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How many types of bikes do you need?

Old 04-19-17, 10:26 AM
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How many types of bikes do you need?

Wife can't see why I need 6 bikes. Can't say I disagree.

Anyway, for me, I like to have 6 bikes

1-vintage road
2-vintage cruiser
3-newer road
4-fixed gear
5-touring
6-hybrid

How many types of bikes do you "require?"
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Old 04-19-17, 10:29 AM
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I own two, but could easily get by with just my current road bike.
I'm more of a "thrower-outer" than a collector.
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Old 04-19-17, 10:38 AM
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I have 3 and would like to try a fat bike, but I could make do with just the gravel bike.
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Old 04-19-17, 10:38 AM
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Nobody needs a fixie or a hybrid.
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Old 04-19-17, 10:39 AM
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Two

* One Trek Hybrid that is my everyday around town bike. It has one problem. It accelerates very quickly and it doesn't match the pace of my wife's bike.
* One bike that I like that can match pace with my wife.

I have a matching bike to hers (a Raleigh Sports), but also found that my new (to me) vintage Fuji del Rey does just fine matching her pace. That was absolutely unexpected.

This could mean I could let my Raleigh go. That decision has not been made yet.

So I need a bike to avoid "You're going too fast" "You're going too slow". That's about as good a reason to get a second bicycle as I can think of.

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Old 04-19-17, 10:44 AM
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Technically, zero. But I like having one.
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Old 04-19-17, 10:53 AM
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Need?

One - my Opafiets that I use for daily transportation.


Want?

Primary Road - Scott Addict
Other Road - Raleigh Pro, Schwinn Paramount, Panasonic, and a couple of others though these are all mostly sentimental since I raced on them in the 70's

Track - Schwinn Paramount

Other Track - Paris Sport, Colin Laing

Mountain - Marin
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Old 04-19-17, 10:57 AM
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1 road, 1 MTB, 1 commuter. But I also have a rod brake roadster, another classic road, and a beater.
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Old 04-19-17, 10:57 AM
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Require? Zero.

Then again, I wouldn't own most of the stuff I do if requirement had anything to do with owning them. To that end, the answer is as many as I feel I can store, fund, and give appropriate riding time to, which all varies based on how much spare money I have, where I live, and what I want at that time

As they sit now:
1) Faster road, for mass/group rides
2) Gravel road, for general use
3) Road touring (beacuse #2 was too heavy to box up to put on an airline)
4) Offroad touring/rough road rider
5) City bike, which is never used and really needs sold to make room for the Porteur 650b build that I swear will happen some day with that Trek 400 frame I have lying around.
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Old 04-19-17, 11:01 AM
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My ideal bike ownership would be something like this:
- one MTB, two wheelsets
- one drop bar road bike
- one commuter, two wheelsets

Modified ideal, add an ebike for winter commuting and a Fat Bike.
The Fat Bike MIGHT replace the MTB, with double wheelsets.
Or might be replaced with a 27.5+ bike.
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Old 04-19-17, 11:24 AM
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Old 04-19-17, 11:34 AM
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Well, I haven't bought a bike since 1990, until I got my Bridgestone 500 (1985) this pass Winter. I wanted a '56 Chevy for my 70th birthday, but I didn't really expect that to happen. Sooo, I decided to look for a bike, thanks to this forum.

I can justify all my 4 bikes:

1. '90 Concorde - My Campy Italian dream machine.(Road)
2. '83 Ciocc - First real racing bike and my current climber(Road)
** those 2 share a set of tubular wheels.**
3. '80 Huffy Touring bike
4. '85 BS 500- Vintage/Classic Will remain "Eroica" Speced. (2 wheel Sets)
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Old 04-19-17, 11:34 AM
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what month is it?
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Old 04-19-17, 11:41 AM
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Ideally, I'd have:

1) Crit bike
2) RR bike
3) TT bike
4) C&V Sunday bike
5) CX bike
6) SSCX bike
7) Track bike
8) Townie
9) Utility bike

And I don't even ride MTBs, so that could be a whole other thing.
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Old 04-19-17, 11:44 AM
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OP, the proper question for her is, "how many shoes do you need" ? Maybe she has a lot? 6 is not clearly enough. 10 is much better. Touring 29er and 26er. 2 winter commuters. Fat bike, 29er full sus, good weather commuter, ( just built up a fast commuter) and a beach cruiser tandem.
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Old 04-19-17, 11:44 AM
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  • Gravel Racing Bike
  • Drop Bar Mountain Bike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Fixed Gear
  • Track Racing Bike
  • General Bike for road riding, randonneuring and light touring

I'm pretty happy with 6 bikes.

It'd be nice to have a Eroica-eligible C&V bike but I'm saving that for my twilight years.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:16 PM
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I was happy with four road bikes, but you guys are opening my eyes to how many more I actually need.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:22 PM
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Road bike - need
Tandem - need
Folder - need
back up\trainer\rain bike - need
hybrid - meh
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Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:30 PM
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3:
1 mtn
2 road
3 commuter/junker
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Old 04-19-17, 12:34 PM
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I seem to be settling at three:

1) The all-weather/all-rounder/commuter: Bridgestone XO-2
2) The go-fast bike: Gitane Tour de France
3) The touring bike: as yet determined (probably a Schwinn Voyageur, Trek 720, or Trek 620)
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Old 04-19-17, 12:36 PM
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One for every day of the week, minimum.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:36 PM
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I have 3, only 2 of which I ride frequently but they do double duties. Fixed gear set up for utility, commuting, casual riding and designated rain bike, road bike for recreation, training and fair weather commuting. Had I any inclination I'd race on it.

Third bike is more of a beater. It feels more than anything that I have one too many ... although I think I "need" a folder.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:39 PM
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I have 2. One road racing bike and one that I call my "Dad bike", a hybrid for taking casual rides with the kids.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:44 PM
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I currently have 3, though I think I could get by with just 1.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:50 PM
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Road, Gravel, Hardtail Mountain and Fat

I have 5 but I need 6.

26er mountain bike
29er mountain bike
Aluminum road bike
CF road bike
Gravel bike

Fat bike is next on my list. I want to be able to ride in the snow.
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