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The sign of a true tinkerer/mechanic is - hoarding!

30 May 2016 20:43

I must confess to you all now- I am a hoarder of stuff/parts that may (or may not) come in handy at some point. (Be it bike parts, lawn mower parts, plumbing parts... I just can't part with them!)

People I live with are not fond of this, but the way I see it is I'd rather have a used (but still functional) part ready than having to go to the store and having to buy a whole new one.

Any of you fellow hoarders out there? (Surely I am not alone in this particular "disease".)
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31 May 2016 12:07

To a certain extent yes and it extends into other hobbies too. I have 3 suspension forks of differing quality (and travel) lying around in case I need them. I've saved handlebars and stems just in case and even old worn sprockets and cassettes as an "emergency stop gap". Recently I've given away a fair few things that are useless to me, but they have to be really useless before I'll do that!
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31 May 2016 12:39

Yes, save the old useful stuff - but mark it clearly to identify what it is, and store it in a see-through container.

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01 Jun 2016 20:09

There's a really cool used bike parts shop downtown here in Eugene (they'll also recycle any old parts for free), nowadays I go there only if I'm absolutely missing something, or if I need to recycle something.

Right now I just like to hold on to any usable old parts (I do have a system where I keep the plumbing parts away from the bike parts), to the untrained eye this may look like trash. But to me it's just a highly organized re-usable mess. :)

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03 Jun 2016 14:44

I have things like chains, tyres, inner tubes cassettes all lying around in the garage and shed. Other things include a small box of dust caps which have been taken off because I don't use them.

Not mechanic related, but still cycling related, I have a whole pile waters bottles that are used, broken or unused. Mainly because of being given them at sportives/races or by pro riders after races. None of them were actually bought.
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08 Jun 2016 21:04

lemon cheese cake wrote:
Not mechanic related, but still cycling related, I have a whole pile waters bottles that are used, broken or unused. Mainly because of being given them at sportives/races or by pro riders after races. None of them were actually bought.
See now, I can understand you holding on to whole bottles, but the broken ones?

Dude, unless you're hoping to extract some chemicals/DNA from them to check for doping I'm not sure there is any kind of market for them. (Except for your own memories I'm not sure they'll be of worth to anyone else. :()

But congratulations - you're a hoarder! :D
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09 Jun 2016 18:08

Tricycle Rider wrote:
lemon cheese cake wrote:
Not mechanic related, but still cycling related, I have a whole pile waters bottles that are used, broken or unused. Mainly because of being given them at sportives/races or by pro riders after races. None of them were actually bought.
See now, I can understand you holding on to whole bottles, but the broken ones?

Dude, unless you're hoping to extract some chemicals/DNA from them to check for doping I'm not sure there is any kind of market for them. (Except for your own memories I'm not sure they'll be of worth to anyone else. :()

But congratulations - you're a hoarder! :D

Time is spent in doing other things, for example using the the "working" bottles when cycling. So no time to throw them away. ;)
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