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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.
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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.
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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
    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.

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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)
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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)

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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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