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Old 03-26-11, 05:12 AM   #1
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Could you have a monogamous thing for just one bike?

Because so many of you tell about your several bikes, I've often wondered who here has just one bike. And if you do have several, do you have that one, special, sweet bike that you would be perfectly happy with for all your rides?

I have just one: My lovely "Lady Xizang" - a GT Xizang mountain bike that I bought new in 1995. I've turned down others. On occasion, I'll ride my girlfriend's bike when checking out something she's having trouble with. But I really don't feel a need to have any other bikes, be it road, utility, touring, etc.

Recently, I've been performing subtle little modifications in adapting Lady Xizang to suit my maturing body and changing riding style. New riser stem and handlebars to allow for a little more upright stance in the saddle. New saddle and a new set of touring wheels with touring tires (Marathon Plus 26x1.5 on Mavic xc/719-XTR wheels). New custom rear rack and Ortlieb panniers.

What can you tell us? You have a one-single preference? Has your riding changed over the recent past? How? And are you modifying your favorite bike to accommodate?

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xizangstan, In the context of your thread, I have a small harem. If I had to have just one bike, it'd be the mountain bike.

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xizangstan, I'm curious. Given some of your previous posts in the past, is this "bicycle relationship" your only monagamous relationship, or perhaps you are a "serial monogamist" in the rest of your life?

For me, being mongamist in real-life for almost 50 years now, my bicycles are my only opportunity for a non-monogamous relationship!! I'll keep it that way.
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Old 03-26-11, 06:51 AM   #5
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I'd like to see a picture of your special bike with her new wheels.

I believe she was the top of the line in her day, was she not?
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Old 03-26-11, 07:03 AM   #6
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I have 4 road bikes, one is a touring bike, and a mountain bike but I ride the Gunnar road bike most of the time. One of the road bikes is on loan and one of the others is sitting without a rear wheel. The touring bike hasn't been ridden in 4 years.
I'm too much of a slacker to maintain several bikes and even let the main ride get kinda run down before I do anything to it.
btw, I never get emotional about bikes, cars, or other machines and never give them names or human atributes.
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Old 03-26-11, 07:19 AM   #7
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Velophilanderer here.... With a heart of gold, I do love each member of the harem of course.
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Old 03-26-11, 07:39 AM   #8
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Long term and loyal relationship with a bike? Yes. Monogamous? No way. I like to do too many different kinds of things with bikes and there is no bike that would do them all.
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I recently sold a bike that I owned for 38 years, She was a noob and I was a teenager when we met.

If I had to be monogamous with one bike it would be a titanium Cyclocross bike for year-around all-weather riding. The bike would also allow for light touring. The bike would fit studded tires in the winter, Cyclocross tires for trails, comfortable road tires for century events and race tires for fast group rides. I would need two sets of wheels.

But having several bikes is better.

Right now my goal is to have a Cyclocross bike for winter use, light touring and trails. A good quality but mass produced vintage bike with fenders as a rain bike for anytime the pavement is damp. A fast long-distance bike for century rides.

Yep, three bikes would do it.

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OK, here's what to do:

Ride just one bike faithfully for a long time. Continually tell your wife how much you love that bike. Then one day out of the blue tell your wife: "I'm thinking about getting another bike. The one that I have just isn't doing enough for me."

Then post back and let us know what happens.
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Right now my goal is to have a Cyclocross bike for winter use, light touring and trails. A good quality but mass produced vintage bike with fenders as a rain bike for anytime the pavement is damp. A fast long-distance bike for century rides.

Yep, three bikes would do it.
But you would still be lacking a full suspension MTB, a hardtail 29er single speed, a loaded touring bike ....etc. ad nauseum.
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Old 03-26-11, 11:39 AM   #12
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Just one bike? Well, yes and no. I have for decades favored 2 "types" of bikes both being in the city/utility style. So for me it's the old English 3 speed or the American Cruiser.

Both of these bike light my fire and make me comfortable when I ride.
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Old 03-26-11, 12:01 PM   #13
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I need at least three bikes: a fairly fast fair weather road bike (my Bianchi), an ATB (my Schwinn), and a commuter/shopper/beater (my Peugeot). It is also fun to have a classy-looking, albeit updated, classic (Capo #1) and an all-original "faded glory" classic (Capo #2), but these are "extras."
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Old 03-26-11, 12:19 PM   #14
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In 1974 I bought a Peugeot with the biggest frame they sold. I didn't quite fit, but I rode it a LOT for the next 30 years. At that time I was getting signals from my other half that things were not going well with the marriage of 26 years and I started to lust - for bikes and touring and...

I bought a custom Arvon-built expedition bike and rode it across northern Australia. Returning, ... my lovely wife said we should go to Europe and ... so I bought a Greenspeed GTO for her to use. The trip never happened, and now I will use the GTO across Australia this June-August. No pleasing the ex - now there is separation and ...

OTOH, bikes are like dogs: they go with me whenever and wherever. They are faithful, and put up with all of my idiosyncracies.

I have 3 bikes and am now lusting for another custom built that I can carry in a bag with shoulder straps (folder-type with 20" wheels and a IGH). I cannot do that with the Arvon-built, nor with the GTO. Nuff said - bikes are fun, and don't cost as much as my ex did. AKA "low maintenance" is what bikes mean to me
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Old 03-26-11, 01:11 PM   #15
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Denver - You seem to have figured me out. I've been married 3 times (one at a time) and have had a number of girlfriends. I'm living with a very sweet lady right now.

Most recently, I've owned a new Pontiac TransAm and at the same time a Hummer H1. I sold both of them and I bought a new white Dodge Ram 4x4 extended cab pickup truck.

So I've played the field a bit, you might say.

But with bikes, I got lucky. I've tried 'quickies' with lots of other guys' bikes, and even spent a couple days with others. No need to make my petite little beauty queen jealous. She does it all for me!

(I can't get arrested if she's only 16, can I?)

And yes, I'll take some photos of her for you guys to drool over.
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Old 03-26-11, 01:23 PM   #16
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Monogamist relationship with a bike?

Yeah right!!

Maybe if I found a bike that treats me as special as my wife does, well, ...then maybe... Nah!
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Yup...right here.

I've tried the multiple-bike thing, never got beyond 2. The last 'extra' bike was fall of '06, about the same time I sold the last car. Since then, I have had just one bike, and I have no reason to think it'll change any time soon.

And when that one beautiful, faithful, dependable bike is no longer able to take me for rides -- essentially, when it dies -- I will acquire ONE bike again, and be faithful to it.

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My grandfather told of a story about the Kirgiz. Apparently back then, a young man started out with an old wife, because that was all he could afford. And as he became more mature and prosperous, he could afford more wives, succeedingly younger and more beautiful.

Apparently, in my life, that applies to bicycles.
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My grandfather told of a story about the Kirgiz. Apparently back then, a young man started out with an old wife, because that was all he could afford. And as he became more mature and prosperous, he could afford more wives, succeedingly younger and more beautiful.

Apparently, in my life, that applies to bicycles.
Good one!

I have a number of different bikes, and use them for different things. I recently shipped my 1987 Jamis Explorer which I've loved since 1987 to my nephew in Hawaii. All other bikes come and go easily. I've had to change out my bikes as I've developed arthritis in my hands. My Trek Lime is an automatic 3 speed with really comfy handlebars - no shifting pain. This gets me to Publix and around town now. I hate to give up on MTB so I've gotten a couple with rapid fire shifters - had to lift the handlebars a little higher so not all the weight is on my arms/hands. And of course, the beach cruisers for beach riding.

I have 6 vehicles, a Miata, 2 minivans, a jeep, a ram 2500 conversion van and a classic red 1989 convertible with 26,000 miles. They also each have their own "style" and use.

I've been with the same guy for 22 years. Never been married - I am a commitment phobe. Fortunately you can't shop craigslist for a good deal on a different model guy or I might have a stable full of them - one for each occasion.
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Just one? No way.

Now, I'm not like these other biking playboys who have to have the latest and greatest velo idea to add to their ever increasing stable. But, I admit that I have more than 1 steed and I could not live without them. (well, maybe I could stand to let the Haro and the Nishiki go and probably will someday. Soon.)

I have my Orbea for road riding.
I have my Hei-Hei for off road riding.

I split my time equally between the 2 and I'm in domestic bliss.

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If my wife didn't mind me having a mistress or two, i'd probably have them. However she does, and if I did, my life insurance policy would have been paid off a long time ago.
The bikes don't seen to care if I ride one or the other. And are ok if I ignore them for a bit. But they do sign a siren song if I leave them hanging for too long.
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OK, here's what to do:

Ride just one bike faithfully for a long time. Continually tell your wife how much you love that bike. Then one day out of the blue tell your wife: "I'm thinking about getting another bike. The one that I have just isn't doing enough for me."

Then post back and let us know what happens.
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I keep 8 of them in the basement. I try to spend time down there with them every day in the winter, tending to their needs. In decent weather I try to spend time outdoors with some of them but must admit I'm not always fair. They're getting older now and growing more beautiful as each day passes. Sometimes, at night, I even dream about some of them and have been known to visit during the wee hours...

...Wait a minute...are we talking about bikes???
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So the OP is pretty much telling us that he only has one style of ring? That's a sad thing.

What about road riding, tandem, offroad etc? Married 3 times? If you had a tandem, you'd still be with the first wife.
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xizangstan, In the context of your thread, I have a small harem. If I had to have just one bike, it'd be the mountain bike.

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Small harem, pifft. I am going for a Maharajah size harem of bicycles.
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