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The bicycle I most often ride is ...

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A road racing-style bike
  1994 votes / 13%
A mountain bike
  3640 votes / 24%
A city / hybrid bike
  3424 votes / 22%
A BMX or motocross bike
  155 votes / 1%
Notwithstanding other options, an electric bike
108 votes / 0%
A recumbent, penny farthing, or other oddball
  381 votes / 2%
I ride a bike, but take issue with options above
  834 votes / 5%
I don't ride a bike, you insensitive clod!
  4392 votes / 29%
14928 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
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The bicycle I most often ride is ...

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 15, 2012 @10:46AM (#40334913)

    I ride a unicycle, you insensitive clod!

  • by Kadagan AU (638260) <kadagan@gmai[ ]om ['l.c' in gap]> on Friday June 15, 2012 @10:50AM (#40334951) Journal a Dodge Ram 1500... The HEMI makes all the difference!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I ride a stationary bike!

  • by gapagos (1264716) on Friday June 15, 2012 @10:53AM (#40334983)

    I chose to ride a mountain bike, not only for its off-track abilities, but also because it's so much safer on the road.
    Potholes, which are a minor distraction for drivers, can translate into a weekend at the hospital for cyclists. You stand a much better chance of not falling due to a large pot hole if you're on a mountain bike than if you're on a city bike or road racing bike. I encourage everyone to ride a mountain bike if you plan on bike on a road with a lot of traffic and potholes!

    • by Hentes (2461350)

      Not only that, another big advantage is that the wide weels and offroad tires provide great breaking, whereas with other bikes rain or dust on the road can increase break distance to dangerous levels (or forces you to slow down).

    • I figured it was just because I'm an American (North-but-not-too-north-American) that I ride a mountain bike on the road and drive a 4x4 pickup truck.

      But I do agree about the mountain bike in the city. You're not going to ride down stairs or jump curbs on a road bike. They do make nice city bikes that are a little lighter but can still handle a lot of the abuse (thus the city bike/hybrid poll option). But not too much abuse. I had one when I was a teenager and destroyed it on BMX tracks.
      • by ghostdoc (1235612)

        I ride a hybrid and have no problems with stairs/curbs/potholes.

        Though going up stairs can be tricky ;)

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I really question whether you actually ride on the road. My experience is that the majority of mountain bike riders are bicycle-pedestrians that ride on the sidewalk without the slightest clue that it's often illegal.

      Any argument that road bikes have less stopping power or likelihood of falling over due to pot holes is really silly so let me explain...

      1. Mountain bikes have knobby tires which are designed to grab rocks and dirt and not provide traction when cornering on asphalt, cement, etc. As such, the li

    • Personally, I think that's just silly, but to each his own. I've been riding a hybrid bike for about 18 years for commuting and fun, totaling over 20,000 miles. I have never fallen due to a pothole, nor been hit by a car (or even had a close call) due to avoiding a pothole. And even if you have a mountain bike, there are still lots of obstacles in the road to look out for - sewer grates with long openings parallel to your direction of travel, for example. And you still have to watch out for traffic - they c

    • I chose to ride a mountain bike, not only for its off-track abilities, but also because it's so much safer on the road.
      Potholes, which are a minor distraction for drivers, can translate into a weekend at the hospital for cyclists. You stand a much better chance of not falling due to a large pot hole if you're on a mountain bike than if you're on a city bike or road racing bike. I encourage everyone to ride a mountain bike if you plan on bike on a road with a lot of traffic and potholes!

      I disagree. When riding in traffic, speed and acceleration is survival. The closer you can keep to the speed of the rest of traffic the safer you're going to be. On a road bike you can easily cruise at 25MPH and get over 30 on a descent, which in a busy enough city is plenty fast enough to keep up with cars.

      And any modern road bike should be able to take the pounding that uneven roads can throw at them. Concerns about potholes are always overstated. I've never been thrown off by one of them, you'd have t

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      I've been through 5 bicycles in the past 20 years, the one I still ride the most is my old Cannondale Delta V 600 with a frame you just can't break. Bought it before I sank money into 4 different road bikes, some of which I really liked, but they were only suitable for road. The old Cannondale goes everywhere, easy to strip down and put back together and all components are inexpensive to replace. Hard to beat that.

  • Missing Options (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rossdee (243626) on Friday June 15, 2012 @11:01AM (#40335055)

    A motor Bike ( powered by petrol)
    A Tandem
    A stationary exercise bike

    I borrow Cowboyneal's bike when I need to

    Bicycling is impractical in the area I live

    • by synapse7 (1075571)
      I most often ride a petrol "bike".
    • by jamvger (2526832)
      Also missing: a folding bike. Very convenient for "multi-modal" transportation. Ride to the train, fold and stow overhead if the train is crowded, unfold and ride to destination. Raining? Into the trunk of a cab.
      • by mlts (1038732) *

        I love folders. Two advantages:

        1: The local buses have two spots in the front for a bike. They get taken fast, and people have actually gotten into brawls over them. A folder goes in its case and on the bus -- no trying to compete with another for space or waiting for the next bus.

        2: Bike theft. Austin usually hops onto Kryptonite's top 10 list for bike theft incidents. It definitely is in the top 20. With a folder, bike theft is far less of an issue, provided a person can carry their folding bike t

        • by cduffy (652)

          Heh -- right there with you; if you've seen a green Bike Friday Tikit about town (whose rider is most likely wearing a kilt), that'd be me. Very fortunate to have Easy Street Recumbents locally -- it'd be more of a pain to get 16" tubes/tires/rims in non-BMX widths otherwise.

          The into-a-cab bit is useful for more than just rain -- I've stopped carrying a toolkit in favor of a car2go membership card; the Tikit folds tight enough to fit in the trunk of their Smart cars.

    • Bicycling is impractical in the area I live

      You don't ride a bicycle because it is practical (although it often is), you ride because it is fun.

      Where do you live that it is impractical? The south pole? The amazon?

    • Woooo tandem!

      I had to vote for a hybrid though, because that's what I use to commute to work 5 days a week. The tandem is for weekend fun rides (and it is fun - and wicked fast). I did use it to "bikepool" on Bike to Work Day though, mostly to be ridiculous, and because a couple coworkers wanted to see it. Too bad there's no HOB (High Occupancy Bicycle) lanes for it, because we just scream past any other bikers.

  • To be specific, a Surly Long Haul Trucker. A very fine bike indeed.
    • Ah, a beauty. Rides best with panniers all around. I've got over 13,000km on mine.

      I use it instead of my fixie even for short rides/commutes now, and I've even built some custom bags for my photo studio gear to do quick location shoots.

    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      Yeah, I got a touring bike too. Devinci Caribou. I chose road bike, because to the uneducated, that's what it looks like. It's great for commuting. Very quick, very comfortable, and the racks mean I don't have to put stuff on my back. I had a Hybrid before this one, which was great for what I paid, but this bike is definitely something I'll have for quite a few years.
  • by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Friday June 15, 2012 @11:14AM (#40335217)

    We recumbent riders call uprights those painful bikes with a saddle you ram on your crotch until it hurts like a bitch.

    Obviously, the poll misses the great variety of "oddball" bikes out there. Personally, I ride a Velomobile [] year round. Others ride trikes (delta or tadpole), front-wheel drive 'bents, lowracers, highracers, even streamliners. The choice of models is staggering.

    The recumbent family of bikes is very diverse, the market is growing steadily as people discover that they don't have to hurt riding a bike, and the single "oddball" option in the poll is a bit dismissive of that particular world I reckon.

    Here's the biggest forum about recumbents, if you'd like to know more: BentRider Online aka BROL.

    • Sorry I messed up the link to the BentRider Online forum []...

    • If your wedgie bike hurts and you don't have a medical condition, you need a fitting and possibly a different saddle.

      • by Hentes (2461350)

        Even then, your back will start to hurt after a few hours, and if you want to go fast you have to lean in even more.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          If your back is hurting after a few hours, you have the wrong size frame or seat/handlebar height. I've rode mine for most of a day with breaks only to eat or piss, and was feeling fine at the end. And I'm not some young kid who never gets sore, either.

          Proper bike fitting is important... you can't just go to Walmart and pick up whatever bike for $50 if you actually want to enjoy riding it. I recommend testing out a number of different brands, models, sizes, etc of bikes and finding out which feels the mo

    • by Bigbutt (65939)

      Yea, but for $300 or so, I can get a decent mountain bike (good enough to ride back and forth to work). The recumbants all seem to be in the $2,000 range. Fine if you're riding races I suppose but not for the folks that aren't that serious.


      • My frame only cost me £200. Wheels are the killer though, it cost me £160 just for the back wheel to be respoked and a new 7-speed block on it.

    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      Saw a guy in a velomobile at a local charity ride last may. That guy was flying. Kept up with the local racers all the way through until he got stuck behind someone slower going up a hill. He said he never recovered after that. It looks and sounds like a good idea, but then I heard they weigh about 80 lbs, and would definitely not be fun if you are in a place where you have to do a lot of starting and stopping, or if there are a lot of hills.
    • by jgrahn (181062)

      We recumbent riders call uprights those painful bikes with a saddle you ram on your crotch until it hurts like a bitch.

      Whatever. Problem #1 with recumbent bikes (I meet one now and them) is that *you don't see them*. Everything else in traffic is at least 1.5 m above ground, but these guys sneak up on you like a miniature combat helicopter. They make me nervous, which is not what I want to be when commuting.

  • fixed-gear cyclocross bike with rack, fenders, and front disc brake

  • by Q-Hack! (37846) * on Friday June 15, 2012 @11:29AM (#40335483)

    For 30 years, I rode a race/touring style road bike. Then, on a whim, I bought a recumbent... I will never go back. No more chaffing on those uncomfortable seats.

    On another note... GET OFF MY LAWN!

    • by spike hay (534165)

      Did you have to grow a foot-long beard?

    • by toddestan (632714)

      Do you ride in traffic? I've always wanted to try a recumbent bike, but I don't think I would be comfortable without the visibility I get on a standard bike when I'm sharing the road with cars and trucks.

  • I ride a hard-tail mountain bike. I put nice slicks on there for road rides. Since it's not suspension, I don't waste energy pushing the suspension around (weight and bouncing). But my arms get a little tired if I ride all day on a dirt road. The gears are similar to road bikes I've owned with a nice small granny gear, so I don't have the complaint others have mentioned about gearing.
  • Well, I use a recumbent exercise bike at home. It didn't really fit in with the options, so I had to chose the "I take issue" option.

  • by jakedata (585566) on Friday June 15, 2012 @12:13PM (#40335999)

    I used it to flatten out the hills 16 miles each way to and from work.

    The best thing about it was passing the spandex-clad Harvard bike team while pedaling 20 mph uphill with my flannel shirt flapping in the breeze. Priceless...

    The NiMH pack lasted until 2011. The bike is now offline until I can scrounge the money for a LiFePO4 pack.

    • by spike hay (534165)

      Neat. I bet I could totally drop Lance Armstrong up L'Alpe d'Huez in my Corolla.

      • by theNAM666 (179776)

        >Neat. I bet I could totally drop Lance Armstrong up L'Alpe d'Huez in my Corolla.

        Because and e-bike and a Corolla are *so similar*.

        • by spike hay (534165)

          In that they have a motor, yes.

          • by theNAM666 (179776)

            ** In that they are *both* over 2.5 horsepower...

            ** In that they *both* have an internal combustion engine

            ** In that they both have aerodynamic flaring

            Shall we go on?

    • by theNAM666 (179776)

      > The NiMH pack lasted until 2011. The bike is now offline until I can scrounge the money for a LiFePO4 pack.

      Uh, forgetting lead acid, you should be able to source and build something for under $200...

      • by jakedata (585566)

        You underestimate my next battery pack. It will be in the neighborhood of $800 when you add in the battery management board and quick charger. I have some lead acid on it now for testing the controller at 48 volts but that is impractical for real use.

        • by theNAM666 (179776)

          No, I guessed what you're doing :P more or less :)

          Just pointing out that you could probably get it working for much less in the meantime, though it sounds like that's not your goal.

          I personally am using pure Li-ion polymer cells ATM, which gets me down to ~4.5lbs for enough power for 100km or so (as long as I'm pedal assisting, "medium terrain" etc) at a cost around $600. Outputting at 12V/24V, all of it housed in the center beam of a Bike-E style design...

          That's good enough for me-- I'm more interest

  • Do the ones at the Gym count too?
  • Specifically, one of these, [] but with the ape-hangers and banana seat from an original Schwinn Stingray.

    Needless to say, it goes well with the straw fedora and meerschaum pipe.
  • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Friday June 15, 2012 @01:02PM (#40336645)
    I have fond memories of my bike with a giant metallic purple banana seat. I rode it wearing green toughskins. Ah, growing up the 70s...
  • The number of people replying with mountain bikes seems way high. Unless you're riding over serious off-road dirt paths in the middle of the forest somewhere, it's really not the best fit for you. Hybrid bikes are fine for anything else with a more comfortable, efficient and faster ride.

    I ride a road bike regularly, and even there I'm amazed with the variety of terrain those skinny tires can handle.

  • Commuting bikes (Score:5, Informative)

    by spike hay (534165) <.ku.em.etaloiv. .ta. .eci_ulb.> on Friday June 15, 2012 @01:20PM (#40336865) Homepage

    The best option for commuting is actually a touring bike. Wide slick tires, steel frame, strong 36 spoke wheels. They are made to carry tons of stuff and have mounts for full fenders. All of that and they are 90% as fast as a road bike. Another option is a cyclocross bike, if you get slicks. Mountain bikes are a pretty poor choice for road riding. Knobby tires sap tons of energy, and corner very badly. Slick tires provide much better traction on pavement. If you have sensible wheels (28-36 spoke, not 20 spoke gimmicky racing wheels) with 32mm+ tires, potholes are no big deal. That said, I ride about 250 miles a week on often awful roads, with an aluminum frame and 23mm tires, and I do just fine.

    Most bikes marketed as commuting bikes, like "hybrids," suck. They offer the same limited hand positions as a mountain bike, and usually have heavy drainpipe aluminum frames (but it must be light because it's aluminum, right?). Drop bars on a road or touring bike look scary, but they give you so many more hand positions, and more ergonomic ones. You have the flat bartops, just like on a mountain bike, as well as hoods and drops.

    Unless you are racing, get a quality steel frame. Touring steel frames can weigh under 2kg. Lighter steel frames are made under 1500 grams, which isn't that much different than a 1 kg fragile and ugly carbon frame (Quality aluminum frames aren't made anymore). Get that, a decent groupset, and quality HANDBUILT (important!!!) high spoke-count wheels, and you will have a durable bike that will last forever.

    On the subject of wheels, stock wheels on bikes always suck. They are machine built, and the spokes normally have widely varying tension. Some will be undertensioned, which mean they are prone to going slack when you hit bumps, which causes metal fatigue and eventual spoke breakage. Wheels are prestressed structures. The weight is supported by the bottom spokes as rigid columns. The hub does not hang from the top spokes. A better option is to get handbuilt wheels. A good set of handbuilts with Shimano Tiagra hubs (quality, but not expensive) and Open Pro or Velocity rims will cost around $250, which is at least as cheap as your average factor wheel. Or, you can build it yourself if you have some patience and access to a truing stand (it's fun). Another added bonus is that when the rim wears out from braking, you just have to replace the rim, not the whole wheel.

  • by Tastecicles (1153671) on Friday June 15, 2012 @02:11PM (#40337399)

    Yes, that's actually me []. That pic has appeared on SO MANY SITES it's unreal.

  • I have a cheap Micmo city bike that is perfect for city commuting and light shopping. Basic aluminum frame, 7 hub gears, backpedal and front rim brakes, fenders, luggage rack, no bells nor whistles. It was cheap, has lasted for over 5 years with new brake pads 2 years ago and a bit of oil on the chain once in a while.

    The rear wheel was replaced 2 years ago as well due to a busted spoke. It probably needs a new front wheel soon since the rim brakes have scored the rim. Might as well put a new tire on the fro

  • Hardtail mountain bike with rigid front forks (no suspension) that's been hybridized. Slick tires to replace the knobbies. Added rear rack for baggage. Moving handlebar position with stem change. Basically, I don't like narrow 700C tires, even if they have lower rolling resistance.
    • I ride the same: an old alloy frame & rims from a side of the road free give-away, swapped out the knobby tires for slicks & adjusted posture with a seat post an adjustable gooseneck swap.. all cheap and easy. too ugly and worthless to steal, easy to replace, yet has awesome character and would hate to lose it. Very light bike overall. Not a mountain bike, not really a hybrid, not a street bike.. an all round solid city commuter.
  • by Translation Error (1176675) on Friday June 15, 2012 @03:01PM (#40338057)
    I'm really surprised that's not one of the choices.
  • I ride... (Score:4, Funny)

    by uncanny (954868) on Friday June 15, 2012 @03:53PM (#40338593)
    Whatever bike is dragging along underneath my car at the time.
  • I have an old no-suspension mountain bike frame with bull steer bar ends and totally slick high pressure 1.25" tires.

    It it a road bike? No. Is it a mountain bike. No?

    Is it a street bike ?

    Recently got a new touring bike. Road bike like handlebars, fenders and racks. Would not be called a road bike by any serious cyclist. Is definitly not a mountain bike.

  • Bike? Gimme half that -- I ride a unicycle.
    And Cowboy Neal rides the other wheel!

  • As I only have 1 foot and can't pedal anymore..Life sucks and then you die

  • I have two bicycles, a mountain bike (2008 Kona Hoss) and a hybrid bike (a low-cost mid-00s Biltema Yosemite Wapama). I use the Hoss mostly for exercising in the nearby nature reserve, but occasionally also for getting from A to B. During winter I use studded tires. I pretty much never use the Wapama these days, but if I were to use a bicycle to somewhere where I'd have to leave it outdoors then that bicycle would be the preferred choice.
  • I have a variety of bikes... road, folding, mountain, cyclocross. For general use and for commuting to work (55 km round trip) and also trail riding I prefer my cyclocross (CX) bike. It is the most versatile bike in my stable. It basically combines the best of both worlds (road and mountain bikes). Having a road style handlebar gives you more hand positions options which is important when doing long rides. You can also go low on the drops when battling strong head or crosswinds. The CX bike is also lighter
  • by Greyfox (87712)
    I hear the primary light source in the big blue room gives you cancer.

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