Fixed it for you
Originally Posted by JAGI410
Big Dummy - 3 season commuter, local shopping runs, and general cruising around town on a bike that exceeds my needs
Pugsley - singletrack, snow, fun
old school Wheeler aluminum frame mtb - winter commuter for salty sloppy roads decked out with nokian studded tires
Soma Juice - 29er singlespeed trail bike
Not sure what my next bike will be. I actually feel pretty content with my quiver right now A faster commuter would be nice though
Big Summy- most useful bike I've ever owned. I started with an extracycle and upgraded to a dummy a couple years ago. There is a noticeable difference in frame flex when climbing hills with my two kids on the back and the Dummy just feels rock solid. I also use this as the family camping bike (carrying everyone else's stuff while they ride their own bikes), my grocery getter, and all around commuter for summertime- where I'm never afraid to stop at a rummage sale, farmer's market, or hardware store on my way home.
Pugsley- newest addition to my quiver and takes the place of my old winter bike, which I sold to help pay for it, and my will be my new single track machine- since I sold off my old Homegrown to fund my original Xtracycle. This bike may not be fast, at least not with me on it, but it is a heck of a lot of fun to ride. I also have some off road touring ideas for it come summer.
Santana tandem with a child stoker kit on it. I sue this for bike touring/camping when I just have one kid at a time- or when my old child wants to ride her own bike. I tired it with a tag-a-long, but its faster to just throw both kids on the dummy than have some super long bike train flopping all over the road because the kid on the back is slacking off. When the kids outgrow this one I could see selling it and buying a LHT to use as a road bike/touring machine.
Those three would cover everything for me, but if I had to choose the Big Dummy would be my one and only. With studded tires it handles the snow fairly well, but not as well as the pug. The long tail design gave it lots of traction for climbing icy hills come winter.
3 Bike Quiver
Dirt: 1x1 (I have it. SS or IGH.)
Pavement/Gravel: LHT (I want it bad. The 26" Canti Version)
Townie/Grocery Getter: Anything that I'm not overly attached to. (Currently a Custom Giant Suede)
1 Bike Quiver
A Pacer and a KM should do it for most. Throw in a Fat Bike for fun.
Originally Posted by keevohn
A garage full of steel frames means happiness.
been working on assembling my quiver here...
Ogre for general commuting and hauling,long and short distance road touring and maybe a bit of dirt road riding as well,i have mine set up with an alfine8 and schwalbe big apples,makes for a super plush cruiser.
Karate Monkey set up as a rigid single speed with a white industries dos enos 20/22 and race face 32 tooth narrow wide with a spare 10 speed rear wheel to run a 1x10.
trail slaying monkey fun either way...
Moonlander set up as an all terrain local touring beast,old man mountain front and rear racks,full pannier set...load it up and go crawling...
and getting a Krampus in the next couple weeks,that will get set up sweet,goona upgrade to hope hubs and stans hugos and set the rabbit hole rims up with one as a single speed rear hub and the other with an alfine11...
I've noticed that a lot of Surly riders like commuting on KMs or Ogres. Actually anything that's overkill. Why don't we see more Pacer love. It's really an ideal solution for most road and MUP riding. They are super easy to build with anything you've got laying around in the parts bin.
A garage full of steel frames means happiness.
I really like the flexibility of the Ogre when commuting. Sometimes I feel like off-roading for a bit when going home and Ogre lets me do that.
Originally Posted by CS2
for me its all about the fatties,the more tire the better,plus i needed to be able to tow a trailer easily and i was looking for something a bit more tank like than a road frame and i just never could get comfortable on drop bars.
Originally Posted by CS2
Currently I have:
Surly Disc Trucker - I use this to commute about 90 miles a week. Its got a rear rack, frame bag, fenders, a bell, and a light. Its like 34 pounds. Not the lightest or the fastest bike in the world, but its really comfortable and I can take some dirt road alternative routes without rattling my bones apart.
Surly Ice Cream Truck - This is my awesome new trail shredding machine, that happens to be usable on snow too! Its crazy heavy with the Bluto and a Dropper Post, but once I manage to get it up a hill coming back down is a lot of fun.
In an ideal world, I'd add something like this:
Surly Straggler / Disc Brake Pacer - Some sort of fast thing that could do road rides, gravel grinding, and speed oriented commutes. Sometimes I wonder if I just need to pedal my Disc Trucker faster, but having a bike around 22 pounds or so would be really nice.
Surly ECR - This will probably be the next bike I get. Something to do overnight trips on dirt roads, carry a ton of junk, cruise around the neighborhood with my girlfriend, and tour some breweries.
Santa Cruz Tallboy LT - The ICT is a singletrack machine, but it sometimes feels like overkill for less techy trails. Having a modern fast Full Squish would help me do 30+ mile mountain bike days.
A black, stock Karate Monkey with 2.15" Schwalbe Almotion tires. If Surly was still selling the old-style, canti-studded 1x1, I might prefer that over a KM.
A black Rohloff equipped Ogre with 2.15" Schwalbe Almotions and a set of Nano'ish tires for off-pavement rides.
Ok..interesting thread. So, currently
Giant TCR advanced 0- my full on race/road bike
Giant Trance 27.5 0- my super light full sus MTB to get me out of the trouble my limited skill gets me in to!!
Surly Straggler- commuter/Gravel Grinder, loving this so far!!!!
OLD SS- flat bar old school frame thrown together. The Saturday ride to work bike..Fun.
Avanti Super Sprint - circa 1980's, wind trainer bike.
Next bikes- either Surly ICT with Bluto or Salsa Bucksaw (carbon???)
MTB Tandem - for Rail Trails with my wife as she can't keep up with the group (stuffed hips from birth) but likes to ride. Not too keen on the tandem idea though dammit.
I think I am about there:
1. Salsa Vaya- commuting, gravel "racing", long meandering road rides. If I could, I would have no problem replacing this with a Straggler, but that's what I have.
2. Karate Monkey Ops. I have an 2013 KM that's working fine for me for everything off-road, but the modern touches on the Ops would be a welcomed change.
What is the minimum number for this "Ideal Bike Quiver"?
'Coz my quiver is endless ;-)
When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.
I would add a Big Dummy and a Pugsley 29+ set up SS/Fixed to the LHT, Troll and Instigator V1 I currently own.
That is what I would call a 1st world problem!!!
Originally Posted by evandy
KM ops with two forks. One 100mm suspension for trails, one Fargo rigid for bikepacking.
A Straggler with a custom fork, something like the Salsa La Cruz with cage mounts like the Fargo. For commuting, road touring, and gravel.
A Sunday Funday, for freestyle.
And a full suspension. I've been eyeing the GT Helion and the Marin Rift Zone. I just want a good all rounder that has a fun spirit.
Just to chime back in here. I now have both the cross check and the Pugsley. By far my favorite bike of the three is the crosscheck, although the Pugsley isn't too bad in the snow. Wish I had the chance to ride the big dummy more, but my girls like to ride by themselves so the crosscheck gets the nod most frequently.
I think I got all the surfaces covered pretty well with with these two....but might add a Pacer or a Steamroller with a IGH for those quicker road rides.
"You don't need a lighter bike, you need bigger muscles"
Ideal Bike Quivers
1) mountain: Chromag Surface AM hardtail steel 29er. Anything up or down. Doubles for bikepacking.
2) CX bike. Handles road, touring, gravel and cx duties. Get a ti one to squash any desire for quickie road bike. If slow is fast for you, get Straggler.
3) commuter/ kid hauler: Kinn Cascade Flyer, kona minute or Bike Friday Haul-a-day. Able to fit on bus racks and handle a kid seat well. Dress up with front basket and/ or panniers.
My ideal quiver would provide everything I need while not taking up a ton of space. To that point, I'd say 3 bikes would do the trick.
1. Troll. This would be my hauler, commuter, do everything type bike.
2. Pacer or Steamroller. This would be my drop bar roadie.
3. Moonlander or Ice Cream Truck. My winter / whatever I want to do bike.
I believe 7 plus 1 or 2 to be the "Ideal" number of bikes to own.
Originally Posted by Bullit_cn
My current quiver...
3. Instigator V1
4. Vintage Miyata Sport Tourer
5. Vintage Maruishi Randonneur
6. Vintage Rocky Mountain MTB
7. KHS CM26 Cruiser
Possibly in my future.
7+2. Big Dummy
Sold the ogre frame, now have an ECR
Originally Posted by scottg07
Really thinking about V2 instigator frame to build up and go half fat with the vagrant.
This is an older thread, so I can also do an update:
CC: Still present and accounted for!
KM and Juice: gone, replaced by a Sette Razzo SC carbon 29er, which ride pretty amazingly, but the short head tube really frustrates me.
Soma DC: gone, replaced by a Velo Orange Camargue
and I've added:
- Vintage Trek 620, which threatens the CC, a bit. I like the flexier ride of the skinnier tubing, and the lower trail front end. I would miss the tire clearance and gearing options, though.
- my Freakbike, an ERB (Energy Return Bike, basically a new generation Slingshot)
I'm starting to feel a fatbike itch, but I didn't like the Moonlander that I demoed previously. I wonder if a 4" tired bike wouldn't be so ponderous? I'll try to demo something again at next weekend's global fat bike day ride. But I'm also thinking about a custom Chinese ti bike, with a massively long head tube and clearance for 29+.
Originally Posted by seat_boy
WTB: Whaddya got in a L or XL steel 29er frame?
Custom Ti Indy Fab Club Racer, my randonneuring / sport touring bike
Krampus, with Rohloff, love this thing. Currently running studs, like the Knards for bikepacking and can't wait for something grippier for dirt.
Pugsley with Nates
Yuba Mundo - the family hauler town bike
I've had: (oldest first)
Raliegh Technium 450 (my first 'real bike')
Yeti FRO 26"
LeMond Zurich carbon / steel
Surly CrossCheck (loved that bike)
BakfietsNL long Bakfiets (kid and grocery hauler)
Couple of Dutch city bikes