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Why do you need so many bikes? What's your excuse?

Old 01-05-07, 09:13 PM
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Why do you need so many bikes? What's your excuse?

K, I'm now up to 7 bikes:
2002 Orbea Zonal
2002 Bianchi XL Boron
2004 Specialized S-Works
2005 Fetish Cycles Lamierina
2005 Alan Ultral Cross
2006 Specialized Stumpjumper Disc
2007 Redline Conquest Pro

So yes, I feel a little obsessive but I'm sure everyone reading this is in the same boat. Recently I seem to be getting asked on a weekly basis "Why do you need so many bikes?", unfortunately I can never seem to have a reason that would actually convince anyone including myself (except for "They don't talk back to me" ). So what are your excuses when people ask? Let's hear them! And yes, I'm tempted to buy a 2003 something just so I'm not missing a year.
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There is still room.
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I need a sporty road bike, my raliegh international, my rain bike, the jamis nova, the layed back cruizer, the townie.

I have an old mongoose hardtail that I am going to make into a hybrid/commuter someday and I hope to add a recumbent soon.
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I can still find types of riding that I don't have the perfect bike for.

First I had my custom painted vintage steel bike, then I added the high end vintage steel bike, then I wanted a touring bike, then I decided it was time to get something with carbon fiber, aluminum frame and 10speed.
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I'm pretty lean at 3 bikes.

200? Eddy Merckx Majestic - Standard road bike
1993 Trek 520 - Loaded touring and commuting
2002 Schwinn Mesa GSD - singletrack riding (rare).

If you ride a lot on a lot on a lot of different surfaces then multiple bikes make sense. That's what I keep telling myself anyways. There are a lot of topics on using one bike for everything, but it's not really practical. But like marqueemoon said, "there is still room" for more.
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I only have 3 bikes.

But I do have my eye on a few more.
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I've got 3 (road, cross, MTB) but looking to build a steel or Ti fixed gear... someday
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Because there are worse things to spend money on and it keeps me in great shape and very happy? Is that good enough?

1. Independent Fabrication SEC Crown Jewel w/ Dura-Ace
2. Independent Fabrication SEC Crown Jewel w/ Record
3. Independent Fabrication Planet Cross w/ Ultegra
4. Serotta Legend ST w/ Dura-Ace
5. Serotta CSI w/ Dura-Ace
6. Serotta CSI w/ Chorus
7. Scott CR1 Team Isssue w/ Dura-Ace

I've also recently sold a Trek 5200 w/ Ultegra and a Specialized Tri-Cross Comp.

My next bike will be a Parlee and then I'll call it quits
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Originally Posted by onkey
Because there are worse things to spend money on and it keeps me in great shape and very happy? Is that good enough?

1. Independent Fabrication SEC Crown Jewel w/ Dura-Ace
2. Independent Fabrication SEC Crown Jewel w/ Record
3. Independent Fabrication Planet Cross w/ Ultegra
4. Serotta Legend ST w/ Dura-Ace
5. Serotta CSI w/ Dura-Ace
6. Serotta CSI w/ Chorus
7. Scott CR1 Team Isssue w/ Dura-Ace

I've also recently sold a Trek 5200 w/ Ultegra and a Specialized Tri-Cross Comp.

My next bike will be a Parlee and then I'll call it quits
:drool: OMG, I think two of those bike (maybe 1) is worth more than all mine put together...NICE!
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I need two. One is a multi-purpose backup/beater/trainer/night bike. After some recent sprucing up (new colors, new tires, new tape) I find my beater is almost more dear to me than my high-dolla bike...and 1/3 the price. Go figure. I don't suppose I will need a 3rd road bike, but maybe a cross bike or a fixie....
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My excuse? I don't need one. My reason for buying more? Don't seem to have one beside a deep passion inside of me. Maybe just because I know it is good to have bicycles.

I guess (counting the bikes for the Mrs.) I have:

1990 BASSO - fixed conversion
2005 Giant TCR C2
2006 Flyte (in process)
2003(?) Gary Fisher Tassajara
2003(?) Gary Fisher Tass (Wife's)
199? Trek 1200 WSD (Wife's)

Like Cuda mentioned I find that I view them as specific bikes for different riding. I guess if I had 6 very comparable road bikes I would begin to question what I was doing. If I had 100 unique and classic road bikes- I could justify that.

I still need a cyclo-cross rig (just b'cause), and a....recumbent (seriously - don't kick me out).

Oh and tandem if I could ever get the wife to agree with me on anything.

...and when my son gets older I'd like to take him on a couple of bike tours so I will need a nice touring bike. Of course my son will need a decent road bike that will allow him to adequately race juniors. He'll need a mtn bike as well....boys will be boys...

I should just start building my own frames. I just about do everything else. Oh and start a fake bike shop so I can buy direct from distribution.
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I should add, I used to have a thing for expensive watches, and would own 1-3 at a time. Now I find I am bored with watches, and bikes have taken their place. And a similar pricepoint.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001

Like Cuda mentioned I find that I view them as specific bikes for different riding. I guess if I had 6 very comparable road bikes I would begin to question what I was doing. If I had 100 unique and classic road bikes- I could justify that.
k, don't feel so bad now since I have a use for every bike:
2002 Orbea Zonal -> Crit and "I'm ready to crash" bike
2002 Bianchi XL Boron -> Training bike
2004 Specialized S-Works -> RR & CR Race bike
2005 Fetish Cycles Lamierina -> TT/Tri bike
2005 Alan Ultral Cross -> Cyclo-Cross Pit/backup bike
2006 Specialized Stumpjumper Disc -> MTB
2007 Redline Conquest Pro > Primary cyclo-cross bike

Hoorah! Don't feel bad anymore, thanks guys!!
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I should add, I used to have a thing for expensive watches, and would own 1-3 at a time. Now I find I am bored with watches, and bikes have taken their place. And a similar pricepoint.
I was the same way with computers, bikes don't loose their value as quickly
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My garage is so BIG.
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Oh garages are so pase (I can't spell). I find the true enthusiast has at least a couple of bikes in the are of the home that counts towards the "livable space square footage."

Where's that pic of the guy in bed with his bike...
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n+1. wooo.

(except my situation's starting to look like n-1. my computer recently crapped out on me completely, and the only way I can afford a replacement that fits my needs might be to... you know.. aarrrgh. I can't say it.)
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n+1. wooo.

(except my situation's starting to look like n-1. my computer recently crapped out on me completely, and the only way I can afford a replacement that fits my needs might be to... you know.. aarrrgh. I can't say it.)
You will regret it FOREVER. Go sell blood to pay for the computer. Or something else...if you're a dude.
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At some point, you should find another way to stroke your self-esteem. Give the fackin' planet a break. Get a bicycle, ride it, recycle others.
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At some point, you should find another way to stroke your self-esteem. Give the fackin' planet a break. Get a bicycle, ride it, recycle others.
Nah...I'll just melt down my neighbor's SUV and make more bikes. Win-win.
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It's scientifically proven the number of bikes neccesary to a healthy living is always...

N = C + 1

Where N is the required number of bikes and C is the current number of bikes.
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Okay I only have:

2006 Trek 5200:
1989/90 Holdsworth Criterium;
and a Specialized FSR Comp 1999

Now I would "like" an Orbea, an old Bianchi and a Se7en.... etc.

but I have to be honest I haven't touched the Holdsworth since I got the Trek.... do you guys have a bike rotation system? do you just walk into the garage and grab one of the rack?
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