General Cycling Discussion - Multiple Bike Owners
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We've all seen several polls about how many bikes you own. Some people own a LOT! I only own four bikes.
Bike A: Grocery getter garage sale find. I hardly ever ride it. It sits on the side of the house. Nobody will even steal it.
Bike B: Entry Level Mountain Bike w/ knobbies. I ride it about 3-4 times per week out in the country on gravel roads. Usually on week day mornings before work. I ride it about 60-75 miles per week.
Bike C: Entry level Road Bike. I ride it usually on Fri-Sunday mornings. I usually ride about 120 miles per week on it.
Bike D: Entry level Mountain Bike with 1.4 slicks: It is doing occasional commuter and family ride duty right now. When Winter hits it will get the studs put back on it and used in place of Bike B when it is very cold and snowy out.
It would be interesting to see how others use their multiple bikes. Do most of them sit around gathering dust?
Do you have a favorite?
A step child?
How do you decide which bike you are going to ride?
A. Classic French 12 speed. Once a week around the block to keep it happy.
B. NOS MTB frame built to pull the kiddie trailer. 4-6x a week, several miles each.
C. Fixie, every other day or more, 100 miles per week.
Sold 3 others on the last 6 months to maintain WAF.
Fixed is fave.
No step kid, all loved / needed / rationalized.
I decide based on the situation - kiddo? MTB. Freetime <20 min? Frenchie. Fix for all else, just too much fun.
08-17-05, 02:51 PM
1. Cyclocross / light tourer - set up with rack, fenders, lights for commuting, and also used for local errands / grocery getting. Slicks during the summer, knobbys during the winter. Not much ice here, so studded tyres would be overkill. 50ish miles per week in the summer, 100-125 miles per week in the winter. ('04 Surly Cross-Check)
2. Road bike - weekend rides, and summer mid-week commute, when I don't have much to carry and before it gets dark too early. 100-150 miles per week in the summer, 50ish miles per week in the winter. ('03 Fuji Roubaix Pro)
3. Hardtail MTB - ridden about once a month at the most, but handy to have. ('03 Klein Attitude)
Roadie is the favourite, but the commuter is the comfort and versatility king.
1. cyclcross Bruce Gordon Rock N Road
2. Bacchetta Aero recumbent
3. BikeE Grocery bike
4. Backup BikeE
5. Backup to the Backup BikeE.
Dead Extra #2
08-17-05, 03:15 PM
My main bike is my new Giant ocr1 road bike. I'm putting about 120 miles/week on it. I only ride it for fitness.
My "second" bike is a 10 year old Giant ATX760 MTB. Use mainly for quick trips to the mini-mart or putting around with my girlfriend.
I love them both, but I am plotting to get a 3rd for commuting (that's my rationalization and I'm sticking to it!).
08-17-05, 03:20 PM
1) Rivendell Atlantis tourer - current commuter and day tripper
2) Concorde Hardtail MTB - hasn't been out this year, I'm sorry to say
3)Breezer villager commuter with shimano internal 7 speed hub -regular commuter
4) 1982 Stumpjumper with Nokian studs - icy road commuter
5) Norco kathmandu MTB - lives in another province for weekend riding
6) Cambie Cycles Recumboni -LWB recumbent. Still new, I ride it when its not raining here
7)1981 Nishiki Landau road bike -needs an overhaul to be roadworthy
8) Rivendell Romulus road bike - belonged to the ex. For Sale
08-17-05, 03:33 PM
Canfield F1 - DH rig - strickly used for dh not so much any more as it used to get used because most true dh courses around here are gone.
Bianchi Caál 8800 - xc rig - gets used about once every two weeks for a quick single track run. I do not race xc any more other wise it would see alot more action
Bianchi 928 - road rig - gets ridden 2 or 3 times a week
Foes Inferno - my allmountain/trail rig - gets used 3 times a week
Kona Stinky Primo - this used to be my primary rig until I got the Foes, now it onle gets used if a buddy needs to borrow a bike. I may sell it.
Kona Bear - wifes rig - has not been ridden in almost a year, she is having a hard pregnency this time so she has not been able to ride. The bike will get used again once she is able to ride after the babby pops out. Hopefully this week :D
08-17-05, 03:41 PM
Early 90's non-suspended Jamis Explorer MTB with slicks, fenders and bar ends: Daily commuter, lent her out for 9 months and just got her back by trading for another bike.
2001 Giant OCR 0: Very fast road bike, some commuting especially on days when I ride road before work and then go in on the same bike.
2002 full suspension Giant NRS 1: I love this bike, ride her 1 or 2X per week. Outstanding climber. Very occaisional commuter.
1.ti cyclocross – love the ride, but won't park it on the street. 1-2x/week
2.beater 80s touring – any ride when i need to lock it on the street. 5x/week
3.touring – 40-60 miles/day when touring, otherwise 2x/month grocery getter
4.mtb – 1x/week
Funny thing is, i spent a lot on bikes, and i find myself riding the beater most of all because i do all my commuting, shopping, and getting around by bike. It makes me think i got too caught up in the desire to buy the 'perfect bike' (for me)
But now I'm torn because a part of me says sell #1 and replace it with a less expensive cx bike so i would feel more comfortable about parking it, but on the other hand i love the ride so much i can't seem to sell it.
Only two, sadly enough. I tend to be far too mobile to collect anything so bulky.
1. Old Cannondale FS MTB that was put together for me in Hong Kong. Then converted to a tourer for South America/Europe and then used as a commuter in Sydney.
2. Late 80s Centurion Ironman Expert. I've been using this to ride around Vancouver. It's a terrific bike but I'm regretfully leaving it behind when I leave the country in a couple of weeks :(
Next bike when I start working again will either be another vintage road bike, or a Santa Cruz Blur. Depending on where I live.
Peek the Geek
08-18-05, 12:23 AM
1. Gunnar Sport: Just got this one a few months ago and have been riding the heck out of it, 3-4 times per week. I love my Gunnar. It's shiny.
2. Marin Pine Mountain: Steel hardtail mtb. I look at it and think, "That's hot." Thanks to a bunch of new singletrack here in town I ride it at least once a week. I'm currently picking at some of the scabs this bike has played a part in causing.
3. Giant OCR2: My first road bike. It's my backup bike now. I ride it if the Gunnar is on the workstand. I'll sell it as soon as I get a carbon fiber "fast" bike.
4. Schwinn World Sport: I learned to wrench on this one, and it taught me to appreciate steel. Confiscated it from my wife, who got it as a teen and abandoned it in her parents' garage. Currently in the process of being converted to a fixie.
5. Trek 6500zx: I retired this mtb last year and just overhauled it for a friend who has expressed interest in buying it. I'll probably just give him the dang thing. (Interesting side note: Shortly after buying this bike I won another 6500zx at a bar and walked it home after several tequila shots in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. I sold the bike I won to my brother for a steal.)
6. Miyata something-or-other: My first mountain bike. This thing is old. Rigid fork. My at-school bike which I gave to my other brother for several years. He returned it, and it has been collecting dust in my garage ever since. I'll get around to losing it someday.
08-18-05, 05:54 AM
Both my bikes are used for utilitarian riding, business + pleasure.
91 Peugeot Success mostly upgraded to 105, Mavic Reflex SUPs & triple, alum. fork, etc.
70s metallic green Puch, model unknown tourer, upgraded mostly to 105, triple. Fenders, my wet weather bike.
2 bikes -
1) 1980 Schwinn Traveler - upgraded to 12 speed/alloys/105/downtube shifters. It's my first road bike and has gotten me hooked on steel frames. Ride it 3-4 times a week, ~70mi a week.
2) 2004 Mongoose MTB. Picked it up on the cheap at a garage sale when I was looking to replace my early 90's POS mtb (rigid Kmart special). SRAM 4.0 equipped FS bike with front disk, stripped most of the decals off. Ride this bike usually once a week on a local trail for about 20mi.
Pictures of both in sig.
08-18-05, 07:20 AM
Cannondale R500: sport touring road bike, ridden almost daily. Use it for fitness training, charity rides, and an occasional race. Got a third place age group trophy last time I raced with it. Bought it used two years ago with supposedly broken brifters. A half can of WD-40 later, they worked like new and still do.
Diamondback Sorrento: entry level MTB, was my commuter before moving 40 F-ing miles from work. Goes out on light errands and will be used for towing a trailer, then a trailer cycle, when my baby gets old enough. I do take it to the a nearby state park and trail ride. I think it needs a new fork. Bought it new in 2001, but the only orginal componets are the frame, fork, and headset.
Specialized Hardroack Classic: step-through, no-suspension MTB. Why a step through frame? (A lady's frame for all you bike riders) You can't throw a leg over a baby seat! Found this jewel at a Goodwill store minus the chain. Just got it up a running good yesterday (8/17), and ran it hard for 17.5 miles. Put on a set of slicks and it rides better then I expected.
no name beach crusier: plain single speed, coaster braked crusier, with a handlebar basket, that just is used when I feel like a simple ride. Can't really remember how I aquired it.
1990ish? (Can anyone date Shimano Edge gruppo for me?) Trek 1000 used to commute and for longer weekend riding. Gets 100-150 miles/week in the summer.
2001 Cannondale F400 mtb: No single track in town, so it languishes in the summer, but used to tool around w/ friends, and has all my lights on it, so I ride after dark ~20 miles/week in the summer (more when the trek is in the shop). It gets studed tires and ~75 miles/week in the winter.
1. colnago road bike: dream bike that I built up 4 years ago. Campy Chorus. ride 3-4 x per week. favorite b/c it fits like a glove and rides like a dream.
2. old batavus: commuting--will be using 5x per week during the school year. use 2x-3x per week to run errands. favorite b/c it cost $7 at a yard sale and I won't cry if it gets stolen.
3. kona cindercone mtn bike: recently converted to ss since rear derailleur was trashed. mostly technical riding, 2-3x per month, use in the winter to commute/run errands. favorite b/c I have a blast mtn biking (I've been mtn biking for 20 years, road riding has been in the last 8yrs)
4. denelt cruiser circa 1960--stays at the beach house, mostly collects dust but gets used when we stay there. The bike shop I worked at was going to trash it, I saved it and did some work on it to get it road worthy. I was also the only one in the shop this bike would fit (I'm short).
08-18-05, 08:22 AM
1) '05 Kona Dawg Dee-Lux: bought in June after a 12 year hiatus from cycling. Disc brakes and full suspension totally rekindled my interest in riding even though I'm lugging around 30 lbs more body fat now :(
2)Trek 2100 road bike: Shimano 105, carbon seatstays/fork. This thing fits me perfect. I had a marinoni back in the day that I liked but it was relatively heavy. To a dirt rider like me this feels SOOOO fast! Bought it 5 days ago and am commuting or riding 10-120hrs/week minimum to develop a fitness base. FatBoy's in a hurry.
3)'93 Kona Hei Hei: Full XTR. Marzocchi xc400 shocks, ti bars & seatpost Was my racing dream bike back then. I love this bike. To me it's like riding a piece of jewelry. The drivetrain is worn out so it's "shelved" for now, but I will probably keep it forever. [B]
1994 Jan de Reus
1985 Trek 670
1984 Trek 770
I ride all of them, but the Trek 670 less than the others
as it's a bit small. The Serotta gets ridden the most
but the Reus is my favourite ride right now. I just need
to finish up a few details on it.
08-18-05, 10:29 AM
81 Schwinn Super Le Tour - commute several times a month
05 Rockhopper - commute almost every day 16 miles on knobbie tires for the exorcise
Looking to add two more bikes most likely a TREK 520 and perhaps a Chinese wrok bike just because.
08-18-05, 10:47 AM
I only have 3 bikes:
04 Slasa La Raza - Roadie, gets ridden 3-5 times a week.
03 Marin Mill Valley - Commuter, ridden 5-7 days a week to commute and do family rides with my wife and son
built in 05 SS MTB - well it was a project and got ridden about 16 miles (1 ride) and has just hung in the garrage since. Can't sell it and don't really have the urge to ride it. Oops.
2005 Trek 2100
2001 Cervelo P2k (2005 build)
Both race specific bikes. I also am saving for a more "comfort" oriented bike (probably an OCR) for the long long distance stuff...
08-18-05, 10:48 AM
I have two road bikes of equal condition.
1) 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8
2) 1982 Bianchi Premio
I alternate between bikes just for a change.
08-18-05, 10:49 AM
I own 5.
Jamis Dakar Expert
08-18-05, 10:51 AM
I also am saving for a more "comfort" oriented bike (probably an OCR) for the long long distance stuff...
You know you want it:
A: '01 Trek 5200 (roadie). It's my race and hard training bike and it's ridden two or three times a week. Came with an Ultegra triple group but I upgraded this year to DA double.
B: '99 REI Novara Triumpho (roadie). Daily commuter and rain trainer. Ridden at least 5 days a week. Now has the Ultegra group from the Trek.
C: '89 GT Outpost (mtb). Super-heavy steel, all-rigid mountain bike that I rescued from my parents' garage to haul the kids' trailer. I think I may put baskets and fenders on it to make it more useful for errands and maybe a bad-weather commuter. I really, really hate to admit this, but I like this bike a lot because it has platform pedals and a kickstand (!).
It's just so Fred!
08-18-05, 12:03 PM
1 - road bike for racing and training
2 - road bike that just kind of sits around waiting. Currently missing parts as other bikes needed stuff
3 - cx bike for racing and training
4 - TT bike for racing and training
5 - fixed gear with fenders for bad weather and commuting
6 - MTB for general goofing off and an occasional race
7 - MTB beater for winter riding set up with studded tires
A. 30+ year old Motobecane Grand Record. Used for about 90% of my riding; which is recreational road.
B. 3 year old Specialized Hardrock (no suspension). Used for light trail riding and for riding with my kids.
08-18-05, 02:21 PM
1.Surly 1x1. For the trails mainly.
2. Early 90's Kona Hahanna fully rigid, chromo, converted to SS. My commuter.
3. Early 80's BMX cruiser. Got NOS checkered padset to put on it.
4. Early 70's Schwinn Cruiser, "rat rodded". (Wife has matching girls bike, will restore it after #5)
5. 1971 Schwinn Manta Ray (restoration in progress)
08-18-05, 02:35 PM
04 Specalized epic disk trail riding/racing
04 Klein Q carbon team raod bike
98 Klein Navigator commuter/touring
197? somthing Somec Special project bike right now
01 jamis Dragon race bike
04 jamis dakota XC trail rides
1968 Raligh project bike
08-18-05, 03:25 PM
Sirrus - fast commuter
Sedona - bad weather commuter
Raleigh - backup commuter and beater to park in questionable areas
Dew Deluxe - backup fast commuter and errand runner
BBU - the 'good' bike
Absolute - was the fast commuter,now I'm not sure what it is(backup 'good' bike?)
Buzz - screw-off-on bike
Fuji Folder - ride on Metro bike
1x1 - the SS
7200 - the original commuter,ex-beater,that will be put up for sale one of these days if I can get
off my lazy butt and fix the flat tire :rolleyes:
Trike for alot of night rides/exercise and bad weather.
Chopper for bike path rides.
Electric Chopper for random cruises/just for fun, also does off road quite well.
Folder for when I want to take my bike with me.
Scooter/Moped for errands ie. getting the paper etc.
'05 Giant Sedona CX: Bike path cruising with SWMBO, backup commuter
early 9? Giant Innova Hybrid: Commuter, roadie dropper (when I can)
10-03-05, 10:11 PM
In order of acquisition:
1) Specialized Stumpjumper Comp: My first bike and my most trusted. I got this used and in kind of bad conditin. Now it's a gorgeous and very worth bike. I use this for cruising around town and commuting, but it still makes it to the trails when the other MTB is out.
2) Bianchi Super GL: This is my "Main Battle Bike." It's my celeste-colored, dual suspension, full XTR, dream bike. Naturally, I use this as often as possible. I got it as a gift. It was a much better bike than I was a rider, so I set about changing that as soon as I got it.
3) Bianchi Alfana: My first road bike. I bought it for $200. I replaced all the black parts with white parts and called it the "Great White Flight." I rode my first century on this one.
4) Cinelli Unica: Actually, I don't have this one yet, it's in the mail. It's going to be the sexiest bike I've ever seen. I have some red Aeroheads from Mike Garcia that I'm going to put on the bright red frame.
I'm only 20, but I know there will be many more to come. I love building them almost as much as I love riding them, so why should I stop?
10-04-05, 09:07 AM
'98 (I believe) Breezer Storm MTB set up for commuting. Has 1.0 tires and taller gears. Otherwise all other parts are hand-me-downs from my or my husband's mountain bikes. Averages about 80-100 mi/week.
'93 McMahon Ti hardtail which has the misfortune of not seeing anymore trail time due to.....
'05 Santa Cruz Blur. A one-off, custom-built bike with too many blings to list. Love my new Blur!
1.) Heavy duty touring/commuting bike, custom built in the mid '80s... was my "perfect" bike at the time. Has braze-ons for everything. Phil Wood hubs and BB, flat bars with friction thumb shifters. Needs good overhaul and new paint... several 10s of thousand miles. Fits like a glove. Just gets used to cruise around the mesa... down to the beach...
2.) '80s Crit bike. Sannino, all Galli Groupo... couple of Campy parts. Nice bike, but the frame really isn't all that comfortable for long rides... agressive seat tube angle. Ridden ~100 mi a week.
Red. Must wear kit.
3.) Garage sale bargin... fat fat tires, tractor seat, cheap platform pedals. Gets ridden to any close shop for whatever. Great on the beach boardwalk. Too ugly to have any real style. Prefers to be ridden in flip flops or sandals.
10-04-05, 11:12 PM
Well my bikes are listed on my signature at the bottom, but here is the breakdown on how much they are ridden:
1. 04 Trek 5200 Team Bike: Bought used from a nice guy in TX. But to look at this bike you'd think it just rolled off the showroom floor. It's virtually mint. I have put about 1,100 miles on it this year, but it has never seen rain, or bad weather and is reserved for tour rides and the occasional race. Sometimes I grab this bike for an attempt at a "personal best" ride and it never dissappoints. :-)
2. 05 Trek 5000: Same frame, stem, bar and fork setup as the 5200. Lower groupos (Ultegra and 105 vs Full Ultegra) Came with a triple, but I am converting to double this winter. This is my training and club riding bike. This bike sees 90% of my riding and feels almost exactly like my 5200, just a little heavier.
3. 1999 Klien Pulse II Mountain Bike: This was the last of the breed. Upgraded to this bike from my Trek 930 Singletrack. This was when Klien still owned Klien and made all their frames in house. It has all finished welds on the power gradient tubing and rides like a hardtail should. Still a heck of a bike and climbs like a billy goat! I only mountain bike a half dozen times a year now that I'm a rodie convert, but this bike can still handle anything the trails can dish out. After 6 years and countless hard miles, this bike still looks and rides like new, although it may be time for some new rims next season.
I am also in search of an older steel/alu frame Trek road bike in good shape to use as a tourer/around town/casual road bike for next year. You know... a frame in nice shape that maybe needs some rims and a few other parts, but isn't a complete project.
A TT bike is somewhere off in my future, but at like $3,500 it still a dream.
If I had more room... I'd probably have more bikes! LOL
10-05-05, 09:19 AM
Litespeed Tuscany - Prime roadbike. Ridden more often and more miles than anything in the stable. Love this bike!
Litespeed Niota Ti- New to the home, still breaking it in (less than 500 miles). Prime mountain bike. So far seems excellent. Super light and manueverable. Actually gets a little on-road time if I feel lazy and just want to go for a loop around the house.
Felt F1X Cyclocross - This is the bad weather, night ride bike-better brakes and wider/heavier tires than the Tuscany. Also serves as a loaner for others.
Foes FXR - Heavy/gnarly trails, goofing off-hardcore play. Used to be #1 mountainbike, but the Niota now has that place. However, works great in its roll. Can be used a spare for others to ride. Better down hill than the Niota, but much worse going up. More stable-handles slower. Heavier (5 lbs) can be felt.
10-05-05, 10:23 AM
A - Kona Dew fitted with moustache bars (around town, errand, wet-weather bike) - about 120 miles/week
B - Outback road bike with full Campy (weekend bike -about 60 miles/week)
C - Panasonic road frame being converted to fixed (no miles yet - will replace Dew as exercise bike)
D - Nashbar touring frame (hasn't arrived yet - will replace Outback for trips of 50 miles +)
Recumbent - Future bike - not yet fully comprehended - will use for vacation riding
1) 1980s Ross Signature -- commuter (main ride)
2) 199s Koga Miyata World Traveler -- commuter/touring (main ride)
3) 1990s Rocky Mountain Hammer -- mtb I need to ride this more!
4) 1990s Haro Escape/Xtracycle conversions -- grocery getting/pickup
5) 04 Bianchi Pista -- track and playing around
6) 1980s Miyata Team Miyata -- good fast road bike....almost zero miles..recently built
7) 1954 Hartog - Dutch 3 spd -- This was my market bike before the xtracycle. Now it's collecting dust.
8) 2005 Fetish Fixation -- project bike work in progress: for winter this will be a fixed/free MTB for training/commuting and single speed mtbing.
This thread is old, I know, but it's a great thread. Why do I say so? Well, I am a Jeeper. And I frequent a Jeep forum very similar to this one. And I hang around Jeepers all the time, and by reading this thread I have found that if you take out the word "bike" in all these posts and use the word "Jeep", you'll confirm that basically people are the same wherever you go, they just have different toys. :D
Back on topic: my very modest and entry level stable include -
1) an older Fuji Absolute road bike, used for anything in the city, errands, bills, etc.
2) very new Giant Warp. My butt needs some comfort these days. Used for cruising local flat trails. I'm in it for the fun.
I visualize no additional bikes in my future, but Jeeps? Now that's another story ... ;)
LeTour is being tuned/refirbushed for winter riding on the trainer.
Trek is used for virtually 100% of outdoor riding.
C'dale is currently in need of a tuneup/refurb. Maybe as a commuter.
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