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Old 07-27-14, 06:50 AM   #26
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I have four that I classify as: road/fun, long commute/also pretty fun, short commute/all weather/can feel the weight a little, and a mountain bike. The middle two have racks, the first could work in a pinch with a backpack. First three are '84, '84, '8?.

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Old 07-27-14, 06:52 AM   #27
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Several bikes here, the backup of choice is a 17 year old mt bike. I use it during very rainy days as well
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Old 07-27-14, 07:37 AM   #28
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I have 3 bikes that I could commute on but only one is my primary commuter.

Primary commuter is a Ground Up Designs Ti cyclocross bike, the main reason this is my main commuter is I have a rack on it (I hate backpacks) and I still have 9 speed drivetrain on it so drivetrain consumables are very cheap to replace.

My mountain bike which I commute on occasionally is a Borealis Yampa set up 29+. I would commute on this a lot more if I was willing to put a rack on it and if 1x11 drivetrain parts were not so freakin expensive to replace when they wear out.

My last bike I occasionally commute on is my Xtracycle. This usually comes out for special occasions when I need to haul something into work or bring an extra bike home from work. It is also very durable and has inexpensive drivetrain to replace but I prefer how quick the other two bikes are for my daily ride into work.
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Old 07-27-14, 07:39 AM   #29
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I got a beater from good will. An 87 I believe specialized street stomper, I've posted it in the drop bar conversion thread as I'd like to do drops...Considering trekking bars to keep it a beater (investment wise).
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Old 07-27-14, 08:43 AM   #30
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I commute and do almost all other riding on my crosscheck. My backup bike is my other bike, a GT hardtail, fairly old, like 10+years I think. Bought a matching his/hers pair of them off CL, so my wife & I have the same bike (different sizes). I absolutely hate when I have to ride it to work though, the knobby tires and the mushy fork! More often I ride it to work because there's a group trail ride at lunch.
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Old 07-27-14, 09:22 AM   #31
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How many on this list have a back-up bike for when your normal ride goes down for repairs? If you have second bike, what is it and how old is that bike?
I have 7 bikes that can be used for commuting but the more important question is: Why is your normal ride "down" for repairs? Not one of my bikes is more than about 10 minutes (max) away from being ready to hit the road. If a problem crops up on one of my bikes, including flats, the bike is fixed before I put it on the hook in the garage. My home shop rivals the shop in most bike shops around here.
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Old 07-27-14, 09:36 AM   #32
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I have a road bike and a hybrid, but I also have a Trek 7.2 fx that I got on CL for way under value, that I use for guests. It's a great bike for beginners, and I've got a few people interested in cycling with it. It's too small for me but I do put it on the trainer in winter for exercise.

I originally got it for a quick resale to make a few bucks but decided to keep it for guests, and it's been a good decision.
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Old 07-27-14, 09:38 AM   #33
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Those are some beautiful bikes. They truly look optimized for different conditions. What bracket do you use to side mount your pumps?
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That's the standard mounting bracket that comes with the Topeak Road Morph G. It has screw holes to mount instead of a bottle cage, or you can zip-tie it anywhere else you like.

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Old 07-27-14, 10:04 AM   #34
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Why is your normal ride "down" for repairs? Not one of my bikes is more than about 10 minutes (max) away from being ready to hit the road. If a problem crops up on one of my bikes, including flats, the bike is fixed before I put it on the hook in the garage. My home shop rivals the shop in most bike shops around here.
That's the issue, exactly.

Bikes are simple machines that--with only a bit of training and experience--are remarkably easy to fix. More importantly, just paying a little attention and applying a little TLC and most problems are easy to prevent.

I'm by no means mechanically-inclined. I'm a bookworm. I work at a public library for heavens sake. And I'm not particularly fond of grease under my fingernails. Further, I live in a one-bedroom apartment that's smaller than the typical two-car garage. I keep two boxes of parts and tools on one shelf in my living credenza.

Yet, two of the three bikes I currently own (the Litespeed and the blue Ribble) I built-up myself from bare framesets--right in my living room. In the springtime, when I say I "desalinate" my bikes, it means they're stripped down to the frameset, cleaned and degreased, and reassembled. Again, right in my living room and kitchen. I learned as I went along, buying parts and tools as needed until I built a reasonable inventory of parts, tools, and skills.

The only tools I don't have are a headset press (don't need it) and a work stand (no room to keep it). My work stand is the coffee table, covered by an old shower curtain. Only once in eight years have I gotten grease on the couch. A little Resolve carpet cleaner got it right out.

So it's not at all difficult, even if you're not mechanically-inclined, or you don't have "proper" facilities.
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Old 07-27-14, 02:06 PM   #35
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I use my LHT for daily commutes, but also have a Giant Defy that I can use if I want to use a backpack. I also have a 1983 Fuji DelRey which could be used as a backup. I'm afraid the Giant and the Fuji don't get nearly enough love these days.
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Old 07-28-14, 11:09 AM   #36
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The only tools I don't have are a headset press (don't need it) and a work stand (no room to keep it). My work stand is the coffee table, covered by an old shower curtain.
I trust you know how to make DIY headset press/removal tools, in case someday you do need it; but that is so rarely needed, it's not a significant inconvenience to pop into an LBS and pay them $5 to pop a headset in/out for you.

For your coffee table/work stand, do you just put the bike upside down? I can imagine a coffee table with a removable center strip that you could drop your wheels down into, kind of like a bike rack...
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Old 07-28-14, 01:52 PM   #37
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I have three bikes. One is my fair weather road bike (2012 BH RC1) which I commute on and use for weekend rides, one is my rain bike (2014 Orbea Avant) for commuting in foul weather, and then a touring bike (2011 Bianchi Volpe) which I rarely use for commuting, but serves as yet another backup. I also ride the Bianchi if I will have to lock up to a bike rack somewhere. It's handy to have at least one backup, though having a fair weather and foul weather bike in the PNW is extra handy.
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Old 07-28-14, 01:58 PM   #38
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I have two bikes I use for commuting now. One is my old road bike, a felt F30, that used to be my only commuter. The other is a Specialized AWOL comp, my "new" commuter. The bike I ride any given day depends on the weather, my mood, my schedule, and if one is in the middle of maintenance, etc.

For example, both bikes were temporarily "out of service" at different times recently when I started doing some work on them but didn't have time to finish that day. Having a second bike gives me the option of letting it sit unfinished and still having a bike ready to ride.

I am a newbie when it comes to working on bikes so I am not fast at it, and I have to do it in the backyard typically, so limits when I can work. I did get a repair stand on sale recently which has made life easier. It really doesn't take up that much space when its folded up.

I also have 2 non-commuting bikes at home, an old beater that I ride on short trips around town, etc but not all the way to work, and a nice full suspension mountain bike that I wouldn't want to do my long commute on.
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Old 07-28-14, 06:07 PM   #39
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it's not a significant inconvenience to pop into an LBS and pay them $5 to pop a headset in/out for you.
That's exactly what I've done. Although it'll be less convenient in the future since the LBS across the street moved last month.

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For your coffee table/work stand, do you just put the bike upside down?
Yes, most of the time. I also have a little Sunlite stand that supports the bike by the bottom bracket (and the front wheel). It's supposed to be a display stand, but it works just fine for those few times I need the bike right-side-up and the rear wheel able to spin. The bike in the stand sits on top of the coffee table, so I can sit on the couch to spin the crank.



When I have to recable and re-wrap bars, the wall rack is the cat's meow. That first one on the left is just the right height for fishing cables through the levers and for wrapping bars. I take down the second bike so I can walk all the way around the one I'm working on.



When I'm transferring measurements from one bike to another after a change in fitting, front wheels fit just fine in the radiator under the window. Holds the bike up and steady, especially with the 28s on the commuters, but the 25s on the roadie work well too.
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Old 07-28-14, 08:05 PM   #40
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I have a backup bike, another backup bike, and another backup bike for my commuter bike.
I also have 2 road bikes and a mtn bike that could be decent conveyances if need be.

I have two old Novara Randonee touring frames that are built up as my regular commuter bikes. One has drop bars with 9sp Tiagra STIs, the other has flat bars and thumbshifters (soon to be trekking bars), both have fenders, rack, etc. I had both these frames powdercoated and matched to LHT forks and they look great.

I have a Salsa Vaya Ti touring bike I can certainly commute to work on (I park in my own office). I also have a Motobecane Fantom CXX (same as a Surly Crosscheck) set up as a commuter type bike.
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My home shop rivals the shop in most bike shops around here.
My bf has set himself up a nice bike shop of his own in our walk-out basement. He even has a shop quality repair stand ($150 bike swap score!) I think he can do everything except face a bottom bracket. We have 14 bikes in the house, and often another 1 or 2 of friends bike here for repair or tuneup.
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Old 07-28-14, 08:14 PM   #42
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I normally ride a mid 80's Medici and my favorite bike but my backup is a Trek 520 when I just want a relaxing ride or when the hills are too much for my Medici gearing.
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Old 07-29-14, 10:02 AM   #43
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i technically could ride my road bike if I had to ride. I would drive before i rode my mountain bike to work.
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Old 07-29-14, 10:57 AM   #44
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I have 3 bikes. The '94 Trek 1200 is my go-to everyday commuter. Recently it got a new rear cassette and new bar tape, so it's been treating me extra nice on the commute. If I want a change of pace though I ride the '96 Klein Pulse that I have. That hasn't been that frequent lately b/c I hate wearing a backpack in the summer, and it doesn't have a rear rack. I just put a Selle Anatomica on it as well. I also have a '00 or '01 Trek 820. I kind of treat it like my childhood BMX. I'll cruise the neighborhood, hop of curb cuts, and beat it up. That's about it. My quiver.
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Old 07-29-14, 11:43 AM   #45
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My main ride and commuter is a Novara Fusion, which has proven comfy and reliable over the past few years. On a couple occasions, I had to get it serviced or repaired, and resorted to riding my wife's Torker Trike to work. A fine ride, to be sure, but heavy and awkward if you're used to leaning into turns. A few months back, I picked up a folding Novara FlyBy on sale as a backup ride and for use when I have to get on the train or bus for whatever reason. Just in time, too, as my main ride was out of commission for about a week recently for some IGH problems.
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Old 08-01-14, 03:59 PM   #46
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I have a 2008 Dawes Haymaker I use exclusively for commuting and my Leader 515 for fun/long distance riding. I could use the 515 to commute, but I won't since I don't like getting it wet, dirty, or leaving it outside. So no backup bike for my commuter. Besides I have my car, the bus, or I can walk.
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Old 08-01-14, 04:54 PM   #47
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I commute exclusively on laminated bikes because I broke too many metal ones:

every day commuter A: orbea carpe-diem, ultegra compact/770 shifters, xt hydraulic dick brakes,
rain/spare commuter B: trek 7.9 (free frame), ultegra compact/770 shifters, front xt hydraulic, tektro rear,
training ride/hammer on a sunny day commuter C: taiwanese frame, ultegra compact/brifters, tektro brakes

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