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Ode to my bike I just sold

Old 04-21-11, 11:24 PM
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Ode to my bike I just sold

I just sold my bike that carried me for many years;

He picked you up today and seemed a good fellow

Yet you were the one that enhanced my love of the sport and gave me my personal best on my third century I ever road. I was very sad to see you leave me but the the man I sold you to seem to appreciate you as well as i did and while i purchased a more techno bike it was so sad to see you go. I do not have stable of bikes simple one that serves me well and I will always remember you.

I am a simple sap.....................but what can I say some time memories are associated with what we love.


Am i alone in this?
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Old 04-21-11, 11:34 PM
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I'm not quite so sentimental. I went through two bikes before my current steed. However, I feel that if I ever get rid of it, I'll certainly have seller's remorse for a while.
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Old 04-21-11, 11:52 PM
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You’re not alone mon ami, You are not a lover of bikes until you have lost one….At some point, you learn to let it go. Or, you could become a suffering artiste. As they say, “it is better to have loved….” What you must do immediately is to drink mucho Laguanitas IPA (My personal favorite), while listening to some sappy French Edith Piaf music during a full moon. This will actually make you want your old bike back, for a time. BUT; after many, many years of drunkenness, you ‘may’ start to appreciate the new bike that you have chosen to leave your old faithful one for…
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Old 04-22-11, 12:04 AM
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Vodka on the rocks i already in hand.

You think they tested lance for this?
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Old 04-22-11, 12:11 AM
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this thread is worthless without pics!!! both new and old!!
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Old 04-22-11, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by tmass
Vodka on the rocks i already in hand.

You think they tested lance for this?
Lance is a Saint, he would not foul his loins with such tripe...Mon Ami.
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Old 04-22-11, 01:34 AM
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Her name was Alessandra:




I enjoyed her for a year in bittersweet splendor. Words cannot describe this frame's exquisite handling and descending prowess. Unfortunately, the fit was a near constant struggle, the amount of discomfort it caused me made me want to hurl it of the peak of every climb I summited astride it. Truly, a tragedy. I considered modifying it in a significant way to facilitate better fit, but I decided to find another with a similar specification, instead. This was to no avail. I traded for a near identical frame (another Colnago) that should have been the answer, but no other frame could capture the unique cocktail of fantastic handling, surging acceleration, track bike angles that gave it the ability to dive in the sharpest corners at the highest speeds with absolute precision and the composure of a wise sage.


Let us now have a moment of silence, for the best bike I have ever ridden...
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Old 04-22-11, 01:49 AM
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The solution is to become a collector. They don't take up that much space if ya hang 'em on the wall. Best thing is bikes don't get jealous if you take a ride on the "ex".
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Old 04-22-11, 06:07 AM
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Cyclists are weird.
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Old 04-22-11, 06:18 AM
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No, you are not alone.
And thank you for not doing it in iambic pentameter. THAT, you would have been alone on.

I know where every one of my old bikes are.
I remember when I sold my Ciocc frameset. I was announcing a race in Chelsea. From the stage, I watched the guy carrying it down the street until he went out of sight. I couldn't look away. And I remember thinking: "This is weird. It's just a bike. Look away. I can't."

I saw it a number of years later. Painted and shiny. And I detected a slight air of 'you had your chance' coming from it.
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Am i alone in this?
Most definitely not!

Here's my tribute, with a bit of backstory, to my soon to be departed Orbea. We had eight great seasons together. I sold her to a friend, who wants to get into riding the road, so I think it's a worthy sacrifice.

This is her successor.
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Originally Posted by sir real
cyclists are weird.
qft.
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Old 04-22-11, 10:34 PM
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I just got a caad9 and I don't see any reason to sell it. It fits well and rides great. I may upgrade to a nice carbon bike someday but see no reason t sell the caad unless I'm hurting for cash, which is my lot in life, but I'll do my best to hold on to it.
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Old 04-22-11, 11:20 PM
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I've bought and sold probably a dozen or so bikes over the past 5-6 years. I'm usually a little sad about it. I was probably most depressed, however, over selling the beach cruiser I rode around on during college. It was a cheap piece of crap, but I'd made the mistake of naming it... I actually did cry when the new owner drove off with it. My roommates thought I was weird.
I can't imagine how I'll react if a bike is ever stolen from me. Seriously one of my worst nightmares.
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Originally Posted by Sir Real
Cyclists are weird.
You should meet Ham Radio Operators
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Definitely not alone. My first road bike was a Nishiki Competition. I still regret giving that bike away.
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Originally Posted by Spookeay Bird
You should meet Ham Radio Operators
Not if you sell one of your rigs to buy bike stuff
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its weird that it seems like just a bunch of different parts you put together over the years, but its definitely part of your personality...atleast your cycling personality
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Originally Posted by tmass
I am a simple sap.....................but what can I say some time memories are associated with what we love.

Am i alone in this?
Sadly, no.

Lots of weirdos out there like yourself.
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My first bike was and still is a 2010 Trek 2.1. I will never sell it even though I'm already thinking about an upgrade.
I'm not made of money but I couldn't say goodbye to my first bike.
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like cars and women, the best medicine for one lost, is a new and improved replacement model.
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I am with you too. I have sold two bikes over the years, and I often wonder how they are doing. Are they being kept out of the rain? Are they being taken out and ridden? Mostly I just wish I had them back. Its funny how they seem to be like a family member or pet or something. WEIRD
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