- My roadish all-rounder also suitable for off road and touring (Bantam)
- A three speed, because! Also, as the more primary commuter/utility bike (Raleigh Wayfarer)
- A beater/klunker/”bar” bike, one that I didn’t have to worry much about (Schwinn Heavy Duti)
So I got ready to sell the Raleigh Crested Butte, because that would be One Bike Too Many. I didn’t need this bike anymore, why hold onto it?
Of course, we know how that went. I got a few bites when I tried to sell the Crested Butte, but nothing happened. And in the end, I decided I still wanted to keep the bike, at least for now. There have been (and probably will always be) fit issues with it, but I’ve made it work. And it’s just a nice bike in general.
But there was still something gnawing in the back of my head. While I could justify keeping the Crested Butte, esp. if I modified it a bit so it wasn’t too much like another bike in the fleet, I couldn’t get out of my head the fact that this was the Fourth Bike, and I had already settled on three being the number of bikes I would have.
Why was I getting so neurotic about a number?
Maybe because I didn’t want to become one of Those Guys who has lots and lots of bikes. For one, I am no bike mechanic, I like having my bikes operational, and don’t want to spend a bunch of money “maintaining a fleet”. I also like riding my bikes regularly, and didn’t want to have just one or two bikes that saw regular use, and then a bunch that basically gather dust for most of the year.
But I started to think: Three is just a number. Four isn’t necessarily the slippery slope into the abyss. If I enjoyed all the bikes, why get rid of one because I somehow felt I had to? And my bikes are generally in pretty good shape, I end up spending more money changing out and reconfiguring things than basic upkeep. If I keep that to a minimum besides a couple projects I want to do, I won’t end up spending loads of money on bikes. (And note to self: Don’t get another bike this year!) Besides, I don’t ride the Heavy Duti much, and it’s minimal maintenance. And the Bantam being brand new shouldn’t need anything major anytime soon. (Hopefully!)
If anything, I shouldn’t get hung up on numbers. If it all feels right, do it. If at some point, I do feel l have too many bikes, or just don’t want the Crested Butte anymore, then sell it. But don’t stress out about it.
And just ride bikes more!