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Old 06-14-20, 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I n+1 because I always want to try different bikes but I don't ever want to get rid of the ones I have.
I agree.....but..

2 times I visited my storage building and "found" a bike I forgot I had. The first was a purple 560 Trek. The second happened yesterday. I had to make room in my garage for the new Gunnar. So took my winter Peloton and three frames to the storage unit. I saw a beautiful blue Trek with barends I had and have no clue where it came from. I was in a hurry and couldn't check on the model.

Do bikes breed in captivity?

I need to sell or give away a few to release the captives.
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because n-1 would be depressing
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Originally Posted by sdn40 View Post
because n-1 would be depressing
It is. in the last 3 weeks I let 3 go. Now I gotta decide what frame to build next. A 77’ Grandis Superleggera or a 82’ Mercier Formule 1.
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I've been on an overall redution streak in the last year and its been great. Picked up 2 and reduced 4.

Even now, I have redundancy so its not like I'll ever suffer.

- frame building class roadbike with modern ultegra
- 80s tange 1 roadbike that is usually attached to my trainer with tiagra
- building up an 80s Schwinn Premis frame with modern 105
- modern 853 Fairlight Secan gravel bike
- black mountain cycles monstercross turned commuter/tourer

4 days ago I sold my modern mountain bike because for the singletrack I ride, I like my gravel bike more.

5 bikes, when 3 of em are basically the same thing, is enough.
...but ill inevitability buy an mtb frame I like and build it up.
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Originally Posted by jjames1452 View Post
I agree.....but..

2 times I visited my storage building and "found" a bike I forgot I had. The first was a purple 560 Trek. The second happened yesterday. I had to make room in my garage for the new Gunnar. So took my winter Peloton and three frames to the storage unit. I saw a beautiful blue Trek with barends I had and have no clue where it came from. I was in a hurry and couldn't check on the model.

Do bikes breed in captivity?

I need to sell or give away a few to release the captives.
French ones might. I just sold one and there's another on my work stand. Two still on hooks ride ready. Hmmm
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Old 06-14-20, 07:08 PM
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Let me count the ways.... (reasons)....:

As my wife said to me just the other day: "Well, it's better than if you were hanging out in bars or chasing younger women...." She clearly thinks I'm nuts, but I'm grateful for her bemused tolerance.

I've actually managed to sell 2 bikes this month, so I am feeling fairly virtuous.

I used to mess around with old cars, and bikes are just insanely cheap by comparison with even the cheapest old car.... (Anyone want to buy a '64 Corvair Spyder? It sort of runs, sometimes....)

Riding a different old road bike nearly every day? What a relatively cheap feeling of luxury..... and they each do feel different, at least I think they do. The only thing about the hobby that annoys is the amount I end up spending on tires!)

You gotta enjoy life, somehow. And with bikes, you are (hopefully) riding a bit, so it's good for your health.

The satisfaction of rescuing a beautiful object from oblivion, returning it to useful function and the purpose it was made for. (This fall I rescued a Peugeot PFN10 for $50; it had been festooned with clamp-on racks and used abominably as a city beater--- I cleaned it up and made it a real road bike again, and I could swear I hear it say "thank you" every time we go out together to go fast....")

Finally, I am always amazed at how fast and nice a 30+/- year-old bike can be. People will spend $2000 (and WAY up) for a new bike, when craigslist is full of $300 steel bikes that would ride just as well (or better). I have Strava PR's set on bikes from the 70's.... and that feels pretty cool.

I have a carbon gravel bike, and I love how light and calm that bike feels. I have a titanium "go fast" bike which I love for its razor sharp feel, and its imperviousness to time. I have a 1990 Fat Chance Yo Eddy mountain bike, which is the only mountain bike anyone but the true downhill lunatics would ever need. (I love riding past the dual-suspension crowd on our buffed-out local trails). But I still end up riding my old steel road bikes more often--- they are just more interesting. They have soul.

How's that for a variety of self-justifications?

(I can probably think of more, just give me a minute.....)
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I have no idea why I n+1.
I just do.
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Is there a question in there?
I certainly don't see one.
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Old 06-16-20, 08:48 AM
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I'm about to pick up a cheap tandem tonight. Hell if I know.
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I'm comeing to terms with never haveing the time to finish all the projects or to even get enough rideing in. Of course the end of the world brings new appreciation of what it takes takes to home school. That and we didn't even get through first grade before it was back to daddy day care. I've got 40 some bikes piled up so N is a mater of what bike to work on next. I would like to get to a quiver of rideable keepers, and keep the projects more immediate versus just hoarding.
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Come on lets be honest it is an addiction.
I just tell my wife that it is better than drugs or gambling.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I have no idea why I n+1.
I just do.
And that is just Raleigh Gran(d) Sport(s)
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I told my wife "N" was an abbreviation for 'twenty' on the forum.
ok, real reason... no self control. I dont drink, so pretty much the worst thing that can happen is getting caught bringing another bike into the house. There are a lot of nice bikes out there. Differences in tubing, parts, geometry, color, ect
Not to mention looking at the bikes in these forums. Makes me want another.

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  1. Because I’m an idiot...
  2. I have no self control...and my garage was empty and lonely...
  3. i get great deals on either frames or parts in the moment, then have to even out parts to frames...leading to more inequalities in the meantime...
  4. I enjoy restoring or repurposing them. I couldn’t afford them when I was a kid and got the fever post divorce...I like finding unique bikes...
  5. I'm an idiot...
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