Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Directly above the center of the earth
Bikes: Varies by day
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How to develop self-control?
Since I've come back to cycling this year, I've began to notice the plethora of great bicycle deals that were previously off my radar screen. Since buying a new Electra Townie (since e-Bayed), and a new Kona Dew (since Boomer-Biked), I"ve been attracted to used bikes for their intrensic value. So far, I've bought a used Diamondback road bike (since e-Bayed), a used Trek MTB (stripped for parts), a used Panasonic 10-speed (which I plan to turn into a fix), a used Campy race bike (whoo-whoo!), and today I found a used Schwinn MTB for $10. The Schwinn has nice "V" brakes, nice cranks, and is clean. I forsee this trend continuing...
So, my question is: How many bikes are too many, and how does one resist the lure of a great deal? My stable has already exceeded the storage capacity of my front porch, and I've now got wheels, frames, and bikes stacked along the side of the house. I could clean out my garage and make that a shop/storage area, but sooner or later, a better deal will come along, and I'll have exceeded capacity again.
Is a "one of each type" plan a reasonable option, or should I just binge, limited only by the tolerance of my better half? I have the luxury of being able to spend about an hour and a half each day riding, so it is likely that the bikes will see use. I also enjoy the variety and have now obtained the tools I need to repair and modify the bikes I get.
How have youse gals and guys dealt with such? Thanks.