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Should you have a spare bike?

Old 12-07-10, 08:07 PM
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Should you have a spare bike?

I broke down and bought a new 2009 S works roubaix sl2 di2 for $5k from a LBS. I was going to sell my 2007 Roubaix pro to help the purchase...however my pro is in mint condition and it doesn't seem worth it selling it for $1500. I was thinking of keeping it for a spare...do many of you have spare bikes?
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Old 12-07-10, 08:09 PM
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The majority of cyclists have at least one spare. Comes in handy when it's raining, snowing, or when you crash your primary bike.
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You say this like it is a bad thing!
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Should you have a spare bike?

No.

You should have several spare bicycles.


I think Rowan and I have 20-something around the place right now. I kind of lost count, and some are just frames, not built up bicycles.
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Yes.

You may also periodically have a bike in the shop, and the spare is handy then.
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Yes.
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Not to be too confrontational, but are you trolling? Or putting us on??

You are bragging about a 5K Di2 bike. Must be nice.

Your 3 year old bike is in "mint" condition.

This does not compute.

What about the bike you had before the "mint" 2007 one?

Anyway, as above it's always nice to have a spare in case your first choice is not working...
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Old 12-07-10, 08:38 PM
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Yes. I can't tell you how many times I inspected a bike only to find a flat or some other irritation when I'm ready to ride. Having a spare ready (or even just a spare wheelset) salvages the ride.
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YES. I have 3 bikes and 2 and in need of repair. I'm doing my best not to F my 3rd until I get one of the others well again.
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i guess I will keep it......

thanks for the input....I bought the 07 pro in the beginning of 09..plus I keep it in great shape (clean freak). I really got into cycling the last few years. Plus this was such a good deal on the s works...have a little buyers remorse tho. But you guys made me feel a little better...thanks!!
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a spare bike comes in handy...not necessary but handy.
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I think if you are serious about your riding then yes you do need at least a spare. When my Trek broke I did not have a backup. But within a few days I did. And then I picked up yet another nice older bike. The Trek spent several months (got it back just today) at the LBS waiting warranty so I used one bike as my main ride and then the other one seem mixed use and was the one I took out in the rain. I'm now putting together an old mountain bike as a winter ride. It's purpose is to be sacrificed (if need be) to the salt and sand gods this winter. Oh and I'm seriously considering another nice MB for off road use this spring. You can never have too many bikes.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
[I]You should have several spare bicycles.


I think Rowan and I have 20-something around the place right now. I kind of lost count, and some are just frames, not built up bicycles.
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Old 12-07-10, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I think if you are serious about your riding then yes you do need at least a spare.


Having a spare has nothing to do with how "serious" you are about your riding and everything to do with how much you are able and willing to spend (and store in your house/apartment). A spare is nice and all, but I would rather have, say, a road bike and a commuter bike, than two road bikes.
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Old 12-07-10, 09:57 PM
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No spare bike, but then again I don't have a spare bank account either.

FYI - The only type of riding I do is road/training. When the weather is bad or the sky is dark, I'm on the trainer. No commuting, no off-road. And no room for a "spare bike".

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Old 12-07-10, 11:20 PM
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no spare road bike, but i have a hybrid for that lazy rides to the park or a coffee shop.
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Yes but a $1500 spare bike? Hmm...
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Equation:

Number of required bikes = N + 1

N= # bikes you already have.

QED.
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Old 12-08-10, 12:31 AM
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Recently, I posted about justifying buying a new bike even though I didn't "need" one. I was roundly given a light, yet crispy, battering about even bothering with justifications. One of the responses did pertain to having an "emergency back up bike" in case the main bike is broken.

In short - if you can afford it, keep the other bike.

Mind you, this logic can lead you to an infinite loop N+1, so be careful.
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4 now, but I don't really think of any of them as a spare. There's the race bike, the vintage steel race bike, the CX bike, and the fixed gear. I ride whatever suits my mood and the weather.
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Originally Posted by ciocc_cat View Post
No spare bike, but then again I don't have a spare bank account either.
What do you need a spare bank account for? Don't you have tips in your part of the world?
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i don't like the concept of a spare bike. all my bikes are equally loved.
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I have three road bikes, a TT bike and a hard tail MTB. I use them all regularly. One of them usually is in need of some kind of maintenance.
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I have three road bikes, a TT bike and a hard tail MTB. I use them all regularly. One of them usually is in need of some kind of maintenance.
and like children, they are all beautiful in your eyes. even the ugly ginger headed one with freckles and buck teeth.
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