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Old 03-12-07, 01:22 PM
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One bike.

This is mostly for those of you with larger stables, but anyone's welcome to answer :

Suppose you need to get rid of all of your bikes but one. Which do you keep?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, for some reason, and it always seems to come down to keeping my SS mtb.
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yup, if it was one of my existing bikes it'd be the ss cross. if it were any bike i wanted, probably a nice geared cross.
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Old 03-12-07, 01:34 PM
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My Surly Cross-Check. It does everything. geared cross 4 lyfe.
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I'd probably have to go with geared cross too. It will be good for road rides and commuting. Anything technical off road would suck but it would still be possible.
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Originally Posted by jim-bob
This is mostly for those of you with larger stables, but anyone's welcome to answer :

Suppose you need to get rid of all of your bikes but one. Which do you keep?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, for some reason, and it always seems to come down to keeping my SS mtb.
not the kona??!
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Old 03-12-07, 01:44 PM
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not the kona??!
That doesn't narrow it down much, four bikes in the house are konas, and the bike I'd keep is a shameless knockoff of Joe Murray's 90s Kona geometry.

Oh! You mean the uuuuuuuuugly bike. It didn't make the cut. Poor thing.
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i'd also have to keep my geared cross bike... while we're playing pretend, i'd also have to get a steel desalvo to replace my current aluminum frame.
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Toss up between the cross bike and the mtb. I did the one bike thing with my old Bridgestone MB2 for a long time (commute, off-road, charity rides, touring, club rides, racing) and I could make it work for anything. Not sure how well the cross bike would work as an all-out offroad machine but for everything else it fits.
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My cervelo.... it's my baby.
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My conversion. So if I get hit, I don't have to kill myself.
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I would put gears back on the touring frame that I converted to fixed gear.
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my old touring bike after all it was my first real bike
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i only have one
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The Trek 5200. I figure you can always commute on a fast bike but you can't race on a slow bike.
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My Cross Bike for sure (it's an old converted touring bike)
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My only bike. KHS Flite with Rush fork, miche's to aeroheads, risers and a comfy seat.
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interesting but not totally surprising that many folks are picking geared bikes. i would go with my mercian conversion. i ride it more than any of my other bikes. actually...if i found out that i could only have one bike, i would just get rid of everthing that i have right now and go with a custom fixed gear. don't know who i would go with but man...i saw a circle a outside the grocery store today that would make me consider that company.
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Old 03-12-07, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by eddiebrannan
i only have one
When's the other one showing up? I saw it at NAHBS.
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**** a bunch of track. get durty

I'd want my Santa Cruz Chameleon back (more versitile than a straight-up SS)
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I really like my Devinci Caribou touring bike. It's built off this cool do anything cantilever'd aluminum frame. The geo is "toury" but serious tourers don't like it---it's a bit more aggressive than a pure touring bike and hence more versatile. You can fit huge tires under fenders, front and rear racks, and 3 bottle cages. So depending on the wheelset, fenders and rack setup you can use it for commuting, ld road riding, loaded touring or cross.

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I'd probably keep my Country Road Bob. It's been a real do-all bike for me, and has enough braze ons to do anything I really want with it.

Granted it's not a sprint bike, but it never pretended to be a track bike. r
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[highlander]There can be only one![/highlander]

As much as I enjoy all my bikes, I would have to go with my geared mtn bike. The SS bikes are great, but they are limited. I'd even give up the Cervelo...
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98 Trek 7000, back when they made them to last. Currently fix/free but has been set up with trigger shifters and drop bars with bar end shifters.
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Originally Posted by [165]
**** a bunch of track. get durty

I'd want my Santa Cruz Chameleon back (more versitile than a straight-up SS)
I'm not the only one then. That chameleon still brings tears to my eyes thinking back on how much fun I had on it. Hell, I ride the Colnago still thinking it's my Chameleon.

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