Originally Posted by Speedo
Miles2go, if this isn't too personal a question, just how big is your fleet of bikes?
Hmmm. I've got a great neighborhood watch and home security gig going on so I suppose it isn't too personal.
Here are the touring bikes...
1) Thorn Nomad - 26" wheeled expedition touring, off to Alaska this year
2) Novara Safari - 26" wheeled expedition touring (hers), off to Alaska this year
3) Rocky Mountain Sherpa - 700c touring/commuter, hoping the 853 is more solid than some custom steel I've owned.
4) Cannondale T800 - 700c touring/commuter (hers), both #3 & #4 will be used for a CtC some year.
5) Bike Friday New World Tourist and trailer - folding tourer, great to fly with
6) Bike Friday New World Tourist and trailer - folding tourer (hers),
7) Klein Attitude Race and BOB trailer - mtb touring, divide tour some day, with panniers
8) Klein Attitude Comp and BOB trailer - mtb touring (hers), three bottle cage mounts on these frames
9) Bianchi Axis - rear rack capable day rider,
10) 1983 Trek 520 - rear rack capable day rider ("hers"), next to be replaced
11) BMW R1100S with System Cases and Helen2wheels bags,
12) BMW F650GS with System Cases and Helen2wheels bags (hers), Hey, they're touring bikes too.
For Sale soon: 13) Schwinn S[9 five].3 expedition touring capable old school mtb, was really too big for my wife and the Safari just replaced it.
As you can see, I'm not the least bit afraid of aluminum frames. We've been beating the crap out of those Kleins for 11 years and mine had a year or two of use already on it when I bought it.
I like having bikes dialed in for specific uses which probably comes from my long racing history. (Crit bikes, road race bikes, time trial bikes) I've been pushing to get this list filled out the way I want in the last year since I'm a year out from semi-retirement (42yo).
If I could only have one, you ask? A tough decision but it would have 26" wheels.