- if you had to have just one bike?
I have the bike I’d have if I only had one. My 853 Inbred. Because it fits so well, it rides well, it’s infinitely repairable and the most versatile bike I can think of. It has been my main MTB and is currently wearing rigid forks, slicks, mudguards and a rack for touring and commuting. In its time it’s had forks from 100-140 mm on it, rigid forks, gears, Singlespeed, it’s been toured, commuted, raced, and ridden on every type of trail. I’ll never sell it, and I’ll never need to either.Posted 3 years agorascalMember
Still love the Commencal Meta I’ve had for 5 years.Posted 3 years ago
Light enough (30lbs) for everything I do. Climbs well, general trail riding is great and no probs at Stiniog last summer. Can Propedal the back and lock out the front so fairly adaptable. DT Swiss (26er!)/Hope wheels, 150mm Maxle Revs, full XT, Thompson/Easton – nothing I want to/need to change TBH…maybe a Reverb would be nice though!weeksySubscriber
I have just 1 bike. A Commencal AM29.
IT’s brilliant. In simple terms it can do all the best parts of MTBing brilliantly, DH, AM, Enduro, call it what you like. But I can also XC and road on it.
Things like riding on the road only matter when you care about speed more than training. If I train hard for 2 hours on the road, I get the same exercise as someone else who trains hard for 2 hours on a road bike.. but I cover less distance.. so what.. it’s about the training.
However, they can’t take theirs down the black at BPWPosted 3 years agoconvertSubscriber
It would be a cx bike. It would live with guards and road tyres on for the winter and I’d give up riding off road in the winter as mud depresses me anyway. In the summer the guards would come off and I’d have a 2nd pair of wheels with big cx tyres on to make the switch a synch.
Still prefer to have a bit more choice though.Posted 3 years agoplumberMember
My cx bike. Put road tyres on for road riding, off road tyres for off road – sorted.
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I have the bike I’d have if I only had one. My 853 Inbred. Because it fits so well, it rides well, it’s infinitely repairable and the most versatile bike I can think of. It has been my main MTB and is currently wearing rigid forks, slicks, mudguards and a rack for touring and commuting. In its time it’s had forks from 100-140 mm on it, rigid forks, gears, Singlespeed, it’s been toured, commuted, raced, and ridden on every type of trail. I’ll never sell it, and I’ll never need to either.Posted 3 years agodevashMember
Ti frame cross bike with disc brakes and touring tyres.
I ride my cross bike more than my mountain bike. I just love the versatility of that platform.
I’m riding alloy at the moment but would love a ti frame just for the feel. Much better than carbon or steel in my opinion.Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’d struggle tbh, riding’s too varied… I guess it’d be something very like the changes I’m making to my Hemlock, big and capable but light. But there’s no way I’d commute on that, and it’d still be a bit non-ideal for uplifts etc. As much as I love my Ragley, I generally enjoy it less for the more full on riding than I do a big full suss- I’ve done uplifts on it but it’s a different sort of uplift really. And I still wouldn’t want to commute on it!
I’m downsizing but I’m not downsizing that far…Posted 3 years ago
Am trying to declutter, am inveterate magpie and budding sentimentalist. Also taken to living for long periods traveling and self-supported, which makes storing bikes a PITA and makes me question my priorities, I suppose sentimentalism wins in this case, as all the other bikes are replaceable and would probably upgrade anyway. This a vain pursuit the bikes always win…
CX really seems to be popular here these days, it seems to make sense. this thread and others making me look covetously at Salsa Fargo now…gaaahPosted 3 years agoAndy RSubscriber
Difficult, because I’m tempted to say my ’88 Explosif (because I’ve had it so long) but actually I think I’d keep one of my Singular Hummingbirds, probably in singlespeed, 69er guise.Posted 3 years ago
Although I’ve been riding (and raving about) my Alpitude for the last month, I took the singlespeed Hummingbird out for an hour yesterday evening and was reminded of how much I like it.Ben_HSubscriber
I’ve seriously looked into this a couple of times (see my most recent thread).
If I were to go for it, then a hardtail with two sets of wheels would fit the bill. Things I learnt along the way:
– You may already own that bike (I used to do everything all on one bike back in the day);
– 26er would be fine, as 700c / 29er wheels with slicks are the same circumference;
– Rigid fork would probably stay on the whole time, as to change regularly is a faff.
I didn’t go ahead because I cycle to a busy railway station once a week at least and have to lock my bike up there. I also took a good look at my riding stats for the past year and saw that I do 85% of my miles on the road. So, I kept my Cotic Soul and brought my roadie up-to-date with a Cotic Escapade frame and some new 105 gear.
I’d still consider something like a rigid Surly Karate Monkey or Cotic Solaris as the ultimate do-it-all bike when the Soul needs replacing. But I’d go into it with my eyes wide open to the compromises.Posted 3 years agoTimPMember
It depends on the reason for only 1 bike, but a rigid SS 26″ bike is OK round here,needs minimal spares and minimal love and is cheeeeep.Posted 3 years ago
My Genesis io is the only SS I have ridden properly and it seems pretty good to me so would probably stick with it but do some wrist strengthening exercises!
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