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Old 08-02-20, 07:05 AM
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Sold off the collection

Been thinking about selling off the collection for several years and finally I have done it. Kept 3 out of the 12 bikes due to sentimental reasons. My first race bike, my brothers first race bike, and my son's first bike. Letting the last one go was tough, but doable and I know it will likely get flipped or parted out by the buyer as I let it go below market value.

Honestly it feels good as I can only display 3 bikes at a time anyway.
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Old 08-02-20, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
Been thinking about selling off the collection for several years and finally I have done it. Kept 3 out of the 12 bikes due to sentimental reasons. My first race bike, my brothers first race bike, and my son's first bike. Letting the last one go was tough, but doable and I know it will likely get flipped or parted out by the buyer as I let it go below market value.

Honestly it feels good as I can only display 3 bikes at a time anyway.

Congratulations, my wife would be ecstatic if I was down to 12, she'd pass out cold if I got down to 3!
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So, what bikes did you keep?
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Old 08-02-20, 07:31 AM
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I canít imagine how hard that was. Iíve had thoughts of reducing my collection as well, but will probably leave it to my kids to handle after Iím gone.

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Old 08-02-20, 07:32 AM
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Congrats! I am sure it wasn't easy. When I had to downsize in 2014 (for fiscal reasons) it was tough because I need to sell valuable bikes and parts for the money not just the space.
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Old 08-02-20, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
So, what bikes did you keep?
Originally Posted by TiHabanero
Kept 3 out of the 12 bikes due to sentimental reasons. My first race bike, my brothers first race bike, and my son's first bike.
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Old 08-02-20, 07:35 AM
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Others but still loved; '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape SLX Bertoni "Speckled Trout"
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Old 08-02-20, 08:21 AM
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And, please, what are the years, brands, and models of those bikes?
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Old 08-02-20, 08:25 AM
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I didn't whittle down a bike collection, I only have three bicycles to start with, plus my wife's bike.

But last year, facing a possible new housing situation, my wife and I took the opportunity to "de-clutter" and "down-size".

Most of our books, records, cds and tapes and clothes were donated to goodwill after giving the kids, grand-kids, nieces and nephews and other in-laws first crack.

For me the toughest part were the old cameras and audio equipment. I kept about 10 cameras and some lenses (which get used on the digital camera), and enough equipment to play my open reel tapes, cassettes and records.

I also jettisoned some bike parts and accessories I'd never use again.

Overall it feels good. Every once in a while I have a project where I think of a part or piece I used to have that might work, but all things considered, we're happier with fewer possessions and less clutter.
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Old 08-02-20, 08:31 AM
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I would like to downsize the bikes that almost never get ridden.
That would be the ones purchased for the wife and kids.

Not time to unload mine yet.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
And, please, what are the years, brands, and models of those bikes?
these are just speculations from the ionosphere:

1982 Raleigh Competition GS, Carlton
'74 Raleigh Pro


(then the power went out on my crystal ball. one must have a sense of humor these days.)



i'd be more interested to hear what the bikes that were that were sold off.
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Old 08-02-20, 11:28 AM
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...I would downsize, but it would take away valuable time from working on my current projects.
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Old 08-02-20, 11:53 AM
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I am recently down to three, from seven, plus my town bike and my wife's bike. One of those three I keep around for a friend when he visits. One will go back to Nebraska next time I come north. Three of the discarded ones are hanging, as frame sets, awaiting the arrival of the tall people come winter. That might be a long wait.
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I’m currently at 18, far too many, and few of the vintage ones see much use. Maybe next year I’ll see if I can cut that in half.
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I’m at an equilibrium level now where I try to send one out when a new one comes in. Damn it’s hard though, I really like em all. My number is around 20.
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I keep talking about selling some stuff off. I know I have some things that I don't give enough riding time to that I know people would love.
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I find it easier to be in denial if I don't count them.

Kudos to the OP. That takes doing.
BTW, I see folks a lot on Habanero Ti bikes. They're cool.
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Brave and tough. I don't have the balls to do that yet.
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ďMy first race bike, my brothers first race bike, and my son's first bikeĒ

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ďWhat is grandpaís old rust bucket.ď
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I am not ready for this intervention...
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Good for you! I'm down to one complete bike and two frames. Over the years I've become disinclined to wrench on more than one.
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Next step: put the parts bins on CL.
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I'm there. Down to half the bikes I had 4 months ago. Have a couple more to sell that I knew I wouldn't get out of them what I expected if I lumped them in.

Still have a couple dozen framesets in the attic, they won't hurt anything up there and take up very little space. I'll probably donate those to the co-op if it comes down to it.

But yeah. I feel that pain.
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I still have too many but I have sold 5 in the past 2 months and have brought no more in this year. Progress.
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I say I ďhave about 12Ē but itís 15. Thatís a lot in Chicago. Iím downsizing now, let go of an Ď86 710, the Ď85 710 is in the block, and Iíve let go of my Raleigh 20.

My wife is hoping to get it down to four, Iím aiming at 8, but for me thatís psychological. Itís easy to ditch the bikes that donít quite fit right, or that are outside your ďcollection themeĒ. Iím hoping that the good feeling of passing the no-longer-interesting-to-me bikes will encourage my further downsizing.

Itís really just a space thing, I want more space to wrench on the bikes I have, and itís been hard to prep bikes for sale without the space! But itís declogging...
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