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Multi-Bike Owners -(23 posts)

Multi-Bike Owners -Fez
Sep 3, 2003 9:29 PM
For those of you who own multiple bicycles, a few questions:

1) Do you use identical saddles and pedals on all so those two contact points are familiar no matter which bike you ride?

2) Do you have complete computer setups for each bike or do you just have mounts and move the computer to the one you are going to ride?

3) Do you keep one as a mint bike so the best and newest parts are always on it? For example if the lesser bike needs a new part, do you just take it off of the nicer bike and buy the nicer bike a better and newer part?
re: Multi-Bike Owners -tigas
Sep 3, 2003 10:20 PM
Same saddle, pedals, bars, grips, seatposts...just about everything stays consistent except for the specific purpose of each bike (2xsuspension,hardtail,road-race, and working on a CX). Frames are also of the same maker. Computers are so cheap that you might as well buy one for each bike, you need the mounts/magnets anyway. Lesser bike? bite your tounge.
re: Multi-Bike Owners -The Walrus
Sep 3, 2003 10:33 PM
1) I use SPD MTB pedals on everything--road, 'cross and mountain. I like wearing shoes that permit walking like a normal person. I like Flite on the road bikes, old Vettas on the 'crossers and SDG Bel-Airs on the MTBs.

2) Back when I could afford computers, each bike got its own.

3) No bike ever survives unchanged more than a week after I get it. I don't play favorites, and no bike is safe. Not a week goes by that I don't do some kind of Frankenbiking, whether it's "justified" or not. I'm just prone to some sort of wrenching madness...
re: Multi-Bike Owners -Akirasho
Sep 3, 2003 11:42 PM
1) Do you use identical saddles and pedals on all so those two contact points are familiar no matter which bike you ride?

... almost... there are a couple variations.

) Do you have complete computer setups for each bike or do you just have mounts and move the computer to the one you are going to ride?

... seperate 'pooters.

3) Do you keep one as a mint bike so the best and newest parts are always on it? For example if the lesser bike needs a new part, do you just take it off of the nicer bike and buy the nicer bike a better and newer part?


... not really. Most bikes are comparably equipped save for wheels. Some are specialty bikes and see low mileage... but more a factor of their uniqueness than remaining mint. I tend to accumulate bits and pieces over time... thus, I have a relatively large supply of spare parts. I came close to stripping a frame for parts for another project earlier this year... but just couldn't bring myself to do it... filled in the gaps from my stash with new.

Be the bike.
re: Multi-Bike Owners -Ray Sachs
Sep 4, 2003 3:51 AM
Identical saddles, pedals, and bars on my two road bikes. Different saddle and pedals on my sport touring bike. Different saddle and pedals and bars on my cyclocross and fixed gear bikes.

Separate computers on each bike, but the mounts are all the same, so I sometimes swap computers with wheelsets.

Not really a mint bike. One is a good weather only bike and has really nice stuff on it, but even my rain/travel bike has pretty nice parts, but it has fenders as well and has to be maintained a bit more rigorously. I have so many spare parts lying around, I rarely have to harvest from one of my other bikes.

-Ray
So close, yet so far away!Zman
Sep 4, 2003 4:03 AM
I own 6 bikes (2 road, 1 cross, 3 mountain) and they are all pretty similar but set-up for their specific need.

Both roadbikes have Look 396 pedals and all the other bikes have Shimano SPD's. All of my mountainbikes are XTR/Easton/Thomson equipped. All mountainbikes have Carbon Lefties. The seat to crank distances are for the most part identical with the exception of my "freeride" bike, which is slightly lower. That is the only similarity.

I have computers on all bikes and they are dialed in perfectly for the current tire/wheel combinations on the bikes.

I do not swap parts and all of my bikes are kept in mint condition regardless of value or amount of riding. When it is time to ride I ride. I do not need to worry about anything.

Z
nope...different set upsSadlebred
Sep 4, 2003 4:25 AM
1) Do you use identical saddles and pedals on all so those two contact points are familiar no matter which bike you ride?

Nope: Serfas ARC saddles on the mtb and track bike. SDG Bel-Air saddles on the CX and road bikes.

Speedplay X2's on the road bike. Time ATACs on the CX and mtb. SPD 535's on the track bike (had to take the X2's that were on the track bike and put them on the road bike when the other ones wore out--just too darn old)

2) Do you have complete computer setups for each bike or do you just have mounts and move the computer to the one you are going to ride?

Each bike has it's own set up. I use 3 different kinds of computers.

3) Do you keep one as a mint bike so the best and newest parts are always on it?

Nope...don't swap parts too much as I only own one kind of each bike.
re: Multi-Bike Owners -merckxman
Sep 4, 2003 5:03 AM
1) different saddles; pedals: LOOKS but different models
2) NO computers on any bike (been there, done that)
3) no parts switching, I try to keep each bike as original as possible
re: Multi-Bike Owners -dzrider
Sep 4, 2003 5:04 AM
1. same kind of saddles on 2 of 3, Look pedals on all.

2. no computers allowed

3. no, bike keeps the components it came with until the components fail and get replaced.

4. though you didn't ask, each bike has its own seat bag and pump
re: Multi-Bike Owners -MR_GRUMPY
Sep 4, 2003 5:06 AM
1) Yes, Look pedals and Flite saddles.
2) One computer, three mounting kits.
3) No, bikes #1 and #2 have the same equipment on them. Bike #3 has old Campy Chorus 8 speed stuff.
re: Multi-Bike Owners -terry b
Sep 4, 2003 5:51 AM
1) Do you use identical saddles and pedals on all so those two contact points are familiar no matter which bike you ride?

I have 6 saddle types - San Marco Regal, Avocet O2, Fizik Pave, Fizik Aliante, Flite, Flite SLR. No real reason, the Avocet was my standard until I tried an ERA which I came to hate (embroidery) I found I liked the Regal for long haul riding, having tried a Brooks Swift. They're both too heavy for my weigh sensibilities though. I found I liked the Pave a whole lot and am currently trying the Aliante. The SLR was an experiment and the sole remaining Flite was bought to when I hated the SLR for a short time. I put the SLR back on one bike recently to see if I could like it again and I do.

2) Do you have complete computer setups for each bike or do you just have mounts and move the computer to the one you are going to ride?

I have computers for every bike. Switching is a pain, and over time I've wanted to try different kinds. So I've ended up with a computer for each bike.

3) Do you keep one as a mint bike so the best and newest parts are always on it? For example if the lesser bike needs a new part, do you just take it off of the nicer bike and buy the nicer bike a better and newer part?

No, I ride them all equally and upgrade wherever I feel I need to.
Oops. forgot pedals - 10 Looks (247, 296) 1 pair Speedplay (nM)terry b
Sep 4, 2003 5:54 AM
re: Multi-Bike Owners -JS Haiku Shop
Sep 4, 2003 6:10 AM
1) same pedals on all road bikes. swap pedals on the ss/fixie and cyclocross bike for different occasions. same saddle on long ride bikes (brooks), same on short ride bikes (ssm regal). different handlebars on all. same tape: i prefer the nashbar tape over anything else i've tried, price notwithstanding.

2) i use cateye mity 3 computers; all cateye computers (mity 3, velo x, enduro 2) use the same mounting base. which computer goes on which bike on any given ride depends on what color computer i feel like watching on that day. i log mileage/speed/time in a spreadsheet, so odometer on each computer is irrelevant.

3) no. and, i prefer to have a full working kit, wheelset, and set of pedals for each bike--and each in complete working order at all times. some folks have multiple frames and only a couple wheelsets, and move parts/build each frame from the previous build, only having one or two up at a time. it makes me nervous. :)
Yes, Yes, No (nm)Mariowannabe
Sep 4, 2003 6:20 AM
Don't overthink a simple thing. Just go ride.cory
Sep 4, 2003 7:33 AM
But if you MUST:
1. I have Brooks B-17s on two bikes because I have two Brooks B-17s and they're comfortable. The others are just whatever I had around when I built them, or what came on the bike. Pedals are all over the place--mostly toe-clippers, because I ride a lot in ordinary shoes.
2. Only one roadie and one mountain bike has a computer, and the one on the MB's been dead for more than a year. I deliberately did NOT put one on the singlespeed, and while I have a couple of clearance-table Avocets in the garage, I've never gotten around to putting them on bikes.
3. What breaks gets replaced, but it doesn't happen often. I spread the wear over several bikes, and they're pretty reliable anyway. I do swap things like handlebars sometimes just for a change--mustache bars off the SS and on the Atlantis, for instance, or old three-speed style bars on the mountain bike I use for a commuter.
And as a matter of semantics, I don't buy the bike anything. I buy stuff for myself, and some of it goes on the bike.
Training and Racingroadeeforlife
Sep 4, 2003 8:24 AM
I have one for training a steel specialized frame with ultegra same pedals that weighs in at 19.5lbs and a Racing Machine Litespeed Ghisallo with Dura ace for racing weighing in at 14.4lbs.
Good questions!Elefantino
Sep 4, 2003 8:37 AM
1) identical pedals (x-2s) yes, but not identical saddles. similar, but not exact. one saddle is more comfortable for long rides, which is on bike no. 1. bike no. 2 gets the cheaper saddle.
2) different computers for each bike.
3) yes and no. i bought a triple setup for bike no. 1's trip to france, then took it off, replaced the double and am putting the triple on the bike no. 2.

FWIW,
Mike
Saddle is the only thing that I need consistentLC
Sep 4, 2003 9:18 AM
I keep trying other saddle brands and models, but they eventually end up in the saddle closet. That is the one part that I like to feel familar with.

The mounts cost almost as much or more than a whole computer on sale, so might as well not have to switch around.
re: Multi-Bike Owners -Spoke Wrench
Sep 4, 2003 9:21 AM
I have five that I ride.

3 have Body Geometry Comps, 1 has a Body Geometry Pro and I can't remember what is on my mountain bike.

Pedals are all SPD varients. 747's on my better bikes and a variety of clones on the others. I'm more of a restaurant-to-restaurant rider than a go-fast kind of guy.

Two bikes have Flight Decks. The rest don't have any kind of computers. I'd be more likely to take off my Flight Decks than to acquire computers for my other bikes. I find that I go much farther and faster when I estimate.

My Klein and my tandem get most of the cool, new stuff. The others only get brand new stuff if I can't figure any way around it.
hey spokey email meJS Haiku Shop
Sep 4, 2003 10:05 AM
cat5tattoo at yahoo.com
re: Multi-Bike Owners -_rt_
Sep 4, 2003 9:50 AM
1) yes & no: same saddle, different pedals, 2 pr of shoes

2) no computer/computer mount on the back-up bike. she spends most of her time on the trainer. (though right now she is laying on her back with no parts waiting to be overhauled)

3) hadn't really thought about that yet since neither needs new parts.

rt
re: Multi-Bike Owners -pmf1
Sep 4, 2003 10:41 AM
1) Do you use identical saddles and pedals on all so those two contact points are familiar no matter which bike you ride?

Yes, I use the same saddle on all three bike -- Selle Italia Flite. I use the same road pedals on two (Time Equipe) and mtn pedals on the one I tour or commute on (Time ATAC)

2) Do you have complete computer setups for each bike or do you just have mounts and move the computer to the one you are going to ride?

Same computer set-up on all three bikes -- Sigma Sport. I have computers for all three, but the batteries burned out on two and I've been moving one head from bike to bike lately (just had a kid and life has been hectic lately).

3) Do you keep one as a mint bike so the best and newest parts are always on it? For example if the lesser bike needs a new part, do you just take it off of the nicer bike and buy the nicer bike a better and newer part?

No. All three bikes have the same components -- Dura Ace. I do not bother moving the shiniest part to the newest bike. Now that Shimano has gone 10-speed, I'll probably wait until one of them needs new components, and put the new stuff on my Colnago (favorite of the three) and move what's on the Colnago to the other bike -- if I don't wear out the parts on the Colnago first, that is.

I guess I do favor the Colnago since it got the new carbon bars I got for Christmas despite being the bike with the newest set of bars.
re: Multi-Bike Owners -KG 361
Sep 4, 2003 11:00 AM
1) Try to, and eventually will, have same saddles, but I use 3 different types of pedals right now-Look, Time Impact, and spd (on the 'cross SS, rain bike, and mtb)
2) Yes
3) Yes!