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What do you most like to see on a bike?(20 posts)

What do you most like to see on a bike?rwbadley
May 29, 2003 6:20 AM
OK, the obvious first answer is some form of Hottie.

What really tickles your fancy when you look at your, or someone else's bike?

I like: Worn tires and a clean chain. Fixies. Sprung saddles. A Campy grouppo with a Dura ace front derailleur (or vice versa). Cool bar tape. Antennas, (long story).

What gets your rocks off?
Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopezgregario
May 29, 2003 6:36 AM
ok seriously...it's not what's on the bike but when I see a skinny guy in a fast group riding a mountain bike or an old beater and doing well. That's what I really enjoy seeing.
Saw this saturday on a social rideSpecialTater
May 29, 2003 10:39 AM
I stayed up near the front due to the squirrely-ness (sic) of the pack. Cruising along with us was a woman on a GT hardtail pushing 18 mph. She would kill me on a road bike. Considering the roads we were on (Midtown and Downtown Memphis) I wish I had my MTB that day.
Fernada Keller....Steve_0
May 29, 2003 11:18 AM
actually had her in my sights for about 5 miles before she dropped me.
A teenager(or younger) riding a road bike...Dave Hickey
May 29, 2003 6:46 AM
In my area, kids ride BMX and mountain bikes. I like nothing better than seeing a teenager decked out in a full Postal Kit riding a road bike. We need to get more youth in this sport.
A teenager(or younger) riding a road bike...rrjc5488
May 30, 2003 7:49 PM
HEY MAN!! Im 15 with a trek 5200 with some dura ace and bontrager carbons! I even have the postal outfit, too. We do need more teenagers to ride road bikes, i have one friend in high school but hes a senior and he's obviously goin to college in about a month so there goes my more than 30 miles away from the house privelages (its not my mom thats holding me back, its my sense of direction) ha ha

cya
something beyond the normJS Haiku Shop
May 29, 2003 6:51 AM
...and a good place to see this is brevets, especially longer ones. fashion and peer pressure absolutely take back seats to function and necessity. except with a few folks, who are either oblivious, or ride with a credit card and cellphone, and are close enough to home to call for a ride. carrying that big carradice bag and a big camelbak, i was often traveling light compared to some of these folks. lights that are intended for use on the bike are often high-tech and ultramodern compared to some of these folks' setup. oh, and the bikes--90% aren't this year's bleeding edge. not even the last 10 years'. it's long distance nirvana--you are who you are/how you ride, not what you ride/what you wear.

of course, hotties. i suspect many frenchmen will be compelled to finish PBP solely on the merit of Dale's comrade's gold shorts.

speaking of females of the opposite sex, it's always heartening to see chicks (no offense intended to any of you chicks who take offense to the term 'chicks') on club rides, more so at the front, and especially on longer rides, death marches, and "ultra" distance rides.

what are my turn offs? tri-geeks in full battle dress. no offense intended to any tri-geeks reading this. really. others include $5k bikes with flats & cages, and $5k+ bikes being pushed up a mountain. ok, that's a little snotty, but it's just cosmically inappropriate. if one can afford a carbonissimo with carbon cranks and ksyriums, he or she should have no problem purchasing appropriate gearing. :)

oh, and another downer: folks riding without thought to a puncture or mechanical. no phone, tube, pump, tool, nothing. have a nice walk!

-J
Chromed lugs, "license plates", leather saddles, bells ...Humma Hah
May 29, 2003 6:57 AM
... wooden rims, just about anything old or retro.
Drivetrain with no rust, & slicks on a 10 yo beater commuter bikeEug
May 29, 2003 7:11 AM
It drives me up the wall to see people on beater bikes with severely rusted parts. If they'd only spend $15 a year on a low-end chain and some lube, their bikes would be much better and last much longer.

Knobbies on city commuter bikes also annoy me. Most people can afford to spend $25 on (wire) slicks.
A brushed or matte finish...biknben
May 29, 2003 7:20 AM
I love the look of brushed Ti. It's elegantly subtle...if that makes any sense. I like the look so much I have picture frames, lamps, and even flatware with a brushed finish. Ironically, I've never owned a Ti frame. I have to settle for a matte finish. One of my bikes is matte black.

I really like the new matte paint with glossy decals of same color. Look frames offer it in black. It is sweet...IMO
check out FondriestM_Lou
May 29, 2003 9:16 AM
Fondriest offers several of its frames in a black matte - they have a rubbery feel to them
Camelbakskjr39
May 29, 2003 7:53 AM
I don't know that it would get my rocks off, but I would just once like to see someone else riding with a Camelbak. I ride with a Camelbak MULE every time and ensure that I have the proper tools, cell phone, money and driver's license with me. I have never seen another roadie with enough lack of style to do this... (Yes, I'm isolated.)

And of course, hot chicks with nice legs riding in front of me... *sigh*
I ride frequently, with various Camelbaks. (nm)JS Haiku Shop
May 29, 2003 9:21 AM
1. Stuff like mine. 2. Weird items. 3. Anachronismsdzrider
May 29, 2003 7:56 AM
I find it easiest to start a conversation around something specific we have in common.

Stuff like Bento boxes, handle bar bags, track bars, horns or bells.

Old reliable wheels on flashy new bikes, saddles that have been on the road forever, Silca pumps, tubular bags.
JS? A Female of the opposite sex??! (nm)Rich_Racer
May 29, 2003 8:42 AM
you know, chicks (nm)JS Haiku Shop
May 29, 2003 9:19 AM
Pee Wee Herman...seriously...nmbicyclerepairman
May 29, 2003 11:30 AM
The S'more machine!!!PseuZQ
May 29, 2003 3:44 PM
It's towed along by some guys at SF Critical Mass. It's got propane jets and stuff so you can have s'mores while you ride. (Of course.)

Engineers. God bless them.
I wouldn't go so far as to say it gets my rocks off, but...russw19
May 29, 2003 4:54 PM
My favorite thing to see is my Mom riding. She's mid-fifties and out of shape, but she's decided that she's done with crap like diets and is ready to do what needs to be done... that's make a lifestyle change and be more physically active. A couple years ago I bought her a mountain bike that she really likes, and I gave her my old trainer. She would set the bike up in front of the TV and ride for a half hour every day after work. She started to do it for stress relief, but she started to lose weight too. And once the weight loss started to be noticeable, that was it, she was hooked. She only rode inside on the trainer for a while. She's kind of afraid to ride on the streets and her neighborhood is pretty small, she says she got bored faster doing laps around the neighborhood than riding the trainer. So finally a few weeks ago I made a deal with her.. I bought her a rack for her car so she can take her bike to the local rails-to-trails trail. Lately I have been meeting her at the trail. I skate on my inline skates while she rides and we put in about 10 miles twice a week. It's a huge deal for her. She was 45 lbs heavier this time last year, and she has a ways to go still, but everytime I get to see my mom on a bike, I smile. For me, it is the greatest thing.

Russ

Oh yeah, and I love a clean bike. Mine are always clean... dirty bikes are my pet peeve. I like to see a sparkling clean bike. I clean mine before and after every ride. Clean bikes ride faster!
Supplesse in the legs! nmcyclequip
May 30, 2003 4:55 AM