Like several of us here--I have a multitude of bikes. I am now looking at those bikes and wondering why I have them. Only a few of those bikes are used nowadays so there are several that I doubt I will ever use again so what to do with them.
I started on mountain bikes way back in 1990 but in 2006 I decided to give Road riding a try. Did not want to commit myself too much Financially so got a lowly Giant OCR3. Not a bad bike but a decent set of wheels and a few minor component changes and I eventually found out that this was the way my riding was going to be. Holiday in France that year was arranged to be in the Alpes and I climbed my first Mountain on it. I managed it but it definitely got me thinking about my future cycling. The body was slowing down and the offroad enduros were getting a bit too hard so I decided that road riding was my future. Back Home and a call into the LBS for N+1. Sorted it and that lowly OCR now had a companion in a Custom build on a Boreas Ignis Aluminium Frame. Just over 15lbs of joy but The price was correspondingly high to go with it. The OCR was going to be kept as a Foul weather bike till 4 months later and I cycled to the LBS in a rain storm and 40mph winds.
The shop owner offered me a very good deal on a Mountain bike. XT drive train- Good lightweight forks- Hope Disc brakes- in fact everything that a year before I would have jumped at. But I told him that if I was going to get a new bike- it was going to be a road bike to replace the OCR. 30 minutes later and I had ordered a custom build up on a Giant TCR-C frame at a very good price.
That was the last bike I bought for me but since then I have gained a Giant Trance full suspension beast in exchange for the Giant FCR 1 that I bought for my son-in-law so that I could get the TCR back into my use. He also now likes road riding. My old Kona Explosif has been rebuilt so another good bike to ride- but Offroad.
The only bikes I ride are Boreas and the TCR and occasionally the Tandem and the Bianchi for offroad. 4 Bikes that are regularly used so why Do I have a further 5 Ridable bikes in the shed that are never used and a futher 5 that need a bit of work done on them to get sensible and safe.
So currently the Explosif and the Trance are being checked over to get rid off. The OCR is ready to go now and the GT Talera just needs new tyres. Then there are the 4 other "Projects" that will need a bit of work before they can go.
So I will be cutting myself back to just 4 bikes sometime this year.
I may be getting rid of a few bikes this year- but the good side in that N+1 will still exist in this household. I will then have enough space for me to get the CX bike that I have been thinking about for the last year. And by that time- I reckon that the Grandchildren may be needing a bike or two aswell.
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These are the 4 I am keeping But I definitely need more room in the bike shed.