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I think I have problem, by bike stable keeps growing and I don't know what's/when's enough .

Any help/advice from fellow sufferers.

regards

Dave

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rnarito [46 posts] 2 years ago
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When you find the answer, tell me! I'm going on my third bike and I've only been cycling for seven months!!

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userfriendly [548 posts] 2 years ago
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rnarito wrote:

When you find the answer, tell me! I'm going on my third bike and I've only been cycling for seven months!!

That seems oddly familiar  105 right down to the numbers.

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 2 years ago
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I have a simple solution: get married! I'd never get away with that many... got 2

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jmaccelari [238 posts] 2 years ago
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Yep. A woman in the house soon sorts that problem out...

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PJ McNally [591 posts] 2 years ago
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I have 5. Or 6 if you count another folding bike I'm trying to donate to my mother-in-law.

And sadly I think 5 is probably too many, even for me.

In detail:

Commuting hybrid
Road bike
Single-speed
Folding bike
Best bike

Please help!!

I think the best bike probably gets by far the least use; all the others go out whatever the weather.

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robert.brady [155 posts] 2 years ago
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n+1 where n= number of bikes owned, until s-1 applies where s = number of bikes that would result in divorce.

Rob

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Nixster [285 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm currently on 4

New/best road bike
Previous best road bike
Beater road/flat bar conversion
Mountain bike

Tempted to convert 2nd best road bike into winter bike/ fast commuter but I know I wouldn't really ride it in the limited time I have, so it's got to go.

My problem is components. I have more chain sets than bikes, not to mention stems, mechs, bottle cages.....

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Charles_Hunter [139 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm thinking with a cyclocross bike and a set of road tyres for it you could get winter/commuter/hybrid all in one.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeah, I've got my fifth coming into being at the moment.

1. Summer bike
2. Winter bike
3. Steel vintage commuter
4. SS commuter, for getting to the clients who don't have secure bike stores
5. The new summer bike, currently being made in a Chinese factory.

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arfa [721 posts] 2 years ago
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Ahem, I have a hybrid commuter, mountain bike, summer roadie, winter roadie, folding bike and I am in desperate need of a cyclocross to deal with all those potholes ;-).
Of course if I go on a serious Pyrenees adventure, I am not sure my hardware is suited to that....

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_Tim_ [15 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm not sure when is enough, I reckon I've got between 9 and 11 depending on when a build becomes a bike. Still got a few more to get (Decent MTB, spare CX bike, Unicycle, Tandem); my girl friend has 3 with here eyes on 2 more this year . . .

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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When you can't bear to leave one particular bike at home every time you go out for a ride, then you have found 'the one'. Until then, keep buying more until that time comes.

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Fringe [1047 posts] 2 years ago
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'ere ya go..

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gnarlyrider [18 posts] 2 years ago
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You guys aren’t trying.

I have at least 14. Carbon road bike, Ribble track bike, Orange mtb, On-One Pompino fixed, no name aly cross bike, 2 x tandems, 1 x penny farthing hand made by me, Raleigh 653 turbo trainer bike, Kona Lava Dome mtb (1990), Ancient 531 fixed commuter, 2 x unicycles – 1 handmade, Mongoose bmx.
Plus 3 or 4 frames that I’ve held on just in case.

My 11 year old has five (Fondriest Mega plus, GT BMX, Kona Muni Mula mtb, Raleigh fixed, hand made 3 wheel recumbent), 13 year old has three a no name aly road bike, 3 speed commuter, and a Bottechia mtb. Just to join the party my wife also has three, two hybrids bikes and a dutch ish style commuter.

Family total of 25 - a few duplicates due for pruning but mostly each having its own purpose.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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*bows down

That is one impressive stable. Hang on, you'd actually need a stable to keep them all in, surely?

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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gnarlyrider wrote:

You guys aren’t trying.

I have at least 14. Carbon road bike, Ribble track bike, Orange mtb, On-One Pompino fixed, no name aly cross bike, 2 x tandems, 1 x penny farthing hand made by me, Raleigh 653 turbo trainer bike, Kona Lava Dome mtb (1990), Ancient 531 fixed commuter, 2 x unicycles – 1 handmade, Mongoose bmx.
Plus 3 or 4 frames that I’ve held on just in case.

My 11 year old has five (Fondriest Mega plus, GT BMX, Kona Muni Mula mtb, Raleigh fixed, hand made 3 wheel recumbent), 13 year old has three a no name aly road bike, 3 speed commuter, and a Bottechia mtb. Just to join the party my wife also has three, two hybrids bikes and a dutch ish style commuter.

Family total of 25 - a few duplicates due for pruning but mostly each having its own purpose.

You've got ribbles, GTs, On-ones, Raleighs and stuff you daren't even name in there. Quality dear chap, not quantity.

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NickK123 [93 posts] 2 years ago
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Another for the n+1 argument!

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zzgavin [193 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm on four ('cross, road, brompton and old mountain bike) and decided against a 5th (slightly hokey club ten year old pinarello tt bike in need of some work) so maybe I'm at a happy n=s-1. Can sort of imagine a fancier road bike, but need to get out of cat 4 to justify that =)

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armchairracer [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Hi, wow what a response,

I am glad I am not alone with this condition. I have a wife and still my buying continues. I started with acquiring the Special Handmade Raleigh Racers from the 1980s (which Raleigh lost money on ) when I was a teeneager with racing in my blood and no funds. I love buying an old classic with the intention to restore them back to their former glory. I have already completed 2 bikes and the projects just keep adding. I can't resist a desirable bike which most people not in the know, sell so cheaply.

My wife has said on an number of occasions stop buying bikes. I can't and now I hide them :-), I am not doing anyone any harm and I am saving them from the furnace.

I appreciate the craftsmanship in making the bikes and can't see them destroyed.

I am currently researching small wheeled bikes, I had a Chopper in the 1970s, but the price to replace it now is too much for me, I would love one.

thank you for everyone who replied and good luck with your collections

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Cyclist [295 posts] 2 years ago
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Best road bike (one year more it will then become 2nd best bike)
Single speed
15 year old s works m2 stump jumper MTB (I still love this bike)
Carbon MTB
Re building 2nd best road bike project (will become 3rd best road bike):-))
CX bike
Hybrid for nipping to the shops bike
1995 GT Zasker MTB frame hanging on wall in man cave ( a project in waiting)

The answer then is..... Never.

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mikecassie [32 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm currently waiting for bike #3 to arrive. I've gone and weakened to the allure of carbon. I've the titanium Enigma which I'll alternate with the carbon one, just because I can, no other reason. Mind you why should I need a reason!
The third one is a CX which I use for winter days, casual rides and have a set of road tyres fitted for the run to the shops. 20 mile round trip there so a nice wee ride for milk etc.  1
I'm hoping that 3 is my number where I'll stop. I can't see me needing anymore bikes with this collection. But.....  3

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levermonkey [658 posts] 2 years ago
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Are we including partial bikes? Do bikes in the loft count? If the number of bikes in the shed mean that the lawnmower lives under a tarp...?  39

If they do then I may fall foul of

Proper number of bikes = n+1 provided (n+1) < D where D = Divorce Court

Anybody know the recipe for toast?  4

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700c [851 posts] 2 years ago
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Just the one, but with both a winter and summer wheelset..optional mudguards..

Although you have to be fastidious about winter maintenance..

it means I can invest in one very nice piece of kit rather than spread the funds across several steeds which would otherwise be compromised in one area or another...

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consciousbadger [41 posts] 2 years ago
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I have five at the moment and can't get any more because I have no space! So a short term solution to this shared problem is to live in a small flat with no garden in an area where locking a bike up in the street will mean it will disappear within the week... I say short term because I am now thinking of moving to a house with a garage so I can store more bikes  17

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Shades [289 posts] 2 years ago
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Bit of a nightmare this subject. Currently on 4 (wife has 2): Road, MTB, Folder and Hybrid. There's always a better, or more suitable for the job, bike out there and you're a 'bit attached' to the old ones. I just try and ensure they all get an airing to justify their existence. I can vouch for a bit 'pimping up' if your old steed is feeling a bit tired. Nothing like some upgrades to give it a bit more zip and cure the lust for something you can't afford.

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Col Nago [12 posts] 2 years ago
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At the very least:

2 or 3 cross bikes (to race in the mud, one with discs), winter commuter (cheap and corroded), summer commuter (still cheap but less corroded), full-sus MTB, hard tail MTB, 29er, TT bike, Ti sportive bike, full-on carbon stiff as hell race machine, the "tooling about" bike (fixie), track bike, the extra race bike (just in case you break one), the vintage steel "I am one cool retro dude" bike, the bike you really don't need but it looked a good deal in the LBS/on-line so I bought it anyway...etc, etc, etc

total cost still way cheaper than buying a new BMW....

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Kapelmuur [302 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm glad that vintage steel has got a mention. My 1973 Italian racer is ridden only when the sun is hot and the roads are dry, ie rarely.

However, it is looked at frequently as a reminder of how beautiful bikes can be when I've had enough of modern machines with logos covering their fat oddly shaped tubes (and wheels) and their dull colour schemes.

OK, my coat is on and I'm away to Retrobike  103

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glynr36 [637 posts] 2 years ago
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Five here.
Best Bike, Bianchi Infinito running Chorus & Mavic Cosmic Carbones.
Winter, Dolan Preffisio with the old athena gruppo & Fulcrum racing 3 off the above.
Fixed, Dolan Track Champion.
XC MTB, some focus thats in bits.
MTB Dirt jump/bmx track/skatepark bike, Tonic Fab howie.

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armchairracer [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Its good to hear that I am not the only one suffering, with this condition,

I think one bike for every discipline of cycling and a spare for each discipline just in case the first choice needs work.

Don't forget the one being built up as a dream bike.

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drfabulous0 [409 posts] 2 years ago
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As a used bike dealer I obviously have a ridiculous amount of bikes, I am of the opinion that the magic number is 42.

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