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I'm dying: What to do with bike collection?

Old 06-06-14, 07:03 PM
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I'm going to second using caringbridge to keep loved ones in the loop on your illness.

I'm in the area and would be happy to help. I've had a couple people go through cancer, some terminal, others not. It's not easy either way, that's for sure.
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Old 06-06-14, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
Thanks for all the comments, especially the offers of help; you've given me a lot to think about. I'd like my son to keep a couple, and I only have one friend who has expressed any interest in having one. My friends couldn't (or wouldn't) even be able to ride one! Mostly, its hard to give them up, 40 years of collecting. I've already given all my guitars to my brother, and my guns to another friend; that just leaves the cameras, photo equipment, motorcycle collection (my son wants the 2 Harleys) and a lifetime of creating artwork!

Dang, one sure collects a lot in a in a too short life!

I've had a great life, done more than I ever could have imagined with a loving wife and son, comfortable house and enough means to enjoy them. I only wish it hadn't taken me most my life to fully appreciate all that.

Thanks again.
I'd like a link, or photo, to the art work
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Old 06-06-14, 08:28 PM
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You're a brave soul dbakl, much respect to you for wanting to handle this for your wife's sake. I too am semi-local and wouldn't mind lending a hand in getting things sorted and listed, so please feel free to let me know if you'd like any assistance.
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Old 06-06-14, 09:53 PM
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Peace Brother. I had a friend who passed years ago and we SHARED the hobby of digging and collecting old coins. He asked me to put some back into circulation after he died so others might enjoy them as he did. I wont get into much details other than to say that I feel the same about bikes and cars.....meant to be rode, er drove.
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Old 06-06-14, 10:22 PM
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never expected such a thread here. thought another goofy what-if poll from the title...
don't really know what to say.
sending good thoughts and prayers for you and your family, sir.

bikes... i dunno.
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Old 06-06-14, 11:19 PM
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I'm not terribly good with topics/threads/conversations like this…my mom died when she was 39yo (and I was 20)…all I can say is I hope that you and your family can find all the peace that you deserve. Cherish every moment left with them that you can…forget all the other stuff.

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Old 06-07-14, 04:34 AM
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With a collection like that, I personally would leave control over everything to someone who could take it all to a bicycle swap meet and give the money to my family. Donating stuff would be great but my family would come first. I'm sure there are plenty of swap meets in Cali and the things would go to people who really want or need them. Whenever you think you're going through a rough time it's things like this that make you remember nothing is more precious than your health. Hopefully a miracle can happen with the advances. My mom died of cancer in 1980 when I was 12. If she had got the same cancer today she probably would have survived.
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Old 06-07-14, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
I'd like a link, or photo, to the art work
As with Aaron, I too would love to see some of your artwork dbakl.

Threads like this, at least for me, are very difficult to deal with on an emotional level and hit a very raw nerve... This forum has some great people who have expressed themselves far more eloquently that I ever could, though my sentiments and thoughts are much the same. To borrow what rhm said: "Now, back to my respectful silence."
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Old 06-08-14, 12:12 PM
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I have no advise better than what you have already been given. I hope that the bikes can be used in a manner that would make you happy and that the time you have remaining is as filled with the people and things that you love that it can be.
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Old 06-08-14, 09:16 PM
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Sorry to hear about your situation. We've all gotta check out sometime -- what's important is how we live. On that note personally I'd give 'em away. I know it sounds cheesy, but some of the folks who gets one of your bikes might be just like you were once -- overjoyed to have a nice new ride. And They'll likely remember your act of generosity every time they ride the bike. In that way you live on in some sense. Good luck.
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Old 06-10-14, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
I'd like a link, or photo, to the art work
Thanks for the interest. All I ever wanted to be was an artist. As a child, I drew a lot, my spepfather taught me photography at age 10 and I've done painting, printmaking and ceramics. I went to school to become a graphic designer, and had my own firm 25-30 years. The last 15 years I've been working on my own personal photography.


















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Beautiful work... thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-10-14, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
Thanks for the words. I'm in Oakland, CA.
There is a place in San Jose called Good Karma bikes, theyre a non profit that helps the commuinty and avid bicyclists.
Good Karma Bikes - Good Karma Bikes
I stopped by the shop for the first time this weekend and its a really cool place, i bet theyd even be willing to drive up and pick up the bikes too.

Just an option, a (semi) local one at that.


EDIT: just saw your photos, as an avid hobbyist picture taker, these are quite stunning. really amazing work.

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Old 06-10-14, 04:24 PM
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What an incredible breadth of work! You have an omnivorous eye: My hat's off to you.
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Old 06-10-14, 04:29 PM
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Very nice portfolio. I like Brent's comment about the 'omnivorous eye.'

A lot has been said already, very eloquently, so I'll just add that you are only going where we all are, just a little earlier. So if you are able to, scout out some good routes for us.
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Old 06-10-14, 04:36 PM
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All I ever wanted to be was an artist.
Clearly sir, you succeeded more than admirably in that quest. Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing.
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Old 06-10-14, 04:38 PM
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Wonderful compositions! As a very amateur photographer, I enjoyed seeing them, glad you posted them.
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Damn, you're on the edge of the abyss and still standing strong - an example to us all. From the sound of it, you've lived a full life. Thank you for sharing openly about your situation - and particularly for your photography: beautifully composed.

I think it's time to get out on my bike and get busy appreciating my life and mobility. Godspeed, dbakl

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Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
Thanks for the interest. All I ever wanted to be was an artist. As a child, I drew a lot, my spepfather taught me photography at age 10 and I've done painting, printmaking and ceramics. I went to school to become a graphic designer, and had my own firm 25-30 years. The last 15 years I've been working on my own personal photography.
Very nice work, an excellent legacy. Thank you for sharing your world and vision. I wished that I was closer, I'd love to see your art work firsthand as well. Godspeed.
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Originally Posted by Blylan View Post
There is a place in San Jose called Good Karma bikes, theyre a non profit that helps the commuinty and avid bicyclists.
Good Karma Bikes - Good Karma Bikes
I stopped by the shop for the first time this weekend and its a really cool place, i bet theyd even be willing to drive up and pick up the bikes too.
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I can vouch for good karma....I volunteer there and it is a difference maker.
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Nice photos. The nude in the woods has a real Edward Weston feel.
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Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
Thanks for the interest. All I ever wanted to be was an artist. As a child, I drew a lot, my spepfather taught me photography at age 10 and I've done painting, printmaking and ceramics. I went to school to become a graphic designer, and had my own firm 25-30 years. The last 15 years I've been working on my own personal photography.
Those photos are as impressive as your attitude in facing what we all will someday. Much Respect
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Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
Thanks for the interest. All I ever wanted to be was an artist. As a child, I drew a lot, my spepfather taught me photography at age 10 and I've done painting, printmaking and ceramics. I went to school to become a graphic designer, and had my own firm 25-30 years. The last 15 years I've been working on my own personal photography.


















Gorgeous man - thanks for sharing. I especially like the blue. I'm glad you got your nickel's worth, but I wish the ride was longer.
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Old 06-11-14, 09:41 AM
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I don't have much to add to the many wise words above, but thank you for starting this thread. I hope the advice has been helpful to you. I believe the thinking you have asked of us has been sobering - in a positive way - to many of us. Much respect.
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Thanks for sharing your art with me.
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