Multiple Bikes - Ideas re: gravel/dirt roads
I have four bikes and I'm struggling with how to make the most out of two of them, or whether I only need three bikes. Thought I would put this out there to hear how others have made their bikes either specific, or general duty machines. I'm not looking to get rid of a bike, or make space for say a fat bike (?), but thought I would toss this out there for discussion...thanks!
- 26" full suspension bike for typical singletrack. That's all I want it for...
- skinny tire road bike that I use only on roads (with the very odd dirt road when it's en route). Again, it's the typical road bike and I'm good with it.
- norco cross bike with avid bb7 and tiagra components. I use it as my winter bike with winter tires, and in the summer on gravel with clement mso tires. It is very versatile and has taken a beating and works well. It's a little heavy, but with nothing too good on her I don't mind riding it on wet, salty, snowy roads.
- masi steel frame bike I built up myself. It has a mix of shimano components, 32mm tires, tektro road brakes...it's the bike that can do road at a decent speed (between the road and cross bikes in terms of weight and efficiency), and can also do gravel if not too choppy or steep (not great tires for washed out, steep gravel roads). Clearance for slightly larger tires but not the mso tires I use on the norco. The bike is very comfortable. I a sentimental connection as it's the only bike I've ever built up.
Not an issue...though enough to get this post out of me, as I'm wondering how to get the most out of the norco and masi. Several options: winter vs summer gravel bike; slow vs fast (put lighter components on one of the bikes...but not sure this will benefit me); etc...