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Old 10-27-14, 08:06 AM
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Would you put your bikes in your will?

This is probably the only place this could be discussed without WTF comments. Starting thinking the other day about contingency planning and I love a line someone posted somewhere which went something like this, "my worst fear is that after my death, my wife sells my bikes for $20 each". There are about 2-3 bikes I would likely try to keep forever and would likely will it to my two kids (one each), is that crazy to consider? They are tweens and teens and have no interest in my passions, but thought they would enjoy having something handed down from their dad. And yes, the bikes will be a classic steel frame, not carbon or Ti, but not worth a bundle.

Also the reality is that I could move in a year or 10 years and would not likely be able to take more than 3 bikes with me. Which means about 20 would need to go. Has anyone had to do this and what was your thought process in doing so? I would start with one road bike and a mtb, but after that the third is really hard to decide.
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I would say no. Just talk to your wife and kids about what you want to do with your bikes after you are gone.

Two reasons why. One of your kids might like your bikes better than the other. Second, Ademption. What do you do when the item you willed to someone no longer exists? Say you will bike X to one child, bike Y to another. Then over the years, bike X is sold, lost, or stolen, but replaced with bike Z, or not. Unless you are prepared to re draft your will or draft a codicil every time you buy or sell a bike, you might just create problems for your wife and kids in the future by willing individual bikes to specific heirs.
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No, but I technically own a Klein road bike that resides at my older son's house and a Santana tandem that resides at my younger son's house so I think that it's already happened.

There might be some discussion about the distribution of my bicycle tools after I go but I think that my offspring are all good enough friends that they'll find a way to work it out.

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My bikes mean nothing to me after my death.

If my executor decides to sell a $1000 bike for $10, then some lucky person will get a great deal. Although, I do plan to record approximate values for a couple of my bikes just so they have some idea what they might be worth. In my case the executor is also already the sole beneficiary of all of my possessions... which makes it simple.
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WTF?
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Just ride on your own bike without any update
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If I go before my wife, well, she knows (all too well) what I spent for my bikes.
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In the will??? Yes, sort of. Both of my kids are excellent athletes but refuse to take up cycling and scoff at my stable of bikes. I'm thinking of a codicil that requires them to ride each of my bikes ten miles before they can take their (albeit meager) inheritance. One last playful jab after I'm gone. Then they can keep them or must donate them to the local community bike project so they go to kids or others in need.
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Originally Posted by MAK
In the will??? Yes, sort of. Both of my kids are excellent athletes but refuse to take up cycling and scoff at my stable of bikes. I'm thinking of a codicil that requires them to ride each of my bikes ten miles before they can take their (albeit meager) inheritance. One last playful jab after I'm gone.
A double WTF! Playful on your part? More likely a guarantee that they will curse you, your bikes and the meager inheritance long after you are cold in your grave.
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Come on I-Like-To-Bike. Of course I was joking. News flash...Sheldon Cooper is a BF member and uses the screen name I-Like-To-Bike!!!
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You're not getting my bike so "fuh get about it"
I'm the only rider in my family so if I'm lucky when I can no longer ride I hope to give my bike, kit, tools, etc. away to someone that will use them as they were meant to be used, especially if the person does not have a lot of money but is a "rider".
They are not heirlooms...just bikes, though to me they are all old friends.
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Originally Posted by qclabrat
This is probably the only place this could be discussed without WTF comments.
I Like To Bike apparently disagrees, but I think it's a good question. My bikes are not worth much, and there is nothing I can really do to provide a good existence for them in the future. I will just have to hope.
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I would remember my bikes in my will,,,,,, if I could figure out what to leave them................................
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Originally Posted by MAK
Come on I-Like-To-Bike. Of course I was joking. News flash...Sheldon Cooper is a BF member and uses the screen name I-Like-To-Bike!!!
You were? Thanks for clarifying your intent, I thought you were as serious as the OP with his WTF-like thought process/question.
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