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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-30-05, 02:27 PM   #1
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To hoard or not to hoard. . .

So I just got a fancy new bike and upgraded the wheelset from my old fixie. I am tempted to keep it around for some hypothetical future bike that I might build someday. It also seems like it would be nice to have around in case I'm having mechanical issues and am late for work or something I could just throw on a whole new wheel. . . Not to mention that it could come in handy for trade later on.

I can't figure out if this idea is practical and resourceful or greedy and wasteful. It's wierd because I'm pretty minimalistic in every other aspect of my life. But when it comes to parting with bike stuff, I have a tough time. Opinions? Experiences? Anecdotes? Thanks!
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Old 07-30-05, 02:29 PM   #2
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i have tons of random bike parts in boxes. i throw none of it away. ya never know when you'll need something.
especially when it comes to a wheel set, i'd say keep them and start another bike.
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Old 07-30-05, 02:31 PM   #3
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Hold on to it. You'll know when it's time to sell it: to make room for something else.
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Old 07-30-05, 02:41 PM   #4
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Matthew 6:19.
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"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal"

So I guess the real question is, are these steel or alloy wheels?
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Old 07-30-05, 03:11 PM   #6
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I can't help but hoard stuff. I always think I'm getting replacements, but they turn out to be additions.
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Old 07-30-05, 03:13 PM   #7
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it's all about the trickle down.
the new, nice stuff you buy goes on your main bike, and your secondary bike gets the hand-me-downs and so on and so on and so on....
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Ask yourself this: aside from last night's sushi leftovers, have you EVER regretted NOT throwing something away... or NOT selling something (that wasn't prone to extreme depreciation).
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Having an extra wheelset isn't a bad idea if you only have one bike. Consider it a back-up.

I have 4 bikes now each with their own wheelset, so anything extra gets sold off.

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I tend to hoard bike stuff too, and it's served me well. I've only ever gotten rid of two bikes. One of them I gave to my brother and he got a lot of use out of it, so no regrets there. The other one I traded away for the one that I eventually ended up giving to my brother. I still miss that bike.

As for parts, except for stuff that's not gonna be of any use on any bike (completely worn/broken parts) I don't throw much away. Comes in handy when you, or someone you know, is building up a beater for whatever reason.

I sent a whole box of stuff to my brother a while back, for a beater singlespeed mtb that he was throwing together on the cheap to have something other than his "nice" mtb to ride around town on. All kinds of old stuff that, had he had to buy new, even going with bargain-bin parts, probably woulda cost him easily over $200 (crankset, handlebars, stem, chainring, etc.). They were old enough that I wouldn't have gotten enough $$ out of them to justify the hassle of selling them off, but they were still perfectly usable, and didn't need 'em myself. So they found a new life on a bike that gets ridden, instead of rotting in a crate in my garage.

I have some other spare parts lying around which, after I get a new wheelset built(wheels are one thing I don't have many spares of. Not fixed wheels anyway.), are going to enable me to resurrect my old beater conversion (long since upgraded to an IRO), as a bar-hop/coffee-shop bike, on the cheap.

So I say, as long as you have the storage, hold on to 'em. Even if you don't need them yourself, maybe they'll find a new life on a friend's bike.

Would that be "re-cycling" ? <commence with the groaning>

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Old 07-30-05, 04:18 PM   #11
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If you're lucky enough to have spare wheels, keep them! If anything happens to your good set, or you are getting new rims laced to your good hubs, you can keep riding.
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On the other hand, I pass unwanted deraillers etc. on to my lbs. In return he passes on to me things from his take-off bins. He is my parts exchange.
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I never get rid of anything thats still useful. Mostley so I can reuse/donate/trade or sell it to someone I know who needs parts. Its a good way to get things in time of need too.
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Thanks for all your insight. Hoard it is.
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"Thanks for all your insight. Hoard it is."

pass along today or in 5 years after tripping over it for 5 years.
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