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Old 04-19-21, 10:48 AM
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For me, that bike is a sporty looking hybrid with a swept bar and relatively wide tires. Making it the One Bike would just require swapping some accessories from my other bikes, such as fenders and a side basket.

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I don't know why people don't buy the one bike and two different sets of wheels? One set with road tires, and the other set with gravel. And simply change them out depending on the riding they are doing that day. I guess the key would be making sure the frame has the clearance for both.
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I don't know why people don't buy the one bike and two different sets of wheels? One set with road tires, and the other set with gravel. And simply change them out depending on the riding they are doing that day. I guess the key would be making sure the frame has the clearance for both.
Because a second bike doesn't take up all that much space and is quicker to change out. I don't always plan my day in advance. Also, it's fun to tinker with bikes.
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I'm contemplating my eventual retirement and relocation/downsizing to our first retirement property. The home will be smaller than our current one, with a lower garage ceiling and no basement. So...my current 7-8 bikes will have to shrink to 3-4. The vintage bikes will go, as will the tourer. One of my two race bikes will go, too. I'd keep a carbon road bike with rim brakes, an aluminum endurance bike with disc brakes and wide tires, and a hardtail 29-er MTB. That's the current plan.
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Old 04-19-21, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by cbrstar View Post
I don't know why people don't buy the one bike and two different sets of wheels? One set with road tires, and the other set with gravel. And simply change them out depending on the riding they are doing that day. I guess the key would be making sure the frame has the clearance for both.
I know that I wouldnt swap my wheels out most of the time.

90% of my solo rides hit gravel for a significant amount of the rides. 90% of my riding with others is pavement.
I dont have interest in spending the 5 minutes to swap em out and dont have interest in always sticking to a paved route, so I would just have my 43mm GravelKing SemiSlick tires on there and call it good for most all riding. Thats the tire I use for my solo rides and even with that tire I have the speed I need to keep pace with the groups I ride with(none are setting records), so why change?
I can just pull one of my road bikes down for the group riding(why have more than one road bike, since we are questioning things) and use my gravel bike for all my solo riding. Its quite simple and fast.

Another reason is- people collect bikes. Same for firearms, watches, and even nail clippings. Nobody is wearing multiple watches even though they may own a dozen of them. You own a bunch of bikes, right? Why not just own one and call it good?
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Old 04-19-21, 12:41 PM
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Also, don't forget it has to look good.
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Old 04-19-21, 12:52 PM
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Would you expect great things from a chef with one pan? An artist with one color? A musician with one note? No. No, you would not. Having one bike is like having one life: it’s just not nearly enough.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
I'm contemplating my eventual retirement and relocation/downsizing to our first retirement property. The home will be smaller than our current one, with a lower garage ceiling and no basement. So...my current 7-8 bikes will have to shrink to 3-4. The vintage bikes will go, as will the tourer. One of my two race bikes will go, too. I'd keep a carbon road bike with rim brakes, an aluminum endurance bike with disc brakes and wide tires, and a hardtail 29-er MTB. That's the current plan.

Thatís just silly. Youíre going to have a lot more time in retirement to enjoy 7-8 bikes than you did in your full time working years. Why deprive yourself? Youíve earned it.
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Old 04-19-21, 01:03 PM
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Would you expect great things from a chef with one pan? An artist with one color? A musician with one note? No. No, you would not. Having one bike is like having one life: itís just not nearly enough.
it's the recipes that that would make me expect great things. just would take longer for the outcome.
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Old 04-19-21, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
Thatís just silly. Youíre going to have a lot more time in retirement to enjoy 7-8 bikes than you did in your full time working years. Why deprive yourself? Youíve earned it.
Thanks. It's not a question of what I want. It is a constraint of the type of property that we've purchased to begin the transition to retirement. There is limited space. This is how requirements work. Some are performance or functionality, some are logistical or supportability. All constraints matter.

In my current home, I have a large garage with 12-foot ceiling (suitable for Saris inverted rack or pulleys) from which I have six bikes accessible. I also have a full basement with a room dedicated to my bike shop. It has storage for two more bikes. Our unfinished storage in the basement has hooks for my spare wheels. All of this "extra" space will not be available after the move.

My wife also has two road bikes and a mountain bike, so we there's that.

Right now, the concept is to take away one of the car areas in the new garage for my workbench (a foldable "Murphy bed" design that I'm contemplating), tools (some in chests, some wall-mounted, and bike storage. There simply won't be room for ten bikes. We'll have to cut it to five to six, or so.
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Old 04-19-21, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
Because a second bike doesn't take up all that much space and is quicker to change out. I don't always plan my day in advance. Also, it's fun to tinker with bikes.

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I'm contemplating my eventual retirement and relocation/downsizing to our first retirement property. The home will be smaller than our current one, with a lower garage ceiling and no basement. So...my current 7-8 bikes will have to shrink to 3-4. The vintage bikes will go, as will the tourer. One of my two race bikes will go, too. I'd keep a carbon road bike with rim brakes, an aluminum endurance bike with disc brakes and wide tires, and a hardtail 29-er MTB. That's the current plan.

Well I do have a large collection so I understand what you're saying. I should remove the plank from my own eye as the saying goes. . But there was a time when I was a teenager that I only had the one road bike. I had two sets of wheels because I didn't want to wear out the tires riding around town and kept the more expensive second set for the weekends / racing. Having more then one bike is definitely a fun way to keep from getting bored but I don't think it's easier. I don't know about you but I have a bad habit. I ride one bike and somethings breaks and I park it and instead of fixing it right away and grab another. Time goes by and I still haven't fixed it as I have been busy riding the other bike/life. But then suddenly I really need the broken bike for what ever reason and I am in a huge panic trying to fix it in time to make it to where I want to go.
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Old 04-19-21, 03:28 PM
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... I have a bad habit. I ride one bike and somethings breaks and I park it and instead of fixing it right away and grab another. Time goes by and I still haven't fixed it as I have been busy riding the other bike/life. But then suddenly I really need the broken bike for what ever reason and I am in a huge panic trying to fix it in time to make it to where I want to go.
Different here. All of my bikes are far above excellent, and are carefully maintained. I never leave a repair or general/periodic maintenance action undone. And I jettison any bike that does not delight me thoroughly.
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Old 04-19-21, 06:29 PM
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Maintaining numerous bikes is no more difficult than maintaining one. After a ride you just wipe it down, give the chain some love, and you're done. Whether you have one bike or seven, it's the same. Plus, wear and tear on the parts is spread out over the stable, so replaceables like tires and brake pads actually last longer on each bike.
With numerous you won't be able to zero in on the bike fit/setup (which changes season to season, year to year). With numerous bikes, you'll never be dialed in. You can only be "one" with one bike grasshopper.
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If you could only have one bike for road/ occasional gravel what would it be?
Cannondale SuperX. I put on a road saddle, replaced the 44cm bars with 42cm and added a set Zipp 30 Course with 32mm tubeless. It's great on the road and I still have the original wheels with 35mm knobby for trails.



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I have a 700c / 650b bike. Changing wheels takes a minute.

700c 28mm road



650b 42mm gravel

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Gravel bike like a Diverge. The addition of plenty of fittings to mount fenders or racks should you wish to do some light touring is a big plus.
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With numerous you won't be able to zero in on the bike fit/setup (which changes season to season, year to year). With numerous bikes, you'll never be dialed in. You can only be "one" with one bike grasshopper.
Oh, look: a pseudo sensei projecting his own inadequacies. Adorable, but tedious.
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in the 3k range, current contender is a Trek Domane SL4
I was going to say, so many options, but I would lean to the Domane or CheckPoint, but I am biased having a Domane.
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What is this one bike? Is that like when you have each bike numbered and you are looking for your number 1 bike to go along with your number 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?

If I was to go down to fewer bikes I would go for something custom and super versatile. I would be spending quite a bit of money on it if it were multiple bikes going down to one and it would need to be able to handle wide tires and probably would be Di2 so I could swap things around easily. That is me personally. I would probably do something close to a Moots Baxter and get some different wheel sets or at least tires.

As far as being dialed on multiple bikes I have done that quite well, I had my fit transferred to several of my road bikes and got my Phil Wood frame pretty darn close to my fit measurements but haven't had a chance to actually dial that one in only because I just don't ride it quite as much and need to get the issues solved on it so I can ride it more. I have done a MTB fit yet so my flat bar stuff isn't as dialed as my road stuff but have followed many of the recommendations of my fitter and I am quite comfortable on that stuff anyway. I don't really change my fit from year to year but I don't race or anything and my body hasn't really changed a bunch aside from maybe a little extra aero shaping at my stomach region. I will probably revisit my fit in 10 years or so or if anything major changes but so far it has been great for a couple years since I did it.
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What is this one bike? Is that like when you have each bike numbered and you are looking for your number 1 bike to go along with your number 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
Having 1 bike is similar to the puzzle in the other thread about "pushing" spokes. It's something that can be described mathematically, but that doesn't exist in real life. The mathematicians use the symbol "i" for that situation.
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it's the recipes that that would make me expect great things. just would take longer for the outcome.

Sure, but riding a road bike on a tough technical, steep mountain bike trail is a recipe for disaster, even with a se5 of gravel wheels. Thereís more than one kind of bike riding, and thereís more than one kind of bike. Notice that 99% of the respondents in this thread are goofball drop-bar road riders? I love road riding as much as anyone, more than most, but I have several very well maintained and rideable bikes for a reason.

Besides, how long do you want to wait for supper?
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Wow, one bike, quite the concept! Wish that would have occurred to me, about 10 years ago.
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For me that bike would be my Masi Giramondo 700c touring bike I just bought last year. It's a do everything bike. While it doesn't excel at speed, and it's portly, it does do quite well with comfort, and the bike can be used on almost any surface, plus I can load it up and go bikepacking with it. While I like my Lynskey Titanium bike a lot I can't do half the stuff with it that I can with the Masi.
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I am down to two.... two road bicycles, two kayaks, two motocross bikes, two cars and two motorcycles, well or, three motorcycles.

I was only going to have one bike, however, with long lead times for parts, I purchased a second bike to ensure I can continue my daily ride. I alternate riding my road bikes every other day.
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