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Keep both bikes....n+1!
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Sell the Lynskey since most riding is on the road
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Sell the Roubaix because the Lynskey can to road/gravel
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Have road and gravel bikes...should I sell one?

Old 10-21-21, 10:37 AM
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Only a spouse says "too many bikes."
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Old 10-21-21, 03:32 PM
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Keep both bikes! If youre not hurting for money, having the backup will be worth more to you than whatever cash youd get.

If you had 5 or 6 bikes with a lot if overlap and an overcrowded garage, Id say you should get rid of at least one. Two bikes is never excessive.

The only other situation where Id vote for selling is when you never ride one of the bikes, and you need some cool new wheels or something for the other one, with no funds available.

In your case, I doubt youll ever regret keeping two. If you sell one, theres a good chance youll come to regret it.

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Old 10-21-21, 04:08 PM
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I would probably wait a while and see if you get interested in doing some gravel rides. At the end of the day, I don't understand owning a bike (or car or motorcyle) to look at. If you don't find yourself using it in a few months, pass it on to someone that will enjoy it.
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Old 10-22-21, 03:48 AM
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I can think of ample reasons to keep both. I can think of no good reason to sell one unless it’s to replace it with a higher end model.
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Old 10-22-21, 08:36 PM
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My only bike was a gravel bike and I wanted some thinner tires. So, I bought new wheels and tires, and a new bike to put them on. One thought is, it's not bad to have a second bike. It's rare that people on BF talk about maybe having too many bikes, and even rarer when you only have two.
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Old 10-25-21, 12:10 PM
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Never sell or give away a bike unless it will be replaced by a new bike.
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Old 10-25-21, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by FrankTuna View Post
This year, I built up a Lynskey GR300 with GRX Di2 that was supposed to be my 1 bike to rule them all. I broke a shifter right before my A event, and with parts availability being what it was, I either had to buy another bike or skip the event. I don't have any cycling buddies my height otherwise I maybe could have borrowed a bike. I bought a Specialized Roubaix Expert and I'm absolutely in love with it.

The Lynskey is more versatile, but realistically I've only tried a handful of gravel events but it was primarily used on the road. The Roubaix is more comfy and rides more easily (subjective, I know) on the road than the Lynskey with road tires. I like the idea of riding more gravel, but it hasn't really worked out that way.

I'm thinking about selling one of these bikes. I don't need the money, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to recoup some. Hopefully with the used market being what it is I wouldn't totally lose my shirt. Any thoughts?
I would definitely keep both bikes. Always good to have a backup in case you need to do major tune up on primary bike.
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Old 10-25-21, 10:03 PM
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The Lynskey broke immediately and could do nothing -- this is the opposite of a do-everything bike. It may be helpful to jettison this idea of what your bike was supposed to be and then reconsider your situation.
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Old 10-26-21, 01:50 AM
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+1 for keeping both FrankTuna my gr270 (same slack angles / geo) makes for an ideal "easy day" / gravel / winter rider. Clearances for fat, supple rubber (not to mention fenders) at 25-30psi add to its versatility, and floating over crappy roads or feeling super stable when descending (thanks to the long trail) never gets old after a few hard training days on my race bike..
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Old 10-26-21, 04:30 AM
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I've heard kaleche riding is the next big thing. You need to keep both bikes. One can become the kaleche bike.
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Old 10-26-21, 04:32 AM
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I'm for N+1, but only when N equals 1.

I have a Domane road bike that can do 32mm tires and sometimes is pitched as an all road bike, but the wheels and everything else are sturdy enough for me to do much gravel with that expensive bike.

The other bike is a Jamis Renegade with a 1x drive train that I use for anything not on road, for light 3-5 day touring and for rides with my wife.

When 1 bike is in the shop, I can ride the other.

When N was greater than 1 for me, it was more like I was collecting bikes than needed them all.
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Old 10-26-21, 09:15 AM
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I had a "Road" bike.
I got a"Gravel" bike.
I sold the Road bike.

9 years later.....

I never miss the road bike.

Any frame that won't clear 35s is now dead to me.
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I'll choose my 20-lb gravel ti build with 50mm rubber ~80% of the time ... basically whenever I'm not in the mood for speed and/or trying to set climbing, tempo or other types of PRs on decent tarmac. I do sort of admire folks who are content with a single bike (not to assume you have only one... just saying). Not there yet...

Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
I had a "Road" bike.
I got a"Gravel" bike.
I sold the Road bike.

9 years later.....

I never miss the road bike.

Any frame that won't clear 35s is now dead to me.
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Old 10-26-21, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ctak View Post
I'll choose my 20-lb gravel ti build with 50mm rubber ~80% of the time ... basically whenever I'm not in the mood for speed and/or trying to set climbing, tempo or other types of PRs on decent tarmac. I do sort of admire folks who are content with a single bike (not to assume you have only one... just saying). Not there yet...
Well, I do have 4 bikes, but only one Road/Gravel bike. I run 38mm tires (RH Barlow Pass Extralights) for everything considered a "road" that one would drive a car on. I also have a commuter/utility bike, a rigid fat bike, and a FS MTB.
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Old 10-27-21, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by franktuna View Post
this year, i built up a lynskey gr300 with grx di2 that was supposed to be my 1 bike to rule them all. I broke a shifter right before my a event, and with parts availability being what it was, i either had to buy another bike or skip the event. I don't have any cycling buddies my height otherwise i maybe could have borrowed a bike. I bought a specialized roubaix expert and i'm absolutely in love with it.

The lynskey is more versatile, but realistically i've only tried a handful of gravel events but it was primarily used on the road. The roubaix is more comfy and rides more easily (subjective, i know) on the road than the lynskey with road tires. I like the idea of riding more gravel, but it hasn't really worked out that way.

I'm thinking about selling one of these bikes. I don't need the money, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to recoup some. Hopefully with the used market being what it is i wouldn't totally lose my shirt. Any thoughts?

i am the wrong one to ask as i have 18 bikes. Can never. Part with them. Naturally i say keep them both and use them both. I use my cx bikes mostly for winter riding or in the woods.
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Old 10-28-21, 02:15 PM
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To the OP, how tall are you? Just curious, because I have a hard time finding things that fit and I’m only 6’2”.
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Old 10-28-21, 02:19 PM
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To the OP, how tall are you? Just curious, because I have a hard time finding things that fit and Im only 62.
I'm 6'5"...I've generally had good luck with XL/61cm frames. When I bought my Roubaix, they had a Tarmac, Roubaix and Diverge all in 61 cm in the show room. I almost passed out from sheer disbelief!
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Gravel bikes tend to get beaten up more due to the nature of the terrain. I would keep both so that I could ride gravel (and use it in the rain) and keep the road bike pristine.


my $0.02
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Old 11-02-21, 03:06 PM
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I hate gravel.
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Old 11-03-21, 08:16 AM
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