion, etc.
 
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My Schwinn hybrid is Winnie (a she).

When I finally upgrade to the touring bike I long for, I think it will likely be a he... Gus, or maybe Bubba (esp. if it's an LHT).
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Are riders of hybrids confused? Not quite a MTB, and not quite a road bike?

A he/she?
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Originally Posted by bautieri
Sure you can!

I went emeritus quite awhile ago and I still post...the more the merrier
Originally Posted by jr59
Hey what are you doing here??

Jenn on the Clyde forum!

No really, it's good to see you here.
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My bikes are just bikes...no he or she involved. Although the new bike I'm picking up this weekend is definitely "girly" (custom paint job - blue, green and pink).
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Originally Posted by The Historian
My bikes have all been male, since riding horses usually are in literature..... the Lone Ranger's Silver, Adonis' horse in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, the Black Stallion, etc.
But Historian... horses are alive and they are male or female...
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It is a she and don't tell my wife.
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Originally Posted by ijen0311
He... (his name is Oscar)

Can I post on these non-Clyde questions if I'm not a clyde?
Only if you never say anything in front of Gazelle about Oscar being faster than her.
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Both. I have several some are girls and others are boys. I always say they have to have names. Otherwise how could I differentiate between. Girl or boy is just what strikes my fancy.
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I'm going with he. Since when we hang out I let the flatulence out, blow my nose with just my hands, scratch and adjust myself constantly. I can't see myself doing that with a she. Besides, "he's" a big heavy mountain bike, with fat tires. Once I get a dainty road bike, I'll probably refer to it as a she.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
Only if you never say anything in front of Gazelle about Oscar being faster than her.
I won't. Oscar and I aren't faster than much anyway.
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I asked my 15 year old daughter if her bike was a he or a she. She responded that it was an "it' because people her name their bike or assign a gender are bike obsessed. The wisdom of a 15 year old. That being said, I have not named any of my bikes, but have nick names such as my road bike is called the speedster or hot rod. The closest I have come to naming is my mountain bike. I call it my Friday bike, since it gets ridden on Friday, but I sometimes call it Fredag, which is Swedish for Friday for something a little different.
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I didn't vote, there is no voting option for 2 bikes where there is one of each...

The Norco is big heavy and so serious all the time, so for it I would vote HE, the Raleigh is sleek and playful and fun, so for that one I would vote SHE.
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