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Old 05-26-14, 11:52 AM
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How many bikes is too many?

Hi guys, I'm a single man living in a 500sq ft one bedroom apartment. I have three bicycles, a hybrid with a basket for groceries, a road bike for competition, and a vintage fixed gear for enjoyment commuting. Someone came to my house and called me a hoarder : ( Bike in the hallway, bike in the stairway, bike above the stairway hanging. I'm not considering getting another bike, (maybe a mountain bike... ) When do you stop?! I enjoy maintaining them, fixing them as needed, and riding them of course.

(The stairway is inside my apartment)
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I'd say 14 is too many. I'm at 7 at the moment, so well within the bounds of decency
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Old 05-26-14, 11:58 AM
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I am going to plead the fifth here.
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It is possible to have too few bikes but it is not possible to have too many.
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Old 05-26-14, 12:01 PM
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Old 05-26-14, 12:40 PM
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D-1 (one less than what causes your spouse to divorce you) doesn't apply in your case, so the sky's the limit.
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Old 05-26-14, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Panza View Post
Hi guys, I'm a single man living in a 500sq ft one bedroom apartment. I have three bicycles, a hybrid with a basket for groceries, a road bike for competition, and a vintage fixed gear for enjoyment commuting. Someone came to my house and called me a hoarder : ( Bike in the hallway, bike in the stairway, bike above the stairway hanging. I'm not considering getting another bike, (maybe a mountain bike... ) When do you stop?! I enjoy maintaining them, fixing them as needed, and riding them of course.

(The stairway is inside my apartment)
Must of us has a garage bigger the 500 sq ft. So for a small apartment I have say 3 is enough. Notice you did say single man..the number of bikes would change with a women in the apartment.
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Old 05-26-14, 12:52 PM
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Depends on your amount of available space, relationship status.. and then depending on your SO, amount of bikes you personally can stand to wade through etc.. I'll plead the fifth on my amount of bikes as well, but let's just say I sure as heck don't have a shipping container full unlike some of my C&V collector brethren....
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I have ten, mostly basket cases.
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Old 05-26-14, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
D-1 (one less than what causes your spouse to divorce you) doesn't apply in your case, so the sky's the limit.
I see some Velominati references here. Haha!
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Old 05-26-14, 01:29 PM
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How many rooms do you have to park them in? High ceilings double the amount of space available ..

Folding bikes double the amount of the count, again..

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Old 05-26-14, 01:41 PM
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I try to hang my bikes from ceilings so it takes up less space. You need to watch your head at times, but personally, I like the look of a hanging bicycle.
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Old 05-26-14, 02:02 PM
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I'm going to say you don't have too many bikes.

If I sell one, it's just so I can buy another (hopefully only one). Every one has a slightly different use, and I use them all.
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I have four bikes...a folder, a cyclocross (with road tires at the moment), a vintage rigid frame MTB, and a cargo bike (Bullitt). I thoroughly enjoy riding each of them, for different reasons and purposes. I think if I added another, it wouldn't really serve much of a purpose, and would just mean that another bike that is just as suitable would not be ridden. Overall I don't see an additional bike adding much to my joy in life, but it would be one more bike to buy, store, and maintain. So my N+1 impulse is pretty low at the moment. Ideally everyone could reach equilibrium where the diminishing returns of N+1 drops below the total cost (not just $, but its total burden on one's life). Then everyone would have the optimum number of bikes and happiness would be maximized.
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Old 05-26-14, 02:19 PM
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You can have two bikes.
You can have many bikes.
You can never have too many bikes.
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Old 05-26-14, 02:25 PM
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i''m pretty much in the same position as the OP, but with seven bikes. it's more than enough.

and i'm getting tired of people, present company excluded, throwing around the "H" with such abandon these days. it's not like i have a lot of useless trash all over the place. the bikes are all in excellent condition and get ridden on a regular basis.

OTOH, my vacuum cleaner has been neglected recently.
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Why that's easy. It's a simple mathemetical formula.

The appropriate number of bikes to own is n+1 where n= the number of bikes that you own now. That being the case, n+2 would obviously be too many.
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I havr seven. A grocery getter, a commuter, a brevet bike, an mtb/tourer, my eldest daughters.bike, my wifes.mtb, my wifes shopping bike, and my youngests trike. That one doeen't count. Getting a cx bike soon and I also
have a 50cc scooter for days when time is short.

D-1! Haven't hit the limit yet. Love building bikes almost as much as riding them.
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Are the lights on? Is the water still hooked up? Is there food in the fridge?

If you can say yes to at least most of these, then you don't have "too many bikes"
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I have a 40' shipping container ~320sf, front 10' is shop, the rest is bicycle storage Current count is somewhere over 30

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The only person that can answer that question would be you. For most people 1 is enough and they'd never think of having two. Why would you? They don't ride them. You obviously do. And once you get involved in various types of riding you find you need a bike that specializes in that type of riding. I only have 2. One for road, one for off road. If you would have asked me that question a few years ago, I would have said 6. Needs change with the times.
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I have 7 road bikes and 1 mtn bike. That's enough.
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I have 11 bikes all are in the basement, its more secure than my garage. I would own more but my kid is in college right now. When she is done, there is always room for n+1. Then when she moves out there is lots of room.
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Originally Posted by Panza View Post
Hi guys, I'm a single man living in a 500sq ft one bedroom apartment. I have three bicycles, a hybrid with a basket for groceries, a road bike for competition, and a vintage fixed gear for enjoyment commuting. Someone came to my house and called me a hoarder : ( Bike in the hallway, bike in the stairway, bike above the stairway hanging. I'm not considering getting another bike, (maybe a mountain bike... ) When do you stop?! I enjoy maintaining them, fixing them as needed, and riding them of course.

(The stairway is inside my apartment)
Dood, I had a 350sq ft studio, and I had four bikes. The answer is, there is no answer! Whatever you feel you want. Why let someone else dictate to you about bike ownership?

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