Walking into the home of a bike hoarding cyclist can cause anyone to catch their breath – fellow bike lovers admiring the beauty, and non-cyclists pausing to re-evaluate the sanity of the individual.
Over time, and without the possession of a garage (simply not safe these days, anyway), the home can begin to look like a jungle of steel and aluminium – once essential components making homes on the branches of leather coated handlebars and on upturned saddles.
The once joyous N+1 rule (ideal number of bikes is always the quantity you have, +1) can leave cyclists tortured when homes reach capacity, and a one in, one out law comes into enforcement.
Don’t let it happen to you. Here are some handy reasons to help you explain the need to keep all those extra bikes…
Couldn’t DO bike riding without them
This is the standard 'first port of call'. Move on to the others if it fails.
You need a road bike. And then a winter version, so the 'precious' doesn’t get ruined. You can’t race time trials without a TT bike, ‘cross without a cyclocross bike, track without a track bike and you need a shopper with a hub gear and luggage for errands and commuting.
Just don’t let anyone on the receiving end find out about the elusive adventure bike which can tick off at least three of those.
There’s history in every frame
Maybe it’s a Look KG86 which heralds back to the first ever usable carbon tubes, or a Cervélo Soloist which was aero before anyone else really knew how to slice through the air.
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These bikes are worthy of a museum. You're just safeguarding them whilst the museum owners set about tracking you down.
The first adult bike, the one which revived you from couch potato to segment slayer. Or perhaps it's your first race bike, the one which introduced you to the heady mix of adrenaline tinged with a little edge of fear, all to be replaced by endorphins at the finish line.
Parting with a bike which carries sentimental value would take away a little part of your soul. And no one wants that (do they?)
They’ll be worth money one day
When the velocipede museum gets in touch. Not for the Colnago Master you’ve got hidden in the now defunct airing cupboard – but for the bike that started the career of the triple Olympic legend…. (you can wake up, now).
Need to keep the one hanging on your wall sparkly
With all these fancy wall hanging bike storage devices around, you can turn bikes into art. And that art needs to be clean and sparkly. So you'll be needing spares to actually ride.
You need a turbo bike
You see, to avoid wearing out the tyres, you need to fit a turbo tyre. And it would be a massive faff to swap tyres between indoor and outdoor rides. Plus, having a dedicated bike set up on the turbo trainer means it's ready to go at all times - and it's comparatively much cheaper than forking out for a gym membership or buying an exercise bike.
Bikes are excellent clothes dryers
It's almost like handlebars where MEANT for hanging base layers and bib shorts from. If that's not a space saver, we don't know what is.
You don't want to get involved in 'chuck away culture'
It's awful, this nasty landfill culture we live in these days. When something isn't 'perfect' people just throw it away, and buy a new one. Well - you're taking a stand. You just keep the old one, and buy a new one as well. But you've every intention of making do and mending the retired bikes - they're ALL your next commuter.
Everyone needs a bike for two…
With all of those brilliantly explained justifications - surely your fellow homie is completely convinced. So much so, it's time you invested in a NEW bike, which you can ride together.
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor, and is responsible for managing the tech news and reviews both on the website and in Cycling Weekly magazine.
A traditional journalist by trade, Arthurs-Brennan began her career working for a local newspaper, before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining writing and her love of bicycles first at Total Women's Cycling and then Cycling Weekly.
When not typing up reviews, news, and interviews Arthurs-Brennan is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 190rt.
She rides bikes of all kinds, but favourites include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6.
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