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Slightly weird Friday Poll(51 posts)

Slightly weird Friday PollPEDDLEFOOT
Sep 5, 2003 6:01 AM
Whats your favorite cycling related smell.Mine is brand new tires. I love that smell of fresh rubber.
re: Slightly weird Friday PollFatnslow
Sep 5, 2003 6:04 AM
Bike shops...they all have the same smell.

That and chainlube.
yes, throws me back to when I was a kid going in with my dad [nmbent_spoke
Sep 5, 2003 7:09 AM
re: Slightly weird Friday Pollgf99
Sep 5, 2003 6:12 AM
The smell of ice cold beer wafting from a frosted mug after a long hard ride in the NC summer heat and humidity.

A lot of lubes smell pretty good too.
re: Slightly weird Friday Pollmohair_chair
Sep 5, 2003 6:26 AM
I like the slightly musky smell of sweat on a woman after a hard ride. It makes it all worth it. (No double entendre intended.)
ProlinkSteve Young
Sep 5, 2003 6:29 AM
In the morning after the bike has been lubed the night before and is waiting ready to go first thing.
Hell yeah on the Prolink!NatC
Sep 5, 2003 6:37 AM
So synthetic-ey, so machiney.
A wet forest....asphalt assault
Sep 5, 2003 6:33 AM
Weather riding dirt on MTB or paved on the roadie...the damp, musty fragrence of the woods in the early morning hours always makes me feel good and puts smile on my face...aroma therapy!
ditto to a wet forest....dave_w
Sep 5, 2003 12:27 PM
Except at the end of a long ride it might be syrpassed by the smell of McDonalds fries. :D
This is strange but.........abicirider
Sep 5, 2003 6:40 AM
believe it or not the smell of a woman's perfume coming out of a car that has just passed me by, only time it I really notice it is on my rides. I know I'm a complete freak no help to save me but that is my favorite cycling related smell.
Be Safe out On The Roads!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC counting the days till I move back home to Southern CA
A pretty girl in nice cycling clothes (before ride, of course)..Fez
Sep 5, 2003 6:43 AM
Seriously, the smell of the air on a crisp fall day. Perfect for cycling! Add the smell of a cup of hot cider when I come home and that makes for a perfect day!
food...yumvelocity
Sep 5, 2003 6:45 AM
As I head home after an epic ride I love breathing in the cooking smells that come from homes and restaurants in Washington Heights and Harlem... One of the great things about cycling (and exercise in general) is that it really gets you in touch with your appetite.
2nd that - gotta ride past the mexican restaurant (nm)OffTheBack
Sep 5, 2003 6:57 AM
Early morning ride through a forest.nmSTI
Sep 5, 2003 6:45 AM
tri flow_rt_
Sep 5, 2003 6:47 AM
mmmmmmmmmmmm! and citrus degreaser.

favorite skiing related smell:
the air in the rockies
closely followed by hot ski wax.

rt
2nd on the tri flowSao
Sep 5, 2003 9:15 AM
.....love that banana scent!
You smell the...PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 5, 2003 9:56 AM
...banana too!!!! My wife thinks I'm crazy.She can't smell the banana in the scent.
i never noticed the banana_rt_
Sep 5, 2003 10:18 AM
but there's something about the smell! mmmmmmm.....

rt
tri flow - ooh yesdotkaye
Sep 5, 2003 11:10 AM
that and Lemon Pledge while polishing the bike..

outdoors, it's the piney woods in the thin air, climbing mountains deep in the Rockies..
light rain, mist rising, summer, switchbacked forest road (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Sep 5, 2003 6:50 AM
O yeah.......CARBON110
Sep 5, 2003 6:55 AM
The smell of early morning mist slightly lifting to reveal a sunny day ahead. Especially on the parkway when you can watch the fog lift and the Mtns reveal themselves. Its fresh new and pure. The perfume of a woman smells good anytime Ray !
The steam off of wet asphaltHammy71
Sep 5, 2003 6:52 AM
I love the smell of a brand new kit......MR_GRUMPY
Sep 5, 2003 7:01 AM
when you tear open the plastic wrap. Jerseys have a little better smell than bibs. The plastic must hold in the smell of victory (before you get your own smell of defeat on it)
Warm, freshly oiled asphault or, A crisp October morning. nmKristin
Sep 5, 2003 7:20 AM
Last nightSpecialTater
Sep 5, 2003 7:26 AM
the smell of lit charcoal was nice. Another is the post-ride beer...
re: last nightJS Haiku Shop
Sep 5, 2003 7:32 AM
last night i cut the front yard and had 3 beers pre-ride. those were nice smells, though i didn't have time for a shower, so i'm sure i had a "manly" air. :)
Is that why you were pulling atSpecialTater
Sep 5, 2003 11:56 AM
25 mph on an easy ride 2 days before your double century?
camphor on a rainy 5*C morning (even better in Belgium) nmSpunout
Sep 5, 2003 7:26 AM
The strange but distinct smell of an incoming thunderstorm...biknben
Sep 5, 2003 7:32 AM
That means it's time to pick up the pace!!!
Make that two - love it *NM*Mudman
Sep 5, 2003 10:18 AM
Creosote bushes after the rainpedalAZ
Sep 5, 2003 7:44 AM
That smell signifies the desert receiving its rare and precious dose of rainfall, that the creosote bush and other desert flora make such efficient use of.

The smell doesn't come out until the rain is over and everything is drying, but still moist. The air is still cool, and any dust or other pollutants have been knocked down, leaving CAVU (clear air; visibility unlimited) conditions, perfect for riding backroads or singletrack.
re: Slightly weird Friday PollPMC
Sep 5, 2003 7:45 AM
Riding past the Lloyd's Barbecue smokehouse. Then another mile or two down the road there is a restaurant called Axel's River Grill that on occasion smells really good.

Can you tell that I'm hungry?

Other than that, I really like the smell of a freshly built bike. I think it may be the lube used on new cables and housings.
Green chile roasting behind Bueno Foods...Crankist
Sep 5, 2003 7:57 AM
But get over it quick, the sewage treatment center's just a few miles along.
That ammonia smell after a hard ride.Mike P
Sep 5, 2003 8:08 AM
I only notice it after a hard ride. Somehow I'm worn out and feeling great at the same time and there's that ammonia smell. It smells like. . . victory, or something; but not like pee. Makes me want to go right back out and ride some more but I don't because I don't like the smell of ammonia.

Mike
Sprinkle of rain on the sagebrush ...cory
Sep 5, 2003 8:11 AM
It doesn't happen often out here where we get six inches of rain a year, but when you're cruising through the desert or the Sierra foothills and get a little summer rain, it's really nice.
Fresh shortsgildomilo
Sep 5, 2003 8:16 AM
nothing smells better then fresh shorts. I have an obsession with my laundry detergent.
I cant believe no one has said it yet...Podium Girls! (no message)firstrax
Sep 5, 2003 8:24 AM
Eucalyptus in fog.....PseuZQ
Sep 5, 2003 9:12 AM
..ocean smells, like kelp and ozone... I second the thought of other people's cooking. Autumn-y smells, like a hint of burnt leaves...Tri-Flow also...sythetic jersey stink, usually because there's no one else around to notice...that acrid/chalky rain-on-pavement smell...Man Exercise Odor (hey, I'm not gonna lie...it's cool in the right context)...leftover fermented R4 after it's been sitting in a bottle in my trunk...wet Swobo wool jerseys...horse manure (but not pig farms! Ugh!)...and lots more.
Don't apologize.OldEdScott
Sep 5, 2003 10:41 AM
Girlsweat smells heavenly and every guy knows it. The other side of the plate always smells good.

Good bike smells: Honeysuckle in late May, woodsmoke/leafsmoke in October, fresh rain on hot asphalt, horses by the fence, sour mash venting from the distillery in August ...
WD-40 (nm)mapei boy
Sep 5, 2003 9:26 AM
re: Slightly weird Friday PollSadlebred
Sep 5, 2003 10:27 AM
The smell of fresh pizza at Fellinis on Peachtree St. after finishing the Thursday ride. Dinner is right across the street!
The seat on this Fondriest!!!!!No_sprint
Sep 5, 2003 11:07 AM
OMIGOSH!!!!!!! (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 5, 2003 11:18 AM
re: Slightly weird Friday PollLeonnard
Sep 5, 2003 11:33 AM
The smell of my hip flesh searing and delaminating across 150-degree blacktop after locking up the front wheel on a downhill switchback. If I can smell, I'm still alive.
one of my favourite routes goes past a sugar refinery.Frith
Sep 5, 2003 11:40 AM
kinda smells like molasses or burnt sugar.
Smells absolutely wonderfull on a cold day. Almost chokes you on a hot humid day though.
Fields of ripe strawberries on a warm day...The Walrus
Sep 5, 2003 1:06 PM
...citrus blossoms (orange seems nicest)

...the bakery down the road when the fresh bread's just coming out of the oven

...people grilling red meat in the park
On the first day of the MS150 (Dallas to Oklahoma)innergel
Sep 5, 2003 1:28 PM
there is a small town at the 80 mile mark, Madill(?), about 8 miles from the finish. At the only stop light in town there is a BBQ place with a smoker going full out. It's roughly lunch time when we pass there and are forced to wait at that stop light. It's all you can do to not go inside and get the pedals turning over again and finish the last 8 miles.

The smell of that BBQ is permanently etched in my memory banks. It almost makes me weep.
Assos n.m.koala
Sep 5, 2003 1:29 PM
A hedge full of honeysuckle...nmbicyclerepairman
Sep 5, 2003 3:18 PM
mmmmm.....honeysuckle....what a hot name for a flower nmrwbadley
Sep 5, 2003 4:29 PM
re: Redwood or Pine treesjrm
Sep 5, 2003 7:24 PM
moisture in the air, organic material and tacky dirt.