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Old 12-05-22, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by BTinNYC View Post
Oh great.
You remind yourself what's amazing and beautiful about each of the road bikes, and then what? Buy a new shed?
😀 😃 🙂
Nah, just rearrange the 24 X 30 one I have now LOL. It's not a storage space problem, well, maybe a bit. It's an "I'm getting old and just can't get to them all." issue and my boys have zero interest in bicycles so when I go they'll all get sold for what I told my wife I paid for them!
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Old 12-05-22, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
...5 that stay no matter what ...
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...Sorry guys, the Guercciotti stays, there was never any question of that...

Pretty sure most of the Raleighs will stay.....
I'll probably hang onto all the Reynolds 531 bikes/frames and my 3 current Champion No. 2 bikes...
The 1984 Focus SG-300 and RS-500 road bikes stay because who else has TWO of them LOL?...
I only have 5 vintage Mountain bikes so there's no issue there and one of those I could easily let go without a second thought and probably will.
Hmmm... A very familiar storyline here at C&V!

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Old 12-05-22, 07:31 PM
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Hmmm... A very familiar storyline here at C&V!

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Old 12-05-22, 09:35 PM
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Well let’s not get ahead of ourselves….. I have a nice sized collection and I still look at bikes for sale, although now I talk my self out of buying. I know that soon I will have to sell one (or two) to buy one, even though I have room. I really don’t want to own too many to maintain and ride on a regular basis.
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Old 12-05-22, 10:06 PM
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I have way too many bikes, but I already have five picked out that I'm willing to sell. I volunteer at a local co-op and we have too much inventory so I don't want to compete with them at sale events for the next few months. Heck, I can't even really donate them because I'm currently storing extra bikes for the co-op. The bikes are not expensive enough to advertise here because you basically have to eat the packing and shipping on anything but a top tier bike (I listed two of them recently). Prices on Craigslist have plummeted recently, so not worth the hassle.

I know, first world problems, but isn't that what this site is all about?
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Old 12-05-22, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
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for a number of reasons I don't see letting go of the 84 miyata team....
I picked up an '83 Pro Miyata from a BFer last summer that I didn't need simply because is appeared to be top of the line version of the Fuji Pro I raced. Same setup, DTs, braze-ons but with Miyata's experience, tubing ... The top mounted SunTour DT shifters I love. Looked like "the fit" like I remember from my Fuji.

Got it, put on parts and wheels. Went for a ride. OMG! This bike is all there! An as-good-as-it-gets version of the racing bike I so loved.
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Old 12-06-22, 01:03 AM
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Been trying to shed bikes from my modestly-sized fleet, but the last half of the year has been, for all insensitive porpoises, dead. Triply so for 63cm and taller frames. Couldn't even move a modern 58cm Trek road bike with good componentry for a fair price. I'm not going to take a bath on a bike just to get it out the door, and thankfully I don't need to move the metal from a technical sense. I'd just like to be at a set number of bikes lower than what I have now, but at this rate, I may as well change a thing here and there and make them riders for me (flat pedals to clipless, adjust saddle heights, change stems, etc) and not set up to sell. Me and all my alloyed metal friends.
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Old 12-06-22, 05:42 AM
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Hmmm, seems I'm not in a unique situation by any means. I'm not going to rush into anything but I am going to try to decide which ones I can let go the easiest and if an opportunity arises I'll take advantage. In the meantime I'll start finishing the easiest complete bikes first and work my way through to the worst. Maybe by that time they won't be so "attractive" any more. Then I'll start on the "some assembly required, batteries not included" inventory. I'm sure there will be an exception here and there but that seems like a good basic plan to start. Thanks for all the feedback, both serious and humorous, it really helped.
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I own lots of bikes, which I could put into three rough categories: old British C&V bikes (the oldest is from 1949); 70s/80s road bikes almost all of which are not to original spec (some 650B conversion, others just built in a way that inspired me at the time; contemporary bikes, most of which can fit wide tires and are all-rounders. I definitely ride that last category most with probably 90% of my miles on one bike. That middle category I mostly use for commuting. It's the first group--kind of like my personal bike museum, that I'm seriously considering thinning down come spring. I might have some degree of regret, but it won't last.
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Old 12-06-22, 04:44 PM
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How much time do we each have left?

Recently outlived the average life expectancy for males in my immediate family.
Then I just had to look up actuarial tables and determine best case average scenario, then reframed it in something understandable, like the lifespan of your average water heater.
I figure I got one and half water heaters left, tops.

Ride the nice stuff, people.
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Old 12-06-22, 06:46 PM
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It sounds like the OP figured out their plan.

This is something that resonates among many of us, myself included. It would be good to get a plan going now, because I sincerely believe that as e-bikes become one of the most dominant forces in the biking industry, people are going to devalue human-powered bicycles (especially old, incomplete, neglected, and vintage) bikes like never before. We are just seeing the start.
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Old 12-06-22, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO View Post
It sounds like the OP figured out their plan.

This is something that resonates among many of us, myself included. It would be good to get a plan going now, because I sincerely believe that as e-bikes become one of the most dominant forces in the biking industry, people are going to devalue human-powered bicycles (especially old, incomplete, neglected, and vintage) bikes like never before. We are just seeing the start.
You may well be right, one local LBS is pushing E-bikes and conversions HARD! But there will always be people who will value vintage bicycles, probably not on the scale we do now but somebody will.They're too cool not to.
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I watch Craigslist, mainly because I sell bikes for the co-op. Volume seller prices for bikes that would have brought $100 a year ago are dropping to the $40-60 range. We have advantages in that price range - we are a charity, we sell at a location where there is a decent amount of impulse buying, and $100 is just not that much money these days. Still, I wonder about the business model if new tires go for more than a bike.
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