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    Quote Originally Posted by mfisher1971 View Post
    One.

    Owning a single bike is infinitely better than owning none. Any number of bikes beyond the first, though rewarding and favorable, is relatively insignificant.
    you sir just won this thread.

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    I'm thinking 5:

    HT 29er , wouldn't sell for nostalgic reasons
    Old HT 26", now commuter/lender
    Road bike..not sure I'll ever ride it, but I bought it cheap
    ( gave away another 26" HT to a deserving fellow sothe bike storage area looks less over-the-top)

    (near future purchases...)
    FS 26" all-purpose
    Fat Tire bike cuz I live in the frozen tundra and I don't want to wait until June to ride again

    Wonder when the Hubs is going to stop turning a blind eye to my bike habit...

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    3. Commuter hardtail and a dually. I have 4 too many.
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    commuter/grocery getter/waling the dog around the neighborhood bike

    crap weather/trails are too wet roadie/commuter/around town/gotta feed the jones bike

    hardtailtrialsinsoloridepedalingfromhomeridebike

    trail/AM/riding with an undetermined group ride 5" bike

    local burly trails/once in a blue moon shuttle/DH and park bike/still want to pedal it local on xc trails for ****s and grins bike.

    parts bin, leftover bits and studded tires in winter SS bike with way too big a fork but who cars it's stupid fun to ride bike
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    Several theories can be applied.
    1) You can only ride 1 bike at a time so 1 is sufficient
    2) 1 bike for every discipline I ride
    3) 7 days in a week, so a different bike for each day
    4) 1 bike for every discipline I ride with a backup bike for each
    5) I ride a bike everyday and I never ride the same bike within a month
    6) I'm a collector
    7) I'm an obsessive wack job who likes to build bikes as much as I do riding them

    The list goes on. Im sure I missed some. Its all good.
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    I have currently three bikes - a 160mm FS 650b AM bike, a 650b trail-rated hardtail for bad weather and easy rides with wifey, and a 20" unicycle in the office. The unicycle is a loaner from a colleague and it is by far the most difficult one to ride.

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    One is enough for me.. My bike does all of the above (Road, offroad, commuter etc..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    I have currently three bikes - a 160mm FS 650b AM bike, a 650b trail-rated hardtail for bad weather and easy rides with wifey, and a 20" unicycle in the office. The unicycle is a loaner from a colleague and it is by far the most difficult one to ride.
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    Looking good but I am sure I would be crashing on that one, too.

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    In an ideal world I'd have:

    29" hardtail for xc racing
    Fatbike for the winter
    Cross bike for dirt road rides, cross races, and rides where I want to combine some road and singletrack
    Race road bike
    Fixie commuter

    So I guess five bikes would completely suit just about all of my needs. A DH bike would be fun and all, but I don't exactly live near anywhere with the elevation required for that.

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    Currently three about to buy my fourth. What's enough? How many can I store?

    1. 29HT for XC
    2. 26" FS for all mountain
    3. 26" FS long travel suspension for all mountain because one just isn't enough.
    4. Road bike
    5. Downhill bike
    6. Touring bike
    7. Give me a bit, I'll come up with a reason for seven
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny7 View Post
    As many as you want, as long as you can pay cash for them and not go into dept.
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    Three bikes.
    1. Cyclocross for road/gravel and commuting
    2. SS rigid 29er
    3. HT 29er or FS 29er

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    This is based on my riding style, my terrain, my preferences:

    1. Race HT 29er.
    2. Training HT 29er.
    3. Goof off HT 26er.
    4. All Mountain FS 29er.
    5. Beater road bike.
    6. Race road bike.
    7. Single speed rigid 29er.
    8. All Mountain FS 650b (just because).
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    The correct answer is n+1; there is no such thing as a practical limit to the number of bikes you should have,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfisher1971 View Post
    One.

    Owning a single bike is infinitely better than owning none. Any number of bikes beyond the first, though rewarding and favorable, is relatively insignificant.
    I'm completely down with your philosophy, but I still maintain two bikes are nice for a dedicated biker. Cuz when one is broken, you want something to go get bike parts or carry you over. Those days without that broken bike puts you at zero point instead of the infinite point.

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    I woulds say 3, because I have 3 and I dont think the missus would let me have another.

    1 - for riding to/from work
    1 - for weekend rides/competing
    1 - for when I want to go out for a thrash and dont want to worry about possibly breaking something expensive (which is my ex XC bike)

    IF I did get to own another bike, it would most likely be a SS which I could use during the week for 'training'. Now I just need to convince the minister of finance/war that this would be a good thing.

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    I'm in college and very happy to be able to have 1 cheap roadie and 1 nice (for my budget) hardtail MTB

    in the far future I wouldn't mind having a full suspension, but any more than that I feel would just be pure hedonism
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinderz View Post
    I woulds say 3, because I have 3 and I dont think the missus would let me have another.
    Speaking of the missus- and mine rides road passionately - the number of bikes cannot exceed what fits in basement and garage neatly, among other sports equipment and clutter, without pissing her off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    Speaking of the missus- and mine rides road passionately - the number of bikes cannot exceed what fits in basement and garage neatly, among other sports equipment and clutter, without pissing her off.
    Yeah a friend of mine has the same issue. Mine on the other hand just says can you please get the bikes organized neatly. I don't care how you do it. She suggested I buy a commercial bike rack and put it on one side of the garage.

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    Absolutely everyone, meaning people that aren't that into biking, should have at least 2.

    People like us should have at least 3.

    I've come down to 3 and am happy. I'm not allowing myself to have anymore at this point because I'm too busy and too mobile in life right now.

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    Like I said then theres the wackjob obssesive I like to build em as much as I like to ride em types



    Chinese full carbon rigid 26er
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    09 GF Superfly HT 29er
    08 Jamis XCR Team FS 26er
    08 Origin 8 Rigid SS 29er
    05 Ellsworth Joker FS 26er
    05 Trek 4500 Rigid 26er
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    96 Klein Attitude Team HT 26er
    93 Paramount series R80 rigid 26er
    93 Diamondback Axis Rigid SS 26er
    93 Fat Buck Shaver HT SS 26er
    93 Yo Eddy HT 26er
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    3.

    1. FS MTB.
    2. Utility bike (Kona Ute, for example).
    3. WTF bike (Electra Rat Rod....).

    Screw skinny tires.
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    Where do you live? What seasons do you have? Who lives with you? Do you need a spare for buddies or people you want to introduce to the sport? Do you collect bikes? Do you own a bike shop? Are you growing? Are you a sponsored racer? ....

    As for me, I am at n+3 or 4.

    The misses is wanting a squishy. I'm wanting a fat bike for winter. My oldest may need a real mtb next year. As for my n, this is it save one bike in the basement on the trainer.

    What do you think is the truly appropriate number of bikes to own?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1352248473.968474.jpg
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    I ride FS, fatty, single speed commuter but I always find as the weather worsens and the days grow shorter; I spend less time on my bikes in the evening and more time dreaming up reasons why I need new ones......

    When I am riding 80 miles of single track a week I am happier with what I have and I forget that "It's all about the bike"

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    For me: One. For each discipline

    Of course completely relative however: Available space for storage, available money for purchasing and maintenance, available time to ride...

    I used to have one bike for everything and I was happier than a pig in mud. Now there are five and I am happier than a pig in mud.

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    I currently only own 3: a hardtail 29er that doubles as a commuter, a road bike, and a time trial bike. I believe I should own two more: a cross bike and a single speed commuter, but since my wife owns 4 bikes (same types as me plus a single speed commuter), I'm kinda limited to these for now. Maybe next year I can get one of those sweet single speed cross bikes with disk brakes that Raleigh makes...

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    Were we just talking about the Ritchey's?
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    I don't want everything, just one of everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn.skratch View Post
    For me: One. For each discipline
    Yeah me too, but man is that a slippery slope. Non-cyclists REALLY don't understand this, and even casual cyclists don't understand this, but you can continue to split disciplines into smaller and smaller sub-disciplines indefinitely.

    For some, a touring bike and a cyclocross bike are pretty much the same. For others, a cyclocross bike and a gravel bike are completely different. From there you can divide down into long- and short-distance gravel rigs. And so on.

    Everyone who has a hobby they are really into should understand though, cyclist or not. I really like beer. And to many, a stout is a stout. But to a beer lover, there is oatmeal stout, chocolate stout, coffee stout, milk stout, etc etc. Same with pretty much everything.

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    If I had larger bank account I would keep my Santa Cruz Butcher for light FR/general trail riding, I would add a slack, steel 29er hard tail for XC riding and I'd have a 7 inch, slacked out, single crown DH bike, like a Transition TR250
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    Theory is one thing. The n+1 rule is another thing.
    I count 5 bikes here which are mine (excluding family member bikes, which I maintain).

    The answer is six. Maybe seven.

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    Road - Race/Nice
    Road - Beater/Commuter/Bar Bike
    Fixed Gear
    Cargo Bike
    Hardtail Mtn
    FS 26"
    FS 29"
    FS 650b

    I'm missing the last 2.............so 6 is pretty good.............wouldn't mind a DJ type bike too............and I really want a Pennyfarthing for fun.............and a real nice touring bike..........So I'm thinking 10..............wait, this thread sucks, I thought I was happy with what I had............
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    Oh, and I do ride them all every week too...........I bike commute and ride different bikes every day...........then try and ride on the weekend, but until the babies are grown, that is a little less right now...........

    my wife has
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    Old school Scwhinn Step thru towing a double trailer for the kids
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    For those of you old enough to remember the early days of MTV, Billy Idol nailed it.

    "Your too much, is never enough."

    40 and counting. 1896 to 2012, they just keep coming up with new ones dammit.

    It's a disease, albeit, a healthy one.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    For those of you old enough to remember the early days of MTV, Billy Idol nailed it.

    "Your too much, is never enough."

    40 and counting. 1896 to 2012, they just keep coming up with new ones dammit.

    It's a disease, albeit, a healthy one.....
    The appropriate number of bikes to own is one more than Craig. I'm not there yet but I am trying!

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    just one more

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    Quote Originally Posted by digthemlows View Post
    Bar Bike
    what is a bar bike?

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    This thread shows more evidence that the economy is based on behavior economics and not on rational economics.

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    No matter how practical, diminishing returns takes over at four and your fifth bike could be somebody who's less fortunate only method of transportation or their first enthusiast's bike!

    1- Tri bike (if you race tri's, otherwise a cross bike)
    2- Pretty nice but not too sick roadie
    3- Best damn full-sus trail bike you can afford
    4- Hardtail how you like it.... SS, geared, full rigid... Whatever.

    I'm in the process of giving bikes away to get down to four. My next giveaway is a tricked out Spesh Sirrus and after that it is going to be really, really tough to let go of a primo 1998 all-OEM Celeste green Bianchi.

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    IMO - 9. ss hardtail/rigid mtb, fs mtb, geared road, ss road, cross, commuter, town bike/grocery getter, fatbike, bar bike. I think that covers it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt View Post
    what is a bar bike?
    It is a bicycle which you ride to a bar. Generally not a $10K bike, as the lock used will cost about $20 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcappy View Post
    The appropriate number of bikes to own is one more than Craig. I'm not there yet but I am trying!
    You sure about that? Fat bikes count as two, don't forget that...
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyRay View Post
    It is a bicycle which you ride to a bar. Generally not a $10K bike, as the lock used will cost about $20 or so.
    exactly.....for me it's a 63cm 1970 Peugeot UO8 10speed converted to a single speed. Put 700c wheels, better brakes and it looks like it's old......the seatpost is frozen, but it's right where I want it.......basically it's a bike nobody would steal if you have a u-lock on it.......no way I'd take a $2000+ bike and lock it at a pub or deli or grocery store......
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    ... as many as your budget allows, as many as available storage space allows, as many as the significant other allows.



    I'm rolling on 4 at the moment, but would like to add some more. I just sold my house, and am living in a temporary apartment until we buy the next house. Space is super limited.

    So, I have my FS 29er in the apartment (two feet up the wall above my head, right now), and I'm keeping the rest at work for now.

    I have:

    29er RacerX29er FS bike
    Access 29er hardtail geared bike
    Singular Swift 29er SS bike
    PlanetX Kaffenback cyclocross/touring/road bike

    I would like to add a City Bike back to the mix. I had a Giant Yukon old mountain bike, but ran a rigid fork, racks, and pannier bags for groceries. That was a killer setup. I want to do that again.

    I was even thinking cargo longtail bike, maybe with an electric assist. Thinking, to run local errands in a timely fashion, but leave the car at home.

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    It all depends on the type of riding you do. Or how seriously/competitively you ride.

    I have my roadie (2010 Schwinn LeTour Classic) for Century Rides etc...and general road riding. Then I have my around town/commuter Bike (Giant Sedona) for commuting, grocery getting(with trailer attached) and leisurely riding. Then there is my All mountain/trail bike (Giant Rincon) for, well you know what for...

    I am adding another mountain bike and it will be different from my hardtail in either wheel size or full suspension/wheel size. I will use both depending on where I ride.

    A guy could have several bikes with proper justification for each...
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    Quote Originally Posted by next View Post
    3. A nice road bike, a nice mountain bike, and a general 'beater' wally-world bike for carefree riding.
    Agreed

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    Just made it to 7 over the weekend.............picked this up for $50 and it's all original, weights a ton and is fun, I've always wanted an old schwinn cruiser......

    Master of Nothing, but dammit if I don't try..............

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    No roadies.
    No Cx.
    No Tracky.
    No Tri.
    1 x SS 29er
    1 x Ti Fatbike
    1 x Floval Flyer
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