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Old 12-26-06, 02:29 PM
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Are people hitting on my bike?

I've been commuting to work with my Giant Hybrid for 2 years now. Fellow commuters occasionally talk to me at traffic lights etc. Just small talk; whazz up etc...
Get this: I recently bought a 2007 Trek 520 - black, super cool. And every single day that I rode my new bike, I have had at least 3-4 cyclists getting out of their ways to talk to me!!!
What is up with that? Is everyone in the Holiday mood or is it the bike? ls my bike a dude magnet? I'm considering telling my single girlfriends to ditch the puppies and get a sleek bike!
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Old 12-26-06, 02:33 PM
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Its the bike! The black paint job is very nice. Enjoy the attention!
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You're the dude magnet...the bike just highlights it all the more...like a slinky black evening gown.
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Originally Posted by gizem310
I've been commuting to work with my Giant Hybrid for 2 years now. Fellow commuters occasionally talk to me at traffic lights etc. Just small talk; whazz up etc...
Get this: I recently bought a 2007 Trek 520 - black, super cool. And every single day that I rode my new bike, I have had at least 3-4 cyclists getting out of their ways to talk to me!!!
What is up with that? Is everyone in the Holiday mood or is it the bike? ls my bike a dude magnet? I'm considering telling my single girlfriends to ditch the puppies and get a sleek bike!
The puppies are for guys to attract girls. The bike is better to attract guys.
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Old 12-26-06, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
The puppies are for guys to attract girls. The bike is better to attract guys.
Well, you got Bailey for that!
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Old 12-26-06, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by gizem310
Well, you got Bailey for that!
I may start a leasing program.
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Old 12-26-06, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
I may start a leasing program.
I have the bike AND the puppy!
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Old 12-26-06, 04:16 PM
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I agree with Chipcom, you are the dude magnet. The bike just tells them that you are serious about your cycling and probably in very good condition.

So yeah, ditch the puppies if biker boys are what you are looking for. If you are looking for dog lovers, then puppies are still the best bet.
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Old 12-26-06, 06:32 PM
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If you want to really attract guys, carry power tools in your trailer.
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Originally Posted by gizem310
I have the bike AND the puppy!
cute doggy.
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Steel....Black paint.......

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I've got a 2007 Trek520 as well ... and people don't talk to me Wonder if it's the tummy

But BLACK? What possessed them to paint the thing black. It's stunning after a bath, but as soon as you go within cooee of something dirty, like the road, it looks ... well, dirty

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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
I may start a leasing program.
How much? I'm a former beagle/basset hound owner, so Bailey would be in good care.
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Old 12-27-06, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by gizem310
ls my bike a dude magnet? I'm considering telling my single girlfriends to ditch the puppies and get a sleek bike!
I'm sure it's not the bike, although some men (ok, maybe just me) like sleek things too.
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Old 12-27-06, 01:36 AM
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I'm gonna go with what Chipcom said!

The bike is just gravy!
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Originally Posted by Critterpace
How much? I'm a former beagle/basset hound owner, so Bailey would be in good care.


Originally Posted by CommuterRun
If you want to really attract guys, carry power tools in your trailer.
This is the best post yet !

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You're the dude magnet...the bike just highlights it all the more...like a slinky black evening gown.
I just realized why ninja cyclists ride black bikes after dark! They are just following the correct rules of fashion. Black is worn for dinner or later. The bike is a matching accessory. Having a reflector would be like wearing a black suit with brown shoes. It's just not done !!

Wow! Willing to die to avoid a fashion error, that's dedication.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
I just realized why ninja cyclists ride black bikes after dark! They are just following the correct rules of fashion. Black is worn for dinner or later. The bike is a matching accessory. Having a reflector would be like wearing a black suit with brown shoes. It's just not done !!
I think a more apropos comparison would be wearing a black suit with white athletic socks!
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Originally Posted by gizem310
Get this: I recently bought a 2007 Trek 520 - black, super cool. And every single day that I rode my new bike, I have had at least 3-4 cyclists getting out of their ways to talk to me!!!

What is up with that? Is everyone in the Holiday mood or is it the bike? ls my bike a dude magnet? I'm considering telling my single girlfriends to ditch the puppies and get a sleek bike!
Are people hitting on you or the bike? I'm assuming its a one-two punch, a lethal combination...

Riding a 520 or other touring bike is currently a hot wave of coolness in cycling. The black 520 IS downright sexy - I've heard comments like that at the shop.

And yes, please tell your single friends to get a sleek bike.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
Wow! Willing to die to avoid a fashion error, that's dedication.
Probably in ninja circles, you're better off dead than unfashionable.

Can you tell I'm avoiding work?
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Originally Posted by JohnBrooking
I think a more apropos comparison would be wearing a black suit with white athletic socks!
excellent John!


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Probably in ninja circles, you're better off dead than unfashionable.

Can you tell I'm avoiding work?



Speaking of avoiding work, I found this. No connection to me.

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Update: Yes, it's still happening. I even got a marriage proposal!! I am not joking, people! Was it one of you guys joking around????!!!
Calling my girlfriends as we speak!
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Originally Posted by gizem310
Update: Yes, it's still happening. I even got a marriage proposal!! I am not joking, people! Was it one of you guys joking around????!!!
Calling my girlfriends as we speak!
"This thread is useless without pictures" of the OP.
Let's see... hot bike, young fit female who obviously into riding. Energy levels high, great mood, life is good. Yes, fertile ground for temptation. If it gets to be too much just crank it up to 400 watts for 10 minutes, then 330 watts for another 5 minutes to weed them out.
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It's a touring bike. Touring bikes are sexy.
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Originally Posted by capejohn
It's a touring bike. Touring bikes are sexy.
True...
I have been thinking about the whole thing this morning, since I am at work and I really don't feel like working. And I think I figured out what's going on...
Not only did I buy the new bike, I also bought racks and big, red panniers to go with it. When people talk to me, most of the conversations start with "So, where are you headed?".
A touring bike is not just a bike anymore. It's somewhat a sign of a free and adventurous spirit, aka dude magnet.
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Originally Posted by gizem310
True...
IA touring bike is not just a bike anymore. It's somewhat a sign of a free and adventurous spirit, aka dude magnet.

So, are ya busy later on? just kidding.
I think you hit the nail on the head with that. A touring bike with panniers just screams that you probably have nothing tying you down and are free to do whatever you want to. For a lot of us, that is just a dream.
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