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Addiction: follow up to the 7 wheelsets too much? post(25 posts)

Addiction: follow up to the 7 wheelsets too much? postDave Hickey
Mar 20, 2002 7:21 AM
Yesterdays post about 7 wheelsets being too much, made me think. What am I addicted to with my bike purchases? In otherwords, what do I keep purchasing for my bike that I really don't need. I use white handlebar so I replace it every month. I also am addicted to saddles. I like the 2001/2002 Specialized BG Team saddles. This retails for $139 so I look at various bike shops for these saddles that have been removed from new bikes. I can usually buy them for $50-$75. I currently have three bikes with these saddles and have two "extras". Don't ask me why I have the extras, I guess I'm afraid Specialized might discontinue them.

So the question is... What cycling part or accessory are you addicted to?
Tubes and CO2. Out of necessity; not passion. nmmorrison
Mar 20, 2002 7:32 AM
I have a wierd one...longfellow68
Mar 20, 2002 8:16 AM
I started that wheelset post.. lol..
But I think I'm crazy. Sometimes I just go out in the garage and stare at my bike. Thinking up wheel and tire combos trying to see what looks cool.
I'll just sit, stare and let my mind wonder.
I'm addicted to undressing my bike with my eyes...
I have a wierd one...Dave Hickey
Mar 20, 2002 8:29 AM
I'll do the same thing. Scary isn't it? My problem is color coordination. Everything matches perfectly. My main ride is Red,White and Black. Saddle, bar logo,stem logo, wheel logos..EVERYTHING is red,white and black. No wonder my wife gets jealous of the "other" woman.
re: Besides the rider? nmdzrider
Mar 20, 2002 8:24 AM
Bags, packs and racks (how embarrassing is THAT?)retro
Mar 20, 2002 9:09 AM
Don't know; can't explain it; rarely need them except on Sunday mornings to carry the paper down to the coffee place... But I have a big Carradice Longflap bag ("looks like a homemade pack for carrying coal," Grant Petersen says), a Rivendell Candy Bar Bag, a rear rack on every bike but one and a dozen or 15 seat bags, frame bags, tool carriers, fanny packs, backpacks and miscellaneous Stuff Carriers. Got three or four with the price tags still on them; never been used. Still, I went into the LBS yesterday and found myself sifting through the CLEARANCE bin looking at Cannondale mini-seatbags with that little plastic cleat that won't even WORK on my Brooks saddle. But hey, they were only $5...
A place for everything...Andy M-S
Mar 20, 2002 12:13 PM
Yep, me too. I keep looking for the perfect bag. Right now I have a Carradice Carradura saddlebag (sort of an update on yours) mounted on an SQR quick-release system. I also have seat packs and several handlebar bags, and I'm getting rid of my wonderful N'Aero Pack, mostly because I don't like having a rack on my bike (want to get a N'aero Pack for a good deal below retail? Lemme know!).

I'm doing the Heartland AIDS Ride, and I'm looking forward (!) to setting up carrying space for the daily stuff I'll need...THAT's sick.
Tires, wheels, and clothing.jw25
Mar 20, 2002 9:30 AM
Yeah, I think it does qualify as an addiction. Ebay doesn't help, either.
At one point last year, I counted at least 40 tires in use or waiting. That's for 3 working bikes at the time. I sold some off, and replaced a few that were less than good performers, but I've still got at least 20, for 4 bikes currently. I know I don't need them, but seeing as how that's what touches the road/dirt, they're pretty important.
Same thing for wheels. Right now, I have 4 bikes - 1 mountain, 2 road, 1 cross-monster. I have 15 wheels for them, and 2 waiting to be built. I'm my own wheelpit...
And clothes are another bad one. I like socks especially, but good shorts are always good to have, as are jerseys that fit and look good (well, let's be honest here). I can't even count the amount of stuff I have, but it's at least one huge Rubbermaid tub plus some outerwear. Only 3 pairs of shoes, though - I had to cut back somewhere...
look 256 pedals. have 5 pair for three bikes! (nm)merckx56
Mar 20, 2002 9:49 AM
Freewheels. I hoarde 'em. But there's a REASON. nmscottfree
Mar 20, 2002 9:57 AM
Tubes and jerseys.look271
Mar 20, 2002 10:06 AM
Last count I had over 15 jerseys. Tubes? I can't ride with one patched. If it get s a hole in it, it gets put in a box to be used as a last resort. I have at least 10 tubes in various stages of repair or brand new.....Just last week my wife said "when did you get THAT new jersey?" I had to get it. I only had 1 ls jersey. Have to have more than 1!
tubes: me too. won't ride patched tube. why? i dunno. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2002 12:25 PM
We're not alone.look271
Mar 20, 2002 4:34 PM
The owner of a shop near me (who is a really strong rider-ex racer) won't ride a patched tube, either. Guess we're just stimulating the economy?!
Tires 'n' tape, Doc.Crankist
Mar 20, 2002 10:08 AM
Good post.
I have issues, please pass the tissues. Doc, every time I see a new or different tire my mind
starts cranking these small financial gears; how to get them del'd. to my door. I have 6 spare sets of tires in different states of treadwear, and yes I have records on their mileage. I'm afraid that when I find the perfect tire I'll have 10 pr. for backup and I'll stock every style of bartape known. (sniff)
Five complete bikes, two project bikes in assembly, all withDeeEight
Mar 20, 2002 10:09 AM
thumbshifters EXCEPT the singlespeed. You'd think i liked thumbies or something. If I ever get around to building up a proper road or cyclocross bike again, its gonna have either downtube shifters or bar end shifters probably.
re: Addiction: follow up to the 7 wheelsets too much? postrobbz27
Mar 20, 2002 10:42 AM
I'm in the same boat...except I'm addicted to the BG Pro Ti from the year before. Currently 2 mounted, another one waiting for a bike
Socks. Pretty much every time I go to an LBS, I pick up abill
Mar 20, 2002 11:34 AM
pair of socks. Yet, I don't have too many. How is this possible, you ask?
Because my wife steals them, that's how. She was sneaky about it for awhile, but now it's all out in the open. I once actually held a pair of my socks hostage (MY own socks, hostage from HER) to extract from her a promise that she would lay off, but it just gets worse.
I pointed out that that the DeFeet socks she was wearing the other day featured little cartoon spermatozoa (caption: "Survival of the fittest"). She was mortified (what did she think she was wearing?). THOSE she said I could have.
Mar 20, 2002 12:13 PM
My addiction is tools, and not just bike tools either. It stems from liking to have things work just right and to perform tasks with the proper tool for the job, be it a bike, the house, a car, etc. As my dad says about me, there isn't a tool I don't like, except the cheap ones. I really like to have my bikes and the bikes I work on functioning flawlessly and looking sharp. Sometimes, after a tough day at work, I'll just tinker in my shop with good music, some nice wine and a fire in the wood stove. The missus knows that this is my "therapy time" and doesn't bug me, but I still have to pass "hand inspection" when I come in the house. It can be gruelling. ;-) The bonus is that maintaining her ride is part of the program.
things for rediculous prices online...can't help it.JS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2002 12:29 PM
god forbid i get those 20% off e-coupons for nashbar.
Aside from my jerseys ...Elefantino
Mar 20, 2002 1:36 PM
... which have been limited to 12 (ones that I actuallly wear) by the boss.

• I collect Vittoria OEM tires; bought a dozen pairs and am currently selling them off as a time-killer while I sit around.
• I have three Selle Italia XO saddles, plus a Specialized BG Comp and San Marco Era, for two bikes; the XOs are the non-gel kind that I usually find in the orphan saddle boxes at the LBS for about $10-$15. There is no better perch for my butt, but the Era is a Postal model that I got for my repaired/repainted OCLV, the the BG goes with the S-Works.
• I'm currently angling to get a third bike (gotta have steel, too), which may or may not end up being my second bike if I sell the S-Works.
• I have three pairs of shoes (adidas TT carbon, Specialized Comp, Performance Trophy Lorica) for two feet.
• I have dozens of pairs of DeFeet socks, just because my feet love them. My favorites are the LAF yellows and the United We Stand flag ones.
• ClifSnot Mocha Mocha double caffeine, which for some reason revs my RPMs on long rides.
• And finally, I am addicted to the energy bar of champions, Rice Krispy bars (the large size). There is no better, nor cheaper (33 cents each at the wholesale club) quick hit of carbs around.

stems.i have lots. it's stupid. nmcolker
Mar 20, 2002 3:32 PM
Tires. [nm]Ahimsa
Mar 20, 2002 4:24 PM
God help mejim hubbard
Mar 20, 2002 5:27 PM
I have 20 sets of tubbies hanging on the wall. I just have a habit of replacing them before a big race. I think that this is a good thing as I never puncture in races. This is to go with the 6 set of clinchers. And 8 sets of road wheels.
good, come live with us so you can glue mine up too...lonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2002 7:10 PM
Don't get me wrong, I love the ride, the weight and the feel of my 303's. But GAWD how I H-A-T-E gluing the damned things up. Grr.

Oh, yeah - for what it's worth I'm a bag freak too. And I primarily race, no touring, so I've no excuse besides being a female with a frustrated handbag jones. I've 3 messenger bags, several different commuter bags, many styles of gear bags for tools, clothes, junk and accessories (wheel bags, etc...) and lots and lots of cute little seat bags, all small and narrow so as to fit neatly underneath my SLRs and Flites without banging into anything. I change them around to suit my mood and the color of the bike. Oh, lest I forget, I've 2 different Camelbaks as well; those count, right?

I also have issues with gloves and jackets, although I'm not sure you CAN have too many of these living in CO.

Let's face it, we all need help.
re: Addiction: assembling bikesfuzzybunnies
Mar 20, 2002 6:48 PM
I guess I'm addicted to building up bikes, and none are ever good enough no matter how good they are. Just finished a singe speed but I already want a new phil bb to match the hubs and than get an actual track crank to replace the current used bmx crank than maybe real track bars. My carrera could use a carbon fork so I guess that project isn't quite finished, the derosa still needs a crank and shifters(currently had none) while I'd like a set of matching wheels for the parkpre. Lastly my cyclocross bike needs a complete redoing since some of it's old parts(used 1 year) went into a freinds project. Unfortunately the minute 1 bike is done I either aquire something new to work on or one of the others needs upgrading or worn parts replaced. Probably the reason I never have any money.