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    Senior Member Trekathlete's Avatar
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    Optimum Number of Bikes

    I am starting to get into many different aspects of cycling and was thinking I might need like 4 bikes to do all the things I'd like to do with some efficiency.

    I race Triathlon, do some criteriums, Road Races, Mountain bike, and commute right now. I'd also like to get into some cross country travel and cyclocross races.

    I know that I could use a mountain bike for cyclocross and possibly cross country travel but it seems a little in efficient (slow and heavy). As of now I have a trek road bike which I use for my road races and commuting, a specialized Mt. Bike which I use for mt. biking and a cervelo P2 that I use for Triathlons.

    I have been trying to think about the best way to optimize without having a full garage full of bikes. I think a good cross bike could serve as the commuter, cross racing and cross country travel. Then I think I'd probably have to get rid of the Cervelo P2 and use the road bike in triathlons, which doesn't seem as aero or as fast. The mt. bike would be again just for the mountain trails around my area.

    Yea so anyways I was wondering how other people juggle all the different cycle sports or do you just get a bike for everyone of the sports?
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    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
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    Where N = current number of bikes, the optimum number of bikes is N+1.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    caloso you suggest 4 bikes then eh..
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    Everyone needs a CX bike.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekathlete View Post
    caloso you suggest 4 bikes then eh..
    I have a :

    * SWB recumbent (main bike)
    * Folding SWB recumbent (packable for trips)
    * LWB recumbent
    * 26" wheeled comfort bike
    * Regular folding bike

    Before moving, I had
    * Road bike
    * Mountain bike

    And this doesn't count my wife's bike, nor my kids bikes or trailers.

    N + 1, dude. N + 1.
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    i've got seven and i think that's enough.

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    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
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    In an ideal world, I would have a

    crit bike
    RR bike
    TT bike
    track bike
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    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    only limit is garage/bike storage, space.. And Money to spend..

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    10 is a good amount.

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    4 is good, one year I sold 13 to get down to 4. so yeah ... 4 is good
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    only limit is garage/bike storage, space.. And Money to spend..
    You forgot the most important element---a tolerant spouse.

    And don't ever make the mistake of bringing up the number of shoes she has as a counter argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
    i've got seven nine and i think that's enough.
    +1
    I'm not pokey, but I'm certainly not speedy... sorta half-fast, I guess...

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    My stable:
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    Those all span a pretty good riding spectrum individually without a ton of overlap, which I like(and my wallet/hubby does too).

    If I had unlimited money and garage space, I would have a regular Ti MTB full suspension, a cargo bike like a Big Dummy/Yuba Mondo for errands, a racing road/tri bike carbon fiber, and a cheap steel retro cruiser with a large front basket for beer runs/sandal Sunday meandering, and a BMX aluminum bike for jumps and messing around on dirt/ramps/picnic tables.

    I would rather have all that than the van parked in that garage space but the damn kids think I need a vehicle they can ride in. Boo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
    You forgot the most important element---a tolerant spouse.

    And don't ever make the mistake of bringing up the number of shoes she has as a counter argument.
    Oh I do use this argument!. And I include the number of purses she has as well.

    I can never have enough bikes.
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    My thoughts are:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    only limit is garage/bike storage, space.. And Money to spend..
    That

    Unfortunately I have more garage space than money
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    This seems about right for me:





    Of course my wife has started talking about *maybe* needing a road bike for her and how much she really likes Celeste.

    So, yeah, N+1 dude.... N+1.
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    Rowan and I currently have 15 between us with plans to get at least 2 more.

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    My family has a pile but I am starting to see an end for me...after I finish my cx build, a new road bike, and a tt bike. ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Where N = current number of bikes, the optimum number of bikes is N+1.
    Yup. I gather you are single as there is no mention of a tandem.
    Last edited by Clarabelle; 04-04-13 at 04:46 PM.

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    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarabelle View Post
    Yup. I gather you are single as there is no mention of a tandem.
    Nope. Married long enough to know that a tandem would put us on the path to divorce.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    I have about 10 bikes, I may have miscounted and missed 1 or 2, adding two this winter a Waterford and a Tern folder.
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    Man at first I thought 4 was the number till you guys showed your garage thats a little much for me but I do agree on four,, 1road ,1cruiser ,2 mountain,, I got 2 other ones but they got motors on them!!

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    What ever the number is at anyone time, plus one more of course

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    I built a new single speed French Fit out of spare parts yesterday, just so I could have one more...
    I'm not pokey, but I'm certainly not speedy... sorta half-fast, I guess...

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