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The bikes just keep piling up...(15 posts)

The bikes just keep piling up...rwbadley
Dec 8, 2003 10:10 PM
I must be a magnet for old steel bikes.

Two old mongrels were dragged home within the last week. One, an old Schwinn. The other an old cottered crank Bianchi.

My wife is seriously considering having me committed. I'm thinking maybe she's right.

I thought to count them. As near as I can tell it's an even twenty bikes in the barn.

One sick pup.

Twenty as in 20? You are crazy nmkevinacohn
Dec 8, 2003 10:17 PM
oops, 24- but five have motors....nmrwbadley
Dec 8, 2003 10:23 PM
re: The bikes just keep piling up...Saddle_Sore
Dec 9, 2003 1:52 AM
You want your head examining. Such acquisitiveness is not to be encouraged. Think of all the wannabe cyclists you are denying by hogging all the bikes :-|

As for having more than 4 vehicles - wtf?! Are you some kind of pollution nutter that you need to go around in four cars that belch out crap? Ride your bikes and ditch the cars.
no cars involved...rwbadley
Dec 9, 2003 7:15 AM
Three running motorcycles. Two non-runners for parts. I'm afraid they don't get many miles on them, when I have time to ride I prefer to pedal.

Over the years I have donated and/or sold many bikes to wannabe cyclists, so no problem there. In fact, Two bikes are on their way to needy homes as we speak. ;-)

Some of these bikes are 'family' bikes the wife kinda rides one, the kid kinda rides three, A road bike, an mtb and the tandem. He won't ride the tandem anymore, wifey won't either. I need a hot biker mistress! ;-) to tandem with.

3 Raleighs
2 Bianchis
3 Schwinns
1 Tandem
1 Recumbent
1 Ballooner Murray
4 MTBs
1 unicycle
1 Della Santa
1 Steve Rex
1 Shogun
1 Celo
1 trainer
1 Trek road

Many were too good to pass up for the free and/or low price involved.
Life not fair!!tmotz
Dec 9, 2003 9:08 AM
I only have 3 bikes and the wife complains about them.2 road bikes ,20 year old Fuji and a year old Jamis .One beater moutain bike.
... another sick pup...Akirasho
Dec 9, 2003 4:51 AM

... near as I can count it's 21... and none of 'em have motors!

Be the bike(s).
nice. Your helmet collection is also impressive...nmrwbadley
Dec 9, 2003 7:16 AM
... another sick pup... yes, you are!Saddle_Sore
Dec 9, 2003 8:34 AM
I'm turning green with envy (not a pretty sight). Is every single one of those bikes different or have you got a few duplicates just in case you trash one? As for the helmets, is that to ensure consistency of fit (i.e. you found one that feels just right, so you buy several more so you don't have to worry if you bust it)?

I haven't even got a garage yet (I cannot bear the thought of spending £6,000+ on building one) so I have to store my three bikes in my 7' x 4'6" shed at the bottom of my garden. It's damn difficult to get them out, and as for using a bike trainer, forget it - the shed would fly apart!
I recall a post long ago...Scot_Gore
Dec 9, 2003 10:48 AM
...some guy popped on to the board to rave about his new ride. In the body of the post he mentions the make an d spec of his first bike. The old bike and new bike were for all practical purposes, the same bike as far as features. function, and vintage goes. So, Akirasho replys back to the guy "please explain how you will use bike #2 differently from bike #1". I remember giggling, because of all people to be questioning how this guy might use this bike differently than that bike, Aki was the last one with the crendentials to ask such a question.

All that said, take a good hard look at Aki's collection. I think you'll find that most bikes are there to meet a specific different purpose from the other bikes in the stable.

Most riders might just have a Tri bike, while Aki's got a bike for a long Tri and a bike for a short Tri. So, the purposes aren't always real distant from each other, but there's more at work here than excess, it's got more to do with passion and purpose IMHO.

passion and purpose...yeah that's the ticket!...rwbadley
Dec 9, 2003 12:07 PM
My wife, uh, Morgan Fairchild, is real understanding. She doesn't go into the bike barn, so I'm pretty sure she thinks there are only 'a few bikes' out there.

Most of these bikes do have different character. I think it boils down to 'saving' some bikes from whatever miserable fate might await them. Also, sometimes a good deal is just hard to walk by. I found a $900 (1990 price) cross bike at a thrift store for twenty bucks. What are ya gonna do? Found a sleek Italian racer at a pawn shop for $45. Only two or three of the bikes cost more than pocket change. Some paid for themselves and more. I bought two tandems for 1300 and sold one of them for 1250. yay free tandem.

The Shogun frame looks to have found a home. I had to keep the mint Dura Ace EX group that was on it tho' Why? For the next frame of course! ;-)
Question about MET element helmet..Qubeley
Dec 9, 2003 8:01 PM
Where did you order the helmet? how does it compare to the Strad.?
Question about MET element helmet..Akirasho
Dec 10, 2003 5:40 AM
... got the 5 Element a while back from Bikepark in London... however, they're no longer in the bike bizz (they now do professional bike fittings)...

The 5 Element compares favorably with respect to fit and finish to the Strad... and while originally marketed as an MTB lid (comes with a removable visor/peak)... is being seen more and more on top of Pro Euro road riders.

Just like the Strad, if you're looking for something other than the ubiquitous Ghisallo or Pneumo... the 5 Element is worth considering.

Be the bike.
re: The bikes just keep piling up...macalu
Dec 9, 2003 6:39 AM
Not bad, but I ride with a guy who has at least 40. Picks them up at yard sales. Commutes on some, shows up at group rides on others. Keeps up (and leads) guys on sub 20 pound bikes while riding 25 pound plus bikes with downtube shifters. Many friction. He is an inspiration. Also, as an MD, he is a great source of free and fascinating medical advice. To meet him and other fascinating creatures, join TEAM LARDBUTT.
She must be VERY understanding. I'm trying to talk minebimini
Dec 9, 2003 9:03 AM
into "letting" me buy a fourth. (however in my view two of them don't count. One is an old ill fitting Trek 400 and the other is the Hybrid Giant bike I use when we bike together). My plan is to set the Trek up for her to see if she likes a road bikes. Then we will both have two bikes. And since, I bike 50 times as much as she does, I can justify getting the 3rd bike.