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Old 09-02-06, 06:42 PM   #1
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If you had just 1 bike

If you could have just 1 bike what would it be? I ask because while I was looking over my inventory of bikes 2 road, 2 MTB and 3 framesets with enough parts to build several more. I thought what am I doing with all those bikes. So, I asked myself if I could just keep one what would it be?

For me it would be my Waterford RSE-11. I can put on fenders a rack and 3 water bottle cages. It has enough room to fit 700 x 37 tires also. It isn't light but very functional.

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Old 09-02-06, 06:45 PM   #3
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If I had to choose amongst what I already own, it would have to be my Diamondback Sorrento. If I could choose one of any bike, I would get a nice, steel cyclocross bike.
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Old 09-02-06, 06:53 PM   #4
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If I had to choose amongst what I already own, it would have to be my Diamondback Sorrento. If I could choose one of any bike, I would get a nice, steel cyclocross bike.
My feelings exactly. That is pretty much what my RSE-11 is. It has a slightly lower BB than a true cross bike but the wide stays and canti brake mounts make it a versatile bike. Right now it has a Veloce/Mirage triple with barcons. Originally, I wanted an Ultegra triple in 9 speed. I might still change it over.

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Old 09-02-06, 08:01 PM   #5
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If I only had one bike it would probably be a long haul tour bike, like my old Bob Jackson. My current "stable" is about 10-12 bikes, but that includes "the collection" I have a weakness for utility bikes and English 3spds.

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Old 09-02-06, 08:18 PM   #6
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Something I could set up different ways for different purposes. Possibly an older steel, rigid MTB.
Maybe something like the new A. Homer Hilson from Rivendell.
http://www.ahomerhilsen.com/index.php?c=Photos
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I've dropped down to one bike and it's a road bike. You might not need to get rid of all but one, lose one mtb and one road bike and you'll already have more room. And hang the frame sets on the wall, heh.
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Something I could set up different ways for different purposes. Possibly an older steel, rigid MTB.
Maybe something like the new A. Homer Hilson from Rivendell.
http://www.ahomerhilsen.com/index.php?c=Photos
I'm glad they finally got that on the web. **** the haters, I love Rivendell.
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Something I could set up different ways for different purposes. Possibly an older steel, rigid MTB.
Hmmmmmm. You mean like my Project 7?
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It'll definitely be a CX bike for me as well....
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it would be like trying to decide if you could keep just one of your kids
couldnt do it
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Only one? Well, the one I have now then (inexpensive old rigid MTB). I wouldn't ride anything more expensive around town due to theft problems.

If I didn't have to take theft into consideration, then a decent touring or CX bike.
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A bike designed for "loaded" touring, such as my Centurion Pro Tour. With light weight narrow tires, it feels similar to a light-weight "racing" bike. With fenders, racks, and saddle bags, it is a SUV. With wider tires, it can handle many dirt trails just as wheel as a "mountain bike". A "go anywhere", "do anything" sort of bike.
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Old 09-02-06, 09:57 PM   #14
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You know this is an impossible question, right?

I love all my childern equally. So there.
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All your children...nice.

Easy question for me: Santa Cruz Blur LT. I made the mistake of test riding that bike after I had basically already settle on my Kona, but I wanted to try something really nice anyways. It was heavenly. It had just as much squish, but pedaling it felt way more like a hardtail. Too bad the build I demoed also cost $2200 more than the bike I actually bought.

But I would still miss the others if they were gone.
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If I was reduced down to one bike, I would keep my Cross Check and not just because it's new either. It is literally a bike that can be used for everything... commuting, touring, road riding, hitting the trails. I wouldn't be so keen to have it locked up places though.
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I'd probably get a Fuji Cross Pro and use that.
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Glad, I do not have that problem. I like my race bike. But only one bike. It would be a semi sleek-touring bike with semi wide tires. That would allow it my kinds of riding. Want it to be as sleek as possible, yet able to carry weight for touring or commuting.
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well, if I had to have just one bike I'd have to give one to each of my 3 sisters, and each of my 3 brothers, each of my 3 neices and my 3 nephews and tell them all they had to keep them at my house...then I'd still have to have a yard sale to get rid of the other 6 and the trike......oh, and the spare parts too
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well, if I had to have just one bike I'd have to give one to each of my 3 sisters, and each of my 3 brothers, each of my 3 neices and my 3 nephews and tell them all they had to keep them at my house...then I'd still have to have a yard sale to get rid of the other 6 and the trike......oh, and the spare parts too
Man, I thought that I was sick. You have the disease bad. When money is low and you can't justify a new bike, do you find yourself buying parts just because you have to get your weekly bike fix? LOL That's kind of what I do. I just bought an old Raliegh Technium MTB for the Deore 7 speed group. The guy said the parts were mint, they were. Originally, I was going to sell the frame to help defray the cost of the group. The frame looked so nice I repacked all the bearings and tuned the bike up. Now, I have another bike sitting in the garage that I don't ride.

My wife is so patient. If I was her, I would have kicked my *ss out of the house a long time ago.

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Any bike set up like this........

http://www.antbikemike.com/images/Bi...ter/BR1big.jpg

Is the one to keep as your "only" bike.
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It'll definitely be a CX bike for me as well....
Agreed. Cyclocross bikes are a great combination of near-road-bike geometry and MTB toughness. A MTB will do better off road, and a road bike will go faster. But a cross bike goes faster on the road than a MTB, but it doesn't have that road bike fragility. A cross bike can also take practical urban tires (try getting Nokkian studded tires on a road bike), and it can handle a rack and panniers more easily than a road bike.

Road bikes are perfect if you have a car driving behind you that can instantly fix or replace anything that goes wrong.

Edit: A touring bike has a lot of the good features of the cross bike. But since I already have a Surly Cross Check, I'd stick with that.

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