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Old 12-29-22, 01:22 PM
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I have three Specialized bikes so use the model name. No anthropomorphizing.
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This bike is in the Smithsonian and has a horse's name:


https://americanhistory.si.edu/colle...ct/nmah_843028

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I've named a couple of mine after other inanimate objects. The Simcoe city-bike is the Xebec, named after a kind of sailing ship, a light freighter; it's equipped with a Wald 520 basket set which has brought groceries home. The Day 6 I call the Buick, because it's smooth, quiet, and comfortable.

I have a GreenSpeed Anura (recumbent delta trike) on order; don't know if I'll give that one a name or not.
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No, whatever the brand that’s how they are referred to.
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
Not really, but once, I was thinking of a theme for my Technium, and, considering everything we'd been through together, I conjured the motif "Believe In Me".
In 2019, I came into possession of a Technium frame & fork, that, to put it mildly, had done been rode hard & put up wet. The paint on the aluminum main triangle was absurdly faded and flaking off, and the fork & stays put the "P" in "patina". Regardless, my having an idea that my son might like to ride to school on a bike that wouldn't be alluring to thieves, I rebuilt it with good basic components as a street bike.


When my son saw it, he took one look, said, "That bike would give me tetanus", and never touched it.

I ended up selling it to another person in my riding group, and he loves it. Light weight, faster than it looks, comfortable, and reliable.

And the name I bestowed upon it was carried on by its next owner: "Uglybike".
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Old 12-30-22, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by RCMoeur View Post

I would have given the bike some attention to the finish.., and a new name.
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Old 12-31-22, 07:44 AM
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One of my Raleigh Sportses is named Eugene, for an obvious reason.
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I'm inclined to not even naming pets. If my wife didn't do it, they would just be called dog.
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Old 12-31-22, 07:58 AM
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The only reason I name my bikes is to track their separate mileage on Strava. I don't want to list the actual bike models and advertise them for bike thieves.

My steel road bike was Ferreous Bueller (get it? ferreous). My commuter bike was the Fred Sled. My race mountain bike was The Hammer of Thor. My first 11-speed bike was The Nigel Tufnel Special. Etc., Etc.
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Nope not a namer. I am pretty attached to a couple of them, but still don't name them.
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Old 12-31-22, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Dino_Sore View Post
The only reason I name my bikes is to track their separate mileage on Strava. I don't want to list the actual bike models and advertise them for bike thieves.

My steel road bike was Ferreous Bueller (get it? ferreous). My commuter bike was the Fred Sled. My race mountain bike was The Hammer of Thor. My first 11-speed bike was The Nigel Tufnel Special. Etc., Etc.
That's actually a very sane, and compelling, reason I had not thought of. (I keep Strava private.)

Ferrous, btw.
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Old 12-31-22, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark View Post
That's actually a very sane, and compelling, reason I had not thought of. (I keep Strava private.)

Ferrous, btw.
That's pretty much why I named mine. It allows me to keep straight how much mileage each has accumulated. This is my 2022 summary, for example.


"Old Tom" = early 90s Ritchey Road Logic, for years my Go-To bike. Still a favorite. Named after Tom Ritchey.
"BBBB" = "BIg Bad Black Bianchi", a 2006 Bianchi 928. It's black.
"Dreadnought" = early 90s Battaglin frame made of MAX tubing. Build like a battleship. Hence the name.
"Jackhammer" = 1994 Cannondale R500. 3.0 series Aluminum frame. If you've ridden one the name makes sense,
"Kippers" = 2020 Canyon Endurace. Name comes from the TV show "Red Dwarf" - EndurACE, like Ace Rimmer, whose tagline is "Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast"
"The Mighty Schwinn" = 1989 Schwinn Circuit. Like The Mighty Quinn
"Mrs. Peel" = 1982 Lotus Supreme. Name is because Mrs. Peel drove a Lotus, and because of the flaking paint when I acquired her.
"Colin" = 1982 Lotus Classique. Named for Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus cars.
"Deadman" = 1985 Centurion Ironman. This was bike number 9. "Number 9" made me think of the Beatles "Revolution #9", where "Number 9" is repeated over and over. But if you play it backwards, it sounds like "Turn me on, Deadman"
"Wizard" = 1995 Litespeed Ultimate. When I first got it, every time I went over a sharp bump, the flared handle of the frame pump would strike the top tube, which would ring like a bell. Once, riding over a rough stretch of pavement, it kept ringing, and I said to myself, "Sounds like a damn pinball machine!", hence "Pinball Wizard", hence "Wizard".

Funny thing is, after putting all that thought into such a silly enterprise, I don't think of them by those names. I call them, "the Ritchey", "the Litespeed", etc. Except Mrs. Peel.
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Old 12-31-22, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
That's pretty much why I named mine. It allows me to keep straight how much mileage each has accumulated. This is my 2022 summary, for example.


"Old Tom" = early 90s Ritchey Road Logic, for years my Go-To bike. Still a favorite. Named after Tom Ritchey.
"BBBB" = "BIg Bad Black Bianchi", a 2006 Bianchi 928. It's black.
"Dreadnought" = early 90s Battaglin frame made of MAX tubing. Build like a battleship. Hence the name.
"Jackhammer" = 1994 Cannondale R500. 3.0 series Aluminum frame. If you've ridden one the name makes sense,
"Kippers" = 2020 Canyon Endurace. Name comes from the TV show "Red Dwarf" - EndurACE, like Ace Rimmer, whose tagline is "Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast"
"The Mighty Schwinn" = 1989 Schwinn Circuit. Like The Mighty Quinn
"Mrs. Peel" = 1982 Lotus Supreme. Name is because Mrs. Peel drove a Lotus, and because of the flaking paint when I acquired her.
"Colin" = 1982 Lotus Classique. Named for Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus cars.
"Deadman" = 1985 Centurion Ironman. This was bike number 9. "Number 9" made me think of the Beatles "Revolution #9", where "Number 9" is repeated over and over. But if you play it backwards, it sounds like "Turn me on, Deadman"
"Wizard" = 1995 Litespeed Ultimate. When I first got it, every time I went over a sharp bump, the flared handle of the frame pump would strike the top tube, which would ring like a bell. Once, riding over a rough stretch of pavement, it kept ringing, and I said to myself, "Sounds like a damn pinball machine!", hence "Pinball Wizard", hence "Wizard".

Funny thing is, after putting all that thought into such a silly enterprise, I don't think of them by those names. I call them, "the Ritchey", "the Litespeed", etc. Except Mrs. Peel.
You need a bike named " Larry "
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
I name them after Clint Eastwood's characters in the Sergio Leone 'Spaghetti Westerns" he starred in.
I named mine after Toshiro Mifune's masterless samurai in the Akira Kurosawa movies that Leone plagiarized for his spaghetti Westerns. And for the Continental Op in the Dashiell Hammett novels that Kurosawa plagiarized for his samurai movies.
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I named my bike Marvin Elias Hubert Clement Augustus III
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Yes, all of our bikes have names and
they usually come when you call their name.
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Yes, all of our bikes have names and
they usually come when you call their name.
Did I detect just a hint of sarcasm with a giant dollop of malevolence? Nah, didnít think so since itís New Yearís Eve.
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Did I detect just a hint of sarcasm with a giant dollop of malevolence? Nah, didnít think so since itís New Yearís Eve.
Nope,
NONE ?
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I do not give my bikes human names or nicknames. I think this is because my bikes are tools to get me from one place to another and I don't think of them as having personalities.
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No. I cannot think of any name I would like. Maybe because I am not capable of developing and intimate connection with the bikes.
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Nope. I used the model name. I donít have enough to require nick names.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark View Post

Ferrous, btw.
Oops. Brain fart.
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
You need a bike named " Larry "
It would have to be way too small, with a rear wheel so out of true that I have to open the brakes AND tie one of the caliper arms to the seatstay with string to stop it rubbing on the rim.
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I call my bikes by the manufacturer name. The Trek, the Fondriest, the Bianchi. Tre boring.
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