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When I go...What then?

Old 04-29-19, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
Someone alluded to this situation on another thread.
I have been collecting bicycles, bicycle tools and bicycle stuff for years.
My wife is always saying, “Wear your helmet and ride carefully, I won’t know what to do with all of your bike stuff/junk.”.
She has asked me, “What should I do with all of this?”.
Anyone have an answer when/if asked this question?
My bikes and tools, while important to me, are such a tiny part of my estate that I see no need to specify or be concerned what happens to them.

My wife and I haven't even yet bothered with a will of any sort yet since we couldn't figure who to leave stuff too. (no kids) That has to change soon though, I expect a lot will go to our favorite charity's... and/or any family members/friends who step up to help us through our final years.
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Old 04-29-19, 02:57 PM
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I gave away a bunch of old Alfa parts on the alfabb forum. I couldn't believe the overwhelming response I got. Everything I put up was taken, even an unknown condition Peugeot MCU.
I offered local meet or will ship if they paid for shipping. Everything ended up being shipped.

So you can sell or give it away on BF. Craigslist also works great for selling or giving away. The secret is to realize your precious stuff is not nearly as precious to other people so price
it low & sell as a lot if needed. Make it low enough or free & it'll be gone.
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Old 04-29-19, 04:57 PM
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eBay. Auction starting at 99cents. We'll soon see if your life has value.
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Old 04-29-19, 11:52 PM
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He who dies with the most bikes wins! Seriously I gave away one of my old bikes to an Irish backpacker at work. As I touched it out all these great memories came out of the bike and up my arm into my head so I guess that’s why we keep this stuff. But so satisfying to hear someone else riding the bike around exploring and making new great memories when he left to go back to Ireland he gave it to a uni student from work. So the legend and stories of my old bike live on. Enjoy giving up some of your stuff but also satisfying to fix up bikes too so keep your tools they’ll keep you from being alone with your thoughts.
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Old 04-30-19, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
Someone alluded to this situation on another thread.
I have been collecting bicycles, bicycle tools and bicycle stuff for years.
My wife is always saying, “Wear your helmet and ride carefully, I won’t know what to do with all of your bike stuff/junk.”.
She has asked me, “What should I do with all of this?”.
Anyone have an answer when/if asked this question?
Reminds me of a guy who worked for my father, who for some reason collected Avon items. These consisted of things like soap in the shape of a football helmet, bottles of aftershave with the Pontiac hood ornament as the cap - the kind of stuff you buy for someone when you don't know what to get them. He bought an example of every darn thing Avon produced, and kept them new in the box, on the belief that they were all "limited editions" and "they got only one way to go, and that's up!" My father would needle him by saying that after he passed, his wife would call the junkman and ask how much it would cost to haul all that stuff away.

Realistically, everyone who wants a bottle of cheap perfume with a plastic jewel on top already has one, so even if they "break the mold" after producing a finite number of copies, you're not going to be able to sell it at a profit.
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Old 04-30-19, 08:03 AM
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In direct response to the OP's question "When I go...What then?"

First of all, speak to the people who are close to you about your wishes. Speak to your aging or sick relatives about their wishes. Afterward, you may find your relationship with that person even closer than before. It may seem like a difficult subject to breach but you'll both probably end up feeling very good that you did.

Second, put your affairs in order. For some that might mean a simple Will. To others it may be a Living Trust. Regardless, get it done! The first and most important part in taking care of you or a relatives Estate will be that the proper documentation is in order. You can always go back and make changes to these documents whenever you find it necessary. But, without them you are at the mercy of the courts. If you have certain sentimental items you want directed to certain people, put it in writing.

Third, make sure all the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted. This means making sure the small things like savings account, CD's or a life insurance policy all indicate who the beneficiary should be. As an example, you or your parent may have indicated a beneficiary as a deceased sibling or relative and that account was never updated.

Having your affairs in order is not hard and can be a great feeling of relief and accomplishment for everyone involved.
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Old 04-30-19, 04:33 PM
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Timely subject as I have been thinking about the herd in the basement and in my office. Two days ago my wife's aunt called me and asked if I would come get her bike and find someone that can use it. She had her last ride this past fall and did not feel safe and feared falling. When it is time one just knows it.

On an aside, the bike is a 93 Giant Rincon and looks like it is brand new. Amazingly good condition.
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Old 06-09-19, 02:53 PM
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Purging has started!
No love for the road bikes!
MTBs are gone!
I am making room to work on my projects that I’ve been Jonesing to get started, finished!
Can’t believe how room you can free up when the MTBs go!
Those flat bars take up a lot of real estate!
Always getting a bar in the head, chest or belly depending where they are stored!
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Old 06-10-19, 01:24 AM
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My biggest fear is that the wife sells my bikes and guns for what I told her I paid for them
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