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Old 04-15-24, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Hereís my setup for the bits I need the most, sorta semi-controlled chaos:



Of note is that the unit on the left of the first pic and the red cabinets in the second all came from IKEA. The first is meant to be an organizer for a kidís room, but the modular design is quite handy.
I am a rabid fan of pegboard for many tools and some parts. I also hang lots of things from the garage rafters, because I have to use every cubic inch of space so that I can still park 2 cars in the 2-car garage I designed and added to the house 30 years ago. (I would have made it bigger, but I was constrained by various setback rules and my wife's rose garden.)
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After seeing these I am embarrassed to show the inside of my right sized shop:
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Of note is that the unit on the left of the first pic and the red cabinets in the second all came from IKEA. The first is meant to be an organizer for a kidís room, but the modular design is quite handy.
I've got that same kids toy organizer from IKEA in my bike shed! But I've not got parts sufficiently organized for the drawer bins to slide into the slots yet.
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Metal and bearing drawers seems smart, I am working with what I already have. Nice wood flat files, smaller blonde sets and larger/darker 15 drawer pair.

Kept their original labels just to make things confusing



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I still have 15 + empty drawers in the big cabinets
You need more stuff in those drawers...you can see the bottoms. If you need help filling them, I am here to oblige!
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Hereís my setup for the bits I need the most, sorta semi-controlled chaos:



Of note is that the unit on the left of the first pic and the red cabinets in the second all came from IKEA. The first is meant to be an organizer for a kidís room, but the modular design is quite handy.
I admire the space you guys have in basements and outbuildings...

Though it is probably for the best I have less space!
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Originally Posted by easyupbug
After seeing these I am embarrassed to show the inside of my right sized shop:
My shop, a four car heated garage not attached to the house, was right sized before I moved in.



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Originally Posted by bikamper
My shop, a four car heated garage not attached to the house, was right sized before I moved in.


Your across-the-street neighbor's garage looks like it has plenty of room available. Hostile takeover?
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Nah. His garage is smaller than our attached garage, aka, her garage(where I'm not allowed). His 68 Camaro RS hasn't turned a wheel in two years. Both his and his kids dirt bikes are in there, along with a fridge and his wife's Volvo and workout gear.
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Some of these collections are...impressive.

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On a related topic, I'm long overdue for an organization effort like these.

I think I have settled on categories. The four main ones are:

- components (such as brake calipers, derailleurs)
- accessories (bells, toe straps, bottle cages)
- small bits (nuts, bolts, pieces of components such as derailleur pulleys)
- supplies (handlebar tape, inner tubes)

Got any others?
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Iím just impressed by the space folks have. Suburban plastic land living afforded me only a single car garage. Which is for the best because having more space would have mean more opportunity to avoid the sanity!
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Originally Posted by bikamper
My shop, a four car heated garage not attached to the house, was right sized before I moved in.


That is a beautiful mid 40s DeSoto.
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Originally Posted by noglider
On a related topic, I'm long overdue for an organization effort like these.

I think I have settled on categories. The four main ones are:

- components (such as brake calipers, derailleurs)
- accessories (bells, toe straps, bottle cages)
- small bits (nuts, bolts, pieces of components such as derailleur pulleys)
- supplies (handlebar tape, inner tubes)

Got any others?
It's a bit late and I'd like to respond to everyone else, but did want to mention this before nodding off for the night:

If you frequently build or fix bikes, classify by consumables and frequently needed parts first: Consolidate your cables, M4, M5 and M6 hardware, brake pads, grips, and handlebar end plugs all in the same cabinet. Brake noodles too if V-brakes are common. This helps a lot.

The the silly little ARTGUY toolbox turned out to be perfectly suited for this when I had to rebuild seven bikes for an event this weekend (plus rip a Huffy apart for parts...a very satisfying 10 minutes - @AdventureManCO should know all about that). Once all the tools were out, most of the trips were to that toolbox or the Husky next to it with the 100-quantity cable rolls in it. I could grab multiple parts at once knowing they were coming up too.

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Originally Posted by easyupbug
That is a beautiful mid 40s DeSoto.
Thanks. It's a 1948 Custom with Fluid Drive, aka, slush box. It's been in the family since 1978.
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Originally Posted by cudak888
(plus rip a Huffy apart for parts...a very satisfying 10 minutes - @AdventureManCO should know all about that).
Rip a Huffy apart...for the parts!?

That is low, even for me. Unless they are to be used appropriately, like for the garbage, or a Paramount. You have Paramounts.

Jus sayin'
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
Rip a Huffy apart...for the parts!?

That is low, even for me. Unless they are to be used appropriately, like for the garbage, or a Paramount. You have Paramounts.

Jus sayin'
Yes, for the parts.

I hurled that dual-suspension frameset into the scrap truck with glee. Fight me.

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@easyupbug - I had a 1947 Dodge in college that I picked up for $50. Original paint with all the sub layers exposed to the metal in some spots. It too had a fluid drive which was just a fluid coupling between the flywheel and the clutch (3 speed).
It would go anywhere in the snow as you could not get the rear wheels to spin but could apply the needed traction. I was stopped once for potential equipment violation and asked to put it in gear ad let out the clutch with my foot on the brake.
The RPM dropped about 200 RPM but the engine kept running. It has "suicide" doors in the back as I believe yours has.
Found a good, IIRC, 352 Hemi from 1952 I was going to put in it but the steering box was in the way. Lots of stories associated with it. Sold it when I left college for $200. Should take a digital pic of it .
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@easyupbug - I had a 1947 Dodge in college that I picked up for $50. Original paint with all the sub layers exposed to the metal in some spots. It too had a fluid drive which was just a fluid coupling between the flywheel and the clutch (3 speed).
It would go anywhere in the snow as you could not get the rear wheels to spin but could apply the needed traction. I was stopped once for potential equipment violation and asked to put it in gear ad let out the clutch with my foot on the brake.
The RPM dropped about 200 RPM but the engine kept running. It has "suicide" doors in the back as I believe yours has.
Found a good, IIRC, 352 Hemi from 1952 I was going to put in it but the steering box was in the way. Lots of stories associated with it. Sold it when I left college for $200. Should take a digital pic of it .
This one is a 2 door and the slush box is the M6, a dual range 4 speed semi-automatic transmission, using the clutch/fluid coupling. Low range is where second would be on a 3 speed. Start out using the clutch. At about 8-10 mph, let up on the gas and the transmission will shift into second without the clutch. At around 15 mph, push in the clutch, bring the column lever to where 3rd would be on a 3 speed, then let out the clutch. You are in 4th.
Here's where the slush box comes in. When coming to a stop, do not push in the clutch. Just before the car stops, the transmission drops into 3rd. When it's time to start moving again, floor the old broad and she starts out slowly, but stately, in 3rd. Let off the gas at about 20 mph, and the old girl will upshift to 4th and run 70 all day long, with Jeep Wrangler gas mileage.
The only time the clutch is used again is to manually downshift into the low range or reverse. There is a kickdown from 4th to 3rd for passing or steep hills. There will be much sound and fury coming from the old flathead six when the kickdown is activated, but it means little.

Her big behind.


In keeping with the thread, I believe there is a box in the trunk with several pairs of pedals in it.
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Originally Posted by cudak888
Yes, for the parts.

I hurled that dual-suspension frameset into the scrap truck with glee. Fight me.

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Can't. It wouldn't be a fair fight...you're already injured from hurling a Huffy frame
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
Smooth slides. Ball bearing. Was $40, maybe?

Problem is, I am so efficient with the garage it masks how much too much I have...



Now we know where all of the parts have disappeared to........Nice collection!
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BTW, who has more Campy stuff?
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Now we know where all of the parts have disappeared to........Nice collection!
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
Can't. It wouldn't be a fair fight...you're already injured from hurling a Huffy frame
The Huffy frame didn't hurt me. What broke me were the six other Huffy-level bikes that I had to fix over the weekend. That included two Wal-Mart Mongoose POSs which got V-brake studs brazed to their front forks. That's how little patience I have with garbage sidepulls these days.

The toolbox really came in handy for that, and I'm getting a lot of ideas from what I'm seeing here - a big thank you to everyone for chiming in.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
The Huffy frame didn't hurt me. What broke me were the six other Huffy-level bikes that I had to fix over the weekend. That included two Wal-Mart Mongoose POSs which got V-brake studs brazed to their front forks. That's how little patience I have with garbage sidepulls these days.

The toolbox really came in handy for that, and I'm getting a lot of ideas from what I'm seeing here - a big thank you to everyone for chiming in.

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The quiet, long-suffering life of a volunteer mechanic for a kid's bicycle program?
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
The quiet, long-suffering life of a volunteer mechanic for a kid's bicycle program?
Shhh - some anonymous donations were afoot . Wasn't actually our fleet; the bikes went to the sponsoring city for future events.

It was worth it. We needed every one of them.

I also bought our program a Cannondale 20" with faded neon paint in the process. I think it'd be fun to strip it down and polish it...









...and put a Huffy badge on it.

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Originally Posted by Mad Honk
. Just look at all this storage and I still don't have enough and I'm beginning to think I need to down size.
GREAT! I should print these 8 pix on 8x11 glossy paper, frame them and hang that next to my shop door. Could quiet the wife a bit. Wow. 😀.

But then, I have a friend whose garage and basement are even more, eh,ĒlovedĒ and he then has three warehouse locations. Iím a neat freak by comparison.
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