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@Square Wheels  bike porn shot got me to thinking on this.  We all know SW got a sweet Trek and when he said “we” I’m guessing the other sweet Trek is speed demons.  So how does their bikes compare to yours & your SO??? As in do you ride a high bling bike and the significant other ride an equally bling bike or somewhat less bling?

WOChrisL has fewer bikes than I but her roadie is on par with my Ritchey.  She rides a Bianchi Intenso with Ultegra 11 and upgraded Easton & now Rolf Prima wheels.  Really sweet ride that she picked up a few years back.  Her bike is somewhat less blingy than my Bianchi though. 

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Not even close between us. She LOVES her 25yr old Trek hybrid.  Rides it multiple times a week.  A sub-$1,000 bike in 2022 dollars.  I have the three bikes now, and even the old MTB is significantly pricier (probably 2x more when new) than her bike.  

But, she loves hers and gets a crap ton of use out of it. And she refuses to get a new/2nd one or an e-bike to ride with me.

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My SO, Wo7, does not ride. I have a bling bike but it’s apples and oranges compared to @Square Wheels. I bought mine ten years ago when I retired the first time. A custom built titanium frame by Seven with Campagnolo Chorus 11 spd gruppo. I upgraded the derailleurs to Super Record after some mayhem. It’s a good all around road bike that serves me well. I wish disc brakes and thru axles were available when I ordered it but those are justifications to buy another bike. Ammiright?

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My GF buys much nicer stuff than I do in every sport. Her mt. bike is better than mine, hers is carbon, mine is aluminum. She has two road bikes, an Orbea(carbon e-bike) and a Litespeed ti road bike. My road bike is steel, I think I paid $900 for it. Her skis are all nicer than mine. Her garage is packed tight with climbing gear. 

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WoW has her Giant Sedona and OCR2. She likes riding the Sedona. She really hasn’t been on the OCR much since she biffed trying to unclip a couple years ago. We even put some 2-sided pedals with a flat side but she prefers the cruiser. Her thyroid issue has caused some weight gain and that makes her less comfortable on the OCR as well. 
My Stradalli is a nicer ride than her OCR. I upgraded from an OCR1 when I got it. I gave my son my commuter when I got the Schwinn. I ride that when we ride together. My Bridgestone was a hand me down from a running friend. I would like to add a modern MTB to ride with my daughter. WoW has no interest in that. 

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2 hours ago, JerrySTL said:

When we ride together, it's on a tandem. The tandem is a much cheaper bike than my Giant Defy Advanced or Breezer Doppler Team.

My wife refuses to ride a tandem with me. Something about gas & not wanting to be that close to my behind! 😁

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35 minutes ago, ChrisL said:

My wife refuses to ride a tandem with me. Something about gas & not wanting to be that close to my behind! 😁

She's just afraid that you are going to fart in her face 

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Einstein has more bikes than I do. My three are all good quality.   His Pinarella probably cost more than my Terry road bike but I do not need electronic shifting. Our sweetest bike might be the Bilenky tandem.  We share that. 

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Dearie had 1 Surly touring bike, a BikeFriday folding bike ..and 1 of my bikes he adjusted and rode himself.   Each of  his bikes were worth $3,000CAN or more.

His children will take possession. Of course, they wouldn't know the value of these  bikes in terms of money, and components, accessories added to it. Would they be able to fit them?....no, their bodies are quite different from dearie's. Hopefully at least 1 of the bikes will be kept for a growing grandson.  He also has a bike each in Toronto and Calgary, which he rode whenever he stayed in the city.

These bikes wouldn't fit me ..bikefriday is very nice and was custom built. He rode it during last 4 yrs. As for my bike he had it retooled slightly, I didn't care for it alot since it never fitted me super well (even though I rode it for 5 yrs. before abandoning for another bike I loved better and still use).

My bikes aren't as lovely but that's ok, I still like riding them because they fit me.  There is a part of me, that needs to eventually let go memory of his bikes and how happy he was on them. But the most outstanding he was happy cycling ...right until the last day.

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I don't need a big selection of  bikes.  I have 3 -- one too many.  An e-bike and a regular bike.  The gearing on the non-e-bike is really great and I was reminded of that when I took it out the other day (ok, last summer).  I have another with a bum frame that I know @Page Turner could fix up for me in a jiffy.

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2 hours ago, Bikeguy said:

We ride a tandem in the summer.  Started to ride the tandem in 2004.  

When we first started riding, I got complaints from the rear;  "The pedals are going too fast."   That took a while for us to work that out.  Over time, the complaints have gone away. 

On my road bike my average cadence is about 90.   I'd guess my cadence on the tandem is closer to 80. 

We used to ride our MTBs on trails together, and the tandem.  Now we just ride the tandem. 

True... but  I'm a cheap old bastard.   For $15.5K  WoBG can (and has) learn to ride with a faster cadence.   I'll keep my 2003 (purchased it in 2004 as a year old model, keeping with the cheap definition) Trek T1000 tandem.

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Our tandem...

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That is a nice colour, almost as good as blue!  

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