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2nd/backup bike

Old 10-11-11, 12:40 PM
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2nd/backup bike

I saw several posters talking about having a 2nd bike as a backup in case the first isn't available. So my question is how often did that really happen?

I have two bikes but one was given to me as a gift at the same time I bought a used bike. The gift bike was brand new but isn't a necessary better bike. I split time between the two for commuting and weekend ride but it seems I don't really need two road bikes and I'm considering selling one, probably the gift one.
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Old 10-11-11, 12:44 PM
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Full crabon TT bike with crabon aerobars/shifters/brakes, Adamo Racing 2, and SRAM Red for $1000 - I couldn't pass that up.
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I've had two bikes for 4 years. Only two or three times was the first bike not able to be used. My back up bike just sits attached to the trainer most of the time.
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My second bike is mostly for use on my stationary trainer. I'll use it pretty extensively during spring and fall for weeknight interval workouts (primary bike will be used for weekend morning group rides), and for the most part exclusively in the dead of winter months.

I have different gearing on it (triple 52/39/30 vs. compact 50/34) to make it more suitable for low-cadence, high-tension ("climbing") type workouts, and also for exceptionally steep outdoor rides.
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The last time I only had 1 bike was a short 1 year stint when I was about 10 years old. I fixed that by getting a road bike that was way too big for me. A few years ago, I sold everything and got down to 2 bikes. Now I have my road bike, my other road bike, my cross bike, a raleigh frame, a masi frame and a Philips. I can't imagine only having one bike to choose from.
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My old race bike is on commuter duty. Occasionally emergency spare part duty (though it's usually the TT bike that gets temporarily raided).
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Even the back up needs a back up.
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It's nice to have a back-up as a beater or commuter, or something to ride if your main ride has a major mechanical.

Optional, not mandatory.
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One's a triple that is used for steep mountain climbing - the other is the cruiser/century bike. Then there's the TT bike.
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Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
I saw several posters talking about having a 2nd bike as a backup in case the first isn't available. So my question is how often did that really happen?
Say you crash your bike and you need to get it fixed. Or maybe you're adjusting the fit on the bike and need to get things dialed in a little more before you take it on a long ride. You could be replacing a few parts on the bike and it isn't in rideable condition at the moment. These are some of the occasions when a 2nd bike would come in handy.

That, and there's also a rain/winter bike. If you have a nice bike and don't want to totally trash it by riding crappy weather, a less expensive (probably heavier) bike that can be fitted with full fenders and inexpensive parts will help out.
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Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
I saw several posters talking about having a 2nd bike as a backup in case the first isn't available. So my question is how often did that really happen?

I have two bikes but one was given to me as a gift at the same time I bought a used bike. The gift bike was brand new but isn't a necessary better bike. I split time between the two for commuting and weekend ride but it seems I don't really need two road bikes and I'm considering selling one, probably the gift one.
Why not set one up as more of a dedicated commuter? You know: rack, fenders, lights. Keep the other one unencumbered for fair weather riding.
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Have 2 bikes. Both get used almost equally. There has been plenty of time that one bike or the other needed something I had not done, so I went on the other.
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I crashed an aluminum CX bike into a pole one day, playing slalom in the rain. It was pretty dumb of me. Anyway, I bent one of the seat stays pretty bad, and the mechanic warned me against riding the bike unless it was on smooth, flat pavement. It took about a month for them to get a new frame and to swap everything over - it was discontinued and their supplier had to dig one up. This was my only bike at the time, and that meant I spent a month walking around the neighborhood to get my outdoor fix.

Another time, I wrecked the rear wheel on the same bike, which uses disc brakes. It took a while to get a new wheel, since I couldn't just put any wheel on the bike. At this point, it wasn't my only bike, so I still got to ride.

I traded that death trap in on a used Soloist.
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Old 10-11-11, 01:45 PM
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I've got two at the moment just because I recently got a new one. I am seriously considering selling the old one though because it is a bit too big and I haven't used it since I got the new one. The other part of me says to keep it though because if I damage one in a race, I don't want to miss the next race due to lack of a bike.
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if you're a casual weekend warrior, a back-up bike probably isnt necessary. if you're a serious cyclist at all, a back-up bike is a necessity IMO. everything breaks, everything. letting a busted shifter or a broken FD cage stop you from riding when you've got miles to put it, or races to do is not acceptable.
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I have a backup bike. It's also my rain bike. I've used it as a backup for the race bike at least once a year since I built it five years ago.
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There was a time I had only one bicycle. Every time it had to go to the shop for something (and it broke spokes a lot), I was without a bicycle, which was very frustrating. I like having a collection of bicycles so that I've always got at least one ready to go ... and I also like the variety.
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The thing is this: Sometimes a bike repair may require ordering of parts or might be expensive or whatever. If you only have one bike, you can't ride while waiting for the repair and you have to pony up the money right away, perhaps having to go with the fastest, but not necessarily best value, solution. If you have a backup bike, you can still ride while you sort out the repair.
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I have three back-ups, regardless of which one you want to call my main bike:

Moots Vamoots roadie
Mercian Vincitore touring rig
Trek MTB
Schwinn single speed for cruising near campus
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one carbon race bike, one al training bike with higher gearing and one track bike. Al bike is commuter, rain bike, race bike gets ridden long on the weekends. Because the training bike is used mostly for hills/after work the setup is different.
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my backup bike exists as I have a severe case of upgraditus.
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I'm recreational / fitness-oriented and have 2 road bikes.
Before I had 2 road bikes, I was stockpiling spare parts to try to minimize downtime whenever the bike had some significant issue. I had extra derailers, wheels, and pretty much anything I thought might need to be replaced after a crash or some wear and tear.

But yea my current, more conventional approach is just to have 2 bikes. I like it better. And in the last 9 months I've had a significant gap to cover with just one bike as I was upgrading the other (new frame even).

But when both rides are in good shape, I'm set up with some other intentional distinctions: a hill/wind oriented bike; and a speed/flat oriented bike. There is also one of the two which is preferred for leaving locked outside for a few minutes when I need to take one for an errand (rarely!). Think of your use cases like this when you're planning and you should end up with some nice ways to get complementary functions from your fleet.
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Why 2:
- A bit different gearing (hills vs. flats).
- Rain/travel/trainer/cheaper bike vs. main ride.
- Unlikely that you'll miss a ride because a mechanical problem/waiting for parts, etc.
- By using both, less frequent replacement of the "expensive parts" of the main ride.
- Variety.
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