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Old 10-16-08, 08:28 PM   #1
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maybe you'll get it.

i originally posted this in mechanics thread, but...

i live by the rule of n+1 4ever, but i got alot of bikes. in my two bedroom house, i have my wife's mountain bike, the NEXT mountain bike she bought me (thanks babe) and my full on cruiser, dripping in chrome. occasionally ride the mtn bikes, and the cruiser for ... cruising. they sit neatly out of the way in the living room.

in my spare room, i have my multispeed cruiser for comuting and this red "saw-it-on-the-side-of-the-road-on-sale-one-day-on-the-way-to-work" cruiser. the red cruiser is secondary work comuter and the other black cruiser when i just want to blind my co-workers with chrome.

now the bikes aren't really in the way, and if i had a garage, basement or good lockable shed to store them, maybe two would go out there. my other 12 bikes are kept at my other place 50 miles away and i only get out there twice a month. wish i could have them all here at my main house.

do i truely have too many bikes? is it so wrong that i want more? how many of you out there have your own flock? would another one be too much? nah!
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Old 10-16-08, 08:38 PM   #2
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First bike I ever bought myself was a NEXT "mountain bike". Really, it wasn't as bad then as the bike they're rolling out now. Quality's been dropping for a long time, and now, the "similar" bike to the one I bought is a piece of crap with off brand components, ashtabula cranks, and I honestly think worse gearing. Keep in mind the bike at the same price-point as the one I bought is probably of lesser quality too. Either way, one day I was riding it and hit a curb wrong and bent the rim pretty nasty and bent the axle. Didn't find out I bent the axle though till like two years later when I took the wheel apart hoping to ride it.
Kinda wish I'd kept the shifters off of it, they were pretty decent grip shifters and my Fuji could use em'.
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Old 10-16-08, 08:39 PM   #3
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Let's answer those question individually.

1) No, you do not have too many bikes.

2) Well, Pastor Bob would probably have a thing or two to say about coveting...

3) Pastor Bob has a flock. I have a flock. Many of us have 'flocks'.

4) If you can fit another one into the garge, then it would not be too much.

Then there's the unasked question--has my spouse/partner called me a nut yet?

5) Only you, as an individual, can answer that question properly.

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Old 10-16-08, 08:44 PM   #4
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I live by the rule of n+1 4ever, how many of you out there have your own flock? would another one be too much?
+1! 2 n+1 4ever!!

The "flock";
7 road bikes, 1 road tandem, 3 mtn bikes, 1 cross bike, 3 recumbent 2 wheelers, 3 recumbent trikes (one is a tandem), 2 trailers, 7 kids bikes, 8 assorted frames, 4 skateboards & 5 pairs of quad skates.

Uno mas?

Tomorrow I go look at a Guerciotti.
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Old 10-16-08, 08:48 PM   #5
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if yugo made bikes, they'd slap on a next sticker on it and sent it to wallyworld. my version is a full suspension for only $99 (my last softail ran me $1700), so it is the LAST thing i will comute to work on. ever ride a wet sponge? on the roads, think i'll call it "bob".

thanks for getting it guys and can't wait to hear what you have to say.
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Old 10-16-08, 08:53 PM   #6
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Let's see...

Mountain bike in the kitchen, gf's trike in the hall, BoB trailer in the bedroom, Moto and a less than expensive Korean folder in the living room, Footbike in the spare room, and assorted beater and parts bikes out in storage.

I think I'm covered for now.

This is in a two bedroom apartment that's about the size of the average living room... and I'd still like a 70s Moto mixte.
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Old 10-16-08, 08:59 PM   #7
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Yeah, I'm in the process of building my "flock" of bikes, right now it stands at 4 and i'm always on the prowl for the next one, my wife's grandmother has about 5 old 3-speeds (huffy's and murray's and at least one schwinn, all from '70s or before) at her house that she's offered to me a few times, next time I'm out there I'm gonna get a couple of them and turn my current frankenbike into a 3 speeder, and get the other one rolling good for the wife.
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Old 10-16-08, 09:01 PM   #8
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I am ashamed to say I do not have a firm grasp on the numbers of my flock. But here is a guess:

-Three bikes for my two boys. They should not count.
-Flip bikes: Perhaps 12. They should not really count either.
-My own bikes (see sig for most of them): 8 or so?

But the real hard part is deciding how to count the various parts and frames. I think I counted 24 MTB frames the other day(I like old, odd MTB's). Maybe 7 road bike frames. I probably have enough wheels and other parts to put together 20, if I wanted to.

That adds up to some number between 8 and 43, depending on who is asking.

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Old 10-16-08, 09:01 PM   #9
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There is no such thing as too many bikes...until the city inspector shows up taking pictures of your backyard. 3 cruisers, 1 homebuilt recumbent, 1 electric assist, 2 roadsters and 2 trailers. Those are the ones in riding condition. I have another 10 in different stages, folders, cruisers and mtb's.
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Old 10-16-08, 09:18 PM   #10
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about 3 months ago, i actually sat down and counted all the bikes i remember owning, if for ever just a week, since i could ride bikes, and put it in my bike note.

11 bmx style bikes, 13 "10 speed" dropbar road bikes, 10 3speeds, 31 mountain bikes, and 9 single speed mid weight cruisers. lots of saves from the salvage yard, friends, family and neighbors just want like $5 or nothing to get them off their hands, bike shops and trade/barters. 84 total? lots of low level huffys and murrays, but a few early 50's cruisers, some english lightweights and a handfull of specializes and cannondales. had a thing for comming up on marins and diamond backs too.
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Old 10-16-08, 09:43 PM   #11
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I now feel better, I thought I was collecting too many.


If it doesn't interfere with your everyday life, impact your bottom line, upset your spouse, and it makes you happy....I see nothing wrong with a flock of bikes.
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Old 10-16-08, 09:52 PM   #12
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I have a small yard and about 15 bikes to myself and other for other family members, the secret to it is cramming them in random spots in the yard lol, my parts shed has so many parts the door is a wall of parts
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Old 10-16-08, 10:10 PM   #13
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I say when your girlfriend, housemate, w/e starts making them disappear and you don't notice; then you've got too many bikes, but more space.

As for me, currently a Surly Crosscheck everyday bike. A Davidson waiting for funds. An Xtracycle waiting for a welder.
At my parents place, a Schwinn adult trike, 3 mountain bikes, an Unidentified Raleigh frame, a BMX, a Freespirit "moto" dual suspension BMX... there must be more I can't think of....
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Old 10-16-08, 10:23 PM   #14
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WGN, have only 17 now ( 5 hear and 12 there, which is too far). by the way, love your sig.
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Old 10-16-08, 11:24 PM   #15
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Some of the numbers being posted in this thread make me feel decidedly inadequate with my two bikes. I think I need to collect faster.
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My #1 rule (subject to specific situations yet to be encountered) is to not bring anything home that doesn't fit me.

I have like 10-13. I have the intent of getting rid of some, but just haven't It really brings me a lot of pleasure to fix a bike then ride the hell out of it.
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