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Old 07-29-16, 10:12 AM
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They just keep coming! How can I make them STOP?

I am very firmly a recreational cyclist. No races. No gravel grinding no touring or radomeering. !6 mile, mostly pike path loop or 6-8 mile MTB around the local state park are about my limits. I rode over a single plank bridge over a log the other day and almost pooped myself because I was so "rad". Mt wife rides even less than I do. My kid is SEVEN. Yet, in the last week two more bikes came in the house and I am desperate to add a third! Right now we have ELEVEN fully functional bikes in the house, one on the bench soon to be in service and two other "projects". What the actual F-bomb?
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Old 07-29-16, 10:22 AM
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It's an addiction. Find a bicycloholics Anonymous meeting in your area and attend regularly. You have to "Just Say No".
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Right now we're at eight bikes if I include the Strider, and ten seats (one tandem and one kid seat). We have, collectively, three butts and only two of us know how to pedal. I think it's too my credit that I think it's one too many and I could possibly eliminate three with a "quiver killer."
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
We're at eight right now if I count the tandem as one and include the Strider. We have, collectively, three butts and only two of us know how to pedal. I think it's too my credit that I think it's one too many and I could possibly eliminate three with a "quiver killer"
Oh Lord! I forgot the Strider bike! n+1
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Old 07-29-16, 10:28 AM
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Only three bikes right now between the wife and I. We would certainly have more if there was a place to store them. Unfortunately, we don't have basements in Florida.
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Old 07-29-16, 10:42 AM
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Old 07-29-16, 10:56 AM
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Unfortunately, we don't have basements in Florida.
I feel your pain; I don't have basements in Florida, either. On top of that, I live in Massachusetts!

In my house there are 5 bikes and 1 butt, but only 2 of the bikes are rideable right now.
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Old 07-29-16, 11:30 AM
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I just took five bikes and 3 rubbermaids of parts and 3 wheelsets to the local bike charity. That only leaves 6 between my wife and myself. Planning to give another one away soon. Feels so good to get rid of stuff!
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Old 07-29-16, 02:09 PM
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The way to slow the bike invasion is to have your kid go to a expensive college or start thinking about retirement. Just finished the former and am now thinking of the later. I haven't gotten a new bike in 4 years but I am thinking of 2 more for my retirement days. I've got 14 in the house, three are theirs, the rest are mine.
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I was up to 8 in my household, most were mine. Now down to 4.
CL works both ways, acquiring and farming them out to deserving folk.

Once I put up a Bike For Sale ad, I can cope with it, but hand wringing and sleeplessness precedes each sale.
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Old 07-29-16, 02:48 PM
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I'm at 9 by myself, plan on adding another one shortly.
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Originally Posted by CrankyNeck View Post
It's an addiction. Find a bicycloholics Anonymous meeting in your area and attend regularly. You have to "Just Say No".
Thats just not how it works
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Old 07-29-16, 03:55 PM
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I wish I had more...I have a HUGE wish list on CL and Ebay of bikes I plan to (never being able to) get
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Old 07-29-16, 04:51 PM
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I must be doing it wrong. I only have 1 bike, the same one I bought in 2005 when I realized I needed to resume exercising.
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Old 07-29-16, 04:51 PM
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Haha....last year I converted to the religion of N+0. Since then, two in and two out. Six in our stable now and that's the way it's gonna stay. Unless...
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Old 07-29-16, 05:32 PM
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The problem I have is there are so many bikes I would like to have or try. At one point I had A semi Recumbent, Two MTBs, a Flat Bar road bike, an Aluminum Road Bike, A scandium road bike, and a CF road bike. I couldn't devote the time to that many. I thought I could cut back to one and simply have several sets of wheels. I got down to two and thought I had been cured from the N+1 virus. Then I got a deal on a MTB and I was back up to three. So I sold a road bike to bring balance back into my life. Then I happened upon a 1989 Klein someone had just laying around and it followed me home. It was a bit like a rescue pet or an adopted child. I was visiting with another friend who, besides having some new equipment, restores old classic bikes. There sitting in the back of his truck was a Peugeot frame from 71 and fork from about 1974. It just needed some TLC, Wheels, cranks, bars, stem, seat post, Saddle, Brakes and levers. I needed a SS/FG, and now I have another rescue. But I am through, I think, maybe.
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Old 07-29-16, 05:44 PM
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My garage is starting to resemble a maternity ward.
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I'm the only rider here, yet I have... let's see here... ummm.... nine? Fuji, two Univegas, Miyata, three MTBs, the three-speed, and the women's 12-spd that I bought for the wife 25+ years ago and she only rode once. I'll probably get rid of the three speed and the wife's.

The remaining seven have their own purposes. Fuji is getting transformed from my one-and-only (first love that I bought new) to my rainy-day rider/commuter with fenders/rack, etc... Viva Sport is my new go-fast bike, Gran Tourismo is my dedicated road touring bike, the Miyata is at my mother's in AZ so I have something to do when visiting out there. One MTB is my corner-store bike, one is my gravel-grinding rail-trail bike, one is my 'pit bike' for the race track.
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Old 07-29-16, 06:38 PM
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Be thankful it's bikes and not cars. Imagine having 20 or 30 cars in your garage, barn, under tarps and rotting out in the field behind the house.

I currently have 7 in the garage.
1980 Miyata 610 "La Bestia " that I don't currently like riding but is scheduled for some mods
Nishiki international Named Guido that I put a triple chainring on to give me real hill climbing gears and use often
1980 Raleigh Record Ace "the Crane" that has a High ten frame but is still my favorite ride, and has been extensively modified
1994 GT Vantara with 21 speeds and trigger shifters, and 700 c wheels which I ride to remind me how nice index shifting is
a custom Green touring bike named Kermit I bought from the bike exchange and rebuilt with thoughts of doing an extended tour
A Trek 800 mountain that I "customized" to take to Burning Man, complete with 2 propellers and about a dozen lights.
And last but not least, my latest Mixte that I repainted burgundy and is gorgeous and is named Duchess.

All total I probably have about $1000 invested in these bikes. The last car I restored, A 1960 Maserati 3500 GT took me 7 years and about $20,000 to take from a "barn find" to a full y restored (amateur) resto.
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In the past I'd get into something and owning the whatever was much of the enjoyment, once owning 30+ motorcycles and ATV's. I would trade and build more than I rode but not the same with bicycles. I own 2, a road bike and a MTB. When I finished my current road bike build the other road bike went on CL and sold within a week. I'm considering a new bike build this winter, if I do I will get rid of my current MTB. Both my bikes have been getting ridden every week recently, my other toys were often bought and sat unused until sold.
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Old 07-29-16, 08:24 PM
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One of my problems is that certain things take on "special meaning". For instance, one mtb is "the first bike I bought new" a road bike is " the one my father in law gave me". There the cargo bike that I'll never use but would be cost-prohibitive to replace if I change my mind/lifestyle. I have two, modern-ish aluminum framed, hard tail MTBs. One has disc breaks. Clearly a necessity to buy it. Carbon road bike and aluminum cross bike. See how this goes?
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I only have 10, the problem is?
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Yeah I have two, my wife has one, and my son technically has three. But of my son's, two need to be given away/find new homes because they're not the right size.

I think two is great number for me. If I did ride *more* technical stuff, I'd get another 29er but I did pick one up not too long ago, and every time I was on it, I wished I was on a cross bike, so I gave someone a really good deal on it through craigslist.
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I only have 10, the problem is?
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I down to 5 in 2016; last year I broke the frame on my old 26er MTB and didn't replace. Lisa has 4. Both of us would like to add one more; plus I have a late-80s Rock Hopper out on loan that I'd like to bring back home.

Plus I store 3 bikes for our daughter and her boyfriend... so there's 12 fully functional bikes at our house. All of these bikes get used.

.... I am lucky to have a large garage and basement for all these bike
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But whatever you do, don't volunteer for a place like that! Volunteering there is like giving a drunk the keys to a distillery!

I know because I volunteer at a bicycle co-op. Please have mercy on me
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