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Optimum Number of Bikes

Old 04-04-13, 10:10 AM
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Optimum Number of Bikes

I am starting to get into many different aspects of cycling and was thinking I might need like 4 bikes to do all the things I'd like to do with some efficiency.

I race Triathlon, do some criteriums, Road Races, Mountain bike, and commute right now. I'd also like to get into some cross country travel and cyclocross races.

I know that I could use a mountain bike for cyclocross and possibly cross country travel but it seems a little in efficient (slow and heavy). As of now I have a trek road bike which I use for my road races and commuting, a specialized Mt. Bike which I use for mt. biking and a cervelo P2 that I use for Triathlons.

I have been trying to think about the best way to optimize without having a full garage full of bikes. I think a good cross bike could serve as the commuter, cross racing and cross country travel. Then I think I'd probably have to get rid of the Cervelo P2 and use the road bike in triathlons, which doesn't seem as aero or as fast. The mt. bike would be again just for the mountain trails around my area.

Yea so anyways I was wondering how other people juggle all the different cycle sports or do you just get a bike for everyone of the sports?
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Where N = current number of bikes, the optimum number of bikes is N+1.
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Old 04-04-13, 10:52 AM
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caloso you suggest 4 bikes then eh..
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Old 04-04-13, 11:14 AM
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Everyone needs a CX bike.
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Old 04-04-13, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Trekathlete View Post
caloso you suggest 4 bikes then eh..
I have a :

* SWB recumbent (main bike)
* Folding SWB recumbent (packable for trips)
* LWB recumbent
* 26" wheeled comfort bike
* Regular folding bike

Before moving, I had
* Road bike
* Mountain bike

And this doesn't count my wife's bike, nor my kids bikes or trailers.

N + 1, dude. N + 1.
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Old 04-04-13, 11:44 AM
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i've got seven and i think that's enough.
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Old 04-04-13, 11:58 AM
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In an ideal world, I would have a

crit bike
RR bike
TT bike
track bike
geared CX
SSCX
townie
utility bike
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Old 04-04-13, 01:18 PM
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only limit is garage/bike storage, space.. And Money to spend..
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Old 04-04-13, 01:38 PM
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10 is a good amount.
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4 is good, one year I sold 13 to get down to 4. so yeah ... 4 is good
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Old 04-04-13, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
only limit is garage/bike storage, space.. And Money to spend..
You forgot the most important element---a tolerant spouse.

And don't ever make the mistake of bringing up the number of shoes she has as a counter argument.
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Old 04-04-13, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
i've got [strike]seven[/strike] nine and i think that's enough.
+1
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Old 04-04-13, 01:51 PM
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My stable:
Surly Pusgley with stock wheelset and a 5" wide winter wheelset.
Salsa Casseroll road/light CX/tourer with stock wheelset of semi slicks and CX wheelset of Rock N Roads.
Surly Conundrum mountain unicycle 24" x 3" Gazz tire.
Those all span a pretty good riding spectrum individually without a ton of overlap, which I like(and my wallet/hubby does too).

If I had unlimited money and garage space, I would have a regular Ti MTB full suspension, a cargo bike like a Big Dummy/Yuba Mondo for errands, a racing road/tri bike carbon fiber, and a cheap steel retro cruiser with a large front basket for beer runs/sandal Sunday meandering, and a BMX aluminum bike for jumps and messing around on dirt/ramps/picnic tables.

I would rather have all that than the van parked in that garage space but the damn kids think I need a vehicle they can ride in. Boo!
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
You forgot the most important element---a tolerant spouse.

And don't ever make the mistake of bringing up the number of shoes she has as a counter argument.
Oh I do use this argument!. And I include the number of purses she has as well.

I can never have enough bikes.
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Old 04-04-13, 02:33 PM
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My thoughts are:

1 geared race
1 geared commuter/tour
1 single speed road
1 single speed mountain
1 cargo
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
only limit is garage/bike storage, space.. And Money to spend..
That

Unfortunately I have more garage space than money
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Old 04-04-13, 02:54 PM
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This seems about right for me:





Of course my wife has started talking about *maybe* needing a road bike for her and how much she really likes Celeste.

So, yeah, N+1 dude.... N+1.
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Rowan and I currently have 15 between us with plans to get at least 2 more.
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My family has a pile but I am starting to see an end for me...after I finish my cx build, a new road bike, and a tt bike. ha
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Where N = current number of bikes, the optimum number of bikes is N+1.
Yup. I gather you are single as there is no mention of a tandem.

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Yup. I gather you are single as there is no mention of a tandem.
Nope. Married long enough to know that a tandem would put us on the path to divorce.
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Old 04-04-13, 04:55 PM
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I have about 10 bikes, I may have miscounted and missed 1 or 2, adding two this winter a Waterford and a Tern folder.
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Man at first I thought 4 was the number till you guys showed your garage thats a little much for me but I do agree on four,, 1road ,1cruiser ,2 mountain,, I got 2 other ones but they got motors on them!!
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What ever the number is at anyone time, plus one more of course
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