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Two/three bikes too many

Old 01-29-19, 03:48 AM
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Two/three bikes too many

Basically, the passage to my rear postage stamp of a garden is blocked by three bikes, while the hallway has the Brompton lined up for immediate shopping action. This has been brought to my attention a few times, but it was the crashing noise of three bikes tumbling together caused by my dog that had seen a cat outside and wanted a serious conversation with the it that made me begin to think.

Really, do we need multiple bikes? I have the Bianchi for touring/bad weather use, the Time for fitness road use, the Brompton for the aforementioned shopping, the Brompton clone for guest use, plus the Janssen for easy touring, and the Peugeot because I've never got round to selling it. Only a few years ago I had only one bike, the Trek, which, as a daily bike user, was all that I wanted.

Now, I can justify perhaps two of the bikes, the Brompton because of its portability, and the Bianchi because of its all-round capability, plus it has the best gears for the hills. The Time was bought through a desire to have a top-notch, lightweight road bike and lose lots of weight myself. The others - well, they seemed a good idea at the time. The Peugeot, a startling purple colour, I bought because someone stole the Trek and figured no-one would be interested in stealing such a bike, given its colour and unexciting handling. I had meant to sell it, being rather too stiff for a comfortable ride, but its is descending into giveaway status.

So, what to do? I can't justify so many bikes, two of which simply never get used. Bear in mind that the Peugeot isn't worth much, and the Janssen not much more. Anyone else have the same problem?
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Minimum 3 for a single person. 1 commuter/errand bike; 1 road, 1 mountain/trail bike. Depending on the trails may add or sub in a gravel or cyclocross.
If you have a partner then it should double.
And in my case, if I am ever single again, that is probably why I would be staying single. Not many women get that logic
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Old 01-29-19, 06:27 AM
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Maybe it's time to give away.
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Bike number depends on space, use, climate, and security. If bikes you never use are getting in your way, you have too many. If you don't have a bike that suits your need, you either have too few or the wrong bikes.
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Originally Posted by FlMTNdude View Post
Minimum 3 for a single person. 1 commuter/errand bike; 1 road, 1 mountain/trail bike. Depending on the trails may add or sub in a gravel or cyclocross.
If you have a partner then it should double.
And in my case, if I am ever single again, that is probably why I would be staying single. Not many women get that logic
Agreed! Although my wife doesn’t fully get the logic, she gets it enough to support it. She bought me the Brompton for Christmas when my commute required bus transport and she told me to buy the mountain bike I was eyeing before trade war tariffs kicked in and raised prices. What she really doesn’t get is why my bikes cost as much as they do. She only wants her one bike and wouldn’t let me spend more $600 on it.

I’m a lucky man.
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Old 01-29-19, 07:50 AM
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I've currently got 2 more than I need & been lazy about selling. Thinking about donating them to my favorite co-op. I mean, how can I buy more bikes in the future, if I don't make room, right?
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Old 01-29-19, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by FlMTNdude View Post
Minimum 3 for a single person. 1 commuter/errand bike; 1 road, 1 mountain/trail bike. Depending on the trails may add or sub in a gravel or cyclocross.
If you have a partner then it should double.
And in my case, if I am ever single again, that is probably why I would be staying single. Not many women get that logic
Nuh uh. Minimum of at least 4. You forgot touring bike.

And then there is the off-road touring bike. And the off-road commuting bike/off-road hardtail. And the bike at your kid's house in another state.
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1 is enough for a single person. But if you have 2 then it's okey too. But don't need more than 2 for a single guy. LOL!
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proceed as you see fit
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It boils down to choice. There is no right answer. If you feel you have too many bikes, then you probably do.

My thoughts are as long as one is not a hoarder and cluttering up their living space and screwing up their life with whatever it is they collect, then more power to them. If somebody wants just 1 bike, that's fine too.
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Originally Posted by avole View Post

So, what to do? I can't justify so many bikes, two of which simply never get used. Bear in mind that the Peugeot isn't worth much, and the Janssen not much more. Anyone else have the same problem?
You have answered your own question, for you the answer is no. If you do not ride them, you do not need them! The possible exception being that you may need places to hang wet and muddy riding kit from your rides on the bike you do ride! Look if you love your bikes set them free! Find a good home for them, give them to somebody who needs a bike and feel joy in the process rather than the aggravation of dodging and hurdling them when you go to the backyard.

I own 10 bikes ATM and they all get ridden for considerable lengths of time throughout the year, however, as soon as one is not ridden often enough I find a new home for it!
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I have 3, I think that's ideal for me.

1 is a carbon road bike
1 is a late 80s steel framed bianchi that I use for every day commuting
1 is a trek commuter (26'' bike), I use this as a bike for visiting guests and for the extreme winters of chicago (this bike gets studded tires in the winter)
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I don't understand this posting? I saw the Two/Three Bikes and then some gibberish at the end.

I can understand maybe not needing 3 bikes that are all the same but having bikes for different purposes is a fine thing. Maybe what you need is better organization like hooks in the wall?
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Gotta have at least two: One plus a Backup Bike.
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All my bikes are niche bikes..and I have been lusting after a fat bike which would be nice in the winter. Actually ridden at this point are a Brompton, Xootr Swift, Surly Steamroller, 82 Holdsworth Special, 92 Cannondale mtn bike and a old Centurion Accordo setup with studded snows and low gearing. Recently read an article by Jan Heine in his blog in which he praises the return of the all purpose bike which can be used for road, touring, single track etc. If I could have only one it would be something like that although I would certainly miss my current bikes.
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I don't get it. I have 4 recumbents and one upright. I ride them all. I've always said if you can afford them, you don't have too many. Although I might modify that to say having room to store them is part of affording them.
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I don't get it. I have 4 recumbents and one upright. I ride them all. I've always said if you can afford them, you don't have too many. Although I might modify that to say having room to store them is part of affording them.

Definitely. Space to store them is more likely to turn into a relationship issue than just about any other factor I can think of.
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The total bike count is great and all but over 30 plus years the accumulation of parts is starting to be a problem.
Starting to have some storage issues and a lot of it is now becoming "vintage".
I don't see multiple bikes as a problem .
Sold all the extra old bikes. Down to just the bare bones. One nice road bike, mtn bike, road tandem, offroad tandem and wifes road and mtn.
Need to find some lucky Co-op to take all the extra stuff.
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Starting to have some storage issues and a lot of it is now becoming "vintage".
With so many people restoring vintage bikes, you may have a treasure trove of goodies. Maybe it could be a fun way to bring in a little extra cash during retirement? Just a thought.
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Gotta have at least two: One plus a Backup Bike.
... AND a backup to the backup just in case, because you never know ....
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... AND a backup to the backup just in case, because you never know ....
So long as you keep room for the understudy.
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So long as you keep room for the understudy.
As in a backup rider in case I can't make it?!
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