Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

Can you have to many bikes?

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

Can you have to many bikes?

Reply

Old 02-07-12, 06:51 PM
  #1  
Phil85207
Century bound
Thread Starter
 
Phil85207's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa Arizona
Posts: 2,262

Bikes: Felt AR4 and Cannondale hybrid

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Can you have to many bikes?

I found this in the road bike section and thought I would share it here.
I am referring to the picture of a house back yard #72
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...LLY-need/page3

Last edited by Phil85207; 02-07-12 at 06:54 PM.
Phil85207 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 07:36 PM
  #2  
rubic
Slogging along
 
rubic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: San Fernando Valley, SoCal
Posts: 1,148

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse '06, Mongoose titanium road bike '00--my commuter. Yes, Mongoose once made a decent ti road bike.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't know. I would like to give it a try....
rubic is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 08:02 PM
  #3  
NOS88
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,489
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
The problem is that the yard isn't big enough.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 08:17 PM
  #4  
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 8,182

Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
I live in a two bedroom apartment, which doesn't leave much room for bikes. I have but one at the moment, and am thoroughly entangled in the N+1 conundrum as we speak. Living in a small space may be prohibitive, but living alone gives me some options. I'm thinking of Craigslisting my dining room table to make room for a proper space to keep bikes. Never use it anyway, and I don't need anyone's approval to dispose of it.
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 08:44 PM
  #5  
John_V 
Senior Member
 
John_V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,247

Bikes: 2017 Colnago C-RS, 2012 Colnago Ace, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 296 Post(s)
We have four. If I had room for more, I would have as many as I had room for.
__________________
HCFR Cycling Team
Ride Safe ... Ride Hard ... Ride Daily

2017 Colnago C-RS
2012 Colnago Ace
2010 Giant Cypress
John_V is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 09:26 PM
  #6  
oilman_15106
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,900
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Phil85207 View Post
I found this in the road bike section and thought I would share it here.
I am referring to the picture of a house back yard #72
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...LLY-need/page3
I would guess in that whole mess there might be one frame worth putting on the road or trail for that matter. You see those kind of things listed on scambay every so often an usually nary a bid.

Can you have too many bikes? Heck ya, just ask my wife. Can your mate have too many shoes, dresses, clothes, jewelry, ect. Heck ya, just ask me!

Been working on a theory to supplement the N+1 formula. The formula to explain how bikes automatically fill the available space you own.
oilman_15106 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 09:32 PM
  #7  
cranky old dude
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't believe there's such a thing as too many bikes.

I own 27 bikes. In addition to those there are four bikes here that belong to my daughters. Once they reclaim their bikes I'll most likely fill those voids quite quickly. There are also two or three project bikes kicking around in the garage and basement.

Too many bikes? Nah, not even close!!
cranky old dude is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 10:33 PM
  #8  
Doug64
Senior Member
 
Doug64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,367
Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 717 Post(s)
Can you have too many bikes? Heck ya, just ask my wife. Can your mate have too many shoes, dresses, clothes, jewelry, ect. Heck ya, just ask me!
Heck, my wife has more jerseys, bike shoes, riding shorts, and gloves than I do! While I have more bikes than her, her bikes' aggregate value far exceeds mine. I think just the number of ski boots and bike shoes exceed the number of her dress shoes. What a dilemma
Doug64 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 10:39 PM
  #9  
jmccain
Senior Member
 
jmccain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 597

Bikes: Kvale, Peugeot, Cervelo, Bridgestone

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm cool with a couple of bikes. Musical instruments are my weakness.
jmccain is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-12, 10:57 PM
  #10  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 38,984

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 156 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6023 Post(s)
bikes 7, Mandolins 8, guitar 1.
fietsbob is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-12, 05:56 AM
  #11  
dpdemos
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Newnan, Georgia
Posts: 38

Bikes: '89 Waterford Paramount, Masi, Gios, Bottecchia, Bianchi, Jamis Aurora, assorted others.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bikes, 25; Trombones, 1; Vintage stereo systems w/ speakers, 15; Pickup trucks, 2 ... I might jus b uh redneck!
dpdemos is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-12, 06:30 AM
  #12  
Gravity Aided
Senior Member
 
Gravity Aided's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Normal, Illinois
Posts: 2,661

Bikes: Trek 600 , Facet Biotour 2000, Raleigh Technium Citysport Citylite, Corso Special Valentino, Bike E

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
I have 4 rideable bikes . I have several in various stages of completion for flipping . But I have been known to trade or sell all to get 1 truly great bike . My collection is improving very slowly .
Gravity Aided is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-12, 09:49 AM
  #13  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 7,413

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1261 Post(s)
A man can never have too many bikes books or tools!!!!!!
rydabent is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-12, 09:56 AM
  #14  
bradtx
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Pearland, Texas
Posts: 7,580

Bikes: Cannondale, Trek, Raleigh, Santana

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 304 Post(s)
Phil85207, Once I built my touring bike and found that I really liked it, I sold the bikes it took the place of as part of a 2011 New Year's resolution.

I am the exception, I know.

Brad
bradtx is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-12, 10:02 AM
  #15  
GeezerPete
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Phillipston, Massachusetts
Posts: 82

Bikes: Trek 2.1, Trek 930, Fugi Sagres c.1980

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We all have a limit--and it's one more.
GeezerPete is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-12, 04:05 PM
  #16  
Gravity Aided
Senior Member
 
Gravity Aided's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Normal, Illinois
Posts: 2,661

Bikes: Trek 600 , Facet Biotour 2000, Raleigh Technium Citysport Citylite, Corso Special Valentino, Bike E

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
I found I can fit 3 on my car rack at one time , so my limit is 3 .
Gravity Aided is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-12, 04:12 PM
  #17  
BigAura
 
BigAura's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chapin, SC
Posts: 3,277

Bikes: all steel stable: surly world troller, paris sport fixed, fuji ss

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 529 Post(s)
You should have as many bikes as you like...as long as they are ridden. Any bike owned, and not ridden within the last year, should be sold or given away.
BigAura is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-12, 10:35 PM
  #18  
esldude
Senior Member
 
esldude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alabama
Posts: 143

Bikes: 1981 Motobecane Mirage, 1987 Peugeot Tourmalet, EZ Racer recumbent, 1994 Trek Singletrack 930, 1999 Canndondale SuperV500SL, 2001 Gunnar Crosshairs , 2009 Gunnar Roadie.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"You should have as many bikes as you like...as long as they are ridden. Any bike owned, and not ridden within the last year, should be sold or given away."

I respectfully disagree. What a bogus idea.

I own a couple more modern bikes that see most usage. I also have an old Motobecane from my varsity days. Put in lots of miles back then and I purchased it new. Still looks fairly close to new. It still gets a ride every now again. Went for a decade without use however. Was stored and kept good. Looking at it brings back memories and riding it even just occasionally puts things in perspective.

I considered selling it a number of times. It was a serious bike, but not their top of the line at the time. I actually sold an old car to buy it back then(nearly an even trade). When I look at what it would sell for $100-150 tops, and how useful that is to me, I conclude having it around is worth at least that much to me. Wouldn't be to anyone else without the history hence the price it is worth to others versus me is quite asymmetrical. It isn't like a car requiring insurance, storing uses no real resources causes no cost other than a fairly small amount of space. In that context I consider your value that if not ridden in a year it should be sold as actually quite rude and insensitive. Let people make their own value. It need not and should not all be the same as yours. You have no appointment from on high as to whether or not a person keeps or sells a bike they own.
esldude is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-12, 07:41 AM
  #19  
qcpmsame
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,243
Mentioned: 76 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 912 Post(s)
^^^ you do realize that this whole thing is tongue in cheek I hope.

Bill
qcpmsame is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-12, 10:19 AM
  #20  
BluesDawg
just keep riding
 
BluesDawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
Posts: 13,526

Bikes: 2018 Black Mountain Cycles MCD,2017 Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Drop Bar, 2017 Niner Jet 9 Alloy, 2015 Zukas custom road, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB, 1980ish Fuji S-12S

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 159 Post(s)
If it is possible to have too many bikes, even if you did have too many, you would still need one more. N+1 overrules everything.
BluesDawg is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-12, 10:04 PM
  #21  
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Posts: 9,548

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount, 84 Nishiki Medalist

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Yes, I have too many bikes. At last count, I have 59. Slowly I'm lowering the number, but my new high travel job prevents me from working on them. I'm donating a Schwinn to the church this Sunday so that will help a little. At one time I thought it was really cool to own all these bikes, but it's really become a bit much.
More than half are road worthy and I use around 10 of them. I'd like to get it down to 20. That would be a fun number.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-12, 10:10 PM
  #22  
Dan Burkhart 
Senior member
 
Dan Burkhart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 7,121
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 456 Post(s)
I've found I can only ride one at a time, so therefore it is necessary to have 8 bikes. No, maybe 9. Aw shoot, I forget now how many I've got.
Dan Burkhart is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-12, 10:34 PM
  #23  
volosong
Senior Member
 
volosong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: North Idaho
Posts: 2,754

Bikes: n + 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Not counting the stationary exerciser, just six right now, but getting ready to spring for another, (a folder for foreign travel). My lady friend just doesn't understand why I keep them inside the house and not in the garage. Well, I usually visit her and rarely entertain her at my place, so it really isn't a problem.
volosong is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-12, 01:15 AM
  #24  
lhbernhardt
Dharma Dog
 
lhbernhardt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 2,073

Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Yes, it is possible to have too many bikes! But one can never have too many wheels!

L.
lhbernhardt is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-12, 06:53 AM
  #25  
ftwelder
Senior Member
 
ftwelder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: vermont
Posts: 3,092

Bikes: Many

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
It's important to have one from each era, genre and milepost. I am looking for a pre-pnuematic safety (1886 or so) and a bone shaker.
I will need a carbon bike at some point also but I will wait for electric/hydro/socially integrated "milepost". My sig shows a few but i also have BMX, trials and two DH bikes.

Here is my oldest and newest (and a 'tweener just for fun)


29 313 by barnstormerbikes, on Flickr



IMG_3843 by barnstormerbikes, on Flickr


27 196 by frankthewelder, on Flickr
ftwelder is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service