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Playing favorites

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Don’t tell my other bicycles, but I’ve come to realize that I have a favorite bicycle. One that inspires me to ride long distances; Β that once I get on it, I don’t want to get off. A bicycle that feels like an extension of my body when I ride it. A bicycle that’s just more fun to ride than all the others, and that functions so smoothly I rarely have to think when operating it. A bicycle that is such a joy to ride that when I’m riding, I think to myself, “Gosh, I’m lucky to ride such a fine bicycle!”

Behold:

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Yes, it’s my Bianchi Imola — my road bike. This may seem surprising or blasphemous to some, but there it is.

As much as I love mixed terrain and mountain biking, they don’t compare to the pure feel and efficiency of a road bike.

Interestingly enough, if I had to pick one bike to keep, it wouldn’t be the Bianchi, even though it’s my favorite. It would be the Trucker. It’s by far my most versatile bike.

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How about you? Do you have a favorite bicycle? And, if you had to get rid of all but one bicycle, which one would you keep? Are they the same?

19 Responses to “Playing favorites”

  1. Steve A Says:

    I knew you’d pick the Bianchi. You are also right about the Trucker which is nearly as versatile as a Cross Check would be.

  2. Fonk Says:

    That’s like asking which is my favorite child! πŸ˜‰

  3. Scott Loveless Says:

    Blasphemer! Genuflect toward Bloomington, MN and say one million Surly Long Haul Truckers a half a million Mr. Whirlies. Or you could put some fenders on the road bike. That works, too.

    I’m not sure if I have a favorite bike at the moment, but the Trucker would definitely be the keeper if I could only have one. Though, a late-80s-early-90s MTB can be quite versatile and practical.

    Keep the shiny side up!

  4. David Crowell Says:

    I understand completely. If I had to get rid of all but one bike, the LHT would be the keeper, but I love my single-speed and my recumbent.

    I don’t have a fast road bike yet. I’m considering riding RAIN this year, but I’ll probably ride the LHT.

  5. Pondero Says:

    Based on reading your posts, the Bianchi choice didn’t surprise me. It sounds like you’ve found a really good match for your fit and riding style.

    Back when the Hilsen arrived, it was simply a geared alternative to the Kogswell (fixed). I honestly preferred the Kogswell initially. Before long, my favorite was the one I rode last. They stayed even for a long time, but since I added the Hetre tires, Homer took the lead position.

  6. John Romeo Alpha Says:

    I would marry my road bike if that were allowed, or made any sense, for what sound like very similar reasons to why you like yours.

  7. Tim S Says:

    I have a hard time, first, b/c I have too many bikes. That said, the newest of the stable is the apple of my eye, IF. Since it’s so new I can’t make a value judgement. Much like you, the last bike I would sell is the LHT (well, except for the IF), unless it was for another LHT. Steve A states that the LHT is *almost* as versatile as a CC, but I have both and I would def sell the CC before the LHT. The bike that feels the best is the QB, although the SS limits my capabilities. Yes, surprisingly, the QB *feels* right, I bet much like Chris’ AHH and your Bianchi.

  8. PaddyAnne Says:

    I like my red bike better than my blue bike, but I ride my blue bike more. As you can tell, I have absolutely no idea what anyone is talking about when a discussion gets even a shade technical, but I still like to vote on things!

  9. Tracy W. Says:

    Boy, I would hate to choose! Like you, there is something special about getting out on the road bike. I feel at one with it and most of the time think I could conquer the world on it. In terms of just pure fun, however, it doesn’t get much better than the tandem when conditions are right. If I try to be logical about the bike that has the potential to be the most well-rounded performer, I have to say it’s my Cross Check.

  10. dave Says:

    The trucker would be my keeper too by far. I have a long-term goal set up to earn myself a fast road bike and reading your post makes me want to earn it all the more…

  11. Jon Grinder Says:

    My favorite bike is my 1992 Bridgestone XO-2. If I could only keep one bike, though, I would have to go with the custom ti bike I designed for myself. It has the versatility to do everything I ever do on a bike, and do it well. The XO will do it all, but it has limitations off-road due to limited tire width, and limitations on the road due to the 26″ wheels.

    Of course, these limitations only show up if I’m riding with someone whose bike doesn’t have these limitations.

  12. Jeremy Says:

    Ah, phwewf. Indeed, my fave isn’t my LHT either, but it’s the one I’d keep if it came to it. My fave: my humble, light and cheap Raleigh Record Fixie. πŸ™‚ weird how that works huh?

  13. Jeremy Says:

    Woaw! I just typed the wrong www link while posting my comment and it took me to a completely different website than my bike blog. While I do believe in God, I saw mentions of a dooms-day clock, and don’t want to be associated with extreme religious views that are inappropriately “backed” by scripture. I blog about bikes. I don’t believe in scaring people into “religious activity”. (nor do I believe that anyone knows e date or time – but that’s beside the point)

    Sorry about that. The www I plunked in for this comment should be good. Cheers! πŸ˜‰

  14. Jeremy Says:

    Okay, this is nuts. I’m typing this on my silly iPad. It’s ‘blogpot’ vs. ‘blogspot’ that’s causing greif. Crazy stuff these here interwebs….

  15. John Says:

    It’s the season. In winter, my Marin Belvedere is my favorite. Summertime it’s the Felt carbon fiber ultra fast and lightweight road bike. Except in July. That’s touring time and my Novara Randonee is my favorite.

  16. Bill Lambert Says:

    You know, I’ve been avoiding thinking such a thing, being the owner of many fine bikes. And while I like to think I am a rational being, not believing that inanimate objects have souls, it pains me to admit that I do have a favorite. It’s my 1986 Trek, and it, too, is a fine road bike with all of it’s original components, except for rear rim and brake levers. I just don’t want my other bikes to find out I have a favorite.

    My Tricross is my everyday, go everywhere bike, and I dearly love it. And I think that one day soon, my old Kuwahara will be right up there. And now that I think of it, my late ’70’s Schwinn LeTour-turned-fixie is a blast to ride (except up big hills). And my really old Schwinn Continental-turned-city bike is very useful also.

  17. Dave Says:

    While I love bikes enough that I should own multiple bikes for a variety of purposes, I’m not that lucky (or rich). Instead, I take the “hillbilly” way out and swap tires – not bikes – for my different rides. As you’ve witnessed, a 32 pound, full suspension road bike isn’t effecient on the road, even with skinny tires. That said, it’s a helluva lot cheaper than purchasing a job-specific bike. I WISH I was in the other catagory (owner of a “stable” of bikes), but for now my answer has to be my ONLY bike: a Cannondale Prophet with continentals on the road, and IRC Trailbear knobbies on the trail.

    That said, if anyone wants to sell me a Trek Pilot or Madone in my size, I’m willing to listen… πŸ™‚

  18. mike Says:

    mmm. custom ti IF, pugsley, and hopefully this summer a fargo.
    won’t be able to pick just one.

    although i do miss my crosscheck. the soma SS replaced it, and while its fun as a MTB, the pugs might take over that title this year.

  19. Asher Says:

    I just rode my new aluminum-and-carbon road monster for the first time yesterday, so I don’t think I have a great ‘read’ on it yet … but I suspect my 1994 Specialized Allez Pro just might remain my favorite ride for a long time. I’ve been madly in love with it since I first set foot to pedal and sprinted down the block next to the shop full of old road bikes where I bought it.

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