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    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).

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    =Nb+1
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    =Nb+1
    That's the correct equation for number of bikes wanted, but that's not what I'm asking
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    3. A nice road bike, a nice mountain bike, and a general 'beater' wally-world bike for carefree riding.

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    Two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    =Nb+1
    I've had 13 and just needed one more. Now I have 1 and just need one more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LostBoyScout View Post
    That's the correct equation for number of bikes wanted, but that's not what I'm asking
    In that case, 1.
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    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 carbon road bike;
    1 titanium CX bike; AND

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    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.
    3. Road.
    4. Cross.
    5. Beater mtn. with rigid fork or cross bike.

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    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.

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    HT, FS, SS, road and cruiser. I don't commute, so no need for a beater.
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    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

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    Appropriate, logical, reasonable? Hey, you're talking to bike junkies here...

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    n+the lastest fad
    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.
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    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.

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    Dang I forgot a hipster fixie in my list. Though I'm too old to qualify as hipster.


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    Already stated but the appropriate answer is 1 more than you already have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Melin View Post
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    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.

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    N+1 aside, the appropriate number is at least one for each style of riding that you do on a semi regular basis.

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    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
    D. Cheapo road/town bike.

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    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.

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    Because space is limited, I'm trying to get down to four:

    - Road/Race Bike
    - XC/Trail Bike
    - Commuter/Tourer
    - Tandem

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkon11 View Post
    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
    D. MADE TO LOOK Cheapo road/town bike.
    fify!

    (dont have a cheapo bike)
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Number of bikes you need +number of bikes you don't need but like like/bank account strength.

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