This morning I realized that I am a serious parts collector/hoarder. HardyWeinberg was so kind to give me his tires but I just can't seem to part with most of the goodies that could possibly be pressed into service to keep my bikes runnings someday. The 3rd bay in my garage literally looks like a bike shop with wheels, tires, and all kinds of other parts laying about.
I want to give a spare set of shifters to my dad, but I can't bear the thought of them sitting in his garage unused (not like I am using them right now, but what if???????) They may be unused in my garage as well, but at least they are appreciated and loved
I am breaking spokes on my commuting wheels about once per week and will be getting a new set soon but I don't relish the thought of giving those old wheels up either. I mean, what if?????????
I have a huge box full of all kinds of parts under my workbench that I will probably never use, but what if????? I have wheels that barely spin and that have breaking surfaces that are days away from wearing through, but can I throw them out?????NO WAY, what if??????
I love buying $10 parts bikes at garage sales and stripping them of all their delicious parts, only to throw those parts in the box for possibly (although unlikely) future use.
For me, I don't mind lending or even giving someone a part if I am sure it will get used, but I am reluctant to get rid of parts permanently and I almost never throw parts out (even worn chains, cassettes, tires etc).
I guess that is one reason my local boy scout troop is always bringing their bikes to my garage for service and an occaisional free part. A part with so little market value can mean so much to a 14 year old with a broken bike.
Any other hoarders out there?