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Old 01-25-23, 08:03 AM
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N+0.5 right now.

-I have a decent road/touring bike. Race geometry, but heavy with a clunky wheelset. Frame is one size larger for comfort.
-A decent gravel/CX bike.

And a CX bike with a mix of Dura Ace/Ultegra 10 speed stuff, and a fairly lightweight alloy Roval wheelset. This bike has a crack in the frame (carbon fiber) and the ring of death around the steerer tube. I'm looking for a affordable frameset, sized 54/56, to mount all of my 10 speed stuff on. I would like a 17.5#+/- rig, built for climbing and my fast rides. A bike I can get into a more aero position...

I am short legged, long bodied. 6' with 30" inseam. Looking at older Lemonds with long top tubes, possibly an aluminum Lemond.
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In the last two or three years Ive given away four bikes and lots of stuff from the parts bin. I still have four.
Part of me would like to reduce further, but I really like all four that I have now.
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I'm down to about a dozen road bikes, 1 tandem, 1 mountain.
N - 10, if you count 2 project bikes, since ~Halloween.
59-61cm is the sweet spot, everything else ('cept one) is gone. Mostly 58cm's gone but a couple above 61.

My future will not accommodate the space. The hobby will continue to reward me, regardless of number I have. But favorites are, well.... favored highly.

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Every time I sell a bike - I end up getting a replacement. So its not n+1, its actually n-1= n+1. Currently have 3, but would have more if Im willing to have arguments about the space in my closet.
If you have a steady supply of something, you can afford it and it's not interfering with your life, there's nothing wrong with being addicted. - Roland Griffiths
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I recently (last couple of years) got 3 recumbents for my wife. She didn't like any of them. Given the current market, I got them really cheap; but OTOH given the current market they're not going to be easy to sell. I guess they're 'guest bikes' now.
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N+6 but will have to reduce the collection when I eventually move out and down size. I'm trying to figure out what will be my perfect bike as I slowly fade off into the sunset. I don't think it will be road bikes as I figure my body will be all sore and stiff riding those, never had much interest in mtn. biking so maybe a gravel bike that I could swap tires? maybe just a nice flat bar touring bike? Not sure.
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I just took the frame that was for sale on CL and built it back up. Then, today, I noticed that it was time to repost the adds for the other 3 bikes. I reposted them at higher prices.
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Originally Posted by blakcloud
for me, three is the magic number.
Yeah, 3 is pretty much universally recognized as the perfect number over thousands of years, bicycling or not.
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I keep one bike per usage. And since I no longer have a spouse to influence N, that number has naturally settled at 9. Five of them are touring-capable. Plus two stored for family members, one project bike, and two that need new homes. Note that I cannot pass by any English three speed on the curb, I take in strays.
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I have four here and two here and there. Two are perfect but I’ve put a midrive motor on one of the perfect ones which makes it less than perfect so I was thinking of a custom frame for ebiked perfection but now that I’m getting fitter maybe I should just be happy with what I’ve got.
Going through some self image changes as age is making it obvious that I can no longer hop on a bike and burn up 100 miles at any moment.
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Old 02-07-23, 03:06 PM
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I have narrowed it down to 6 different style bikes that I ride fairly often. I bought all of them used from just $15 to about $1000. I would like another right now, but I keep asking myself if it would really do better than what I have.
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