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Old 06-16-15, 09:22 AM
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Do you have a 'Beast'?

Seems like a few of you have a bike named "Beast", or so I noticed on your sigs.

My 'Beast' is a mountain bike with fenders, rack and panniers that I ride to the grocery store and lock outside, or with the kids around the neighbourhood. It cost me $50, and then anther $70 for the accessories.

Post a picture, too, if you got one.

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Peugeot 1990s rigid steel mountain bike (licensed use of name by Canadian manufacturer). Added fenders and rack. Bought used for a couple of hundred dollars.
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Mine's a 1962 Western Flyer tandem with a baby seat and a front basket.

Here it is as I bought it:


and here it is with the seat & basket (bad photo, I know)


Weighs a ton and steers like a dump truck, but all three of us can go places together. Turns heads like no one's business, too - everyone drops whatever they're doing to smile and wave.
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Old 06-16-15, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by tdsherman325 View Post
Mine's a 1962 Western Flyer tandem with a baby seat and a front basket.

Here it is as I bought it:


and here it is with the seat & basket (bad photo, I know)


Weighs a ton and steers like a dump truck, but all three of us can go places together. Turns heads like no one's business, too - everyone drops whatever they're doing to smile and wave.
That's a beast and a beauty!
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Old 06-16-15, 02:16 PM
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I've called this thing a few names like that.... It's heavy and slow and I ride it in snow.
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Old 06-16-15, 03:12 PM
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my beast's full name is "Winter Beast". quite obviously, it's my dedicated winter steed.

it's an Alfine 8 IGH/hydraulic disc brake hybrid with full fenders and Marathon Winter studded tires (the pic is older, showing summer slicks)

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Originally Posted by tdsherman325 View Post
Mine's a 1962 Western Flyer tandem with a baby seat and a front basket.

Here it is as I bought it:


and here it is with the seat & basket (bad photo, I know)


Weighs a ton and steers like a dump truck, but all three of us can go places together. Turns heads like no one's business, too - everyone drops whatever they're doing to smile and wave.
That's very cool. If I had one I wouldn't know where to put it.
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Old 06-16-15, 04:17 PM
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Here's my beast:
A Raleigh Serengeti MTB. The collar on the seatpost is for attaching my 6-y/o son's tag-along.

I'm thinking of putting studs on this come winter as a supplemental ride to my other commuter.

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1982 Schwinn "World Tourist," artisanally recycled.

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Old 06-16-15, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by katsrevenge View Post


I've called this thing a few names like that.... It's heavy and slow and I ride it in snow.
It took me a second to figure out the white streaks - sleet or snow falling in your headlight beam. Great pic.
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Not quite a 'Beast', but I call her Big Bertha. She's a 1970s Royce Union which I bought last year. She's heavy and awkward to move in and out of the apartment, but she gets me from Point A to Point B. (Even if I have to walk up the hilly parts.)

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Yup. I call mine The Mule because it's ugly and does most of my hauling:



If the above weren't a crappy iPhone pic, you'd see all of the paint chips and rust that help make it ugly.
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Yep. Ride it in the winter/snow/garbage weather.

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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
my beast's full name is "Winter Beast". quite obviously, it's my dedicated winter steed.

it's an Alfine 8 IGH/hydraulic disc brake hybrid with full fenders and Marathon Winter studded tires (the pic is older, showing summer slicks)

I think I would disqualify this one from the category. It's a bit too, mm,..upscale, to be called 'Beast'.
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Old 06-17-15, 07:28 AM
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For me the problem with old, beat up, utility bikes is that they are apropos for a lot of my riding (sub 5 mile urban riding where I need to lock the bike up outside). So I end up using and liking them too much.
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My "Beast" was my old WalMart mountain bike that I had owned for 25 years. I loved that bike for casual rides, but it wasn't very good for my commute. I was going to keep it when I bought my hybrid, but realized that I would really never use it much because the new bike was so much nicer.

I traded it in when I bought my Trek. Got $15 for it which was a fair deal.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
I think I would disqualify this one from the category. It's a bit too, mm,..upscale, to be called 'Beast'.
think "beast" in the more modern use of the word, particularly in the sports world, where it has come to mean strong, powerful, tough, etc. as opposed to its more classic definition of ugly, crude, filthy, etc.

example: "Duncan Keith was an unstoppable beast in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs."

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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
think "beast" in the more modern use of the word, particularly in the sports world, where it has come to mean strong, powerful, tough, etc. as opposed to its more classic definition of ugly, crude, filthy, etc.

example: "Duncan Keith was an unstoppable beast in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs."
All right. We'll broaden the category include that definition. Kind of like Hank McCoy from X-Men--very intelligent and refined, but is still Beast.

I was thinking more along the lines of a heavy duty, all-purpose, all-weather, beast of burden, possibly made up of leftover parts from different bikes. A Frankenstein-type monster beast.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
I was thinking more along the lines of a heavy duty, all-purpose, all-weather, beast of burden, possibly made up of leftover parts from different bikes. A Frankenstein-type monster beast.
I often think of my cargo bike as "The Beast"

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I often think of my cargo bike as "The Beast"

Love it!

Reminds me of Mr. Money Mustache.
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This is mine. An early 90's Specialized. I spent more on the fenders and rack than I did the bike .

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My Huffy Thunder Ridge is a beast. It's my commuter and it served me well. I named it "Thunder"...........



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My utility hauler bike I have named "Yellow Beast" on Strava. It's a custom-build KHS MTB from the late 90's. I bought it off the original owner for 200 bucks around 2007 or so. In the past 3 years I have spent WAY more than 200 changing out parts and upgrading/customizing to my liking for its use, mainly riding between various family member's houses and hauling a trailer to the store.

Literally nothing on the bike is the same as when I first got it, besides the frame, headset, BB, and drivetrain (I did replace the chain). And the rear wheel.

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My dedicated commuter is also my beast. 91 Rockhopper. Weighs a solid ton but is unbreakable. Bought the frame + various bits for $20, I've probably spent another $75 finishing the build. I'm still figuring it out, I've only had it six months, two of those in ridable condition. Homemade rear pannier bags, front and back racks and more lights than ever necessary.
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