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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-18-06, 08:45 AM   #1
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How many bikes is too many?

Well, I was wondering how many bikes people own... I've got a few, and was wondering how is too many..
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Old 10-18-06, 08:50 AM   #2
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I have 5 bikes. Theres still space for about 15 more in the garage, and I'm not broke yet.
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Old 10-18-06, 08:54 AM   #3
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i've slimmed down to 8 running bikes, and my wife is at 2, and soon to be 3... but this was the amount of running bikes at my house when my friend scott lived with me:


these photos are a product of when it snows too much and you can't go ride and boredom has really set in...

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Old 10-18-06, 08:55 AM   #4
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Once you have two bikes that serve the same purpose, you have more than you need. If you have one that I want to buy, you have too many.
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Old 10-18-06, 08:56 AM   #5
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I'm currently at 5 running bikes and 3-4 in pieces
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Maximum desirable number of bikes = N+1, where N = Current number of bikes.
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Old 10-18-06, 10:08 AM   #7
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Use this simple formula:

garage length x garage width + number of cars
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your age + 10

Anything more than that would be ridiculous
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Old 10-18-06, 10:11 AM   #8
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I've got one fixie and one ss mtb in running condition for myself. I've also got a Raleigh Chopper circa the early 70s that is in poor but running condition. There are my kids' bikes which come to 4 or 5. There are also 6 frames (2 road, 3 mtb and 1 cruiser). I also gave my wife's cousin a complete mtb minus tires and a cassette. But, I'm always on the lookout for more.
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Old 10-18-06, 12:02 PM   #9
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I say as many as you can stash away in your apartment / home. I currently have 6 running bikes, 3 frames and lots of parts.

I'm all about redundancy - I have 2 commuter bikes, I rode the one that didnt have a rear flat tire this morning. Too lazy to fix that **** when I have a working bike I can ride.
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Old 10-18-06, 12:40 PM   #10
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Use this simple formula:

garage length x garage width + number of cars
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your age + 10

Anything more than that would be ridiculous

According to your formula. prior to moving out of the house I shared with my wife I was entitled to 13.3 bikes. Now that I live in an apartment and don't own a car even one bike would be ridiculous. How does owning more cars make owning more bikes LESS ridiculous?

In reality I've cut down from 5 to 3 due mostly to storage space, but 3 is the number I prefer. I just usually can't seem to keep it down to 3 since there is always another bike I'd like to own.

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... if you have to store one outside, you have too many. As long as the bikes fit into your apartment/house/palace and you have acces to your bed & computer, you're golden.
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I have 1 track, 1 SS MTB, 1 Fixed conversion(full fenders rain ride).

My girl has 1 fixed, 1 SS.

5 bikes in a 1 bedroom apt. Not fun.
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Old 10-18-06, 12:49 PM   #13
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... if you have to store one outside, you have too many. As long as the bikes fit into your apartment/house/palace and you have acces to your bed & computer, you're golden.
I don't HAVE to, but I always store my beater bike outside. That's what beaters are for. Especially winter beaters.
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uncountably many
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One sweet@ss road bike that I race and train on

A cross bike that can be turned into a race bike, mountain bike, SS/fixie, and a touring bike.

A KHS urban X for riding around the city.
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Old 10-18-06, 01:05 PM   #16
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3, two of which are vying for my free time to be made rideable again.
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I have eight, and no, it is not too many.

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I don't HAVE to, but I always store my beater bike outside. That's what beaters are for. Especially winter beaters.
don't you have a heart?
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You can never be too rich, too skinny, have too small a cell phone or too many bikes.
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don't you have a heart?
it's probably better for it to stay outside during the winter since cold should ****** rusting.

Relevant to the OP, does anyone else see it as at least a little bit contrary to the fixed gear / singlespeed spirit to have a massive array of bikes?
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Thats sort of what I was wondering, but then I find myself with 15 of them... I have more rides than ice cubes in my refrigerator
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i think the problem is not that you have too many bikes but that you have far too few ice cubes.
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I always just based it on how many backup rolls of TP I had in the house.
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i've slimmed down to 8 running bikes, and my wife is at 2, and soon to be 3... but this was the amount of running bikes at my house when my friend scott lived with me:


these photos are a product of when it snows too much and you can't go ride and boredom has really set in...

Get those bike outta that snow!!! it kills be to see those bikes stored out doors... I hope that isn't a all the time setup..
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Four and I've been fighting off an attack of bike lust for the past month as the thoughts of a custom mountain frame with a Rhollof hub roll around in my head.
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