I ride 3 bikes – a commuter for every day use, a touring bike and a road racer. Each are special in their own way and, each are well equipped and maintained. In the warmer, dryer months, I cycle most days averaging 200-300 km each week. And, I ride each bike most weeks.
When I commute to the office, a few days a week these days, I normally ride the commuter, a 20 year old retro fitted mountain bike setup for road cycling. The touring bike is equipped with a 10-speed Ultegra compact drive train and Shimano trainer wheels. And, the carbon road racer is setup with all Dura-Ace components and wheel set. I save these bikes for weekend rides and cycling events.
There are 3 key benefits to riding several bikes.
- Less wear and tear. No 1 bike is ridden all the time. The wear and tear on the bikes is spread over 3 instead of 1. This is particularly important if you put in a lot of mileage and ride in the wet weather.
- More frequent cycling. I ride in all weather conditions. The commuter is fine in the wet weather but I would not consider taking the carbon bike out in those conditions. I can also ride the commuter on trails that are not suitable for the road bikes. This gives me more routes to chose from and adds interest to the rides.
- Improved training. The commuter is heavy. It takes more effort to get it rolling and, in particular, climb. I ride the same training routes on this bike as I do on the road bikes. It’s harder but develops power and improves my pedalling technique. When I get on the carbon bike, it feels like a feather and almost climbs by itself.