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Am I losing my mind?(12 posts)

Am I losing my mind?Diamondback
Jul 26, 2002 8:48 AM
I hope I am not alone in these sentiments about my bike. Yesterday afternoon I rode to a friend's house for a get-together and found that he was not home and the door was locked. Almost as soon as I had pulled up, another friend pulled up in her car and said that my friend had been taken to the hospital and to jump in to her car. My bike was there on the front porch and she asked if my bike would be OK on the porch? Of course, I did not want to leave my bike on the porch. The gates to his fence around the house are padlocked so I had to lift my bike over the fence to put it in the backyard where it would be safe. As I lifted it over the fence ( 6ft. cedar)I was wondering how I was going to let it down gently on the other side. With nothing to stand on, I had to let it drop the last couple of feet to the ground. I felt terrible about having to let it drop. When I returned later, I went to get my bike and I saw it laying there awkwardly against the fence, the chain had come off the ring and I felt sorry for it. I laughed at myself for feeling sorry for my bike as if it were one of my pets! What is this emotion I had felt for my bike? Of course, we have been through many triathlons, road races and hundreds of training rides together and I guess you start to count on your bike, but to feel sorry for it and to be mad at yourself for dropping it over a fence? Tell me that there are others who have such feelings toward their bike. A silly story, but I just had to share it with others who love riding.
you LEFT your BIKE??retro
Jul 26, 2002 8:55 AM
Are you NUTS? They have people at the hospital to take care of your friend....
No, I know what you mean. I rode my bike to a high school soccer game last year in which the son of a friend was hurt. His parents weren't there, and when they put him in the ambulance, another parent, who knew we were close friends, offered me a ride to the hospital. I'm half- (but not completely) ashamed to say I turned him down. It was only a mile, and I didn't have anybody I trusted to watch my bike.
don't fret, it's just a C-40 :-) (nm)ET
Jul 26, 2002 9:26 AM
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NoPaulCL
Jul 26, 2002 8:58 AM
OK, maybe you lost a little bit of it. We all ascribe human feelings and sentiments to inanimate objects. Why else are boats called 'she's'?? Look at the love affair Americans have with cars. I'm an avid woodworker too, and I hate to see a tree cut down. Is that weird?? My wife thinks so. I hated to pull out living bushes in my yard when we were re-landscaping. Am I nuts?? Don't answer that one.

By the way, I hope your friend in the hospital is OK. Paul
re: Am I losing my mind?Chen2
Jul 26, 2002 9:24 AM
Last night I reached over my bike, grabbed the seat tube, cradled the bike under my arm, and carried it to load in my vehicle. I felt it hug me back.
~Al
Sometimes...biknben
Jul 26, 2002 9:53 AM
I do some early rides and sometimes load the bike on the car the night before. I always check the weather to make sure it won't rain.

A rain ride is one thing...but I can't just let it sit in the rain. That would be cruel.
You load your bike on TOP of the car?? You bastard!! :-) nm ..Dave Hickey
Jul 26, 2002 10:04 AM
I've been out of town all week....Dave Hickey
Jul 26, 2002 10:15 AM
so before I left, I took my two good bikes and put them in spare bedroom instead of leaving them hanging from the garage ceiling. My 15 year old son has a tendency to forget to close the garage door at night. My wifes car, the kids hockey equipment and our lawn mower could get stolen but I'm not taking the chance on my bikes.
Amen...MXL02
Jul 26, 2002 11:07 AM
they can steal my car, but not my bikes.
Am I totally weird?Juanmoretime
Jul 26, 2002 4:20 PM
I had a room built when I built my home that is heated andthat connects to my garage. My wife thought I was nuts when I speced into our house. I keep my bikes, tools workstand and running gear in there, oh yeah, I forgot about a bunch of parts. My wife calls it my toy room, I call it heaven.
Am I totally weird?Diamondback
Jul 27, 2002 4:47 AM
Well, I feel better now!
I may have lost my mind a bit, but at least I am in good company. My friend in the hospital is OK, and I have made amends with my bike (gave him a good washing, wax and lube and new tires)like a a typical guilty parent. Although, I haven't told my bike that I am looking for a younger brother for him. Don't want to make him jealous you know. Take care and safe riding!
Yes!Leisure
Jul 28, 2002 12:13 AM
A bike isn't just a bike, it's the culmination of every individual part I feel affection for. I admire my hubs, fork, frame, derailleurs, shifters, etc, each in a unique way. You're looking at your bike as though it's a single entity when it's not. You should be ashamed of yourself.