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    I too have reduced the number of bikes I have to a bare minimum. I've sold all my duplicates and have only the essential tools I need to appreciate riding a bicycle....

    1) summer commuter road bike
    2) shoulder season cross commuter bike, skinny tires with half fenders
    3) winter commuter, flat bar and disc braked 29er, full fenders
    4) cruiser, for Sundays with the kid
    5) bar bike, stickered with no logos, crap paint so it can be locked to phone poles, fences, benches
    6) grocery bike, rack, basket
    7) beer run bike, rear mount rack that holds exactly 24 cans, and a double growler basket on the front
    8) gravel bike, one day I'm going to find those west coast fire roads, honest
    9) cross bike, because cyclocross is cool
    10) classic road bike, bragging rights for having a Chesini with pantographed head tube
    11) classic road bike, because the Japanese made good bikes too, NEED to have both to properly understand bicycles
    12) Tuesday bike. Because; Tuesday
    13) hill climbing bike, one ring, super light, with a heavy seat on it to meet the UCI minimum weight
    14) TT bike. I've never done a TT
    15) carbon road bike, replaced annually with newest carbon road bike
    16) custom road bike from revered small builder, cool factor
    17) titanium road bike, nothing rides like titanium
    18) steel road bike, steel is real
    19) aluminum crit bike, light and stiff for sprinting, not worried if it gets wrecked in a crash
    20) rigid mountain bike with cantilever brakes, comes with a story about my first mountain bike experience, and a nostalgia for mtb pioneers like Bontrager, Fisher, and Ritchey
    21) ultralight full suspension cross country mountain bike
    22) all mountain, all day 29er, big wheels just roll better
    23) all mountain, all day 650b, 29er wheels are too big
    24) all mountain, 69er, really want that big wheel on the front to roll over stuff, need the small wheel on the back for strength and a 1.7cm shorter rear end
    25) rain bike. in case it rains
    26) fixie. fixies are cool, or were cool, but I keep mine so it doesn't look like I was just trying to be cool when I bought it 5 years ago
    27) coupled travel bike, I'd rather spend $4000 on a bike than $100 on baggage handling. bike will pay for itself in 20 years of annual bike riding vacations.
    n+1) just noticed they are making full suspension gravel bikes, I really need one of those, my hard core gravel riding has been suffering because of the lack of suspension on my gravel bike.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinclair View Post
    I too have reduced the number of bikes I have to a bare minimum. I've sold all my duplicates and have only the essential tools I need to appreciate riding a bicycle....
    We can hang. And this is the best reason ever for a new bike...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinclair View Post
    12) Tuesday bike. Because; Tuesday.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinclair View Post
    6) grocery bike, rack, basket
    7) beer run bike, rear mount rack that holds exactly 24 cans, and a double growler basket on the front
    I think there's a gap here for a longjohn, which in spite of only currently having three bikes, is my n+1 right now.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinclair View Post
    I too have reduced the number of bikes I have to a bare minimum. I've sold all my duplicates and have only the essential tools I need to appreciate riding a bicycle....


    n+1) just noticed they are making full suspension gravel bikes, I really need one of those, my hard core gravel riding has been suffering because of the lack of suspension on my gravel bike.
    I just came here to point that one out. I think you won "bike minimalism thread, 2018 edition".

    What does s/he win, Mr. Pucci?

    Best Regards,

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    William M deRosset
    Fort Collins CO USA

    Just beat the first rain squall on my recent n+1, a fendered fixed-wheel. 1/8" roller chain. It is a fad!
     

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    Nope.
     

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