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...