In cycling there is this one famous formula. The number of bikes to own is “n+1” – where “n” is the number of bikes, you currently own.
In fact, at first this rule does make sense. You will need a bike for all different situations in your life.
Winter = Cyclocross Bike (Canyon Inflite 1600€)
Summer = Roadbike (Canyon Aerorad 3200€)
Rain = a bike with cheap parts (Wilier Strada 700€)
Trail = Mountainbike (Kona Precept 1500€)
Holiday = Touringbike (Patria Randonneur 2700€)
Citiy-Train-Station = a very fucked off bike (50€ – otherwise it will be stolen)
Mountains = very light Roadbike (Trek Emonda / Dura Ace / Mavic R-Sys – 7000€)
and of course you need a Time-Trial-Bike, because it looks cool, you can do triathlons and you can be absolutely sure that your slow speed is not the fault of your bike (Canyon Speedmax 9200€). In total: 25.950€, if I had this collection of dream bikes. Jup, cycling is expensive 😉
If you want to, you can always find reasons to buy another bike. But ultimately, you will always turn some pedals. Alternatively, you will also find reasons, to only own one bike. Imagine you own this eight bikes as prescribed. First of all, you have to wash them every two weeks. We calculate 20 minutes for every bike, so you will need almost three hours (2h 40m) to do this job. In one year this summs up to to 52 hours. This is 6.5 days, more than one week at work.
When you only have one bike, washingtime will shrink to 8.6 hours in a year.
This is one workday for me. On one day, I earn about 150€. So if I’m owning eight bikes, I will not only pay the bike, but also pay with my time and therefore 750€ (5 more washing days x 150€). This is time that I won’t get to ride my bike.
But, if you have eight bikes, you will also need room for this. And eight bikes is an entire room in your appartement or garage, where you can’t place your ridiculously cheap stinky thing which you call car. Let’s be honest, there’s no money left for a car. 🙂
So, let’s say I only need 5m² for this. I bought my flat at a price of 3.200€ per m². So this room costs me 16.000€. Alternatively – when I rent my flat – I would pay 70€ per month for this 5m², which summs up to 840€ per year.
But: I can only ride one bike at a time. This means (840+750)/8 = 198.75€.
So I put out an extra money of 1391.25€/year for bikes that I don’t ride.
So let’s calculate the initial costs in the first year – just for fun – with a bought real estate:
25.950€ + 16.000€ + 840€ = 42.790€
Puh, thankfully I only own one bike. But to be fair: I also don’t own this money
How many bikes do you own?
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