Read an article/blog a while ago - a fellow was writing about his bike collection....and his admiration for his friends bikes...and I'm kinda feeling where he was going in his text at the moment as I await the arrival of my third bike - a felt....and I'm wondering if its an isolated point of view that makes us crave for more than what we actually require?...
Because in all honesty I/we can only ride one bike at a time and so the necessity to own more than this is in all honesty 'foolish' and yet, something inside is telling me no!...
Am I viewing this purely in the context of it being like 'another jersey to wear' its hard to say - nevertheless the bikes on its way
With much regret, I had to sell my Giant Defy 2 road bike after I bought my Colnago. At the time, there was no room in the shed to store it and no room in my daughter's garage. I kept the hybrid for neighborhood rides and ridding with friends who don't have road bikes. If I would have had the room, I would still have the Defy. I now wish we would have had the house built with a garage instead of a carport.
I think that if you have the room to store them and you can afford them, have as many as you want.
I have 5 -- geared mountain, SS mountain, commuter (dynamo hub lights, etc.), road bike, and folding bike. Each has it's own purpose, some get used more than others, all are fun in their own way.
I get a bit of flack about it, but hey, all combined they are still cheaper than a golf club membership, a jet ski, a bass boat, a hot rod or luxury car, or even some high end gaming computers. Good, wholesome, healthy fun. I may just need another!
Why own multiple bikes? For the same reason many choose to own multiple cars: they're needed! Different jobs require different design features. One would, for example, be a fool to take a Ferrari off-roading, or a rock-crawling 4x4 to a street race. Square peg. Round hole. The right answer is not to force the one into the other.
Different types of bikes serve different needs, just as different types of car do the same in the automotive world.
It's hard to argue for someone to take a CF street racing Wunderbike out single-tracking in the dirt. Barring a god of cycling with something to prove, such an act cannot end well.
Ditto on using a regular MTB for trails which call for a full DH rig. Similarly, for loaded touring, you don't want a racing bike any more than you want a heavy, low-geared tourer for your racing steed. Again, even though they look very similar, we're back to the square peg/round hole thing.
It's been my experience that the best results are most commonly obtained by using the tool called for by the job at hand. Would you use a hammer in place of a tape measure? Forcing the wrong tool to suffice can work, but also has a way of resulting in needless frustration and equipment damage.
Best to use the right tool for the job. If that just happens to mean a need for more than 1 bike...well...happy coincidence!
Ok, I will try to add things up. There are three 29ers in my shed, but one is for my brother-in-law. I have a completely rigid MTB for commuting, and another that is still in the project stages. Another incomplete road bike, one complete 24 BMX, one ss/fg, and as soon as I am done posting this afternoon, I will try to finish my Nexus 8 flat bar road bike. There are two other MTBs that belong to my wife and daughter., two more BMX bikes, a beach cruiser, plus a Footbike. I think that's all that is floating around right now.
Probably enough. I sold 6-7 bikes in the last few months.