When I ask this question, I do so respectfully as I do not wish to alienate some of my readers, but here goes. Why do people give their bikes names? Names like Betty, Myrtle, Josephine or any name other than the one bestowed on that particular model by the manufacturer. Prior to being a regular bike commuter, I wondered the same thing about naming one's car. Why? I'm not judging . . . okay, maybe I am. . . . but it's not important to get into my numerous judgments of other people's choices. I just want to understand why people do name their bike (or cars, for that matter).
I have three bikes, and I really love them all. I'm very attached to them. Each I associate with some happy memory or unique experience, making the idea of selling a couple of them in order to pay a the Workcycles Oma really difficult. I understand the emotional attachment one feels for a bicycle. But I don't feel the type of love or attachment for my bikes that I do for our dogs, all of whom we eagerly named. Pets are living being with personalities and, yes, feelings. Not only do I have an emotional response them but they respond emotionally to me and the world around them. It makes perfect sense that I would not refer to Jade as Smooth Fox Terrier, to Ashby as mutt or to Daisy as pregnant Chihuahua (it appears we found a pregnant Chihuahua but I'll discuss that later). On the other hand, Breezer Uptown 8 seems a perfectly sufficient name for that cherished bicycle.
Naming one's bike seems to be a woman thing. I could be wrong, and I don't mean to sound sexist, but anyone who I've ever known who has named a bike has been a woman. Anyone who has ever asked me what I named my bike has been a woman.
So here are my questions: Do you name your bike? Why or why not? Is anyone else as bemused by bike naming as me? Does it only appear to me that it is a woman thing, or do men also name their bikes?
It just now occurs to me that I haven't been on my bike in the last 10 days because of all the ice and snow on the road and bike paths. Not enough snow yet for skiing either, so maybe I'm worrying about this question out of sheet boredom. And I just need something to write about. It's not an important question that keeps me up at night but one that crosses my mind from time to time.