Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes: Raleigh, Rudge, James 3spds., and a cast of many
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I was having a conversation with a bike buddy yesterday. He'd birddogged a ton of bike parts for me, that were just sitting on a curb a couple of blocks away, so after I dragged my stuff home we sat around shooting the breeze.
Among the cache was a cantilever (cruiser, musclebike) frame, which type I prize exceedingly, and rarely find. This makes me as happy as a sculptor with a free chunk of granite, or a carver who's given a felled black walnut...nothing better in my sphere.
I mentioned to my friend that with the day's haul and a few odds and ends from my garage, I had enough parts to build at least two interesting bikes. We got to talking about what we will not scrounge, and let me tell you, it was a pretty brief chat. I thought I was King Skinflint, but what my buddy offered up rocked my gourd.
I admitted to buying new tubes when needed.
"Never have bought a tube", he said.
Now, I patch tubes when needed, but sometimes it just ain't happening. Like when there's a tear too long to patch, or multiple snakebites from a careless mounting attempt. He rides as much as I do, over the same trash-strewn boulevards of suburban New Jersey. How is it possible he's never needed a new tube? If he'd said that he'd never bought a beer I'd have found that easier to accept!
Most of my bike component purchases are indulgences, stuff I want rather than need (a nice sprung leather seat, repro handgrips). Since talking to my friend I'm getting a case of the unworthies.