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Is a spare bike necessary?

Old 06-10-20, 05:23 PM
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Is a spare bike necessary?

I have a road bike and mountain bike. I think Iím good. But what if you were to go on a bike trip and the day before your bike gets messed up. Would it be good to have a spare or is it not necessary?
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Old 06-10-20, 05:41 PM
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Yes, you should have two of each (MTB and Road). And don't make the mistake so many do and skimp on the "spare" bike.
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Old 06-10-20, 05:44 PM
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Why do the mods put up with this crap?
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Old 06-10-20, 05:47 PM
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At a minimum, you should have a road bike, MTB, CX/gravel bike, TT bike, and utility/beater bike.
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Old 06-10-20, 06:18 PM
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Preparing to ride with my group today and darned if the bike didn't have a flat tire. Thank goodness there was a spare bike right there next to it. You definitely need an extra for each type. Since we may be talking virtual bikes, why not two extras?
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Old 06-10-20, 06:24 PM
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My wife complained about our garage looking like a bike shop the other day with me having 3 bikes (MTB, Road and Commuter) plus her Cruiser so I told her that I could use a Winter bike and then maybe one day a Bikepacking bike hehe. Don't think that sat well with her lol.
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Old 06-10-20, 06:25 PM
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Old 06-10-20, 07:49 PM
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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.
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Old 06-10-20, 08:03 PM
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I'll just speak of road bikes, but I do have one mountain bike.

For road bikes, the minimum is one of each of the four major materials, steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and titanium. I would consider this basic, and none are really "spares" because, for example, if the titanium bike has a flat tire, you don't have another titanium bike to grab and go. And, at least as far as steel goes, you'd probably need to have a contemporary steel with modern parts, and a vintage steel with - at the very least - period correct parts, if not as-built. And a back up for both of those too. So 12.
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Old 06-10-20, 08:35 PM
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Pffft. Your folding bike is the spare for the road bike. Her hybrid is the spare for her road bike. You need a road tandem and a HT gravel tandem, a rigid plus bike for bikepacking and a FS trail bike. And a couple extra wheelsets for the variety in ride quality. What else is there that makes you feel the need to spend money? Oh yeah, get some lightweight camping gear.
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Old 06-10-20, 08:39 PM
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But what if your main bike has a flat but you never got around to lubing the chain on your spare? You need a spare for your spare!

I assume you're being facetious, 'cause this is the wrong place to be told you don't need another bike.
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Old 06-10-20, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post
I have a road bike and mountain bike. I think Iím good. But what if you were to go on a bike trip and the day before your bike gets messed up. Would it be good to have a spare or is it not necessary?
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Old 06-10-20, 08:41 PM
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Why do the mods put up with this crap?
What's the issue?
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Old 06-10-20, 08:51 PM
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The issue is he is jealous because he doesn't have a spare bike
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Old 06-10-20, 09:21 PM
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Depends on the person. Folks who aren't as passionate (a.k.a., crazy) as most of us on the forums might be content with just one neighborhood cruiser. On the other hand of the spectrum, you have people such as myself who would have 30 or 40 bikes if they had the space and could afford them.

Purchase however many bikes makes you happy.
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Old 06-10-20, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
At a minimum, you should have a road bike, MTB, CX/gravel bike, TT bike, and utility/beater bike.
A TT bike is a want not a need, obviously you meant fixie or SS.

Personally I don't understand the whole spare concept, seems like s waste of money.
Once you have a road, cross, gravel, fixie, hardtail, dual suspension, TT, hybrid, cruiser, fat bike, tandem and house bike* you should be all set though maybe you want to distinguish between a performance and endurance road bike but after that what's the point of a spare?

*Wife's term meaning the retired road bike that is permenantly relegated to trainer duty
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Old 06-10-20, 09:36 PM
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Yessssssssss!

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What's the issue?
the repeated drubbing of deceased equines.
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Old 06-10-20, 10:18 PM
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I not only want a spare bike, I want to be like the pros and have my team follow me in a car with the spare bikes ready to go.
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Old 06-10-20, 10:26 PM
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Daddy always said = The right tool for the job makes the task a pleasure.

As a cyclist that means = the right gearing/tires/geometry for the course.


Steel, Ti, Carbon.
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Old 06-11-20, 02:29 AM
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I don't really need two bikes but I WANT 2 or 3 just for the heck of it.
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Old 06-11-20, 06:01 AM
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I guess some people care about the integrity of the forum. Just a guess.
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Old 06-11-20, 06:45 AM
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If you really think about it, the question answers itself.
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Old 06-11-20, 07:08 AM
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N+1=S-1

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