Reading some of the comments from my recent posts about bike fit and the Brompton review it strikes me that the more one gets into cycling, the more reluctant one is to accept a one-size-fits-all bike. I mean that both in terms of the bike itself and the set up. We now need bikes for communting, for road cycling, for nipping to the shops and for long distance or sportive riding. MTB, cross, you name it, there’s a specialist bike for it.
I can’t decide whether that’s because we’ve been seduced by the advertising of the bike manufacturers or because we really do need them. Are we so wedded to our triple chain rings that we can’t now cope a three-speed or single speed on a hilly ride. Fixed gear bikes are all the rage, but only for the East London hipsters. They don’t seem to be popular for the rest of us, perhaps because we can’t really be bothered with the skill it takes to make them work on anything other than a flat circuit. Do they travel across the bike divide? Are our ideas so fixed?
I’d be interested to know what people think about this conumndrum. Can we make one bike work or do we really need a hybrid, a road bike, a Brompton, an MTB and an old-fashioned Roadster? Or is it all just more fun with the right bike for the terrain? How many bikes are in your shed? Do you need them all or could you pare it down a little?
More importantly, where do you keep them all?