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    New question here. Help me make a tough choice MTBR!

    Alright, my girlfriend has had an ass-full of all of my bikes in our apartment (7 of them) and has let me know that one has to go. I have to part with either my DH bike or my freeride bike and I'm having a tough time deciding which one. My DH bike is a 2005 Ironhorse SGS and my freeride bike is a 2005 Ironhorse 7point5. I like spending time on South Mountain's north trails, but I also want to be able to hit up Papago or NRA and maybe some Candy Mountain or Sunrise (if they even open this year). Which bike would you let go OR what bike could anyone suggest to replace the two? What it boils down to is that I need one bike to do both bikes jobs. I need your help MTBR!

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    it is obvious...get a new girlfriend and keep all your bikes

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    I would get another bike (to make 8), then get hooks to hang some from ceiling that way you could stack them at least two high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankarm
    it is obvious...get a new girlfriend and keep all your bikes
    +1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankarm
    it is obvious...get a new girlfriend and keep all your bikes

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! That is fantastic! We'll call that "Plan B."

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    keep the freeride bike. A lot more versatile and you can always just swap forks depending on locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uglyrunner
    Alright, my girlfriend has had an ass-full of all of my bikes in our apartment (7 of them) and has let me know that one has to go.

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    I need your help MTBR!
    This sounds like a huge problem.

    Without a graphical representation of each it's hard to provide relevant advice.

    Could you please submit pictures of your GF and bikes please?

    Based upon your avatar, I'm assuming this is her:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uglyrunner
    Alright, my girlfriend has had an ass-full of all of my bikes in our apartment (7 of them) and has let me know that one has to go. I have to part with either my DH bike or my freeride bike and I'm having a tough time deciding which one. My DH bike is a 2005 Ironhorse SGS and my freeride bike is a 2005 Ironhorse 7point5. I like spending time on South Mountain's north trails, but I also want to be able to hit up Papago or NRA and maybe some Candy Mountain or Sunrise (if they even open this year). Which bike would you let go OR what bike could anyone suggest to replace the two? What it boils down to is that I need one bike to do both bikes jobs. I need your help MTBR!
    Wait, did they even invent "freeride bikes" in 2005?
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    No camera by me for the pics, but she looks like that but blond and less Zuul. I am, however, all Vinz Clortho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Wait, did they even invent "freeride bikes" in 2005?
    Yes, this was one year before the invention of the "all mountain bike"
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    As long as your DH is a large you can store it in my garage in exchange for the occasional use of it!!

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    I don't get it? Why is 6 bikes ok, but 7 is too much? Hmmm.

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    Could this get any simpler??? Just store your bikes in a friends garage or storage. It aint that expensive. That is option B. Option A, GET RID OF HER.
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    Sell both bikes and get a Trek Scratch.
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    I'm sorry. I still at "ass-full". What was your problem again?
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    Move out the apartment and rent or buy a house (while the market is still low). Plenty of room for bikes and the GF. You can still ride em both... DH and freeride that is.
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    i dunno...seems pretty drastic. 1 bike too many? How can that be? Isn't getting rid of a bike akin to cutting off a finger?

    The Other's suggestions are all good but...Does she have anything she could get rid of that would allow you to keep your bike? ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by su.ling~
    Does she have anything she could get rid of that would allow you to keep your bike? ;-)
    Yes.

    him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noelg
    Yes.

    him.
    AWESOME!!!

    If she gets rid of her shoes you can get rid of a bike. Or purses, or whatever inevitable nonsense thing she has way to goddam many of. If my wife asked me to get rid of one of my bikes when we were dating, it would have taken less time for me to take her stuff and toss it on the front lawn than explain why that is a horrible request. Luckily she allows me to keep as many bikes as I want... And yes she has way to goddam many shoes.

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    That's the first step in giving up your manhood my friend. First it's just one bike, then it's all except one bike. Then you won't be allowed to go ride your one bike because you have to paint your bedroom pink and go for mani/pedi/facial after that. Then she'll be too tired from all that bossing you around to give you any nookie.
    If you have bills or a kid or some legitimate reason for selling a bike I'd say ok, but if not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by azdog
    Sell both bikes and get a Trek Scratch.
    second that. it will do both better.

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    No joke, really , keep the bike. Or... just cut all the top tubes off and make them all into girls bikes to suit your emasculation. If she liked you in a pink sweater would you wear that too ?

    Ok honey since we are having kids, sell the rest of the bikes so we can buy a minivan.
    Oh ok dear

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    Quote Originally Posted by berzerker
    That's the first step in giving up your manhood my friend. First it's just one bike, then it's all except one bike. Then you won't be allowed to go ride your one bike because you have to paint your bedroom pink and go for mani/pedi/facial after that. Then she'll be too tired from all that bossing you around to give you any nookie.
    If you have bills or a kid or some legitimate reason for selling a bike I'd say ok, but if not...
    this.

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    I have two responses for this:

    Doesn't she understand this is like asking you to choose which child you want to die? Which one do you love the least? Neither I love them both! It's an impossible situation! Maybe it's time to find a new apartment or girlfriend (unless you really love her too) then just get a bigger place.

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    WOW... This is the perfect opportunity to upgrade! What are the other 4 bikes? Maybe you could get ride of some of the others and just have a DH and something like a Mojo HD, Santa Cruz Nomad, Specialized Enduro... (or some other all mountain type bike). My buddy has four bikes he rides regularly a V10, Enduro, Blur LTc and a Land Shark (road bike). Between those four bikes he has everything covered.

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    go ahead and sell a bike or two, it might hurt a little bit to cut your first nut off but from what I understand the second one comes off like it was nothing.
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    But I am kinda wondering....why do you need 7 bikes??? Downhill bike...freeride bike...trail bike, and a dj bike?. and maybe even a possible second trail bike that is better at climbs. Really you only need 4...maybe 5. But 7???

    Unless you have a bmx bike? Wow...I didnt realize there are so mny bikes until I started counting
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    Just turn in the man card now. This does not bode well for your ability to ride and have your bikes in the future....


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    Quote Originally Posted by tannerdrummer
    But I am kinda wondering....why do you need 7 bikes??? Downhill bike...freeride bike...trail bike, and a dj bike?. and maybe even a possible second trail bike that is better at climbs. Really you only need 4...maybe 5. But 7???

    Unless you have a bmx bike? Wow...I didnt realize there are so mny bikes until I started counting
    dh
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    xc racer
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    commuter

    ??

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    FR bike stays, DH goes. Really, unless you plan on doing a fair amount of racing it's pretty hard to justify such a specialty bike. I had more fun at Sunrise on my shorter travel bike than I did on the DHR, just have to be a bit more selective with line choice
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    I concur with the getting rid of the girlfriend. If she is bossing u now, wait til you'e married man, you'll have yourself a running stroller and that's it.
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    My first thought was what year is she, but that has been pretty much covered. You are in a situation where yes selling one or more and taking that money and upgrading would be great, but you can not do that now. Not now that she has said your modern works of art have to go. BS. Hang that shiz on the wall and put up mini spot lights or track lighting to show off your art work.
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    who pays the rent? if its 50-50 then you need to work something out. however, if she moved in with you and you already had your bikes then put your foot down. if the relationship is going somewhere then you need to set it straight now and say you are always going to have a lot of bikes and its better than being a drug addict. as a last resort: call a friend with a garage and see if you can get them to keep 2 bikes. as a last last resort sell 4 bikes and get one new sweet super bike.

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    Just say to her, "You know sweetheart my last girlfriend didn't mind the bikes at all, why do you?"

    The problem will then sort itself out...I promise

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'size
    dh
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    commuter

    ??
    Cyclocross

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    Quote Originally Posted by tannerdrummer
    But I am kinda wondering....why do you need 7 bikes??? Downhill bike...freeride bike...trail bike, and a dj bike?. and maybe even a possible second trail bike that is better at climbs. Really you only need 4...maybe 5. But 7???

    Unless you have a bmx bike? Wow...I didnt realize there are so mny bikes until I started counting
    It's not a matter of needing. If he has 7 DH bikes and the ol' lady wants one gone just because, that's kinda F'ed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'size
    dh
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    roadie
    commuter
    ??
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    You only have 7 bikes and she has an issue with that? I have faced this same issue a couple of times in the past... much easier to find a new girlfriend then to deal with selling bikes, dealing with switching to womens saddles because of the removal of your manhood.. and having to quit riding in the future because she wants you to help her pick out a poodle and a bag for you to carry it around in... trust me

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    Quote Originally Posted by berzerker
    It's not a matter of needing. If he has 7 DH bikes and the ol' lady wants one gone just because, that's kinda F'ed up.
    again, this.

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    just buy her a bike and make it 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit
    FR bike stays, DH goes. Really, unless you plan on doing a fair amount of racing it's pretty hard to justify such a specialty bike. I had more fun at Sunrise on my shorter travel bike than I did on the DHR, just have to be a bit more selective with line choice

    same here . Used my ssxtrail more at sunrise and had more fun on it than my dhr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 'size
    dh
    fr
    trail
    xc racer
    bmx
    jump
    roadie
    commuter

    ??
    Don't forget
    trials
    beach cruiser
    unicycle
    race bmx

    Maybe you could get a tandem. That'll show her. Is it one bike or two?

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