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    Bike parts you have accumulated

    If you have been in the sport long enough you start to accumulate bike parts. At first these parts are spares and then they just become a lot of stuff that is still good but you have no use for.

    When I look at my bins there is a couple of things that top the list.

    #1: Tubes. Every new bike I get comes with tubes. Since I run tubeless I pull the tubes out and put them in a bin. Now I have multiple bins full of tubes.

    #2: Narrow bars and long stems. I have so many bars and stems. All of them good but completely useless.

    #3: Tires for wheel sizes I don't run anymore.
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    All the obsolete parts are just sitting in some ones garage.

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    LMN, I think you meant accumulated, not acculated.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I don't keep anything I can't use. Don't be a packrat. Donate it to a bike co-op.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I don't keep anything I can't use. Don't be a packrat. Donate it to a bike co-op.
    How do you find a local co-op?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    How do you find a local co-op?
    Do it the same way you would search for any local business or community organization.

    Bicycle co-op near you

    https://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki..._Organizations

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    I took a literal Home Depot bucket of old small parts down to my local sporting goods consignment shop last week. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

    I had bins full of derailleurs, brakes, crank bits, headsets, assorted this and that. I pretty much had everything to theoretically (dubious compatibility) build up a complete bike minus the frame.

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    I used to have more parts, bikes and frames than a LBS. Being in the sport for over 30 years does that. Racing doubles that. My LBS uses me for my idiot savant knowledge of vintage crap.

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    My basement has been a bike wrecking yard for 15 years.

    But enough is enough, and I'm about to go all Marie-Kondo on the place into a metal waste bin and maybe a bike co-op drop-off box if I can find anything of any value. It's all 9-speed and older, and most of it's worn or busted.

    We're going down to the bare walls in there. No joy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    If you have been in the sport long enough you start to accumulate bike parts. At first these parts are spares and then they just become a lot of stuff that is still good but you have no use for.

    When I look at my bins there is a couple of things that top the list.

    #1: Tubes. Every new bike I get comes with tubes. Since I run tubeless I pull the tubes out and put them in a bin. Now I have multiple bins full of tubes.

    #2: Narrow bars and long stems. I have so many bars and stems. All of them good but completely useless.

    #3: Tires for wheel sizes I don't run anymore.
    What size tubes? I need some.
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    I have a bin full of random parts, tubes, tires, some wheels, etc. Nearest co-op is 2hrs away; don't want to just dump them in the trash but at the same time I don't have 4hrs out of my weekend to find where I can donate them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matadorCE View Post
    I have a bin full of random parts, tubes, tires, some wheels, etc. Nearest co-op is 2hrs away; don't want to just dump them in the trash but at the same time I don't have 4hrs out of my weekend to find where I can donate them.
    I wish I had a bin. All my leftover parts are scattered about haphazardly. Can you spare a bin?
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    i use my old parts to upgrade the local neighborhood kids bikes..


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    Just the derailleur/shifter drawer...

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    I used to keep all my old parts around because I enjoyed cobbling together weird bikes out of them. My commuter for years was a frame that I got at a bike swap meet for $15 then I managed to jimmy-rig everything else together and somehow it functioned. I don't really get into that any more so the parts had to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker. View Post
    i use my old parts to upgrade the local neighborhood kids bikes..
    I do that too. I once built a extra small Kona up for a neighbor lady's son. To say thank you, she gave me her ex husbands bike. A 1996 GT LTS Team with full XTR and a Ti spoked wheelset.

    ETA I knew I had a pic
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    More the list:
    Front derailleurs
    Carbon Fibre straight posts
    Chain rings for cranks, that I don't have anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I don't keep anything I can't use. Don't be a packrat. Donate it to a bike co-op.
    I actually looked into that a while back. But when I see the one by me has all these rules about when you can donate parts, and I have to go into a bad part of town to donate them, its not really worth the effort.
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    I have an old roadbike frame and probably enough parts to build it into a franken bike, but I have not done so yet. I am interested to see if my son gets the tinkering bug as he grows up a bit so we can do this stuff together. He is only 3 right now.
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    I have quite a few endcaps to convert hubs to the different 'standards'

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    Usually when I sell a bike all the parts that I have that are compatible with that bike go with the new owner, unless I have a known use for the parts down the road. There have been times when I gave away parts and needed them later on, its not a big deal though and it keeps the clutter out of the garage. I'm a renter and have moved locations more than enough times that I don't want to haul a load of bike parts if I need to relocate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    I do that too. I once built a extra small Kona up for a neighbor lady's son. To say thank you, she gave me her ex husbands bike. A 1996 GT LTS Team with full XTR and a Ti spoked wheelset.

    ETA I knew I had a pic
    LTS, Magura HS33, Ringle cage, Ti spokes. Man, that dude needed a better divorce lawyer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    I do that too. I once built a extra small Kona up for a neighbor lady's son. To say thank you, she gave me her ex husbands bike. A 1996 GT LTS Team with full XTR and a Ti spoked wheelset.

    ETA I knew I had a pic
    Ummm...did you happen to notice the Magura Hydraulic Rim Brakes? That right there is gold.

    Edit: Nat ninja posted me.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ummm...did you happen to notice the Magura Hydraulic Rim Brakes? That right there is gold.

    Edit: Nat ninja posted me.
    I've used nothing but Magura for braking since 1996. Back then it was Tomac Raceline D's with trials cylinders and Altek lever blades. I wonder if there are still Magura Cult Members around here. I still have my MCM stem cap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    LTS, Magura HS33, Ringle cage, Ti spokes. Man, that dude needed a better divorce lawyer.
    He was a POS meth addict who abandoned his kids and lived in a van. I mentored his son who just started college and also runs his mom's restaurant.

    That bike also had a Judy SL, King HS, Syncros post and stem, Flite saddle and Bonty Ti bar.
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