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Old 09-27-11, 05:21 AM   #1
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Owners of Multiple Bicycles

I have several bikes (about to get 2 more) so I'm throwing these questions to those who own more than 2 bicycles. How do you manage to use all your bikes? Are the bikes part of a collection and are there any garage queens?
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Old 09-27-11, 05:46 AM   #2
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I have four, at present. The FG/SS gets used for pootling around town, going to the pub etc. and for hill repeats when I want to do some interval training. The tourer gets used for touring, obviously, and about once a week for carrying groceries. The roubaix-style carbon road bike is the most heavily used, especially for long distance rides and sometimes for light touring - if I'm only going to be away two or three nights and am not camping I can get all I need into a saddlebag. The more aggressive carbon road bike - a Giant TCR - gets used when I want to keep up on group rides and now that I am entering my second childhood, will from next spring be used for racing.

I don't have much trouble giving them all a fair bit of use, my mileage this year will probably top 10,000. I have to keep stopping myself from going out and buying a CX bike. I really don't need one...
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Old 09-27-11, 06:03 AM   #3
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We ride the tandem most evenings and on long, flattish rides.
I ride my titanium on hillier rides and longer rides.
My touring bicycle is new to the pack and has been used for some short evening rides and a ride on a rail trail ... a surface I wouldn't take the titanium on.
My Giant usually rides the trainer, but can be used on the road if the titanium is undergoing repairs.
My mountain bike will be used on the gravel roads around here, but it needs a bit of work.
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Old 09-27-11, 06:03 AM   #4
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I've got 5 bikes. I put most of my miles on 2, the rest are older bikes that I take out when inspired.
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Old 09-27-11, 06:11 AM   #5
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I have 7 bikes, my wife has 4 and we have no problem using them all. I don't really have a hangar queen, but I do have lots of spare parts and an old italian bianchi frame that I can't decide whether to rebuild or sell.
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I ride the latest and greatest most often by far. The previous latest and greatest hasn't been ridden in quite awhile but may come into play if I have to relocate temporarily for work. The third bike back is my rain/slush bike.
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Old 09-27-11, 07:33 AM   #7
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I've got 5 bikes. I put most of my miles on 2, the rest are older bikes that I take out when inspired.
This.. I have six bikes, my wife has six, plus we have a tandem. This year we've mostly been riding our 700x35 hybrids and our 26 inch comfort bikes. It just worked out that way, (people we've rode with this year, etc). Last year we did more road riding and vintage rides so we rode those bikes. Last year we used the tandem alot, this year, not so much. Our mtbs have become our guest bikes this year.
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So far I have reduced the number to 3 bikes from a high of 8. My Miyata is on a trainer which my wife and I use during bad weather. I use the Bianchi in light rain because it has fenders. I use the Mixte only on cloudless days as it doesn't have fenders yet. Both have rear racks so I can easily transfer my panniers onto either bike. I guess I am like some of you who use a bike depending on how you feel that day.
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Old 09-27-11, 09:34 AM   #9
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I have three that are ride-able.
One is for pulling the kid around on the trail-a-bike (franken-bike cobbled together from bits of old mountain bikes).
One is my main commuter and general all-around bike (Surly LHT).
One is for group rides and long and/or fast solo rides (Felt z90).

I have four bikes in the basement that need work. Three of them were curbside finds, and one is my old recumbent.
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Even though they're all geared pretty much the same, they all feel different . If I'm doing a REALLY hilly ride, or need to carry a bunch of stuff, I'll grab a triple. Really bad roads? Bigger ,softer tires. No mercy training on the Viner singlespeed. Cadence work with a corncob freewheel. The Bianchi makes me feel like Fausto Coppi. And , of course, I have at least ONE that has good old track pedals for when I don't feel like walking funny...
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Four bikes:
1) Single Speed - primary commuter and around town bike
2) Surly LHT - touring, gravel, trailer towing, and I'm going to use it for a 'cross race (I know, I know)
3) Long-wheelbase recumbent - used to be my primary bike, but it's now relegated to when my neck issues flare up
4) Dahon folding bike - travelling and loaner bike

I still need:
Mountain bike
Fast road/brevet bike
Dedicated gravel bike
Longtail Cargo bike
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Old 09-27-11, 10:31 AM   #12
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Four bikes:
1) Single Speed - primary commuter and around town bike
2) Surly LHT - touring, gravel, trailer towing, and I'm going to use it for a 'cross race (I know, I know)
3) Long-wheelbase recumbent - used to be my primary bike, but it's now relegated to when my neck issues flare up
4) Dahon folding bike - travelling and loaner bike

I still need:
Mountain bike
Fast road/brevet bike
Dedicated gravel bike
Longtail Cargo bike
And...Why do we feel that we NEED these things, Mr. Crowell?.....
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I own four bicycles. My Giant Innova is parked by the door for easy access. My Nishiki Sebring hangs on the wall locked. My Trek 7.5FX is in the laundry room unlocked standing with the assistance of a kickstand. My Raleigh Grand Prix is locked to the steering wheel of an old car that's locked inside of my garage.

The next few bikes that I'll need are as follows:

1) Surly LHT

2) Cannondale CAAD 10 5 105

3) Jamis - Bosanova

4) Bike Friday NWT

5) Xtracycle

6) Surly - Pugsley

That's it!

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I have three.
1) Specialized hardrock mtb: I ride with my 8 year old son on this bike and ride it during winter. It is relatively unused and I plan to re-purpose it as a xtracycle.
2) Specialized Tarmac: I ride this most of the time when the weather is nice.
3) Salsa casserole FG: winter fun ride and bad weather bike. I am working on the BB and as such it is not seeing any road time. However, I love riding it.
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Old 09-27-11, 11:22 AM   #15
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bikes i could just hop on and ride (maybe have to air up the tires)? 5-8. of those i mostly ride two stretch cruisers around the neighborhood or downtown on the river bike path. that also includes a fairly serious trek that's hung on the wall so long i'd have to see if the tires will still hold air, a couple of bikes i built for family but i still have in my garage, a schwinn varsity i picked up last fall and just still have, and a faux fixie city type bike i just don't ride much.

in total? i don't know. i have a lot of bikes that are experiments and ideas (they left the alt bike door open and i'm wandering around 'til they come with the straight jacket). i might be able to ride them but they're imcompleat (maybe brakes and/or gears not hooked up), just not practical (like gravity bikes) or something built for a purpose that might be rideable but not useable.
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And...Why do we feel that we NEED these things, Mr. Crowell?.....
I know what I need.
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Old 09-27-11, 11:38 AM   #17
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Actually right now all three of my older bikes are hangar queens. One has a flat, one has a bad tire, and one has a BB knock.
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I realized the other day I'm a collector/cyclist I have 2 vintage 3 speeds I love but never ride, a Le Mans that I restored/updated that seems to be a garage queen now... my touring bike is awaiting spring and for now my coaster bomber bike and I ride the roads and my trail beater for everything else... the peugeot doesn't count because it's basically a frame now.. not even sure I want to do anything with it. Framesets that you happen to have the rest of the components for don't count in this I hope?
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Old 09-27-11, 12:11 PM   #19
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I only have three, and one (the Trek) is probably on its way out:

Trek 1500 road bike (ca. 1990 except for frame, rear derailleur and brake levers, all of which have been replaced over the years)
Fisher Marlin mountain bike (currently running 1.5" street tires)
Cannondale Synapse Alloy 5 road bike

While I'd love a hi-zoot racing bike like a nice Pinarello or something just for the flash, it hain't gonna happen. The only N+1 I can realistically see getting sometime is a bike that's more suitable to fast city riding/commuting/errands. Maybe something from Salsa, or if I win the lottery, a Hampsten Special/Zucchera.

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some I just cannot part with , short of parting them out ,
reversing the piece at a time process I used to build them.

Touring bike and a road bike and a cross bike, largely similar drive trains
friction shift , freewheel hubs.
one which sits with the studded tires mounted , so I just have to
charge the light battery and pump up the tires.. when there is a freeze up.

Though have 2 Bromptons, friend who wanted the older one had medical bills to pay instead.
so will sell one ,
newest Bike friday Pocket Llama.. just wish it had a Kickstand..
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I know what I need.
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A) Trek mountain bike that is my favorite bike ever.
B) Specialized Crossroads hybrid (from the early 90's). I am going to put a rear rack and fenders on it and make that bike my dedicated commuter bike.
C) I also have an old Murray cruiser bike that, that has to be from the 70's, and is in great shape and fun to ride. I hold out hope that my wife will ride that one and join me more often. The weather has to be perfect, yada yada yada...
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One fair weather hybrid commuter.
One bad weather MTB commuter.
So far.
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4 rideable right now:

Race bike
Neo-retro race bike
Geared CX bike
SSCX

They've all been ridden within the last week.
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