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Old 01-15-19, 06:51 PM
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Trouble Parting with Parts

Attempting to thin out my spare parts stash and am having trouble sorting into keep/don't keep piles. I don't want to leave a mess for my kids to fix when I croak, but am finding it difficult to get rid of stuff because I think to myself "Well they might be needed". I have committed to NO MORE +1, so really there is no need for a stash of parts, is there?
Never really understood this hoarding thing until now.
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and the moment you get rid of something, you're going to need it.
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The struggle is real.
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It’s really a mess. You have to act now. Donating your bike parts to BF member is a fast way to solve your problems. Just make a list. We are waiting.
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Since browsing is a pastime, I find parts cheap and refurbish them. For better or worse, this allows me to convince myself that if I ever use that thing or those things, they’ll only be more expensive if I seek them out later in their refurbished condition. That’s my explanation.

Also, my parts stash is limited by my lack of storage space, which “helps.”
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I thought about finding homes for some of the stuff, but I first have to let go. This is really hard to do. Can't believe I am one of "them".
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Old 01-15-19, 07:46 PM
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Yes,in most cases they are difficult to replace,and don't take up much space.I have also committed to no more n + 1, but I've done that before as well.
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I don’t know anyone who love vintage things and easy on let go old stuffs.
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and the moment you get rid of something, you're going to need it.
Yeah.

I think the worst thing that happened to me was when I lost a flip-flop. A cheap flip-flop. I knew I’d seen it around, so I tucked the other one away- after a while I got a new set, and forgot about them. One day,a year or so later I ran into that flip-flop so I threw it out.

I swear a week or so later I found the one that had been missing for a year.

It burned.
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Old 01-15-19, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
I thought about finding homes for some of the stuff, but I first have to let go. This is really hard to do. Can't believe I am one of "them".
TiHabanero;
There is always time to find the "stuff" you let go of.... Just part with a few things at a time knowing if you need them that there will be another day and time to replenish the parts that you miss.
FREEDOM is just a freedpart way!
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My rule of thumb is if it's not installed immediately i see no reason to keep it.

But then again a certain BF member has been enabling me to hoard parts little by little.

You know who you are
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Old 01-15-19, 08:30 PM
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So I got parts and then I have bikes that need to go but the parts on them I like more than the bike so I keep the bike to keep the parts because I don’t really have a need for the parts without the bike and, yep, I have a problem.
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Old 01-15-19, 08:32 PM
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Then there's one of my favorite BF threads,

REPENT ye unclean hoarders and ye shall be forgiven!!


REPENT ye unclean hoarders and ye shall be forgiven!!
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So I got parts and then I have bikes that need to go but the parts on them I like more than the bike so I keep the bike to keep the parts because I don’t really have a need for the parts without the bike and, yep, I have a problem.
+1 nailed it!
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Old 01-15-19, 09:25 PM
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Ask @sloar for advice, he seems to keep a very lean inventory. Then again, firemen are almost OCD.
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I always try to keep a spare of anything that could keep me from riding one of my bikes were it to fail. So I basically have spares enough to build up an entire bike. And I try to maintain a good inventory of consumables like chainrings, chains and freewheels. But to amass parts just to have parts, no. I'm pragmatic like that.

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This is why I use Campagnolo most often.
stores well, easily converted to cash if need be.
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If you’ve got a lot of parts taking up space, you should think about getting a bare frame to put the parts on. Then they would be;
1) out of the way
2) stored in an orderly manner and
3) easily moveable, just wheel the frame to a new location

problem solved.

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The trouble with extra parts is you have to find a place to hang them.
That's where extra frames come in handy.
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The trouble with extra parts is you have to find a place to hang them.
That's where extra frames come in handy.
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I have been going through this. I finally decided that the stash of parts was causing me more stress than pleasure so I committed to clearing it out. Some of the stuff is for sale in the classified section and a lot of it went to the coop. I still have some stuff that needs to be pondered upon some more. At the end of the day, I think I only need one road bike and one mountain bike. Everything else can go.

I think if I wasn't such a slob, I could manage the inventory. The only way I can avoid being a slob and looking for something "I just had a minute ago" is to get rid of most of the stuff.
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Just wondering.....
The prices for whole bikes have been depressed for a few years now.
Did the price of parts also go down?
seem to notice a bit of a slide for particular parts, like French threaded/sized stuff, but not sure about everything else....
Now if a whole bunch of C&Vers decides to start selling their stash off, then the market for C&V parts will crash, price-wise??
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This is why I use Campagnolo most often.
stores well, easily converted to cash if need be.
Yes sir!

Five years ago I sold a shelving unit worth of parts to a Retrobike member that was visiting from England.

He didn’t ask for a discount and I didn’t offer one. I still see him selling the parts on eBay occasionally.
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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
The trouble with extra parts is you have to find a place to hang them.
That's where extra frames come in handy.
Perfect description, and easiest way to find the parts. This also works quite well with classic cars and their supporting parts cars
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
and the moment you get rid of something, you're going to need it.
Everytime! Especially with 1st gen Cyclone. I’ve regretted selling those abhalf a dozen times or more.
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