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Old 07-07-15, 02:18 PM
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Same here. Interesting but I've ridden hundreds of miles on the 5900 but it's been 3-4 years since.......I did some measuring and the bars were a little lower and also had a longer reach from the saddle. The way it was it felt really stretched out a lot more than my current setups. So, switched stems which should help but I'll still be about an inch lower in drop from saddle height to the bars.

It's also DuraAce and what I've been riding is Super Record 11sp or SRAM Red so I'm sure it will take a few miles for the shifting to become more instinctive.
I have about 35,000 miles on the Gunnar and 15,000 on the Seven. I always try to measure everything but it never comes out exactly the same

It took a while to figure out the reason the bars were "lower"on the Seven (even though they both have uncut steer tubes and the same stems) was the bottom bracket height, almost an inch lower on the Gunnar made the bars feel lower on the Seven.
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My wife wants me to sell the 2nd bike a specialized alliez but I put convertible pedals on it and bigger tires in case someone visiting wants to go for a ride. When I do support for her service groups charity ride I carry that bike so I can loan it out or loan out parts as needed. I have only had to loan a wheel so far but I would hate to see someones ride ruined. Bike does not get used much but It doesn't cost anything either.
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ok, but now you are talking about loaner bikes, not spare bikes...in addition to my 4 bikes, i have two loaner bikes.. but still, no spare bike.
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I drive 8 hours several times a year to ride in the Asheville area and always bring along a spare bike. I broke a rear wheel on one trip and, thank heaven, had a spare bike with me. If I hadn't I would have walked out of the bike shop with a new Trek Madone I couldn't afford but could put on my Visa..and it would have made sense to me at the time.
That happened to me once on vacation. On my first ride a flange on the rear wheel broke. I ended up buying a new set of wheels from the LBS in town. Small shop but they were great had them overnighted and set me up with a loaner until they arrived. I didn't miss a ride and got a great deal on a set of Mavic K10's
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ok, but now you are talking about loaner bikes, not spare bikes...in addition to my 4 bikes, i have two loaner bikes.. but still, no spare bike.
Can't you loan one to yourself in an emergency? I mean, what are friends for???
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"Spare" bike?

I have five bikes that fill various roles/duties. Any of them could be considered 'spare', but for which duty?

I have my trusty fender/rack-equipped '75 Fuji S-10S that I bought new and is my 'best friend' that has been relegated to a dedicated tourer, but I also have the Univega that I ride for 'faster' fair-weather rides, as well as a full-fendered MUTT (it may be a Raleigh mtb) that I use for crushed-stone rail-trails, the rusty/ugly Schwinn Woodlands that I use as a 'pit bike' at the dragstrip, and a garbage-picked Huffy for trips to the corner store. Many of these can be used for other purposes if needed, but each has their primary intended purpose, some better than others. So are those 'Spares'????
'75 Fuji S-10S bought new, 52k+ miles and still going!
'84 Univega Gran Tourismo
'84 Univega Viva Sport
'86 Miyata 710
'90 Schwinn Woodlands
Huffy MTB - for trips to corner store
MTB of questionable lineage aka 'Mutt Trail Bike'
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Old 07-07-15, 08:29 PM
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OK. I have three single bikes - two recumbents that I ride regularly and a Novara hybrid that I don't ride. The 'bents each serve as backup bike for the other and the hybrid I suppose is a loaner, as it was loaned out for a couple of years to my younger son.
I should probably be looking into acquiring a backup tandem...........................
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Old 07-08-15, 07:39 AM
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I've just gone from six bikes down to four. It was really hard selling my '82 Fuji Team and my '77 Fuji S-10S, but I am about to embark on full-time bike commuting, so my riding habits will change from recreational to utilitarian. I also sold my carbon racer, all to finance the commuter bike, which is now set up for its first official use on Friday.

Spare bikes? Only for commuting. My tourer can pull commuter duty fine. My fixed gear and my MTB are special purpose bikes that don't work very well for other uses.

Sigh. Life is full of changes...
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"Hello, my name is Paul. I am a bike addict." It's hard to imagine only having ONE bike. Call it what you will, a "spare" bike, "rain" bike, anything to hide the truth.

Thankfully I have a support group here at BF that helps me with my addiction.
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Old 07-08-15, 09:04 AM
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As everyone here, and elsewhere, already knows, I am strange. I have a single bike, my 2012 CAAD 10, it suits me, fits the bill (no pun intended) for my needs and riding. Maybe someday I'll be able to afford, or need, another bike, but not right now. And, this is not a whine fest, or a complaint, I have a nice bicycle and time to ride it, and after some scary times, I can and do ride it.

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I have beater bikes for the beater bikes to the best bikes.

rare collector bikes - only for special occasions, not to be left alone. Or mint condition nice bikes.
best bikes - no chance of rain predicted
next level - wet ground no rain predicted, (fenders and a beautiful bike)
next - chance of rain predicted, but not a downpour
next - flood conditions or heavy downpour
next - flooding, downpour, or locking up in a place where I want an ugly bike. Or to be put in
the pile on a ferry (scratches likely)

MTB no studded tires, but goes in snow
MTB always has studded tires on it for ice

Trike - just for rides with the dog.
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Old 07-08-15, 09:48 AM
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Two road bikes. My main ride is my Guru steel and my back up my Masi Gran Criterium AL w/CF fork and rear triangle.
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Old 07-12-15, 10:22 AM
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As a commuter, I have no choice but to have a backup bike.
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I have a road bike and a mountain bike to back up my gravel bike - depending on where I want to ride. The gravel bike is my go-to and "do everything" ride.
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Basically, the whole bottom row is currently rideable.
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I have a Pinarello paris with campy Chorus 10 speed drive train as my spare bike .
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Well I generally buy my bikes used, and that makes having a 'spare' quite affordable. If you have just one bicycle, well then your stuck if you have a mechanical issue.

Its personal preference. I like having spares, rather than hitting the wall as problems develop. OTOH if your one bike is of good quality, you probably could easily get along with one bike.

Vintage bikes are cheap generally, fun to work on and if space isn't an issue, then makes a lot of sense for an avid rec rider to have one. And it keeps those old great bikes preserved for those future riders who may appreciate them.
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I have several bikes but no "spares." (That is, like spare tires, stored away for an emergency or when the main one breaks down.) Each bike serves a purpose and gets some use.

I try to follow the Velominati Rules whenever possible. Rule no. 12: While the correct number of bikes to own is n+1 (of course), the minimum number is three bikes.
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My spare bike is my older vintage road bike - I ride it on my road rides if it's wet and I don't want to get my good bike dirty, I ride it to work if my commute bike is on the stand, I lend it to out of town friends who want to ride with me.
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No spare bikes. I have 5 bikes that I ride, three regularly.
My #1 ride is an 2013 Alchemy Xanthus with Campy 2013 Record.
The #2 ride is a 2006 Moots Compact just upgraded to 2015 Campy Chorus.
I have two extra wheelsets for them.
The #3 is actually my track bike, a Van Dessel Drag Strip Courage. Velodrome use only!
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Just bought my first "second" bike. I plan to use it as a backup to my primary ride, and maybe as a race bike one day. 2010 Fuji ACR 1.0 - BikePedia

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I ride about 4, and ride them interchangeably depending on mood and the type of riding. Each is a little different but each does exactly what it is designed to do. That's what I like about the variety and the quality of each.
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I ride a Rans V-REX & Trek 8.2DS
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Here is my "newest" spare:

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Hey, I'm looking for just a bike. I would ride that on our MUP all the time. I refuse to grow up. I would put clip in pedals on it, though.
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