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Would you lend your expensive carbon road bike to a colleague or acquaintance?

Old 11-13-15, 10:51 PM
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Would you lend your expensive carbon road bike to a colleague or acquaintance?

Earlier this year, I purchased a fat-bike (Norco Bigfoot 6.1).
Since I purchased the bike, everyone asks to borrow it for an afternoon, part of the weekend,... when I may not be using it.
I do lend it out.

Now I have just ordered a Specialized Diverge Expert, a $5000 (Canadian dollars) carbon road bike.

I know everyone at work will want to ride it; or at least "try it". Would you lend your expensive bike to an acquaintance or colleague at work?

If your colleague or acquaintance crashes your $5000 bike, cracking your carbon frame, would you hold him/her responsible?
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Old 11-13-15, 10:55 PM
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No.
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Old 11-13-15, 11:03 PM
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it all depends on how long they plan on using it.

around the parking lot? around the block? are they going to be out of sight? are they keeping it overnight?

i'd treat the 'borrowing' like i would a valued girlfriend. maybe once around the block, but THAT'S ALL!
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Old 11-13-15, 11:11 PM
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Do you wear cleats? Perhaps you can weed out the non-cyclists who don't have shoes to match your pedals.

Get a moderate quality beater bike to loan out if your friends without bikes wish to ride with you.
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Old 11-13-15, 11:16 PM
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I won't even lend out my cheap carbon bike. Go buy your own is my attitude. Damage is the big one, but there are a bunch of reasons I will not lend out a bike. Even my cheap bike is over $2000 so it's just not going to happen.
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Old 11-13-15, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
it all depends on how long they plan on using it.

around the parking lot? around the block? are they going to be out of sight? are they keeping it overnight?

i'd treat the 'borrowing' like i would a valued girlfriend. maybe once around the block, but THAT'S ALL!
Yes, they would be out of sight; say an afternoon I am working but they have off.
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Old 11-13-15, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Do you wear cleats? Perhaps you can weed out the non-cyclists who don't have shoes to match your pedals.

Get a moderate quality beater bike to loan out if your friends without bikes wish to ride with you.
Unfortunately, I don't have cleats, but that's a good suggestion
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Old 11-13-15, 11:38 PM
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No but don't get yourself in that situation (re the bike or girlfriend)
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To a teammate, yes. To a coworker, no.
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Old 11-13-15, 11:41 PM
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No. +1 on pedal eliminations of joyrides. If I allow it, and something happens, I have no one to blame but myself. If the interested party is known to be capable and knows what he/she is riding....maybe. Most folks haven't a clue what these things can cost, and would consider most of us crazy if they did.
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Old 11-13-15, 11:44 PM
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I'm pretty cool about it and it's never been an issue over the past two years. I routinely let people burrow my Dura Ace Di2 BMC GF01 and/or my Domane 6.9. Whether it's for a test ride (to help sell a new version of the bike) or someone at work/local club wants to ride it on the post-work ride. Heck I had some random from Bike Forums take it for a spin, with me on another bike for a couple of hours and no issues.

Someday it'll probably bite me, but so far... so good.
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Old 11-13-15, 11:50 PM
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I have five bikes. A daily rider, a back-up (with triple that's a great climber), a rain bike.... and so on. None of those bikes are a "loaner". I think if I had a lot of friends wanting to borrow a bike... I might acquire a loaner. But no way in hell would I ever lend out a carbon road bike.
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Old 11-13-15, 11:59 PM
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Yeah my son lost a bike that way. Lent it to a friend to get home from some school function.

Kid gets caught in a rainstorm, abandons the bike, and gets a car ride from someone. "Where's the bike?" "I don't know, just left it by the side of the road". Bright kid. Two bright kids.

So, yeah, at about the age of 10 you stop lending your bike to friends.
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Old 11-14-15, 12:24 AM
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How much is your friendship worth? A lot? Don't let him ride it. Keep the friendship intact. (If this strains the friendship, it wasn't much to start with.)

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Old 11-14-15, 12:32 AM
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Nope.
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Old 11-14-15, 12:47 AM
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Nope.

If your friend is a good one...they won't ask.
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I would do that for my coworkers in a second without even thinking about it, but we are all athletes. Everyone I work with has at one time or another finished an Ironman or a marathon. If any of my coworkers need a bike, I find one that fits them well, and support them 100% throughout their endeavor.
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Old 11-14-15, 04:31 AM
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My carbon SL---NO!

My steel Paramount---sure, for a million dollars
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yes. its just a bike
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Spare bike yes, primary bike no. Unless they are willing to let me ride their Porsche until the bike comes back. I've let other ride it while I'm with them, trade bikes to check each other's out.
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I try not to have things that I would cry about. So to friends I've borrowed everything - car, bicycle, motorcycle, tools... The worst thing for a bicycle is not to get ridden.
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Lend out what you can replace
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Yeah my son lost a bike that way. Lent it to a friend to get home from some school function.

Kid gets caught in a rainstorm, abandons the bike, and gets a car ride from someone. "Where's the bike?" "I don't know, just left it by the side of the road". Bright kid. Two bright kids.

So, yeah, at about the age of 10 you stop lending your bike to friends.
Or maybe one just learns not to lend a bike to a ten year old. I probably wouldn't lend my bike to a teenager, or anyone I knew to be as careless and cavalier, either, but I can certainly imagine letting an grownup acquaintance take one for a spin with me (maybe I'd ride his bike), letting a mature, responsible acquaintance take one for a weekend, or giving one to a true friend to use as long as he might need it. I don't imagine a loss or damage would be any more likely to occur when someone else rode it than if I were riding it myself, and if a mishap did occur, the bike would be just as damaged or lost, regardless of who was to blame.
I like my bikes plenty, but I like my friends more - if a bike happened to get damaged or stolen while in a friend's possession, I wouldn't loose any sleep over it. I'd have more cause for concern if my friend got injured or injured someone else while riding it.
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