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Old 01-25-12, 12:26 PM
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Show us your parts bin

I admit it. I'm a parts hoarder. As I was looking at the rat's nest that is my parts bin yesterday, I thought it would be fun to see what other people's collection of spare bits and pieces looks like.

Here's mine.



Show me yours?
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Old 01-25-12, 02:56 PM
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thats remarkably well-organized and you can't be a hoarder if you're organized. I have a spare parts bin but it's not much to see. Two saddles, spare pump, spare 11-32 cassette, spare chain, old Brooks handlebar tape that was not worth the money, and some pedals. Maybe one day I'll accumulate as much as you have!
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Old 01-25-12, 03:11 PM
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thats remarkably well-organized and you can't be a hoarder if you're organized.
I don't think "well-organized" is the way I would describe it. My basic organizational system is: grab a part, toss it on a shelf. Looking closer I do see that I've got all the tires, all the handlebars and all the saddles on the same shelf. That was only semi-intentional. There are also small parts scattered across my garage that haven't made their way to a shelf yet.

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I have a spare parts bin but it's not much to see. Two saddles, spare pump, spare 11-32 cassette, spare chain, old Brooks handlebar tape that was not worth the money, and some pedals. Maybe one day I'll accumulate as much as you have!
Accumulation is the key. Most of this stuff came from used bikes that I needlessly upgraded. When I first started over-upgrading bikes I kept the original parts with the idea that I'd put them back on if/when I decided to sell the bike. Eventually I accumulated enough stuff to build a complete bike from a frame. Now I just never get rid of anything that might eventually be useful.
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I have to sort out my parts stash... have been accumulating more parts and have yet to get things re-sorted.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I have to sort out my parts stash... have been accumulating more parts and have yet to get things re-sorted.
I definitely want to see a picture of your stash. Having seen some of the bikes that no doubt emerged from it, I'm very curious.

Please?
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Hey, you never know when your old crap will become rare and desirable.
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I have four tires and a spare tube out of the way on a shelf in a closet. ( And another tube with CO2 in a water bottle that gets moved between my bikes. ) Otherwise, I have a bag of old parts I've been meaning to donate to Bike Works, but haven't yet.
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When my parts bin gets big enough, I build (another) bike.
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Nothing to see, Big Plastic tubs , that hinge open on the top, and stack.
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Old 01-25-12, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I definitely want to see a picture of your stash. Having seen some of the bikes that no doubt emerged from it, I'm very curious.

Please?
Just about every bike I ride was built from parts in the stash... have not been enjoying as much mobility as I would like of late so it might be a while before I get to the spring cleaning.

Right now I can't even find the top of my desk for parts... but remember that it looks something like this.




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Sixtyfiver, that's a workshop worth drooling over. What kind of truing stand is that with the gauges?
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Sixtyfiver, that's a workshop worth drooling over. What kind of truing stand is that with the gauges?
Built my own truing stand a long time ago... but that is just my desk.

Other shots of my shop before my last little reno... I have since installed overhead racks to store wheels as they were getting out of control.

All the cogs on the wall are just that... old cog boards I inherited from a local shop that lets me build up or rebuild pretty much any freewheel ever made.



This was from last spring... I can see the space heater was on.



I have a shelving unit that is 8 feet across and 6 feet high loaded with small parts in the corner you can't see and bits and bobs everywhere.
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Impressive and amazing! Great pics.
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All I have are two adidas shoe boxes. The things I swap back and forth goes in them, the rest gets thrown out because I usually use them till they die.
Also, my freinds and I have a system of swapping, so that's also a good way to keep things moving and interesting.
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Nice setup Sixty Fiver. You probably need it with that many bikes to maintain.

All I've got are extra lights, various pedals, spare tube, a rear fender, a rear rack, pair of slick tires, and various bolts & brackets.
It's kind of kept in various locations in my basement. (Still haven't organized the basement since moving last summer.)

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All I have are two adidas shoe boxes. The things I swap back and forth goes in them, the rest gets thrown out because I usually use them till they die.
Also, my freinds and I have a system of swapping, so that's also a good way to keep things moving and interesting.
I use a shoe box, too, and a Brooks box. It's not very organized, just however things fit in there.
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Holy cow Sixty Fiver! That is your personal bike workshop, right? Looks more like a store! Very nice!
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Holy cow Sixty Fiver! That is your personal bike workshop, right? Looks more like a store! Very nice!
It is just my workshop... am looking for new digs as I need to set up a frame jig, alignment table, and other frame building equipment and want to expand to include a little more retail service.

All those bikes require very little upkeep... I have half a dozen projects in the works and keep most of those in a separate building and have quite a few bikes and frames hanging from the rafters or up in the rafters.

Funny that when I moved in I thought I had more space than I could ever need and right now can't turn around without bumping into bikes or parts.

Guess that means I have lots to do.
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I'd play but my crap hole of a garage is totally out of hand right now. So bad that most of the personall collection is in the house for lack of room.

I have other toys as well including a Muscle car and a 4x4 that have their own stash piles in the crap hole garage.
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I definitely want to see a picture of your stash. Having seen some of the bikes that no doubt emerged from it, I'm very curious.

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Sixty: I'll help you sort it next time I'm in Edmonton... Bet there's a few nice parts
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