Due to inspiration from Fatty at Fatcyclist.com I have decided to analyze my bike collection on a case-by-case basis to determine whether or not I have a bike problem.
My fiancee would agree with most that I have maybe a few too many but they all have their purpose and therefore they are not leaving anytime soon.
My first road bike: 1998 Kestrel 200ems hand-me-down that bit the big one on a group ride near pine flat lake. The top-tube is cracked but the frame is a piece of art that is hanging on my wall. I can’t part with it.
This picture was taken 5 minutes before the frame was destroyed.
The 200ems was replaced with a newer, stiffer, nicer, faster Kestrel Evoke. 2005 Model. It is like the newer smarter dog that replaced your old dog that loved you so. Bittersweet.
Campy Record Grouppo, Zero gravity brakes, Carbon everything. This is my all-day long ride, mountain goat, stealth bomber. Cant live without this one .
Last fall I got the itch to get into mountain biking and therefore took advantage of the deep discounts on year-old models at a local bike shop. I came home with the bad boy of the bunch my GT I-Drive 5 full suspension mountain bike. Sadly I have about 100 miles on this rig due to lack of interest and the 45 minute drive to the closest trail from my house. Not really essential to my current life but next summer in Colorado will be a blast.
The mvp of my bike fleet has been retired after I graduated from college this last December but it hangs on my patio waiting for a short trip to somewhere to be locked up outside in the cold. My 71′ Raleigh Grand Prix Fixed Conversion. Bought for $12. Featured on FixedGearGallery.com #3649 I rode this clunker to school 4 miles for about 3 years without a problem. This is a keeper, I LOVE THIS BIKE.
My commuter has had its bad days in stock paint looking like a goth reject:
So I took care of it with a quick red powder coat. I’ve been riding this one to work for about 2 months now. Reliable, simple, fixed gear perfection. Might trade up the frame for something steel.
My fiance wanted a fixed gear to play around on in the neighborhood and at bike races so I built her an 80’s Steel Mixte 10 speed fixed with 700×32 cross tires on fixed wheels. She likes it. Custom paint and conversion by me. It needs a wicker basket.
The crown jewel of my collection has seen a few miles and few banked ovals over the years. One day I met an old man at a bike shop here in town who brought his old bike in looking for a new chain. He had an odd problem in that his chain type has not been made in 30 years. He was holding a 1953 Schwinn Paramount Track Bike with the original 1 inch pitch drive-train. I called and talked to him for 6 months before he finally decided to sell it to me. I procured an original 1/2 inch pitch chainring for the bike in order to run a conventional chain and cog. This bike is mine and will be buried with me.
So, do I have a problem?
Do I have too many bikes?
You can only ride on at a time right?
How many bikes does one man need?
Bikes I still want:
- Something cyclocross?
- Touring Bike?
- SingleSpeed 29er?