I {Heart} My Bicycle

I love my Rivendell Betty Foy for her steel strength, smooth ride, quickness, lightness, easy step-through and good looks. Most of all, I love that she loves me back. It’s obvious!

Feel free to say what bike you ride and what you love, even if you’ve said it before. Let’s get some Friday good bike vibes going :)

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45 thoughts on “I {Heart} My Bicycle

  1. Elisa M says:

    I love Freddy Mercury, my vintage Bottechia racing bike, and the way he smoothly and coolly gets me everywhere I want to go. As well as the wonderful work he has done on my legs!

  2. Maggie says:

    I ride an SE Lager single speed and I love her smooth ride, her light frame, the bullhorn handlebars, and the fact that I could totally rock her out with pink accessories and she looks awesome!

  3. Cory says:

    I should start by saying, I’m part of the ‘Lycra’ crowd. I ride two Trek’s. A brand new Trek 2.3 (my road bike). It’s sleek, fast, agile, and fun! I use this bike for my commute to work on the back roads of suburban Philadelphia or for a long endurance ride. The silhouette of this bike is gorgeous!

    For a little adventure I hop on my Trek 6000 (I’m a Trek junkie) hardtail mountain bike. Twisting singletrack in the forests of Pennsyvania is where I feel most at home on this bike. I love the way this bike looks with a bit of mud on it!

  4. Ann says:

    i ride a specialized dolce named suzette and she is the greatest investment i’ve ever made. i have put her through the paces by riding her to work and back every day for the last year and she’s yet to fail me. she’s fast, light, sleek and gorgeous. when i ride her, i feel powerful and strong. also, i love the work she’s done on my calves and booty!

  5. Cherilyn says:

    My Felt Z40 road bike lets me fly!

  6. Angela says:

    I ride a blue Trek 7100 hybrid. I love it because it’s gorgeous and very very comfortable.

  7. Kara says:

    I love my Adelaide, a Pashley Princess Sovereign. She just gets me, in style and lifestyle. Oh, and I can’t forget my Libby, Liberty of London cruiser. She is just so much fun! And perfect for cruising with my nieces. So my family loves her as much as I do!

  8. Tinker says:

    Riding a Torker Cargo T lately, not a bad machine and kind of fun, but no unique nameable attributes. It’s just GREEN, the precise green of a Kawasaki Dirt bike. Oh, and it can carry a great whale of a load.

  9. My favorite bike is my carbon road bike, Slick. He’s a Giant TCR C3 that I bought on craigslist. Very sporty, and very fun! Then I can’t forget my mountain bike – a Specialized RockHopper. It’s a little big for me, but it does the job. Horray for all kinds of bikes!

  10. Alan@EcoVelo says:

    We have some serious Betty-love goin’ on in our house too:

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2009/12/08/betty-foy-eye-candy/

    Alan & Michael @ EcoVelo

  11. Matt says:

    I have 4 bikes and love them all. My Norco CRR2, Jetstar, is so fast and smooth. My Rocky Mountain Edge, ol’ 88, has amazing proportions and soaks up every bump. My newest bike, a Giant Seek 1 named Cracker, is so lithe in traffic and much more upright after a bar and stem transplant.

    But the one I love most of all is Kittredge, my WorkCycles Secret Service. I bought it in Amsterdam over a year ago. Single speed, coaster brake, flat black and perfect. I bought it knowing I had two great bikes that sat idle for three years. Kittredge brought back all the love I had for riding from the age of 5 through to my early 30’s. Now I incorporate riding into more and more errands. I fell in love with my neighbourhood and found my new house while out riding. It’s infectious too. Everyone who has visited me in Edmonton since then has received a guided tour by bicycle so they get to see my city in a new light.

    • Janice in GA says:

      I’ve been tootling around on my old Trek 720 hybrid that I bought in the 90’s, when I first got back into bike riding. It’s not the lightest or fastest bike around, but heck, I’m neither light nor fast myself.

      It’s an old workhorse, and keeps going and going for me, and I love it for that.

  12. Jessica says:

    My bike love is a Marin Alp Fairfax, which is technically a man’s flat-bar road bike. I love its not-too-flashy blue paint and all the little ways I’ve customized it over the last year.

  13. Amy says:

    I LOVE my vintage Kettler Mixte! So light I can pick her up with one hand and zoom up and down the hills. I also LOVE my ’69 Hercules 3 Speed. So sturdy and comfortable. :)

  14. Tom says:

    My Cargo-T is low-key gray not green like Tinkers. It rides just like the Batavus Personal Delivery Bike –smooth and mellow. Mine gets me to work and back and carries many bags of groceries. My kids ask to take a ride on the front rack when I get it out of the garage.

  15. Haakon says:

    Alas bikes with a steel frame and a nice bushing have become a very rare view in these days with all this carbon and aluminium crap driving around. Really great and detailed work!

  16. anna hell says:

    I finally found a beautiful bike of my own about a month ago and we are so totally in love! She’s a red Batavus Old Dutch three speed named Ruby Santa Fe and her seat has made a lasting impression on my butt and on my heart :-)

    I like what some of the others have said about a new bike reigniting an interest in an older bike. I have a mountain bike sitting in the garage that I kinda sorta feel like taking out again, thanks to Ruby.

  17. Dave says:

    I have a 1953 4-speed Raleigh Sports (http://www.flickr.com/photos/poetas/4505646899/) – Bertram, for those of you who haven’t met him yet :) He’s gorgeous, practical, comfortable, and reliable – all the things you’d want from a bike. He always gets me where I need to go, enables me to do the things I want/need to do, and I always feel comfortable and confident riding around. A perfect balance between speed, comfort, durability, practicality and just plain good looks :)

  18. Ian says:

    I love my Pashley Paramount.

  19. Beany says:

    I ride a Surly Long Haul Trucker and I admit it was the name that drew me at first, since I can be quite surly at times. And it is a long haul trucker, it has hauled so much for long distances and has given me so many happy memories.

    There is definitely a long term relationship developing between me and my surly :)

  20. Roberto says:

    Amo mi Exact One de color negro porque es bella, ágil, fuerte y silenciosa. Me lleva ida y vuelta hacia y desde el trabajo todos los días laborables, y de paseo los weekends.

    Saludos.

    Roberto,
    Buenos Aires,
    Argentina

  21. Maria says:

    I love Vivian, a special Bridgestone XO-2 because she’s stout and strong, she gets me to work on time and she helps me carry big loads.

    I love Mrs. Gale, an early 80’s Nishiki mixte, because she’s light as a feather, sassy and strong. She feels swift yet because of the upright position I ride her in, she forces me to slow down.

    I love Irene Fenderbottom, an early 70’s Raleigh mixte because she literally floats along the pavement. I don’t know how fast I go on her but I pass lots of people. I love her inverted albatross-style bars because they give her a racey, yet unique look and I love the cool panniers she likes to wear. And I love that her fenders rattle as I ride.

    And I love the Lowrider because she’s light and she’s really fast and she’s got a funky paint job that looks like it was done in a kick ass low rider shop in east LA.

  22. Anne Hawley says:

    I’m nuts about Eleanor Odette, my Dutch Workcycles Omafiets, especially in the rain, and when I’m dressed up. I love her solidity, her endurance, her groundedness and her fantastic smooth gearing and always-on headlamp.

    And when I need to get somewhere a little faster, a little easier, I love Clyde, my big red Globe Carmel comfort bike, who will be taking me out to dinner tonight to a neighborhood about 8 miles away.

  23. My bike started out as an Airborne Cyclo cross bike that I have outfitted with big grocery panniers and an internalgenerator hub for my headlights (super cool!) Since I got this bike about 8 years ago, my road bike has been increasngly getting ignore.

  24. I love the Waja trackbike I have been riding in Vienna, because it is super-fun to ride, and makes me feel optimistic about a future of unlimited possibilities.

    I love my Rivendell Sam Hillborne, because he takes to the hills with ease.

    I love my highly-peronalised Pashley Princess because she is just so insanely comfortable to ride!

    I love my other bikes to, but I can only handle so much bike love at a time : )

  25. Jeff says:

    I have 8 bikes, ranging from a cheap and cheerful Flying Pigeon (rusty after only 6 months)to a Raleigh Rush Hour fixie, to a Gazelle Toer Populair Opa. But the one I NEED to ride every day is the Pedersen. There is just nothing like it for comfort – physically, the small bore frame tubing and hammock saddle make the ride ultra-smooth; emotionally, the horribly inefficient, almost standing-up riding posture forces me to slow down, forget about the destination, and just concentrate on enjoying the journey.

  26. Carolyn I. says:

    I love my Red Rocky Mountain Whistler Hybrid because it’s fast or slow- my choice, the colour is nice, only Red RM in town (even more unique with Basil bags on it!), it’s reliable, it’s light enough to carry it up 3 flights of stairs to my apartment, it provides cheap transportation, and it doesn’t require gas. Whew!

    Uh oh, there are so many good things to say about my bike that I made a long run on sentence! :)

  27. margonaute says:

    I love my Frida the Batavus Fryslan, because we both got hit by a car and came out with the barest of scratches. I love that she was made in Holland, and that she has big cream tires and tall, wide handlebars, and that she carries all of my things for me, and that she makes me happy whenever I think about her. I love her because she takes me where I need to go and makes getting there half the fun– and sometimes more…

  28. Nicola says:

    I love Annabel, my Claud Butler Summer Bay. I just got her this week and she’s gorgeous and a lovely smooth ride. The step-through frame and basket mean that I can ride anywhere wearing anything and arrive unruffled. But mainly I love her because she’s mine, she’s my very first bike in 10 years and every time I get her out I feel so proud.

  29. Jen says:

    I don’t {heart} my actual bicycle yet because it’s still en route from the dealer in Toronto, but after doing a ton of research and test rides, I ordered a Workcycles Oma from my wonderful local store. I love that it’s like the bicycles I rode in Holland on trips there and that it’s a perfect representation of its purpose — and everything wonderful about Dutch city bikes. I love the way combines utility and beauty. I love that its lines are clean and simple and practical and the ride is gorgeous. I love that it feels invincible and permanent and that it handily defeats the intimidation factor of NYC traffic — it can be terrifying to be IN a cab, much less ride alongside one! I love that, in a throw-away society, it’s built with care to last forever.

    And no offence to Oma — but now I’m kind of obsessed with folding bicycles and might just have to add to my collection! Wonder how I’ll swing that?

    (I just noticed that many commentators above refered to their bicycles by gender or name, and I did not. I wonder if that will change once mine arrives, and I start riding it every day!)

    • margonaute says:

      I think it definitely will change as soon as you get your Oma (so exciting!!). I saw a Brompton in the window of the shop where I’m taking bicycle maintenance classes, and now I have also developed a totally irrational hankering for one!

  30. Courtney says:

    I love my 1960’s Sears bike that I adopted from Working Bikes. It’s gears are a little rusty and it’s a real chunk, but it gets me to where I need to go, therefore I love it. it’s also got real vintagey charm!

  31. mooie fietsen says:

    That Betty Foy is a looker for sure;-)!

    My first bike-love was a mid-70s era royal blue Raleigh Colt that I rode from age 9 until I moved across the country for grad school and gave it to my younger sister. I rode that bike everywhere and it never gave me an iota of trouble.

    I moved to Holland bike-less nearly two years ago but will move home to the U.S. soon with my workhorse, an orange bakfiets, and a more recent acquisition, a 3-speed Gazelle Toer Populair oma. Both make me happy and are a pleasure to ride.

  32. Dottie says:

    I’m loving reading all about everyone’s bike love!

  33. Neighbourtease says:

    I love my new Retrovelo Paula. I got her for my birthday today and she is already blowing my mind. :)

  34. Doug says:

    Riding the Trek District. Carbon belt – no chain- one gear- no maintenance- just pure fun!

  35. Gina says:

    I {Heart} your bicycle, too!

  36. jerry says:

    Dottie:
    How would the Betty Foy ride with drop bars? I have a set of Campy Record 8 speed 650b wheels and Record shifters and smallish Noodle bars. My wife says she wants a step through frame but also wants drop bars for climbing. I question this but am indulgent as long as she wants to ride. What are your thoughts? She rides a flatbar Gunnar Crosshairs now that has an odd size frame built to handle a shoulder injury that has healed.
    Jerry

  37. Tom says:

    There’s a photo of the Betty Foy with drop bars (and a dirtdrop stem maybe?) on the Rivbike site.

    http://www.rivbike.com/products/show/betty-foy/50-685

  38. Naomi says:

    Bit slow on the uptake here, but I love Trudy -my cherry-red Bronx Metropole. I learned to ride a bike last month, at the ripe ol’ age of almost-26 and I absolutely LOVE it. I’m still a little wobbly, of course, and won’t be ready for the road for a good while. But I took Trudy to the local park last week and was able to ride her non-stop for a good 10mins or so at a time. It was so liberating. Lovely site btw!

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