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    My wife says I have too many bikes!

    I don’t comprehend what she is saying!?!?

    I joined the dark side last Friday! I have a brother that has been riding recumbents for years. I convinced another brother to buy a recumbent a year ago... I saw my recumbent on sale and tried to convince yet another brother who is having back surgery in two weeks that he needed to buy it; but he turned me down… so I bought it!

    ’07 Sun EZ-Rider SX – She’s a heavy beast but it’s still faster than any of my brothers!
    The rest of my collection is as follows:
    ‘96ish Giant 890 hard tail MTB; that has been retired to my campground/family ride bike
    ’04 Fuji Royal flat handle bar road bike that is my commuter
    ’87 Trek 660 road bike
    ’06 SE Draft single speed that I bought on a whim
    ’89 Burley duet tandem

    On a side note… She has 10 dogs!

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    You should have her committed immediately, she's obviously insane.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Could be worse. My father asked me " Just how bikes DO you have?" I told I didn't know; I wasn't sure. In a very loud voice he says "What do you mean you DON'T KNOW?" Well, I haven't counted them latley.
    Think it's down to 11 and I gave two away; one to my son and one for his lady. But hey, I only have two dogs! Next bike, a recumbent.

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    So give one of them to her for Mother's Day.
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    madhouse -- yup, i understand the name now!

    ten dogs... I like dogs, a LOT, but even I wouldn;t get ten of them. You just tell her that the
    sum cost of all your bikes is probably less over the years than all the dogfood combined for the
    same time, EXCLUDING the ridiculous vet visits. She may hate you for it, but it is the truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatA** View Post
    madhouse -- yup, i understand the name now!

    ten dogs... I like dogs, a LOT, but even I wouldn;t get ten of them. You just tell her that the
    sum cost of all your bikes is probably less over the years than all the dogfood combined for the
    same time, EXCLUDING the ridiculous vet visits. She may hate you for it, but it is the truth.
    That and 4 kids...

    There is no doubt that my bikes are a LOT cheaper... plus she has two bikes and her half of the tandem

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    Sounds like you need to buy her a recumbent too!

    Officially, you are one bike short. The correct number of bikes is n+1, with n being the number of bikes you currently own.

    I can live with lots of bikes cluttering up a spare room, but there is no way I could ever live with ten dogs. That is about 10 too many for me.
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    The only way I would put up with 10 dogs is if I was running a kennel for profit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    The only way I would put up with 10 dogs is if I was running a kennel for profit.
    That's the attempt... However, my commuting has saved more money that she has made.

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    Well, do you ride all of them? I have a stable of 3 right now, and I can see boosting it to 4 or 5 currently, as i'd like a folder and a smaller uni. Each is for a specific reason, and it's a nobrainer which I should use for any given situation.
    If you have bikes you never get around to riding because they don't do anything you actually do on any sort of reasonable basis better than the others, then that's a bike that would be perfect underneath someone else, be they family, friends, or a used bike purchaser.
    Current stable: Sun Atlas X-type (mine), Trek Navigator 3 (wife), two Sun Revolution cruisers (wife, daughter)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeZero View Post
    Well, do you ride all of them?
    Absolutely, they all get ridden and have a different purpose…

    The MTB is my family/recreation bike that weathers many storms on the back of the camper.
    The Trek is my vintage road bike that is my preferred ride for organized events and hammering
    The Fuji is my dedicated commuter that is fully equipped with lights/racks/fenders/mirrors
    The tandem has the kid stoker crank so I can go riding without a sitter, or fit a ride in and get junior to baseball
    The recumbent, leisurely riding with my slooooooww brothers
    The single speed… OK that was a whim

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    You know how Bicycling Magazine has a "Question of the Month" each issue--a few years ago the "Question of the Month" was How Many Bikes is too Many?

    The best response was:

    You should always be one bike short of a divorce.

    Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richbiker View Post
    You know how Bicycling Magazine has a "Question of the Month" each issue--a few years ago the "Question of the Month" was How Many Bikes is too Many?

    The best response was:

    You should always be one bike short of a divorce.

    Rich
    Happily divorced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhouse View Post
    I don’t comprehend what she is saying!?!?

    I joined the dark side last Friday! I have a brother that has been riding recumbents for years. I convinced another brother to buy a recumbent a year ago... I saw my recumbent on sale and tried to convince yet another brother who is having back surgery in two weeks that he needed to buy it; but he turned me down… so I bought it!

    ’07 Sun EZ-Rider SX – She’s a heavy beast but it’s still faster than any of my brothers!
    The rest of my collection is as follows:
    ‘96ish Giant 890 hard tail MTB; that has been retired to my campground/family ride bike
    ’04 Fuji Royal flat handle bar road bike that is my commuter
    ’87 Trek 660 road bike
    ’06 SE Draft single speed that I bought on a whim
    ’89 Burley duet tandem

    On a side note… She has 10 dogs!
    You need to add some lighter bikes to your stable. BTW, what kind of dogs are they? I wish my wife wanted more dogs.

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    Senior Member madhouse's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    You need to add some lighter bikes to your stable. BTW, what kind of dogs are they? I wish my wife wanted more dogs.
    All of my bikes have the same weight issue... the engine! I'd be better served loosing weight than spending money to lighten the load.

    To answer your question... Mostly Yorkshire Terriors with a Borzoi, Lab, Poodle, and Papion thrown into the mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhouse View Post
    All of my bikes have the same weight issue... the engine! I'd be better served loosing weight than spending money to lighten the load.

    To answer your question... Mostly Yorkshire Terriors with a Borzoi, Lab, Poodle, and Papion thrown into the mix.
    In that case, if your wife thinks you have too many bikes, you should get a friend to say how frugal you are. Just think of how much you've saved by getting bikes rather than a sports car.

    If I had 10 dogs, I think I'd want them all to be "exotic hybrids" -- preferably in the 70-100lb range. I think if you have put put up with a pack of Yorkshire Terriers, she owes you on the bike issue.

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