Think about how many bikes you own. What made you purchase each and every one of them?
Was it finding a deal?
Was it need?
Was it bike lust?
Now think about what bikes out of your stable you ride the most. Which one do you pedal the most and why?
I own three bikes. ’09 GF Cobia, Full Carbon HASA eBay special w/ SRAM Rival @ 15.25 lbs, and an ’06 Dawes Lightning Sport which is a friction shifting seven-speed, steel eBay bike. When thinking through all the time I have spent with these three bikes last year, it came down to me riding my eBay bike the most.
I rode it during the non-snowy winter time to get to my classes. I rode it in the rain. I rode it in the early months of the year spring training. I even took it on several off-road trails after putting 700×28′s on it. Amazingly the cheapest, least technically inclined bike was ridden the most throughout the year.
Is it my favorite bike? No.
Is it my lightest bike? Heck no!
Is it reliable as anything, and somewhat expendable? Yes.
The whole idea of being able to take it anywhere and do anything with it, and it still be a big thing. Reliability is key in determining how important a bike is in your stable.
My steel ebay bike is on the top of the hierarchy for almost any choice. I can’t go wrong with it. I can ride with friends on any terrain, or I can get groceries with it and not worry about it being stolen with just a wimpy lock on it; even if it was stolen, I wouldn’t be too concerned due to the low price. I know, I know… it doesn’t pass any category with flying colors, but it is the bike I go to the most.
My mountain bike is meant to be used off-road, and for commuting and things like that, it is just too big and cumbersome to stash somewhere. My carbon bike is worth too much to me to commute on, and it is a cost prohibitive choice.
I’ve debated on getting a cyclocross bike. Will this disrupt the bike hierarchy? Is a cross bike the perfect steed? So many questions with so few answers.
What bike is reigns supreme on your bike hierarchy and why?