Bike Bonding

When you get a new bike, there is always an important bonding period. It’s important to take some time to get to know your bike. The first thing to do is to go on a long long ride. It’s best to not have a plan or a schedule and just go. Leave the city and bike until you see cows.*


*Cows not be available near all major cities.

Of course, as you head out you may need to overcome some obstacles for the perfect ride.

Next you will want to relax a little and take a break. I recommend a picnic.

After your adventure, your bike probably has gotten a little muddy. You’ll want to keep her looking new and clean her up a bit.



However bonding with your bike is not without complications. If you have another bike, there is bound to be some problems. It’s best to confront them head on.



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  • Boston Biker August 17, 2011   Reply →

    can I just say that I think I am developing a crush on your blog…you have captured perfectly the joy and love of having a new bicycle, and also the heart wrenching emotions you face when explaining to your old bike that you are now poly with other bikes…in short you are my hero, and I look forward to your next awesome comic :)

  • Aaron August 17, 2011   Reply →

    Excellent post. There’s an odd and somewhat obscure term affiliated with a ride with no planned route or destination, just a loose deadline for return (probably dark): “bummel.”

    Every cycle and cyclist should, on occasion, enjoy a good bummel.

    • Bikeyface August 17, 2011  

      That is awesome! I do that all the time. And I love obscure terms like that. Does it only apply to cycling? Maybe flaneur is a better word for someone who walks with no destination. I also do that as often as possible.

    • Zweiradler August 18, 2011  

      Funny! “Bummeln” is the German word for loitering/dawdling.


    • Bikeyface August 18, 2011  

      That makes sense, and probably where our slang word “bum” comes from too.

    • todd August 24, 2011  

      i’m american with a german wife. 25 years ago we were together at her parents’ house, who left us alone while they ran errands. we did what young people freshly in love left alone do. when her parents returned they asked what we had done. i meant to lie that we had “gebummelt,” (walked aimlessly), but my german being bad, i said we had “gebummst” (banged).

    • Matt August 25, 2011  

      At least you told the truth!

  • Amy August 19, 2011   Reply →

    I too have developed a Blog Crush! I love your illustrations and your posts are a lot of fun!

    I have to keep my bikes separated. The Pashley lives in the living room and the Fuji in the kitchen. My husband’s poor trike has to live on the porch. It’s the only way to keep the peace.

  • greg August 23, 2011   Reply →

    This is fantastic.

  • Greg August 23, 2011   Reply →

    Bonding is important. I have had a few bikes in my life that I never bonded with. Sooner rather than later they get the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech and find a new home or become organ donors.
    Love your blog. Love your insight and your illustrations put your post’s over the top.
    I found you from The Julie Blog – She rocks too.

  • Mandi August 24, 2011   Reply →

    Hahaha…I love this. I just bought a new bike yesterday and have been bonding with it all day! Not too many cows in NYC but we might hit up central mark for some QT later.

    • Mandi August 24, 2011  

      *Park. gah typos.

  • Vaydre August 24, 2011   Reply →

    So SO adorable :) I love your illustrations and totally agree that a long ride is a good idea with a new bike! I just got a new Pashley last week and was wishing that I had taken a ride out of the city instead of starting with riding (used loosely, more like pushing) it over the Brooklyn Bridge because I was so nervous with all of the pedestrians.

    Very cute, great post and blog :)

  • cris November 2, 2011   Reply →

    oh, I’ve totally had one of those heart rending moments when I’ve gone into the basement and sat down with a bike that’s been completely replaced by a new love and it’s all, “I understand. really. you’re a different person now than who you were five years ago. that other bike is better for you. I’m really, genuinely happy for you … but would it hurt for you to at least keep my tires inflated? Jerk.”

    when I moved, I sold that bike on Craigslist to a guy who wound up taking it on an adventure to Florida. It was like watching an ex-girlfriend getting married on Facebook and seeing a big silly smile on her face.

  • Ben March 20, 2012   Reply →

    I love the cows!

  • Opus the Poet May 15, 2012   Reply →

    I love the “Tank Girl” downtube decal on the “commute” bike.

  • Scott Wagner March 11, 2013   Reply →

    I just have to reread this post and chuckle every time I acquire / fix up a bike and struggle with the ugly green headtube problem. My kitchen is currently hosting the reincarnation of my high school Raleigh as a fixie, and there is a chorus of whining, grumbling, and gossip from the fleet in the living room and hallway that I almost can’t stand.
    Oh, and BTW the bubble bath frame is reassuring as well. Makes me feel somewhat less of an oddball for washing my bikes in the shower!

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