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One versus two bikes?(13 posts)

One versus two bikes?mlbd
Aug 29, 2002 9:53 AM
That is the question. I posted about this a while back but I still can't decide. I have a steel bike that I like very much, but I want a new bike that will be a little more efficient for racing. There are several aluminum options I'm looking at in the $1400-$1800 ballpark. If I get aluminum, I'll keep my steel to use for longer rides (centuries etc.). On the other hand, I can buy a carbon or Ti frame or complete bike and get rid of the steel (to help pay for the expensive carbon or Ti rig). I can't decide what the better option is. Any advice for me? I've ridden dozens of bikes and liked many, but none were the clear winners based on the ride.

1 or 2Fez
Aug 29, 2002 10:11 AM
unless you want a 2nd bike for use as a commuter, trainer or beater bike, i'd go for the 1 bike route. the other factor would be if you have sentimental attachment to it.

carbon or ti? i don't know how long the the "average" carbon frame will last you, but i feel pretty confident in saying the ti will likely last longer than the carbon one. that of course is a broad generalization.
1 or 2fbg111
Aug 29, 2002 10:21 AM
I've been reading about Ti Merlins, and most owners consider such a bike to be the last one they buy, in no small part b/c the Ti frame has much longer life expectancy than Aluminum or Carbon. Stronger, and doesn't rust. That's just from forum chatter though, but it made sense.
Wet/crappy weather=2. Dry weather=1 (nm)rtyszko
Aug 29, 2002 10:33 AM
2 or 3 - more like itjose_Tex_mex
Aug 29, 2002 10:48 AM
I have been in the sport for a while and don't usually sell my old bikes. Thus, I have a few.
However, I am a firm believer in having 1 very good bike and 1 good bike. The day you crash and have to lay up your bike for the Insurance Co. you will understand why.

Right now I have an OCLV and a GT ZR frameset. There are some days I want the Carbon and others I want the Al. So it's definitely worth having two.

If you can afford the carbon - go for it. If not the Al will be just fine.
... I agree...Akirasho
Aug 29, 2002 12:18 PM
... one of the reasons I ended up with so many bikes, aside from never getting rid of the old ones... was to insure that there was almost always a quality ride waiting in the wings when another took a flying leap.

Two bikes or more also allow you to experiment and experience other frame materials, geometries and/or perhaps gruppos... I feel just a tad better about offering a few opinions when I've got actual experience to back them up.

Also, if you've got several bikes... you can set one aside as your reference frame... that is, if you experiment with your fit... you can use this bike to return to ground zero (or conversely, to experiment with other components).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: One versus two bikes?sweetbuns
Aug 29, 2002 11:25 AM
I have two, one is a beater that I bought used (very very used) and the other bike is a new cannondale that I wipe down with a diaper. The beater sleeps on the balcony, the c'dale sleeps in the bedroom.

Two bikes gives you the option of feeling ok to run errands with (I don't drive), bike in the rain, commute, knocking beater is an old mountain bike with city slicker tires so it is a different ride. Buying new bikes or parts can be very addictive....
Aug 29, 2002 3:27 PM
I believe in the old military saying about equipment"

"Two is one, and one is none"

If you only have one bike and it breaks...what are you going to ride today?
my perspective on "what are you going to ride today".Steve_0
Aug 30, 2002 3:50 AM
With the exception of a fork or frame repair, any bicycle repair can be made in a matter of minutes. Even assuming you dont have the part on hand, it can be had by the end of the day. I can certainly get by without a bicycle for a single day.

On the other hand, lets assume he can get 500 bucks for his old bike. Firstly, that 500 bucks will pay for repairs to the new bike for the remainder of it's useful life. Alternatively, invest 500 bucks into a 10 percent vehicle. In 10 years, you'll have ~1.3 grand; another decent bike. In 30 years, you'll have ~9 grand. Hmmm.

Two bikes are fine; but if the poster is searching for reasons to keep two, i dont think he needs two.

(Even the beater reason (a VERY good reason for two bikes) is kindof illogical; Why beat your old bike valued at 500 bucks, when you can beat a 50 dollar garage sale special which rides just as nice?)
two bikes (or more)DaveG
Aug 30, 2002 5:22 AM
I don't think I can make the case that you NEED two bikes but it does have advantages. The second bike can be set up differently, perhaps with a different cassette for hills, beefier tires and more durable wheels for rougher roads. The second bike can be a savior when the first breaks and needs a repair on a Sunday morning before a big ride. The second bike can be a place to experiment with new saddles or parts. I have 3 bikes and they all get ridden - each has its own separate niche.
again, my differing perception of the same needs.Steve_0
Aug 30, 2002 5:42 AM
The beauty of cassettes is the simplicity in which they can be interchanged.

Beefier tires? An extra set of rims is a lot cheaper than a second bike.

Experimenting with parts? It's just as quick to install the new parts on your primary bike as it is your experimental bike.

Emergency Repair before that big ride. Again, excepting a frame break, anything can be fixed in minutes. If you looking for catastoprhe, though, you could just as easily brake your arm or your ankle. You should also have a second car and second set of roof racks in case your ride breaks down.

I'm not critizing your (or anyone elses) methods or motives (heck, I [unfortuantely] have two bikes), Just trying to point out to that there is VERY little inconvenience to having a single bike. If he can turn a few bucks for his old bike, no brainer, IMO.
again, my differing perception of the same needs.Akirasho
Aug 30, 2002 5:52 AM
... think of it as an indulgence...

Most humans have one... or two... be it clothes, cars, CD's, sheep, acres of land, boats, women, men, pets, stereos, TV's, TV's or Dale Earnhardt memorabilia...

For some of us, the mechanics/obsession/collection become an extension of our personae... fundamentally, none of us NEEDs a bike at all... so the logic can cut both ways.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
indulgences are (often, not always) fine...Steve_0
Aug 30, 2002 7:00 AM
but indulgence implies unrestrained pleasure. I hardly think this applies to the original poster if, after several weeks, he still cant figure out whether he wants one bicycle or two.