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If you could have only keep one of your bikes...

Old 03-14-12, 12:12 PM
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If you could have only keep one of your bikes...

Perhaps I'm still in the infatuation stage with my latest new steed, but it got me to thinking "if I could only keep one of by bikes, which one...". I'm the proud owner of a new CAADX 5 - my old cross bike (2005 Trek XO1) having been cruelly converted to a beater (still ridable but not the same) after being run over by a truck last summer. I don't ever remember my XO1 feeling this "natural" - even after thousands of miles. On my maiden voyage with the new CAADX, I kept up no problem (even put a hurting on some) with my A ride roadie buddies - even with the stock wheels / 35c cross tires. When I swapped in my American Classic Sprint 350 wheels, man, this bike has some racing blood. That it can be a functional cross bike, tourer, and commuter, is icing on the cake. It'll take fenders and rack and has clearance galore. I love the clean look of the new 105 shifters. Truely a jack of all trades, in my book. If I truely were forced to have to keep only one of my bikes, this would be the one - at least that's how I feel today

Feel free to comment on your favorite keeper or your dream "one bike to beat them all".
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my favorite bike is my titanium motobecane le champion SL road bike.

but if i could keep only one bike, it'd have to by my scott SUB 10 hybrid because it can do everything reasonably well. it's not as fast or fun to ride as my road bike, but the road bike doesn't do inclement weather, and as a daily bike commuter, i'd need to have an all around 4 season bike at an absolute minimum.
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I have a Gunnar Sport, a Surly Pacer, and a Bridgestone XO-2. If I had to keep only one, it would be the Bridgestone.

The Gunnar is a really nice bike. It's fast, light, has some utility capacity, and is beautiful. But it's too flashy to be my only bike. No way I'd lock it up outside the movie theater for three hours.

The Surly is also nice, but it's kind of a fair weather bike. It can't accomodate fenders with 700x28s, and has no rack eyelets. So it couldn't be my only bike.

The Bridgestone has a relaxed geometry, a front rack with Wald basket, a rear rack with panniers, 26 inch wheels with room for fat tires, and it's old enough and not flashy(sparkly purple paint with nicks) so I don't think it attracts attention.

Hope I never have to make that choice.
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Originally Posted by ephin
If you could have only keep one of your bikes...
Not possible. I'd rather give up something else, but keep at least two bikes.
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I recently built up an old steel MTB into an adventure tourer. If I could only have one bike, it'd be this one as it's the most versatile.
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ
Not possible. I'd rather give up something else, but keep at least two bikes.
Oh yeah. Multi and fg. Gotta have 'em both.
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Surly Cross Check with fenders and gears
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ
Not possible. I'd rather give up something else, but keep at least two bikes.
Originally Posted by nashcommguy
Oh yeah. Multi and fg. Gotta have 'em both.
Commuter/cargo bike and MTB MTB for fun and as a backup.
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noT sure i would go with the my commuter. I would keep my weekend bike. i can always find a cheap old road bike to fix and commute. There are great deals on Craigslist.
( only if you can work on your own bike . if not that would be too expensive to fix up )
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I cannot.
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I'd keep the Breezer. I could do without the rest of them.
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My Salsa Vaya

i used to think that a good old hardtail was the most versatile bike around, but I'm starting now to think that the Vaya is even more versatile.

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If I had to choose.... I would choose my Miyata 1400 over my Nishiki commuter/utility I would lose some carrying capacity and fenders are a tight fit...requiring come creativity./
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I would have to flip a coin between the Schwinn World Traveler and my Globe Vienna. Probably the Schwinn because I prefer steel over aluminum.
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It would have to be my Long Haul Trucker.

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It would have to be my Nishiki Sebring!

We've been together since 1986. We make such wonderful music together....

I could never forsake her!

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I love my CAADX Tiagra... it is light enough (21 lbs with pedals but no accessories) that I can maintain almost road bike speeds on it. This is the cheapest and probably ugliest and most fredly bike in my stable but if forced to choose only one to keep I would have a hard time not going with this one. It is my go to bike and I even use it for training in inclement weather.

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Old 03-14-12, 09:34 PM
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Duh, the Cross Check. It is not the best at anything but it can do everything.
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Easy choice for me. Surly Long Haul Trucker. It does everything I want to do with a bike (commute, tour, road rides, light off-road riding). It's not the best at anything, other than fully-loaded touring, but it's the only bike in my stable that can do everything at the moment
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I turned my Kuwahara Cascade into my dedicated touring bike last spring... it is my longest serving bike and has done it all from commuting to off road, to towing, and road rides. Has been a single speed, fixed gear, and now runs as an 18 speed.

Just swapped the Vx deraillers for first generation Cyclones too...



If I could keep two bikes I would keep it's sister... my Kuwahara Shasta. It has the same frame geometry and is set up for commuting and towing my trailers.
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This is tough I have some many bikes. I would have to say its my Windsor Shetland Mini Velo. Its not the most versatile bike I own although it does most things well, but ultimately its my favorite ride. It feels so right to get on that bike and go.

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Back in the mid 80's I brought over a Schwinn World Cruiser 10-speed from the states and was using it as a local commuter/recreational bike. I would love to still have it since it proved to be indestructible!

It was just like the bike below (photo found on the net), but I remember the logos being different... more subtle and unfortunately I didn't have a rack on mine.
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I haven't owned a car for about 9yrs now
if I could only have 1 bike; I'd choose my Big Dummy.
I've had the bike for 4 years now, worn out at least 2 groupos, on my 3rd wheelset, etc...
I've moved my belongings maybe 5 times, and have used it for a variety of bike related jobs.
gone touring on it, camping, errands, blah blah blah...

ya... Big Dummy
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I'm very impressed, Asana.

I find my road bike to offer the most comfortable riding position and that's the one I would keep.
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I'd keep my road bike, and then I'd have to walk to work during winter (no problem, only ca 3 km).
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