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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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    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.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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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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    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.
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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.
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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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    Eight is a good number.
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    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.

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    4.

    Carbon road bike
    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.
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    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)
    - gravel road bike
    - road racing bike
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    For me it's 5.

    Trail bike
    Downhill bike
    Dirt jumper
    Road (or cross) bike
    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostBoyScout View Post
    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.

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    I have 2. A cross bike and ht 29er. Ideally I'd like to add a road bike and a 6in trail bike.

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    I curently have 17, but I really only "need" 16 of them

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    Townie bike
    Full sus trail bike (~140mm)
    More hardcore AM bike (~160mm)
    Hardtail trail bike (~120mm for winter and as backup)
    Fancy road bike
    Beater road bike (winter/backup)
    CX bike
    DH bike

    So. Eight bikes. Damn that's a lot. I only have the first two!

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    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.
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    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.

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    I'd say 3-5

    FS mountain, commuter, road, FATTY, HT mountain (probably SS)

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    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.

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    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.
    Roadies add 1 road bike.
    5 bikes total is too many, one will always be abandoned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCHT View Post
    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.
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    1 do everything full suspension.. (my mojo HD)
    2 road bike
    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....
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    I'm good with 3.

    1 XC
    2 Trail
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    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.

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    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.

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    As many as you want, as long as you can pay cash for them and not go into dept.
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    i would say 3,

    1.your primary biking discipline - DH, road, XC ect.

    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.
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    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.
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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 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
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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



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    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.

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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
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    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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    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......

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    No roadies.
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    1 x SS 29er
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