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Why more than one road bike?(20 posts)

Why more than one road bike?GeoCyclist
Sep 21, 2003 7:00 PM
Lately I've been lusting over purchasing another road bike. I think I have fallen in love with the 2004 C50!!! I love my current bike, and have no intention of selling it. I was interested to know if you own more than one road bike, do you ride them an equal amount of time. This is not a question for people who own several bikes designed for different uses; i.e. road, TT, Tri, mountain. I am only interested in the riders that have a collection of bikes for the same use.

Your thoughts are appreciated!
Luxury of experimentation...spluti
Sep 21, 2003 7:37 PM
I own three, and non of them would qualify as todays "state of the art". For a do it yourself mechanic it is a luxury to be able to work on one bike and always have one ready to ride. Also, my goal was to have all of my running gear interchangeable. Easier said than done. I can R&R from one bike to the other with no trips to the LBS. So, what have I learned? I dunno, it's just the way I do it. Tinkering on the ride keeps me motivated.
Think about the interchangeability of components between your two bikes.
I'm looking at a total changeGeoCyclist
Sep 21, 2003 8:06 PM
I'm currently riding a DeRosa King with full Shimano DA (except headset). I'm looking at buying a Colnago C50 with Campy Record. I really want to see if there is a difference between Campy and DA. I'm also going to look for something really different in a wheel set. I'm not a heavy rider (168 lbs) so there is a whole range of possibilities. I like to tinker with my bikes, and do all my own maintenance, and I wouldn't buy a bike just to ride in the rain; as I'd spend just as much time cleaning up a rain bike as I would my DeRosa; a bit padantic, YES! I dont' do cars, so $15,000 to $20,000 in bikes isn't a real extravagance; yeh, I own a tandem and two mountain bikes also.
I'm looking at a total changelyleseven
Sep 21, 2003 8:35 PM
If you can afford it, why not? Robin Williams owns more than 50 bikes. He buys them like most people buy groceries! I own 3 road bikes, one hybrid and two mountain bikes. I have just ordered another road bike as I have two homes and want two at each residence when I am there. I admit that I am very much into the components (mostly Campy) and I agree about the interchangeability of parts. My mountain bikes and hybrid are Shimano. You always need a backup bike in my opinion. I don't have any vices other than owning multiple bikes, which is a good thing because if I did I couldn't afford them spending all my extra money on bikes!
re: Why more than one road bike?rollinrob
Sep 21, 2003 8:32 PM
I have two road bikes, both are made of steel and equipped alike. Ultegra components,OP Rims, Conti 3000 GP tires, look pedals, Ritchey WCS handlebars and stem. I love both these bikes and even though they are equipped the same the ride completly different.
Bike 1 is a 51 cm Waterford 2200 with a 75 degree seatube and a 72.5 headtube. It's geometry is much more "race oriented" and is a blast to ride. You can just think about hitting a corner and it goes there..
Bike 2 is a 50cm IF Crown Jewel and has a 73 degree seatube andgle with a 72 cm headtube angle. It to is a blast to ride but so much more comfortable on those long rides due to the relaxed angles.
I try to ride each bike equally but I find I enjoy the Waterford more due to its quicker handling and the fact that it has a triple on it which helps me up those long Northern CA hills. It also has a nicer paint job.
It is nice to have two bikes that have completely different geometrys. Everytime I get on either bike I can look forward to a great ride. It also helps keep me motavated to go on rides. If I get tired of riding one bike I know I can get a different experience by riding the other one. It really has kept me "fresh" throughout the season.
re: Why more than one road bike?dawgcatchr
Sep 21, 2003 10:46 PM
I am building up a rain bike (live in Oregon) so that I don't have to worry about getting my Fondriest w/Record all mucked up. It will be nice to have a sturdy steel bike to ride in any weather and go through it only once every couple of weeks (I spend almost an hour on my good bike cleaning it after a wet ride, as it is so pretty I don't want to let it get dirty!) I would build up a nice steel or ti ride if I could afford it, but so far my Fondriest is doing everything better than any other bike I have owned, so why ride another? When I get bored, I just hop on my mountain bike and ride it for a few days-then I am lusting after my road bike again!
re: Why more than one road bike?PatC
Sep 21, 2003 10:44 PM
i've had two aluminium-framed road bikes for more than a couple of years. The reason for it : the need to have a spare one in case my usual bike gets crashed (which has happened more than once !!). So both are custom made and have 650mm wheels.Besides, during winter, I use the more rustic one and keep the lighter and fastest one (a Daccordi)for the competition season (my practice : mainly 'centuries' over here in France).
But I am considering selling both to get a C4O (you are right C50s are gorgeous !!!!! but too expensive for me.....)since I can't have a Colnago with 650 wheels and will have to get used again to 700mm wheels.
Sep 22, 2003 3:34 AM
I have one bike. I own two.

When I was heavy into racing, I thought I needed a 'light' 'racing' bike. Turns out, imagine, I could only ride one at a time. Big waste of money.

The new bike is now at my dads so it gets some use.

Two bikes is too many (for me).

Keep Life Simple.
one to ride, one to crash in racesweiwentg
Sep 22, 2003 4:59 AM
I broke down and placed an order for a Dream Plus. the TCR - which has a couple of dents already - will be used in criteriums, especially the sketchier ones.
re: Why more than one road bike?KG 361
Sep 22, 2003 5:09 AM
One is my "good bike", my KG 361. The other is an old Nishilki that I use as a trainer/rain/winter bike. It's much heavier than the Look and I don't care if it gets mucked up. Also helps me training as it's kinda like swinging a lead bat-when I get on the KG, it feels really light!=) Also, if I want to go out for a ride and find something wrong with eaither, I always have a bike to ride and can fix the problem later.
Nutty, but funAFred
Sep 22, 2003 5:44 AM
I own a half-dozen road bikes that I collected over the past few years. Each is a different material or combination of materials and is made by a different builder. Most are the same/similar geometry. Each provides a different feel, and it's great fun switching off from one to the other. I rarely ride the two most similar (two steel bikes, one of which is a beater). Generally, I ride one for a few weeks and then switch off to another. It's like recreating the feeling of your first ride on a new bike every month or so. I rarely race and most of my rides are solo efforts so the only person I'm trying to impress is me.

Once you get past the second purchase it becomes a sickness for which there is no known cure except for a patient wife and ever dwindling savings account. Go for it!
Always keep an extra bike aroundspluti
Sep 22, 2003 6:55 AM
When your SO gets "fed up" you can sell one.
Why more than one road bike?....Why not?davet
Sep 22, 2003 6:59 AM
I own three road bikes (not including our tandem) and enjoy them all. They're different, feel different, ride different and I like each one equally for different reasons.

My Calfee is a sprinting, hillclimbing fool and rides well. My Kirk was custom made for me for looong rides. I can sit in the saddle for hours and feel no pain. My Guerciotti, like me, is old and fun and gives me a good perspective on todays bikes.
why the h*ll not?velocity
Sep 22, 2003 8:34 AM
Most importantly, if one's being repaired/retooled, the other one's available for riding.

I wish I had your conundrum. If I wasn't a NYer with a small apt., and a kind of limited budget, I'd have more than 2 road bikes (a beater and a better one).
One mountain one roaddaCaT_
Sep 22, 2003 8:44 AM
I live in Colorado and you are really missing out if you dont have one of each!

Im pretty lucky, I have a Santa Cruz superlight and a Dean road bike.
reasons for more bikesDougSloan
Sep 22, 2003 8:51 AM
*backup - if one breaks, no down time from riding
*different "feel" for diff roads or distances
*different gearing (triple or double)
*different look - you wanna putz around or race?
*specialized racing machines
*different uses
Bikes are like golf clubs-you play better with a full set.nmStraightblock
Sep 22, 2003 10:07 AM
Simple answer.... because there are far too many great bikes!russw19
Sep 22, 2003 10:08 AM
There are too many great bikes out there to limit yourself to just one. I have more than one road bike. In fact I have 4. One is Ti, one is Columbus SLX (old school with Campy Super Record) and two are aluminium. I plan to buy at least one more road bike in the next year, maybe two more. I plan to get a Lemond Tete d Course this year with Dura-Ace 10, and I may build up another steel bike. I am thinking I really want a Colnago MXL. There are just too many really nice bikes out there to only ride one. I also currently have 2 mountain bikes (both hardtails, one Aluminium, one steel) and I plan on two more MTB's too. Another hardtail and a full suspension bike. I don't tend to keep my mountain bikes, but whenever I buy an new road bike, I usually still keep the old ones. The market for selling used road bikes is not that good right now, so why bother, I might as well keep them rather than lose money selling them for less than they are worth.

Good response! Thanks! (nm)GeoCyclist
Sep 22, 2003 3:08 PM
rain, backup..dotkaye
Sep 22, 2003 3:38 PM
when I had just one bike and the frame cracked, I had to race on a borrowed bike with dodgy shifting. Not pleasant. So I wanted to have two bikes as insurance. Also I don't like riding in the rain, would rather trash my 105 drivetrain than the DuraAce on the #1 bike..