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Old 03-02-12, 10:29 AM
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C&V syndrome

guess i am developing a habit(aka symptom) of collecting (aka hoarding) old bike parts.

it wasn't meant to be. just wanted to build one nice bike during the winter.
spring's on the way and i realized my room chock 'o full of old metal junks that can go to like a dozen roadies and i am still looking at evil bay and those classified sites.

any cures?

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Old 03-02-12, 11:43 AM
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No. Best to getter a bigger place right away. Next you'll be buying complete bikes, because it's a lot cheaper than individual parts(!), and you'll need the extra space.
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right. i do realize that. buying whole bikes...

btw, hoarding parts is a common symptom, right? someone tell me it's not abnormal please.
just looking at them feels me happy.
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Well, I was just like you, a little while ago, now my attic looks like this:





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Find a common activity with the family, other than cycling. It works for me (at least for 8 months out of the year, due to the seasonal nature of the activity). In fact, it's just about time for me to start my annual sabbatical from C&V. After this weekend, I'll pop in sporadically but will return on a regular basis around September or October. During the interim, I'll still be checking the PMs almost every day, so if there are an perplexing problems in my area of speciality, just have the OP send me a PM.
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You're going to ask US if it's ok?

Sure...it's fine...collecting parts and filling your house is perfectly normal! There's nothing wrong with having your project bike in the bathroom and having to pull tires out of the shower every morning. Cleaning spare derailleurs in the dishwasher is healthy and there's nothing weird about storing chain tools in that spare slot on your desk top!

The only cure is methadone.
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Old 03-02-12, 01:37 PM
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I recently looked ahead of what's in my life and realized that I need 1) money, 2) time, and 3) space.

With medical school in the horizon, I recently purged many of my parts and bikes... Made about $600 in parts and another $600 in a couple of bikes.

It felt REALLY good.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
You're going to ask US if it's ok?

Sure...it's fine...collecting parts and filling your house is perfectly normal! There's nothing wrong with having your project bike in the bathroom and having to pull tires out of the shower every morning. Cleaning spare derailleurs in the dishwasher is healthy and there's nothing weird about storing chain tools in that spare slot on your desk top!

The only cure is methadone.
Maybe the the only cure is death. Live it up!

My wife and I just bought a needy cabin on a lake for the family so there's no money or energy going into anything else for the foreseeable future.
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Originally Posted by orangeology
any cures?
Only stick to

1.) bikes that fit you

2.) high quality parts that are actually worth something

Get rid of everything else IMO and you'll go from hoarding junk to collecting valuable items
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This is the key...

Originally Posted by mazdaspeed
Only stick to

1.) bikes that fit you

2.) high quality parts that are actually worth something

Get rid of everything else IMO and you'll go from hoarding junk to collecting valuable items
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Old 03-02-12, 02:46 PM
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knowing it's not abnormal at least here is just comforting.
and thanks for the tips on what to keep, mazdaspeed. will keep it in mind.
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There are worse things to have a problem with. You could be spending it on alcohol and cheap women. (On the other hand, that doesn't sound bad...)
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I remember hearing this quote the other day and laughing hysterically; I think it was WC Fields...

I spent half of my money on gambling, booze and women...and I wasted the other half.
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Originally Posted by orangeology
any cures?
Find a girl and get married.

That'll be the end of the C&V syndrome.

Before long, you'll wish you stuck with the C&V syndrome.

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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I remember hearing this quote the other day and laughing hysterically; I think it was WC Fields...

I spent half of my money on gambling, booze and women...and I wasted the other half.
George Best said something along those lines: "I spend all my money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."

And non-fixie, if the problem is getting out of hand I'd be glad to assist with the "disposal" of any 54-56 bikes in that attic
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Originally Posted by cudak888
Find a girl and get married.

That'll be the end of the C&V syndrome.

Before long, you'll wish you stuck with the C&V syndrome.

-Kurt
I own twice as many bikes now that I'm married and my wife and me cruise the town on a tandem. They key is marrying the right person!
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lucky my lady home still allows me cleaning up those chainrings in the bath tub. or she hasn't seen the worse yet? sorry kurt, this got me after marriage. guess she's ok as it's not a motorbike.
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Originally Posted by orangeology
any cures?
Beer.
You'll forget what's bothering you.
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Originally Posted by cudak888
Find a girl and get married.

That'll be the end of the C&V syndrome.

Before long, you'll wish you stuck with the C&V syndrome.

-Kurt
or want to switch to the firearm syndrome....
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Well, I was just like you, a little while ago, now my attic looks like this:





Nice attic. Tongue & Groove?
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Well, I was just like you, a little while ago, now my attic looks like this:


Yes, I think I see the problem. Those boxes of household items need to go NOW! They are taking up space that could be better used for MORE bikes!
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Yes, I think I see the problem. Those boxes of household items need to go NOW! They are taking up space that could be better used for MORE bikes!
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I'm glad they are thinking of getting rid of that silly one gun a month rule. That's about putting me in the poor-house!
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I'm still reminded how it goes when I see a shoe box originally labeled 'pedals' get re-purposed as 'french headset parts'. Pedals now occupy an entire drawer in the filing cabinet and are over-flowing. Mazdaspeed has great advice but I'm blessed and cursed to live in a bike-crazy town. Fortunately, there's the co-op. They're happy to take anything when the inventory gets out of control.
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The only stricture I put on myself is that at this point, anything coming in has to be at least as good or as rare as something else I have; it has to be useable with plenty of life left in it; and as far as bikes go, it has to be better than anything I have and if one comes in, one goes out. I have 10 and that's plenty.
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