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What's the A bike?
Last Post 07/10/2014 04:19 AM by Kenny Gonzales. 11 Replies.
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Dale

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06/30/2014 06:38 PM
Sunday morning I was heading to the airport with my sister. About a mile from her place there was a cyclist on the ground with a car stopped and several cyclist and motorists standing around. We were cutting it close to my departure but pulled over anyway. She helped check him out; he had some road rash and had no recollection of what happened but of course, asked about the bike. I gave him the full report—torn bar tape, slight scuffing on the saddle and right shift lever but nothing broken. He seemed relieved Looked like he washed out in the corner, no car incident and the other cyclist were just in the area and heard him go down.

Turns out the cyclist was a surgeon she works with. 67 years old on a beautiful Colnago Master Light with Record 10v and Campy wheels.

She checked on him after my departure and he told her he left his place to ride that morning but noticed he had a broken spoke so he went back to get his other bike.

His OTHER bike? If his B bike is a Master Light with full Record, what’s his A bike?

…dayum….
79pmooney

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06/30/2014 06:51 PM
Sounds to me like he has his priorities straight My B bike is custom ti. (But I don't think of it as the "B bike". I think of it as the fun bike.)

Ben
Dale

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06/30/2014 07:10 PM
I guess I don't have an A bike as such… all my bikes are well suited for what they do--
Custom Ti for long or harsh roads
Masi Evo for road races or under three hour road rides
Cross bike for gravel and CX races
Mountain bike for that kind of stuff
Tandem for Ms. Wonderful and I to enjoy
Yo Mike

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07/01/2014 10:09 AM
If you can't be with the bike you love
love the bike you're with

(apologies to S Stills)

This is the bike I am spending most of my time with: 1985 VF700S Honda Sabre. Haven't had time to do any pedaling in more than a month.



43,300 miles and still going. To me, it's better than most of the crotch rockets or overweight, underpowered noisemakers on the road today.
jmdirt

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07/01/2014 10:27 AM
My A bike is a dirt rig, my B bike is a road bike.

Mike, nice scoot! I commute on a Kawasaki Vulcan 500.
79pmooney

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07/01/2014 12:06 PM
Yo, in 800 miles, your bike will pass my '79 Peter Mooney. That bike (Pete) doesn't get many miles these days. It's my Saturday market bike and Leif Eriksen trail bike and may get more use as a gravel bike. (I can put huge tires on it. 32s currently and room for much larger without taking the fenders off.)  It's a Rolls Royce ride with fatties.

And edit: To get close to topic:  the Mooney was my A bike for 26 years.

Ben
zootracer

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07/01/2014 02:31 PM
My 'B' bike is a Colnago Master X-Light with Record. My 'A' bike is, well, something made out of carbon.
ChinookPass

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07/01/2014 02:43 PM
Zoot are you ok after your fall?
zootracer

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07/01/2014 10:51 PM
CP-well ,my carbon rig is hanging on a hook right next to my garage door. My Colnago is hanging behind my Ferrari 458 Spider and I hate to pull it out as it might get some dust on it. Thus I don't ride my Nago much.
longslowdistance

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07/01/2014 11:39 PM
LOL!
No riding through puddles with the A bike, no sir.
Yo Mike

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07/02/2014 09:33 AM
Thanks, 79pmooney and jmdirt! The first 23,000 or so on that bike were not put there by me, however.

It is a decent ride, and I mostly use it commuting and for errands. Extras like soft saddlebags, a small rear rack, and a medium plexi faring make it quite 'capable'.

I might treat myself to a ride this weekend, but will likely take the 'C" bike, my trusty 853 Lemond Buenos Aires.
Gonzo Cyclist

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07/10/2014 04:19 AM
Sounds like some of our clients here, retired folks, Dr's, etc.......always pulling out some crazy bikes we have not seen yet
I would say all of my bikes are "A" bikes, well thought out builds for specific purposes, the fav right now is the Ritchey P-29'er, just too much fun, rode the Ciocc Volpe cross bike today, off road on some MTB trails after some rain last night, whoa that bike is fast. I had been thinking about tearing it down and building a Swiss Cross, but not too sure about that now
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