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What do you love more, the bikes or the riding?(13 posts)

What do you love more, the bikes or the riding?Mr Nick
Jul 1, 2003 10:29 PM
I love riding bikes. I recently got a road bike and am having a great time. There are so many things about being on the open road under your own power that really make riding great. But I have to say that I really love the bikes also. I guess its similar to how car guys love to collect cars and admire all the technology. I really just love to go online and dream about all the different road bike setups that I could make, or stop somewhere and check out someones new rig. It seems a little materialistic, especially compared to my buddy who will ride anything and could care less about how fancy his setup is. But for me I love all the goodies. Part of me thinks I might be in it for the wrong reason since I am so driven to have the best and coolest, what do you guys think?
50/50 for me........african
Jul 1, 2003 10:39 PM
Love my riding but I also love those bikes. Have a litespeed (in pieces right now) and a colnago and fondriest. I am still looking at other bikes, merckx, de rosa, am I sick?
haha..2300 Edmontonian
Jul 1, 2003 10:59 PM
..it's ironic, and I really never think about how much I love my bike and the way it affects my riding,
the first thing I get one I got scholarship money, I remember, was going to my LBS and picking out a new bike!
..it's probably a 60/40 for me, I really do love my bike and other bikes the more I think about it, my bike sleeps with me every night in my room!, and it's not just the road bike, I still have my first ever bike from walmart, which I'm still so possessive about!, it's soo much smaller now, but I still don't give it to my cousins or anything, and barely let anyone ride it..
A very good question.OldEdScott
Jul 2, 2003 5:14 AM
I think love of the bike, the technology, the 'stuff,' is real helpful in keeping me on the road after all these years. A motivational tool.

If I find my interest in riding flagging, and it's harder and harder to get out the door, I put something new on the bike (Kelly Take Offs recently, for example) and I'm eager to ride because I want to put the new bits through their paces. Sometimes love of bike can keep you going when love of riding just ain't there.

I've often thought I'd never have succeeded as a year-in, year-out runner because there's no gear-element to it to get you through those periodic doldrums. What would you do: buy a new singlet and put it through its paces?
Same question my wife asked mePaulCL
Jul 2, 2003 5:41 AM
I'm always trying to go into my basement and tinker with my bikes. Cleaning, lubing, adjusting, or just staring at it. I love the feeling of being on the bike and the great feeling of completing a really long ride. But I equally enjoy the technology of the bike and, as you say, the "goodies" that go with it.

Come right down to it....I'd still ride even if I had an old beater Huffy. So, I love the riding more.

My wife does wonder if I've had a series of 'defective' bikes since they take so much of my time to fix, adjust, etc... She just doesn't get it. Of course, I could care less if there is some big clothing sale - that gets her excited.
Definitely the riding - but the bikes are coolTNSquared
Jul 2, 2003 6:18 AM
Right now I'm shopping eBay for a cyclo cross/foul weather bike, and it is easy to get caught up in all the great bikes and want them all.

Fortunately, the one I love more than both (wife) keeps me in line on my purchases!
The ride!filtersweep
Jul 2, 2003 6:28 AM
Funny thing is- I try to keep my car's mileage to a minimum- but on the bike- more is definitely better. I purchased my dream bike and haven't had a hint of bike lust since... although I must admit, I'm in the mode of collecting wheelsets.
50/50 here.... good question. (nm)Frith
Jul 2, 2003 7:07 AM
56/54terry b
Jul 2, 2003 8:00 AM
it's more than 100%, it's a passion. I obsess about spending time on the bikes and I obsess about having lots of different bikes. it's both, with a slight edge to the technology. I say this because there are times when I'm not riding that I just like to sit and look at them.
Don't forget wrenching....biknben
Jul 2, 2003 8:16 AM
Riding and buying bike stuff is cool. There is also something to be said for wrenching your own bike. You dread having to do an overhaul but when you are covered with grease and see your bare frame hanging in the stand, it's fun to put it all back together and make it work again.
Obviously we all love bikes, question is what do we hate most?funknuggets
Jul 2, 2003 8:31 AM
Here are my top 5...

1. Getting dropped
2. Phantom squeaks/clicking
3. Crashing
4. Cleaning bike after a ride in the rain
5. Malfunctioning pedals
The bikes.Spoke Wrench
Jul 2, 2003 8:58 AM
While I love looking at the really good stuff, to me it's still just a store bought bike.

I'm happiest when I'm piecing together some kind of special use bike. Right now I'm kind of looking for the "right" frame to build up into a single speed/fixie. By right I mean cheap, the right size, and no gas pipe tubeing. I thought I'd found a good candidate yeaterday, but it was a Peugeot and I thought it might have screwy bottom bracket threading.

One of the things that keeps me coming back to RBR is the challenge of figureing out some of the mechanical problems that come up.

I ride just enough to justify my interest in the bikes.
Great Question...rkalik
Jul 2, 2003 8:20 PM
I think it is both...Last month, I couldn't decide which bike to buy, so I bought two! I am totally into adding new components to the bike, looking at both of them and then the awesome feel after completing a long ride.

I enjoy touring too, almost as much as a club ride or race. Just kicking back and tooling around the city rocks my world!