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Winter blues calling for perfection

Old 01-11-22, 11:13 PM
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Winter blues calling for perfection

As every winter, I tinker with my bikes. Repack, re-adjust, retrue, trying to achieve the perfect bike (mechanically). However, my biggest problem is replacing parts and accessories unnecessarily.
Not satisfied with my on-bike tool bag, I start shopping for a new one. My pedals are a scratched up and even though running smoothly, I start checking reviews online. Are my tires the correct width for the surfaces I ride? Let's see what else is available.
I know it's not the best way to pass the time or spend money, but it gets me through the long, cold, dark winter nights.
My parts box is starting to over flow and wondering how many other suffer this same affliction.
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Old 01-11-22, 11:44 PM
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I live where I can ride year-round, but I still do all that stuff anyway. In my book, there's no such thing as an unnecessary replacement!
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It's a hobby. Changing stuff around is part of the fun.
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It's a disease.

I was cured by just not having the cash laying around. But I was there once.
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
As every winter, I tinker with my bikes.
I know it's not the best way to pass the time or spend money, but it gets me through the long, cold, dark winter nights.
If this an affliction, it's so very benign. Keep up the good work.
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Old 01-12-22, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
As every winter, I tinker with my bikes. Repack, re-adjust, retrue, trying to achieve the perfect bike (mechanically). However, my biggest problem is replacing parts and accessories unnecessarily.
Not satisfied with my on-bike tool bag, I start shopping for a new one. My pedals are a scratched up and even though running smoothly, I start checking reviews online. Are my tires the correct width for the surfaces I ride? Let's see what else is available.
I know it's not the best way to pass the time or spend money, but it gets me through the long, cold, dark winter nights.
My parts box is starting to over flow and wondering how many other suffer this same affliction.
I ride a high end bike with high end parts so no upgrade fever. I only replace things when they wear out. I absolutely HATE the idea of a shelf full of perfectly good parks because my short attention span caused me to buy something that offered no significant improvement in perormance.
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Old 01-12-22, 07:32 PM
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I used to do such things when I was single. After getting married and having kids, I don’t really have much time to tinker with my bikes. Nowadays I live in a place which has cold winters, and were my family and I can go skiing. The bikes are hung up and forgotten until it gets warm enough to ride again,
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Old 01-12-22, 11:04 PM
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I ride a high end bike with high end parts so no upgrade fever. I only replace things when they wear out. I absolutely HATE the idea of a shelf full of perfectly good parks because my short attention span caused me to buy something that offered no significant improvement in perormance.
I purposely buy low end bikes, so parts wear out quicker and I can replace them.
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Old 01-12-22, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
As every winter, I tinker with my bikes. Repack, re-adjust, retrue, trying to achieve the perfect bike (mechanically). However, my biggest problem is replacing parts and accessories unnecessarily.
Not satisfied with my on-bike tool bag, I start shopping for a new one. My pedals are a scratched up and even though running smoothly, I start checking reviews online. Are my tires the correct width for the surfaces I ride? Let's see what else is available.
I know it's not the best way to pass the time or spend money, but it gets me through the long, cold, dark winter nights.
My parts box is starting to over flow and wondering how many other suffer this same affliction.
Sure beats blow, hookers or copious amounts of alcohol.
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Old 01-12-22, 11:27 PM
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Sure beats blow, hookers or copious amounts of alcohol.
Oh, I do that too, but only on the weekends.
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