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Old 07-20-20, 06:56 PM
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Fantasies about riding other bikes?

When you're riding your current favorite bike, do you sometimes fantasize about riding other bikes? Not that anyone here would ever dream of being unfaithful, but still there is rumored to be "bike porn" on the interwebs, and.... I'm asking for a friend.
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Old 07-20-20, 07:14 PM
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Not really. I enjoy taking a test ride or borrowing a friend's bike for a spin around the block. But so far it hasn't tempted me much.

A couple of years ago I took a recent model Tarmac for a test ride, just 2-3 miles. It was great. Didn't tempt me to spend that kind of money when it wasn't *that* much better than my 1993 Trek 5900. Stiffer bottom bracket. Maybe a few better components. Wouldn't make a bit of difference in my average speed.

Heck, last year a friend gave me a really nice carbon fiber road racing bike frame, from around 2014 or so. Pretty much state of the art for that era. Has a nice Ultegra crank. Just needs the other components, handlebar and saddle. I have most of that stuff in the closet. Nearly a year later that frame is still in my closet.

I'm happy riding my 1989 steel road bike, early '90s hybrid and, before disassembling it for overdue service, that '93 Trek 5900 OCLV.

But I really do need to finish putting together that carbon racing frame just to try it a few times while I'm still young-ish enough to enjoy it.
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Old 07-20-20, 08:10 PM
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At times. Mostly because I've never ridden a road bike (yeah, I know, but I graduated from kid bikes straight to a hybrid I've had since high school) and I've always wondered what it feels like. (But not enough to buy one, because I have absolutely no need for another bike, and I don't think I know anyone who has one.)
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Old 07-20-20, 09:15 PM
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Sometimes I've tried to get my bike to ride another bike while I ride it, but it keeps saying no.
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Old 07-20-20, 10:14 PM
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The price tag turns it into a nightmare.
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Old 07-21-20, 03:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
The price tag turns it into a nightmare.
It depends on your taste and your income. I got a custom Bob Jackson rando bike, with hand carved chrome lugs, hand-bent Hetchins style stays, Brooks saddle, dyno hub, hand-made bags... It's a bit like a car nut buying a '72 Corvette--no practical value to justify it. It didn't cost any more than the racing rigs the posers ride (or, a different kind of poser, I guess). I ride it often and I don't regret buying it. I saved enough commuting by bike for a decade to allow myself to spend a small part of the savings on such an extravagance. But, I would not shell out that much today, as times are a bit different.

So, I don't have to fantasize as I got exactly the bike I wanted, and I'm over the n+1 phase.
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Originally Posted by DeadGrandpa View Post
When you're riding your current favorite bike, do you sometimes fantasize about riding other bikes?
Not while riding, but while surfing Bike Forums, yes.
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Old 07-21-20, 10:00 AM
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Not since I got my velomobile.
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Not since I got my velomobile.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Sometimes I've tried to get my bike to ride another bike while I ride it, but it keeps saying no.
Maybe if you were more open-minded, you could pull a 'devil's threesome' -- two guys on one bike
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pictures?
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OK, I'll admit it... but don't tell my other bikes... they each think they are "the one."

A titanium road bike, with brifters, like a Litespeed... with wood and leather shoes, like my old Sidis. Of course I'd have to lose about 30 pounds to really live the dream.

And then... to ascend those old cherished hills, out of the saddle, legs flying rhythmically... sigh.
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