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Old 01-01-12, 06:30 PM   #1
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Like saying goodbye to an old friend.

So I finished the build on the white State Bicycle frame and I like the way it came out but it was really all about getting back into building after a long time and trying to learn a little. It's pretty much just a novelty bike, a fun project and I don't see myself racking up thousands of miles on it so I ordered a Kilo TT to use as a commuter/long distance whip. I'm in a small space and only have room for the 2 bikes on the rack so I'm giving my upgraded Raleigh Mojave to my son. Problem is I'm feeling a little sad about it. It's just a bike but I put so many miles on it and had so much fun with it and it has so many memories and I know he's gonna treat it like a rented mule and is it weird that I'm emotionally attached to a bike? Anyone else ever go through this?

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Old 01-01-12, 07:36 PM   #2
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and is it weird that I'm emotionally attached to a bike? Anyone else ever go through this?
1. Nope
2. All the time

I try to take pics of all the bikes I sell or give away so I can sip some brandy and get all sentimental from time to time. :weepy:
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He's sad about having to sell a bike. Like giving away things that have more than just a monetary value to you.
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I still think about the bikes I sold. I like having the cash in hand, but man, it does suck to see them go.

I'm going to try and model my next build on the first bike I sold, which I loved but was way too big for me.
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is it weird that I'm emotionally attached to a bike? Anyone else ever go through this?
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2) Only other weird people.
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I try to take pics of all the bikes I sell or give away so I can sip some brandy and get all sentimental from time to time. :weepy:
Thank god im not the only one
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I miss only one bike that I've sold; it was a nice project and it rode well. I just never rode it enough to justify it taking up space that could be used by another bike. It has a good home now and gets ridden a lot so it's a good thing I sold it.
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I have sold probably about 10 of my rides over the last 4 years and I only had a hard time letting go of one. I didn't need the cash but I couldn't justify keeping it as I had 6 bikes at the moment. It was a 90's aluminum Trek. Not a sought after bike but I loved it and it fit me like a glove. I actually posted it with a high price thinking it probably wouldn't sell but then I got a buyer and there it went. He actually brought it back a few months later for me to do some upgrades. The guy loved the bike and was enthusiastic about it so I felt good that I had sold it to him. I kept it for a few days and took it for a ride again. Although, I still have three bikes that I probably would never sell, hand down to someone - most likely. *edit: I'd probably keep them.

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Old 01-03-12, 04:16 PM   #11
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Almost every bike I've had to let go of went directly to someone else that wanted to ride it. That made it a lot easier. Giving a bike to your son sounds sweet. They aren't meant to be stockpiled or coddled ("ride it like a rented mule" is a good motto).


This is how not to say goodbye to a bike. I miss this one. This=bad. Gifting=good!
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