Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

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Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby Raffles » Sun Nov 25, 2012 00:13 am

What inspires this question is the following situation which occurred to me when on a sunday club run. I turned up for that particular difficult ride on my new Caad8 which has the full 105 groupset fitted . Now the terrain is really hilly and its all on country back roads some of which were muddy or had cow*hit on them . One of the riders asked me what I was doing using such a nice bike for that particular ride :? I said to him any guitars id ever owned were for playing and not for standing with folded arms admiring and I applied the same chain of thought to bikes. Dont get me wrong, one day ill probably pickup a cheapy btwin triban 3 for rides in the soaking wet and for terrains that are virtual mudpits , but ive no hesitation in using my caad8 for any club rides and all it takes is a hose to get things gleaming again.........no biggie.

So are bikes for standing with a smug grin and admiring them or do you too just say sod it and get on the bloody thing and go riding ?
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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby john1967 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 00:32 am

My scott foil is now snug ,warm and awaiting the return of the sun.My old claud butler will take the winter strain.
Would you cover your guitar in mud and other assorted road crud while playing it??

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby Mouth » Sun Nov 25, 2012 00:38 am

For riding. They wouldn't have been made to be so comfortable if they were for just looking at. Although any seriously nice bike I ever saw was delivered sans pedals. Maybe that's a clue?

john1967, the purpose of the guitar isn't to roll it around in a mud pit but a bike is unequivocally designed to be ridden. If you were to invest 150k in something like a Ferrari, I'm sure Enzo would be very pleased but ultimately disappointed if you never drove it in anger.

My bikes get ridden whatever the weather. The same will apply to my Harley Davidson when HID eventually lets me have one.
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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby Raffles » Sun Nov 25, 2012 00:42 am

Ive gigged with a £3500 Gibson Historic 1959 reissue flame top Les Paul I used to own and brought it home drenched in sweat and crud from the show. Id rather enjoy playing it than standing smiling at it.
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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby Neale1978 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 01:00 am

Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?


Both of course

I'm sure Enzo would be very pleased but ultimately disappointed if you never drove it in anger.


Only if you dident look after it or wrote it off
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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby nunowoolmez » Sun Nov 25, 2012 01:02 am

I say both. Of course i love riding my bikes more than anything but i also take great joy in looking at them, appreciating the great time, effort & money i have put into them to build them up. I still never get bored of admiring how sweet they look. I have them in my flat & it is nice to have them to look at. It cheers me up coming home after a cack day at work!

Second to riding them I love cleaning them & making sure the components are well maintained & in good condition. It gives me no end of joy. Jeez i'm sad!!

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby Neale1978 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 01:05 am

Jeez i'm sad!!


There is nothing sad about having a passion for anything thats worth it :wink:

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby nolight » Sun Nov 25, 2012 04:52 am

1st for riding. 2nd for looking. Shiny nice-looking bike that can ride is the best!

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby BillyMansell » Sun Nov 25, 2012 06:58 am

From the limited information we have it appears someone asked you a civil question about taking your nice bike on a dirty ride and you have taken exception to this.

You're free to ride whatever bike you like but many will have a winter bike that is a cheaper knock about or made up of hand-me-downs from their better bikes so someone turning up on a brand new bike may stand out like a sore thumb.

If you are going to ride your road bike in wet and dirty conditions on a club run then please ensure to fit some race guards out of respect for the other riders.

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby NewTTer » Sun Nov 25, 2012 07:21 am

Some might consider a 105 equipped alu frame bike, a winter bike anyway. Just a thought. My winter bike ia a Spesh Allez running 105 and a pair of Aksiums

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby DavidJB » Sun Nov 25, 2012 07:28 am

Seems like a winter spec bike to me.

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby Charlie Potatoes » Sun Nov 25, 2012 07:38 am

NewTTer wrote:Some might consider a 105 equipped alu frame bike, a winter bike anyway. Just a thought. My winter bike ia a Spesh Allez running 105 and a pair of Aksiums


+1
You cut the cloth according to it's width.

One of the benefits of being a 'mamil' is increased buying power in many cases. 8)

ETA. One poor chap from Leeds has just had his winter bike stolen that had a Dura ace groupset fitted.
See here...... http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=12890768&hilit=winter+bike+stolen

That'll be the North/South divide :shock:
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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby saprkzz » Sun Nov 25, 2012 07:58 am

I have one bike that doesn't get used in anything but dry dry sunny weather, but that's a 21 year old retro MTB. My modern bikes? well the expensive one gets used in sun up to light rain, if it's really horrible wet windy weather then I will use the winter bike, just because if I am going to crash it then I would rather do it on the cheaper one. That is the only reason not because I fear components will get wet and dissolve :)

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby hipshot » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:20 am

Raffles wrote:What inspires this question is the following situation which occurred to me when on a sunday club run. I turned up for that particular difficult ride on my new Caad8 which has the full 105 groupset fitted . Now the terrain is really hilly and its all on country back roads some of which were muddy or had cow*hit on them . One of the riders asked me what I was doing using such a nice bike for that particular ride :? I said to him any guitars id ever owned were for playing and not for standing with folded arms admiring and I applied the same chain of thought to bikes. Dont get me wrong, one day ill probably pickup a cheapy btwin triban 3 for rides in the soaking wet and for terrains that are virtual mudpits , but ive no hesitation in using my caad8 for any club rides and all it takes is a hose to get things gleaming again.........no biggie.

So are bikes for standing with a smug grin and admiring them or do you too just say sod it and get on the bloody thing and go riding ?


I think you possibly got this reaction because the bike looked brand new, not because it was too nice.

If it had some road muck on it I think it would have blended in.

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby Markjaspi » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:38 am

Well unfortunately I only have one bike a Spesh Allez sport 2013, with Aksium wheels and some 105 upgrades so his is my all year bike currently.

But I do enjoy taking it out in what ever the weather, and I enjoy admiring it once its been cleaned (which I do each time I come back in, even if I'm going out again the next day). I think the aesthetics of the bike are what drove you to the purchase in the first place.
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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby markos1963 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:27 pm

I tend to view bikes as tools for particular jobs. I'm lucky I can afford to have a 'stable ' of bikes and I suppose certain bikes fall into the 'best' and 'winter' catagories for obvious reasons ie my winter bike will be single speed with mudguards and heavier tyres whereas the best bike is lighter, carbon and has lighter parts. I love them both equally and wouldn't hesitate in riding the 'best' bike in poor weather if I had to, it's just I don't need to.

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby cougie » Sun Nov 25, 2012 13:31 pm

If you have one bike - then use it - you dont have much choice and we'd all rather ride than not.
The older guys in the club will have more than one - so their winter bikes may not be as nice as yours.

You just need to look after it a bit better - especially if there's been salt on the road - you dont want that hanging around on the bike.

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby diy » Sun Nov 25, 2012 16:07 pm

When a bike is new, smooth, silent, everything is crisp etc. You want to hold on to that as long as possible. It only seems to take one heavy shower and the never ending process of diagnosing niggles seems to start.

I can see why people want to keep their bikes nice. Not me - I jet wash them on a fine spray and I have never yet had any issues with water ingress.

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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby mallorcajeff » Sun Nov 25, 2012 18:18 pm

Both but I think they are great t admire too if kept well and in the right surroundings. When money allows I want to have my bike room looking like this. Then you have best of both worlds, something to look at then when you want take one out for a ride.
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Re: Are bikes for standing admiring or for riding ?

Postby InkZ » Sun Nov 25, 2012 20:49 pm

Well I've only got my Roubaix Elite and I wouldn't take my mountain bike lol. Guards stay on all year round cause it's my commuting bike, winter bike and summer bike lol.


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