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Old 01-05-22, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
Just know that by sharing this, you are doing a favor for those of us with ~15 bikes. Now I don't feel bad at all.
As opposed to those of us with more than 40+ bikes ...

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There’s a guy near me that I have traded with occasionally - he has 400 bikes by his count in a fairly modest house. It looks just as you would expect. Just for some perspective.
Ahhhhh, that's better.
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Old 01-05-22, 07:03 PM
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Old 01-05-22, 08:04 PM
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The secret to having over forty bikes and not having to face the facts (e.g. perhaps not a good idea to store the unfinished project bikes inside the unfinished project cars) is to dismantle them as fast as possible.

Then you just have a bunch of extra framesets, wheelsets, extra complete group sets, etc etc. Easy peasy.

p.s. Keep a few bikes assembled and regularly ridden, so as not to raise any suspicions.
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Old 01-06-22, 01:28 AM
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I used to be a bike hoarder...


This is an incoming shipment...



and an out going shipment...


Now, I have four bikes - 1958 Rabeneick 120d, 1968 Legnano Grand Premio, 1969(?) Torpado and a 2000 Marinoni Piuma.
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Old 01-06-22, 02:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
50s -- 3 (1 American, 1 French, 1 Brit)
60s -- 2 (1 American, 1 Italian)
70s -- 12 (5+ British, 2 French, 2 American)
80s -- 11 (2 Italians, 6 American, 3 Japan)
90s -- 3 (2 American)
00+ -- 13
Hmmm. Not a single Canadian bike. I think you're safe.
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Old 01-06-22, 04:55 AM
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Yes , I understand . Pull up a chair , let’s talk about this. We made the first step…..now let’s go for a ride! Wait!! Which bike do we take? Hmmm…I sometimes ride with a few guys from my neighborhood , they ride modern bikes and each have one or two bikes. I usually bring a different bike every ride and they ask “how many bikes do you have”. I refuse to tell them , I just say “I have a few”. I guess I don’t really want to count because some haven’t been built yet. I just built up one of the frames that has been sitting on top of my long board that hangs in the garage and I know the eyes are gonna roll . I will answer “yes it’s more than ten, now , can we go for a ride?” I can get away with a lot of bikes and frames because I don’t keep them all in one place. I have a shop and my customers sometimes ask what they will do when I retire. I tell them I can’t retire , what would I do with all my bikes?!
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Old 01-06-22, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
The secret to having over forty bikes and not having to face the facts (e.g. perhaps not a good idea to store the unfinished project bikes inside the unfinished project cars) is to dismantle them as fast as possible.

Then you just have a bunch of extra framesets, wheelsets, extra complete group sets, etc etc. Easy peasy.

p.s. Keep a few bikes assembled and regularly ridden, so as not to raise any suspicions.
I would agree with that 100%!
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Old 01-06-22, 09:51 AM
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Another secret is to never, ever, count them! Denial is key!

I made the mistake of finally counting. Then I knew I had a problem!! At that point, the sell, donate or keep cycle began. Repeat until you reach a reasonable. I currently use the “if one enters, two have to leave” rule.
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Old 01-06-22, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Another secret is to never, ever, count them! Denial is key!
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Old 01-06-22, 11:55 AM
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As one PNWerner to another - we aren't even halfway into Winter. Tougher days with rain and clouds are ahead. .
Perk up.
Install brighter lights. Finish a couple of simple projects. Acquire some 'low country' bikes. Spanish, Swiss, ...something obscure.

Instead of dwelling on too much, dwell on what you lack...! . You need some Weinmann delta brakes. Or....(let me check my 'obscure' boxes)


Dual pivot is overrated……


You will ride again in the Spring, and maybe regularly before July.


I can relate, the above pics of personal collections are waaaay too neat and organized.
My Sig line seems to have maxed out.

edit: after serious consideration, .......thinning the herd for the purpose of narrowing down to optimal size (+\- X.0cm, you choose) riders is not a bad idea. Otherwise, becoming a collector of Classics is worthy. A full collection of bikes regulary ridden is worthy. I know 3 serious collectors who loan collectable bikes for a group ride - to trusted people, of course. And also folks ready to loan whatever they have for a day - at their beach house or mountain cabin is my experience. A large group of mediocre, old, unsentimental, unridden bikes - esp bikes not being refurbished well - may be an issue, but hoarding may represent only a symptom and not the root problem. BEST to ride them except for the few...
roll on!

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Old 01-07-22, 09:43 AM
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No Hoarding problem.....just need more space,
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Old 01-07-22, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
No Hoarding problem.....just need more space,
Hey, I saw that picture...you have a ton of space!
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Old 01-07-22, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
A large group of mediocre, old, unsentimental, unridden bikes - esp bikes not being refurbished well - may be an issue, but hoarding may represent only a symptom and not the root problem. BEST to ride them except for the few...
roll on!
Untill you need a part that's $25 on ebay and there's half a dozen available from junkers in the attic..... Of course each free bike still takes up an hour of your life.....
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Old 01-07-22, 11:06 AM
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I think keeping a bunch of junkers around for the occasional part that costs less than $35 on ebay (but less if trading on BF) is perhaps the definition of Hoarding Syndrome. But did your (Depression Era) Mother tell you to always clean your plate and never throw away things that might be useful? Mine washed SaranWrap & tin foil for re-using. Luckily, only once on the SaranWrap.
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I used to watch that show 'Hoarding - Buried Alive', but it starting creeping me out for obvious reasons.
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Old 01-07-22, 11:35 AM
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My Grannie grew up in the post civil war south. If she gave you a present, she expected the paper back untorn. And she'd kick yer grandma's ass...

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My Grannie grew up in the post civil war south. If she gave you a present, she expected the paper back untorn. And she'd kick her grandma's ass...
My old timey Southern upbringing is keeping me from having more than five bikes. Even at that, I can hear my dear, departed ancestors yelling at me, "boy, you only got one butt. you can't ride all these." And, yeah, we reused wrapping paper and tin foil.

Even still, wouldn't mind seeing the OP's French bikes in the 60-62cm range. Can't let my ancestors get too quiet.
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Old 01-07-22, 11:52 AM
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Yeah, I think each roll of Christmas paper at our house lasted about 10-15 years. You could guess the useage by how many creases there were when Mom put the pieces so carefully back on the roll and secured with an old rubber band.

The 'family bike' was at least 20 hard years old when I was big enough to ride it in 1958ish. It wasn't too bad for me back then, the other boys had patches on their pants, too.

Lots of decent roots in the Hoarding tree of life
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Old 01-07-22, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop View Post
Even still, wouldn't mind seeing the OP's French bikes in the 60-62cm range. Can't let my ancestors get too quiet.
Same for me - but I am closer. 60cm Frenchies please! And any single builder Americans. I'm restraining my PM inclinations.
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