Will this bike make me look gay?

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Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by georgefromvt » Mar 26 2011 11:07am

I'm looking to purchase a second ebike. I need a bike with disc brakes and prefer a step thru design for my aging 200 lb body. I really like the IZIP Zuma but not keen for the bright red "girl" color. Why couldn't IZIP produce a neutral silver color? Will the ZUMA make me look gay? Lets be honest, 50 y/o men never look incredibly butch riding bikes and a red bike doesn't help.
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by slacker » Mar 26 2011 11:14am

i will be 50 this year and could care less what people think when i ride one of my many bikes.peace out

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by Ykick » Mar 26 2011 11:31am

Step through frame - whatever! I rode a nice Panasonic Pedlec step-through for a couple years. Sure, some people called it a girls bike, behind my back I assume, being 6'2", 240lbs, rode HD's and had a few brawls in my day - care less what people think. Say what to my face? Didn't think so...
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by spinningmagnets » Mar 26 2011 11:37am

I am 51. I made a full-suspension longtail a while back that used clamps and plumbing fittings. It looked like rolling junk, but it didn't require a welder (which was my goal). If anyone asks, just tell them you lost your license when you were arrested for manslaughter, and the "voices" told you to get this frame. Then ask them if they want to go camping with you sometime.

If it bothers you, make some side panels that are held on by velcro (or any one of a dozen other methods), and the side panels can make it the shape of a male beach cruiser. Look at Nickobies black e-townie as an example http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewto ... =6&t=23701. You can use the hidden space between the panels for batteries, gloves, granola bars, or as in my case, my pistol and my medication for Tourettes syndrome.

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by Ypedal » Mar 26 2011 11:42am

Look around for one of these :

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Very comfortable for long rides !!
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by StudEbiker » Mar 26 2011 12:23pm

Wow, that EVOX is one AWESOME looking bike!

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by Rin » Mar 26 2011 12:53pm

As long as you don't wear Roadie garb I think you will be ok.

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Post by Harold in CR » Mar 26 2011 1:02pm

just tell them you lost your license when you were arrested for manslaughter, and the "voices" told you to get this frame. Then ask them if they want to go camping sometime.
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by spinningmagnets » Mar 26 2011 2:27pm

As long as you don't wear Roadie garb I think you will be ok
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by EVTodd » Mar 26 2011 2:37pm

Just don't ride it if you're wearing a purple boa. :P

Seriously though, who cares? Ride what you like. It's impossible to please everyone.

I don't think that bike looks bad anyway. Looks like a comfortable beach cruiser to me. I wouldn't give it a second thought if I saw a guy riding it.
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by neptronix » Mar 26 2011 2:45pm

It's not that bad, there are far worse.

I'll tell you a bit about that bike though:

1. Extremely noisy disc brakes
2. Battery likes to bounce and clunk in the rear rack
3. The motor can get up to good speeds, but it doesn't have much torque.

Just my experience with it..
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Post by Uncle Ron » Mar 26 2011 2:47pm

Rin wrote:As long as you don't wear Roadie garb I think you will be ok.
Oh Rin, he will not be OK, he will read as absolutely gay on that bike, and the only way to ameliorate it is to double down. George needs to cultivate a clean mustache, ride in drag, and fasten a toothy shark banner between the two front frame tubes. The womens will all come a-runnin' to celebrate his sense of humor and all will be right with the World.

All in good fun.

In other words, George, furgitaboutit. And red isn't a girly color, it's a visibility color. Not at all a bad thing to have, man or woman.
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by kriskros » Mar 26 2011 4:56pm

develop a DEEP voice and dont shave....or a 2x4 with a large spike sticking out of it,strapped to your back, will discourage any comments

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by ecodean » Mar 26 2011 5:56pm

YES :mrgreen:

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by thewmatusmoloki » Mar 26 2011 7:19pm

Hey George, If you've been riding the R12-a around for awhile then I don't think you'll have too much trouble changing to a Zuma. To me they don't look so different.

How's the R12-a holding up anyway?
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Post by grindz145 » Mar 26 2011 7:39pm

I would just keep my mouth shut and accept the free drinks from handsome strangers....

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by georgefromvt » Mar 26 2011 8:58pm

You have a point but at least my R 12a is a dark blue. Wish the Zuma was a more neutral color. Regarding my R Martin 12A, it held up well last summer. Logged in over 700 miles over the summer without any issues. This being Vermont, our bike seasons real short. The Martin bike is fine but is one bike ever enough???? Also, looking for a second one with disc brakes. Oh, I should also mention, I strapped Monkey lights on for added protection. They are bright but unfortunately draw a lot of attention---not always wanted attention but haven't been hit by a car yet!
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by liveforphysics » Mar 26 2011 9:21pm

I could roll a pink sparkle bike with dicks painted all over it and still be the least gay looking guy in the SF bay area. :P
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by Gordo » Mar 27 2011 6:16pm

georgefromvt wrote:I'm looking to purchase a second ebike. I need a bike with disc brakes and prefer a step thru design for my aging 200 lb body. I really like the IZIP Zuma but not keen for the bright red "girl" color. Why couldn't IZIP produce a neutral silver color? Will the ZUMA make me look gay? Lets be honest, 50 y/o men never look incredibly butch riding bikes and a red bike doesn't help.
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by dogman dan » Mar 27 2011 6:28pm

Got my laugh for the day. :) Knew that fat lycra pic was going to turn up again.

Having been taken for gay or female all my life, I say F em. Ride what you like. If you don't like the color, spray it a nice manly cammo pattern.

I guess the most gay I ever looked was when driving around hollywood in my wifes Ford Falcon, that I'd painted a nice purple color. So we could talk better, we were sitting with me and my brother up front, and the wives in back. Yep. that really did look gay.

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by MadRhino » Mar 27 2011 6:49pm

If they ask, just say: Yes, I'm a bearded lesbian. :twisted:
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Post by Raining » Mar 28 2011 4:21pm

georgefromvt wrote:I'm looking to purchase a second ebike. I need a bike with disc brakes and prefer a step thru design for my aging 200 lb body. I really like the IZIP Zuma but not keen for the bright red "girl" color. Why couldn't IZIP produce a neutral silver color? Will the ZUMA make me look gay? Lets be honest, 50 y/o men never look incredibly butch riding bikes and a red bike doesn't help.
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Yeaa.. its a little..well Gay.

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by docnjoj » Mar 28 2011 4:26pm

Hey George! I lived in Vermont for 18 years and no one cares if you are gay, straight or whatever! Just ride the bike!
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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by vanilla ice » Mar 28 2011 4:30pm

Isn't the US the only country where step thru bikes are called "female" bikes.. :roll: so dumb. I never understood that.

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Re: Will this bike make me look gay?

Post by liveforphysics » Mar 28 2011 4:42pm

vanilla ice wrote:Isn't the US the only country where step thru bikes are called "female" bikes.. :roll: so dumb. I never understood that.

The reason is that a male doesn't wear a dress/skirt, and is strong enough to cause an unbraced frame to flex excessively.
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