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    Retro Dork Keep SA Lame's Avatar
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    What in the name of god is wrong with you people????

    I came here innocently enough... lurked for a couple days... oohing and ahhing at the shiny bikes and well composed photographs.
    Then I starts a' thinkin'......

    "Hell, I could do that too"

    So now, in the space of 5 short days, I have bought 6- that's right- SIX bicycles!
    My front door won't open completely because there are bikes in the living room...bikes in the hallway...bikes on the porch...bikes in the truck.
    I have bikes on lay away because I don't have room at the house....
    I have:
    kid's bikes ( I don't have any kids!)
    cruisers (never gave cruisers a 2nd look until I met U folks)
    road bikes
    and a mountain bike.

    What in the name of all that is good and pure, have you people done to me???


    ( I'm starting a support group for sufferers of B.A.D.-
    Bicycle
    Aquisition
    Disease )

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    perpetually frazzled mickey85's Avatar
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    Join the club. I bought my "first" bike two years ago to commute to work and back...Tuesday I just bought bike #15, and I've yet to sell any of them!
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    Master of the low end garbajj!

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    Must... ride... more... Phil_gretz's Avatar
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    Right Tool For The Job

    Quote Originally Posted by mickey85 View Post
    Join the club. I bought my "first" bike two years ago to commute to work and back...Tuesday I just bought bike #15, and I've yet to sell any of them!
    My wife asks the same thing, "who needs five bikes? You can only ride one." I tell her that off-road demonds a mountain bike (given). The carbon bike is for going fast. The touring bike is for loaded touring. The winter steel bike with fenders is for, well, winter road crap. The steel racer is for fun. All get ridden...

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    Glad to hear you're afflicted...there was a thread earlier this year wherein people admitted to being Classic and Vintage enthusiast and had no power over their addiction. Sincerely, the guy with a bike rack in the alcove of his bedroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keep SA Lame View Post
    kid's bikes ( I don't have any kids!) FINANCIALY DISASTEROUS
    cruisers (never gave cruisers a 2nd look until I met U folks)FINANCIALY DISASTEROUS
    road bikes
    and a mountain bike.FIANACIALY DIASTEROUS (unless you actualy ride one on a regular basis)
    That being said I think I have 14 or 15.....I dont keep count. When I run out of room I sell some and when space is free'd up I buy more.
    WWW.CYCLESPEUGEOT.COM 2005 Pinarello Dogma; 1991 Paramount PDG 70 Mtb; 1976? AD Vent Noir; 1989 LeMond Maillot Juane F&F; 1993? Basso GAP F&F; 1989 Terry Symmetry; 2003 Trek 4700 Mtb; 1983 Vitus 979

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    Ride heavy metal. Maddox's Avatar
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    Be careful with the bikes you buy - not all "deals" are worth the money, kids bikes especially.

    Know your interests with regards to bikes (or market if you're going to flip) and pursue those.

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    BAD ... musicians call their version of the disease GAS - "Gear Acquisition Syndrome". I've got both. Which, I guess, means I have BAD GAS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorA View Post
    BAD ... musicians call their version of the disease GAS - "Gear Acquisition Syndrome". I've got both. Which, I guess, means I have BAD GAS.
    THAT'S good....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorA View Post
    BAD ... musicians call their version of the disease GAS - "Gear Acquisition Syndrome". I've got both. Which, I guess, means I have BAD GAS.
    That's VERY good !
    - Auchen

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    haha it happens to all of us. i had 4.5 bikes in the apartment once. that said, I have tried to trim down - I spent a lot of time scouring CL for deals, and I'd rather be a rider than a gear junkie .

    and unlike you yankees, i don't have a real enough winter to require a winter bike .

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    I've lost count. Although they have'nt invaded the house yet... except for some parts on the wall as interior decorating.I dont have a wife.

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    Running out of room....start buying parts for bikes that you don't own ...yet!

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    Sick-os, all of you. Need professional help.
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    20 in the attic, 11 in the garage, 3 in the hallway, 3 in the kitchen, 6 in the living room, 4 in the bedroom. But... NONE in the bathroom!

    I think you're going to be in trouble.

    Quote Originally Posted by MajorA View Post
    BAD ... musicians call their version of the disease GAS - "Gear Acquisition Syndrome". I've got both. Which, I guess, means I have BAD GAS.
    I appear to have the same affliction: 6 guitars, 2 mandolins, 2 banjos *shudder*, a violin, and a piano. Do I really need to mention that I don't have a girlfriend?

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    Hi Keep SA Lame -

    We are happy to have you join the club. Fyi, THIS was the thread referred to earlier, wherein each of us stepped up to the plate and told our sordid bike-a-holic tales.

    Since we knew from experience that this is a pretty supportive group, we were contemplating some sort of group therapy at the time, to rid us once and for all of this terrible obsession we share.

    -It did not quite work out. In fact, we learned only one thing from that exercise:

    "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'entrate."



    (All hope abandon, ye who enter in.)
    - Auchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael k View Post
    I've lost count. Although they have'nt invaded the house yet... except for some parts on the wall as interior decorating.I dont have a wife.
    Shocking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael k View Post
    I've lost count. Although they have'nt invaded the house yet... except for some parts on the wall as interior decorating.I dont have a wife.
    Wife's take even more room, although it's relatively easier to not fill the house with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencemonster View Post
    Wife's take even more room, although it's relatively easier to not fill the house with them.
    Then you're doing it wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinco View Post
    20 in the attic, 11 in the garage, 3 in the hallway, 3 in the kitchen, 6 in the living room, 4 in the bedroom. But... NONE in the bathroom!
    My bathroom is good for two bikes...one in the shower and one leaning against the wall.

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    *sigh*, I've also got the hang of buying them; Just bought my second 24" True Temper Trek 400, a 1992 to match my 1989. Now I need to get over the hump of selling a few.

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    Don't come here looking for help to beat this addiction. That's like holding an AA meeting at a bar.

    This forum is really awful. I started reading it 18 months ago, and I went from about 12 bikes to about 50.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    When I first started fooling around with bikes, I would just bring ANYTHING home --- including tons of total junk, kids bikes, xmart mountain bikes, free spirit road bikes, etc. It's been about six years now.

    I have been culling steadily for the last, say three years. I was up to nearly 50 bikes. I don't flip. I don't even know why I had them.

    I started a new rule: If you get one new bike, you have to get rid of two. I've gotten rid of just about everthing that I could never possibly ride myself. It's really helped me prioritize. (Why do I want this? Am I ever going to ride or sell it .... really?) I have several frames (e.g., varsities) that I keep just because I might want to do some silly project. Those will be on the chopping block next. I'm down to (goes to count):

    9 more or less complete bikes (some fully assembled)
    14 bare frames
    1 tandem
    1 recumbent bike
    3 recumbent trikes

    YES!!! I'm UNDER 40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Retro Dork Keep SA Lame's Avatar
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    I've even caught myself recently, breaking my neck whenever I see a wheel with spokes in a thrift store...and I've found about 3 old wheelchairs for my trouble...

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    I went to a town-wide garage sale and ended up going door-to-door and packing my van with $20.00 Raleighs. Some friends came and got me at some point. I don't remember.

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    Six? Only six? What is the hold up? Bought 15 in the last two weeks..... Sold two. So I am up 13. And tomorrow is garage sale day (I usually come home with at least a couple). Good thing I no longer pick up hybrids and MTBs...

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