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When do you bust out the nice bike?

Old 02-16-07, 03:08 PM
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When do you bust out the nice bike?

I live in the PNW and was wondering when you guys hang up the winter bike and take out the nice ride?

-I am now extraordinarily bored at work.
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Old 02-16-07, 03:09 PM
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Whenever the rain washes most or all of the salt from the roads. So here... August.
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what is this 'nice bike' of which you speak?
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I ride the nice bike only from January till December. It may be inside on the rollers for a few days here and there though.
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Winter bike???
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Every time I ride I bust out the nice bike... of course I only have one bike so that's an easy one to answer.

But looking at the signatures it looks like a lot of people have more than one bike. I'm too broke to buy another bike... and my wife would kill me!
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Old 02-16-07, 03:21 PM
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Old 02-16-07, 03:33 PM
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All my bikes are at least decent. My touring /commute bike serves the purpose of needing space to carry more gear in the cooler, wetter days. I should be getting out my road bike at least by March. My club appreciated my touring bike's panniers last week. After the late morning got warmer, I found myself carrying two extra jackets of the clubs overheated riders.
It gave me an excuse for riding slower. I find I take the road bike out on days, when only arm/leg warmers are the extra gear needed to complete a ride.
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I would ride the nice bike if the roads are dry and I'm not commuting. I haven't been on the nice bike in a month or two - it's going to feel like a rocket (~10lbs lighter, 23mm tires instead of 32)!
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"what is this 'nice bike' of which you speak?"

winter bike- 1989 Trek 2300 pro

nice bike- 06 Cervelo team soloist-full ultegra
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I only have one bike and I don't consider it to be very nice so this is a trick question.
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Any dry road day when there's no chance of ice.
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My winter bike needs a new cassette, chain, brakes, tires, and preferably a Specialized Toupe seat.
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Originally Posted by F1_Fan
Any dry road day when there's no chance of ice.
Yep if its dry and sunny I break out the nice bike.
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Old 02-16-07, 06:23 PM
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I only ride my nice bike if the month has 28 days...
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Originally Posted by Gee3
Every time I ride I bust out the nice bike... of course I only have one bike so that's an easy one to answer.

But looking at the signatures it looks like a lot of people have more than one bike. I'm too broke to buy another bike... and my wife would kill me!
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Winter bike = Nice bike = Cheap bike = Road bike.

Beater bike = MTB.
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As soon as it arrives from UPS. Hopefully tomorrow, probably Monday.
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Both my bikes are nice, full 10 speed Dura Ace, but the Ibis is the older of the two - over ten years old - so it sees more of the slop. I ride my Six13 when the roads are dry - and even then in the winter the bike/wheels get salt on them.

I have two words for you winter phobic bike weenies:

WIN - DEX
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5 times a week, every week.
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Originally Posted by OldschoolTrek
I live in the PNW and was wondering when you guys hang up the winter bike and take out the nice ride?

-I am now extraordinarily bored at work.
I live east of Seattle.

The group I ride with only does organized rides when it's dry, so I take the nice bike on those. Sometimes it gets a little damp, and a couple weeks ago we had a grit and mud-fest with all the junk on the roads around here, but that's an exception.

I ride my rain bike the rest of the time, but since it's such a pig it usually lives on the trainer in the basement, and it's a bit of a hassle to pull it out to ride. If the weather's bad, I'll ride on the trainer until I get cabin fever and then pull out the rain bike.

I downhill ski during the winter, however, so I spend a lot of time doing that rather than riding the bike.
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