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Old 02-13-17, 03:54 AM
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N -1?

Anyone who really loves cycling and has it as their main hobby probably has a handful of regulars they ride and maintain.

Given the current lines of bike classes and everything in between. There are so many options to own and justify owning many bikes. Conversely there is much technology that allows for one to purge and simplify their collection.

What do you all think? Is this blasphemy or an idea you could embrace?

My Story:

I have a solid collection of four different styles for each discipline of riding. Mountain/XC, Fatbike, CX bike (most rideable), and still my first legit road bike since 2007. Since I have gotten older at 32 and coming up on 10 years of serious riding I find I want less stuff, which is not a new epiphany. The irony being that the more I love to ride the more things I end up purchasing which ultimately creates new heights in riding pleasure and experience. (night riding, winter, etc). It is quite a perpetual routine which is good.

I think I could get it down to 2 bike total. Bike 1 : All road. Bike 2 Fat/mountain.
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Old 02-13-17, 04:20 AM
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Makes sense to me. They all deserve a ride from time to time. If you can't do it, well, N - 1.
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Old 02-13-17, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Nick Bain View Post
Since I have gotten older at 32 and coming up on 10 years of serious riding I find I want less stuff, which is not a new epiphany. The irony being that the more I love to ride the more things I end up purchasing which ultimately creates new heights in riding pleasure and experience. (night riding, winter, etc).
Along these lines, in my 15 years of being a big boy post college, I have found that I want less stuff as well. Much of that comes from having 2 girls who are absolute hoarders, but i digress. Anyways, I have found that in almost all instances i want less stuff except for cycling. Cycling is the one area of my life which I have apparently indulge in possessions and dont constantly seek to downsize.


I can see the desire to have fewer bikes. A quality adventure bike could be great for gravel and dirt roads, or on road rides with just a tire change.
If the fatbike fulfills your all around MTB itch, then you got 2 birds with 1 stone there too.
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Old 02-13-17, 07:59 AM
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My bike hoard is slowly fading away. Not nearly as quickly as Mrs. Grouch would like but it's fading. Anybody want a nice fixed gear conversion or maybe a nicer than average Rans Rocket SWB recumbent?
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I slim the herd but it gets built back up.
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I believe 3 is an absolute minimum. For me, that is one road/commuter bike and two mountain bikes. I am an avid MTBer, so I need two just in case one is broken. If I were a road bike rider, I would reverse that. I happen to have five right now, don't ask.
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If you have the want and the money why not.
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It's something of a pendulum swing for me: want shiny new stuff --> build up of bikes and stuff in my limited storage space --> realization that I only ride two of my bikes --> urge to purge.

Right now my favorite bike is also the cheapest, the one I built for errands around town. I'm having a hard time letting go of the fast carbon one or the pretty one, but I can feel it's in the offings.
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Old 02-13-17, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Kindaslow View Post
I believe 3 is an absolute minimum. For me, that is one road/commuter bike and two mountain bikes. I am an avid MTBer, so I need two just in case one is broken. If I were a road bike rider, I would reverse that. I happen to have five right now, don't ask.
+1

I'm the reverse situation with 2 road and one MTB. Was actually thinking of selling the MTB. Its been sitting in the basement collecting dust for many years now. Its too urban where I live and the few trails that are close by (South Mountain Reservation and Eagle Rock Reservation) have using MTBs as illegal on the trails. Yeeay. I'm sure that some folks still do it, but they run the risk of getting a ticket, I suppose.

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I'm down to one bike at the moment, a steel road bike that I use regularly and I quite like the simplicity of it. This is after getting rid of an Airnimal folder (loved it but didn't use it enough) and a Cannondale CAAD10 (loved it but cracked it). My wife now occasionally rides my old Specialized Allez so I don't count that as mine anymore. My two kids have recently got new bikes but still have the old ones. All this means that whilst I'm trying to enjoy the purity of owning a single bike I still have a garage with six bikes in it!
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Old 02-13-17, 03:52 PM
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N-1 is the most logical route to N+1
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Old 02-13-17, 05:34 PM
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I think I am down to one bike. I just need to sell the 2 i don't ride
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
N-1 is the most logical route to N+1
That sounds like fact!
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I think I am down to one bike. I just need to sell the 2 i don't ride
I hear ya. But not really in my make-up. I marry the damn things, ha-ha.



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Old 02-13-17, 07:49 PM
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Please read rule # 12 it will clear things up . Velominati ? The Rules
Will my n+1 become my s-1?

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Old 02-13-17, 08:55 PM
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nothing wrong with downsizing, i am trying. i think 4-5 is the right number, for me:
road/alload + full suspension + hardtail + cruiser (+ trekking)

technically, i have 9.5 bikes and that is definitely too many. four of them are in other states, all four are mtn bikes, three of which i haven't seen for years. but i still claim them as no one else does.

one is a hardtail mtb purchased from CL when i was deciding whether or not i like 29ers. i do. i am not attached, yet not in a big hurry to sell it. i keep it at my fiancés house, for now. but it has to go, eventually.

the other three are 90s mtn bikes, two of which i bought new and will have a hard time selling, since they got me into the game. i will continue to keep one at my moms house and bring the other two out west.

of the 5.5 under my roof...

1. i have one fancy roadie machine, the nicest bike i owned for a while and is still the fastest. it's a beaut, so hard to sell. i could replace #1 and #2 with a nice allroads bike, but this one is paid for so i'll just keep it... until i crack.
2. i also have a commuter bike which has turned into a decent gravel rig, which i plan to get rid of by buying a new frame a turning it into a nice, steel allroad bike for my nephew.
3. i have a huffy cruiser, i could just park it under a bridge and walk away. i like to ride it downtown, low concern for theft, but i can replace this with one of the 90s bikes.
4. i have my first full suspension bike, which i can get rid off by turning it into my finances first full suspension bike.
5. i have the hard tail mtn bike was newly built and became my nicest bike last year, this is a keeper, also a potential trekker.
5.5. the 1/2 bike is a full suspension frame a fork and a pair of rims, it's also my future nicest bike, and will replace my finances future full suspension bike.

so, if i don't fold, i can get it down to five. or maybe six. those 90s bike....
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I could thin the herd, for sure.
I could never get rid of my "back-up bike", which I use when my bike's in the shop or when it rains.
But I've got a "guest bike" that I loan to friends when they're in town visiting. It really hasn't been used for years.
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last spring & summer, to make more room, due to mandatory (condo) insulation work in the attic & basement I decided to sell off all but 2 of my bikes (never mind about the rest of the family). then in the fall I regretted selling 2 of them: a fully rigged hybrid commuter w fenders & drops bars + a rigid old school MTB also setup for battle w fenders, etc. (just needed a chain)

this fall, I began the process of replacing them ...
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ah, the velominati rules. what a disservice to internet cycling discussions.
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2 ? Minimum is 9. Fat, full sus 29er, older 26er full sus, touring, (x2) beach cruiser tandem, cross check for good weather commuting, 3 winter./rain commuters etc.Now building up a fast and light good weather commuter, older steel frame, 1x10. Bikes are a lifestyle, hobby, sport, vacation and transportation for me. No need or desire to pare down. No compromises.
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@mstateglfr it was just a joke .
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@mstateglfr it was just a joke .
I know you were using it as a joke. Sorry, my response was pretty bitter sounding.

That site gets referenced as legitimate rules to follow or how to do cycling properly...its just annoying that some actually think its a template to follow.
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No worry @mstateglfr . I just found the Velominati site a few months ago through Retro Grouch his site is a little tongue in cheek also , but yes some people get a little heated . Like a while back I posted Retrogrouch Rules : Proper setup The Retrogrouch: Search results for the set up Oh boy it turned into a slug fest . But you are right I need to learn that unless you put It's a joke some people will not get it .

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Most people who own bikes in this world own just one so it certainly can be done. My biggest issue is space as I live in a downtown condo so I pared my collection to two bikes. My Rivendell is my around town, weekend fun rides and trails in a pinch. It stays in my storage locker at my condo building. The second bike is my all season commuter and travel bike and that is my Brompton. It folds small and fits in the condo nicely. I could get to one bike if I had to.

Now if I owned a house, I would own three bikes maybe four.
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