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Old 08-23-05, 07:42 PM
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How many bikes and why?

I notice some people have quite a few bikes. I had one bike, a Marukin (spell?) road bike for 20 years. I was so glad to get rid of it, I forgot how to spell the brand! Anyway, I replaced it with a hybrid Giant, which I ride the h*ll out of. I'm thinking, maybe I ought to buy another bike for a different riding sensation, for when I feel like "switching up."

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Old 08-23-05, 11:58 PM
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I have my pride and joy, a 1972 Schwinn Super Sport, a hybrid to tool around on when the Super Sport's outta commission, and I'm building up a fixie.
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Old 08-24-05, 01:53 AM
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I have a Dean ti road, a Giant OCR touring, a Trek 7000 mtb, and a old Bianchi road that I use as a beater bike. It's kind of fun to have a lot of different bikes, that why I have more than one.
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Old 08-24-05, 02:17 AM
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Do a search this was covered very recently.
This was the most recent I think
https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/131257-multiple-bike-owners.html
Sorry about the initial curt reply, hard day and hadn't got out for my daily ride. Just got back from my ride and feeling much more civil.

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Old 08-24-05, 07:10 AM
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two bikes. one road and one mountain. why? for the roads and the mountains? later.
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Old 08-24-05, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by LOOPDEELOOP
I notice some people have quite a few bikes. I had one bike, a Marukin (spell?) road bike for 20 years. I was so glad to get rid of it, I forgot how to spell the brand! Anyway, I replaced it with a hybrid Giant, which I ride the h*ll out of. I'm thinking, maybe I ought to buy another bike for a different riding sensation, for when I feel like "switching up."

How's about you?
Bikes are the "tools" of the cyclist and as such it's possible ,or desirable, to have the "right" tool
for the job (ride) when you need it.

That said, I own a fully equipped "utility" bike for urban chores, a very nice city bike for pleasure rides,
and a converted road bike for local bike trails riding. If I need a bike for another duty I'll just build it.

There is also the opportunity to have a "stable" of well equipped bikes at a low cost either buy building
your own or by shrewd used bike shopping.

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Old 08-24-05, 08:23 AM
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Saying rings true to me...How many bikes do you need. One more than you have..
I have four bikes...I need one more..I need a beater bike for riding out in the rain.. All my bikes. Don't / won't take out in rain. I have a Klein for when I feel fast. A Fuji tourer for heavier touring..and a Surly Cross Check for light commuting.
I do intend to get a top notch tourer bike for when I do something serious. Still need a beater bike for the rain.
My wife has a Nishiki Sport hybrid, which I often ride about town at night for errands.
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Old 08-24-05, 04:56 PM
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I'm back down to 4!!! I can eat in my kitchen again.

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Ti road bike (not because I needed it, just wanted it)
Fixie/Commuter
MTB beater
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Old 08-24-05, 05:36 PM
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I have 4 that I actually use:
1. Felt S25 - Steep geometry and bullhorn handlebars with aero clip ons. Used for triathlons and time trials.
2. Cannondale Super V mountainbike - I use this bike for anything offroad
3. Miyata Pro - Old steel bike that I use on my trainer
4. Trek 2300 Carbon - I use this bike for any ride that involves hills. I'm planning to climb Haleakala (10,000 ft. mountain in Maui) early next year so I've been using this bike a lot. It has a triple because it's used primarily on climbs.
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Old 08-24-05, 05:45 PM
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I'm shooting for three:

A Kona Dew Hybrid that will end up with moustache bars and fenders for commuting and errands

A full-Campy racer for having fun

A track bike with fixed gears for serious exercise

Since there aren't mountains here, and because the Kona Dew is OK for off-road, there's no need for me to have a "real" MTB.
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Old 08-24-05, 06:06 PM
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I would not want to ride my "pickup-truck" commuter bike on the dirt/mountain or long distances, I would not want to ride my mountain bike on the hills in town or long distances, and I would not want to ride my road-riding bike off-road or hauling stuff around town. 3 is my optimum number, it seems.
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Old 08-24-05, 07:43 PM
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Oh man, we have a bike infestation at this house.

I've got my ol-trusty 1998 Trek 800 mountain bike. Then there's the new hotness, my '05 Burley McKenzie. I just recently took on a project bike, a 1970-something Schwinn Suburban. My husband brings one bike to the relationship, a sweet 1993 Schwinn Moab (one of the last decent Schwinns).

The Burley is for going "zooom." The Trek is for abuse riding and a hell of a workout. The Schwinn Suburban is going to be an eccentric and deliberately ugly beater bike, and should end up being an even better workout than the Trek, as it is heavier by a little bit and is a 5-speed. It's got fenders, a dynamo and lights, and a cargo rack, so it will be a fun inner-city runabout.

My husband's bike hasn't seen much service in a few years, but he used to do some trails with it. He's a mountain goat--he likes to climb and he likes to rocket back down. I can tell you that his old bike is a lot of fun for urban adventuring. It's fairly lightweight for a steel framed mountain bike, and with its low standover height and front shocks, you can send it sailing over curbs, potholes, and road debris. It's a very responsive, agile bike--you can whip it up to a good speed without much effort, and if you are careful with the pedals, you can run tight corners at good speed.

You can see who is the bike dork in this relationship. If there's a rusty old chain marinating in solvent in a coffee can on the kitchen counter, it's my fault. If the lawn gets 1' tall because it's too hot to mow (but not to hot to bike), it's my fault.
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Old 08-24-05, 08:29 PM
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I have three.

My mountain bike is for rougher terrain.

My hybrid is for bike trails and some city streets when I'm with my family. Probably my most used bike.

My road bike is for when I want to really go out and spin a lot quicker than my family goes.
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Old 08-25-05, 09:05 AM
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Ya know unless you like bikes that cost both an arm & a leg it's
way cheaper than collecting.......cars!!!
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1992 Trek 5200 OCLV Road Bike
Because it's my main ride!

1994 Trek 8000 Mtn Bike
Don't ride it much, but it's nice to have when the trails call my name

2005 Cannondale Road Tandem
Because it is a BLAST to ride with my GF and other folks. A tandem is the great "equalizer" when 2 folks want to ride together that have vastly different riding capabilities
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I have three.

Late 80s Schwinn Le Tour. This was my bike back in the high school days for all purpose use. Maybe I'll convert it to a fixie or do something else fun with it.

Mid 90s (?) Cannondale Al roadie. Hand-me-down that I have barely ridden. Need to get it refurb'd so I have a good roadie if needed.

'05 Trek 4300. Just purchased as my primary ride. Exercise, sport, trips to the market, whatever.
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Old 08-25-05, 01:13 PM
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I have six bikes.

Why? Because I have a problem, obviously.
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