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Old 04-04-07, 12:16 PM   #1
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Owning a mt bike and a road bike?

I wrote on here a while back about thinking I got sold the wrong bike. It was a Cannondale f400 and I wanted to commute to work. I do think that is sort of the wrong bike for that, but I happened to take my cannondale off road and now...well, I'm totally hooked! I still ride it to work, but now I also hit the trails at every opportunity.

That does not solve my problem of wanting to get further, faster. I live in the boonies and getting anywhere takes awhile, especially on a bike. I'm thinking that maybe I ought to buy a road bike for when I want to get somewhere on the pavement, but keep my mountain bike for trails and road rides where speed is not important.

I looked at a Giant OCR1..last years model for $800. I have the money, but wonder if I'm a fool for spending so much on bikes. I ride every day and simply cannot get enough of it. I just need to get further in a shorter amount of time.

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You are not a fool. You are just realizing that bikes are tools and for every job there is the correct tool.
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Lots of people on BF have multiple bikes, and the cliché is that the correct number of bikes to own is always n+1, where n=the number of bikes you already own.

If you want a road bike that doubles as a commuter, does that mean you want one that can hold a rack and fenders? I bought a used tour bike as my road bike/commuter, and that's how I have it set up.
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Just think of it like owning multiple pairs of shoes. You won't wear dress shoes for road biking and biking shoes for normal wear etc...
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I am just a slow fat chick and even I have two bikes.

My road bike is below(Fuji) and my MTB(Trek) is in my Avatar. If you love MTB'ing like I do, you just simply cannot have just one bike. And, the MTB really sucks on roads for anything more than a quick jaunt around the neighborhood.
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Old 04-04-07, 01:06 PM   #6
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well, I'm up to 1 road bike, 1 front suspension MTB and 1 no-suspension MTB.

and, I think I'm adding another road bike in the VERY near future - this time with a triple instead of just my current double. That one will be my mountain road bike.

So, no, nothing wrong with owning more than 1 - as stated above, different tools for different jobs/different playtimes.
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If you run out of room in the garage, kick the car out. If you run out of room in the garage a year later, kick the wife out and purchase a single bed. If you run out of room again, buy a new house.

Disclaimer: If my wife is reading this I am only kidding. The couch is not that comfortable.
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I have never heard of anybody ever having been arrested for owning too many bikes (I did not say having ) Cats...yes, Dogs....yes, Sheep...yes, bikes? Nope. FWIW there are currently 26 or so bikes at my place with fully half of them ridable with only 4 belonging to my wife Now I will admit to being an accumulator and hate to part with something once I get it. I also collect vintage British bikes. But I do ride all the ones I have that are currently ridable. Nothing wrong in my book with having more than one bike or even having a couple of the same type You just never know when you may need to take a friend riding with you

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IF you use a tool often, get a good one that's appropriate for the job.
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A fool for wanting more bikes? Bah.

Here's my breakdown:
1 high end road bike (I used to race with, now just do long rides on)
1 full-susp. xc bike (you have to have at least one mtb)
1 fully rigid, single speed mtb (grocery getter and part time commuter)
1 cyclocross bike (for cyclocross races when I get my lazy butt off the couch, main commuter, soon to be touring bike)
1 old steel bianchi road bike, slowly being turned into a fixie, just for the hell of it
1 smokin beach cruiser (for cruising to the pub and commuting when I feel like thumbing my nose at the wannabe hardcore commuting crowd).

I've already got my eye on a cheap lowrider since I don't have a lowrider, and since its cheap, why not get a lowrider.

I hope that helps.
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If you run out of room in the garage, kick the car out. If you run out of room in the garage a year later, kick the wife out and purchase a single bed. If you run out of room again, buy a new house.

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Yeah. What he said. Except the part about the couch. Every red blooded married guy knows that the couch is like camping.
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I have never heard of anybody ever having been arrested for owning too many bikes (I did not say having ) Cats...yes, Dogs....yes, Sheep...yes, bikes? Nope. FWIW there are currently 26 or so bikes at my place with fully half of them ridable with only 4 belonging to my wife Now I will admit to being an accumulator and hate to part with something once I get it. I also collect vintage British bikes. But I do ride all the ones I have that are currently ridable. Nothing wrong in my book with having more than one bike or even having a couple of the same type You just never know when you may need to take a friend riding with you

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crap, you've just inspiried me. In addition to the lowrider, a vintage British (or Dutch) three speed would be perfect.

BTW, do we have the same wife or something? Mine has four too.
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Special bikes for special purposes- But I cannot afford a Road Tandem- yet!!!

Incidentally- The giant is outside the 16'x10' bike shed that also contains 3 other bikes.
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Me:I'll take "Objects or actions that lead to divorce" for $200 Alex

Alex Trebeck: Answer. This vehicle is second only to adultery in causing marriages to fall apart.

Me: Err, what is a Tandem Mountain Bike?

Alex: Correct, for $200!
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Me:I'll take "Objects or actions that lead to divorce" for $200 Alex

Alex Trebeck: Answer. This vehicle is second only to adultery in causing marriages to fall apart.

Me: Err, what is a Tandem Mountain Bike?

Alex: Correct, for $200!
Thats Why I am in an all male team. The wife took one look at the Tandem and said No way
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crap, you've just inspiried me. In addition to the lowrider, a vintage British (or Dutch) three speed would be perfect.

BTW, do we have the same wife or something? Mine has four too.
Dunno, mine is about 5'-1" with dark brown hair and was a Piedmont Girl They got rolled up into USless Airways...

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I started like you, with a mountain bike. Then I bought a used Specialized Allez and really fell in love with road riding. Then I sold the Allez and bought a Bianchi Eros, did a pro fitting, upgraded lots of stuff, and got even deeper into riding. Then I rode a fixed gear bike and got into that, too.

If you have the money, go for it.
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Well, I see I asked this question in the right crowd

For the record I am a woman and just to make things crystal clear...I do NOT have a wife! Or a husband for that matter....well, I do, but that is just a technicality...never mind, you don't want to know.

Anyways....my deposit will hold that OCR1 until Sunday....

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How can you wait until Sunday? Go get it now and you'll have 3 more days of riding!
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I have the money, but wonder if I'm a fool for spending so much on bikes. I ride every day and simply cannot get enough of it.
ditto. i've purchased 3 bikes since last june.


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I have a small fleet. Just as I have a garage full of bikes, I also have a garage full of tools. Each has it's own purpose. You own more than one screwdriver?
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I'm a gal with 4 bikes (see list below)

road bike
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I've been simplifying my life, getting rid of stuff, but I just cannot decide which bike(s) would be the best one(s) to keep, so they all stay!
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I must be Imelda Marcos then.
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Get the road bike. Then pretty soon you'll find out you need to add a cruiser, a fixed gear, a cyclocrosser, a tri/TT bike, a tourer, etc.
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Me:I'll take "Objects or actions that lead to divorce" for $200 Alex

Alex Trebeck: Answer. This vehicle is second only to adultery in causing marriages to fall apart.

Me: Err, what is a Tandem Mountain Bike?

Alex: Correct, for $200!

If it were ONLY $200....(sigh)
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