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View Poll Results: What would your "only bike" be?
Road race bike
9.88%
Cyclocross/drop bar tourer
53.09%
Road hybrid
6.17%
City hybrid
13.58%
Hardtail MTB
11.11%
FS/downhill MTB
1.23%
BMX
0
0%
Folding bike
2.47%
Recumbent
2.47%
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What would your "only bike" be?

Old 03-16-12, 04:12 PM
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Hybrids remind me of those "crosstraining" shoes that came out in the 80s. They were too heavy to run in, not supportive enough for court sports, and too ugly to wear casually.
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I'd ride a road bike. Not a racing bike, not a touring bike or a cross bike, a proper road bike. Like a Soma Smoothie. Something I can put fenders and a rack on, with clearance for 28s.

I have a cross bike and a touring bike, and neither really suit me the way my Smoothie does. Just wish it were a size smaller...sigh.
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ
I could give up the MTB, maybe, just because it's the least used one, but I'd miss it.



Totally, hybrids were never my thing. I wouldn't consider one even for one second. They just don't serve any useful purpose as far I'm concerned. They don't work well as road bikes and they don't work well as mountain bikes. The position is way too upright to be practical. Besides, I'd rather ride a rigid MTB with slicks than a hybrid... oh, wait, I am actually riding one

I'd rather ride a 'bent than a hybrid
You must always think before you speak or act Adam, the Hybrid gods are listening....

Didn't you have this problem once before, Adam?
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Originally Posted by SlimRider
You must always think before you speak or act Adam, the Hybrid gods are listening....

Didn't you have this problem once before, Adam?
No, I don't know what you mean?
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Old 03-16-12, 05:43 PM
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I couldn't imagine only having one bike....
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If I had to be limited to one bike.. I'd probably be a cross bike like a Surly Crosscheck or assuming no long distance riding or racing then a Surly Big Dummy. Something I could haul groceries and run errands with.
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider
If I had to be limited to one bike.. a Surly Big Dummy. Something I could haul groceries and run errands with.
Same here, I voted cyclocross; even though I really like e my recumbent. However, if I had only one bike it would probably be a long tail bike of some sort.

. . . however, you can't take that on trips that involve the bus or train . . .

It comes down to the reality that bikes are very specialized, it is hard to pick just one . . . ok, a cyclocross.
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Originally Posted by Santaria
Only one bike?



with a second set of SS/FG wheels and a racing SS crank/BB combo.
This.
If I had to have only one, a monstercross would probably be the most versatile, with a couple wheelsets for xc trail, commuting/cx racing, and a narrower set for centuries and group rides.
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Ok, I gave it some thought. If I had to only have one bike, it would be a utility bike. The Trek Transport that will be in my garage in a month or two would fit the bill nicely. It isn't fast, but it is useful.
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I am about to pack up my life and go on an extended tour from China to London, I picked the tourer, but have butterfly handlebars.

I dont want to give up my cheap mountain bike with hard forks just yet though, I need it for getting around for the next few months....

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I picked cyclocross because it seems like a rather good all rounder: fast, sturdy, good on park trails, good on crummy beat up asphalt, carry stuff if it has mounts for a rack. My only problem is a personal one: I'm 5'2 on a tall day and it's tricky finding a frame small enough at a budget price. I'd also like disc brakes. In the meantime, I add a few more pennies to my bike fund jar each day.
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My choices are limited to start with:

1. My back issues preclude any rigid frames, even with suss posts.
2. I despise drop bars.
3. I dislike skinny tires.

FS/AM MTB.

I currently ride a Kona Coiler Supreme; heavy, yes; don't care, it's FUN! It can take whatever I'm capable of dishing out to it.

To pick a "one and only" bike, I'd snag a Santa Cruz Nomad, built up to my spec.
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ
No, I don't know what you mean?

Adam didn't listen to god in the Garden of Eden...

Never mind, just trying to add a little humor

PS.

I know, sometimes my humor can be dry and corny

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Originally Posted by SlimRider
Adam didn't listen to god in the Garden of Eden...

Never mind, just trying to add a little humor

PS.

I know, sometimes my humor can be dry and corny
Oh, I get it, sorry I'm usually slow to pick up religious references. I never think of myself as that Adam
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I picked city bike because that is about 85% of my riding. On streets an trails at slower speeds.
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The poll is a great idea. But I suggest someone put it in other forums ( road, folding, mountain) to see if there are group-specific biases.
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Originally Posted by profjmb
The poll is a great idea. But I suggest someone put it in other forums ( road, folding, mountain) to see if there are group-specific biases.
If someone wants to, that'd be fine with me. I figure that if there's any forum other than General Cycling that has a big variety of preferences, it's Commuting.
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