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How many old bikes do you have and what do you do with them(12 posts)

How many old bikes do you have and what do you do with themMaartin
May 8, 2003 5:27 AM
Is it only me or is your basement/garage full of old road bikes. I was able to give my old mountain bikes away to family and friends but not the road bikes. Maybe it is because I take a large size (6'2" 220 lbs) and there are not many takers. What do you do with your old bikes ?
I ride them! nmrwbadley
May 8, 2003 6:11 AM
8 bikes, totaldzrider
May 8, 2003 6:24 AM
We, for the time being, are all very close in height. My wife and I each have a bike that is ours alone and the boys grab whatever else they feel like riding on a given day. Soon the boys will pass us and then get drivers licenses and all the bikes will be hers and mine. Nobody uses the tandem.
ONE. (but kinda 2 [but kinda3])Steve_0
May 8, 2003 7:01 AM
For the last decade, I've used primarly a single FG beater as my daily trainer, racing, errand bike. No need for more than that, IMO (Raleigh).

However, In my younger days when I was more foolish with money, I thought I needed a 'good' bike for Tri's; So I bought one (Trek 2100 carbon). This bike stay's at my mom's house where it can get use. I retrieve it in May/June for a few weeks of Tritraining, and a series of 5 races. Then it goes back to mom's for some real use. If she didn't use it, It would be sold.

Lastly, My wife's mountain bike (Giant). I've missed my highschool beach-cruiser since it was stolen (After 10 years of use and never locking it once!); So I put a nice B67 and English bars on to make IT my neighborhood 'cruiser' for after-dinner neighborhood cruising; complete with beer-holder on the bars.

2 bikes and one part-time bike is a lot, IMO; only one really gets use
ride 'emDougSloan
May 8, 2003 7:36 AM
My oldest is a 1980. I like riding it occasionally, but the real enjoyment is keeping it clean, touched-up, and reconditioned. It's a part of me, in a way, as I spent several formative years on it, doing my first century (alone), learning how to ride a paceline and echelon, roller training in the Missouri winters, and getting killed by more experienced road racers who I could whip in cross country (running) races. They need to be ridden to relive the history.

Doug
Down to five since The Big Salecory
May 8, 2003 7:53 AM
Until a few years ago, I still had my circa 1970 college Peugeot plus everything I'd bought since--mostly low-end roadies and two MBs. I sold what I could and donated a couple, so now I'm down to an Atlantis, a CDale mountain bike, an old Bridgestone MB that's mostly a rain/trainer ride, a singlespeed conversion roadie/cyclocrosser and a lugged steel Allez that lives under the stairs at work to ride at lunch. If I could keep only one, I could be happy with just the Atlantis.
Recycle 'em.Mel Erickson
May 8, 2003 7:56 AM
What was once old is new again. I just took an old Panasonic touring frame and made it into a one speed. I've had great fun riding it. Turn another into a commuter/rain bike. How 'bout a grocery getter, complete with baskets? Maybe put some fat tires on another and use it for rec. trail/light off road use (kind of a CXer). There's gotta be some tall, geeky, deserving kid with no money who would love a real road bike, and a mentor to get him excited about the sport. Oh, so many uses and so little time.
Yes, but there are always uses!LC
May 8, 2003 9:18 AM
I did not realize how many bikes I had till just now ;)

1. Crit racing bike, old Aluminum so I don't cry too much when I crash it.
2. Road racing bike, Ti (only newish bike)
3. Time Trial bike, CF Takes forever to set up the aero bar and saddle position so I don't have to fool with it now.
4. old steel touring bike with panniers for shopping
5. SS/Fixed from a old steel frame I actually found
6. Rain bike for those long winter base miles, steel frame for comfort and fender clearence.
7. old CF with a triple for recovery rides to flatten the hills.
8. Mtn bike for getting muddy
3. I ride 'em. 1-commuter/rain bike,2 fixed gear. nmKG 361
May 8, 2003 9:37 AM
One.Rich_Racer
May 8, 2003 9:57 AM
It's in England, I'm in California - I visit it from time to time and bump into my folks while I'm there!
Seven (no, not the brand)Ray Sachs
May 8, 2003 11:05 AM
Two pure fast road bikes (one more relaxed than the other), one semi-touring, one cyclocross, one old roadie set up as a fixed gear, one commuter (rarely ride it, but the only bike with a rack, so when I need to carry a LOT), and one folding bike that lives in a suitcase. I pretty much ride 'em all, although the folder and commuter get less use than the others (I commute almost every day, but rarely on that particular bike - I just don't know what else to call it).

So far I've been able to sell everything I wanted to get rid of, although took a pretty good hit on some of them.

-Ray
Define "old"....The Walrus
May 8, 2003 1:00 PM
...to me, an "old" bike is one I had before I bought the most current one, and I'd be embarrassed to say how many I have. No sane person would let it get this out of hand. I
i really
am trying to sell most of 'em.