# What do you think is the truly appropriate number of bikes to own?

• 11-04-2012
LostBoyScout
What do you think is the truly appropriate number of bikes to own?
Forget how many you want or how many you own. From a purely logical and reasonable standpoint, given how much you ride and how many different types of riding you do - how many do you think you should own?

I say three. One for on-road use that's practical for picking up groceries and getting places, one for off road use - getting to more remote places, enjoying the outdoors in general etc, and one for exactly the type of riding you like best - whatever that is - and this third one would be the less compromise, all-you-can-afford 'dream bike'.

In reality, I have four and would like to be at six. Here are three of them, the fourth lives in the parkade (bar bike).

• 11-04-2012
highdelll
=Nb+1
• 11-04-2012
InvictaS1
i'd say 5 is a good number. you need a dedicated road bike, singlespeed, geared mtb, a all-round beater/commuter, and a full-suspension mtb. i got 4 out of those 5, just need a full suspension bike.
• 11-04-2012
LostBoyScout
Quote:

Originally Posted by highdelll
=Nb+1

That's the correct equation for number of bikes wanted, but that's not what I'm asking ;)
• 11-04-2012
next
3. A nice road bike, a nice mountain bike, and a general 'beater' wally-world bike for carefree riding.
• 11-04-2012
xcguy
Two.
• 11-04-2012
Trail Ninja
Quote:

Originally Posted by highdelll
=Nb+1

I've had 13 and just needed one more. Now I have 1 and just need one more.
• 11-04-2012
Trail Ninja
Quote:

Originally Posted by LostBoyScout
That's the correct equation for number of bikes wanted, but that's not what I'm asking ;)

In that case, 1.
• 11-04-2012
dwt
1 5"-6" 650b trail, AM bike;
1 HT 29'er;
1 rigid SS, 29" for off road;
1 rigid SS, 26" for indoor park;
1 titanium CX bike; AND

1 winning lottery ticket
• 11-04-2012
limba
Personally, I'd like to just have one bike that does everything but that's not realistic. So...
1. Gotta have a beater for commuting.
2. Gotta have a road/cross bike with high gears for road rides.
3. Gotta have a mtn.bike. A cross bike won't cut it around here. Trust me, I've tried.

If I really wanted to geek out -
1. Hardtail.
2. Full suspension.
4. Cross.
5. Beater mtn. with rigid fork or cross bike.
• 11-04-2012
Mr_Melin
Pasted from velominati.com

Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
• 11-04-2012
Cormac
5

HT, FS, SS, road and cruiser. I don't commute, so no need for a beater.
• 11-04-2012
2fargon
I don't really enjoy FS bikes so a nice hardtail and a decent road bike are enough to keep me happy, though I always want one more bike than I currently own
• 11-04-2012
She&I
Appropriate, logical, reasonable? Hey, you're talking to bike junkies here... :D
• 11-04-2012
jollybeggar
i.e; n+29er, n+650b, n+carbon 650b FS, n+36er, n+whatever the LBS can talk me into

In truth I have only one bike, "the bike" 2008 Gaint Trance XO.
• 11-04-2012
Thor29
3 is the minimum number : 1 mountain bike, 1 road bike, 1 commuter.

And by commuter, I mean a bike just for casually riding around town regardless of whether you ride it to work or not. Personally, I won't ride junker bikes, so mine is a Surly Troll with a rear rack.
• 11-04-2012
dwt
Dang I forgot a hipster fixie in my list. Though I'm too old to qualify as hipster.

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• 11-04-2012
kjlued
• 11-04-2012
RidingMyTrail
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr_Melin
Pasted from velominati.com

Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

Thus:

s-1=n+1

Solving for s:

s=n+2

Buy two bikes, get a divorce. :p
• 11-04-2012
thorkild
N+1 aside, the appropriate number is at least one for each style of riding that you do on a semi regular basis.
• 11-04-2012
arkon11
A. DH/FR Bike (I find 7inches is a sweet spot unless you're hitting serious chunk)
B. DJ Hardtail/Slope Bike
C. XC/AM Steel Hardtail
• 11-04-2012
breckenridge
I think a bare minimum would be two - a road bike and a mountain bike. Beyond that would depend on where you live.

In or near a city I'd say 3 minimum. Add to the above an around-town/commuter/errand bike. Something single speed, fixie, or cruiser.. Something you can take to the store, a friends house, lunch, bar, etc and not have gotten geared up with SPD shoes and not afraid to leave it locked up. The key with one of these is to have it be nice enough that you want to ride it, but not so expensive you're paranoid about leaving it locked in a reasonable location. Quick release anything need not apply.
• 11-04-2012
bugshield
Because space is limited, I'm trying to get down to four:

- XC/Trail Bike
- Commuter/Tourer
- Tandem
• 11-04-2012
highdelll
Quote:

Originally Posted by arkon11
A. DH/FR Bike (I find 7inches is a sweet spot unless you're hitting serious chunk)
B. DJ Hardtail/Slope Bike
C. XC/AM Steel Hardtail

fify!

(dont have a cheapo bike)
• 11-04-2012
Millfox
Number of bikes you need +number of bikes you don't need but like like/bank account strength.
• 11-04-2012
Leopold Porkstacker
Eight is a good number.
• 11-04-2012
lidarman
Two!

That way you have one while you are repairing the other.

I violate this rule but I am unreasonable. I like having a trashy SS commuter bike and a long travel FS as well a a short travel FS.

But I could happily live with a trashy geared hardtail and a long travel FS, using my hardtail for commuting and smooth rides and my FS for big technical rides and as a commuter back-up when the other bike it in service.
• 11-04-2012
Crunch406
4.

Hardtail 29er
Fatty
Commuter

I have the first three. The commuter is something I would love to have, I just don't know if it would get enough use to justify it. Of course, now that I have the Necromancer, my HT may also be relegated to that very thing.
• 11-04-2012
Vitamin G
I think this is based on geography. For me, four would be nice. I'm missing the gravel bike to complete my collection.

- XC (racing) bike
- commuting bike / grocery getter (I actually have 2 commuters right now, one for summer and one for winter)
• 11-04-2012
hartwerks
For me it's 5.

Trail bike
Downhill bike
Dirt jumper
Townie / bar bike

I have couple more than this (singlespeed MTB, singlespeed road bike) but those first five I feel are important, and the other two are sort of superfluous (but still fun).
• 11-04-2012
seat_boy
I've always targeted three for me (as others have pointed out, 1 road, 1 mountain, 1 for errands), but I like the OP's idea of the third bike being for the riding you like best. That actually might be my errand bike for me-- I spend a lot of time pulling the kids around town, or using it for short overnighters.

I was briefly thinking about thinning down to 2, but now I'm ballooning up to six. It's like a diet yo-yo.
• 11-04-2012
LostBoyScout
I like the idea of combining as many types of riding into each bike as possible - I was at two for a while, an all-mountain bike that sufficed on any type of trail and a touring road bike that could do everything from road rides to light trail use, with braze-ons for anything. It was a very well rounded pair.

Made-to-look-cheap bar bikes are key, I agree with the sentiment that it needs to be nice enough to be enjoyable to ride. My upcoming bar bike is a de-badged Long Haul Trucker with a parts-bin build.
• 11-04-2012
LostBoyScout
Also, I'm currently selling said touring bike to fund a Salsa Mukluk + a set of 29er wheels, so I can use it with anywhere from 32c to 4.7" tires to ride and tour every type of surface. It will be the everything-tourer.
• 11-04-2012
ilikefire
Quote:

Originally Posted by LostBoyScout
I like the idea of combining as many types of riding into each bike as possible .

Agreed. For that reason I have to say 3.

One all-mountain/trail do it all mountain bike
One bar bike/commuter/road bike for training
And one fatbike for winter.

If i could combine the fatbike with the bar bike/commuter via wheel swaps - I would say 2. But I haven't looked into that yet.
• 11-04-2012
csteven71
I have 2. A cross bike and ht 29er. Ideally I'd like to add a road bike and a 6in trail bike.
• 11-05-2012
A-Ray
I curently have 17, but I really only "need" 16 of them:)
• 11-05-2012
olijay
Townie bike
Full sus trail bike (~140mm)
More hardcore AM bike (~160mm)
Hardtail trail bike (~120mm for winter and as backup)
CX bike
DH bike

So. Eight bikes. Damn that's a lot. I only have the first two!
• 11-05-2012
zebrahum
The correct answer is n+1; there is no such thing as a practical limit to the number of bikes you should have, it's simply a limit of your current situation. Just because you don't have the money or room for another bike doesn't mean you don't need another one!

Let's see, my garage currently looks like this:
FS 170 trail bike
SS HT
DJ HT
Cruiser
CX
First hand built frame: CX
Wife's FS 140mm
Wife's cruiser
Random WalSchwinn (in case of company needing to ride to dinner with us)

Need:
Wife FS 170mm (will likely replace 140mm)
DH bike, probably 2
To learn to fillet braze, build 650b AM HT
Wife should have a HT
If velodrome finally gets funding: 2 track bikes
Near future: kid's bike(s)

If I ever get to get a new house, I'm going to need a garage bay for bikes and bike building.
• 11-05-2012
KCHT
I'm down to 3 and have never been happier with my set up.
Rigid SS - Karate Monkey
Trail bike - Bandit 29
DH - TR250

I really think that is the perfect set up but I don't require a road bike.
• 11-05-2012
TitanofChaos
I'd say 3-5

FS mountain, commuter, road, FATTY, HT mountain (probably SS)
• 11-05-2012
Igoreha
1. fixie - road riding, commuting
2. rigid ss 29er - xc, singletrack
3. DJ ss hardtail - tricks, jumping, pumptrack

These are the 3 that I need and these are the 3 that I own.

Maybe Dh bike, trials bike and BMX but I really don't need them.
• 11-05-2012
Mtn-Rider
The truly appropriate number is 3 mountain bikes.
2 is the bare minimum for consistent regular rides until one bike breaks.
1 is never perfect and induces extreme bike anxiety.
5 bikes total is too many, one will always be abandoned.
• 11-05-2012
LostBoyScout
Quote:

Originally Posted by KCHT
I'm down to 3 and have never been happier with my set up.
Rigid SS - Karate Monkey
Trail bike - Bandit 29
DH - TR250

I really think that is the perfect set up but I don't require a road bike.

Holy smokes, we have similar quivers. I am swapping my vaya parts to an Ogre so it's getting more similar too.
• 11-05-2012
manchvegas
4...

1 do everything full suspension.. (my mojo HD)
3 hardtail light 29er for racing
4 downhill/freeride

right now, I make the best of what I can with the Mojo HD, for racing I switch tires and forks, and same for DH and freeride. I have a road bike. It'd be nice to ad a xc racer, and a DH rig to my stable....
• 11-05-2012
irishpitbull
I'm good with 3.

1 XC
2 Trail
• 11-05-2012
One Pivot
3. Road, mountain, and a goof off bike. I like to ride the same mountain bike until im bored with it, then I sell and buy something else.
• 11-05-2012
53119
i have 3 currently and will be adding a 4th.
2011 enduro
2009 sx/4x/ss
2008 blkmrkt mob djer

soon tr. klunker! i don't like adding as much as i like replacing. It's always in direct relation to how many times a week i can ride.
• 11-05-2012
Lenny7
As many as you want, as long as you can pay cash for them and not go into dept.
• 11-05-2012
RobinGB
i would say 3,

2.a commuter - because everyone who can should bike to work, simply because if your lucky enough to have an excuse to ride everyday you should. =p

3.secondary discipline aka the fun bike. Single speed, DH sled for parks, trials, BMX ect.

I think personal think anything more then that gets to expense in initial purches and upkeep.

I have my little AM monster, which i do all my riding on. Im getting a commuter in a month or so, and i have been looking for a Bike park DH sled for a while.
• 11-05-2012
mfisher1971
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.
• 11-05-2012
RobinGB
Quote:

Originally Posted by mfisher1971
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.

/applaud
• 11-05-2012
PixieChik
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...
• 11-05-2012
giantbikeboy
3. Commuter hardtail and a dually. I have 4 too many.:D
• 11-05-2012
scrublover
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 shits 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
• 11-05-2012
trodaq
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.
• 11-05-2012
StiHacka
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. ;)
• 11-05-2012
Digoxin
One is enough for me.. My bike does all of the above (Road, offroad, commuter etc..)
• 11-05-2012
RobinGB
Quote:

Originally Posted by StiHacka
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. ;)

Self-Balancing Unicycle | Focus Designs, Inc.

unicycle.... fixed
• 11-05-2012
StiHacka
Looking good but I am sure I would be crashing on that one, too. :D
• 11-05-2012
RaptorTC
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
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.
• 11-05-2012
Sizzler
Threeve
• 11-05-2012
FX4
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.
5. Downhill bike
6. Touring bike
7. Give me a bit, I'll come up with a reason for seven
8. ...
• 11-05-2012
Crunch406
Quote:

Originally Posted by Lenny7
As many as you want, as long as you can pay cash for them and not go into dept.

^^This^^
• 11-05-2012
brianW.
Three bikes.
1. Cyclocross for road/gravel and commuting
2. SS rigid 29er
3. HT 29er or FS 29er
• 11-05-2012
leoferus
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.
7. Single speed rigid 29er.
8. All Mountain FS 650b (just because).
• 11-05-2012
lidarman
Quote:

Originally Posted by zebrahum
The correct answer is n+1; there is no such thing as a practical limit to the number of bikes you should have,

Marketing is effective.
• 11-05-2012
lidarman
Quote:

Originally Posted by mfisher1971
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.
• 11-05-2012
Grinderz
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.
• 11-06-2012
mk.ultra
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
• 11-06-2012
dwt
Quote:

Originally Posted by Grinderz
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.
• 11-06-2012
FX4
Quote:

Originally Posted by dwt
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.
• 11-06-2012
jmmUT
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.
• 11-06-2012
trodaq
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
10' trek 2.1
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
98 Kona Hei Hei ti HT 26er
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
91 Diamondback Axis Rigid 26er
90 Ritchey P-23 Rigid 26er
89 Klien Pinnacle Rigid 26er
89 Fisher CR-7 Rigid 26er
87 Fat Chance Rigid 26er
85 Ritchey Team Comp Rigid 26er
• 11-06-2012
bigpedaler
3.

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

Screw skinny tires.
• 11-06-2012
heyyall
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.

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• 11-06-2012
tjscrogins99
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"
• 11-06-2012
mtn.skratch
For me: One. For each discipline:thumbsup:

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.:D
• 11-08-2012
orlin03
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...
• 11-08-2012
tductape
Were we just talking about the Ritchey's?
• 11-08-2012
NEPMTBA
I don't want everything, just one of everything!
• 11-08-2012
LostBoyScout
Quote:

Originally Posted by mtn.skratch
For me: One. For each discipline:thumbsup:

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.
• 11-09-2012
VTSession
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
• 11-09-2012
DavyRay
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.
• 11-09-2012
digthemlows
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............
• 11-09-2012
digthemlows
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
Fixed Gear
Old school Scwhinn Step thru towing a double trailer for the kids
• 11-09-2012
MendonCycleSmith
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..... ;)
• 11-09-2012
gcappy
Quote:

Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
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!
• 11-09-2012
bt
just one more
• 11-09-2012
bt
Quote:

Originally Posted by digthemlows
Bar Bike

what is a bar bike?
• 11-09-2012
lidarman
This thread shows more evidence that the economy is based on behavior economics and not on rational economics.
• 11-09-2012
Scott In MD
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.
• 11-09-2012
johns81347
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.
• 11-09-2012
DavyRay
Quote:

Originally Posted by bt
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.
• 11-10-2012
MendonCycleSmith
Quote:

Originally Posted by gcappy
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... :D
• 11-10-2012
digthemlows
Quote:

Originally Posted by DavyRay
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......:thumbsup:
• 11-10-2012
pimpbot
... 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

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.
• 11-10-2012
ProfGumby
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...:thumbsup:
• 11-12-2012
_Fernando
Quote:

Originally Posted by next
3. A nice road bike, a nice mountain bike, and a general 'beater' wally-world bike for carefree riding.

Agreed
• 11-13-2012
digthemlows
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......

• 11-13-2012
ozzybmx