I'll always have my folder as a backup bike. It serves as a backup to the backup bike, right now.
I can turn it into a half bike to save space when not in use.
One should always have at least two bikes, IMO.
All my bikes are beater bikes.
the worst looking one still has really nice parts.
Last edited by fietsbob; 12-25-13 at 04:55 PM.
I try to always have redundancy in everything! You never know, keep two.
Assume nothing; Question everything
My primary bike is expensive and the local bike stores do not stock a similar bike so it would be several weeks to order a replacement and get it fitted.
The backup bike gives me peace of mind and keeps me from making excuses to not ride. My knee insists on a particular geometry and fitting so it took a while to get the backup dialed in despite purchasing a frame very similar to the good bike's measurements.
As a backup I put cheaper components on it and can experiment with different gearing. I can also cannibalize the backup while replacement parts for the good bike are on order.
It' easier to find good prices if you're not in a big hurry.
I find that I have to use the backup bike periodically to make sure there are no problems... don't want to be in a situation where you really need the backup and find that there is a problem that would take a bit of time to solve...
I have four bikes, and access to two more. The other two are family members, but would be suitable to get me to work in a pinch.
one of my bikes is kept on a trainer (during this time of year) and though it would take me to work I wouldn't want to leave it locked up for fear of losing it or even scratching it on the rack.
i have a wal mart fat bike I have taken to work, but is not a good choice for such use.
A single speed Lotus that has been an ongoing project (this is my beater) and just today got updated. I may take this to work on a regular on warmer dryer days.
My usual is a 24 speed hybrid that currently boasts nokian w240 tires; they are not too slow at all. Very worth the weight if the chance of ice exists. That granny gear really makes the hills seem like no big deal.
I wouldn't mind having a second 24 speed hybrid as a backup, but I don't want another bike (yet).
I will add that I travel with two spare tubes, patch kit, spare tire, and backup chain just in case I brake the PC-870 I have on now with maybe 3000 miles on it. I think I'm more likely to have a power link failure than a link break.