# Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - How many bikes is too many?

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SugarPILL
10-18-06, 08:45 AM
Well, I was wondering how many bikes people own... I've got a few, and was wondering how is too many..

Shiznaz
10-18-06, 08:50 AM
I have 5 bikes. Theres still space for about 15 more in the garage, and I'm not broke yet.

isotopesope
10-18-06, 08:54 AM
i've slimmed down to 8 running bikes, and my wife is at 2, and soon to be 3... but this was the amount of running bikes at my house when my friend scott lived with me:
http://static.flickr.com/41/74907626_5a1386a732_o.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/40/74907624_de9c6449ae_o.jpg
these photos are a product of when it snows too much and you can't go ride and boredom has really set in...

Aeroplane
10-18-06, 08:55 AM
Once you have two bikes that serve the same purpose, you have more than you need. If you have one that I want to buy, you have too many.

The LT
10-18-06, 08:56 AM
I'm currently at 5 running bikes and 3-4 in pieces

Sammyboy
10-18-06, 08:56 AM
Maximum desirable number of bikes = N+1, where N = Current number of bikes.

BIGPAKO
10-18-06, 10:08 AM
Use this simple formula:

garage length x garage width + number of cars
_______________________________________

your age + 10

Anything more than that would be ridiculous

progre-ss
10-18-06, 10:11 AM
I've got one fixie and one ss mtb in running condition for myself. I've also got a Raleigh Chopper circa the early 70s that is in poor but running condition. There are my kids' bikes which come to 4 or 5. There are also 6 frames (2 road, 3 mtb and 1 cruiser). I also gave my wife's cousin a complete mtb minus tires and a cassette. But, I'm always on the lookout for more.

chrisj
10-18-06, 12:02 PM
I say as many as you can stash away in your apartment / home. I currently have 6 running bikes, 3 frames and lots of parts.

I'm all about redundancy - I have 2 commuter bikes, I rode the one that didnt have a rear flat tire this morning. Too lazy to fix that **** when I have a working bike I can ride.

mattface
10-18-06, 12:40 PM
Use this simple formula:

garage length x garage width + number of cars
_______________________________________

your age + 10

Anything more than that would be ridiculous

According to your formula. prior to moving out of the house I shared with my wife I was entitled to 13.3 bikes. Now that I live in an apartment and don't own a car even one bike would be ridiculous. How does owning more cars make owning more bikes LESS ridiculous?

In reality I've cut down from 5 to 3 due mostly to storage space, but 3 is the number I prefer. I just usually can't seem to keep it down to 3 since there is always another bike I'd like to own.

LóFarkas
10-18-06, 12:43 PM
... if you have to store one outside, you have too many. As long as the bikes fit into your apartment/house/palace and you have acces to your bed & computer, you're golden.

Jamtastic
10-18-06, 12:44 PM
I have 1 track, 1 SS MTB, 1 Fixed conversion(full fenders rain ride).

My girl has 1 fixed, 1 SS.

5 bikes in a 1 bedroom apt. Not fun.

mattface
10-18-06, 12:49 PM
... if you have to store one outside, you have too many. As long as the bikes fit into your apartment/house/palace and you have acces to your bed & computer, you're golden.

I don't HAVE to, but I always store my beater bike outside. That's what beaters are for. Especially winter beaters.

lyeinyoureye
10-18-06, 12:55 PM
uncountably many

sfcrossrider
10-18-06, 01:03 PM
One sweet@ss road bike that I race and train on

A cross bike that can be turned into a race bike, mountain bike, SS/fixie, and a touring bike.

A KHS urban X for riding around the city.

rknj
10-18-06, 01:05 PM
3, two of which are vying for my free time to be made rideable again.

251
10-18-06, 01:08 PM
I have eight, and no, it is not too many.

LóFarkas
10-18-06, 01:12 PM
I don't HAVE to, but I always store my beater bike outside. That's what beaters are for. Especially winter beaters.
don't you have a heart?

San Rensho
10-18-06, 01:13 PM
You can never be too rich, too skinny, have too small a cell phone or too many bikes.

Seggybop
10-18-06, 01:18 PM
don't you have a heart?
it's probably better for it to stay outside during the winter since cold should ****** rusting.

Relevant to the OP, does anyone else see it as at least a little bit contrary to the fixed gear / singlespeed spirit to have a massive array of bikes?

SugarPILL
10-18-06, 01:28 PM
Relevant to the OP, does anyone else see it as at least a little bit contrary to the fixed gear / singlespeed spirit to have a massive array of bikes?[/QUOTE]

Thats sort of what I was wondering, but then I find myself with 15 of them... I have more rides than ice cubes in my refrigerator

dirtyphotons
10-18-06, 01:32 PM
i think the problem is not that you have too many bikes but that you have far too few ice cubes.

Shiznaz
10-18-06, 01:36 PM
I always just based it on how many backup rolls of TP I had in the house.

Morgie
10-18-06, 01:39 PM
i've slimmed down to 8 running bikes, and my wife is at 2, and soon to be 3... but this was the amount of running bikes at my house when my friend scott lived with me:
http://static.flickr.com/41/74907626_5a1386a732_o.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/40/74907624_de9c6449ae_o.jpg
these photos are a product of when it snows too much and you can't go ride and boredom has really set in...

Get those bike outta that snow!!! it kills be to see those bikes stored out doors... I hope that isn't a all the time setup..

jimblairo
10-18-06, 01:49 PM
Four and I've been fighting off an attack of bike lust for the past month as the thoughts of a custom mountain frame with a Rhollof hub roll around in my head.

Nims
10-18-06, 01:50 PM
it's probably better for it to stay outside during the winter since cold should ****** rusting.

That would be true if the moisture conditions were the same inside and out of a house in the winter, which is distinctly not true.

gregtheripper
10-18-06, 02:29 PM
if you use them its not too much... i have a track bike i built up for the winter (iro jamie roy), and angus that i also commute on and hopefully ride more on the track next season (in the process of getting a new wheelset too since the present is toast), a road bike i race on, my old conversion which is in the process of being converted to a three speed (and probably sold/given to a friend), an azonic mtb i really don't really use but want to build up for dual slalom and dirt-jumping, and a borrowed xc mtb that i raced on as well (probably will buy one for next season). i also want to get a nicer road bike that fits me and turn the other road bike into a commuter. i think the key is to have at least two working bikes you can ride and lock up or store securely, it just seems like a good idea to me. as you can see i dont necessarily use all the bikes but i'm not big on showpieces.

mattface
10-18-06, 02:35 PM
That would be true if the moisture conditions were the same inside and out of a house in the winter, which is distinctly not true.

Actually a bike covered in ice will not rust. One covered in melting ice and evaporating water will. It is the chemical reaction between air, and water, and steel that makes rust. Salt makes it worse. A winter bike should be washed and dried thoroughly every time it is brought inside. Otherwise it's much better off kept outside in the cold where the ice will not melt and evaporate. If I wanted to bring my winter bike inside I would have to wash it every night. Sorry I have better things to do with my time.

cooker
10-18-06, 02:37 PM
Use this simple formula:

garage length x garage width + number of cars
_______________________________________

your age + 10

Anything more than that would be ridiculousWhere garage dimensions are in inches.

cooker
10-18-06, 02:42 PM
In my garage:
1984 Trek 520 - main commuter and recreational road bike.
1980s Panasonic road bike...my "old" commuter that I had intended to convert to fixed, but never got to.
1990's Peugeot (Canada) mountain bike. Off road, and backup commuter
1990's Raleigh cruiser -a mistake (too heavy) and destined for Cuban charity organization.
All purchased used for about \$200 each.
Planned next purchase: New Bike Friday, Swift Folder or GoBike - for travel.

Shiznaz
10-18-06, 02:43 PM
Actually a bike covered in ice will not rust. One covered in melting ice and evaporating water will. It is the chemical reaction between air, and water, and steel that makes rust. Salt makes it worse. A winter bike should be washed and dried thoroughly every time it is brought inside. Otherwise it's much better off kept outside in the cold where the ice will not melt and evaporate. If I wanted to bring my winter bike inside I would have to wash it every night. Sorry I have better things to do with my time.

Very true, and in that vein of logic, an unheated garage is even better! Thats what I do.

BIGPAKO
10-18-06, 02:49 PM
Where garage dimensions are in inches.

Feet, but use inches if you want more bikes.

mezza
10-18-06, 04:17 PM
Damn, I have 3, but one of those has been donated to my girlfriend so she can get into riding so that makes 2!!! I feel so poor and sad :(

I gotta get more bikes.

I have a steel frame roadie and a steel frame track/fix. I gotta get a beater/fix so I can leave the track bike in its setup...

Morgie
10-18-06, 04:43 PM
but if you live in N. America most likely the snow and rain that falls in your area if filled with salt and all kinds of other ****... and that snow will begin to melt sometime (even if it's only for a few hours during sunlight) and that melting snow will lead rust right?

It just seems to me that leaving it outside has to be more dangerous theft wise and lead to quicker rusting.

I plus don't you want to have your bike indoors with you so you can cuddle it?

Sorry for hi-jacking the thread... I guess for me the answer is "when you have to many bikes to store them in a fluffy padded rooms and assign each one of them a maid to clean them after each ride, you have to many"

I have 2, would have 3 but my 2004 Lemond Etape got stolen... :mad: :( :mad:

Serendipper
10-18-06, 05:16 PM
I like to have enough bikes that I can maintain and swap/interchange parts if need be, but not so many that I find them a chore to maintain.

Hence, I sold my 27" wheeled Raleigh Record (but would have kept it if I had anticipated another bike crushed, and yet another stolen).

As far as starting a quality collection of rolling art + my Raleigh 3-speed (beater)...I say only as few as quality permits and sanity affords. That's why god invented dry storage facilities.

lymbzero
10-18-06, 06:02 PM
Bike lust comes in many forms and has many stages.

I used to have about 8 to 10 bikes in my room in various states of ride-ability.
I've cut it down to 3 bikes and 2 frames.
I now only do the nice-"er" bike thing.
Collecting crappy bikes is like collecting garbage and it just gets worse!

I say:
1 comuter.
1 play bike.
lots of extra parts to make those 2 bikes variable.

izzythedan
10-18-06, 07:19 PM
I've got four bikes all up.

Trek 1200 roadie, my main ride,
an On-One Il Pompino fixed. Contemplating fitting a Rohloff 14 speed hub and converting it to an all out tourer. Need money for that though,
a late 90's GT MTB that I'm thinking of converting to a SS,
and a SS chopper. Great for cruising down to the market on a Saturday morning.

I'm also looking for a sweet, older frame to convert.

redxj
10-18-06, 08:04 PM
What is your definition of a bike? Is it completely working bike that I would ride? In that definition I have 9 bikes: 2 track bikes, 2 fixed road converions, 1 fixed mtb, 1 SS MTB, 2 geared MTB, and 1 geared road bike. If the definition is frame and enough parts to build them into bikes then that number would be 26. I buy older road/mtb bikes and clean them up/tune up to sell them. I was bored the other day and wrote down every bike/frame I bought in the last 12 months. I bought 28 in 12 months.

No such thing as too many. N+1

bitpartinyrlife
10-18-06, 08:43 PM
the answer to the op's question is...eleventy billion. if you have to invent new numbers to count your bikes, you have too many.

Currently have one on the road, one in pieces on my floor waiting on parts. The stable I would LIKE to have is a function of my ever-evolving conception of the possibilities of/fun that can be had on a bicycle. Until I moved to NYC I always had one really nice bike--a bmx as a kid, hardcore mountain bike as a teen, slightly more civilized mountain bike in college. When I moved to New York I bought a pos road bike because I was scared of theft. Then I realized that gears were all but useless to me in the city, and converted it and fell in love with fixed/ss (but especially fixed). Then I realized that I was using my bike a for a lot more than just shooting across the bridge to my gf's place, or going to shows or bars and could justify the expense of having a nicer bike just for pleasure riding in addition the beater/lock up bike. Then I realized that, while possible (not for me, but for some i suppose), a 125 mile club ride is not exactly the most pleasureable experience on a track bike, and now I want a nice road bike to do some serious miles on. And then all this talk of SS/Fixed mountain biking makes me think "man, that sounds ****ing rad" and I want one of those. And then I think I'd probably come upon the same problem with the ss/fixed mtn bike as I did with the road bike, so it'd be nice to have a geared one. Then I think this whole cyclo-cross thing seems like it would be really fun. Then I think it might be cool to ride a pennyfarthing...then...yeah, eleventy billion...

piwonka
10-18-06, 09:00 PM
if you have bikes that you don't ride anymore, don't plan on riding them or building them to ride, aren't planning on gicing htem to one of your kids (and they aren't some super collectable and rare museum piece and that is the underlying reason for not riding them) then you have too many bikes.

I myself have one bike, a fixed gear conversion i built from a frame i got for \$20 at a bike collective...lots of used parts, it's my beater...
i have a bob jackson custom pista being built, that will be my nice(er) bike...i'm gonna put fenders on my beater conversion bike, it's gonna be sweet.

mezza
10-18-06, 09:31 PM
On-One Il Pompino fixed. Contemplating fitting a Rohloff 14 speed hub and converting it to an all out tourer. Need money for that though,

WHAT!!?? A 14 speed hub?? Never heard of it!! Wow.

mattface
10-18-06, 09:43 PM
WHAT!!?? A 14 speed hub?? Never heard of it!! Wow.

a 14 speed internally geared hub! Really wow! and for only \$1000! Really really wow!

mattface
10-18-06, 09:52 PM
but if you live in N. America most likely the snow and rain that falls in your area if filled with salt and all kinds of other ****... and that snow will begin to melt sometime (even if it's only for a few hours during sunlight) and that melting snow will lead rust right?

If you ride them through snow slush and ice laced with road salt, sand and grime, it will lead to rust. If you want to ride everyday in the winter in a climate that has snow on the ground for 6 months of the year, then you're going to get some rust. I love my bikes. Some of them I love too much to ride through winter crud every day. That's why I especially love my winter beater. It lets me abuse it through the dark months of winter doused in oil to fend off corrosion. In the spring it gets a good cleaning. In the fall it gets some shiny new parts. brake cables, maybe a new bottom bracket. And it's GRATEFUL dammit. It's grateful because I ride it, and I keep it in good rideable condition. without a sadist like me around the poor thing would be neglected in someone's basement ir garage, all the bearings seized covered in dust dirt and grime. Ir worse in a scrap metal dumpster somewhere wrapped around an old water heater tank.

rmwun54
10-19-06, 12:07 AM
I would say as many as you afford to ride and use. I have five so far; I've purchased 11 in a lifetime.

Zouf
10-19-06, 02:22 PM
Use this simple formula:

garage length x garage width + number of cars
_______________________________________

your age + 10

Anything more than that would be ridiculous
Kinda works against logic - you should be tolerated to own more bikes as time passes, not less.

My basic principle: buy a bike every 15yrs, never throw one away. At 45, I own 3 (the ones before 15yrs old don't count). Next one is due when I'm 60, then 75. So when me wife complains of "too many bikes", I simply answer: "you know it won't get out of hand, simply expect to see 5 bikes in the house once I'm 75, that ain't so bad". Surprisingly, it works.

One on the road to *really* ride, one s-s on the road to twiddle around, and one in the basement on the trainer. The next one (at 60) will bump all the other ones down.

izzythedan
10-19-06, 03:43 PM
a 14 speed internally geared hub! Really wow! and for only \$1000! Really really wow!

Yeah! Really! WOW! :rolleyes:

abeyance
10-19-06, 09:05 PM
An engineer needs to figure out how to make a rohloff fixed. it's a methed out asc.

kraftwerk
10-19-06, 09:18 PM
I have four and two other frames , three cars, one skateboard.

Scooby Snax
10-19-06, 09:21 PM
My answer is 6...
My wife would say 4!

Ceya
10-19-06, 10:33 PM
30 track, 2 road in Feb 2006. now 11 track and 2 road.. yes all mine. all of them ridden beside 5 of them.

S/F,
CEYA!