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View Poll Results: How well satisfied are you with your stable?
Totally - I have every bike I ever lusted after, and I will never want another. 2 2.74%
Very – There are just one or two bikes I wouldn’t mind snagging. 33 45.21%
Somewhat – I have some way cool bikes, but I want more! 30 41.10%
Not really – I have the bikes I need, but they’re not the ones I want 5 6.85%
Not at all – I desperately need more, and will go to great lengths to get it. 3 4.11%
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Old 02-03-11, 07:28 PM   #1
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C&V Satisfaction Survey - ( How happy are you with your stable ???)

It’s not uncommon for OCD-types to want to measure, or quantify things, as well as collect them, so I thought a “C&V Satisfaction Survey” could tell us where we stand, relative to our C&V brethren. (or sister-en”).

Some may have amassed huge collections of unfathomably rare and beautiful vintage bikes.
Others just now scraped together enough change from the couch cushions to buy that first thrift-store boat-anchor.

(That is not to say though, that the latter person is any less satisfied.)

So how well satisfied are you with your stable?

1) Totally - I have every bike I ever lusted after, and I will never want another.
2) Very – There are just one or two bikes I wouldn’t mind snagging.
3) Somewhat – I have some way cool bikes, but I want more!
4) Not really – I have the bikes I need, but they’re not the ones I want.
5) Not at all – I desperately need more, and will go to great lengths to get it.
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Old 02-03-11, 07:36 PM   #2
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Wouldn't mind a couple more - but it could easily explose into more trouble also.
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Old 02-03-11, 07:42 PM   #3
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Why isn't "I don't have anything too incredible but I'm perfectly content with what I've got" an option?

Needs maybe a "Meh, I'm content" option.
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Old 02-03-11, 07:56 PM   #4
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I like all my bikes, but I'm always on the look out for something cool.
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Old 02-03-11, 08:02 PM   #5
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You forgot #6: I have way too many bikes.

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Old 02-03-11, 08:09 PM   #6
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You forgot #6: I have way too many bikes.

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I'm trying to cull the herd to 3 as we speak, then I'm stopping my browsing of local CL to prevent me from buying more.
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I have quite a few that would prefer a new home.

Appreciated, yes.

Used, not very often.

I can think of several I am constantly watching for.

BBM found one of them for me, but I have to cough up more cash than I thought for our plumber.

Basement re-modeling project run amuck.
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Old 02-03-11, 08:24 PM   #9
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I'm a "grass is always greener" kind of guy. I truly enjoy what I've got and have recently managed to cull several from the herd (all the while adding new ones at the same time... I'm a sick, sick guy.) But there are always one or two looming on the horizon that I'd give my eye teeth for - and I suspect this probably applies to a great many of us on this forum, no matter how content we are with the current stable. For instance, I sure wouldn't turn away a Rene Herse or a Mercian King of Mercia should one fall into my lap.
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Old 02-03-11, 08:26 PM   #10
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You can't have "too many" bikes, Neal.
You haven't seen my basement, Auchen!

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Old 02-03-11, 09:02 PM   #11
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I put myself in the "Totally" category. My main issue is that I keep reconfiguring my keepers, swapping out drivetrains, parts, or whatever. So even though I have a stable of keepers, I only have a couple in totally ready to ride condition. I need to finish a few more of them, so I can enjoy them too. I cap my spending per bike and total for the fleet, so there is not much room to upgrade from here, unless I break the budget, or really luck into an unbelievable deal.
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Old 02-03-11, 09:11 PM   #12
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My stable would be complete with randyjawa's Bianchi, but I don't have that kind of money layin' around to spend on a bike. So I have to wait till I can find one like that for myself in a dump somewhere.
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Old 02-03-11, 09:23 PM   #13
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I should be elated with the 4.5 C&V road bikes I have along with a couple of old MTBs... considering that I had 1 bike(MTB) less than a year ago. If I hadnt stumbled across this forum, I'd be happily ogling over one bike(probably a run of the mill 80s Trek).

Now I find myself reading about someone here every day that just scored a Merckx.. or a De Rosa.. or a Paramount.. etc.. I thought when I got my Titan, that was the high mark for me... not so.
I'm looking forward to getting my PSV10 finished.. and I'm working on another purchase.

I will probably sell last years favorite when the market gets better, just so I can fund a better bike or project. I hope to own a top tier bicycle within the next couple of years. Patience and money are all it takes. All of the bikes I have were paid for by flipping other project C&V bikes. For that, I have this forum and you people to thank.

Heres to hoping for a good season of fixing up and selling

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Old 02-03-11, 09:29 PM   #14
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I'm quite happy with what I currently have. There are two bikes I'd like to own, something old (30's-50's) lever activated d/rs etc and something either new (custom built to me) or Italian. If I never find bikes that fit those requirements, I'll continue being very happy
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Old 02-03-11, 10:02 PM   #15
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Though I voted "somewhat," that's just because I enjoy collecting and looking too much to feel that I need just a couple more. I really like all the frames I have waiting in queue, each for different reasons.
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Currently my collection stands at 22 and I like everything I have but there are only 4 that I absolutely wouldn't trade away for something else. I'm too poor at the moment to be actively searching for anything but if the right "something" came along it'd be open season. Of course, the "something" in question would have to be a '60s Falcon, Hetchins, Condor, Masi, etc. so I don't have much to worry about.
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If you asked me I'd say I'm very satisfied and quite fortunate, but I voted "somewhat" because There's more than just one or two that I wouldn't mind snagging
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I voted "Very" since I am extremely pleased with what I have. There is nothing that I am desperately wanting, although I wouldn't mind trying out a few bikes. The early 70's Gitane TDF and perhaps an Italian bike come to mind.
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I voted very as well.

I like everything in my stable currently. My issue is that my stable in limited in size. When all current projects are done I'll most likely have to make a decision and thin by one. That will be difficult and heartbreaking.

Oh heck....

Currently:

'72/73 Fuji Newest
'80 Fuji America
'84 Fuji Touring Series III
'88 Fuji Tiara

In the queue:

'72 Fuji Finest (recently acquired from nlerner as an extended frameset)
'88 Fuji Opus IV (currently in Salem, MA getting a repaint and fresh application of NOS factory decals)

The Newest, America, and Opus IV will be permanent stable mates. It would take an act of the Almighty to wrest them from me.

The other three are more negotiable although I can't make a judgement about the Finest yet. I anticipate will will be a fine machine and may make it to the permanant stable.

I'm limited to about five so I'm about to the point where an addition would have to be a major upgrade.
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I'm very satisfied...but...that's always a fleeting thing.

Unless you close your mind and your eyes and your ears to the discussions that abound here, and the multitude of avenues that exist for finding bikes on offer, you will find another and you will want it.

The problem is that there are soooo many cool/interesting/rare/beautiful/whatever bikes...one could never possibly own them all...but we keep trying...don't we???

I am trying to set limits and have been actively walking away from things...but...I already bought the Lemond this year (meh) and have ordered a custom S3 crossbike. Nonetheless...what happens when the perfect curly Hetchins, or Kirk Terraplane, or Hors Categorie, or Primato, or Masi, or Gazelle Exception, or...ad nauseum presents itself?

What is one to do...
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I'm creeping from somewhat to very. I'd like to nab a large high end production bike to have a full spread of sizes (23"/24"/25") so I can see what I gravitate towards.

Past that, there is one bike that I think is just pure awesome, the early 1980s Team/FullPro Miyata.

It would also be nice to add an "elite" bike to the fleet, if my small for me Paramount doesn't already qualify. If it doesn't just drop in my lap, I'll have to figure out what I want. As of right now, I'm leaning towards an oversized tube machine like a Primato or Paramount OS.

But the act of searching itself is fun, so, as they say, the plan is the first casualty of war.
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I'm satisfied with my road bikes, I don't plan on more steel bikes, anyway. I would happily take on a modern CF ride like the S-Works Tarmac, Cannondale SuperSix, Scott Addict, or Fuji SST 2.0. Want I really want right now, is a Santa Cruz Superlight, Scott Spark, or Specialized Epic and a Specialized Crux or similar cross bike.
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3 more grails and I will be content. Late 1930s Frejus, early 1940s Bianchi Folgare and a 1950s Bianchi Sport. A Cinelli Laser pista would be nice but I don't need to get greedy. ;-)
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Old 02-04-11, 07:37 AM   #24
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Hello, my name is Aaron and I'm a bike-a-holic.

I don't know why I would possibly still look for other bikes, I have everything I've ever wanted and then some...but I find myself still interested. Why? I can't even ride all the bikes I own...and the more bikes I have the less I actually seem to ride (though some of that is undoubtedly increased work load and married life). I told myself one more...just a 1970s De Rosa with panto, or an anniversary model...but I found myself bidding on a drop dead gorgeous Peter Mooney (thank God I didn't reach reserve). The week before I was scoping the Specturm that Picchio ended up with. I don't need them...I have a bike of that level...but I seem to jump at good deals on bikes I like just because they're good deals. I'm too picky to be considered a hoarder...and I let things go...but there's definitely something compulsive going on.

After getting that Marnati, and not even being able to ride it yet, it shouldn't even occur to me to check ebay. The flip/economics angle shouldn't matter either, I always used flips to buy other bikes and I don't need any more. I make enough at work where I don't have to be trolling ebay and CL...but there I am...compulsively trolling CL and ebay.
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I voted "very." I have everything I need. I don't need more. I need to ride these ones more, and sell the ones I don't need.

Now, would someone please explain why I'm still looking at frames &c on ebay?
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