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Old 05-15-21, 01:05 PM
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Missing parts to a stalled bike build

Not strictly a C&V thing but thought this might be the best place to disclose a parts hoarding dilimma: lost (small) parts.

I'm embarassed to say that I had these lovely Cane Creek aHeadset 110 tall blue anodized top spacer with a nice collection of Cane Creek "interlok". spacers in the same color. In my OCD I cannot cut the carbon steer tube on my Columbus disc fork until I have the correct spacers in place. They have gone missing in my bike parts disorganized basement. I spent almost an entire day trying to inventory but also to locate these elusive bits to no avail (so far).

I know I never threw them away but for the life of me I just cannot find these critical parts.
Can I get some psychic guidance? Really anything that would get me on the right track. I have a collection of threadless spacers and a collection of threaded headsets but what I am looking for is strangely absent now....anybody else experience a senior moment like this? It has gotten kind of ridiculous since these are fairly expensive, high quality parts and the backup ones that I am going to end up using are lower grade....

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Old 05-15-21, 01:14 PM
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Sit down and do your best to remember the last time you saw the prodigal pieces. That, often times, works for me.
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Old 05-15-21, 01:16 PM
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Not strictly a C&V thing but thought this might be the best place to disclose a parts hoarding dilimma: lost (small) parts.

I'm embarassed to say that I had these lovely Cane Creek aHeadset 110 tall blue anodized top spacer with a nice collection of Cane Creek "interlok". spacers in the same color. In my OCD I cannot cut the carbon steer tube on my Columbus disc fork until I have the correct spacers in place. They have gone missing in my bike parts disorganized basement. I spent almost an entire day trying to inventory but also to locate these elusive bits to no avail (so far).

I know I never threw the away but for the life of me I just cannot find these critical parts.
Can I get some psychic guidance? Really anything that would get me on the right track. I have a collection of threadless spacers and a collection of threaded headsets but what I am looking for is strangely absent now....anybody else experience a senior moment like this? It has gotten kind of ridiculous since these are fairly expensive, high quality parts and the backup ones that I am going to end up using are lower grade....
Ouija board?

Hate it when this happens, I usually have duplicates or a good plan B but in cases like this I will settle for the plan B and forge ahead, kind of like a placeholder frame, bike, etc. that always works, usually sooner than later.

You'll probably find the parts or have an aha moment after you have resolved it for now when you're not even looking for it.
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Old 05-15-21, 01:17 PM
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when this happens to me it means take everything out, and move to different box, storage etc. and move the bench and other junk and see what is underneath them.

I typically find i lose things when i stash them some place "I wont forget where they are"

which reminds me I might do an inventory and organize tonight

good luck
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Old 05-15-21, 01:29 PM
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I typically end up staring into the refrigerator; sometimes that works (believe it or not), and if not, I can just make a G&T or Campari & soda. Maybe it's my Zen place.
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I did finally start putting parts, groups, complete teardowns, etc. in ziplocs, then in sacks or boxes by category or?

Hasn't really helped a lot but keeps them from getting any more scratched or dinged up any more from digging around when I can't find what I'm looking for.
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Order the expensive replacement parts. The moment they ship, the missing parts will appear.
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