One of the posts people read frequently on this blog is Say My (Bike’s) Name: On Naming Your Bike, in which I described my tandem partner’s affinity for naming bikes and my own tendency not to do so.
That bike naming post received great comments about people’s processes for naming bikes as well as their bikes’ names. I liked them so much that I thought they deserved their own post, rather than being an addendum to my original remarks.
Below you will find the “Baby Post of Bike Names,” a first attempt at capturing the bike names shared on Chasing Mailboxes. Thanks to all contributors.
Enjoy, and if you have a name to add please do so in the comments. I will update the post accordingly.
By the way, the name The Big Cat stuck so our Co-Motion Java Tandem is frequently referred to as such. Meow? Rawr!
Baby Post of Bike Names
Amelia — Cannondale Quick 3. Named after Amelia Earhart, she flies far and fast. @astridbear
Archie, short for Archaeopteryx – Blue 1974 Raleigh Professional set up as a fixed gear. Because I used that as my animal totem in the Furnace Creek 508 years ago, and somehow that became the bike’s name. Emily O’B
Audrey – Mixte named after Audrey Hepburn because she is a pretty little mixte that I ride to work or to the coffee shop/pub in my street attire/makeup. She even has a woven basket. @Vic_toria
Baby – Circe Helios Duo tandem. @velovoice
Battleship Stupid – Surly Big Dummy @I_am_Dirt
The Beast – Salsa Mukluk fatbike. It’s big and likes to roll over things. Christopher T.
The Beast – Specialized Crossroads Sport (very heavy) . Laura
Betty – Electra Cruiser. Because that’s the name she comes with (it’s model). @girlonabikedc
Big Blue – Blue Raleigh Grand Prix: Big Blue. Rootchopper
Big Nellie – Tour Easy Recumbent. So named because I yelled “Whoa Nellie!!” as I passed 45 miles per hour fully loaded on Big Savage Mountain. Rootchopper
Birte – Koga Named after the person who signed off on the QC tag checklist…but I just call it, My Traveller. @mujozen
Blackie – Black Trek 1200. Rootchopper
Bluey – Jamis commuter. @jerdlngr
Blue – Jamis. Her name is Blue because, well, she’s BLUE. pencilfox
Bridget – 2010 Surly Cross Check. @velovoice
Casper the Little White Moulton – Moulton. Judith S.
Clover – Surly Disc Trucker, dark green. Named after one of the workhorses in Animal Farm for color, dependability and ability to haul lots of stuff. Sally H.
Demon – 2010 cannondale F5. robyn
Doris – Specialized mixte. Named after the BMW satNav system, Drive On Roads Intelligent System. Take the bike rather than the car, any day. LisaEmms
My Dumpster Bike – rando/commute bike. Because that’s where my wife found it and insisted I go dumpster-diving to get it. Andy
Electric Dream Machine – Felt ZW5. EDM for short. Laura
Esmeralda – Surly Long Haul Trucker. Iron Rider
Esmeralda – Brompton. @MrTinDC
Esmerelda – 2010 Raleigh Venture 3.0. The 2008 Raleigh Venture 3.0. James R.
Essie – Raleigh SC30. James R.
The Fixie – Raleigh Super Course. An admittedly unoriginal name that reflects its conversion. MT Cyclist
Fleur – Linus Dutchi @seven2seven8
Frankie – Handbuilt frame from tube steel. @josephlrc
Frankie – Red 80s steel frame with lots of replacement parts including crazy mustache bars with black-and-white zebra tape. Named after Frankenstein, but androgynous. Sally H.
Free Spirit – Schwinn Free Spirit. Laura
Giant – Giant Innova. Pronounced: gee-aunt but with more of a French accent to make it sound fancier. Renee Christine
Giddyup – Salsa Vaya. Because it’s light and quick. Christopher T.
Greased Lightning – Jamis Ventura Race. @TurtleDub616
The Great White – Santana Noventa tandem. Named such due to its pearl white color, and also my penchant for singing the Jaws theme as we overtake an unsuspecting half-bike. – pearl white Santana Noventa tandem. Paul
Gregor – a stupidly big bike named for the mountain that rides (Gregor Clegane). TheAirgonaut
Idéefixe – Bianchi San Jose, a fixed-gear. Named as an homage to Idéfix, Astérix’s dog and as a quasi-joke about fixation with bicycles. @ricksva
Ivan – Dahon folder. Tim
Jealousy, the Green Dragon – Lemond Ventoux, repainted British racing green. @josephlrc
Jon Snow – Specialized Allez. He knows he’ll never inherit the title and lands, but he is noble and strong nonetheless and goes off to join the Black Watch, and does an honourable job defending the kingdom. @Vic_toria
Julek – Trek 8000 mountain bike. @seven2seven8
Julius – Peugeot folder, named after its color. “Orange Julius,” get it? MT Cyclist
Kermit – Velo Orange Polyvalent. Because he’s green and has an affinity for swamps. @girlonabikedc
Lady Raincorn – Peugeot Versailles (white with rainbow accents) . Laura
The Lead Sled – Cannondale mountain tandem, charcoal gray in color. Another bike Felkerino succeeded in naming.
Leela – Takara Tribute, 80s steel frame. Smart, sturdy, light purple, one eyed (headlight) so named after the Futurama character. Sally H.
Liesl – 1950s Puch Rugby Sport. @velovoice
Lil Bleu – 2008 cannondale six13. robyn
Little Nellie – Bike Friday New World Tourist. Named after James Bond’s kit helicopter in You Only Live Twice. Rootchopper
Lorelei – 1979 Puch Princess mixte. @velovoice
Lucy – 2012 Brompton custom S8L. @velovoice
Miss Persimmon Pimpernel — Electra Townie. With her deep orange paint, white fenders and rack, and a flower bedecked front basket, she is every inch a lady. @astridbear
Mongo – Surly Big Dummy. Tim
The Mule – Heavy as hell old Specialized Sequoia, a corruption of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer that only he can lift. Rootchopper
Old Faithful – Specialized Expedition (mountain-y hybrid). Laura
Ole Red – 1995 Cannondale Super V-900. robyn
Old Ironsides – Specialized hybrid. Named to note its substantial weight and steel-like qualities, but in truth rarely use the term. Steve
Pauline – Surly Long Haul Trucker, because the silver screen like smoggy pearl color reminded me of old silent movies like “The Perils of Pauline,” in which the heroine goes on many adventures, as I plan for the bike to do. James R.
Pearl – Cyclepro Mixte. My husband rescued and rebuilt it for me. True love, my commuter! @JenBrenneman
Pig, short for Iron Pig – Novara Randonnee. Originally named for how it handles with a 60 pound load, it’s kept its name (fondly) for the way it got me across the country. Pat L.
Pilot Vanishing Point – Custom Fast Boy Cycles mixte. Named Pilot Vanishing Point (a certain type of fountain pen), after the lugwork. @justshinyorg
Puck – Jamis 26″ mountain bike. Tim
Rachel – 1996 Specialized Rockhopper. James R.
Riley – 2014 custom Enigma Etape.
The Radish – 70s Motobecane 10-speed. @seven2seven8
Resolute Ruby – 2007/2008 Cannondale Quick. The story of how she got her name is here. russtyred
Robin – 2011 Surly Pacer. @velovoice
Rocinante – CCM. This bike somehow made its way south of the border to Washington, Illinois in the late 1970s. Every part was worn out, I eventually added a third wheel to it so I could compete in a high-school tricycle race, and shortly thereafter, I retired it. It was politely exotic and pretty much shot. 16incheswestofpeoria
RocketGirl – Titanium Seven @LDMay, who also works for NASA)
Rollie – ’75 Raleigh Sprite, the bike that launched my bike-wrenching obsession. MT Cyclist
Rootie – Trek mountain bike, because of its root beer color scheme. MT Cyclist
Ruby – a ruby-red 2010 9:Zero:7 fat bike. Michael L.
Sandy – Bianchi Volpe. @TurtleDub616
Silver Bullet – anodized silver Santana Sovereign. The frame looks like it’s made out of aluminum (Coors) beer cans and it’s fast! MikeC
Speedy – 2007 Cannondale Supersix. robyn
Sweetpea – ANT mixte. Nancy L.S.
Sweetpea – Surly Long Haul Trucker. Because it’s an apt description of her nature and color. @kfront
The Tank – Specialized Sirrus. @WilyMouse
“Taxman Craig” (or simply “Craig”) – Shogun Ninja I bought off Craigslist the very day I received my tax return. Jordan L.
Thorp – Custom road bike (named after Jim Thorpe). Tim
Tiny – Bike Friday Pocket Rocket. Bob T.
Tropical Gail and Storm – 2008 Cannondale road tandem. Captain half is Tropical Gail; stoker half is Storm. robyn
Venture, short for Aventurine – Surly Disc Trucker in matte green. Julie S.
Veronica – 2008 Raleigh Venture 3.0. James R.
Violet – Specialized road bike. Because the first road bike I test rode was purple, and the name stuck. Apparently there really are reddish violets. @jerdlngr
Woody Anne – 2000 Surly Cross Check, named after a bar down on Winnebago Street. Michael L.
Yellow Submarine – Dahon Speed Pro folder, due to an unfortunate episode involving a (surprisingly deep) river, back when I lived on the Isle of Man. @WilyMouse
Zwijn – Schwinn World Tourist. Zwijn is Dutch for hog, sounds like “sfwain.” I’m Dutch by birth, as are most of the people in my corner of Iowa. Plus, the Netherlands is solid bikes from one end to the other, so it works. Nathan