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Does anyone name their bike?(36 posts)

Does anyone name their bike?Frith
Nov 20, 2002 3:15 PM
One of my ride mates calls his bike Maggie. Not sure where it came from. Never asked. I will though.
I didUncleMoe
Nov 20, 2002 3:26 PM
I named my MTB "Lolita". I am building a single speed that will have a name too, but it shall remain nameless until completed.

I don't have a name for my road bike.
Nov 20, 2002 3:35 PM
The Morgul Bismark has been dubbed "Al" in a nod to the disclaimer "Aero Al" on each side of the TT.

My Dream Cross somehow became "George", I guess in homage to the spirit of the little airbrushed dude celebrating on the top tube.

God only knows what my new Colnago roadie will get saddled with.

I'm such a freaking geek...
You're not a geek, you're normalIronbutt
Nov 20, 2002 6:21 PM
All bikes must have names, or they have no sense of self identity. In may case, all three road bikes and the mountain bike have female names: The alumnium bike is Emma, for Emma Peek of the Avengers. The carbon bike is Annie, for a former colleague who became a dear friend. And the Ti bike is Tillie, the titamium wonder bike, stronger than steel, lighter than alumnium, able to leap long pacelines in a single sprint, and all with attitude. The mountain bike is simply the Banzai Baby, so named for when my wife asked how we were going to negotiate a flight of stairs. The reply was Banzai, baby, and we rode down the steps. The name stuck. The next bike will be lugged steel, and the name is as yet undetermined. But it will be feminine, because like the boat, the rigging costs more than the hull.
Oh, no ... I never name a bike or car less than 10 years old ...Humma Hah
Nov 21, 2002 3:00 PM
... preferably more like 15-20. They really don't develop a full personality until then, so you don't know what their name actually should be.

My boss bought a racing yacht named "Notorious", a previous Trans-Pac winner. He renamed it "Uproarious". I've been told renaming a boat is bad luck. So if that same logic applies to bikes, if you give it a name too early, then decide later to change it, TERRIBLE things could happen!
You're not a geek, you're normalxxl
Nov 22, 2002 1:50 AM
Assuming it's a typo, but the Avenger character you spoke of was Mrs. Emma Peel.
The cruiser's name is Humma Hah ...Humma Hah
Nov 20, 2002 3:39 PM
... old Laguna Indian phrase meaning "long ago". The context is more like "once upon a time."

Our yellow 1985 Plymouth Reliant is Kochinanako, known to the Laguna and Navajo as "yellow woman", a notorious witch.

Ain't picked a name for the Paramount yet. Probably one of the indian trickster characters. Coyote, crow, spider man, and skeleton man are possibilities, but I kinda lean toward "Rabbit Boy." Rabbit Boy is better known to the general population as "B'er Rabbit."
We-Ota-Wichasha ...Humma Hah
Nov 20, 2002 4:09 PM
... is one name for rabbit boy. Kinda a mouthful.

Spiderman is Iktomi.
HH, I have been awaiting a good chance to ask you ...Allez Rouge
Nov 21, 2002 5:40 AM
... the origin of your screen name. Now I don't have to. And I think that's an excellent name for a cruiser of a, um, certain age.
The cruiser's name is Humma Hah ...xxl
Nov 22, 2002 1:56 AM
Might I respectfully suggest "Rocinante?" It was originally the name of Don Quixote's horse; John Steinbeck used it to name his proto-camper truck in "Travels With Charley."

When you think of it, naming your ride after that of one famous for seemingly futile quests has a certain anti-Zen to it, don't you think?
An interesting choice ...Humma Hah
Nov 22, 2002 6:40 AM
... and some might say appropriate. I kinda like the present name, tho' for its hidden meaning. The Laguna storytellers begin all of their legends with "Humma hah ... " (Long ago, aka Once upon a time).

The audience replies "Aaaahh eh!" (no translation available, but I gather it means "oh boy!")

And so Humma Hah is the beginning of all legends. As the bike is one of the few original proto-mountainbikes still in routine service, I believe it qualifies as something of a legend.
Of course!deHonc
Nov 20, 2002 3:40 PM
I have 2 bikes - One is Marilyn (Trek 5500 - Queen of the USA as in Marilyn Monroe) and the other K1 (Avanti MTB - Kiwi bike - we Aussies call Kiwis K1's!). I also named my car - Molly, as in Molly Mazda. I think cars and bikes are generally female, although that might just be my perspective as a bloke.

Its fun being loony!
Not really, but...Brooks
Nov 20, 2002 3:44 PM
when rides are going slow, it's "Come along, Bessie we got some milkin' to do." Doesn't matter which bike either and it's the engine that's pokin' along.
re: Does anyone name their bike?adamo18
Nov 20, 2002 4:12 PM
I name my bikes using a stream of conscious, just keep thinking of words while looking at your bike. All my bikes have been named after girls I have had crushes on when I was young. Weird but true. Try to avoid guy names if your guy, you might slip and say I am riding "Joe," my bike
Elaine and MegGeex
Nov 20, 2002 6:01 PM
I've had many bikes over the years, but there are two that I've grown rather, uh,
i attached
to which have been named after a couple of women who had significant influence in my life. Anything in such intimate anatomical proximity for hours at a time, over thousands of miles deserves a little familiarity.
re: Does anyone name their bike?DINOSAUR
Nov 20, 2002 4:23 PM
#1 bike "Rosebud"
#2 bike "Zoot"
For you Monty Python fans: The Comfy Chairgregario
Nov 20, 2002 5:06 PM
What ever bike I'm riding at the time.........firstrax
Nov 20, 2002 8:37 PM known as "Firstrax One".
This name fits!Justride
Nov 20, 2002 9:19 PM
re: Does anyone name their bike?cp123
Nov 20, 2002 9:22 PM
Sure. My first bike about 15 years ago was "Darth". As in vader. Because he was black. Brand was centurion brand and I thought somehow the centurions were in star wars. But I was wrong, they were in Battlestar Gallactica. Plus I wore a big nerdy helmet on him and when I finished rides I was usually gasping in the same death rattle that Darth Vader breathed in.

My current bike is Grover. Why? Because he's blue. Simple as that.

My car is called Floyd. Because he's purple. He's not a pink floyd, he's purple floyd. My horse float is Flo. Flo Float.

And LFR thought she was bad....
Somehow ended up with HelgaMike P
Nov 21, 2002 4:24 AM
My SO started calling my bike Helga, "the other woman", and it stuck. "Go spend the day with Helga." "So she's staying in your bedroom now, is she?" etc. . .

I don't feel so alone anymore.There are others!!!PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 21, 2002 5:13 AM
My Trek is Little Yellah' because it's small(50cm) and it's yellow.The new steel Croll I'm getting built is going to be New Blue since it will be new and deep Cobalt Blue.
Yep, although I didn't name her myself.Allez Rouge
Nov 21, 2002 5:21 AM
A long time ago, in an online galaxy far, far away, my bike was given the name "Dominique." That handle -- which I think is most fitting and proper -- was hung on her by none other than the lass y'all know here as LoneFrontRanger.

Ain't that right, LFR?
Nov 21, 2002 6:05 AM
Boy that was a long time ago... :) Glad to see Dominique is still going strong! BTW, I still have those pics in my bike photo album from when she was brand spankin' new. You'll be glad to know I've added lots and lots of photos with all my bikes (many racing pics) to the same album over the years.

I'm always humbled and amazed at the guys who can keep a bike in such good condition for years. Mebbe it's simply due to racing, but I've had a veritable parade of steeds through my garage / living room over the past decade.
My 5900 is DragonflyTrekFurthur
Nov 21, 2002 6:57 AM
Because it's got flames.
Nov 21, 2002 7:10 AM
Ladybugs have long been my favorite and without asking Tom Teesdale put ladybugs(2) under the clearcoat on my custom frame.
Nope! " with No Name..."bent_spoke
Nov 21, 2002 7:13 AM
My Moser is "Miele"Uprwstsdr
Nov 21, 2002 7:15 AM
After a beautiful Italian Girl met years ago in St. Tropez. Also, Italian for honey.
The Serotta is called Damiengrzy
Nov 21, 2002 9:28 AM
From the Omen - it's evil with and air of innocence and gets me to do things I know I shouldn't ;-)
My MTB is known as "The SUV" - how's THAT, all you Jesus Drives people!BowWow
Nov 21, 2002 10:32 AM
Captain America!853
Nov 21, 2002 12:32 PM
I brought the bike in to work one day, and one of my co-workers said - Dude; everybody check out the Captain America bike, So everybody surrounded my bike and started calling it that,It stuck. Whenever I go ride I grab my shield and pretend it's got special powers. :)
re: Does anyone name their bike?aliensporebomb
Nov 21, 2002 12:46 PM
It's hard to say. I know my old blue mountain bike is
"Blue 'Goose" hence my old alias from

My roadie....I'm thinking it might be taiko, the japanese
word for "space". Meaning, when I ride there's usually
more space for me to ride than there is time to ride it.
Like a passport to freedom or some such.
re: The machine that goes "bing"jrm
Nov 21, 2002 4:16 PM
As crap hits the down tube...
Colonel Clink!!niteschaos
Nov 21, 2002 8:10 PM
I break so many spokes riding in Atlanta that sometimes I feel I should've named my bike Colonel Clink. I didn't. Its name is Margarita, named after my girlfriend's middle name, cause hey, what else would I wanna ride?
I call mine the "bike". Easy to remember. nmEager Beagle
Nov 22, 2002 7:04 AM
All my bikes are named after female serial killersGrabnmcbutt
Nov 22, 2002 7:32 AM
Yes its true.

My beautiful tandem is named Evil Ruby complete with custom paint job - airbrushed name and lots of blood splatters.