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Old 05-29-12, 11:54 AM   #1
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Take that, Mrs. Grouch!

This past weekend Mrs. Grouch was needling me about the number of spare wheels that I have hanging in my workshop. I had to gently remind her that it is, after all, MY workshop.

This morning my daughter called. My grand daughter has run afoul of the law, lost her driving privileges, and is depending on her bicycle for transportation. On her way to one of her jobs she had a flat tire. My daughter brought the bike over for me to fix, which I don't mind. Fortunately, I had a correct size wheelset already mounted up with 26 X 1.5" slicks, perfect for a commuter. A shot of air and she was good-to-go. Now I can patch the flat at my leisure.

Take that, Mrs. Grouch, those spare wheelsets come in handy.
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This past weekend Mrs. Grouch was needling me about the number of spare wheels that I have hanging in my workshop. I had to gently remind her that it is, after all, MY workshop.
Sometime count how many pairs of extra shoes she has in her closet for one pair of feet.
I used this line when buying a spare set of tires at the LBS when she was along and questioned my reason for the purchase.
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Sometime count how many pairs of extra shoes she has in her closet for one pair of feet.
This may be effective but it is not recommended!
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Spare wheels are not a problem- I can lose the two sets I have in the shed behind a few bikes but it is the 4 old sets I have in the garage hanging from the ceiling that the wife notices all too often.

Mind you- I have something in reserve for future use as we have just cleared the loft space. Besides the boxes of crockery and glasses that we put there 25 years ago when we moved in and never seen since- There were 4 sewing machines. Now I don't use a sewing machine and they are all in working order. Each has been replaced as new technology came about so I can explain the stock of good wheels that I will probably never use as "Upgrades"
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Sometimes it better to just say "yes dear"
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Wheels never go out of style . . .
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Unless he likes sleeping on the couch ...
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I'll just quietly order the Fulcrum Racing 5's I want and keep them amongst the parts in the garage where the dirt bike will cover them.

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I've never thought of wheels as being spares. I've always thought of them as just waiting their turn to be used. Your story reinforces my position.
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I've never thought of wheels as being spares. I've always thought of them as just waiting their turn to be used. Your story reinforces my position.
I feel the same way about shoes!
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I feel the same way about shoes!
speaking of which... I have several pairs of logging boots, not worn since retirement, using up valuable space in my closet.
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The spouse had to downgrade his bike room to a bike corner when we moved to the dream house last year, and it's taking up precious space in my cold storage room. He suggested the other day that we go through the bike stuff and work out what we can sell or give away. I was very proud of him, given that he's the pack rat of the two of us.

Of course we have not done that yet.
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How can this be a dream house if he had to reduce his man cave? As said by Jim, something is wrong with this picture.

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He suggested the other day that we go through the bike stuff and work out what we can sell or give away.
I do that periodically, and every time I do I find useless stuff that I didn't think I could live without the last time I sorted.

I've got a new, major sort coming up shortly because I have to make room for the rear seats when I take them out of the Element.
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How can this be a dream house if he had to reduce his man cave? As said by Jim, something is wrong with this picture.

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He has a whole double garage all of his own (the car lives on the street). And he has the main room in the basement (provided he leaves me room for my bikes). And his Stuff is creeping into the laundry room as well. Amazing how that Stuff creeps. You would think it had legs of its own.

It is a dream house. Even he admits that one.
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I do that periodically, and every time I do I find useless stuff that I didn't think I could live without the last time I sorted.

I've got a new, major sort coming up shortly because I have to make room for the rear seats when I take them out of the Element.
Useless stuff?!?

My, oh, my, no. I've still got a the Nervar cranks off my 1970s' Schwinn Superior, a 60s Duopar derailleur, Suntour downtube shifters, etc. You just never know when you're going to need it.
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Amazing how that Stuff creeps.
"Nature abhors a vacuum." Horizontal surfaces have a way of attracting clutter too - at least then you don't have to dust them.

However much storage space you have - that's how much (4-letter word of your choice) you'll accumulate. There's a lot of wisdom in what to keep and what to pitch. Even if it's neatly stored, if you can't put your finger on something in a reasonable time frame, what's the point in having it?
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Useless stuff?!?

My, oh, my, no. I've still got a the Nervar cranks off my 1970s' Schwinn Superior, a 60s Duopar derailleur, Suntour downtube shifters, etc. You just never know when you're going to need it.
Well, come on up to St Peters and I'll make you a real good deal on a bunch of other bike stuff that "you just never know when you're going to need." It'll be a win-win. You'll be getting bike stuff for next-to-nothing and I'll feel virtuous about selling the stuff rather than pitching it in the dumpster.
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From some of the comments on this thread, I'm thinking that there are some extermely posh doghouses in use by some people on this thread.
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A man can never have too many books bikes tools or spare parts!!!!
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