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Old 07-06-17, 07:05 AM
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Spare parts -- is it an obsession?

When does buying and storing spare parts for future use become an obsession? I got an email sale flyer for some tires I use and like, but before I clicked on "Buy" I went looking. Using my normal rate of consumption, I have:
2.5 years' worth of bike tires
2 years' chains
5 years' of cassettes
6 years spare cables
10 years' or so of brake pads
Not to mention two sets of brifters (one Campy, one Shimano)


Does this seem like overkill? What's your inventory look like?
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My inventory is mostly 30 year old stuff that is getting difficult to replace. Derailleurs and such. For easily obtainables, I have much smaller stocks. I'm reaching the end of my tire stocks, which have been around for many years.
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Like you, I had a pretty healthy inventory of items that I had collected over the years. Over the winter, I built up two bikes from parts for my daughter and son-in-law which cleaned out the stock of cranks, brakes, wheels, tubes, tires, etc. So I'm back to looking for a few things to add to the inventory.
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I don't know when it becomes an obsesession but I tend to buy stuff on sale so I have it when needed. I too seem to have lots of spare bike parts.

What I often fail to do is buy spare parts that will eventually become really tough or impossible to find years later.
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Most of my parts are also older, there is this impending concern of not being able to find it if I need it, so it is probably both common sense and obsession. For some parts it makes sense to have spares, but in other cases, it makes no sense to have a half-a-dozen of the same rear derailleur since each one will most likely last longer than I will... but I still pick up more if I find good deal.

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I think it's not as much about how much you have, but rather what it costs you to have it.
A decade's worth of chains and brake pads(for personal use) would fill a shoebox. No big deal no matter how you live.
A decade's worth of "projects" and flip bikes can fill a room.
Not all people have one to spare.
I've seen obsession defined as "when xxx begins to get in the way of normal life".
Which would mean that its easier to get obsessed in an apartment than on a farm��
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
What's your inventory look like?
...eight or ten milk crates, stacked four high, filled with stems of various lengths, derailleurs that exceed a certain quality level and might be difficult to find in the future, hubs, decent quality cranks, one entire crate of freewheels, brakesets, brake levers, BB spindles and sealed units in various lengths and threading, etc, etc.

It just makes it a lot easier to do the sorts of restorations I've been doing the last couple of years.

I haven't the patience to wait until I can find a certain part to complete a project. It's OK so long as nobody gets the idea they ought to park in the garage.
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One of the great things about BikeForums is that I can come here to be reassured that I'm "normal."

I have a couple boxes of spare parts like bottom brackets, 8-speed chains, 7-speed cassettes, and 7-speed rear hubs that will keep our bikes going for years and years before I need to consider alternatives. Two extra Pacenti SL23 rims so that I can rerim the rando bike with the same spokes as they wear out. A few triple cranks hang on pegboard hooks for the day I might need them again. None of it cost much or takes up much room, so it's not a big deal.

Apart from a spare Pacenti Pari-Moto tire for the rando bike, I try not to get too far ahead on rubber parts like tires and brake pads. They're best when fresh.
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I'm guilty of stocking up, too, and it has not proven to be a wise decision most of the time. It's more likely to become useless than it is for it to be the only thing that will suffice.
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I've collected a lot of parts from salvage bikes. Over the winter, I went and picked up over 10 bikes for free from a gent who was clearing his shed out. The bikes were somewhat complete. It was clear that he had used some parts. None of them were top brand names. I brought them home on my trailer, spent an evening or two in the garage taking off the few handlebars and stems and cranks that I wanted and sent them on to the next guy at no charge.

I rarely buy parts, but I'm getting to point where I need to replace a few worn cassettes because all of my other cassettes are just as worn. I keep stuff "for a rainy day", but it's often not as good as I really want it to be for my own bikes. I will use these things on flips or donation bikes if I need to.
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Old 07-06-17, 01:13 PM
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impressive, do you do that with other aspects of your life? my FIL used to stock up on tuna & beer

I always have tubes for all our diff. size tires. & somehow wound up w 2 sets of spare fender sets this fall/winter
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Sounds like over-kill to me. I don't stock many parts. If I do it's a couple of tubes, a spare set of pads for my hydraulics on my mountain bike and a pair of derailleur and brake cables. All of the other parts I buy and change as needed.

In my opinion, stocking tires and tubes may not be a good idea because depending on where you live the heat and cold can age the tires while they are off your bike. When you install them eventually they will have already aged. Same to some degree with rubber brake pads. Better to buy rubber parts as you need them.
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sounds like you're well on your way to opening a shop....

i save all sorts of parts... and bought a lot of random parts recently...the guy is moving soon, and was reducing his stock... in those 9 boxes of stuff was an about ten NDS cran arms with no mate... one just sold the other day... it was a rare 171mm sugino arm... it paid for 1/10th of the cost of the lot... The 3 Campy Valentino rear ders. will put me in the black on the deal... the Dura Ace 2x8 brifters are pure gravy, eh?... etc...

ya jus' never know.... let folks know you have extra stuff... the ball will begin rolling...
it's a very rewarding job... nothin' like the smiles on customer's faces when their bike works better than it ever has before......... sure beats grumpy old constrution/ag. workers.
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I am hoarder

At a yard sale recently I found 17 brand new still in the box 27 1/4" tubes at $1 each....I bought em all.

Last year Sears had a clearance sale on balloon tires at $5....I bought em all (6) as I do work on Balloon tire bikes.

When ever I find a killer deal, I buy but only things I need or may need in the future. The yard sale with the 27" tubes also had 16" tubes at same price. Didn't buy any as I saw no possible future use.

If that's hoarding I'm guilty.
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
In my opinion, stocking tires and tubes may not be a good idea because depending on where you live the heat and cold can age the tires while they are off your bike. When you install them eventually they will have already aged. Same to some degree with rubber brake pads. Better to buy rubber parts as you need them.

I haven't had any problem with rubber deteriorating so far, and my brake pads are probably 8-10 years old. I buy and store spare parts so I'll have a spare tire, or chain, or whatever other consumable, when I need it. Nothing is worse than finding a tire is shot on Sunday afternoon, all the shops are closed, and I was planning to ride that bike on tomorrow's commute. Something similar happened Tuesday afternoon (7/4), so now I have one less tire "in stock" but I made the commute Wednesday.
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pblamb,

There's a difference having a spare tire or tube and other parts that break or need replacing often than "stocking" tires and tubes and parts. Of course I have a spare tire or two, and two/three tubes per size, and some spare parts, but I don't go and buy 5 just because they are on sale.

Like you, I HATE it when I want to go on a late Sunday ride and my tire has a gash and no spare. I don't have that problem. I also don't have my hard-earned money tied up in over-kill numbers of parts I don't need either.

Quite frankly, I'll buy a $20 dollar tool before I buy 10 tubes on sale for $2 bucks each.


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I started at a big city bike Co-op a year ago. Volunteers receive a substantial discount on used donated gear. I was initially concerned that this would cause my (large) horde of bike stuff to balloon. But the opposite has been the case. Deep down in my psyche: I now realize that so much stuff is passing through my hands weekly, that there is really no point in putting it into my personal inventory. Or even having much of a personal inventory.

Maybe once a week I see a part that tweaks my interest, but unless it is labeled: "Record" or "Dura Ace", I am no longer interested.

Actually my stash is getting smaller, as my riding cronies and I have donated hundreds of pounds of surplus alu seatposts, stems, cranksets, etc. Again, if it is made of carbon and has titanium bolts, it tweaks my interest. If it is made out of steel: direct to the trash.

Occasionally, something comes along that could be critical for spare parts. A rare high-end part that could be a lifesaver for someone.

Such as vintage Campagnolo Shamal wheels. Or Campagnolo 116 bolt-circle chainrings. Or old metal Simplex derailleur parts. Or Magura hydraulic rim brakes. Suntour XC Pro derailleurs. Etc. But otherwise, not much now motivates my hording urge.
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I have lots of spare parts (quite a variety, because I have a variety of bikes and I like to swap around drivetrains and bars and such), but the wierd 'I have enough of this to last me a long time' is shoes. I've been riding a set of Giro Apekx ($150 msrp) that are getting pretty worn after 4 years or so, and have two sets of Giro Trans ($200+ each) and a set of Fizk R5Bs (almost $200) lined up after that (I paid $50-60 for each of those three sets). Plus my old SIDI Genius 5s. My feet better stay the same dang size for the next 20 years :/

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Occasionally, something comes along that could be critical for spare parts. A rare high-end part that could be a lifesaver for someone.
Yeah, having a box of mid-range road and mountain bike parts around has saved my friends and family a fortune in repairs. Most of them I got as take-offs, gifts (unneeded old stuff after people upgraded or crashed their bikes or if I bought partial bike projects), experiments, etc. It's getting harder to do that as drivetrains and bike types are diverging (11s, 12s, 1x, electronic, electric assist, fatbike, various bb standards....). I'm soon to be that luddite that's still insisting 2x10 speed is best while everyone else is rocking like 1x15 speed di2 that you control by blinking.

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I have a good stock of salvage parts - a few boxes. I always stock inner cables and housings so I don't have to run if I need one. I also keep a couple brake pads in stock, tubes too.
I did purchase some spares for my commuter when I built it. It's 6600 ultegra and when 6700 came out I bought spare brifters and RD on clearance to replace things when they eventually wear out.
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I have three filing cabinets worth of mostly salvaged parts. I hardly buy new other than cables and something I don't have in stock.
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when you can build more than two bikes from the spare parts lying around
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when you can build more than two bikes from the spare parts lying around
Yeah but I have countless spare derailleurs (WHY?!) but no spare other things such as seatposts, seat binder bolts, and I don't know what else. To build bikes from my parts bin would be expensive. I could get nickel-and-dimed to death with those and rim tape.
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I have been a fan of Rapid Rise rear derailleurs for mtb triggers and use them with brifters. I have a few XTR 960's, but the XT 760 seems like the best of the bunch, so I look for those. For downtube shifters, XTR 900/910 has become my front and rear derailleurs of choice. IMO, best RD Shimano made. I only have a couple backups.

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