the Trek Emonda SLR 10.
I have been in a suspicious position the past few years. I have 4 bikes and literally have not considered another. The elegance of N+1 has failed. So how does this abnormal state of affairs exist?
I have a road bike, a touring bike, a city bike and a few years ago I bought a hybrid. Seems simple, but until I owned a hybrid bike, I didn't have a bike that was a little of anything and everything. The bike, of course, is the Sam Hillborne. Sam is a pretty fancy hybrid but, considering the tire size and usage, it fits the bill. I remember a charity ride where I used it. A spandex hamster came up next to me and asked why anybody would want a bike like that? I said, "It'll take me to the grocery store, on a metric ride or over the Himalayas, what will that do?" I pointed to his CF crotch rocket. He just made a face and shook his head like he was confused.
Having a bike which has no specific purpose provides the freedom of having no restrictions. It has left me in a state of N+0 now for several years. The Sam reminds me of my first bike, a Panasonic Tour Deluxe. They are very similar in use and geometry; easy to ride, comfortable all day, not too slow or too fast but durable enough for anything. After that bike took a ride beneath a car which carried me on the hood for a block, I foolishly "upgraded" to a Follis made of legendary Reynolds 531. I rode that uncomfortable little tramp for about 15 years before realizing I needed to dial it back a bit, bought my current Trek with stouter tubing and a bit more forgiving geometry. Forty years of experience has brought me back where I was. We should all have one that is totally reliable and unspecific, then we might not envy the plastic, fat, gravel, mud, mountain, city, sand and snow bikes. With one bike that is completely useful, anybody will ride more often.