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Old 10-14-02, 01:43 PM   #1
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Cycling Lifestyle: What have you got?

In 10 years or so of bicycling, I've accumulated a lot of stuff: bicycles, of course, and tools, shorts, jerseys, socks and the like.

Last year I retired about 40 bicycle event commemorative t-shirts to the rag bin, and my t-shirt drawer is still almost too full to close. I've got more water bottles than I care to count. I have a couple of pin back buttons on my bulletin board from cycling events too.

I've accumulated a few books, some TdF videos, trainer workout videos. I've got stacks of cycling magazines that need to be recycled.

I would guess that most of us have stuff like this. But it's the other stuff that I'm curious about: the chi-chis and knick-knacks that clutter our houses. Looking around me I can see 2 bicycling posters on the wall, a little bicycle clock on my desk, a framed bicycling post card, and a little bicycle balancing/spinning toy (the little guy on the bike rides around and around). Elsewhere in the house I have an antique framed cycling lithograph. I have a picture frame made out of bicycle chain. And my favorite: a set of 6 drink coasters in the form of bicycle wheels in a wire holder that looks like a bicycle frame.

What kind of cycling related gew-gaws can be found in your living space? Does anyone out there have a set of Chris King salt and pepper shakers? A Campagnolo Big Corkscrew? A Park Tool toilet paper holder?

Do tell!
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Old 10-14-02, 01:56 PM   #2
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I'm with ya, Regular!

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A shop bench with plexiglass top with magazine photos.
I pretty decent bicycle library, with 30-50 books, another 50 magazine articles, TdeF, Cross and similar videos.

I've got about 15 jerseys, and a dresser dedicated to shorts, gloves, and the related cycle clothing. All my old "fun ride" T Shirts are long worn out.

I do have an old poster of the first organized ride I went on. It was 88 miles, and took me more than 10 hours to complete. I think that was in 1990.

Office:
I've got two framed prints in the shop, and a Lance poster in my office.
I regularly have a bike related calendar both @ home and @ work.

Car:
I specifically purchased a truck (added a camper shell recently) to haul bikes and related gear.
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Wow. I've only been a cyclist for about a tenth as long, and I don't have anywhere near that amount of stuff. I guess it's an exponential function.

That being said, if someone wants a glass of water at my apartment, I direct them to one of the many full bike-bottles in the 'fridge. I can fix any number of squeaking or rattling things because I have ample quantities of White Lightning, Tri-Flow, solder, and various forms of bicycle-friendly glue. My bikes occupy the same spot on the wall as do my neighbors' television sets.
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Old 10-14-02, 05:53 PM   #4
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[i] and a little bicycle balancing/spinning toy (the little guy on the bike rides around and around). [/B]
My youngest daughter got me one of those for Christmas! One of my favorite cycling doodads.

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Old 10-14-02, 06:20 PM   #5
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My bikes occupy the same spot on the wall as do my neighbors' television sets.
Don't you worry your neighbors might find out you've got their TV sets?
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Not much actually. Well, I was broke for most of the last few years, and by the time I actually got money, I had realised how crap most cycling magazines are anyway.
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A Park Tool toilet paper holder?
We bought one of these as a leaving present for someone at work! We got a photo back of it actually mounted in her bathroom, and actually it looked pretty smart.

I don't have a lot yet. Just various saddles and pedals and spare brake sets lying around!

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Well, I got two of the pics I took on my last tour framed - does that count?
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In this room alone, there are:

- 3 framed prints of old cycling posters
- a wrought iron tandem sculpture
- a wrought iron penny farthing sculpture
- a childs wooden alphabet block with "B" on one side and a picture
of a bicycle on the other
- a framed state criterium championship (Masters) jersey from 1988.

Don't ask about other rooms...
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