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Old 09-06-15, 05:58 PM
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Do you sell your old bike or keep it?

Lots of new bike threads going on. I just purchased a 2016 Robaiux SL4 comp and for the very first time in my life I have a bike that fits me well. Had it for 3 days now and have 120 miles or so on it and wow!

I'm having a hard time letting go of my 08' Trek Madone. It never fit me that well and I needed to add a stem riser to accomodate my bad beck etc. But, It is light and fast and was my ride for the past 7 years, so there's an emotional attachment. I took pics of it and was about to post it on Craigslist when my wife talked me out of it. It is still in great shape.

So, when you buy a bike do you also get rid of one or do you keep accumulating?
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Old 09-06-15, 06:00 PM
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Sold my 2012 Madone 4.6c.. .too nice to let it sit in the garage.
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First I never want to have only one bike, if your main bike is in the shop or you have to wait on a part you have nothing to ride
I am happy with most of my keeper bikes, I went through my records,and my 4 keeper bikes have at least 50 miles. Yes I record every time I ride. I tend to have a fixer upper bike( or three) most of the time, as I like to tinker . Most of the time these are old bikes like Ross, Schwinn, Concord etc mid grade bikes I can't stomach going to scrap when with a little love they could be used again . Sometimes I rescue a Huffy or Murray or Roadmaster even. If it is a real one not a name only P.O.S. For years I sold them on craigslist most of the time getting my money back Sometimes making a little Anymore I have moved to putting those bikes in the hands of people that need a bike or people I think giving them a bike will get them into riding .
At least 2 bikes in my keepers would be hard to part with they are my first good bikes, one was my first custom bike and the other is becoming custom a little at a time,
I don't know if My rambling helps but it is the way I think
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Old 09-06-15, 06:59 PM
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Which one?
Seriously though... I buy them, build them up to my preferences & ride them for a while. If I like them, they stay forever. If I don't, I sell them. I don't see any sense in keeping something that isn't truly special.
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Old 09-06-15, 08:16 PM
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If it never fit well move it on to someone it does fit. The Madone and new owner will be happy.Then you will have to find a replacement for it. Win Win. Hey, just send it to me.
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Gave it to my daughter. :-)
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Old 09-06-15, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Champlaincycler View Post
...... So, when you buy a bike do you also get rid of one or do you keep accumulating?
My wife and I discussed this.... LOTS of guys have this discussion. There is much written about this and even a "rule" (number 12) Velominati ? The Rules.

I have proper storage for 4 bicycles. My wife and I agreed (I was forced to agree) that if I have more bikes than I have room for.... I should develop a plan to correct that problem (decide which one to sell).

I have my daily rider. I have a rain bike/spare/back-up. I have a cro-mo lugged steel vintage-ish wall hanger. And I have a go-faster lightweight.

I need to find more storage options.... as I would also like a mountain bike.
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Old 09-06-15, 09:26 PM
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I keep them. But then, they are vintage racers.
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Old 09-06-15, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
My wife and I discussed this.... LOTS of guys have this discussion. There is much written about this and even a "rule" (number 12) Velominati ? The Rules.

I have proper storage for 4 bicycles. My wife and I agreed (I was forced to agree) that if I have more bikes than I have room for.... I should develop a plan to correct that problem (decide which one to sell).

I have my daily rider. I have a rain bike/spare/back-up. I have a cro-mo lugged steel vintage-ish wall hanger. And I have a go-faster lightweight.

I need to find more storage options.... as I would also like a mountain bike.
So funny. I've had similar conversations with my wife. So far however she's offering creative storage solutions. What can I say, I'm blessed.
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
So funny. I've had similar conversations with my wife. So far however she's offering creative storage solutions. What can I say, I'm blessed.
You are blessed... we both are. Nether my wife or I like clutter. It is just much easier to see the other persons clutter. My wife even offered up her bicycle (which she rarely rides) so I could have "her space". Another discussion involved replacing our (backyard) storage shed with one that could also hold bicycles.

But I really don't want a collection that is in storage ether. So I am not a collector... or a flipper. But I do find "better bikes" and sell off bikes I've fixed up and enjoyed for a period. It's really worked out very well for me. The "not having enough space for all my enviable toys"... is a modern day 1st world problem. I am glad to be here to enjoy it. It really isn't that I've contributed so much to society that I've earned this.
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Old 09-06-15, 11:56 PM
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Some I sell. Some I give to my sons. Some I keep and modify enough so they'll do something the new bike isn't configured to do. I try to never have two bikes that are built for exactly the same kind of riding, but I also try to never be without an alternate bike that could fill in for a bike that can't be ridden for some reason. I use N+1 to gather enough bikes with overlapping but not identical functions.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Some I sell. Some I give to my sons. Some I keep and modify enough so they'll do something the new bike isn't configured to do. I try to never have two bikes that are built for exactly the same kind of riding, but I also try to never be without an alternate bike that could fill in for a bike that can't be ridden for some reason. I use N+1 to gather enough bikes with overlapping but not identical functions.
Similar. I keep bikes that I am likely to ride, and sell or donate bikes that won't get used. So I currently have four. SS/FG for tooling around town, heavy tourer for, er, heavy touring, carbon racing bike, custom steel road bike wi a triple for long days in the hills. I wouldn't keep a bike that closely duplicated the function of any of these, and I certainly wouldn't keep a bike out of any sort of "emotional attachment". My emotional attachment is to cycling, not to some particular piece of machinery.

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Old 09-07-15, 04:23 AM
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I won't sell a bike that fits. However, if the bike doesn't fit well and is functionally identical to other bikes in the collection it will be either sold or dismantled and the parts will be used to upgrade older bikes in the collection or the parts will be used with a new frameset. I have no love for a bikes that doesn't fit well.

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Is accumulating bikes a pack rat condition? I found some bike museums for those vintage bikes. But then each museum needs funding.

The Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
https://localwiki.org/davis/California_Bicycle_Museum
Bicycle Museum of America
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Old 09-07-15, 06:42 AM
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Most of my bikes I've ridden until they were replaced by something better. Sometimes I don't ride a particular style of bike anymore so sell. Its always sad to let a bike go. I still have my 2001 Litespeed. Undoubtedly the nicest bike I've ever owned.
I started with a 1999 Raleigh R600 road bike. Rode it for 2 years then turned it into a commuter and rode it for 3 more years. Sold it when I got a new commuter, 2005 Jamis Nova. Rode it until 2010. Changed it back to it original purpose (a cyclocross bike) in 2009. Then decided I wanted a different CX bike so sold it and got a 2007 Giant TCX. Rode it for a year as a CX bike. Got tired of it. and got a 2009 Kona Jake CX bike. Rode it for a year and hated selling it. I really liked it but wasn't riding the CX trails anymore. Wish I still had it. Then bought a 2010 Specialized Tarmac Elite. Never got used to it even after 2 bike fittings so sold it 9 months later. Bought a 2011 Felt Z4. Really liked it but decided to get rid of it (no room for it) and bought a 2013 Cannondale CAAD 10. A car-bike accident took it away so bought a 2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon. Now that I've been diagnosed with spinal stenosis (lumber) my spine doc said it isn't "high quality" carbon and is hard on my spine (he gave the thumbs up to the Litespeed) so I'm trading the Cannondale in for a 2016 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod carbon in a few weeks.
I've loved them all, except the Spesh, and miss most of them. But I still love my Litespeed.

After hearing my story do you think I'm fickle?
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We live in a small house and the general rule is that when something new comes in the old one goes out. For years I had two bikes, a road bike and an everything else bike. I stuck to the rule; "everything else" bikes came and went. Last spring, though, I built up a new-to-me road bike and I can't bring myself to sell the old one. I managed to fit an extra hook in the storage space, and the wonderful wife approved. Three bikes is the limit, though.

A related problem is that I like to tinker and my bikes are all just how I want them. My wife's old touring bike is calling for a makeover. When that's done I'll be in a bind.
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Last week I sold my 94 Trek 520 on which I had toured numerous states. I didn't ride it much and it seemed a bit small since I had TKR on both knees. I put the original wheels and parts on it and let it go.

The kid who bought it plans to start this week on the TransAm.

No regrets, and I have enough $ to buy me a new frame and start over.
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I'm giving my Trek 3500 to my daughter. She is just wanting to start cycling some trails and this will be a good beginner for her until she determines if she wants to stick with cycling. She is 2" shorter than me so it should fit her beautifully. We'll find out next week!
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I've sold a few, broken a few, and given some away. I have a 1988 Cannondale touring bike I should get rid of, haven't ridden it since 2007.
I don't get emotionally attached to things like bikes or cars and have no interest in working on stuff outside of normal maintenance.
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You really mean "should" or "will" ------- right?
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I have kept the DIY bike frame and fork I made in 1975. it has been repurposed with component and accessory changes over time.
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I currently have one mountain bike and four road bikes, one of which is a long term project. Four different bikes in working order, with four different purposes:

fast, fun, fair-weather friend (and affordable male midlife crisis alternative to an Italian sports car) -- Bianchi

comfortable and stable on a long ride, sports touring geometry -- Capo

theft-resistant general-purpose utility beater and commuter -- Peugeot

offroad plus some utility riding -- Schwinn


I am at my storage limit, so anything new coming in would be at the expense of one of these going out.

I did give my beloved 1980 Peugeot PKN-10 to my elder son, because it fits him perfectly, but it was too tall and too long for me.
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Rule: if the utility of a second bike exceeds the value or amount received from the sale of the first bike then keep it.

So storage and finances can trump this rule.

While a bit if a luxury, found having second road bike is good when new bike is in shop or to give the bike a rest. I ride two 30 mile recovery rides a week at about 16 MPH or less and the second bike is great. This allows newer bike for bigger and faster rides and spreads wear and tear on tires, chains, dérailleurs etc.

So yes I see the value of keeping a second bike. Also may end up getting a Summer place which would be a time to bring bike there to have some use.

Kind of like a second refrigerator. Don't need one but my you like having it at various times.
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Of the nine bikes in my garage, only three do I claim. And two are going into the lbs tomorrow, so I am down to one rideable bike. Maybe it's time for that n+1 thing.

I usually sell my bikes after I upgrade them, but only to friends/family for a fraction of what they are worth. I've put a poor student and a struggling (financially) new cyclist on carbon for less than what the drive trains would cost.
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I'm all about having a spare bike or two in case my main rider is down. I like to keep one beater also, never know when it will come in handy. While I was living car free I used to lock my beater up at the Greyhound bus stop for a few days at a time and not worry about it. My greatest regret was selling my '86 full Campy Pinarello a few years ago. So to the OP; keep your bike.
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