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Old 12-24-13, 08:40 PM   #26
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I only owned one bike for 9 years. I bought a road bike this past spring, and a new winter bike in October. I don't really have a beater bike though I guess I've got a backup now. I used to just have to get repairs done fast if I needed them.
Usually what I ride is my beater bike. The backup bike is my nice one.
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Old 12-24-13, 08:51 PM   #27
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My beaters... bikes I can lock up and not worry about (as much) since neither is rare and they did not cost much to buy or build up aside from the wheels I built for them.

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Old 12-25-13, 01:42 PM   #28
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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.
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Old 12-25-13, 02:39 PM   #29
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All my bikes are beater bikes.
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the worst looking one still has really nice parts.

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Old 12-25-13, 04:49 PM   #31
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I try to always have redundancy in everything! You never know, keep two.
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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.
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Old 12-29-13, 11:15 AM   #33
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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...
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Old 12-29-13, 06:17 PM   #34
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I recently decided to try and sell a beater bike. I have 2 of them. So I put and ad online for each of them and the plan was whichever one sells first, I keep the one that doesn't. But now, someone wants to buy both of them from me. This will leave me with my Trek 7.1FX as my only bike. I don't have any bus routes around here. I just gotta ask, how long is it possible for a completely car-free person to last without a secondary?
In my case, seven years...and I've only ever owned one bike at a time. This is mostly due to the fact that I'm an amateur bike mechanic and can do all of my own repairs. If you can't, then you at least need to be able to get your bike to your LBS without too much trouble. There are only two things that I can imagine that would rob you of your bike: mechanical failure or theft; being to able to do your own repairs solves the former, while bicycle insurance takes care of the latter. I have both and never worry about only owning a single steed.
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