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What gives your bike character?

Old 04-13-08, 03:55 PM
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What gives your bike character?

I'm all about a bike that has you're own personal touch to it because you are the rider and no one else should be an influence on what you like about your bike. So what part(s) of your bike(s) really allow you to call it yours or what is something really small that you just find cool about it?

*edit: If yall can get pics, please share the love and post them up! This ain't a thread for ppl to judge, it's to show why you love your bike

For me it's my:
Saddle (mind you I bought it brand new): This is what a saddle to bum relationship should look like




Headset: I had to improvise and use a key ring because I didn't have a spacer


Shadow Graphics: Really awesome effect that happened when I was removing the decal


Dropouts: Nice trademark


Pink Zip-tie: absolutely clashes with the color scheme but I've grown to really like it

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Old 04-13-08, 04:00 PM
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Lots of "O...O" paint chips from my U-lock smacking and bouncing and smacking back off the TT again...

Other than that...and some random LOOK grips on some Soma Walker bars...the thing is still pretty new.
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the heart on the downtube that used to secure the cable guides. the frame was originally red but has since been painted yellow, though the red heart remains. its a bit of personality that you have to really look for to find.
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Fenders. My bike is all black, and has very slick looking black fenders. I think it looks really classy.
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the custom decals i printed, the slack paint job, and overall military feel

im currently finishing up a repaint of it

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Great thread. Can't wait to contribute.

By the way, Gyeswho, I think I read that you only kept two of your fixed rides (or was that two bikes total?). I know one is that with the brooks and bullhorns; which is the other?

Oh, and what in god's name happened to the Yamaguchi?
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oh, also my bars are wrapped with innertube.
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Originally Posted by bexley View Post
Great thread. Can't wait to contribute.

By the way, Gyeswho, I think I read that you only kept two of your fixed rides (or was that two bikes total?). I know one is that with the brooks and bullhorns; which is the other?

Oh, and what in god's name happened to the Yamaguchi?
two bikes total (I felt it was excessive to have more than 2 bikes because they all won't get used regularly and I HATE seeing a bike go unused, so I figured I'd let someone else enjoy them):
this


and this

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Old 04-13-08, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TurntheScrew View Post
oh, also my bars are wrapped with innertube.
I did that before on this bike. Inner tubes are not a bad wrapper at all. I actually like the way it feels.
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hmm... my one remaining blue tire up front gives a bit of splash to my bike.
or maybe my brooks.
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A derailleur...

Kidding, on my fixed Bridgestone I really like the B on the front and the yellow letters on Gatorskin for some reason. My tubes even came with yellow valve caps and it looked even cooler. Very subtle but I like it that way.

On my mountain bike its my beefy Fox Float it looks so cool and it works even cooler.
 
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i'd say my bike has character from the fact that i assembled it myself from various, old, recycled, funky ass parts i found at the local co-op into one mean functional bicycle machine.
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Mud, stickers, spoke cards and the way I tape my bars gives my bike character I suppose.

Other then that I'm pretty much just a generic cliche
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brb while i take some glamour shots
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Originally Posted by sr20det View Post
cutouts.
Is that a Marinoni?
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That's a perfect duo, Gyes. But it must've been hard to let go of your beauties.

I still can't believe financial necessity had nothing to do with it, though in any case you must've ended up with a pocket full of dough.

Jacques, yea it is. Just stop mentioning Marinonis, people, so that 1% of doubt I have about planning to get rid of mine would go away.
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Originally Posted by JACQU3S View Post
Is that a Marinoni?
yeaup
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Nothing real special about my bike component-wise.

I do have a real good story involving how I obtained the bike, which I think adds all the character for the bike.

I was photographing a local abandoned building, and at the time I had an old womens Schwinn Traveler that was pretty trashed. I was looking for a mens road frame just because I wanted something that wasn't designed so the rider could wear skirts.

Anyways, I was at this abandoned building and I came across the frame I now ride every day. This was one of the most luckiest things that has ever happened to me because:

A. It fit. I'm a little over 6', so I needed a 58-60 something frame. The frame turned out to be 60cm.
B. It's lugged steel. Good looking IMO.
C. Horizontal dropouts.
D. When I found it, it was a complete bike minus the wheelset. At the time, I had a wheelset, but no components.

Granted, some of those reasons aren't really much to talk about, but I still feel it was a pretty rad find.
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Originally Posted by bexley View Post
That's a perfect duo, Gyes. But it must've been hard to let go of your beauties.

I still can't believe financial necessity had nothing to do with it, though in any case you must've ended up with a pocket full of dough.

Jacques, yea it is. Just stop mentioning Marinonis, people, so that 1% of doubt I have for planning to get rid of mine would go away.
YES it was very tough. It was the thought that financial issues would occur if I didn't stop so I had to chop it off before it infected everything. I am VERY much so happier being content and simple with two bikes. I never thought I would feel this way, but I actually enjoy and cherish these bikes more than I did with having 5 bikes. Here's a little writeup I had about my contemplation:

So, I'm always one to say "keep things simple." This you could say is my sort of philosophy, and after some long contemplation, I came to realize having more than 2 bikes is just too excessive (to me) and I want to downgrade some more. I've been trying to rationalize with myself saying I'd want them for velodrome use but after some analyzing, it's the rider that always matters not the bike and a Mark V functions just fine for the track.

Believe me I don't want to really sell, but it's an ethical reason for doing so. I don't want to rub anyone the wrong way, but I feel in America, we are TOO spoiled at times. I am guilty of this as well but we can forget to realize what a great thing we have.
Consider this:
$10 here can feed 50 ppl in another country. $200 can help a sick 3yr old become a 6yr old as well.
some of the $ I get will go towards charity.




There was more to be said but this thread is not the place for it
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Originally Posted by craigmoyer View Post
Nothing real special about my bike component-wise.

I do have a real good story involving how I obtained the bike, which I think adds all the character for the bike.

I was photographing a local abandoned building, and at the time I had an old womens Schwinn Traveler that was pretty trashed. I was looking for a mens road frame just because I wanted something that wasn't designed so the rider could wear skirts.

Anyways, I was at this abandoned building and I came across the frame I now ride every day. This was one of the most luckiest things that has ever happened to me because:

A. It fit. I'm a little over 6', so I needed a 58-60 something frame. The frame turned out to be 60cm.
B. It's lugged steel. Good looking IMO.
C. Horizontal dropouts.
D. When I found it, it was a complete bike minus the wheelset. At the time, I had a wheelset, but no components.

Granted, some of those reasons aren't really much to talk about, but I still feel it was a pretty rad find.
that's a really beautiful story! Bravo!
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Nothing gives my bike character since every one of its components are mass produced. The only character my bike has is ME, which is really not saying much
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Wow, just two after having so many; it's a shock even for someone who knows you only from BFSSFG posts. Two great and functional bikes, yea, but a bit ordinary compared to what you had. I would've been so tempted to keep just one of the special rides. I share your reasoning, so I'm surprised that someone is even more stringent on their self.

Some of the $ goes to charity? Good on ya. That sounds like the best way of finalizing the purpose of selling them. Now go buy yourself some immigrant servants and wh0res with the earnings!
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Originally Posted by bexley View Post
Wow, just two after having so many; it's a shock even for someone who knows you only from BFSSFG posts. Two great and functional bikes, yea, but a bit ordinary compared to what you had. I would've been so tempted to keep just one of the special rides. I share your reasoning, so I'm surprised that someone is even more stringent on their self.

Some of the $ goes to charity? Good on ya. That sounds like the best way of finalizing the purpose of selling them. Now go buy yourself some immigrant servants and wh0res with the earnings!
Here's my take, the bike that I love to ride the most is the "special" bike to me. I can say the IRO is most fun to ride out of all the other's I've had because it does almost everything in one (snow bike, track bike, commuter). Yea it's ordinary, but if you knew me in person, I'm an ordinary kind of guy as well and that's what's so great about it.
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Riding it 50 hours a week.
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nothing about my bike is more satisfying than the fact that i built the wheels from scratch. i'd never even trued a wheel before. and these things are 100% perfect. im pretty much in love.

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