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Poll: What Extra Parts Do You Keep Around For One (1) Bike?(24 posts)

Poll: What Extra Parts Do You Keep Around For One (1) Bike?Fez
Dec 1, 2003 7:21 AM
If you only had ONE bike but still want to ride everyday, what extra parts would you keep so that you would have the least downtime?

My list:

1) Tires and tubes.
2) Stem (not really necessary, but when one failed I wasn't able to get one for 2 weeks).

3) Assorted bolts and hardware
4) One good wheelset on the bike (Ksyrium), one spare wheelset (old Open Pros w/ fresh cassette). Should minimize any wheel related downtime.

5) Probably would be a good idea to get a few extra spokes for whatever wheel you are running. That's a no brainer for factory built wheels, but I even had problems getting single DT Swiss 14/15 DB spokes for my Open Pros. Guess the shop does fewer and fewer wheel builds and just didn't stock them at that particular time.

6) Pedals and shoes (especially shoes, in case you get caught in a huge rain the day before, pedals just in case the bearings need service but don't have time to service them).

7) Saddle, seatpost, water bottle cages - no real reason, just have extras lying around.
I'd add fenders to the list...biknben
Dec 1, 2003 7:33 AM
If your bike is going to be ridden every day, get some fenders. The somewhat cheesy clip-on fenders are easy to install/remove and don't require much else. They are not as good as full fenders but they will make a difference.

I used a MTB rear fender last winter on a bike without clearance for anything else. It kept my A$$ dry.
Wheels, that is all. nmSpunout
Dec 1, 2003 7:40 AM
... Oh, let's see ...Humma Hah
Dec 1, 2003 7:41 AM
... I have a storage box marked "saddles" that contains about four. One's a rare old embroidered Schwinn saddle for show, probably for the Paramount. The rest are various old cruiser saddles, servicable, but I know I'll never use them in place of the Brooks on it now.

Pedals. I have toe-clips and a set of Looks with cleats on toe-clips, for the Paramount. I have a couple of sets of platforms for the cruiser.

Spare wheels ... the original-type Schwinn wheels are off of it until reproduction tires are again available for it. The lighter and truer MTB wheels on it now are easier to find rubber for. There's also a spare front wheel for the Paramount.

I have a spare fork for the cruiser, the one I replaced with a fork that already had brake bosses.

I have several spare cranks for the cruiser, needed in the old days to swap gearing. I also keep a couple of cup and cone sets for the BB on hand, as they have a short life. Rear cogs for the old Bendix coaster-brake were not readily available in the needed sizes, so I needed several chainwheels, each mounted on its own 1-piece crank. Nowadays, I have a selection of freewheels for the cruiser ... 4 sizes if I recall ... so a single crank suffices. Couple of fixed cogs for the Paramount, too. The cruiser will soon be upgraded to a euro-styled BB with a Campy Mirage sealed BB bearing and Pista cranks, so the 1-piece parts will be retired.

Plus an assortment of tires and tubes, brakes and brake parts, nuts and bolts, and enough foam grips to last 10 years (bought a bag of 'em at a flea market for 20 cents a pair).
what I have on handDougSloan
Dec 1, 2003 7:48 AM
1. tires, maybe 20 or so
2. lots of tubes
3. 6 or 7 sets of wheels
4. handlebar tape
5. stems
6. computers
7. about a dozen lights and rear blinkies
8. skewers
9. lots of misc nuts and bolts, especially chainring bolts and bottle cage bolts, but also brakes, derailleur pulley
10.brake pads
12.derailleur pulleys (from blown up derailleur)
15.saddle bags
16.cables and housing
17.cable ferrules and end caps
18.spokes and nipples
19.rim tape
21.bottle cages
22.chain rings
23.several cogsets, one of every combination
24.pumps, mini, frame, co2, and floor
25.several combination mini tools
26.pedals and cleats
27.bottom brackets
28.stem spacers
29.spare bikes, too, of course

I'm not sure what else you could keep around, except maybe frames and forks.

Doug, surely you've omitted something? ;-)mainframe
Dec 1, 2003 8:11 AM
But you have a dozen bikes, not just one! :-) nmorange_julius
Dec 1, 2003 8:38 AM
That sounds about like MY list! You been in my garage? nmMShaw
Dec 1, 2003 10:38 AM
to support ONE bike? almost nothingterry b
Dec 1, 2003 8:56 AM
To minimize downtime on only one bike, I my on hand stock would be limited to two tires, two tubes, replacement batteries for the computer and a chain. These are the only items I've ever needed in all my years of riding to keep one bike on the road (for a ride on a moment's notice.) Just about anything else can be worked around. If I was feeling really nervous, a second set of wheels with an installed cassette (I currently do this for my MTB only.)

The best inventory to keep one bike available at all times though is to have an additional bike.
Poseur busted!Crankist
Dec 1, 2003 9:06 AM
Why Terry, with another new bike every time I see you, you are clearly unqualified to answer this question.
Recommend you stick to responding to this type of question: "With my garage and game room full of bikes now, how will my wife take it if I park just one bike in the kitchen?"
Have Fun,
there was a time when there was only oneterry b
Dec 1, 2003 9:40 AM
and at that time, all I had was a couple of tubes. I learned my lesson though - tires and a chain are good things to have around too. However, it is ever so much simpler to have back up bikes than to have a back up stock - which brings us to today. Now, I need a back up garage.
More info, pleaseFez
Dec 1, 2003 10:01 AM
Earlier this year I had three road bikes, but am now down to one.

Enlighten me on this bike collection of yours. 5 bikes, 10 bikes, 20 bikes?

Any pictures of some of them?
10 at the momentterry b
Dec 1, 2003 1:27 PM
just retired 2 bringing me down to 9. I've also got one in the build state. I think there are pictures of all of them scattered throughout the gallery but since I've got most of them on my work PC, here you go:

Prosecution rests (nm)Crankist
Dec 1, 2003 1:59 PM
doesn't mean I've forgotten how to keep one running! (nm)terry b
Dec 1, 2003 2:22 PM
Rarely buy spares...but I built a bike out of the parts binCory
Dec 1, 2003 9:19 AM
I'm with terry b: For ONE bike, I wouldn't keep anything but tubes and maybe tires as specifically designated spares--there are bike shops all over town, and I have a storage problem (lots of room, but I've lived in the same house 25 years and things crowd you out).
We have nine bikes in the family, though, and I do have a pretty large collection of extra parts that have accumulated. When I got my Atlantis frame three years ago, all I had to buy to get it running was a seatpost, set of canti brakes and a rear wheel. I've upgraded it since then (which gives me almost another bike's worth of parts...).
mostly wheel stuffgtx
Dec 1, 2003 9:14 AM
Rims, spokes, hubs, tubes, tires, freewheels and cogs, cassettes. I also have a few UN72s in case Shimano decides to stop making them, various c-rings, cables, cable housing, lots of Cinelli bars and stems, etc. Ok, and then there are boxes and boxes of other junk--just about anything and everything from NOS Campy parts to broken parts off my mtb.
I try not to help whenever possibleJS Haiku Shop
Dec 1, 2003 9:27 AM
sorry that this isn't what you are looking for, but the best way i've found to minimize downtime is having another bike on hand with the same kit. it's only problematic if you use the same logic to justify having a double, a triple, a mtb, ss/fixie--of course you could do it all with just one bike and several kits, but that would make far too much sense.

btw Do(u)g i think you missed something.
Freewheels. Stacks and stacks ofOldEdScott
Dec 1, 2003 10:14 AM
Sachs-SRAM freewheels. When the last NOS freewheel disappears from the planet, people will come to ME.
Dec 1, 2003 10:56 AM
Ah, the good old days. Used to be able to get any tooth combo, in any manufacturer, until Shimano went with casettes. How many times have you broken a rear axle with a screw-on freewheel? I want a 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26 freewheel, but can no longer find any. Why should I get a new bike because of that?

Heard Sunrace will continue making freewheels as long as there's a market, currently fine in India and other parts of Asia, where bikes are used for transportation.
Freewheel cogs. Boxes and boxes...Dale Brigham
Dec 1, 2003 11:52 AM
Nuttin' but cogs. Mostly for Suntour New Winner freewheels. When those come back into style, I will rule the planet. Bwahahahaha!

re: Poll: What Extra Parts Do You Keep Around For One (1) Bike?jrm
Dec 1, 2003 10:20 AM
A true rear wheel ready to go.

Different tires for different conditions.

cassette(s) 12-25
re: Poll: What Extra Parts Do You Keep Around For One (1) Bike?MShaw
Dec 1, 2003 10:42 AM
If you're planning on riding daily, I'd add two pair of shoes and two helmets. Alternate riding in the helmets and shoes 'cause once one dries out, you've gone and got the other pair sweaty.

I found a screaming deal on some Nike shoes so I bought three pair and rotate through them. I have a pair of Eclipse helmets that I do the same thing with. Evens out the wear, and you don't have to put a sweaty helmet back on...

As for parts, I'd say keep wear items: chains, cassettes, tires, etc. The rest you can overnite online...

re: Poll: What Extra Parts Do You Keep Around For One (1) Bike?Juanmoretime
Dec 1, 2003 1:56 PM
To keep me on the road:

1 spare wheelset
1 New cassette
1 New chain
1 New Cableset
3 New tires
1 New saddle
1 extra computer mount, I ripped the wire out before.
extra spokes and fastners.
tubes many.
1 set of chain rings.