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  1. #1
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    How many bikes do you really need? This many...

    So after my latest bike purchase and yet another addition to the family hanging in the garage, my wife asked my, "how many bikes do you really need?" So to address that question (and subsequently send me to the dog house), I presented to her the 'count theory'. Count theory says (in summary) that there are m x n combinations of any number of m and n items. So all we need to know is how many different elements there are, and how many levels for each not all inclusive, but close enough:

    Suspension type (4): Full-suspension, Front suspension, soft-tail, fully rigid
    Wheel size (4): 26, 29, 650b, 69
    Gearing (2): geared, SS
    Material (4): Titanium, Carbon, Steel, Aluminum

    4 x 4 x 2 x 4 = 128

    So there you have it, you need 128 bikes.
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    If you show that to the wife, she WILL take the kids & move in with her sister. Not to mention, get half in the divorce.

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    I like that theory! Works for me. I have not yet gotten my wife to buy in to it though.

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    half of 128 bikes is still not bad!
    I have about 6 bikes, however only 4 of them are any sort of decent.
    one carbon 26er hardtail singlespeed with 100mm in front
    one steel cross bike singlespeed with a carbon fork
    one carbon 26er 5" travel full squish, 2x9
    one full carbon geared road bike
    one aluminum singlespeed road bike with a carbon fork (around town beater)
    one aluminum 650b singlespeed hardtail with 100mm in front (spare/loaner bike)

    the ss carbon hardtail gets the most use.

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    I have three at the moment, going down to two, maybe one.
    BMX bike for street/ramps- does not get ridden much anymore
    Redline Monocog 26- ride it everywhere, change tires and rear cog for different purposes
    old Bianchi hybrid- not very much fun to ride, does not seem more practical than the Cog. going to the local co-op as a donation next week.

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    I like to keep it simple and use what I've got (although I really want a full suspension). I've got a single speed rigid 26'er, and a 700c fixed gear. I'm planning a build that will be a single speed rigid 29'er/1x9/fixed gear mtb...but for a high schooler about to graduate 2 bikes is all I need. I'd still be thankful with 1..but 2 is nice

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