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What will happen to your bikes when you are gone?

Old 12-26-20, 11:50 AM
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Something to think about when we're forming the Karma of dealing with the things from our own parents attics. It's so easy to just throw stuff away. I think we still have some Christmas wrapping paper from 1950s ...
This is why we will never be able to move.
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Old 12-26-20, 12:11 PM
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I've only got a few, although I'll probably end up with a few more before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

And as with everything else I own, at that point its likely some strangers will be assigned to take what they want and haul the rest to the dump.

I will presumably be unconcerned.
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Old 12-26-20, 12:16 PM
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Already gave my nephew the family heirloom I inherited and refurbished. The rest ... wgaf.
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Old 12-26-20, 12:20 PM
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I will haunt, poltergeist-style, anyone who winds up turning my Bianchi into a "fixie"! I hope I can find someone I can trust to give it to before I give up the Ghost!
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Old 12-26-20, 12:32 PM
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...my lovely wife has, many times, expressed her desire to park in the garage, where the bikes are now. Just sayin'.
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Old 12-26-20, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
Your non-cycling spouse sells them for peanuts based recollection of what you reported at the time
I need to be explicit about it, but my wife knows a couple of my local bike buddies. I will make sure she knows to contact them to dispose of my bikes.
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Old 12-26-20, 01:01 PM
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Hit-by-a-bus-uxexpected-death - don't care, I'll be dead. Partner won't care either.

I-get-old-as-dirt-death - there's no way I'll have more than two bikes after 80, again, don't care. Partner won't care.

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Old 12-26-20, 01:17 PM
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Depends on if my wife goes first. If I die before she does, she knows what they are worth and may even get more out of them than I would in selling price. Otherwise, my son will ultimately get them and one of the reasons I keep the bikes.
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Old 12-26-20, 01:27 PM
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By the time my daughter and son in law and the two grandsons each take their pick (they already have their faves) there will only be a half dozen or so left, depending on my age and riding circumstances.
The remainder will be gifted if I see things coming, if not, well, not something I’ll need to concern myself with.
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Old 12-26-20, 01:27 PM
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I'm not sure my daughter is going to wait that long
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Old 12-26-20, 01:36 PM
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Don't know, don't care... I only plan to ever worry about what happens to my loved ones. I enjoy material objects for everything ranging from historical to utilitarian reasons, all of which are intrinsically selfish in the end, and they are absolutely worthless compared to anything that's actually important in life.

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Old 12-26-20, 01:53 PM
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I turned 48 this year. After I turn 50, 1 or 2 bikes a year will be auctioned off to benefit the local co op. That way, by the time my wife and I turn 62 the collection will be down to 2 or 3. Mission accomplished. Should I die suddenly, there are contingency plans in place so that my wife will not have to deal with them, or my modestly small plastic model collection. The boys have no actual interest in them, so that's not a concern.
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Old 12-26-20, 03:34 PM
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My wife knows what they cost. She saw the checks. She'll wrestle the kids for them.
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Old 12-26-20, 03:56 PM
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I had the good fortune a few years back of a near-death hospital er visit and some surgical intervention. It provided some clarity.

I know I'll be beyond caring about anything earthly once I'm ashes, but I don't want to burden my family with what I leave behind, and I don't want to deprive them of fair monetary compensation for whatever remains. So the first thing I did was make a deal with myself that I'd make some real effort to lessen my pile o' crap. Then I also made a deal with a friend that we'd take care of each other's leftovers should either of us pass---sell it all off with some $$$ compensation for our time/effort, perfectly OK to keep a few things that fit and appeal, and give the balance to our survivors. I've got a lot more crap than he does, so I gave him a few frames, wheelsets and a bunch of parts on my first downsizing/purge.

My mom made a concerted effort to simplify her life as she got older, and even started divvying up her "good stuff" with us kids long before she passed. With all that needs to be dealt with after a loved one goes, it was a great relief not to be faced with a mountain of stuff, and to have that lost feeling of "What are we going to do with all this?"
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As a person who is currently cleaning out my parents,who threw nothing away, estate of a barn, shed, garage, and farmhouse, I can relate.
I'll probably get rid of most of my bikes as I age or move after retirement.
Anyone need antique wrought iron fencing or pole tops, LOL?

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Old 12-26-20, 04:15 PM
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I reckon I can fit the whole fleet in here with me:
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I reckon I can fit the whole fleet in here with me:
You'd have to change your last name.
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Old 12-26-20, 04:27 PM
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You'd have to change your last name.
It's a comment on my warm personality.
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Old 12-26-20, 04:32 PM
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I have 3 teenage boys and already showed em the Confente, Weigle, and Chapman, told em who gets each. Also instructed my wife to open the little black book in my nightstand only after I pass for pricing. Hopefully later rather then sooner.
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Old 12-26-20, 05:03 PM
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I live on US-51 highway so I was thinking once Im too old to ride, I would bolt them to the exterior walls of my shop as a roadside attraction vis-a-vis Route 66..
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I'm going to have mine compacted into a cube and buried with me.
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Old 12-26-20, 06:51 PM
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I have started doing a slow and deliberate "death clean," with the intent of clearing out clutter and things that no one in my extended family can use. I do not want to burden my family.

I have already told my sons, both of whom are taller than I am, to feel free to sell any or all of the bicycles and frames, but to make sure they go to people who know what they are and who recognize their intrinsic value. If one or both of my grandsons stop growing at about my height, that is another possibility -- time will tell on that one.

I am hoping my wife won't clutter her life by clinging to too many of my bikes and other possessions for sentimental reasons.
Your thoughts tend to be where I lean too. I have a list of approximate values for the bikes. There is one with sentimentality (Peugeot PSV, my first serious racing bike) that can go back to my brother that had it for quite a few years before I got it back.

My wife doesn't ride so she won't tend to keep any. I have one son that might take one or two but I suspect they will just have an estate sale and move the bikes and tools. And, I'm fine with that.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I reckon I can fit the whole fleet in here with me:
Only if that thing has a large basement.

And a Wheel Grotto.
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Only if that thing has a large basement.

And a Wheel Grotto.
Hmm, that makes me wonder if I should be interred in the wheel grotto. Might have to start digging that hole now,
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Old 12-26-20, 08:07 PM
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Make out your will and specify who is to receive each of your bikes. I did that but people kept dying before I did and none of them left me any of their bikes. One guy's brother offered me the shop sign in his late bro's collection, from the shop we'd worked at together. Now I have more stuff in addition to my original problem.


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