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Old 08-29-06, 08:43 PM   #1
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Do you own more than 1 bike?

I own a Trek 820 which I ride around here on our hilly Illinois roads. I dearly love that bike. I love it so much that I'm contemplating buying another, similar bike to have as a backup in case mine gets broken, even temporarily. I live an hour from the nearest bike shop so if my bike goes down I am inconvenienced. Or maybe I can buy a different style of bike to have some variety. The 820 is a mountain bike and I get off the pavement quite often. Maybe I could get a road bike or a ?. Any good ones in the $250 range? I'm not too knowledgeable about what alls out there.
Any of you all got back-up bikes in case one gets broken?
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Old 08-29-06, 09:41 PM   #2
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I've got four bikes I use regularly, but none are really backups, although I guess two of them could back each other up in a pinch.

1. Fixed gear winter/rain bike with fenders that I use for most commuting.

2. Carbon fiber Trek for road racing & training.

3. Aluminum Dolan for track racing & training.

4. Steel tandem for long weekend rides with girlfriend.

None of them are really practical for backing up any of the others. I've got a couple of additional track frames I could use if I bend the Dolan, and anytime I've trashed a commuter bike, I've usually pulled the racing bike into service.

But in reality, it's unlikely you will need a backup bike, since only something catastrophic will remove it from service, and this usually means you are also removed from service for long enough to get the insurance company to buy you a new bike.

However, what you will need is a spare set of wheels. You can never have too many wheels. If you're commuting to work, you will usually notice that one of the tires is flat just before you leave. So you just swap with a spare wheel, and you're gone. If there is just one part of your bike that I guarantee will break in the next year, it will be something in the wheels, like a puncture, a broken spoke, rim damage from falling into a pothole, brake pads wearing a crack into the rim, sidewalls on the Conti tire failing, etc.

So get that spare set of wheels pronto!

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Old 08-29-06, 09:45 PM   #3
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I now have two mountain bikes, my Schwinn and the Ross that my younger son recently outgrew. They are functionally interchangeable, except that I am VERY particular about where I park or leave the Schwinn, with its striking "steal me" team USA Paramount red-white-and-blue paint job. In contrast, I can lock and leave the Ross in almost any halfway decent neighborhood.

The road bikes are far less interchangeable, with the UO-8 serving as daily driver and beater, the twitchy Bianchi just for fair weather fun, and the 1959 Capo requiring protection of its near-pristine paint job.

Anyone who uses a bicycle for general transportation should have a beater like my UO-8.
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We (my two sons and I) have four suspension mountain bikes and three rigid fork bikes. I have two road bikes. (I also have several yard sale specials that I don't count.) The road bikes are a nice diversion from trail riding, but I always come back to the trail.
We have a Trek 820 and it is a reliable, fun bike. But for mountain trail riding, I moved up to a 05 Rockhopper late last year. There is no comparison. The Trek 820 is a great all around bike, but the Rockhopper is very much at home on the trail, easily outperforming the 820 at everything a mountain bike is supposed to do. Its not just me saying this. My 18 year old took the Rockhopper out for the first time about a month ago. When he returned from the trail, all he could say was "Wow, what a bike!".
If you are set on a Road bike and you're handy at bike repair, consider yard sales. I was amazed at the mid-priced bikes from the late 80's and early 90's that pop up every now and then. And there is always the old low end Schwinn or Raleigh Record that usually sells for about $10-20. I recently found a 86 Raleigh Technium 12 speed with really nice components. It's a nice smooth riding road bike, just add new tires and new front brake pads.
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Old 08-30-06, 03:10 AM   #5
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1.) all weather commuter bike
2.) mountain bike
3.) custom road bike
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Old 08-30-06, 04:29 AM   #6
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had 6 a couple of years ago so I sold the the cannondale and specialized Festina
i have 4 , 3 rideable now.
A Waterford 2200 853 lugged, my favorite all around road-racing machine.Majority of long rides on this bike
A 2006 model Trek Madone, very light and comfortable, I use this for hard fast rides and fast club rides.
1978 Specialized Allez team issue tange Road bike stripped down and soon to be re-painted and re-built.
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Old 08-30-06, 04:45 AM   #7
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I have 2 bikes
Trek 4500 mountain bike that I use to commute with.
And red Trek 2200 road bike that I use to impress the ladies especially when I got my tight fitting cycling cloths on.
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Old 08-30-06, 05:28 AM   #8
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My stable usually runs between two and four bikes. They're NEVER anything near the same. Most recently, I had a high-racer recumbent, a low-racer recumbent trike, a MTB and a touring bike. Just now, I'm down to the MTB and the tourer. Next week, who knows?
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Back up bikes are a great idea, but you should try and mix 'em.
I have a touring bike for commuting to work, a hardtail mtb for mtb'ing, a road bike and 2 old mtb's with fenders for winter commuting and shopping trips. With a fleet that size, I can usually find something that works. Spring, summer and fall, they are all used for the occasional commute to work, but the winter bikes are for salty, cruddy, snowy roads that wreck nice bikes quickly.
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1. 80s Bianchi xcross bike
2. Fuji World touring bike
3. Rigid MTB
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Old 08-30-06, 07:18 AM   #11
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Seriously, not my basement..... I own:
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Old 08-30-06, 07:24 AM   #12
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I usually have eight or ten bikes at any given time. I have a mix of road, mountain, comfort and a tandem. Most came from yard sales. My daily rider is Marin Palisade Trail that I built up on a frame with all new componets. My go to beater bike is a Coast King Ventura that I found in the trash down the street, All I did was clean it up and put air in the tires. It was a twelve speed , but someone converted it to a three speed shimano hub. Great for spinning around town on errands, post office etc and slow spin on recovery days.
I would recomend anyone learn all you can about bikes , get a repair manual and a few tools, hit some sales and you will never be bikeless. I boycott fossil fuels all I can. When there are too many bikes here I sell some off and start over again.
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In addition to my Kettler, European commuter bike, I have a Specialized Crossroads hybrid (with lights and fenders added) and my wife's Nishiki road bike (with toe clips, lugged steel frame, and downtube shifters). A backup bike is really a good deal -- gets rid of all downtime worries.

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My Stable...

Can be ridden with no work, or minimal work (adjustments, pedals etc):

1) 2003 Giant Sedona DX (Aluminum) suspension fork replaced with rigid
2) 1956 Schwinn Corvette (Steel) This winter project A, but ridable now
3) 1989 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman Master (Steel)
4) Early 1970's Sears 10 Speed (Steel)
5) early 1990s Raleigh MT-500 mountain bike (Aluminum) suspension fork replaced with rigid
6) 1973 Raleigh Sport ladies 3 speed (Steel) This winter project B, but ridable now
7) Late 1980's Bianchi Advantage Mixte (Steel)

#1 is my primary rider... #3 is slated to be when I get below 200 pounds...

The most expensive was the one I bought new (The Sedona) at $360. Lowest cost was free. Average cost $82.00, not including parts to fix them up...

Currently slated for decommissioning and stripping parts for the parts bin:

1) 1989 Cannondale touring bike (Aluminum)
2) Old Motobecane mixte frankenbike (Steel)
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Old 08-30-06, 07:49 AM   #15
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I have four bikes, and some backup parts:

Primary commuter is a touring bike frame, with fenders, generator hub and lighting, rear rack, fat tires, ugly
Fun bike is half the weight of the commuter, no fenders, 700C23 tires, very pretty
I spend most weekends in a city 100miles away from home, and keep a bike there for utility use.
I have a folding bike which I pack in a suitcase and bring with me when travelling.

In addition to the four bikes, I have a spare wheelset:
Rear wheel for the commuter mounted with a studded tire.
Spare front wheel.
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I ride in 3 locations, both road and XC, so I have a few bikes:

I keep a hybridized vintage Gitanne Professional Tour de France road bike at my daughter's house to ride when I visit

I commute year round in Toronto and use a Schwinn Sierra 700 GSX hybrid when warm, a dept. store MTB in the snow (usually lasts 1 season because of the salt)

At the cottage I have a Trek 730 Multitrack and a Trek 7.5fx for asphalt, a Marin Bobcat Trail for gravel roads and light trails, an Ellsworth Id for XC, and a Leon de Grance (?...picked it up at a lawn sale) custom build tri-bike for fun

Mrs. M. has a trail bike in Toronto, and a vintage roadie, hybrid, hardtail, and FS bike at the cottage as well
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I own a Trek 820 which I ride around here on our hilly Illinois roads. I dearly love that bike. I love it so much that I'm contemplating buying another, similar bike to have as a backup in case mine gets broken, even temporarily...
Any of you all got back-up bikes in case one gets broken?
err...
I have no backup bikes...
There's the : 'daily commuter', the 'daily roadie', the 'crit only', the 'day tourer', the 2nd 'day tourer' is becoming the new 'multi-day tourer', the 'vintage poseur' (yes, I do pose ocassionally ), the 'vintage racer' for those local events/courses when a Mack truck isn't sturdy enough, The 'purple bike' (can't be without...), the 'mtb', the 'trackie', the 'NJ roadie'. I should stop...
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You are asking that in a bike forum?
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I have two. A hybrid I ride with my wife on trails and in the neighbor hood, and a road bike I use for longer rides -20 to 40 miles.
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I have two: 2005 Specialized Sequoia Elite
Raleigh M-30 Mountain Bike
I havn't been on the Raleigh for four months because I now prefer the road bike but I guess I'll eventually use it as a "foul weather" bike.
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Seriously, not my basement..... I own:
Airborne, Carpe Diem (Titanium)
Bianchi, Reparto Corse CX (Steel)
Volae, Century (Steel)
LeMond, Tourmalet (steel)
Burly, Duet (steel)

So, which one of them steel bikes couldn't keep its pecker in its pants and spawned that bast_rd Airborne? BTW, can I have your address, just in case I am in the neighborhood and decide to drop in for a visit...probably while you are on vacation?
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I'd like to but no garage and limited space in the house. My Merlin will just have to suffice!
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1 inTX, 1 in Germany...1st time I've ever owned 2 bikes but that is a longer story
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I'd like to but no garage and limited space in the house. My Merlin will just have to suffice!
No excuse...

I have no garage, and live in a one bedroom apartment.

I have to make up for many years without a bike.
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So, which one of them steel bikes couldn't keep its pecker in its pants and spawned that bast_rd Airborne? BTW, can I have your address, just in case I am in the neighborhood and decide to drop in for a visit...probably while you are on vacation?
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