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Would you let your Kid or Neighbor or Friend borrow your Bicycle?

Old 01-31-21, 12:14 PM
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As others have said, it depends on the bike and the family/friend. As a general rule, I don't lend anything that would upset me if it didn't come back. The guy I ride with could borrow any of my bikes, books, firearms, chain saw, or tools because he takes very good care of his own stuff and has always returned what he borrowed. Son or grandson could borrow any of my things including bikes short term. Again, they take care of their own bikes so probably wouldn't need mine.
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Old 02-01-21, 12:31 PM
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I wouldn't even let my wife ride my main bikes

Old bikes in the garage, I might lend out
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When our son from Colorado visits he rides one of my bikes as we both use Look Keos. This past summer he rode my Cannondale SuperSix with SRAM Red and Boyd wheels. I ended up giving him that bike, took it out to CO in October. I have had to downsize a number of bikes the past 2-3 years, actually gifted two Trek Project One Madones; to my brother and a cycling buddy.
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I have two old school mountain bikes (Gary Fisher Joshua and a Nuke Proof) that family/friends can borrow, but I won't lend out my carbon Lamere. Too risky.
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No. I donít let anyone within 10 feet of my bicycles.
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Only one person would qualify, my youngest daughter. I am building a Pinarello for her.
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The boys have moved on, but they can use one of the Bianchi's when they are here. I've let one other friend ride the Veloce.
As to tools, a buddy commented to me when I borrowed a valve spring compressor to use on a vw engine I was rebuilding "if you need to borrow the same tool more than once, it means you should buy the tool".
Yes, I now own a valve spring compressor....
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My mtn bike: Yes, I'd let just about anyone borrow it.
My LeMond: Yes to most people who knew how to ride a bike.
My Fuji: Yes, to experienced riders and both my kids.
My Specialized: Basically NO to everyone.
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Old 02-02-21, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by 5 mph View Post
Would you let your Kid or Neighbor or Friend borrow your Bicycle?
I would let my Kid try the bike when I'm watching but I don't think I'd like to see my prize Bianchi Pista outside Dairy Queen leaning against a Bench.
The Bianchi needs constant attention and the chain tensioned and it has only one brake, so I doubt I would let a Friend use it.
Our neighborhood just formed and no one really is close to anyone.
One new neighbor . seems to constantly borrow my tools and it starts to get annoying. (When I was younger I worked on Cars a lot and still do maintenance.)
I'm polite to him, but I think he's really crossing the line.
And I'm curious, does anyone else have a neighbor like him?
if itís annoying you itís ok to to let him know so he can buy his own tools bc eventually he may forget to bring them back and it wonít be around when you need it. Just say you have decided not to lend your tools out anymore bc some have been missing.
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Old 02-02-21, 08:24 PM
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Friend maybe, kid, not a chance.
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Old 02-02-21, 09:21 PM
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I possess no bikes that are extremely valuable or rare. But I have some good neighborhood kids that I let shoot hoops in my driveway whenever they want. Were they to inquire about those metal cages and leather straps on the pedals of my 40 year old bike boom ride, I'd certainly explain the bike and why I own it to them and if they wanted to take it for a spin around the 'hood, I'd allow that. My tail bike I'd give to the right person so if anyone simply wanted to borrow it I can't see myself saying no. My Domane I would only loan to someone I knew would take reasonable care of it or be good with any repairs or replacements they were responsible for.
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Old 02-03-21, 07:41 AM
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My brother and I have taken spins on each others bikes. But we ride different sizes, so they're short rides.

Otherwise, I don't know anyone who would ask.
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Old 02-05-21, 02:54 PM
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No, all are fitted to me. Wife and kids have their own. None are ever lended out.
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Old 02-05-21, 09:19 PM
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I have more bikes than I can ride, so I'm willing to let persons (vetted BF.net members) that would appreciate them the opportunity to ride them if they should so desire.

BUT The 'problem' is that I've fitted then to MY tastes, and others might not like my preferences. All are vintage lugged steel rides in 57/58cm or 23" frame size, all have been equipped with friction-shift SunTour barcons. Some are double- and some are triple cranks... all have six speed freewheels. All have hard leather saddles. The triple-crank bikes are outfitted with fenders. My gearing choices are for what you'd expect in the glacially-scoured (flat) lower Great Lakes., although a GAP/C&O or other such regional ride is not out of the question as I have other freewheels that can be fitted. Look at the bikes listed in my signature, and you'll see what I mean... AND I have sets of vintage handlebar/seat/panniers bags that are fully serviceable (mostly vintage Cannondale)...

So if riding/touring around Lake Erie is on your bucket list, I can help!
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Old 02-11-21, 12:48 PM
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Um, hmmm,,,,,,,,,,,Oh hell no!
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