I caught the end of a documentary on Radio National on Sunday. It was a love story about two musicians who had trained at the reknowned Guilliard Music school in New York in the 1980s. In the time since, the woman had become a famous concert pianist while the guy had become a busking violinist in the NY subway.

They never did get their relationship together...At the end the woman summed it up: "I think in the end we loved our instruments more than we loved each other. The relationship is so direct and uncomplicated. They are always there for you."

It got me wondering whether cyclists have a similar relationship with their bikes?

I love my bike - it's tiny like me and I got it in the US while travelling and brought it home. Its been a trusty companion on my sometimes frequent and more often infrequent commutes over the years. I don't think most people would give it a second look but I'd be really upset if anything ever happened to it.

So, how much do you love your bike?

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Comment by REIDY on April 5, 2011 at 14:43
INFINITY +1
Comment by heather on April 5, 2011 at 15:11
My bike is quite ordinary so cannot say I love it. But it is the most comfortable (best fit?) of the 4 bikes I have owned, almost like we belong together. What I can say is that I cycle so often (my main transport) that I feel uncomfortable leaving home with a helmet.
Comment by Andrew Dickson on April 5, 2011 at 16:14
I'm rather fond of my bike, but 'love' is too strong a word for it. My bike and I have a fairly functional relationship. So I guess we're lovers rather than being in love.
Comment by Zuzana Huljak on April 5, 2011 at 16:28
I love my bike sooooo much! I keep him inside my lounge room so when I come home he is the first thing I see!
His name is Noah & when i see my friends & they ask about how my cycling is going.. they ask "how is Noah going?".. and I will instantly flash a smile :)
Today actually we celebrated our 5 thousand anniversary !!
Comment by Cameron England on April 5, 2011 at 16:33
I think the juxtaposition of my bike and my car shows it all. My bike is almost always spotlessly clean and has pride of place indoors. I haven't washed my car in three years and couldn't care less if it got stolen. I have spent so much time on my bike it's got a lot of positive associations...
Comment by CMorgan on April 5, 2011 at 17:41

Before i moved to Australia i crashed my first true love (a rare wilier Alpe D'Heuz) head first into the side of a car (long story!) and cracked bottom and top tubes.  So my long planned idea to strip the bike down and carry the frame to Australia was doomed before it began and the poor broken bike ended up in the dump.  About 9 months into my time here i took part in a charity ride for St Andrews Hospital (on my commuting bike) and whilst waiting at the start line i saw a person riding the exact same frame as my first true love and i kid you not it brought me to tears, i literally had to walk away so as not to have a complete break down - it was as if my bike had come back from the dead. 


Comment by Darren S. on April 5, 2011 at 18:42

Cycling is my drug. It never fails to lift my mood, no matter what I am going through. My bikes, well, they are my suppliers and I love them for it :-)

Comment by RD6 on April 5, 2011 at 18:59
Like Darren says cycling is my drug - I am the same as always wanting the next "speed" fix and endorphin hit as it lifts my mood after dealing with the demands of parenthood. Its my stress outlet and clears my mind.
Comment by heather on April 5, 2011 at 19:36
Jim you picked my typo. I feel uncomfortable leaving home withOUT my helmet.
Comment by Bec on April 5, 2011 at 20:08

Oh yes I am totally in love and obsessed with "The Toy Boy" and how could I not be.... The places he takes me and the things we do together words can't describe....

 

The euphoria I feel in his company as the wind is rushing over us, going faster and faster.....

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