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bikecrate 06-11-20 09:26 AM

Yes, make sure you have them at all times just in case.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1412726afd.jpg

ZIPP2001 06-11-20 09:46 AM

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...106d71551e.jpg
A single speed, time trial, and standard road bike for the pavement. A 29 plus bike, 27 fat bike, and 26 fat bike for the trails. The benifit of extra trail bikes is I can have friends who don't have a trail bike come out a play in the woods with me. It's worked well because over the last couple years those who have used my bikes a few times then went and bought there own.

GrainBrain 06-11-20 09:48 AM

I am thankful for my LBS, went to ride my bike one day and a spoke had pulled through the rim, ruining it. An old wheel anyway, I went to the LBS and bought a decent rear wheel and was able to save a gorgeous summer day. Take that Amazon!

Koyote 06-11-20 09:51 AM

Seems like we might need a spare bike forum.

AlmostTrick 06-11-20 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by Paul Barnard (Post 21526859)
Why do the mods put up with this crap?

Were the forum rules breached here? If so, I don't see it.


Originally Posted by unterhausen (Post 21527346)
Moderator's note: there is effectively no limit to how many people you can have on your ignore list.

Thank you!


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 21527612)
I guess some people care about the integrity of the forum. Just a guess.

I care about it, and I'm glad to be a part of a forum that can have some light hearted fun now and then. A look at some of the silly replies in this thread shows that many here agree! If someone doesn't find it fun maybe they can just look away?

tomato coupe 06-11-20 10:34 AM


Originally Posted by Phil_gretz (Post 21527643)
You're new here? @DreamRider85 is a special member of these forums, known for his/her particular style of... um... conversation starters, shall we say. His/her posts are like silent farts at a cocktail party or a tootsie roll tossed into the pool. He/she lives in constant tension between living and fearing life itself. It's profound. He/she is modern man/woman in all ways.

I see. The issue is the poster, not the post?

bruce19 06-11-20 10:43 AM

I'm not answering. I don't want to offend anyone's sensibilities.

PJay120 06-11-20 12:53 PM

There is a formula for that.
 

Originally Posted by bblair (Post 21527707)
N+1=S-1

Solve for that number where marital bliss equals bicycling nirvana. But I am not sure which side of the equation a tandem belongs. Depends on the day, I guess.

I did teach my son, who has been road-biking with me for about a year, the formula for how many bikes you should have. Most know this, but a refresher is good now and then.
Let n = number of bikes you have. Let n = number of bikes you should have. The formula for how many bikes you should have can be determined by plugging that value into this formula:

n = n + 1

Koyote 06-11-20 01:08 PM


Originally Posted by PJay120 (Post 21528395)
I did teach my son, who has been road-biking with me for about a year, the formula for how many bikes you should have. Most know this, but a refresher is good now and then.
Let n = number of bikes you have. Let n = number of bikes you should have. The formula for how many bikes you should have can be determined by plugging that value into this formula:

n = n + 1

That equation makes no sense. Subtracting n from each side yields:

0 = 1

Steamer 06-11-20 01:26 PM

Bike Forums. Where every day is Festivus.

PJay120 06-11-20 01:41 PM

subtracting....what?
 

Originally Posted by Koyote (Post 21528424)
That equation makes no sense. Subtracting n from each side yields:

0 = 1

"Subtracting" would involve getting rid of a bike.
That does not make sense.

friday1970 06-11-20 02:06 PM

I have a small, but well maintained fleet of bikes. Most of my bikes have backup. For faster shorter road rides, I have two. For longer rides, like brevets, I have two. For mountain bikes, only 1,. And for Vintage classic rides with my local VVR group, two of those too.

VVR being Vintage Velo Rendezvous, a local group consisting of classic lightweight racing bikes owners.

BlazingPedals 06-11-20 02:25 PM

Hey, I actually ran into a problem once where my intended bike broke down the day before a big ride. N+1 saved me. Another time, I didn't have a backup and had to be up until 1 AM fixing my bike before getting up early for the event. That was a long next day...

BlazingPedals 06-11-20 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by Koyote (Post 21528015)
Seems like we might need a spare bike forum.

You don't have a back-up forum ready to go?

wolfchild 06-11-20 02:46 PM

Maybe not a necessity for most people, but for myself I like having multiple bikes. I ride both on the road and off road and I also commute, so for me having different bikes makes cycling more interesting.

Marylander 06-11-20 04:13 PM

The problem starts when you've got so many bicycles that they get in the way of your motorcycles...

Just Mark 06-11-20 05:36 PM

Rofl
 

Originally Posted by bikecrate (Post 21527961)
Yes, make sure you have them at all times just in case.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1412726afd.jpg


I just spewed my drink all over my keyboard. THIS is funny!

Gresp15C 06-11-20 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by blakcloud (Post 21527122)
Of course spare bikes. I had two exact Masi bikes, one as my back up. I even had them custom painted at Velo Colour. These were my commuter bikes so it was nice when one had a flat I had the back up. Did I need two exact bikes? Of course not but it was nice at the time. I stopped commuting by bikes so I eventually sold them.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...616eae39e9.jpg

Custom painted commuter bikes, and two of them. You've got style. ;)

Gresp15C 06-11-20 06:19 PM

I think there's no such thing as a spare bike. It's just another bike. If you get a spare bike, you'll want to ride it, and then it's not a spare bike any more. Or the other bike becomes the spare. For a while. Then you switch.

Truth be told, having a bike suddenly get taken out of commission the day before a trip is probably a rare occurrence if you keep up with maintenance. Barring crashes or theft, most bike problems signal their intentions far enough in advance for the perceptive cyclist to notice that something's going out of whack.

BlazingPedals 06-11-20 06:27 PM


Originally Posted by bikecrate (Post 21527961)
Yes, make sure you have them at all times just in case.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1412726afd.jpg

This person needs to hire another helper or two so he can take the other half of his bikes with him.

roundypndr 06-11-20 10:09 PM

I have two similarly outfitted bikes, and I alternate each bike on a weekly basis, to keep the wear and tear equally distributed between each bike. It sure is nice to have a spare bike on the ready, just in case on develops a lengthy or sudden repair issue, plus being able to down one bike for maintenance and not be rushed for at least a week.

fastbikes 06-11-20 10:27 PM

Please carry one. you never know when you need one.

shelbyfv 06-12-20 04:55 AM


Originally Posted by unterhausen (Post 21527346)
Moderator's note: there is effectively no limit to how many people you can have on your ignore list.

This is good advice and I've added OP to my list, joining a couple of other IDs with curiously similar posting styles:foo: However, I have to agree with so many others, the ignore list is not a substitute for active and appropriate moderation. JMO, of course:thumb:

Paul Barnard 06-12-20 06:06 AM


Originally Posted by shelbyfv (Post 21529492)
This is good advice and I've added OP to my list, joining a couple of other IDs with curiously similar posting styles:foo: However, I have to agree with so many others, the ignore list is not a substitute for active and appropriate moderation. JMO, of course:thumb:

Common man! Just wait 'til we get a chance to kick around next weeks hot topic of "Why Don't Pros Fill Their Bikes With Helium?"

Kapusta 06-12-20 07:28 AM

Having 4 different bikes (e.g., road, mtb, commuter, gravel) is NOT the same as having spare bikes,

Its like spare tires: if they are not nearly identical, they donít work.

Think about it: you are ready to go out on a road ride and you find a mechanical. What are you going to do? Take the gravel bike?!? Thatís crazy talk!


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