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Old 02-07-12, 06:51 PM   #1
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Can you have to many bikes?

I found this in the road bike section and thought I would share it here.
I am referring to the picture of a house back yard #72
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...LLY-need/page3

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Old 02-07-12, 07:36 PM   #2
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I don't know. I would like to give it a try....
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The problem is that the yard isn't big enough.
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I live in a two bedroom apartment, which doesn't leave much room for bikes. I have but one at the moment, and am thoroughly entangled in the N+1 conundrum as we speak. Living in a small space may be prohibitive, but living alone gives me some options. I'm thinking of Craigslisting my dining room table to make room for a proper space to keep bikes. Never use it anyway, and I don't need anyone's approval to dispose of it.
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We have four. If I had room for more, I would have as many as I had room for.
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I found this in the road bike section and thought I would share it here.
I am referring to the picture of a house back yard #72
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...LLY-need/page3
I would guess in that whole mess there might be one frame worth putting on the road or trail for that matter. You see those kind of things listed on scambay every so often an usually nary a bid.

Can you have too many bikes? Heck ya, just ask my wife. Can your mate have too many shoes, dresses, clothes, jewelry, ect. Heck ya, just ask me!

Been working on a theory to supplement the N+1 formula. The formula to explain how bikes automatically fill the available space you own.
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Old 02-07-12, 09:32 PM   #7
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I don't believe there's such a thing as too many bikes.

I own 27 bikes. In addition to those there are four bikes here that belong to my daughters. Once they reclaim their bikes I'll most likely fill those voids quite quickly. There are also two or three project bikes kicking around in the garage and basement.

Too many bikes? Nah, not even close!!
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Old 02-07-12, 10:33 PM   #8
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Can you have too many bikes? Heck ya, just ask my wife. Can your mate have too many shoes, dresses, clothes, jewelry, ect. Heck ya, just ask me!
Heck, my wife has more jerseys, bike shoes, riding shorts, and gloves than I do! While I have more bikes than her, her bikes' aggregate value far exceeds mine. I think just the number of ski boots and bike shoes exceed the number of her dress shoes. What a dilemma
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I'm cool with a couple of bikes. Musical instruments are my weakness.
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bikes 7, Mandolins 8, guitar 1.
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Old 02-08-12, 05:56 AM   #11
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Bikes, 25; Trombones, 1; Vintage stereo systems w/ speakers, 15; Pickup trucks, 2 ... I might jus b uh redneck!
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I have 4 rideable bikes . I have several in various stages of completion for flipping . But I have been known to trade or sell all to get 1 truly great bike . My collection is improving very slowly .
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A man can never have too many bikes books or tools!!!!!!
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Phil85207, Once I built my touring bike and found that I really liked it, I sold the bikes it took the place of as part of a 2011 New Year's resolution.

I am the exception, I know.

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We all have a limit--and it's one more.
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I found I can fit 3 on my car rack at one time , so my limit is 3 .
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You should have as many bikes as you like...as long as they are ridden. Any bike owned, and not ridden within the last year, should be sold or given away.
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Old 02-08-12, 10:35 PM   #18
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"You should have as many bikes as you like...as long as they are ridden. Any bike owned, and not ridden within the last year, should be sold or given away."

I respectfully disagree. What a bogus idea.

I own a couple more modern bikes that see most usage. I also have an old Motobecane from my varsity days. Put in lots of miles back then and I purchased it new. Still looks fairly close to new. It still gets a ride every now again. Went for a decade without use however. Was stored and kept good. Looking at it brings back memories and riding it even just occasionally puts things in perspective.

I considered selling it a number of times. It was a serious bike, but not their top of the line at the time. I actually sold an old car to buy it back then(nearly an even trade). When I look at what it would sell for $100-150 tops, and how useful that is to me, I conclude having it around is worth at least that much to me. Wouldn't be to anyone else without the history hence the price it is worth to others versus me is quite asymmetrical. It isn't like a car requiring insurance, storing uses no real resources causes no cost other than a fairly small amount of space. In that context I consider your value that if not ridden in a year it should be sold as actually quite rude and insensitive. Let people make their own value. It need not and should not all be the same as yours. You have no appointment from on high as to whether or not a person keeps or sells a bike they own.
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^^^ you do realize that this whole thing is tongue in cheek I hope.

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If it is possible to have too many bikes, even if you did have too many, you would still need one more. N+1 overrules everything.
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Yes, I have too many bikes. At last count, I have 59. Slowly I'm lowering the number, but my new high travel job prevents me from working on them. I'm donating a Schwinn to the church this Sunday so that will help a little. At one time I thought it was really cool to own all these bikes, but it's really become a bit much.
More than half are road worthy and I use around 10 of them. I'd like to get it down to 20. That would be a fun number.
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I've found I can only ride one at a time, so therefore it is necessary to have 8 bikes. No, maybe 9. Aw shoot, I forget now how many I've got.
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Not counting the stationary exerciser, just six right now, but getting ready to spring for another, (a folder for foreign travel). My lady friend just doesn't understand why I keep them inside the house and not in the garage. Well, I usually visit her and rarely entertain her at my place, so it really isn't a problem.
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Yes, it is possible to have too many bikes! But one can never have too many wheels!

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It's important to have one from each era, genre and milepost. I am looking for a pre-pnuematic safety (1886 or so) and a bone shaker.
I will need a carbon bike at some point also but I will wait for electric/hydro/socially integrated "milepost". My sig shows a few but i also have BMX, trials and two DH bikes.

Here is my oldest and newest (and a 'tweener just for fun)


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