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Old 03-16-22, 01:52 PM
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My wife and I have 2 bikes each. A hardtail mtn.bike for off-road or for use like a hybrid (don't currently have knobbies on them, but what might be classified as "dual purpose" tires), and a drop bar road bike for pavement. We are both seniors and while we both still enjoy riding off road, don't push it as hard as we used to, but still enjoy a challenge. She used to ride rock gardens better than lots of the guys we used to ride with!
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Old 03-16-22, 02:54 PM
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I have 10 road bikes. I make sure all of them are ready to ride all the time, so I can ride whichever one I want. It takes me maybe 5 minutes to transfer saddlebag, pump, head unit, and lights. What actually takes longer is accessing the bikes closes to the wall.

They're MOSTLY completely interchangeable - I can ride any of them on my usual routes, but if I decide to do more serious climbing, 4 of them have better gears for it, and one has gears that make me feel like I could climb a vertical surface.
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Old 03-16-22, 03:31 PM
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I like having 2 bikes. One for commuting and the other for mountain biking/trails.
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Old 03-16-22, 03:51 PM
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I normally have 1 road bike and 1 mountain bike. Very different beasts for very different purposes. At the moment I do happen to have a spare road bike, but only because I recently bought a new one and haven't yet got round to selling the one it replaced. I may keep the old bike as a back-up for a while and maybe use it for wet weather events while the new bike is still on its honeymoon. But once the new bike novelty wears off and I don't care if it gets wet, then I'll probably sell the old one i.e. when it never gets a look in and just sits unloved in the garage.
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Old 03-16-22, 03:56 PM
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Skinny tire road bike.
Wide tire road bike.
40-year-old road bike built by a friend who is no longer with us.
60-year-old Swiss road bike.
65-year-old English road bike in the restoration process.
A couple more vintage restoration projects that will get moved along in the next year.
Cyclocross race bike.
Gravel bike.
Mountain bike.
Grocery-getter/town bike.
Touring bike.
Tandem.

Yes I ride them all, but a couple of them only get ridden 100 or 200 miles a year.

In case you're wondering, I gave away the unicycle... to a clown, seriously!

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Old 03-16-22, 04:05 PM
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Ti road bike for road rides.

Surly LHT for commuting, genera transportation, “gravel grinding” and self-contained touring.

I have a BikeFriday NWT as a backup transportation/commuter bike, but I rarely ride it.
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Old 03-16-22, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
I have 3, 1 of which is reserved for falling
Put a kickstand on it. Problem solved. And serious Fred cred.
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Old 03-16-22, 04:24 PM
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Two monster cross bikes for all terrain riding and one fixie for urban riding....Three is a perfect number for bikes, anything more than that is OCD..
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Old 03-16-22, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Put a kickstand on it. Problem solved. And serious Fred cred.
haha but I meant it's the one for crashing

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Old 03-16-22, 04:42 PM
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One MTB.

One road going bike

One Paramount that my dad custom ordered and it’s too big for me (23”, I need 55cm) but can’t let it go

One less special roadie left here by my BIL and he’d be resentful if it disappeared. It’s also too big, a little (56)

One tandem no one wants to ride with me

Not including four kid bikes (one outgrown) and two wife bikes and various skate things

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Old 03-16-22, 04:43 PM
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Two monster cross bikes for all terrain riding.
New rims for those things every couple of thousand miles must get expensive.
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Old 03-16-22, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
New rims for those things every couple of thousand miles must get expensive.
BB7 disc brakes on both of them, no worries about rim wear.
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Old 03-16-22, 06:55 PM
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I’m down from 15 to 5 and my wife was even worse😳😳😳😳
2006 Wilier Imperiale that is my primary ride and my first choice on Centuries.
1989 Schwinn Waterford Paramount reproduction of a Team Schwinn Wheaties (just because)
1985 Wilier Ramato in hopes I ever get to Eroica
1971 Schwinn Varsity just for memories
2000? Orbea Terra with gravel and road wheelsets to take anywhere.

I got rid of a lot of nice bikes along the journey and don’t regret these being the keepers.
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Old 03-16-22, 06:55 PM
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I have two bikes: a Specialized Diverge gravel bike and a Cervelo Caledonia road bike. I view them as completely interchangeable on my (almost) daily rides--15 to 20 miles on pavement. Both are equally enjoyable. If riding with others on the road, I'll ride the Caledonia because it's faster. If riding off-road, I'll take the Diverge.
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Old 03-16-22, 07:22 PM
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two bikes..both hybrids..alternate days riding them

one has fenders so it's also the wet bike but does fine when its dry
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Old 03-16-22, 07:28 PM
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I should do a bike count for my own knowledge:

Road: Foundry Chilkoot Titanium with Ultegra Di2
Vintage Road: Phil Wood Apple VeloXS with Dura Ace 7400
Vintage-ish Road: Proteus with 600 Tricolor and Ultegra
Fixed Gear: Specialized Langster with Sugino 75DD and EAI cog
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Touring: Co-Motion Cascadia with XT and Ultegra and such.
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I sold some stuff last year and I guess I left off the Specialized Como 3.4.5 (A '19 Como 3 with a Como 5 motor and xt rear derailleur with upgraded Magura MT5 brakes so I don't know what to call it) but that is a gift for my father not to be in my possession. I also have a Sequoia frame hanging out and some broken stuff at work that I am going to fix and sell. So not really in regular rotation in my bikes but I am sure there is another one coming this year or next. I was thinking about skipping a bike this year since I went crazy last year and have some upgrade sand other things I want to do that will take some good money.
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Old 03-16-22, 07:44 PM
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BB7 disc brakes on both of them, no worries about rim wear.
Are they ‘bents?
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Old 03-16-22, 07:50 PM
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I've been told by many that I "can't ride them all at once" and that is a true statement. But I have the option to ride whichever one I wish.
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Old 03-16-22, 08:16 PM
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2 Privitera and Pinarello road bikes, '90 and '98, steel
1 KHS MTB (used as gravel), '92, steel
1 '90s hybrid, now set up as a wannabe Dutch bike, for commuting and utility, steel
1 Raleigh DL-1, just because, steel
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Old 03-16-22, 10:29 PM
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I had 7 at one point, 5 for me, 2 for my wife. We are down to 5, I got rid of 2 last year that I was not using as much, so they found a good home. I ride my Domane and Emonda the most, swap every other ride on them or based on what I am doing.
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Old 03-16-22, 11:18 PM
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I could get by with four, but why just get by?
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Old 03-17-22, 04:17 AM
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I've done my best to avoid having too many bikes, having topped out at 3 - road bike, hybrid and mountain bike.
Now I'm down to 2 really good ones - a gravel bike which covers road/hybrid stuff, and a mountain bike for anything too rough for the gravel bike.

But what you get and use is really down to you and what you're doing. A hybrid bike should cover pretty much anything as long as you're more interested in travelling and having fun than absolute performance.
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Old 03-17-22, 07:02 AM
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Who said we have to use them?

They are just cool to hang on the walls to collect like art
Ah, touché.
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Old 03-17-22, 07:16 AM
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Ah, touché.
There's a biggish LBS in my city where they have dozens of vintage and rare bikes all on display high on the walls, they are not for sale.

It's a great collection, I think I'll share pics of it next time I ride out to them.
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Old 03-17-22, 07:29 AM
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I try to keep the number of bikes to a minimum, but what I need for

1- Commuting/utility
2- recreational Road/Gravel/light touring
3- summer MTB
4- winter MTB

Are 4 completely different things. Thus 4 bikes.
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