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i know alot of people who have a single bike and do most types of riding on that one bike.

i prefer to have a specific bike for more riding.

1 road geared
1 road ss
1 cross
1 touring
1 26" fs
1 26" ht
1 26" rigid
1 650b rigid
1 29er rigid
1 bmx
and always looking to add more

how do you do it?
 

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I'd have a bike for each day of the week if I could afford it but I can't. 1 bike until I get my 2nd later this year.
 

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jdreher55 said:
1 bike until I get my 2nd later this year.
:confused: You've got 5 listed in your sig

I have a FS XC bike that I occasionally also use for a slow and pathetic imitation of DH (2-3 days a year at Killington or Mt. Snow). And a 12 year old hardtail I keep for backup, if the FS is down for service.

I don't really want a whole stable of bikes. I'd rather have one that I use wherever I am. Kind of like skis....I used to have a half dozen pair, but I always seemed to be on the wrong ones for the current conditions. Now I have one pair. And a snowboard for the big powder days :D

I suppose if I had the money, having a DH oriented bike too would make that kind of riding enjoyable, instead of the jarring ordeal it is now :p
 

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As much as I ride sometimes its easier to just have one main ride and a back up. That way I don't have to worry about which bike is better for what. Also maintenance on one bike is a lot easier even though I have to work on that one bike more its easier than trying to keep track of multiple bikes. I have a geared 29er, a 29er SS for a back up or when the mood strikes and a geared roadie and a backup/bad weather roadie. Its a lot easier to keep track of then when I had 8 bikes. Nothing is worse than needing to replace the drivetrain on 3 bikes at once ($$$$). Now I just go through 3 or 4 cassettes, 6-8 chains, and 2 or 3 sets of chainrings a year on one bike instead of trying to maintain multiple bikes.
 

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Mr Cabletwitch said:
I just go through 3 or 4 cassettes, 6-8 chains, and 2 or 3 sets of chainrings a year on one bike
Damn, you must be riding a lot more than me (or in really muddy conditions?). I put on a new chain, cassette, and small & middle rings every spring and I'm good for the year (8 months of riding here). I clean & lube the chain religiously. (It beats actual religion)
 

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Jim Z in VT said:
Damn, you must be riding a lot more than me (or in really muddy conditions?). I put on a new chain, cassette, and small & middle rings every spring and I'm good for the year (8 months of riding here). I clean & lube the chain religiously. (It beats actual religion)
I'm a 200 pound rider that likes to pull big gears, my stuff tends to last 1/2-3/4 as long as most peoples. Its not overly muddy here in Pa, but its not dry either. Last week I ripped apart a chain 3 seperate times just because I was in my granny ring(it did need replaced though). Earlier this year I twisted the teeth on a granny ring that was 3 weeks old and that was probably the first time I ever even used it. :madman:

You can imagine what it would be like for me to maintain a bunch of bikes. :eek: I'd rather be out on the trail.
 

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veloreality said:
i know alot of people who have a single bike and do most types of riding on that one bike.

i prefer to have a specific bike for more riding.

1 road geared
1 road ss
1 cross
1 touring
1 26" fs
1 26" ht
1 26" rigid
1 650b rigid
1 29er rigid
1 bmx
and always looking to add more

how do you do it?
I'm sorry, but that's pretty much ridiculous amount of bikes. What are you just trying to prove?

Tell the truth, how often do you REALLY ride this top shelf, cream of the crop that all your "friends" are envious of stable of bikes?

Oh, by the way, I ride one bike for everything. Yeah, I'm one of THOSE simple people.

That's how I do it.

Rock
 

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Rock said:
Tell the truth, how often do you REALLY ride this top shelf, cream of the crop that all your "friends" are envious of stable of bikes?

Rock
For Veloskewedreality, it's definitely about the "ride"
 

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I cannot imagine, nor do I want to imagine, having that many bikes. I have one that does it all, and I like that my one bike can handle pretty much anything. To me, that makes a bike even cooler - jack of all trades kind of thing. I do it by enjoying the challenge of figuring out how to do things well on the same bike. I think it's pretty cool if I can ride trails, bunnyhop up some urban obstacles, or go for an extended road ride all on the same bike. It may be less than ideal for road riding, and pretty darn heavy to be jumping up things, but I see that as part of the challenge and when I accomplish something that is harder than normal, I feel pretty good about it. I actually prefer to do it all on a beefy frame that I know won't let me down. Alas, that is what makes me happy, and you seem to have different motives.
 

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I have three.

1 steel road bike, geared, currently setup with a rack and child seat in back
1 26" hardtail, geared
1 29er hardtail SS

That's all I really care to have. I feel my road bike is "overbuilt" with nice components that could attract a thief. I sort of regret building it this way for my current use, which involves riding around town with my son and parking it different places. But I also like to do 30-60 mile rides on my own every now and then. The nicer components are a good thing to have then. I've considered getting a beater road/touring bike for around town, but I don't like the thought of having another bike. Any road bike I consider is made of steel and must have tabs for racks and fenders, so it can be an all around road/city bike.

The 26" hardtail has been my primary bicycle for the past two years, but I just got back on a 29er SS. I feel the 26" will be the spare bike to lend friends or when I feel like changing it up from the 29er. The 26" is an awesome climber and when I'm up for it, can be a very fast ride in the tight, smooth, singletrack, but it beats me up in the rocky stuff of central Texas, therefore the 29er. Had I asked for rack/fender bosses on my 29er, that could have probably been my one do everything bike, which sounds like a great idea now.
 

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veloreality said:
i know alot of people who have a single bike and do most types of riding on that one bike.

i prefer to have a specific bike for more riding.

1 road geared
1 road ss
1 cross
1 touring
1 26" fs
1 26" ht
1 26" rigid
1 650b rigid
1 29er rigid
1 bmx
and always looking to add more

how do you do it?
Oh boy, here we go
How do you do it? With your legs.

For most people it's a matter of money and priorities. Are you trying to make people feel bad, or are you just trying to show off?
Trust me, you DO NOT want to go there.
If not I opologize but come on, What do you think?
Why not just ask, how do you people live in a trailer?, how do you not go to college?
My first thought was that you must not have real money cause if you did, unless you just hit the lotto, you would have learned this lesson.
You might be a really nice guy but your question makes me think your either not too swift, or at least not sensitive to others.
I have 6 bikes myself, not counting the rest of my family's, and wouldn't bash you for having 20, but no one asked you, and you make it sound like it's a mystery why someone wouldn't have 10 bikes. HELLO
 

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Two bikes.

Geared hard tail- Kona Cinder Cone
Rigid 29er Single speed- Origin8 Scout29

That's all I need. And realistically I could be fine with just either of them.
 

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Rock said:
I'm sorry, but that's pretty much ridiculous amount of bikes. What are you just trying to prove?

Tell the truth, how often do you REALLY ride this top shelf, cream of the crop that all your "friends" are envious of stable of bikes?

Oh, by the way, I ride one bike for everything. Yeah, I'm one of THOSE simple people.

That's how I do it.

Rock
Hey, there's more than one of us. In my case (and 15 y/o son's, been riding 8 years) :
HT SS: 1 each :Soma 415, Fetish
FS Geared: 1 each: Klein Adept, Scwinn Rocket (and 1 extra, Motobecane Fantom DS)
Road bike: Him: Schwinn Traveler
HT Geared: Me 2, trying to give 1 to him: Rocky Mountain Vertex, Rockhopper
FS SS:ME, NO way is he getting my Kona "A".
Not only that, but getting ready to sell/EBAY: a 13" Stumpjumper M4 HT frame, a KHS Rigid 1 frame'
There's a few more. In our case, we like to have the right tool for the job.
In good weather and health, we ride 4-5 times a week. Anyway, EBAY can be your friend, as can be people you meet at the trailhead. I build all my own bikes, and while I'm not cheap, I am frugal.
We like to joke that we save the geared bikes for when we're sick, lame, or lazy. But then again, I've been all the above lately! And still rode.:p
Seriously, though. One of the big advantages of having a bunch of bikes is that you can always get that new bike rush when you ride one you haven't been on for awhile!
 

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My wife thinks I have too many but I think I "need" a couple more. I added a new Giant Reign to her stable so she could "catch" up. Didn't seem to have a problem with "that" addition.
Here's mine:
DH Bike: cove shocker
AM Bike: Tranny Covert
SS Bike: Tranny Trans-Am
DJ/Pump Bike: Soul Roscoe
Cruiser Bike: Electra RS
want to add a BMX, maybe a Klunker and dare I?...a 29r (don't tell my DH buddies;))

I look at them like golf clubs...can't tee off with a putter and can't putt with a sand wedge

after a quick count...there's 8 bikes in the garage plus two year old's push bike...so that's 9
 

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Currently have 4 - Kona Dawg Dee-lux fully, Kona Unit 29er SS, Bianchi San Jose SS, and a beater Nishiki Blazer (fully rigid) from college. Over this past summer I have been trying to get rid of them all to get a do-it-all bike. Haven't been successful at getting rid of any of them. Much easier to maintain one ride...

Gary J.
 

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Ya know, about 10 years ago my list looked like veloreality's. I even had a hardtail with a 80cc motor. I spent half my time wrenching.

I'm down to 2 bikes now. One for riding and one for if my riding bike breaks and I need to ride before I can fix it.

I ride more and fix less now.
 

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Rock said:
I'm sorry, but that's pretty much ridiculous amount of bikes. What are you just trying to prove?

Tell the truth, how often do you REALLY ride this top shelf, cream of the crop that all your "friends" are envious of stable of bikes?

Oh, by the way, I ride one bike for everything. Yeah, I'm one of THOSE simple people.

That's how I do it.

Rock
IDK, I have a ton of bikes:

1 Road
1 Road Fixed
1 Flatland BMX
1 DJ/Urban
1 26" SS Rigid
1 26" Full Suspension
1 29'er SS Rigid
1 Cyclocross SS
1 Geared Cyclocross
1 Utility bike
1 Retro custom build
1 Chopper Beach Cruiser

I don't know how it happens, but you take interest in a style of bike and you build one... time goes on and you accumilate. I actually do ride all these bikes (I ride about 5 days a week) and I have fun with every single one.

I think, however, if I were to have ONE bike, it would be my geared cyclocross bike.

Some people express passion through having one bike, some people express passion through having many - the concept is, in a world of wandering zombies, that we HAVE passion for something.

There's worse things in this world than having multiple bikes. You go, Veloreality, with your bad-self. If you can afford all those bikes - have fun with it. It's your money. I'm not going to blast Jay Leno for having a collection of cars and motorcycles - why would anybody be offended by other's belongings?
 

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Oh ****, I thought I'd read the most annoying threads already. I was wrong.
Here's how I do it. I have a road bike and a few mountainbikes, and i choose whichever I think is appropriate for each ride. I spend the rest of my free time pondering how people with an agenda ****ing live with themselves.
 
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