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How many bikes are in your "black book?"

Old 05-02-17, 03:51 PM
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How many bikes are in your "black book?"

How many bikes have you ridden throughout your life?

I'd imagine those of us who have worked at shops have an unfair advantage. But anyway, I'd be interested in reading.
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Old 05-02-17, 04:02 PM
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I started counting did not work. Guessing is difficult. Wild uneducated guess 300.
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Old 05-02-17, 04:03 PM
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Do they all count equally, or is the town bicycle less impressive than something with more pedigree?
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Old 05-02-17, 05:53 PM
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It's not about how many bikes it's about how many miles...It's more impressive to ride one bike for 10 000 miles then to ride 100 different bikes for 100 miles each.
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My number is quite low still - 9 that I can actually remember, maybe 1-3 more that I don't remember or weren't mine...That's counting from my first bike as a child. 6 of those were in the past 2 years.
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No idea. More than one hundred, less than ten thousand.
Some were sold/traded, some went AWOL, some were given away.
I'm bike poor at this time. I only have seven or eight.
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No idea, but it's got to be a lot. The vast majority being short rides of customers' bikes after assembly or repair to ensure there are no egregious problems before sending the bike out.
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Old 05-03-17, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Do they all count equally, or is the town bicycle less impressive than something with more pedigree?
They all count equally. A bike is a bike is a bike.
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Old 05-03-17, 07:40 AM
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i cherish each of my bikes but when they are of no more use i compact them ( my friend owns a junk yard) and make them into small fixtures i keep in my garage
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Bikes I can remember...

1. some sort of weird 3-speed 24" bike I got in the late 80's, with a single rear cog and 3 chain rings.
2. a 26" Walmart bike for Christmas 1992 just before I turned 13. I kept that bike (unused after turning 16 in 1996) until I started riding again in 2012, donated to local co-op.
3. a custom-built mid-90's KHS 26" hard tail MTB bought from a local cyclist back around 2007 or so. Didn't get much use until May 2012.
4. Brand new 2011 Felt Z85 purchased September 2012. My first brand new bike since 1992, and my first brand new "real" adult bicycle.
5. 2006 Marin Pine Mountain purchased as a bare frame in 2015, built up as a utility bike with many parts from the KHS bike.
6. KHS bike re-built as a lightweight fully rigid gravel grinder using mostly spare parts.
7. Marin utility bike converted to electric assist with Bafang BBS02 kit.

So actually only 5 separate bicycles, but with the different builds it's more like 7 bicycles.
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1980--hand-me-down, banana-seat chopper style bike with three-speed gearbox type shifter. Loved this bike too. I learned to ride on it. And then used it to 'double-ride' my 10 y/o cousin on the long banana seat, sans helmet too.

1983--brand new Canadian Tire Supercycle drop bar 10-speed, and I mean 2x5 ten-speed, road bike, if you can call it that. Vast improvement over the 3-speed. Rode this for three years.

1986--Gardin road bike with Cambio-Rino parts purchased from a shop on Bloor St. East, and I think from Joe Gardin himself. Loved this bike, and still do.
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3 Western Flyers throughout the 80's: BMX-style kids bike, 10-speed road bike and Baja Mountain bike with 24" tires before mountain bikes were cool.

Specialized Rockhopper FS in '98
Trek 3700 in '07

The rest are on my list of bikes on profile.
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Not many. First one I remember when I was a little kid was a red & white toy bike, with hard tires and no coaster hub. You had to keep pedaling as long as you were moving. Next was my main bike I got when I was like about 7 or 8, a Western Flyer banana seat bike with ape hanger handlebars. Rode that one a lot as a kid, must have put thousands of miles on it with my paper route. Eventually it got worn out and too small for me, and as a teenager I rode a ten speed bike my parents had gotten somewhere. It was my first exposure to multi-gear bikes. Joined the Air Force at 18 and at my first duty station at Clark AB in the Philippines I bought a mountain bike at the BX. Used it to ride to work and around the base a lot. I also bought a light set with generator for that bike. This was in the early 90's before LED lighting was prominent. Kept that bike after I got out of the military, didn't ride it much after and ended up selling it at my mom's auction. Next came a Walmart special Roadmaster bike which was given to me for Christmas one year (my wife had a matching women's bike) and we rode around a little, but not much. I had it stored away in a shed for many years, dug it out a couple years ago when I wanted to get into cycling, cleaned it up and started riding. Was very hard to ride that thing and I hated the twist shifters because they won't stay in the gear you want. Finally saved up a few pennies and bought the Vilano hybrid I ride today. Maybe some day will think about a big bux bike, but for now I'm happy.
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