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Old 07-03-21, 07:12 AM
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How many bikes do you have?

I have an all city road bike for outdoor riding, I have another road bike always hooked up to zwift/wahoo, and I have a beat up vintage mountain bike that I use to go to the store or see a friend. I won’t lock up my road bike outside unattended so I use the mountain bike for that.

I am itching to get a second “outdoor” road bike that has disc brakes but that would make 4. I live in an apartment and 4 bikes seems over the top.

Anyone else run into this issue?
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Old 07-03-21, 09:33 AM
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Main modern steel frame road bike
Modernized old steel frame road bike
Gravel bike
Touring/commuter bike
Single speed old steel road bike

Sure, get another bike. Maybe tou find you use it more than expected.
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Too few.
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Not as many as I would like to have, but more than I need. Space is not a problem for me. I live by myself in a 3 bedroom home, which also has enclosed front porch and rear 3 season room. One spare room is my tool, bike workshop area. One room is where 4 of my bikes and accessories are kept. My rear sun room is pretty big, so I have a work bench and wall mount stand out there, along with a couple of the bikes I do not ride much. My front porch usually has a bike or two and other stuff out there also.

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Road bike ( Nishiki Comp)
MTB No1 (Bianchi Nyala) I consider it a gravel bike
MTB No2 (DeVinci)
Stationary bike (Raleigh Record Ltd.)
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Old 07-03-21, 12:30 PM
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Too few.
Funny since most of us only manage to ride one at a time.
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Originally Posted by Bikerdrummer View Post
I live in an apartment and 4 bikes seems over the top.
My wife and I live in an apartment and between the two of us we have six bikes (...not counting the two others that we've permanently relocated to another city).
The only people who think that's "over the top" aren't cyclists.
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Currently roadworthy bikes? 8. I can't imagine selling any of them, but in some ways I feel this is too many. I don't get to ride each one as much as I like.

Huh. I just realized the answer is not 'Fewer bikes'. The answer is 'Ride more'.
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I have 3/4 depending on how you count and am in the market for 2 road bikes (carbon and steel), another beater, and a track bike
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Currently roadworthy bikes? 8. I can't imagine selling any of them, but in some ways I feel this is too many. I don't get to ride each one as much as I like.

Huh. I just realized the answer is not 'Fewer bikes'. The answer is 'Ride more'.

Do you have a secret on how to spend even more time on a bike?

BTW the guys with soooo many bikes are either collectors or pack rats.
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Do you have a secret on how to spend even more time on a bike?
Stop taking work so seriously?

BTW the guys with soooo many bikes are either collectors or pack rats.
"Or"?
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
I have 3/4 depending on how you count and am in the market for 2 road bikes (carbon and steel), another beater, and a track bike
Where's the other 1/4 of a bike?
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Stop taking work so seriously?


"Or"?
Don't worry, I'm retired so that "work thing" is behind me.
Having a few different hobbies I noticed that the "pack rat" factor kicks in quite often. Not just in the bicycle fraternity, put in several others as well. That has always puzzled me.
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Currently at 5: two mid-90's steel Treks (one rigid mountain, one hybrid), one modern steel gravel bike, and two road bikes with modern-ish 10-speed components (one titanium, one carbon).

I was fine with 2 bikes for quite a while: one old beater bike for city use and one carbon road bike for longer, faster rides. They were both stolen when I stupidly left my garage door open one night, which was also the one night I'd left the road bike in the garage rather than bringing it inside, so I was basically starting over, other than a bare titanium road frame I bought cheap from a friend that I'd planned to build up but wasn't sure I'd like (or would fit me). I wasn't riding as much at that point and thought I could get by with one bike, a moderately-priced steel gravel bike, which seemed like it would do everything I wanted: longer road rides, light gravel, towing kids in a trailer around the city. While waiting on that, I found a mid-90's mountain bike in good shape on CL for $100 and figured that would become the new city bike. I also finally got around to building up the titanium road frame, and it fits well and I like it. That got me to 3 bikes: a city bike that also gets some use as a flat-bar gravel bike, a gravel bike that also gets some use as a road bike, and a pure road bike.

More recently I've had more time to ride. While I like the titanium road bike, I found myself missing the carbon one, so when a similar bike but a bit nicer showed up on CL within my price range, I bought it. I set that one up for a more aggressive, racier position, not that I have any intention of racing. A few weeks back a late 90's steel Trek hybrid showed up on CL for $40 needing only minor repairs and I bought it to do a drop-bar conversion - I don't need the bike but I had fun building up the titanium frame and want to do another build sometime. That said, I'm currently using it as is for my 1.5 mile commute. I'm not looking for any more bikes, although at some point I might want a mountain bike with at least front if not full suspension.

I'm fortunate to have a large garage, although the nicer bikes stay indoors, in a downstairs room that used to be the guest bedroom and became the work-from-home office over the past year.

If I had to pick just one bike, the steel gravel bike is fine for just about everything, although I'd probably want it geared differently and maybe a second set of wheels to swap between slick and knobby quickly. For two bikes, I'd keep the carbon road bike (for long fast rides) and the older rigid mountain bike (for city use, kid towing, and gravel/light mountain biking). For a third, I'd add back in the drop-bar gravel bike. Bikes beyond that are for the fun of having more options, lending to a friend, being able to grab another bike when I find a mechanical issue, or projects.
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Somewhere between "a few" and "too damn many" depending on who you ask.
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4 bikes seems over the top.
Get out.
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n = 4 1/2

Rando bike (Soma Fog Cutter)
Hardtail
Commuter (Priority Eight, IGH belt drive)
Recumbent (Volae Team, sad former rando bike that's currently ignored)
The half-bike is a unicycle (26" muni)

The rando bike has a set of 700c wheels and 650b wheels, but those are just wheels.

Space is a challenge, but I just discovered these, and I'm looking at the garage with fresh eyes.
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A primary road bike, a cross/gravel bike, and a backup road bike I have set up for my son, but that I can have ready to go in a few minutes if needed. So 3. I am considering a less race focused gravel bike for some bike packing, but my wife isn't convinced (yet).

Edit to add: indoor bike is a Peloton, but I don't think that counts.
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Road bike
Cross bike
TT bike
Hardtail MTB

Plus two bikes I share with my son: SSCX that we use as a pit bike and a road bike that mostly lives on the trainer.
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I had 4, down to 3.

Primary Road, Backup Road/Trainer, Mountain.
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2, soon to be 3.
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I've just trimmed down from 6 to 5 by selling an old skool skinny tubed road bike that was ever so slightly too small for me. At the moment I'm only regularly riding 2 out of the remaining 5 - both for commuting and dependent on the weather, i.e. fenders or no fenders. By early September I'm hoping to donate my main commuter bike (the one with fenders) to a local student (pay it forward) as the local university is an easy 6 mile e/w flat commute.
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