At the moment, my CX bike is 10 speed and my Scully is 11 speed, meaning that I need to have multiple spare chains and cassettes.
My bike usage, in order of frequency, is:
- Commuting ~20kms to and from work.
- Social/semi effort group rides, when I remember to get out of bed early enough
- Cyclocross racing
- Gravel grinding
- Bikepacking, from S24O rides to week long trips
- Maybe road bike races (point to point, /possibly/ crits?)
I also have a 19 month old, so I would love to have an excuse to buy a Bullitt cargo bike.
At the moment I mainly commute on the Scultura, since I like to go fast - but I should probably give some consideration to the weather and switch out bikes accordingly.
Given the recent allowance from Cycling Australia of disc brake bikes, I am looking to have a full stable of disc brake bikes. One thing that has held me back from getting decent wheels is the need to change brake pads for rim wheels between carbon and alu rims.
I'm curious about the shift to thru axles, and the possibilities that opens up - especially for the consistent locating of disc brak rotors. (I currently have to tweak the calipers when I change wheels on my CX bike).
I am terrible at properly switching accessories between bikes. I have mudguards for my current CX bike that never get put on, because I'm too lazy to remove them for races.
Other things I would consider would be a dynamo setup for both commuting and bikepacking.
I think I am looking at three bikes:
Road bike for racing and fast rides - either aero frame or light for climbing. I am currently 85Kg, and will likely hover between 75 and 85 most of the time.
Cyclocross race bike for, funnily enough, CX races. Also for gravel grind day rides and light touring/bikepacking.
Rougher/more robust "bikepacking" bike. Still drop handlebars, but with 29" tyre clearance and dynamo lighting. Ability to fit mudguards with 700c tyres for winter/bad weather commuting.
In time I would possibly spring for a proper MTB, but I would hope that the bikepacking bike would handle some decent singletrack, Goldfields Trail and the like.