Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Do you sometimes feel like you hate your bike?

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Do you sometimes feel like you hate your bike?

Old 11-10-18, 06:56 PM
  #1  
5kdad
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
5kdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Posts: 433

Bikes: Felt Z100 road bike, Schwinn Frontier, Salsa Marrakesh, box-store tandem, and Sun Recumbent trike.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Do you sometimes feel like you hate your bike?

Ok, maybe "hate" is not the right word, but there's been times when I've been out on a long ride, and I ask myself, "Why am I out here doing this?" Your muscles hurt, you are hot or cold. There's other things you need to be doing.
Ever what to throw your bike into the ditch?
But I think cycling may be my medicine. It calms much of what bothers me. But like a drug, it's effect is short lived, and I need more in a day or two. Once a long ride is over, I feel refreshed all over. Much of my body aches and pains seem to subside. My mind feels fresher, more clear, more positive, more excited about what I've just accomplished.
I may have met someone that day on a rest stop, or stopped to visit with someone along the road that was a pleasant experience.
But I don't intend to imply that the cycling experience is drudgery. There are times when you are pedaling, a gentle breeze blows in your face and all is well with the world. The endorphins kick in and you have peace in your mind. But often time, the hardest part of the ride is just getting motivated, to get from the couch to the bike. Once there, all is well.
Most of the time, I do enjoy my bike rides. But the biggest joy comes from the over all feeling I have, once the ride is over. I've biked border-to-border across a state 4 times. I can recall a few times on those rides, when I thought about throwing in the towel. But what wonderful memories I have of those efforts!
Anyone else relate?
5kdad is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 07:17 PM
  #2  
BirdsBikeBinocs
Senior Member
 
BirdsBikeBinocs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Down By The Docks Of The City
Posts: 364

Bikes: Scwinn GTX-3 Specialized Diverge E5 Comp

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 231 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by 5kdad View Post
Ok, maybe "hate" is not the right word, but there's been times when I've been out on a long ride, and I ask myself, "Why am I out here doing this?" Your muscles hurt, you are hot or cold. There's other things you need to be doing.
Ever what to throw your bike into the ditch?
But I think cycling may be my medicine. It calms much of what bothers me. But like a drug, it's effect is short lived, and I need more in a day or two. Once a long ride is over, I feel refreshed all over. Much of my body aches and pains seem to subside. My mind feels fresher, more clear, more positive, more excited about what I've just accomplished.
I may have met someone that day on a rest stop, or stopped to visit with someone along the road that was a pleasant experience.
But I don't intend to imply that the cycling experience is drudgery. There are times when you are pedaling, a gentle breeze blows in your face and all is well with the world. The endorphins kick in and you have peace in your mind. But often time, the hardest part of the ride is just getting motivated, to get from the couch to the bike. Once there, all is well.
Most of the time, I do enjoy my bike rides. But the biggest joy comes from the over all feeling I have, once the ride is over. I've biked border-to-border across a state 4 times. I can recall a few times on those rides, when I thought about throwing in the towel. But what wonderful memories I have of those efforts!
Anyone else relate?
It can be a mind game, no question. But you are right, the good out weighs the challenges every time. Personally, I enjoy watching the miles accumulate on the odometer. It's like geez, if I bike 17 more miles this week I can hit 600 for the month.

I would say of the total overall experience, 5 percent of it is a negative, in my head.
BirdsBikeBinocs is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 07:20 PM
  #3  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 22,892

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3021 Post(s)
Liked 97 Times in 84 Posts
sometimes I get bored with a bike so then I get another. I try to sell as I buy but sometimes there's some lag time until my selling catches up with my buying. the other parts about enjoying riding, well yeah
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 07:51 PM
  #4  
Slightspeed
Senior Member
 
Slightspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 1,556

Bikes: 1961 Legnano Gran Premio, 1964 Legnano Roma Olympiade, 1973 Raleigh Super Course, 1978 Raleigh Super Course, 1978 Peugeot PR10, 2002 Specialized Allez, 2007 Specialized Roubaix, 2013 Culprit Croz Blade

Mentioned: 47 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 487 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 67 Times in 50 Posts
I hated my Roubaix for the chattering chain, intermittent skipping gears, no matter how much I adjusted it after installing a new chain and cassette. Turns out I had the chain mis-routed outside the little bent tab on the lower cage. I rode it quite a way like that, including a rainy half century. I re-routed the chain properly and its all good now. The Roubaix is smooth, and and a pleasure to ride now. I don't hate the bike anymore, but sometimes I hate the stupid mechanic - me. 🤨
Slightspeed is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 08:08 PM
  #5  
martianone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern VT
Posts: 2,116

Bikes: recumbent & upright

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hate my bikes, NO.
However, do have a favorite.
martianone is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 08:09 PM
  #6  
Doctor Morbius
Interocitor Command
 
Doctor Morbius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The adult video section
Posts: 3,333

Bikes: Endurance Road, Road, DS Hybrid, Hybrid, Sport MTB

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 561 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 12 Posts
Not at all. Sometimes I even go out into the garage and look at my bikes adoringly. If I find myself riding so much that it feels like an obligation rather than something I look forward to I back off for a while. I'm not on any kind of schedule or set in stone training plan. Occasionally near the end of a riding season I'll be looking forward to a break, but that's about the extent of it.
Doctor Morbius is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 10:18 PM
  #7  
bicyclridr4life
Bicyclerider4life
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Florida and Idaho
Posts: 1,065

Bikes: Huffy Beach Cruisers, Miami Sun Trike, Vertical PK7, KHS Montana Summit, Giant Cypress DX, Schwinn OCC Stingray

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 137 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hate my bike? Never!

However, I do hate the goatsheads/sandburrs, and broken glass that make me have to walk.
bicyclridr4life is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 11:33 PM
  #8  
wipekitty
vespertine member
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: from sea to shining sea!
Posts: 2,102

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 565 Post(s)
Liked 62 Times in 50 Posts
Originally Posted by 5kdad View Post
But I think cycling may be my medicine. It calms much of what bothers me. But like a drug, it's effect is short lived, and I need more in a day or two.
I can definitely relate to that!

There's certainly times when I'm out there, in the middle of some steep hill in the middle of nowhere, sweating or freezing or cussing the wind, wondering what on earth made me think this was a good idea. But it usually is a good idea, and it's rare that I've regretted going for a ride.

My first century was simultaneously one of the most awful and most amazing experiences. Since then, everything else has just been chasing the dragon. I have yet to catch the dragon.
wipekitty is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 12:47 AM
  #9  
eja_ bottecchia
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 5,269
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 726 Post(s)
Liked 89 Times in 67 Posts
Never, not ever.

I am entering my third week of a long hiatus due to a broken ankle.

I miss my bicis so much.
eja_ bottecchia is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 01:06 AM
  #10  
Deal4Fuji
Friction Fan
 
Deal4Fuji's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,007

Bikes: '82 Fuji Supreme, '84 Team Fuji, '83 Raleigh Olympian, '87 Lotus Excelle, '85 Centurion Ironman, '12 Trek Alpha 1.1, '77 Schwinn Speedster, Schwinn Trailway, Ross Central Park

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 574 Post(s)
Liked 55 Times in 39 Posts
Originally Posted by 5kdad View Post
Ever what to throw your bike into the ditch?
"Feed me Seymour"

...this ditch bank plant on my everyday route always reminds me of the Little Shop of Horrors plant. I can relate somewhat on really long distance rides where everything starts hurting. I had the same feelings in a 4-5 hour round of golf where I start getting bored with how much of the day I'm devoting to this activity. I've found my sweet spot on bike riding is between 25 to 40 miles.

Last edited by Deal4Fuji; 11-11-18 at 06:49 AM.
Deal4Fuji is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 01:10 AM
  #11  
catgita
Senior Member
 
catgita's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Long Beach
Posts: 763

Bikes: Fitz randonneuse, Trek Superfly/AL, Tsunami SS, Bacchetta, HPV Speed Machine, Rans Screamer

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 99 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yes. Mostly it seems like there is a cause for the feeling which I can eventually identify.
First big thing I figured out, at about age 48, was asthma. Had it all my life and didn’t know it. I thought it was my fitness, or lack of mental fortitude. No, I just wasn’t getting air into my blood.
Another was that I was always really uncomfortable on the bike. Butt, hands, legs. Thought that if I just rode more, I would get tougher. No, I am a big guy, 6’6”, riding tiny little tires on an overly rigid bike with a series of crappy seats and bars.
Then, especially as I got a little older, my legs would blow far too soon. Again, if I could just ride more, get stronger. No, my cranks were way too short. I put on longer cranks, and suddenly I was coming home from long rides with fresh legs.
Finally, I always dreamed of epic rides, 3 days non-stop, like Randonneurs. But no, I am not built for that.

I do exceed my comfort zone now and then. It is easier to be stoic and finish a ride without some of these problems hitting me like a ton of bricks. And understanding the feeling when it hits, like an old friend I don’t really like, I can get through it.
catgita is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 01:41 AM
  #12  
mchb
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Vanderhoof, BC
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
We have a love/hate relationship though I only really hate it when something isn't working as it should! It drives my OCD nuts until I eventually track down the annoyance and fix it!
mchb is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 01:56 AM
  #13  
KraneXL
 
KraneXL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: La-la Land, CA
Posts: 3,185

Bikes: Cannondale Quick SL1 Bike - 2014

Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2808 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 54 Posts
Your post reads like a paradox full of contradictions. It also recognizable since I've been there many times. My conclusion is its not about the bike but the journey. Sometimes its a pleasant one, sometimes it isn't.To make sure my cycling is always a pleasant experience I make sure (as best I can) the benefits outweigh the negatives.

For instance, I know I don't tolerate cooler temperature so if the temp. is going to drop below my tolerance I won't go out. There's also roads, days and time of day that I try to avoid. To put it simply you may just be bored and need a change of environment, or may just need to take a break.
KraneXL is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 02:53 AM
  #14  
taz777
Senior Member
 
taz777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 851

Bikes: 5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 9 Posts
In general I love all my bikes as I only ride for leisure so each ride is usually very enjoyable - I avoid bad weather.

However, when I had a brake issue with my new CrossTrail, I actually hated the bike for a while. I spent weeks trying to resolve the brake issue by myself and then managed to strip the threads in the rear brake calliper. I had no option but to hand it in to my Specialized shop who sorted out the brake issue for me. Now all is well. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so any imperfections on my bikes tend to play on my mind.
taz777 is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 05:41 AM
  #15  
Oakman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 77

Bikes: Paramount PDG7, GT Outpost

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I could no more "hate" my bike than "hate" my dog

I see your point, but look at it differently. If having a bad ride I blame it on weather, traffic, roads, route planning, personal conditioning, etc. If the bike is not riding right, I blame myself for neglecting to maintain it.
Oakman is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 07:54 AM
  #16  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,298

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1159 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 23 Posts
In my mountain biking days I can remember pushing my bike up some single track hill and thinking "This would be a pleasant hike if I wasn't pushing this **** bike."
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 08:54 AM
  #17  
Baboo 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Shawnee, KS
Posts: 230

Bikes: Bike Friday NWT, Rans Stratus, Cannondale R500, trek 720 multitrack, Rockhopper

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I did a trip on the C&O canal in June of this year, it was the trip from hades. My brooks saddle of many years had now become an instrument of torture I was short of breath and tired the whole trip, a storm came through knocking down many trees across the trail, we spent 3 hours going about as many miles to get through them. At the end of the trip I thought about selling my bike that I had built from a frame and really like for 25 dollars. I since resolved all the issues causing me problems, my beloved brooks saddle now resides in my box of saddles and another with a generous cut out takes it’s place. The shortness of breath and tiredness was a new reaction I was having to long term meds I was taking. Went on another tour this fall and all is well with the universe and I love my bike again. So yep love of your bike has limits.
Baboo is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 09:00 AM
  #18  
jon c. 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 3,730
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 983 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 25 Times in 21 Posts
Never. I love my bike. I may hate the fact that I didn't get enough sleep, or the weather sucks, and my ride is especially difficult. But I always love the machine.
jon c. is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 09:12 AM
  #19  
rosefarts
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 654
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 266 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 43 Times in 15 Posts
This summer I did a 70 mile ride, half on gravel, about 6000' of climbing. It had the potential to be nearly perfect. The last 12 miles ended up against a gale force wind, into the rain, and of course uphill.

I think it took nearly 2 hours to ride what normally would have been 35 minutes. I might have hated my bike a little bit then. The feeling faded quickly though.
rosefarts is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 09:24 AM
  #20  
Cougrrcj 
Over forty victim of Fate
 
Cougrrcj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 3,005

Bikes: A few...

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Hate my bike? Never. Hate the conditions (road or weather)? Definitely!

I always feel better after a ride -- sometimes for days. I don't think of it as endorphins kicking in - I attribute it to the good aerobic exercise burning all of the nasty toxins from my body. Back when I was a young foolish lad in college and drank too much, I'd get up at first light, assemble the bike and go out for a 40-60 mile ride. I'd come back two- to three hours later as my roommates were just waking up nursing their hangovers, and I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!
__________________
'75 Fuji S-10S bought new, 52k+ miles and still going!
'84 Univega Gran Tourismo
'84 Univega Viva Sport
'86 Miyata 710
'90 Schwinn Woodlands
Huffy MTB - for trips to corner store
MTB of questionable lineage aka 'Mutt Trail Bike'
Cougrrcj is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 06:44 PM
  #21  
timsmcm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 70
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Never ever ever. All my rides are good some are better and some are great. I have several types of things I like to do but cycling is my favorite thing in the world.
timsmcm is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 06:46 PM
  #22  
Lazyass
Senior Member
 
Lazyass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NC
Posts: 8,183

Bikes: Vintage steel, aluminum, modern carbon disc, single speed, MTB's, the works

Mentioned: 58 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1909 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Only hate it when I get a tick, click or a creak I can't get rid of.
Lazyass is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 06:59 PM
  #23  
Ghazmh
Senior Member
 
Ghazmh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Waltham Ma
Posts: 1,004

Bikes: 2018 Seven Redsky XX, 2017 Trek Boon 7, 2016 Soma Smoothie, 2014 Trek 520, 2006 Gary Fisher Montare

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 289 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Hate no, but Iíve fallen out of love with bikes for various reasons. The disc brakes I thought I wanted I soon hated. The delicate lightweight vertically compliant laterally stiff carbon race frame the industry told me I needed yet was outdated 11 months later soon became something that always needed attention.
Ghazmh is offline  
Old 11-12-18, 08:46 AM
  #24  
5kdad
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
5kdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Posts: 433

Bikes: Felt Z100 road bike, Schwinn Frontier, Salsa Marrakesh, box-store tandem, and Sun Recumbent trike.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
Hate my bike? Never. Hate the conditions (road or weather)? Definitely!

I always feel better after a ride -- sometimes for days. I don't think of it as endorphins kicking in - I attribute it to the good aerobic exercise burning all of the nasty toxins from my body.
Sounds like something that lady I ride with on occasion would say. She says, "You have to ride to get the crud out of your body".
5kdad is offline  
Old 11-12-18, 08:47 AM
  #25  
5kdad
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
5kdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Posts: 433

Bikes: Felt Z100 road bike, Schwinn Frontier, Salsa Marrakesh, box-store tandem, and Sun Recumbent trike.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
The disc brakes I thought I wanted I soon hated.
Now you have me wondering. I've never had a bike with disc brakes. Planning to buy a tour bike next spring and planned to get them. What was your problem with disc brakes?
5kdad is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.