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View Poll Results: How may of your bikes are "ready" to go, like now?
All my bikes are ready to ride, and there's a lot.
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27.18%
All my bikes are ready to ride, because there's not a lot.
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25.24%
I'm lucky if half are not waiting on some repair or part.
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32.04%
I'm lucky if I have 2 riders out of the crowd.
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It's a percentage, not a number, and it's not good.
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How "ready" is your fleet?

Old 08-31-18, 07:15 PM
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How "ready" is your fleet?

Is part of your fleet never ready?
Is part of your fleet always ready?
Does that fluctuate wildly?
Do you just have too many bikes to make that happen?

Well, we're coming over. Be there in 15 minutes.
How many can we simply air up, adjust, lube, and go?

Tell us about it. For the purposes of this thread, size does not matter.

I have 8. Until today, 6 were rideable on a moment's notice.
1 is under restoration (long term)
1 is waiting for paint work (tedious touch-up)

Today, I had to rob a fork off of one, so now 5 are rideable,
1 is waiting on a fork.
1 is under restoration (long term)
1 is waiting for paint work (tedious touch-up)

Normally, most of my bikes are ready to roll.
I was feeling so good about it, too.

I'm still ready for 4 guests...
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Old 08-31-18, 07:22 PM
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Usually the bike I want to ride for the day will only need tires pumped and a quick wipe down. I'm picky in keeping them ride ready and they get dropped off for repair when i notice an issue..

I rotate 5 bikes so i plan accordingly which one to ride.
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My regular riders are good to go with air and maybe chain lube. That's 10. Add four more that would require a quick once-over and maybe a tweak.

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Old 08-31-18, 07:49 PM
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I try to keep mine all ready to go. It helps that I just recently got done taking out one after the other until I got through them all.

So currently 27 bikes, although the little Circuit probably shouldn't count. Too small for me.





1 bike currently has a rear flat but will be fixed tomorrow as my oldest son will be borrowing it. Orbea Cabestany





1 bike in the shop getting a new headset. Ironman Expert





1 bike can be used as is but is slated for a new aero bar setup that I have on hand. It's an old "funny bike" style and I haven't been on it since the wreck this spring were I jacked up the shoulder. Prologue TT





Everything else is ready to go. Top off tires, put on lights and saddle bag, and roll.


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1 bike can be used as is but is slated for a new aero bar setup that I have on hand. It's an old "funny bike" style and I haven't been on it since the wreck this spring were I jacked up the shoulder. Prologue TT





Sorry, but that thing could never be ridden.

You don't have the right answer for me on the poll. If you had "over 50%, but there are a few in the project stage", I'd pick that one.
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All 3 are ready to roll.
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Ditto, @seedsbelize. Three owned, three ready.
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i only have 4, but ready to ride for sure.
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Old 08-31-18, 08:28 PM
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8 bikes, and all are currently ready to go.

This is relatively easy to do because I tend to buy a bike and keep it. Sometimes the bikes end up on the workstand because something broke (i.e. SunTour Cyclone GT pulley tension spring) or because I'm making a rare change to a bike (such as installing a SunXCD clone of the TA Cyclotouriste crank on the Hetchins to get some lower gears).

You'd think that this gets a bit boring, but I ride about 8000 miles/year, so there's always a chain that needs to be cleaned, tire that needs to be replaced, etc.

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I clicked the first choice, but fibbed a little. On any given day, all my bikes (about 20) are ready to go but at this moment, I am struggling to get unpacked from our move this summer and due to lack of time and equipment, a couple of bikes arenít quite ready for action. Iím also way behind on routine clean and lube for the stable.
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Something must be wrong with me... 13 frames, two ready. I almost find it more fun to take them apart vs putting them together.

I also never have enough time with two teenagers, a busy job and keeping up with the house & yard. No complaints though.

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I certainly have a "fleet", but it's as ready as McHale's Navy.
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I was noticing this morning that 6 of 14 needed some kind of attention. Technically, I'm less than 50% if you count the two frames hanging in the room off my garage. For a couple it's as little as properly adjusting the saddle after installing a seat post I recently bought. For others it's replacing parts that I appropriated to build one of the other bikes.
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I have 8 at the moment, they're all rideable and in perfect condition with one exception. I do make a distinction between the 5 bikes that are purely used for recreation, which are never put away dirty and are very carefully maintained, and the 3 transport bikes that I don't worry about keeping pristine. The one exception is transport bike #3 which is a frankenbike with some minor mechanical issues to sort out, but I've not bothered solving because it is rideable and the sorts of trips I take routinely have changed so I rarely want to use that bike, so it's a very low priority, plus I'm considering using that frame and its parts in a different kind of setup anyways.
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All four of my bikes are ready to roll. My daily rider is due a wash... but doesn't look bad. My back-up bike and I got caught in a down pour last week and needs washed.

We have real winter here. And whereas I ride year around... I ride much less in winter months. I like to watch cycling movies in the winter months... and wrench on bicycles in my man-cave. So in January or February I'll replace a chain or two, a set of tires, maybe some brake pads.... whatever might need replaced for next years cycling (I have a some wheel bearing re-packs planned too). But even then... I find minor repairs/adjustments or failed parts/accessories pop up from time-to-time. And I fix them as I find them.
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8 ready to go, 2 waiting on parts, 4 projects in the que.
None are guest bikes. I'm pretty twitchy about other peoples butts on my saddles. We can ride together, but bring your own weapon.
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Iím building a fleet, an international fleet. But as she stands, itís only a small squad for now.

I have three bikes to be exact, which includes two rolling machines, and one bare frame in the stand. This does not include another frame listed for sale, and one more which Iíve yet to decide what to do with. Of the three, weíve got international representation for the USA, England, and Italy.

The Ď84 Trek is grab and go! A totally smooth, trustworthy ride with no mechanical issues at all. Itíll see some hard work soon as I plan on it being my dedicated commuter this coming winter. Just needs a little outfitting.

The Ď72 Super Course is a slow frame up build that might continue through the winter. Iíve got the bb and a Stronglight 49d installed, and a Brooks Professional reserved on the shelf. The rest has yet to be figured out, including the fork.

And the Benotto, a 1979 Modelo 3000, rides just as it sits. Had it out earlier today in fact. It has mechanical issues however that inhibit itís full riding potential. Iíll most likely address those issues over the winter as well. Maybe sooner, but either way itíll eventually be a restoration. I am surprised though at how well itís ancient tubulars hold air!

My vision is to bring in two more. One French, and one Japanese. Each bike from the fleet can then serve a specific purpose by satisfying a specific riding style, and need. Iíve already got my eye on a Japanese prospect. Iím just hoping itís still available one month from now. *fingers crossed

But yea, to reiterate, two out of three current bikes roll out. One perfectly. One not so much. And one is not actually quite a bike (yet)! Room for two more, but even then I should really move out of the studio apartment, and rent a house 😂

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6* riders, 3 ready bar a lube and wipe down, 2 need minor tweaks and one needs a new front mech. I could probably have all 6 serviced and ready to go in a short morning.

*Carrť track bike not counted...
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I've got five complete bikes, two of which are ready to hop on and ride whenever. The other three have fallen out of favor, so they sit in the basement and wait. I'd sell them to streamline my collection and free up space, but am a little too lazy or attached to some of them to do it.
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5 bikes in the USA ready to roll, 2 frames to be built/rebuilt. Here in Cambodia my riders (5) are ready but one needs to be checked for grease and cables, including daily riders for 3 others, 2 bikes for my wife and 2 stored for others = 12 ready + 3 projects and one total rebuild.


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Parts stash


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2 to be built, 3 frames ???
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14 of 15 roadies ready (the last f&f arrived only a week ago = almost complete)
Tandem, mtb and beach cruiser also ready.

















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5 bikes in the USA ready to roll, 2 frames to be built/rebuilt. Here in Cambodia my riders (5) are ready but one needs to be checked for grease and cables, including daily riders for 3 others, 2 bikes for my wife and 2 stored for others = 12 ready + 3 projects and one total rebuild.
It raises the question, if these are considered incomplete bikes...

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...why aren't these?

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And here is a picture of my Cambodia bike shop

The 4 on the right side are my daily riders, the next 3, 1 hiding behind the XR-250 are daily riders of the kids who live here, 2 of the 3 on the left are for my wife and the orange one left front belongs to a young lady who just left to study in China for 2 years, the bikes on the back wall right to left is my 1x7 speed Gravel/city bike needs a tube, a 650b singlespeed step thru spare bike, 28/635ERTO 3 speed works needs cleaning, & 27" wheeled 3 speed project, Blue bike on the wall on left and the pink frame in the rafters are junk metal/wrecked bike to be recycled and the main project bike is a champagne 83 Gazelle frame, fork and rack that needs a new funky Gazelle opafeits bottom bracket. and it is top right in the rafters to the right of the fan. Of the 15 bikes, 2 cannot be ridden. Neither can the Honda XR-250, needs a head gasket.
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About thirty which are ready to go. Six projects, two of which are nearing completion and two more which are long-term.
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